Dave McGillivray and I first met at the August 1980 shoe show at the Coliseum on Columbus Circle in NYC. I was there to meet a sponsor for my second Run Across America. Turns out Dave McGillivray was there representing Pro Specs, Pro Specs sponsored Dave’s 1978 Run Across America. Dave and I joined Stan Cottrell, who himself had just finished a Run Across America, for a memorable lunch. We shared some of the experiences and thoughts from our respective journeys. That meeting had a lifelong impact. To this day Dave, Stan and I communicate with one another. Dave, even now, is my number one “go to” person regarding all facets of running event organization.