We have pacers at Maribyrnong parkrun on the first Saturday of every month.

Each pacer aims to run at an even pace and finish as closely as possible to a target time (ideally a few seconds under the target time).

In odd-numbered months - January, March, May, July, September and November - the target times are 21 mins, 23 mins, 25 mins, 27 mins, 29 mins, 31 mins, 33 mins and 35 mins.

In even-numbered months - February, April, June, August, October and December - the target times are 20 mins, 22 mins, 24 mins, 26 mins, 28 mins, 30 mins, 32 mins and 34 mins.

To be a pacer:

  • You should select a target time that's comfortably within your ability
  • Unless you're an experienced pacer, you should use a GPS watch (Garmin, TomTom, Nike, Suunto, etc.) or a smartphone with a running app (Strava, Runkeeper, etc.) - something that can accurately tell you your pace while you're running (ideally you want average pace / lap pace, not just current pace)

If you're able to help out and be a pacer, please email

Our pacers for September 7 are:

Our pacers for October 5 are:

  • 20 mins: TBD
  • 22 mins: TBD
  • 24 mins: TBD
  • 26 mins: Megan Blackman
  • 28 mins: TBD
  • 30 mins: TBD
  • 32 mins: TBD
  • 34 mins: TBD

Our pacers for November 2 are:

  • 21 mins: TBD
  • 23 mins: TBD
  • 25 mins: TBD
  • 27 mins: TBD
  • 29 mins: TBD
  • 31 mins: TBD
  • 33 mins: TBD
  • 35 mins: TBD

Easter Saturday – we’re on!

For anyone who's not sure, we will be holding an event on Easter Saturday (Saturday, April 20, 2019), starting at the usual time of 8:00am (pre-run briefing starts at 7:50am).

We hold an event every Saturday, all year round.


Festive Arrangements

Maribyrnong parkrun will not be hosting an additional run on Christmas day this year but many of our neighbours are.

If you need a parkrun fix to offset those Christmas calories you could try:

Albert Melbourne 0900
Coburg 0800
Newport Lakes 0800

For further options check out the Christmas compendium

On New years day parkrunners have the special opportunity to record two runs on the one day and have them both count. Maribyrnong parkrun have decided to host a New years day run and we have paired up with Albert Melbourne to ring in the new year.
If you want to, join us at:

Albert Melbourne 0800
Maribyrnong 0930


Our 4th Anniversary

Maribyrnong parkrun turns 4 on the 25th August and to celebrate we want you to bring the brightness in Fluro!

Want to go the extra mile, make your fluro fashion a bit retro. Drag out the fluro sweat bands, scrunchies, socks, wigs or hyper-colour t-shirts and get creative!


Keeping things smooth and safe

A quick reminder - when you cross the finish line at Maribyrnong parkrun, please ALWAYS take a finish token, even if you don't want an official result.

By taking a finish token, you make things as easy as possible for our volunteers, and if you don't want an official result that's fine - you can skip having your personal barcode scanned when you come to the scanning table.

Some other points to help things go smoothly and safely:

  • Run / walk on the left-hand side of the path where possible
  • Keep aware of who's around you and who's approaching (from in front or from behind), especially if you're on the right-hand side of the path
  • Only cross the finish line once - if you finish and then go back to run with someone else, make sure you don't cross the finish line again

Path widening works almost finished

The good news is that the widening of the path near the 'pinch point' is almost finished!

However, it's not quite finished yet - there's a hole in the footpath at one point, with a cover over it.

It's well marked and we'll have a marshal at this point tomorrow, but please take extra care - the left-hand side of the path won't be usable near the hole.


Road closures – Saturday, April 28

If you're going to join us on Saturday at Maribyrnong, please make sure you take into account the road closures below, and allow a little extra time to get to parkrun.


Yarra Trams will be doing track maintenance work this Saturday (April 28) and as a result Maribyrnong Rd (Raleigh Rd) will be closed between Van Ness Ave and Union Rd.

Route 57 and 82 tram services will be affected.

Van Ness Avenue will be right in and left out only, with no east access to Maribyrnong Road. Scotia Street / Epsom Road will be open for north and south traffic movement with no access to Maribyrnong Road.

The work zone will be fenced off for safety however footpaths will remain open around the work area to allow pedestrian access to businesses and residences located around the work zone.

Click here for the official details from Yarra Trams.


Path widening works

Path widening works have started at the "pinch point" on our course - tomorrow's (April 7) event is 'on' as normal.

Next week's event should also be on as normal - we'll provide updates if anything changes.


Diversion on the course

An importance notice about this Saturday's Maribyrnong parkrun:

Maribyrnong parkrun is 'on' this Saturday (March 31, Easter Saturday) as normal, with the pre-run briefing starting at 7:50am.

However :)

Parks Victoria are doing maintenance works on one of the bridges over the Maribyrnong River - the red bridge about 1km into the course - and a short section of our normal course will be closed for this Saturday (and likely a few weeks after that).

There's a diversion in place so we can run around the closed section - instead of running *under* the bridge, we'll run *around* the bridge. The diversion is already signposted, and we're looking to use cones to make it extra obvious - please make sure you follow the signs / cones.

We'll go through this in the pre-run briefing as well, so please make sure you arrive before it starts at 7:50am.

See you on Saturday!


Time issues on 16th Dec

This morning we had an irretrievable error with our stopwatch. Sadly with technology these things can happen. So for everyone in attendance today we have given the default time of 59:59 so the run will still count towards your milestones. We apologise for the inconvenience and will be offering a full refund and a free event next week.

NB: As this issue affects the entire field we will not be making amendments based on individual runners strava/gps watch data.

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