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Director: Boston Marathon ‘All About Participation’

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QUINCY (CBS) – The Boston Marathon is just five weeks away.

Saturday night in Quincy, marathon director Dave McGillivray, and others were on hand for a silent auction charity event to benefit the DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation.

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McGillivray says the race has changed over the years.

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“Well, years ago it was more about competition, and people really were competing against each other, and now it’s all about participation. The walls of intimidation have crumbled, and people are believing in themselves, and there’s having the guts to make the commitment, earn the right, do the homework, and compete in these events, and go home feeling good about themselves. That’s what it’s all about now,” said McGillivray.

WBZ-TV is the only local station with live wire-to-wire coverage of the 2011 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18th.

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