Episode 207 – Dave McGillivray Boston Marathon RD

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 207 – Dave McGillivray Boston Marathon RD

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Show intro by:

Dominick – http://onebikeoneworld.com/

Welcome to onebikeoneworld, an account of my latest adventure, a trip around the world by bicycle. The trip started on April 27th 2011 when I flew from the UK to Tampa, Florida and will end, hopefully before my bank runs dry, in New Zealand sometime in the future. The first day of cycling was back on May 11th 2011 the day after C had arrived when we headed out in to the unknown.

I intend to ride on 6, and maybe even all 7, of the continents and through an unknown number of countries. Beyond the first few months it’s a very open road and the goal is to enjoy myself and see as much of what the world has to offer.

RunRunLive – Podcast Intro



Hello and welcome to episode 207 of the RunRunLive podcast. This is Chris your host and we have a great show for you today!

Our featured interview is a call with Dave McGillivray, RaceDirector of the Boston Marathon and we chat about this year’s registration process and the new standards.  Those of you who have been tapping into the RunRunLive stream of consciousness will know that Dave is a guest we have on a couple times a year to tell us what’s new with my favorite marathon.

I also recorded a call with Joe Bears on race strategy that I thought you’d find interesting.

And I have a brief piece on prep for anyone wanting to take on the marathon training program speed work.

Let me stop right here and apprise you of a shocking revelation.  I have stumbled upon a conspiracy.  I helped my wife clean the bathrooms this weekend.  My job is to scrub the showers.  It turns out that triathlon training is perfectly designed to augment the shower scrubbing muscles in the back and shoulders.

Apparently the coach and my wife have constructed this whole ruse to use my compulsive training against me.  They have been pulling the wool over my eyes and nefariously collaborating to make me a better soap scum scrubber!

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Saturday morning I went over my buddy Ted’s house for a group spin.  This is where you get a room full of triathletes to bring their trainers and you all ‘ride’ together.  We did 2 hours and watched the movie ‘Bicycle Dreams’.  It was pretty cool.  These ironman people are nuts.  My new fluid trainer works great.

For those of you new to the show, let me catch you up…You see about 25,000 years ago New England was covered by a giant ice-sheet.  When the ice receded around 13,000 years ago a startling diversity of mega-fauna populated the new land, but they hunted out of existence by the Clovis people – all except for me.

On with the show!

Audio clips in this episode:


RunRunLive » Audio Products » MidPackersLament » The Mid-Packer’s Lament Audio Book


It took me a few months…but I kept at it and now can present to you The Mid-Packer’s Lament Audio book.  This is ~50 running stories read into audio by the author (me) and ends up being 6-8 hours of audio.

The Mid-Packer’s Lament is a series of short stories on long distance running, racing and the human comedy inherent in all sports enthusiasts.  This is the perfect book for runners and wannabe runners.  There are stories about training, eating, special places and special races.  There are stories about the accidental athlete in all of us and the stupid things we do for even amateur endeavors.  Whether you are a weekend mid-pack runner or a competitive club runner, you’ll find something thought provoking and amusing that you can relate to in the Mid-Packer’s Lament.

Hope you enjoy consuming it as much as I enjoyed recording it!

Ciao, thanks, and I’ll see you out there.



Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode:

Story time:

Equipment Check:

Speedwork Training prep – week one.


Featured Interview:

Dave McGillvray – Race Director Boston Marathon – Owner DMSE event management.


Dave McGillivray

BAA Boston Marathon® Race Director,
President, DMSE Sports, Inc.

As the founder and president of DMSE Sports, Inc., a special-event management company, McGillivray has produced or consulted on more than 900 mass-participatory athletic events throughout the world, including 23 Boston Marathons; the 2004 and 2008 USA Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials; the 1990 Triathlon World Championship, the 1998 Goodwill Games Triathlon, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Founded by McGillivray in 1981, DMSE Sports is a world leader in sports event management.  DMSE specializes in creating, marketing and producing mass participatory athletic events throughout the U.S. and abroad.  McGillivray is also an accomplished motivational speaker.  More than 1,600 audiences from corporate executives to high school students have experienced McGillivray’s signature ability to engage and inspire listeners.

His 30-year career in the sport of road racing and triathlon earned him the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award,” presented to him by Competitor Magazine.  McGillivray was also presented with the prestigious “Race Director of the Year” award by Road Race Management, Inc., and sponsored by Running Times Magazine.  In 2005 he was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions.

There is an intrinsic relationship between McGillivray and the sport of running. He is not only one of the world’s finest race directors, he himself is an accomplished athlete, perhaps best known for his extraordinary run across the United States from Medford, Oregon to his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts in 1978 covering a total distance of 3,452 miles, benefiting the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Not one to rest on his laurels, he and ten other veteran marathoners ran across the country in May 2004 as part of TREK USA which raised money for five children’s charities.  McGillivray has also completed eight Hawaii Ironman Triathlons and has run 125 marathons, including 38 consecutive Boston Marathons. He has run up the East Coast of the US and completed a 24-hour run, a 24-hour bike ride and a 24-hour swim, all for charity.  In addition, each year McGillivray commemorates his birthday by running the number of miles that correspond with his age.  What began with 12 miles at age 12 will be a 57-mile run on his next birthday, August 22, 2011.

The Last Pick, (Rodale Press), authored by McGillivray (with Linda Glass Fechter), was  published in April 2006.  It chronicles his career while motivating and inspiring the reader to never underestimate their own ability to set and achieve goals.

Running is the tool he uses to set  and achieve goals, motivate others, maintain health, both mental and physical and give back to the community.  The DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation is McGillivray’s newest endeavor which supports non-profit organizations whose efforts are directed at solving the epidemic of childhood obesity by providing direct funding to treatment and prevention programs.

McGillivray creates event experiences that leave an indelible mark on the participants.  He has the respect, trust, experience, confidence, leadership, and vision of a pioneer in the sport.  Boston Marathon legend Johnny Kelley once described McGillivray as a “genius.”  Dave McGillivray serves as a role model for all of us who seek to be the very best in our professional and personal lives.  McGillivray lives in North Andover, Massachusetts with his wife, Katie and five children, Ryan, Max, Elle, Luke and Chloe.


Quick Tip:

Joe Bears race strategy clip –


Ok my heroes and heroines in training you have hitched up your capes and flown triumphantly through the end of yet another RunRunLive podcast Episode 207 in the can.  Next week I think my featured interview is with Adrienne Langeleir – sports psychologist who tells us all the secrets to high level mental performance.

I’m still training away on Iron Man base building.  I told these guys last weekend that my goal was to compete without physically, emotionally and financially bankrupting myself – which appears to be a tall order on all fronts.

I’m off any kind of diet because my workouts are my focus.  I’m back to eating what I want basically and trying to make healthy choices where possible.

I was feeling really ripped from all the swimming and high-volume upper body weights work but, as with all things, I think I did too much too fast and I’ve got a little sore shoulder.  The foot is coming around and I’m getting excited about running again.

I’ve signed up for a masters swim class at the local YMCA once a week and we’ll see if I can straighten out my stroke.  I know swimming is all about efficiency and form, but it goes against my nature not to just try harder.

I’ve got Fuji-san up on the trainer and I acquired some aero-bars that clip on.  I’m not sure I’m designed to ride in the aero position, but we’ll find out.

Outro – http://www.runrunlive.com/leadership-unbounding-assumptions

What are you doing to lead others?  Are you just going along with the momentum that has been created for you?

Think about it, and I’ll see you out there.

You can resolve right now to find me  Twitter, Facebook, DailyMile, YouTube – and Google as cyktrussell that’s Chris yellow king tom Russell with two esses and two ells.

You can resolve to send me a message by dialing – 206-339-7804.  Leave a message there it sends an audio file.

I need show intros! It’s fun and a non-scary way to participate in our community.  Who knows reading the show intro could be the first step for big positive change in your life.  It is in the show notes and on the web site –- you will find all the other content on the website www.runrunlive.com


Here is some nice blues rock by the Detroit Women called 2 plays for a dollar to take you out.

See you next week.


Great news my running friends – my book of running stories “The Mid-Packer’s Lament” is now available in Kindle format at the Kindle store on Amazon.com!  Just search on “Mid-Pack”.  It’s a bargain at an easy $5 and all proceeds go towards supporting the underfunded pension plan of the retired cleaning staff at the RunRunLive world headquarters. I recently got a kindle myself and I love it.  It does reading very well.

The Mid-Packer’s Lament is a series of short stories on long distance running, racing and the human comedy inherent in all sports enthusiasts.  This is the perfect book for runners and wannabe runners.  There are stories about training, eating, special places and special races.  There are stories about the accidental athlete in all of us and the stupid things we do for even amateur endeavors.  Whether you are a weekend mid-pack runner or a competitive club runner, you’ll find something thought provoking and amusing that you can relate to in the Mid-Packer’s Lament.


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Outro Artists Bio:

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Cyktrussell At gmail and twitter and facebook and youtube

Chris’ book on Amazon – > http://www.amazon.com/Mid-Packers-Lament-collection-running-stories/dp/141961584X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228687012&sr=8-1

Mid-Packer’s Lament E-book

Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy E-Book

Dial in number for RunRunLive is – 206-339-7804

Chris Russelllives and trains in suburban Massachusetts with his family and Border collie Buddy.  Chris is the author of “The Mid-Packer’s Lament”, and “The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy”, short stories on running, racing, and the human comedy of the mid-pack.  Chris writes the Runnerati Blog at www.runnerati.com.  Chris’ Podcast, RunRunLive is available on iTunes and at www.runrunlive.com. Chris also writes for CoolRunning.com (Active.com) and is a member of the Squannacook River Runners and the Goon Squad.

Email me at cyktrussell at Gmail dot com

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