2015 National Marathon Safety & Security Summit

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted the 2nd annual National Marathon Safety and Security Summit on December 8-10, 2015. The event took place at The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, MS. This year’s summit focused on developing strategies to implement scalable “Best Practices” at the organizational level.

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Attendees had the opportunity to participate in moderated discussions (round robin) for designated issues (manpower/resources, risk analysis, legal challenges, community politics, buy-in from local agencies and upper management, and financial concerns) within the following topic areas:

  • Event Day Planning
  • Crowd Dynamics/Management
  • Emergency Action Planning
  • Risk and Threat Assessment
  • Staff Development and Performance
  • Technology Use/Information Management

Invitees Included:


  • Marathon event administrators and staff from marathons, half marathons, 10K, and 5K Events
  • Local/state  law enforcement, government officials, emergency managers, fire/HazMat and Emergency Medical/Health Services
  • Security companies responsible for providing contract services
  • City planners
  • Invited solution partners
  • Governing bodies
  • Sport Commissions

Summit Benefits

  • Be among those involved in studying the critical issues and challenges in implementing the “Safety and Security Marathon Best Practices”
  • Opportunities to examine threats, risks and countermeasures of identified major issues
  • Insight on unique perspectives allowing for innovative, current and future-oriented solutions
  • Strategies for organizational growth and development
  • Solutions for event challenges in managing your safety and security organization
  • Networking with top marathon safety and security professionals
  • Panels/Speakers of renowned leaders from different perspectives
  • Continuous improvement through dynamic general sessions

Threats and environments change and as a result, security plans should be considered  living documents that must change to meet challenges, take advantage of new resources/technology and avoid the development of patterns that could result in a security risk.  Continuous quality improvement should be the standard by which security and safety plans are reviewed and refreshed.