… delivering sound control and event management systems
The Sun-Herald City2Surf, the world’s largest fun run, was once again an event with some interesting challenges. Moving 80,000 runners and spectators in and out of Sydney’s CBD and the iconic Bondi Beach tourist location, has its logistical issues. The P.A. People is a small but integral part of that substantial exercise.
As in previous years, our role was a mix of crowd control announcement systems, spectator entertainment PA’s and a site-wide emergency radio paging system. We provided PA for all start positions as well as a VIP viewing area. We worked closely with Event producers and suppliers, delivering a production package to support an enjoyable event for the competitors, sponsors, broadcasters and other stakeholders. This included provision of five integrated PA systems for the Start-line portion of the event as well as interfacing between broadcast elements and other contractors to deliver audio and some vision/image elements to all parts of the start area in Hyde Park and Macquarie St. The Finish line included nine PA systems spread over the event ‘village’ and Finish line area at Bondi Beach; PA’s delivered race commentary, announcements and entertainment throughout the site.
This year we assisted with a new challenge when Westpac, a major sponsor of the event, requested a phone link from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to our control position on the Finish line for broadcast to the “Event Village Stage”.
We worked closely with other technical partners, to achieve the seamless post-presentation live cross to the helicopter. This added another aspect to a great day for runners and spectators alike - and a positive outcome for the event organisers.