Second annual event in Dave McGillivray’s hometown will raise funds for local nonprofits, programs
MEDFORD, Mass. – After launching last fall, Run Medford has announced it will once again bring a variety of community running and walking events in Medford, Mass., on Sept. 22 and 23. The event is presented by the Dave McGillivray Finish Strong Foundation and produced by DMSE Sports. The event will feature new distances and events, including a five-mile run and two-mile walk at Medford City Hall on Saturday morning, and as well as children’s and mile events at Hormel Stadium on Friday night. Festivities will kick off with the dedication of the Dave McGillivray Track at Hormel, an honor revealed by Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn to McGillivray at last year’s Run Medford event. Registration is now open for all distances.
The multi-day celebration of community, running, and the City of Medford highlights founder and race director Dave McGillivray’s connection, legacy, and community service with his hometown. Funds raised by Run Medford will be distributed by the Finish Strong Foundation to local beneficiaries in the Medford community, which will be announced in the coming months. Last year, the Foundation made donations of the proceeds to Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library, Power Kids Summer Enrichment Program, Medford Parks And Recreation Program, Medford Senior Center and the Center For Citizenship And Social Responsibility At Medford High School.
Nearly 750 people turned out for the first edition of the race last September. All participants received Medford-themed swag including finish medals and t-shirts featuring the blue Mustang mascot of Medford High School. Finishers also received copies of McGillivray’s book “Running Across America, A True Story of Dreams, Determination and Heading for Home” – which tells the tale of his Medford, Ore. to Medford, Mass. run across the nation. DMSE Sports and the Finish Strong Foundation are planning to present locally-themed finisher giveaways and awards this year.
ABOUT DMSE SPORTS
DMSE Sports is a full-service event-management organization, providing a full range of event and race production, management, and consulting services to support events of all sizes. Dave McGillivray and his team at DMSE Sports are responsible for the technical and logistical aspects of more than 30 races and walks per year. From overseeing organizing committees to working with local officials and handling registration, credentialing, lead vehicles, and course setup, DMSE Sports does it all. The firm has produced more than 1,600 events since opening its doors in 1981 and serves clients throughout the United States. For more information on DMSE Sports, visit www.DMSEsports.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
ABOUT THE DAVE MCGILLIVRAY FINISH STRONG FOUNDATION
The Dave McGillivray Finish Strong Foundation seeks to inspire and empower youth across New England and beyond to increase physical activity, expand literacy, and build community and self-esteem through running, reading, and performing acts of kindness. Their vision is rooted in a belief that discovering a passion for physical activity, reading, and acts of kindness at a young age gives individuals self-confidence and self-respect, which empowers them to move forward—one step at a time. For over eighteen years, the foundation has remained committed to preparing individuals for future success and building vibrant communities. For more information on the Dave McGillivray Finish Strong Foundation, visit www.davemcgillivrayfoundation.org and follow the foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.