Dave MacGillivray Inducted Merrimack Hall of Fame

10/13/2017 - 18:37

image007.jpgNORTH ANDOVER, MASS. — Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon and numerous other races throughout the U.S., has been inducted into the Merrimack College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

The 1976 valedictorian and class president of Merrimack College, McGillivray has gone on to become a renowned race director, endurance athlete and motivational speaker. He was inducted along with 11 others at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday night (Oct. 12).

The 12-member Hall of Fame Class of 2017 includes 10 former student-athletes who brought distinction, honor and excellence to Merrimack College as well as two additional individuals – including McGillivray, the founder and president of DMSE Sports - whose “merit, special contributions, and leadership helped advance the College and its athletic program”.

"We are proud to honor all these outstanding student-athletes, and generous supporters of our programs, who helped make Merrimack the success it is today," said President Christopher E. Hopey. "These men and women excelled on and off the field as members of the Merrimack community, and we hold them up as examples to current and future students, and to the world, of what the Warrior spirit embodies."

McGillivray has remained involved with his alma mater over the years. He helped start the Merrimack cross country and track teams, founded the McGillivray Mini-Marathon at Merrimack, biked 1,500 miles around New England for a Merrimack fundraiser, and served as the Commencement speaker in 2012. Last year, he created the DMSE Sports Classic, a weekend of road race events held on the Merrimack College campus.

“In addition to a great education, one of the most impactful things Merrimack gave me was confidence in not underestimating my own ability and confidence in setting goals, not limits,” said McGillivray.

He added, “I’ve always felt there is no such thing as an individual achievement. It takes a village. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. I owe 99 percent of my career accomplishments to my industry colleagues, all the folks at the B.A.A., my team at DMSE Sports and, of course, my supportive family and friends.”

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