The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Lake Macquarie, Booragul. The course is run entirely on 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 Lake Mac 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.
- Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or 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 also 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 Lake Mac 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
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Flat, out and back course along the scenic Lake Macquarie pathway. Starting in Booragul and travelling out along the path to Speers Point Park, the Lake Is always within sight. A sharp right turn on the path at Five Islands Rd and runners continue along a longer straight section to the roundabout at TC Frith Avenue, where the turnaround point will be.
Location of start
The run starts at the beginning of the concrete path opposite Booragul Primary School on First Street.
Getting there by public transport
Train: From Booragul Station, turn left onto Fourth St, turn right onto Toronto Rd, turn left onto Ren St and continue until turning right onto First St. Start will be visible.
Bus: 270 and 271 stop in Booragul and Marmong Point.
Getting there on foot
From Booragul Station (850m), turn left onto Fourth St, turn right onto Toronto Rd, turn left onto Ren St and continue until turning right onto First St.
From Teralba Station (1.6km), walk down Anzac Parade, cross Five Islands Rd and turn right walking on lake path (now on the course). Just before roundabout at First St follow path left and continue until you hit the start area.
Getting there by roadApproaching from either north on Five Islands Rd or from the south on Toronto Rd:
Turn onto First St at roundabout. Continue on First St until the grass area and playground on your left. Start / Finish area is here.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Café 1953
who bring us great coffee and cold drinks - please come and join us!