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(RWire) Athletics: Dave McGillivray to Keynote Run Walk Ride Fundraising Conference

Boston Marathon race director to speak on "channeling passion" and "maintaining quality and controlling costs" in Dallas, March 3-4, 2010

RYE, N.Y. - (October 27, 2009) - The executives who enlist millions of runners, walkers, cyclists, swimmers and hikers to raise billions of dollars to fight disease, hunger and other social ills will hold their annual conference in Dallas on March 3-4, 2010.

Among the featured speakers at the Run Walk Ride Fundraising Conference will be Dave McGillivray, race director of the BAA Boston Marathon and president of DMSE Sports, Inc., DMSE has produced hundreds of fundraising events from the massive Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk to the unique Vision 5K in which sighted participants run a course blindfolded to demonstrate solidarity with vision-impaired athletes.

Drawing on his inspiring personal history (he ran across the country at age 23, he ran 55 miles this summer on his 55th birthday), Dave will open the conference with a talk on the incredible things individuals can accomplish when they believe in themselves. The next day, he'll call on his vast experience as a race director to counsel athletic event fundraising professionals on how to balance cost and quality control.

Information on the conference, to be held at the Omni Mandalay Hotel on March 3 - 4, is available at or by calling (914) 921-3914.

"Athletic event fundraising has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry, but in this challenging economy program leaders need both solid practical advice and inspiration," said David Hessekiel, founder and president of the Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council. "The Run Walk Ride Fundraising Conference will give event managers access to the hard data, best practices and expert counsel they need to produce programs that deliver stronger bottom-line results for the worthy causes they support."

Other program highlights include:

* The premiere of the Run Walk Ride Thirty, the annual ranking of America's top athletic event fundraising programs
* Presentations on leveraging social media, fundraising incentives, corporate sponsorship and ancillary revenue programs
* The first Endurance Program Summit, a pre-conference gathering for leaders of programs that engage supporters to raise money by participating in long distance runs, rides and triathlons.

Executives who register by January 30 at qualify for early bird discounts.

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