Space Coast Hall of Fame’s David Kilgore Dedicates Time, Talent, Treasure to Assist COVID-19 Healthcare Providers
By Steve Wilson // November 17, 2020
one of the most talented athletes to ever come out of Brevard County
SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME MEMBER DAVID KILGORE is among Brevard County’s most prolific and versatile runners. He earned four high school state titles while at Holy Trinity, was a member of the NCAA National Champion University of Colorado and recognized as the USATF Male Athlete of the Year in 2016.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help those in need and Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame inductee David Kilgore doesn’t just fall into one of those categories, but all three.
Kilgore is one of the most talented athletes to ever come out of Brevard County and has dedicated his time, talent and treasure in a very unique way.
He ran track, and cross country for Coach Doug Butler at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy and if he is not the best runner to ever come out of the Space Coast, he is certainly in the conversation.
In fact, Kilgore has won the Space Coast Marathon for the past five consecutive years and was inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
In the spring of 2020 when the pandemic was just starting to hit, David, who had relocated to New York City by then, decided he wanted to do something to raise funds that would benefit health care workers and first responders.
In March, Kilgore came back to Brevard County with a plan to run 100 miles in one day to raise funds through a GoFundMe account, with the proceeds going to furnish shoes for health care providers and first responders in his now home town of New York City.
As an employee of On footwear, he had the full support of his employer, and also the full support of the retailers that he worked with on a regular basis. Kilgore would buy the shoes from the retailers and give them to heath care/first responders.
So, on March 27, Kilgore took the first step in his 100-mile run. His course was mapped out and would have him run through south Brevard County and along A1A on the beaches. Approximately 17 hours later, David Kilgore had accomplished this amazing feat.
He ran the 100 miles in one day and made it almost look easy!
Kilgore was encouraged along the way by thousands of friends and well-wishers from all over the world. He was followed virtually on his social media pages, and by Space Coast Daily’s Steve Wilson, who did a number of live reports along the route.
Kilgore had a vehicle with three very important people follow him on that day, including his mom Dorothy Fitzgerald, his girlfriend Molly Metivier and his friend/photographer Brenden Clarke.
They supplied much-needed nourishment, fluids and encouragement to a young man that was doing something very difficult, and something very special.
Approximately $20,000 was raised that day as Kilgore and his friends were able to make multiple deliveries to a number of hospitals and health care sites around the city.
“The feeling of helping those in need was even better than finishing the 100 miles,” said Kilgore. “It was awe-inspiring and an unbelievable feeling.”
Kilgore said it was a “Once-in-a-lifetime,” however, if you know him, you know it was not a once-in-a-lifetime venture. He is destined to do bigger and better things because that is the kind of person he is.
And, that is what makes David Kilgore a 2020 Central Florida Humanitarian Award recipient.
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