Run Medford Gets Star-Struck For Mayor’s Celebrity Mile

September 16, 2022

Local famous faces take to the streets to compete in Medford this Sunday

Sept. 14, 2022, BOSTON – Nearly 20 celebrities will be toeing the line this Sunday at Run Medford, a brand new weekend-long celebration of community, running, and the City of Medford produced by DMSE Sports and hosted by the Dave McGillivray Finish Strong Foundation. Members of the media, sports legends, political leaders, and more will compete in the Mayor’s Celebrity Mile event, led by Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn. The mile run is just one of three distances to choose from at Run Medford, which highlights founder and race director Dave McGillivray’s connection, legacy, and community service with his hometown. The celebrity field includes:

  • Boston Marathon icons Rick and Troy Hoyt
  • Two-time World Marathon Challenge champion Becca Pizzi
  • Hal Gabriel, who has completed over 100 marathons, including 22 Boston Marathons, and multiple IRONMAN triathlons
  • Olympian Ruben Sanca
  • Paul Veneto, who completed a 200-mile walk from Boston to New York City
  • John Young, an accomplished marathon runner and triathlete with dwarfism
  • Race Director Dave McGillivray
  • WHDH 7News reporter Steve Cooper
  • WCVB Channel 5 Sports Reporter Josh Brogadir
  • Eagle-Tribune Executive Sports Editor Bill Burt
  • State Senator Will Brownsberger
  • Fmr. Boston Police Commission and Boston College Chief of Police Bill Evans
  • Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo
  • Councilor Rick Caraviello
  • Kelly Catalo, City of Medford VIP

1976 Boston Marathon champion Jack Fultz will act as the lead cyclist for the event. All are invited to come out and watch the star-student race. Runners and walkers can still register to participate in Run Medford’s 5k, 8k, mile and Kids Run events this Sunday at www.RunMedford.com.

“Run Medford will be just as fun to spectate as it will be to participate in. Our special celebrity guests have made an impact on Greater Boston and on the sports community, and seeing them all together on Sunday is going to be a thrill,,” said McGillivray. “Whether you want to come run with us or simply catch a glimpse of some famous local faces, there really will be something for everyone at this brand new event.”

Registration for the 8k and 5k events is $45. Entry into the kids’ fun run events is $10. Each participant will receive a finisher’s medal, t-shirt, a copy of McGillivray’s book “Running Across America, A True Story of Dreams, Determination and Heading for Home”, and, for those over 21 years old, two drink tickets for the post-race celebration. Awards will be presented for the top three participants in each age group, overall male, female, and masters divisions.

Run Medford has been brought to life with the support of sponsors including Members Plus, iHeart Media, Carroll’s Restaurant, Life Time Fitness, Medford Chamber of Commerce, Withum Advisory, Construction & General Laborers Union Local 22, Risman Insurance Agency, Inc., Kevin McAnneny, Beacon Consulting Group, Tufts University, Rotary Club of Medford, Domenic Camarra Family, Medford Kiwanis Club, East Cambridge Savings Bank, Remax Andrew Realty Services, Medford Visiting Nursing Association, Brookline Bank, lululemon, Wegman’s, Boston Bruins, AMI Graphics, Interstate Rental Services, and Moozy’s Ice Cream.

For more information on Run Medford, visit www.RunMedford.com and follow the race on Instagram and Facebook. For more information on DMSE Sports, visit www.DMSEsports.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


DMSE Sports is a full-service event-management organization, providing a full range of event and race production, management, and consulting services to support events of all sizes. Dave McGillivray and his team at DMSE Sports are responsible for the technical and logistical aspects of more than 30 races and walks per year. From overseeing organizing committees to working with local officials and handling registration, credentialing, lead vehicles, and course setup, DMSE Sports does it all. The firm has produced more than 1,600 events since opening its doors in 1981, and serves clients throughout the United States. For more information on DMSE Sports, visit www.DMSEsports.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Meg Treat, APR