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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Grand Ridge Rail Trail, Mirboo North. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths and 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 Grand Ridge Rail Trail parkrun, Mirboo North 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 Grand Ridge Rail Trail parkrun, Mirboo North 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

The course will commence at the entry to the Grand Ridge Rail Trail, near the Mirboo North Scout Hall behind the Walter J Tuck Recreation Reserve off the Strzelecki Highway (opposite Couper Street and behind the hardware store). The course will enter the Grand Ridge Rail Trail for the first 2.5km before looping back to the start line. The rail trail is an excellent running surface of compacted gravel with beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.

Facilities

South Gippsland Shire Council managed toilet facilities are available at the Recreation Reserve. These toilets are approximately 100m from the start line.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the entry to the Grand Ridge Rail Trail. The briefing starts at 7:45am.

Getting there by public transport

N/A

Getting there on foot

On foot, walk to the eastern end of Baromi Park, cross over the Strzelecki Highway and you will arrive at the start line.

Getting there by road

Coming from the Latrobe Valley, the start and finish Line is off the Strzelecki Highway after the entrance to the Walter J Tuck Recreation Reserve, but before the T intersection of the main street (Ridgway).

Coming from the west (Leongatha), head along Ridgway and then turn left towards Morwell. 40m after turning onto the Strzelecki Highway, opposite Couper Street (on the left) and directly behind the hardware store, you will see the sign for the entry to the Grand Ridge Rail Trail. This is where the start/finish line is.

There are 20 parking spaces available near the start line as well as ample parking along Ridgway and Couper Street - both of which are around 100-200m from the start line. There is also ample parking at the Recreation Reserve within 100-200m of the start line.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Jimmy Jambs Café, Lamezleighs Cafe & Bar, Healing Leaves or Mirboo North Hotel - please come and join us!