Organising a fun run takes a lot of time and effort. There are numerous factors to consider, but safety should be on top of your priorities. From conceptualisation to actual execution, you must dedicate time and effort to ensuring the success and safety of your event.
Choose the Ideal Location and Date
Picking an ideal venue for the race is integral to the success of your event. Proximity and accessibility are vital when picking a venue. Consider a large area that is easily accessible and open so as to avoid overcrowding. Major roads and wide areas are ideal options for a running event as they provide ample space for a sizeable group of participants and onlookers, alike.
Avoid planning your fun run on dates when a number of races are happening simultaneously. This way, you can be more assured of a good turnout of running aficionados at your event. Remember to check on venue availability, as well, for your preferred date. Take holidays and weekends into account because this is typically when people are available.
Get Road Permission
If your event will take place in a major road or will impact it in a significant way, you have to secure a permit beforehand. In Victoria, VicRoads is responsible for the management of all major roads and freeways. They take safety, traffic impact and congestion and effects of non-road activities into account. VicRoads notes on their website that a complete permit application has to be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event. You also need to notify Victoria Police and obtain a highway events permit that typically requires two months’ prior notice.
These permits may come at respective fees, so it’s best to find out prior to the day of application. Allow ample time between your event and securing all the documents and permits you need in case there are delays or other matters that need to be straightened out with the issuing party.
As mentioned, of the many factors to consider when planning a running event, safety should be your top priority. From traffic control and water stations to the presence of a medical team and first-aid personnel, you should take all aspects into account to prevent untoward incidents.
Traffic management is vital to keeping the participants of your event safe from vehicular traffic. Enhance the visibility of your event grounds by putting up proper signage and markers to alert drivers, especially if your event will impact major roads. Set up traffic control flags and banners for optimal visibility. These traffic safety flags and indicators effectively signal motorists that the area has been temporarily closed off or that traffic has been rerouted.
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