If there was ever an athletic event that could have just folded under duress and horrendous circumstances, this was one of them. On race day two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line in 2013. It was a tragedy no one will forget. Sports should be immune from politics and world events, but on that day we were all reminded that it doesn’t.
They were somewhere at the finish. Dave raced back. But by the time he got there, not even he was allowed to enter the area. The police had taken over. It was no longer a sporting event. It was the scene of a terrorist attack. Fortunately, no one in his family was hurt!
It would have been so easy to never hold the race again in light of the lives lost. The unseen danger was a shock to everyone. But the opposite happened. The race, Dave, the athletes stood back up and held it the very next year in honor of those who were affected by the bombing.
That next year McGillivray also competed in and completed the IRONMAN in Hawaii. It was not his first time there by any stretch, and will likely not be his last. He also completed the World Marathon Challenge this past year running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.
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I am the Founder and CEO at Mark Allen Coaching. I am proud to have been voted in an ESPN global poll "The Greatest Endurance Athlete Of All Time." During my multi-sport career I won the Ironman Triathlon World Championship six time, the inaugural Triathlon World Championship at the Olympic Distance in Avignon, France, and at one point in my career I won 21 straight races across every derivation and distance. It was a great career, but that's all it would ever be unless I was able to share all of the experience and methodology we invented long before smart watches, power meters, and flashy uniforms. That's why I started Mark Allen Coaching, as a way to return to others at least the part of the gifts I received.