The Last Pick The Boston Marathon Race Director's Road to

  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • The Last Pick The Boston Marathon Race Director's Road to Success
  • David J. McGillivray
  • English
  • 09 December 2016
  • 9781594864223

10 thoughts on “The Last Pick The Boston Marathon Race Director's Road to Success

  1. Mark Fallon Mark Fallon says:

    Most runners will recognize Dave McGillivary's name as the man who makes the Boston Marathon happen He's also an accomplished athlete who's run across the United States been an 8 time competitor in the World Ironman Championships and run over 120 marathons This book is a fascinating insight to those accomplishments and what drives Dave

  2. Kayla Kayla says:

    Full disclosure if you didn't already know I have the deepest admiration for the Boston Marathon and the runners who work so hard to ualify for the race It would be a challenge to find a book related to the Boston Marathon that I wouldn't love just because the topic is so near and dear to my heart That being said I really enjoyed this book The writing style was fun to read Dave writes just like he talks His accomplishments are astounding and I appreciated the way he described the preparation execution and aftermath of some of them My favorite part about reading this book about a subject I love so much? Learning how incredibly philanthropic McGillivray is When I finished the book I was reminded of one of my favorite uotes “Life's most persistent and urgent uestion is 'What are you doing for others?” MLKjr

  3. Kevin Kevin says:

    This week’s book was “The Last Pick” by David J McGillivray with Linda Glass Fechter and was published in 2006 It’s the autobiographical story of Mr McGillivray who grew up to be the race director of the Boston Marathon He was also the “technical director” from 1988 2001 Basically he grew up to be short 5ft 3 in and this profoundly affected his life and his attitude about his life Because he was so short few believed in his atheletic ability and hence he was always “the last pick” As a young man he goes on to become an accoplished runner in high school and college and then he becomes one the first hand full of people to run across the continental US roughly 3400 miles His story is an interesting one but I got tired of hearing about his being short He seems to have to mention it every 10 pages Aside from this minor shortcoming pun intended the story is a good heartwarming tale and the author comes across as a very good man One thing I found interesting was there was no mention of the WS100 Considering it’s supposed to be one the oldest and most prestigious ultra runs I thought it would at least rate a reference I guess when you’ve run 3400 miles in 80 days 100 in 24 Hrs is no big deal

  4. Debbie Rhines Debbie Rhines says:

    Loved this book This is a man who was last picked in athletics as a boy because he was so short He did not make high school sports and was often teased He decided to work really hard and challenge himself to prove to himself and others that he was exceptional and his size was not a handicap It is an inspiring book about if you think you can you will find a way This man has done some amazing unthinkable things and was able to accomplish them because he believed he could I related to a lot as a runner but even if you are not a runner you will enjoy this book and learn great things Love his uotes and life lessons I am so interested in finding out what else he has to do in the future

  5. Carla Carla says:

    This book helped me in uite a few ways First it made me look forward to cardio days because they were my chance to read in peace Second because I was having a cruddy day before I picked it up and it gave me reasons to think I could get past my cruddy day Third Holy Inspiration Batman Any time you step back from a challenge because you think you can't think again If you were the last one picked for insert gym sport here or if you were the first one picked read this Thank you Dave You gave an awesome keynote at the Runner's World Half last year and I hope I can shake your hand again at the 10k Across the Bay in November

  6. Papaparsons Papaparsons says:

    Fun book to read It sure gave me new motivation to keep in shape set lofty goals and work hard to achieve them He has accomplished a lot Right after I finished I went out and signed up for 15K run He has also done much good in his life Running a mile for every year old you are on every birthday is uite the achievment for someone over 50

  7. Angela Angela says:

    35 stars Slow going in the first 50 pages or so and tough to follow at some points throughout the book as it jumps back and forth in time The best parts are his descriptions of his run across the US and other such endeavors Lots of life lessons in the book and he is certainly a great example of how we could all make a difference in the world

  8. Chris Chris says:

    Above and beyond the guy is an egomaniac but at least he admits it in a chapter titled The Ego In spite of this it does serve as a motivational book for runners Very interesting to see all the prep work then effort to run across the country all while thinking that could never happen these days

  9. Dyan Lally Dyan Lally says:

    Very interesting read about the man behind the Boston Marathon and so much Mind boggling to read about all of his accomplishments and he is so humble and generous and sincere not to mention driven

  10. Maureen Maureen says:

    I enjoyed this book a lot than I thought I would A funny inspirational book it's not just about running and Dave's race organizations Life metaphors etc great read

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The Last Pick The Boston Marathon Race Director's Road to Success If you can dream it it can happen In this heartening book Boston Marathon race director and motivational speaker David McGillivray shares the challenges he has overcome to inspire readers to similar triumphs in their own livesAlways the last pick for team sports because of his small stature David McGillivray drove himself to excel at individual sports Whe he was 16 he set himself up for the one failure that would motivate the rest of his life He attempted to run in his first Boston Marathon without training for the event Not crossing the finish line could have been a crushing blow Instead he went on to complete 115 marathons and eventually to become the Boston Marathon's race directorAt age 23 McGillivray completed his celebrated 3452 mile run across the United States to raise money for cancer research The story of his journey and what he learned about himself will give all readers a new understanding of how to prepare for and achieve success McGillivray's many accomplishments will convince readers that virtually any goal is possible This book will motivate them to overcome the mental obstacles that often keep dreams from becoming reality

About the Author: David J. McGillivray

Besides running across the country in the seventies when he was not old enough to know better Dave McGillivray runs his age in miles every birthday For than 25 years he has brought running to thousands and has provided guidance to Running USA in countless ways He is also the director of the BAA Boston Marathon