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The Last Pick: The Boston Marathon Race Director's Road to Success [Paperback]

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Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 4, 2006
Publisher   Rodale Books
ISBN  1594864225  
EAN  9781594864223  

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"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 lives."
Always 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 director.
At age 23, McGillivray completed his celebrated 3,452-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.

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DAVID J. McGILLIVRAY is race director of the Boston Marathon. He has delivered more than 1,200 motivational speeches and, as president and founder of Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises Inc. (DMSE), he has raised over $1 million for various charities. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

LINDA GLASS FECHTER is a freelance writer who has worked for over 16 years with various charities and athletic organizations.

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Light Reading good for all runners  Jun 25, 2008
McGillivray has led an amazing life, of that there is no doubt. His book chronicles some of his most incredibly adventures. I like it because there is a great mix of his motivation for success and his dealings with the occasional failure. Some of his ideas for inspiration seem specifically-tailored, I question whether pure stubborness will work for everyone, but it certainly did wonders for David.

The flow of the book is a little odd. The undisputed highlight is the coverage of his 3,200 mile run across the country in 80 days. While reading that section, his tone felt very natural, much like he had come to hang out with me and was telling me a great story. His recollections more or less followed his route, but sometimes he would jump around topics.

The rest of the book felt like anticlimax, despite the awe-inspiring accomplishments, because they were a little disjointed, there didn't seem to be a central story. I know with biography, you can't just invent a driving plot, but Last Pick felt more like a collection of short stories out of his life.

Still, it's a good, entertaining read, and if you're a runner it'll reignite your enthusiasm for the sport.
An inspirational life  May 31, 2008
I was very surprised at how much McGillivray accomplished in his life. I picked up his book expecting to read about a marathoner and his experience as the race director of the Boston Marathon and got so much more. McGillivray's cross country run, 24hr run, bike and swim and so on are just amazing in and of themselves.

Sometimes his motivation and drive does seem very obsessive compulsive, but it works for him. I was very inspired by everything he's done and the attitude he takes in life.

I must say that at times it did seem like McGillivray was tooting his own horn. I was also annoyed by the small excerpts and quotes that were literally on every other page. Some were legitimate quotes from a newspaper or contemporary runner/athlete, but many were just his family and friends and didn't really add any credence to his biography. The only thing that was useful was to see the words from the horse's mouth, so to speak, just before McGillivray went into a time in his life where that person was.

All in all a very inspiring book. I would definitely recommend.

4 stars.
250 Pages of Bragging  Jan 16, 2008
This is the most annoying, self-aggrandizing narrative ever written. He brags about everything he's ever done, inserts useless "quotes" from his friends and siblings - mostly quotes that brag about what a special guy he is, and acts as if he's the greatest and most selfless ultrarunner who has graced this green earth. He even has his "resume" of accomplishments at the end, to ensure that the reader has a full complement of information on what a swell guy Dave is.
Could be titled "Fight the Good Fight" or "Never Say Die"  Dec 23, 2007
Starts a bit slowly - just like a good long run - but certainly worth the time and effort as it hits its stride. This man "Dave" is motivational and exceptional in his physical achievements; and he's made most of them up while following his own template. AKA "Don't give Time anything... rather force Time to take from you" and this book follows that philosophy.
Inspirational  Feb 9, 2007
Great read Dave!
Inspiration from someone who has done some inspiring things. Dave's the real deal. Unlike many of our contemporary self-help prophets Dave's got the resume to back it up. He's unpretentious in his accounts and proves the value of setting goals, pursuing them like mad and then setting new goals until life becomes a happy whirl of accomplishment.
The most outstanding thing I learned, and Dave epitomizes, is the power of giving. If you sow so shall you reap - and look at what is possible! Helping people makes his world and ours a better place and that's his success.
I'll be running your (our) big race again this year - thank you and keep it coming...
Read this book and then buy a copy for someone you love.
Chris Russell

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