Dublin Marathon & Race Series

The Dublin Marathon is now one of the biggest in Europe and is growing rapidly,  year on year. The 2016 event was the biggest to date with 19,500 registered runners. With an increase in runners comes and increase in spectators and all the challenges that come with it.

We've been working with the Dublin Marathon team on the Marathon and the annual Race Series for many years now. Over that time we've become more and more involved and, at this stage, work as partners with them. We invest time and resources into learning about marathon and running events specifically so that we might ensure our work on these events is as informed as it can be. 

 

The Challenge

Managing 19,500 people running over 42km of Dublin roads is quite the challenge. Involving huge spectator numbers, full & rolling road closures & builds lasting days, there’s a whole lot to it.

Our Solution

We have partnered with the Dublin Marathon team to work in tandem with them to help develop their planning & safety systems & procedures. We model & explore options with respect to improving all elements of the event from build to break.

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The Result

19,500 people entered the Dublin Marathon in 2016. An estimated 120,000 people watched the race as it wound its way through Dublin. The Marathon has been refined & improved in a wide variety of ways in recent years and we continue to improve.

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We have partnered with the Dublin Marathon team to work in tandem with them to help develop their planning & safety systems & procedures. We model & explore options with respect to improving all elements of the event from build to break.

What we did

We're working closely with the Marathon team as well as all the key stakeholders to ensure the Marathon and Race Series events are planned and managed in line with international best-practice. 

Aside from the annual increase in participant numbers, there are challenges arising out of the ever-changing landscape within Dublin, both infrastructural and otherwise. Things do not stay the same and we do not continue to approach things in the same way. 

We provided:

  • Risk Assessments
  • Safe Capacity Calculations
  • Event Management Plans
  • Site Design & Mapping
  • Traffic Management Planning 
  • Safety Officers

19,500 people entered the Dublin Marathon in 2016. An estimated 120,000 people watched the race as it wound its way through Dublin. The Marathon has been refined & improved in a wide variety of ways in recent years and we continue to improve.

What we did

We've introduced and implemented a wide range of improvements with respect to the Event Management Planning process as well as engagement with key stakeholders in particular. 

We've also focused on smaller, key elements such as the site layout of the start and finish area, the safety supervision both at the Start / Finish as well as out on the course. Improvements in the overall 'customer experience' for the runners are important. 

It's not just about running. It's about how the experience from registration to heading home after the races works or doesn't work and this is an area where the Dublin Marathon team are constantly improving. 

They focus on the runners' experience while we focus on the event itself.

Our relationship with Mags Connelly and Safe Events has benefited the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon and Race Series by producing Event Management Plans to the highest standards. 

The process that Mags presided over helped transform our event planning to a unified, recurring plan. Today we are living the benefits as we have a clear vision of what our plans should contain.  

I consider Mags Connelly a reliable partner who has proven to be creative in problem resolution, reliable in time commitments, and overall consistent in meeting our expectations. The work was above and beyond what we could have expected in a short time frame.

Jim Aughney
Race Director
Dublin Marathon