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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 Karkarook Park, Heatherton. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac 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 Karkarook 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.
  • 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 Karkarook 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

The course consists of 2 anti-clockwise laps of Karkarook Park. The start is on the circular path around the lake at the point where it crosses the path from the ‘dragonfly lookout tower’ and toilets. You complete 2 laps of the park (sticking to the perimeter on the Dingley bypass and Warrigal road sides (north and west) before turning left onto a path through the trees to the finish; just to the north of a picnic shelter.


Bird hides, Boat ramp, Electric gas BBQ, Picnic table/seat, Playground, Information shelter, Picnic shelter, Toilet, Sealed carpark.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the point where the path from the ‘dragonfly lookout tower’ and toilets crosses the circular path around the lake.

Getting there by public transport

Located 24 kms from Melbourne and 28 minutes by car. A Flinders Street train to Cheltenham or Moorabbin station followed by bus should get you to karkarook in just over 1 hour. Bus number 903 travels down Warrigal Road stops at the end of Fairchild Street.

Getting there on foot

The closest station is Moorabbin, it’s a 54 minute walk from there or an uber/taxi will get you there in 7 minutes.

Getting there by road

Take CityLink (TollWay) and Monash Freeway towards SE suburbs. Take Warrigal Rd offramp and follow Warrigal Rd south for approximately 7kms. Enter park from Fairchild Street a few hundred metres past South Road. Free car parking is available across 3 car park. Enter via Fairchild Street off Warrigal Rd. The first car park (Dragonfly) is located near the Information Centre

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at a local cafe - please come and join us!