GOAL Mile

Go the extra mile!

What is GOAL Mile?

GOAL Miles are held at Christmas in villages, towns and cities right across Ireland. Now in its 36th year, the event sees tens of thousands of participants run, jog or walk a Mile and raise funds and awareness for GOAL's programmes in the developing world. One of the country's most popular annual events, the GOAL Mile has become an integral part of Christmas for thousands of families. Each individual Mile event is run by one or more local organisers. It is largely because of their support and hard work that the GOAL Mile has become such a success.

GOAL Mile in Numbers

  • 275,000

    250,000 GOAL Mile Runners

    GOAL Mile Runners

  • 1,032

    1,031 GOAL Mile events since 1982

    GOAL Mile events since 1982

  • 36

    35 years of The GOAL Mile Runners

    Years of the GOAL Mile

400 million accumulative meters run.
That's like running:

  • 71

    71 times around Ireland

    Times around Ireland

  • 25

    25 times around the world

    Times around the world

  • 1

    1 trip to the Moon

    Trip to the Moon

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GOAL Mile
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Organise a GOAL Mile

If you would like to organise your own GOAL Mile event, please email Alan at fundraising@goal.ie, or telephone 01 280 9779. To take part in a GOAL Mile near you find a location nearest to you on the map below.

Primary Schools

Get your Primary school active and make a difference to those less fortunate this Christmas

Join the fun of Ireland's biggest fundraising event over the festive period and host a GOAL Mile in your school. By participating in the GOAL Mile, your school can help make life a little easier for those on whose behalf we work.

Secondary Schools

Planning a School Project? Make it GOAL Mile!

Since it was inaugurated over 30 years ago, the GOAL Mile has grown to become Ireland's biggest fundraising event over the festive period. GOAL Miles are held the length and breadth of the country, bringing communities together to run or walk a GOAL Mile in support of GOAL's work.

This year we are looking for student groups (e.g. Transition Years, CSPE classes, Student Councils) in secondary schools to organise and host GOAL Miles in their locality this Christmas period. Alternatively, schools can join forces with existing GOAL Mile organisers in their area to make the event an even bigger success.

History of GOAL Mile

The GOAL Mile was established in 1982 when GOAL's late chairperson and international athlete, Noel Carroll, came up with the idea to encourage people and their families to run a mile at The Phoenix Park on Christmas morning for GOAL.

Much to everyone's delight, more than 250 people turned up. The event transferred to Belfield, UCD, the following year and from there, it flourished to become one of the most popular and longstanding annual fundraising events in the country. Major Mile events in Dublin, Galway and Cork attract thousands of participants each year, while new GOAL Miles locations are added each year. Last year, Miles were held at more than 130 locations across the country. Since that first Mile back in 1982, those organising, running or walking a GOAL Mile have helped raise millions of euro for GOAL's various humanitarian programmes across the developing world.

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The still-standing 4x1 Mile relay World Record was set in Dublin in August, 1985, by Irish middle-distance greats, Eamonn Coghlan, Marcus O'Sullivan, Frank O'Mara and Ray Flynn, as part of a fundraiser for the GOAL Mile.

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