I recently had the privilege of getting to know Dave McGillivray whose organization DMSE is producing my client’s upcoming multi-sport races this May 19 and September 22-23, 2012. Best known as the organizer of the Boston Marathon (taking place today!), Dave actually has a long history in the sport of triathlon and Ethos will be the first multi-sport race he has done in years.
LAVA Magazine kindly took the opportunity to write about Ethos and Dave’s involvement in a great interview by Jennifer Ward. The entire interview can be found here. Dave is very articulate and I especially like the following portion of the interview:
So your participation in triathlon led you into the events business.
Yes, one thing led to another and now I’ve directed about 150 races, from the Goodwill Games to World Cups. The last time I directed triathlon was probably about three years ago or so. The business started turning to more of a focus on running and charity walks and the like. I had to look at it from not just a passion but a business perspective. When you can attract five, ten, 20 thousand people to run a 5K road race, versus long-course triathlon with 500 people, well, you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to do the math.
That’s when I got this phone call from Mike O’Neil (owner and producer of the Ethos events). He told me he was starting this new project and wondered if we’d be interested. I asked him what it was and he said triathlon, and at first I was like “Well, I’m not too sure I want to jump back in.” Last year I was voted into the Triathlon Hall of Fame and, well, I know I’ve done a few things in this sport but I also felt a sense of guilt because I hadn’t done anything in the last few years. I thought, “Why am I standing here with Dave Scott and people like that?” I thought if the right opportunity presented itself I might get involved again in a small way. I haven’t done a lot of events in California, and I thought it wasn’t a bad place to be. Plus, I thought that having it all on private property might take the edge off a little in that you don’t have to get a lot of permits. Also knowing that Jarrod Shoemaker would be involved, who’s a friend, I just thought it was a good opportunity. All the stars seemed to align: the right time of year, location, venue, and with the right people involved.
A few triathlon facts you may not have known about Dave McGillivray:
- In 1981, he founded DMSE Sports Inc., and the first event he directed was the 1982 Bay State Triathlon in his native Medford
- Directed at least 150 triathlons including the 1983 Cape Cod Endurance Triathlon, believed to be the first ultra-distance event of its kind in the continental U.S.
- Directed the second-ever ITU World Championship in 1990 in Orlando, Fla. and the 1998 Goodwill Games Triathlon Games in New York City
- Competed in his first of eight Ironman Triathlons in 1980 after reading about the event in Sports Illustrated a year earlier
- Created the New England Triathlon Series in 1984, one of the first triathlon series in the U.S.
- He served on the Board of Directors of USA Triathlon for seven years
- Was the agent to many of the sports biggest stars in the 1980s, including Mike Pigg, Erin Baker, Scott Molina, Karen Smyers, Jan Ripple, Ken Glah and Dave Scott
- He completed the New England Run in 1981, a 1,522-mile triathlon around New England to benefit the Jimmy Fund of Boston, consisting of a daily one-mile swim, 80-mile bike and 20-mile run each day for 32 days. He completed this amazing feat in front of 60,000 spectators in Foxboro Stadium.