Moving 80,000 runners and spectators in and out of Sydney’s CBD and the iconic Bondi Beach tourist location, has its logistical issues and again this year, The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac, the world’s largest fun run, was an event with some interesting challenges. The P.A. People is a small but integral part of that substantial exercise.
As in previous years, the company’s role was a mix of crowd control announcement systems, spectator entertainment PA’s and a site-wide emergency radio paging system. The P.A. People provided PA for all start positions as well as a VIP viewing area and worked closely with event producers and suppliers, delivering a production package to support the 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. Our PA’s delivered race commentary, announcements and entertainment throughout the site.
The company provided two bespoke communications systems; one each at the event start & finish lines and a comms link between ‘show callers’ at both locations to enable constant contact.
(© Photo by Salty Dingo 2018)