Meet The Experts

An unparalleled panel of experts brought together to Find Your Finish Line

As our team journey towards Boston, our panel of experts will be there to provide insight, advice and support. In addition, they’ll also be guest blogging with us, sharing important ideas around our weekly topics.

Our Experts

Dave McGillivray

Race Director of the Boston MarathonDave-McGillivray

It is simply impossible to separate the modern Boston Marathon and Dave McGillivray. Dave has been the race director since 1988. On top of that, he’s not just a behind the scenes guy, Dave has run the race himself for over 40 years, one of those times, even blindfolded!

Among his many accomplishments, he is also part of an elite group of runners that have traversed the country. He’s done it twice, first west to east from Oregon to Massachusetts and then south to north from Florida to Maine.

What makes these feats more admirable is that he did them to raise money for charities he holds dear. He estimates that he’s run over 150,000 miles and raised millions for charities.

Last year, Runner’s World ranked McGillivray one of the top ten Most Influential People in Running. Dave is also an author, a motivational speaker and philanthropist.

Read Dave’s Previous Contributions:

“Motivation Is All Around Us” – Reflections on Motivation

“The Most Critical Ingredient” – Thoughts on Preparation

“Learn, Know, Accept and Respect” – Reflections as a Runner

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Bob Babbitt

Co-Founder Competitor Magazine, Iron Man Hall of Fame & Storyteller

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If you’re looking for one word to describe Bob Babbitt, you’d probably want to start with “endurance.” As an athlete, Bob was one of the first Ironman Triathletes, beginning back in the late 1970s. His contributions since have earned him recognition by the Ironman and USA Triathlon Hall of Fames.

He is a prolific and enduring storyteller, a iconic bridge between the sport and its community. He co-founded Competitor Magazine and created Competitor Radio. His current endeavors are wrapped around Babbitt Media Group and includes his site, Babbittville.com. As host of Babbittville Radio, his radio and podcast program, Bob showcases the world’s best endurance athletes. Through Breakfast with Bob, on YouTube, you can watch him interviewing elite athletes around the world.

Bob’s boundless dedication to the endurance community and his embracing charm to all that have crossed his path makes him one of the most beloved contributors to the sport.

Read Bob’s Previous Contributions:

“Sport Makes Us Whole” – Reflections on Motivation

“Less is More” – Thoughts on Preparation

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Matt Fitzgerald

Best-selling Author

If you were in Boston in 1983, you would have had the incredible opportunity to see an 11 year old Matt Fitzgerald finish the Boston Marathon—sort of.  Matt’s father was the one that actually ran the race that year.  On the final mile, Matt and his two brothers joined their father, running him in to the finish line.  As onlookers cheered, he remembers distinctly hearing people pointing and saying “look at the kids” running.  The cheering crowd had thought all four of them had run the whole thing. “It was the biggest deal of my entire life.  I remember it vividly.  The very next day at the breakfast table, I announced I was going to be a runner.”

 

Today, Matt is an accomplished writer, with over 20 books to his name and numerous bylines with leading national fitness publications. He’s run countless races and over 20 marathons. Running and writing are two of Matt’s true loves in life.  Last year, we had the pleasure of Matt joining our 2016 Boston Marathon team where he was finally able to find the redemption he’s been searching for most of his running career.

Read Matt’s Previous Contributions:

Staying Positive through Adversity

Getting Better Every Day
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Michelle Jezycki

Hyland’s Masters Athlete

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Michelle Jezycki is someone who can take care of you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a casual runner or a full-fledged competitive triathlete. Not only is she a coach and trainer but she also founded a full service travel agency specializing in the needs of endurance sports athletes.

As an endurance athlete, you’re so focused on preparing for race day that the last thing you want to think about are the logistics of getting to the actual race. Michelle has coordinated over 90 events worldwide on behalf of her clients.

Michelle ran the Boston Marathon in 2013 as well as 2014. She recalls the latter year as running through a standing ovation for 26.2 miles. Her advice for first time runners is to split the race into four 10k races and then tackle each 10k’s unique challenges with different strategies.

Read Michelle’s Previous Contributions:

“Miles as Stepping Stones” – Reflections on Motivation

“Race Day is Pay Day” – Thoughts on Preparation

“Accept the ‘Bonus’ Challenges” – Reflections as a Runner

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Mike Ehredt

Hyland’s Masters Athlete

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Mike Ehredt is an American runner — quite literally. In 2010, Mike ran across America from Astoria, OR to Rockland, ME. In 2012, he ran across the country again, this time from north to south. In total, he ran 6,570 miles those two years, and each mile held a very special meaning. Every mile, Mike would stop to plant a flag in remembrance and gratitude for a fallen soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What is even more remarkable is that as a child, Mike had two club feet and knock-knees. Through medical procedures and personal determination, he’s become an elite ultra distance runner, frequently participating in 100 milers.

Mike will be running the Boston Marathon this year for the 4th time and he’s dedicating his run to the community of Boston.

Read Mike’s Previous Contributions:

“The Door of Motivation” – Reflections on Motivation

“Grit is the Final Ingredient” – Thoughts on Preparation

“You Will Never Lose” – Reflections as a Runner