National Marathon Safety and Security Summit Dec. 5-7

09/19/2017 - 12:23

Event Admins & Staff: Make safety & security a top priority for your race!

Marathon and running/endurance event officials from across the country will converge on Dec. 5-7 in Orlando, Fla. for the fourth annual National Marathon and Running Events Safety and Security Summit, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

These events draw large numbers of spectators, making safety and security a top priority for race organizers, public safety, and host communities. High profile events give rise to a host of potential risks and threats that must be addressed to ensure the safety and security of people, property, and infrastructure.

“The unique aspect of this year’s summit will be the focus on compliance into the enhancement of the 4th edition of the national marathon and running events safety and security best practices,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, director of NCS4. “Prior to the Summit, the validity and reliability of each best practice will be surveyed, including addressing issues of scalability for race/event sizes.”

The target audience for the Summit includes event administrators and staff (representing marathons, half marathons, 10K, 5K, and endurance events), local/state law enforcement, government officials, emergency managers, fire/hazMat. emergency medical/health services, city planners, governing bodies, and sport commissions.

In addition to keynote speakers, panel presentations, and networking opportunities, attendees will participate in moderated discussions (round robin format) to enhance best practices for designated issues within the following areas:

Event/Race Day
Crowd Dynamics/Management
Emergency Action Planning
Risk and Threat Assessment
Education, Training, and Awareness
Command, Control, and Communications

Pricing for attendees to attend the Summit is $395 per person. Limited seating available. For more information, visit

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About NCS4

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), at the University of Southern Mississippi, supports the advancement of sport safety and security through training, professional development, academic programs and research. NCS4 collaborates with professional leagues, open access events, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, along with professional associations, private sector firms, and government agencies. It is a critical resource for sport venue managers, event managers, first responders, and other key stakeholders.

About The University of Southern Mississippi

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 14 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at

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