Running Across America
A True Story of Dreams, Determination, and Heading for Home
Dave McGillivray Nancy Feehrer Hui Li
Nomad Press Llc
A full-color, inspiring picture book about Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray’s 3,452-mile run across America in 80 days!
As a teenager, Dave McGillivray heard a news story about a person biking across the United States. “What a great idea!” he thought. “But instead of a bike, I’ll use my sneakers!”
This is the funny, touching, true story of McGillivray’s 80-day, 3,452-mile run from Medford, Oregon, to his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts. In Running Across America: A True Story of Dreams, Determination, and Heading for Home, McGillivray tells the tale of how he braved the Sierra and Rocky Mountains, millions of grasshoppers in Nebraska, days of pouring rain in Ohio, the occasional rattlesnake, and intensely sore knees. On top of it all, homesickness and doubt are constant companions as he tries to achieve his dream of running from coast-to-coast.
And that’s not his only dream—the cross-country run is part of his goal to help kids in need. By making the run a fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund, McGillivray joins his favorite baseball team, the Red Sox, in making lives better for children battling cancer. Through 13 states, blistering heat, and being “pulled over” by a State Trooper, McGillivray relies on good friends, family, a sense of humor, and sheer determination to fulfill a dream—and to help kids who can’t run.
• A true story with lots of humor and heart, this picture book is a follow-up to Dave McGillivray’s book about the first time he ran the Boston Marathon, Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination.
• Running Across America serves as the basis for McGillivray’s Dream Big "Marathon," a challenge explained at the end of the book 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.
• Perfect for independent readers and as a read aloud nonfiction picture book.
About Nomad Press
Nomad Press books bring real-world figures to life through fun, engaging narratives paired with dynamic, brightly colored illustrations. Elementary-aged children are introduced to the race director of the Boston marathon through a true tale of Dave McGillivray’s cross-country run. Nomad’s unique approach simultaneously grounds kids in factual knowledge while allowing them the space to be curious, creative, and critical thinkers.
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Dave McGillivray is the longtime race director of the iconic Boston Marathon and a world-renowned athlete, entrepreneur, speaker, and philanthropist. He is also the co-author of The Last Pick: The Boston Marathon Race Director’s Road to Success. Dave lives in North Andover, Massachusetts, with his wife, Katie. He is the proud dad of Elle, Max, Ryan, Luke, and Chloe.
Nan Feehrer is a writer and a reading teacher. She studied English, children’s literature, and writing for children in the Pacific Northwest and has a master’s degree in elementary education. Nancy lives in Westford, Massachusetts, with her husband, John, and is the proud parent of Derek, Nate, Tim, and Izzie.
Shululu (Hui Li) has always been driven by curiosity. She is the illustrator of the Picture Book Science set and the forthcoming Gutsy Girls Go for Science series from Nomad Press. She received a PhD in computational chemistry from the University of Chicago and is devoted to bringing joy and science to young readers through fun illustrations! She lives with her husband in New York, New York.