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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Apex Park, Cnr Wilga Ave and Queen St, Altona. The course is run on a mixture of concrete paths, gravel paths and sand . Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Altona Beach parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Altona Beach parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

This is an out and back course starting and finishing at the Apex Park.
The course initially heads north east through the park before looping round and heading down on to the fore shore trail where you turn right and follow the path to until you reach the wooden bridge (1.4km) where you turn left over the bridge, at the other side you turn right (1.52 km), continue following the path to where you meet a split in the path (1.7km) follow the path to the left at 2.2 km you turn of the concrete path and follow the track to the top of the 100 steps which is the turning point (2.65km) then return following the outward route in reverse to the finish line.

With well landscaped grounds and many parks along the course the area is popular for families, walkers and cyclist.
Although the course has undulations along the full length there is a 20m rise over 5km.

Facilities

Car Parking, BBQ Area, Toilets & Play Ground.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the Apex Park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: There is a bus stop located on Queen Street near the start at Apex Park for bus routes 411 & 412, for times see the PTV website.

Train: the nearest station is Altona, Railway St S, Altona, VIC 3018. For details see the PTV webiste.

Getting there on foot

If arriving by Train then walking the nearest station is Altona, Railway St S, Altona, VIC 3018. Bent St toward Blyth St, Turn right onto Blyth St, at roundabout, take 1st exit onto Pier St, at roundabout, take 1st exit onto Queen St pass historical homestead on the left and continue through 4 roundabouts, remaining on Queen St Arrive at near 270 Queen St, Altona, VIC 3018 on the left.

Getting there by road

From Geelong: On Princess Freeway heading towards Melbourne, at exit 13, take ramp left toward High Street, keep straight onto High St, at roundabout, take 2nd exit onto Railway Ave, at roundabout, take 2nd exit onto Merton St, pass through 2 roundabouts, remaining on Merton St, At roundabout, take 1st exit onto Queen St pass through 3 roundabouts, Arrive at near Apex Park, 270 Queen St, Altona, VIC 3018 on the right.

From Melbourne: On Princess Freeway heading to Geelong at exit 13, take ramp left and follow signs for Newland St. Bear left onto Newland St, turn right onto Merton St, at roundabout, take 2nd exit, at roundabout, take 1st exit onto Queen St, pass through 3 roundabouts, arrive at Apex Park, 270 Queen St, Altona, VIC 3018 on the right.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Hangar 1one2, Shop 5 112-114 Pier Street, Altona - please come and join us!