The 'Dublin Straight Mile' 1983

Nearly 36 years ago, on Saturday November 5th 1983, a similar successful event was staged on Griffith Avenue, with leading Irish athletes such as Eamonn Coghlan, supporting and competing. Officially called the 'Dublin Straight Mile', it had significant support and profile at the time.  

Fast forward to 2019, and we're reviving the race and opening it up to those who run for fun, as well as the athletes amongst us!

Our objective is two-fold:

1. To promote community spirit and encourage social interaction between young and old who live, work and play in and around Griffith Avenue; and

2. To promote the beauty and amenity of the special tree lined avenue that is Griffith Avenue through a novel and interesting public event.




The Dublin Straight Mile 1983


At the original event in 1983, South African-born American Sydney Maree, who briefly held the world 1,500 meters record that summer, won the race in 3 minutes 49.30 seconds.

Spain's Jose Manuel Abascal was second and Ray Flynn of Ireland finished third.

The top five was rounded out by Britain's Graham Williamson and Ireland's Eammon Coghlan, the world 5,000 meters champion.

Here you can find archived photos of the event, news clippings and the official race results.

If you have more details on this event, please get in touch with any information, photos, or footage you might have!