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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at McKay Sports Ground, Centennial Park, Sydney. The course is run entirely on trail 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.

Course Safety

The Centennial 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 Centennial parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 page.

Course Map

Course Description

Start near McKay Oval, run along the white fence, turn left after the horse grounds, run up Mission Fields Rd, perform a u-turn. Turn left at Grand Drive, run to Parkes Drive, turn left again, run up to the Spruce Goose cafe, turn left again and follow the path until you pass behind the toilet blocks at McKay Oval. Perform a u-turn and then run all the way back to the start line.

Facilities

Toilet block and water fountains located at start line.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts near McKay Oval.

Getting there by public transport

Buses from Sydney CBD 374/377/392/396 or check Google Maps from your location.

The nearest train station is Bondi Junction, 3km away.

Getting there on foot

Easily accessible by foot from the surrounding suburbs, through any of the gates of Centennial Park. The closest is Robertson Rd Gates. McKay Sports Ground is located on the Moore Park side of the Grand Drive.

Getting there by road

From Sydney CBD it is a short 10 min drive: Take Sussex Street and Bathurst Street to Liverpool Street. Drive from Anzac Parade and Alison Road to Randwick. Drive to Grand Drive in Centennial Park. The best entry gate when driving is Randwick Gate at Darley Rd.

Parking available along Grand Drive. The starting area is on the western, Moore Park side of Centennial Park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Spruce Goose Diner, located at the Shelter Pavilion, Duck Pond, Parkes Drive, Centennial Park NSW 2021 - please come and join us!