Finish Strong: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days
Running Across America
A True Story of Dreams, Determination, and Heading for Home
In Running Across America: A True Story of Dreams, Determination, and Heading for Home, Dave McGillivray tells the touching tale of how he ran 3,452 miles from Medford, Oregon, to his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts, in 1978. Braving mountains, the elements, crickets, snakes, and homesickness, McGillivray runs in support of the Jimmy Fund and relies on good friends, family, a sense of humor, and sheer determination to$16.95
A True Story of Courage and Determination
In Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination, Dave tells the true story of how he turns to running, because you don’t have to be big to be a marathon runner. But you do need to train. And Dave doesn’t do much training before he crosses his first starting line of the Boston$16.95
Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days
Finish Strong: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days is the inspiring true story of the ultimate marathon experience! Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Race Director, joined a team in 2018 to attempt the World Marathon Challenge. The first marathon was a desert—but not a desert with lots of sand and cacti. No, the first marathon took$16.95
"Still hoofing along after literally Running Across America (2019), McGillivray offers another autobiographical outing. This one sends him over “26.2 cold, crunchy miles” in Antarctica, “26.2 miles of out-and-back loops along the Persian Gulf,” and like distances on five other continents in a single week as a participant in the annual World Marathon Challenge. . . . readers will be swept along to the finish line. (Picture book/memoir. 7-9)"
"In just twenty-nine brief pages, runner and race director McGillivray makes the impossible seem possible. In his autobiographical account of running seven marathons, on seven different continents, in seven consecutive days, McGillivray manages to both share a significant life event and provide readers with a truly inspirational story. Appeals to readers of all ages who are looking to read a true story of encouragement and reminds them to always finish their journeys, no matter what."
Michael Wardian, Marathoner, Ultra-marathoner, and World Marathon Challenge record holder for the fastest average marathon time
“Mind blowing! A colorful tour-of-the-world through the eyes of a determined runner with heart, humor, and tenacity. Finish Strong has me fired up to continue to push boundaries and to chase my dreams!”
Kathrine Switzer, first woman to register for and run the Boston Marathon & author of Marathon Woman
“Just run and you can see the world! Join Dave McGillivray's global adventure, be inspired, and finish with a smile on your face!”
Becca Pizzi, two-time World Marathon Challenge champion
“Finish Strong inspires you to step out of your comfort zone and dream big. Dave McGillivray shows grit and determination in this incredible run around the world!”
Frank Shorter, Olympic marathon silver and gold medalist
“Seven marathons on seven continents in seven days: It can be done! Just imagine what you might be able to do!”
Detailed Book Description
Finish Strong: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days is the inspiring true story of the ultimate marathon experience! Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Race Director, joined a team in 2018 to attempt the World Marathon Challenge. The first marathon was a desert—but not a desert with lots of sand and cacti. No, the first marathon took place in Antarctica! In only seven days, the team ran marathons on every continent: Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, and finally, North America.
Travel the world with McGillivray as he overcomes incredible challenges, including freezing temperatures, soaring heat, sore legs, and sickness, to achieve his goal of finishing strong. A true story of determination, Finish Strong inspires readers to work hard at whatever challenge they choose to take on. Perfect as a read aloud or for independent readers.