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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 in Lions Park, Gladstone. The course is run entirely on bike 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 Gladstone QLD 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 Gladstone QLD 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

A lovely 'out and back' course that starts from the Lions Park. The track is nearly all flat and there are some lovely views and vistas along the way. Head west where the path carves its way along the banks of Police Creek. As the track progresses you will find yourself along the upper reaches of Police Creek, admiring the occasional uninterrupted views of Port Curtis and the surrounding islands. At the end of Cemetery Road, turn left and pass over a foot bridge to Blain Park. Continue around the outskirt of Blain Park until you reach Blain Park Road and turn right towards the scenic Lake Callemondah following its banks until you reach the 2.5k turning point at the parkrun logo. Bathroom facilities are located at the start/finish destination in Lions Park.


  • We are family friendly and all of your children are welcome, whether they be furry or not.
  • A variety of stalls and offers will be available after the run in the Lions park.
  • Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at our generous partners Jamaica Blue who have special deals just for parkrunners - please come and join us!

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts starts from the Lions Park.

Getting there by public transport

Catch a bus to Kin Kora (drops off directly at Stockland Gladstone). Walk through the underpass from the East Mall (Big W) to the West Mall (Kmart) then head south for 450m to the Lions Park. Buses depart from the Valley, Seaview Heights (Clinton), Carinya Park (New Auckland/Emmadale Park), Toolooa Estate (Sun Valley/Telina) and various city locations on the City Loop.

Getting there on foot

From Stockland Gladstone take the underpass from the East Mall (Big W) to the West Mall (Kmart) under the Dawson Highway. Walk south for 450m past McDonalds and into the Lions Park.

Getting there by road

From the Gladstone CBD take Dawson Highway (State Route 60) south towards Calliope until you reach the roundabout outside Stockland Gladstone & McDonalds. Take the third exit towards McDonalds and Stockland (Kmart precinct), park in the Shopping Centre car park and walk over to the Lions Park located behind McDonalds.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Jamaica Blue - please come and join us!