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The GOAL Mile


What is the GOAL Mile?

The GOAL Mile is held throughout December, in villages, towns and cities across Ireland. Now in its 37th year, the event sees tens of thousands of people run or walk a mile to raise funds for GOAL. One of Ireland's most popular annual events, the GOAL Mile is a Christmas tradition for thousands of families. Events are run by a network of individual and community organisers nationwide.

If you would like to organise your own GOAL Mile event, please complete the form below, or telephone 01 280 9779. To take part in an existing GOAL Mile find the location nearest to you on the map below.

Please Note: Registration is optional and all participants are welcome to show up on the day.

Tallaght GOAL Mile 25.12.18

History of GOAL Mile

GOAL Mile was established in 1982 when our late chairperson and international athlete, Noel Carroll, asked local 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 following year saw the event move to Belfield, University College Dublin. It is now one of the most popular and longstanding fundraisers in Ireland! Last year, more than 130 GOAL Mile events took place across the country, with Miles in Dublin, Galway and Cork attracting thousands of participants. With new locations announced each year we have come a long way since that first Mile in 1982 - raising millions of pounds for GOAL's life-saving work.

We want to say 'Thank you' to every single person who has organised, run or walked a mile for GOAL. We hope to see you again this year!



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.

Organise a GOAL Mile event

No GOAL Mile in your area?

Start your own! All you need to do is let us know where and fill out the registration form below. Alternatively, you can contact Alan and David or call 01 280 9779 to chat to us.

We will keep you updated on all developments and give you everything you need to host a successful event.

Set-up a school event

Primary schools

Join the fun this festive period and sign-up for Ireland's biggest annual fundraiser. Host a GOAL Mile at your school and raise vital funds for our work across Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Teachers, children and parents will love the opportunity to run (or walk!) a festive mile for GOAL.

Secondary schools

This year we are looking for student groups (Transition Years, CSPE classes, Student Councils) to organise and host a GOAL Mile in their area. Students can also join forces with their local GOAL Mile organiser to help make this year's event an even bigger success.

Organise a GOAL Mile Event

Find a GOAL Mile near you!

GOAL Mile Gallery

GOAL Mile in Numbers



GOAL Mile Runners


GOAL Mile events since 1982


Years of the GOAL Mile


Times around Ireland distance

Where the money goes

The aim of the GOAL Mile is to raise funds for GOAL and highlight our life-saving work across Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. GOAL believes in a world where poverty no longer exists, where vulnerable communities are resilient, where barriers to well-being are removed, and where everyone has equal rights and opportunities.

Currently serving the needs of 6 million people, GOAL's work is reaching out to some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. With your support we can keep our life-changing programmes moving forward.

Lodging funds

Following your GOAL Mile, we would greatly appreciate you lodging any money raised in the account detailed below. Be sure to reference your company name on the lodgement slip so we can track your donation and thank you accordingly.

GOAL account details

Sort Code: 933554
Account Number: 04006229
IBAN: IE77AIBK93355404006229