Race director Dave McGillivray finished the Boston Marathon in the dark on Monday night.
McGillivray, 62, has made it a tradition to run the Hopkinton, Mass to Boylston Street course the night of Marathon Monday. According to race organizers, it was his 45th consecutive running of the Boston Marathon. Thirty of those have been completed hours after the more than 30,000 runners take to the course.
Dave McGillivray finishing his 45th straight Boston Marathon. Congrats to all the finishers of the 121st Boston Marathon! pic.twitter.com/YozqqKlS8k
— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 18, 2017
Joan Benoit Samuelson, the 1984 Olympic marathon champion, and Deena Kastor, the American marathon record holder, greeted McGillivray at the finish line on Boylston. There was a small emblem placed at the start line of the Boston Marathon painted with “Dave” and “45.”
The race director finished 15 consecutive Boston Marathons, alongside the thousands of participants, prior to joining the Boston Athletic Association working with the Boston Marathon. He became the technical director of the race in 1988.