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A picture book autobiography about Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray's amazing adventure of running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days Finish Strong: Seven Marathons on Seven Continents in Seven Days is the inspiring true story of Dave McGillivray's epic marathon experience In 2018, McGillivray formed a team called "Hold the Plane" to enter the World Marathon Challenge. The first stop was a desert. And not the kind of desert that has lots of sand and cacti. No, the first marathon took place in Antarctica From there, Team Hold the Plane flew to Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Lisbon, Portugal; Cartagena, Columbia; and finally, Miami, Florida, United States Kids ages 5 to 9 get a front row spot as they watch McGillivray overcome lots of challenges, including cold, heat, sore legs, and sickness to achieve his goal of finishing strong. A tale 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.
- Back matter includes a map, an afterword from Dave about overcoming medical issues, and information about the Dream Big Marathon challenge for kids to run 26 miles, read 26 books, and do 26 acts of kindness in 26 weeks, sponsored by the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation.
About the Author
Dave McGillivray is the race director of the iconic B.A.A. Boston Marathon. He is the co-author of Running Across America: A True Story of Dreams, Determination, and Heading for Home and Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination from Nomad Press, and The Last Pick: The Boston Marathon Race Director's Road to Success. Dave is a world-renowned athlete, entrepreneur, speaker, and philanthropist. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts, with his wife, Katie and is the proud dad of Elle, Max, Ryan, Luke, and Chloe. Nancy Feehrer is a writer, reading teacher, and co-author of Running Across America: A True Story of Dreams, Determination, and Heading for Home and Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination from Nomad Press. In addition, she's written books on crafts, snacks, and messages for children. She studied English, children's literature, and writing for children in the Pacific Northwest and has a master's degree in elementary education. She lives in Westford, Massachusetts, with her husband, John, and is the proud mom of Derek, Nate, Tim, and Izzie. Shululu (Hui Li) has always been driven by curiosity. She is the illustrator of several nonfiction picture books from Nomad Press. She received a PhD in computational chemistry from the University of Chicago and her research has been published in the world's most influential science journals, including Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She lives with her family in New York, NY.