About Us

The DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation, founded in 2003 by BAA Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray, was created to support non profit programs that used running as a primary means of promoting physical fitness in children. The goal was to help give children a chance to experience a life enriched by the countless benefits of physical fitness.

As the founder and president of DMSE Sports, Inc., a special-event management company, McGillivray has produced or consulted on more than 900 mass-participatory athletic events throughout the world, including 23 Boston Marathons; the 2004 and 2008 USA Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials; the 1990 Triathlon World Championship, the 1998 Goodwill Games Triathlon, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Over the span of his career, Dave has helped various organizations raise tens of millions of dollars for their respective causes, including Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital, The Lazarus House and many more.

After helping so many causes over the years, the DMSE Foundation turned its focus towards creating its very first “in-house” program; a program that would represent Dave’s commitment to helping give children a chance at both healthy bodies and healthy minds. As a result, in 2009 the DMSE Foundation launched RUNNING IN PLACES, an innovative program for public school students that combines the benefits of physical activity with visits to educational destinations throughout the greater Boston area.
The mission of RUNNING IN PLACES is to help students:

  •  Increase their level of physical activity
  • Develop a desire for personal health
  • Strive for academic excellence
  • Build character, confidence and self-esteem

RUNNING IN PLACES was successfully piloted in the Spring of 2010 and continues to provide healthy and educational adventures for students throughout the greater Boston area.

To learn more about RUNNING IN PLACES, please contact us

The DMSE Foundation Inc. is an IRS- approved 501(c)3 organization.