Saturday, February 04, 2006

Boston Marathon memories from Dave McGillivray

As a runner and race director, Dave McGillivray has more Boston Marathon stories than most of us.

I've had the privilege of hearing some of his stories at L Street Running Club meetings. And as great speakers do, he delivers stories from the heart, provides a great dose of motivation, and keeps you wanting to hear a little bit more.

Here's some of Dave's Boston Marathon memories from over the years...

*My first overall marathon and first Boston in 1972 as a 17-year-old -I dropped out in the Newton Hills. I learned my lesson and have now completed 117 straight marathons since, 33 at Boston.

* My first year as Technical Director in 1988 after the infamous "triprope" incident in 1987. That was the turning point in my professional career.

* Seeing Johnny Kelley in the lobby of the Copley Plaza Hotel one year after I had just completed my "night" run of the course and having Johnny say to me, "you are going to break my record, but I am sad I won't be here to see it."

* Having a rotund fan yelling at me in the lead vehicle one year saying,"Hey, you lazy bum, why don't you get out of that car and run like the rest of these skinny runners!" Little did he know I'd be back a few hours later doing just that.

* As Race Director, being mistakenly locked in a port-o-john at the starting line just minutes before the gun was to be fired, thinking 20,000 people must be looking for me right about now!