The Fargo Marathon

Week of May 15-20, 2017

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True Boston Qualifier!


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Speaker Series


We are very excited to have 3 outstanding speakers at the 2017 Fargo Marathon!  With G.P. Pearlberg at 2pm, Mike Reilly at 3pm and Dave McGillivray at 4pm - there is a full afternoon of inspiration and excitement!

G.P. Pearlberg

Mike Reilly

Dave McGillivray

2:00pm - Author, "Run Tall, Run Easy" 3:00pm - The Voice of Ironman 4:00PM - Director of B.A.A. Boston Marathon

Coach Gerard (GP) Pearlberg - USAFT Coach, Level 2, Co-Founder, Author - "Run Tall, Run Easy", aka “Coach GP,” hails from England and has been an avid athlete for 42 of his 50 years.
An international rugby player for many years, GP took up distance running in April 1990. He ran his first marathon at New York that year after being challenged by his sister Nicole. After that initial 4:41 at New York, GP was determined to find out why the marathon had been such a challenge. From that day forward, he was committed to uncovering the secrets to moving the human body through space with as much efficiency, economy, and speed as possible. Over the next 22 years, GP completed 26 marathons, including a 2:34:00 in the 1998 Napa Valley Marathon and a 4:21 mile at the Capital Mile in Sacramento at age 35.

GP’s professional coaching career was born. He is considered one of the top authorities on running biomechanics, and has coached several world-class runners, including Florida’s two-time Olympic marathoner, Ronnie Holassie and USA #1 800 meter runner Ajee Wilson. He also coaches age-group runners around the world via his Web site:

Coach GP has completed 27 marathons (18 under three hours) and is currently training to break 2.45 at the 2014 New York marathon at age 51. A member of Team Spira, GP is also the head coach for Team Boomer, part of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, providing Athletic Scholarships and raising funds & awareness in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. In addition to his own full time athletes, GP coached 125+ Team Boomer runners for the 2013 NY marathon. 

GP does TV and radio commentary, and he is a frequent guest at races across North America, where his talk, “Proper Running Biomechanics: How to Get Out of Trouble When Trouble Strikes,” offers race participants concrete advice they can apply to their running the very next day in the race. Coach GP is one of the featured speakers in the Marathon & Beyond Speakers Bureau, joining a distinguished panel that includes legendary American distance runners Helen Klein and Patti Catalano Dillon. Coach GP brings his own brand of energy, humor, and high degree of motivation to his speaking engagements, along with straightforward facts that runners can put into use immediately.

Endurance events are Mike Reilly’s life! He has worked as an on-site announcer and TV host for Running & Triathlon events worldwide since the late 70’s. This has placed a microphone in his hands at over 1000 endurance events in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Germany, Ireland, Great Britain, Switzerland, and Mexico.

He is best known as the “Voice of Ironman” and this October will be his 29th year calling the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. He has announced 161 Ironman’s worldwide since 1989 with over 300,000 triathletes hearing his famous and heartwarming phrase “You Are an Ironman!”

Mike has been involved with endurance sports since running his first of 15 marathons in 1978, opening up a running store in 1979, competing in his first triathlon in 1980, and qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 1981. He has announced some famous running events such as the Rock n Roll Marathon series, Chicago Marathon, Carlsbad 5000, Austin Marathon, Columbus Marathon, and of course the Fargo Marathon!

He and his wife Rose (3:46 Marathon PR) and family reside in Southern California. Daughter Erin is Mom of grandson Graham and a Boston Marathon Finisher (as is her husband Andrew). Son Andy owns RacePlace, an endurance event website & publication in Southern California that his Mom started in 1984. He is also a Boston finisher and a 2013 Ironman Arizona finisher.

Hear Mike share some of his inspirational stories from the World’s most famous finish lines which will be in his book he is currently writing.

Dave McGillivray translates his extraordinary life journeys and athletic achievements into life lessons which leave each audience wanting more. For 35 years and over 1,800 appearances, McGillivray has inspired and motivated audiences in nearly every major US city and has traveled abroad to various countries including Canada, Denmark, England, France, Poland, Sweden, in addition to Bermuda and the Caribbean. Everyone has a story to tell. For Dave McGillivray, it was his strong desire to be an athlete that led him to run across the country at age 23…the year was 1978. The finish of that run led to the start of countless other journeys and challenges. McGillivray is unique in that he is both an accomplished athlete and an accomplished businessman. He knows what it takes to complete an endurance event and also the painstaking detail and management that go into a successfully run event, from a 40,000 person marathon to a 500 person charity walk. That 80-day trek across the United States led to a life of pushing himself both mentally and physically.

McGillivray is now Race Director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and has directed many of the countries most prestigious races such as the 2004 and 2008 US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, the 1990 ITU Triathlon World Championship, the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race and numerous other races. He addresses audiences with a motivational account which is not about running…it’s about what’s possible if you believe in yourself and your own ability to do the seemingly insurmountable. McGillivray recently competed in his 9th Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championship and was featured on NBC Sports.

For more information about Dave McGillivary, Check out Dave's DEFINING MOMENTS

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