The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Victoria Park, Ballarat. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, trail paths, grass and concrete paths. 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.
The Ballarat 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 extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Ballarat parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes 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
The course starts at the barbecue shelter just to the east of the toilet block opposite Loreto College on Sturt Street (Look for the parkrun flags). From the start you head west along the ‘5km Victoria park running track’ after about 300m you cross the entrance road from Gillies Street and then continue on the track until you reach the first turn-around point. On return after crossing back over the entrance road you turn left and head towards the Victoria Park arch at the junction of Sturt and Gillies Streets but just before going through it take a sharp right to run east along the edge of the park marked by a series of low wooden posts until you first pass the toilet block and then arrive at the next Victoria Park arch, This time pass under the arch and re-join the 5km running track returning to the start. That’s lap one, you now repeat that but proceeding to the second turn-around point which is approximately 600m beyond the first.
Toilets + car parking (both in Victoria Park and along Sturt Street) + playground + barbecue area
Location of start
The course starts at the barbecue shelter just to the east of the toilet block opposite Loreto College on Sturt Street (Look for the parkrun flags).
Getting there by public transport
From Ballarat train station turn left out of the station and go south on Lydiard Street North for 400m cross Sturt St and pick up a Route 15 or 18 bus going west and alight at Victoria Park (the stop just after Loreto College which will be on your right). See the PTV website
for more details.
Getting there on foot
The start is only 100m from the playground/toilet block in the NW corner of Victoria Park; walk to the Gillies Street South / Sturt Street junction and you’ll see the Victoria Park arch we run through on the course a little further in to the park you’ll see the toilet block.
Getting there by road
From Melbourne: Take the M8 to Ballarat turning off at the Wendouree/Gillies St/C307 exit and go south on Gillies St South for 4.6km to the junction with Sturt St (C805); turn left on to Sturt and then take the first right on to Russell St and then immediately right in to Victoria Park. On entry take the first right on to Oak Av and proceed until you see the toilet block on the right.
From Geelong: Follow the Hamilton Hwy B140 and Fyansford-Gheringhap Rd to the Midland Hwy A300 in Gheringhap. Then follow the Midland Hwy to Rubicon St in Sebastopol then follow Pleasant St, Eyre St finally on to Russell St, just before getting to the Sturt St junction turn left in to the park and then immediately right on to Oak Av and proceed until you see the toilet block on the right.
Already in Ballarat?: Head to the North West corner of Victoria Park at the junction of Sturt St and Gillies St South.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Inexterior Café, 401-403 Mair Street (corner of Mair and Doveton Sts), Ballarat - please come and join us!