Finish Strong: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days is a nonfiction picture book based on McGillivray’s World Marathon Challenge run


BOSTON, MA – (April 8, 2021) – Dave McGillivray, President of DMSE Sports and Race Director of the Boston Marathon, and co-author Nancy Feehrer will officially launch their third children’s picture book Finish Strong: Seven Marathons Seven Continents Seven Days on Patriots’ Day, April 19, 2021. They plan to host a video conference call with more than 100 people including many of the runners who participated with McGillivray in the 2018 World Marathon Challenge which consisted of running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. The book is now available online via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Nomad Press.

Kids and adults will be inspired by McGillivray’s story of passion, determination, and grit. Finish Strong delivers with vibrant, real-life character paired with lively, colorful illustrations. Together, McGillivray, Feehrer, and illustrator Shululu create a story that is heartwarming, inspiring, and beautifully presented.

Finish Strong will also be donated to children at schools throughout Massachusetts as a gift from the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation when McGillivray begins to speak at schools again. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Foundation.


Kirkus Reviews states, “A veteran marathoner recalls an around-the-world race in 2018. Snapshots…add up to some vivid memories, and he builds climactic suspense by describing how he powers through an increasingly painful injury to finish the final leg. Readers will be swept along to the finish line.”


Frank Shorter, Olympic marathon silver and gold medalist noted, “Seven marathons on seven continents in seven days: It can be done! Just imagine what you might be able to do!”


And, Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially register for and run the Boston Marathon and author of Marathon Woman stated, “Join Dave McGillivray’s global adventure, be inspired, and finish with a smile on your face!”


A renowned race director, motivational speaker, philanthropist and endurance athlete, McGillivray and his company, DMSE Sports, is currently managing mass vaccination sites at Gillette Stadium, Fenway Park, Reggie Lewis Center and the Hynes Convention Center. A Medford, MA native who now lives in North Andover, MA.

“I can’t be more thrilled with our third children’s book,” said McGillivray. “Nancy did another magnificent job and the illustrations by Shululu are outstanding. I can’t wait until we can make some appearances at local schools again to share this amazing story with children from around the Commonwealth.”

McGillivray and Feehrer also co-authored two previous children’s picture books, Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination and Running Across America: A True Story of Dreams, Determination and Heading for Home.