Dublin Marathon & Race Series

The Dublin Marathon is now one of the biggest in Europe and is growing rapidly, year on year. The 2018 event was the biggest to date with 20,000 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 20,000 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

20,000 people entered the Dublin Marathon in 2018. An estimated 150,000 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

20,000 people entered the Dublin Marathon in 2018. An estimated 150,000 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.

We have worked with Safe Events on the Race Series and Marathon for the past number of years.

They have provided a comprehensive and very professional service to us in this time.

The team at Safe Events have such an in-depth understanding of our events and their experience helps us to continuously improve our overall approach to event safety and process development.

We have great confidence in their ability to continually enhance our events and would strongly recommend Safe Events to any event organiser.

Jim Aughney
Race Director
Dublin Marathon