The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Tony Ireland Stadium, Riverway, Thuringowa. 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.

Course Safety

The Riverway 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 Riverway parkrun 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

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Course Description

We meet out the front of Tony Ireland Stadium for the Run Brief then head over toward the Riverway Arts Centre to start the run.

Setting off we run around the Riverway Oval keeping the oval on the LEFT then heading towards the Itara Apartments where we run past the Amphitheatre and take a RIGHT turn running in front of the apartments, keeping the river on the left.

Next, take a LEFT turn to follow the pathway toward the Vickers Bridge, go LEFT to cross over the bridge then another LEFT to head towards the Riverview Tavern.

At the big turning circle in front of the Tavern head LEFT and cross over the Federation Footbridge towards the Weir School. After crossing the bridge head LEFT up the pathway and past the snake towards the playground where a marshal will point you down to the boardwalk along the river in front of the playground and pools.

Head back towards the Amphitheatre keeping the river on your LEFT then a marshal will direct you to turn RIGHT after the Amphitheatre where you head STRAIGHT past the Riverway Oval and turn RIGHT to pass in front of the crickets nets heading back towards the stadium. Take a final RIGHT turn where you will see the finishing chute in front of the stadium.


Parking: Car parking is available on site, with over 400 spaces available for public use.

Getting There

Location of start

We meet out the front of Tony Ireland Stadium for the Run Brief then head over toward the Riverway Arts Centre to start the run.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Sunbus runs regular services along Riverway Drive and Ross River Road, and bus pickup is also available from Willows Shoppingtown. For details, check their website at

Taxi: Taxis are available on demand and there is a designated taxi area and drop off/pick up point at the end of Village Boulevard.

Getting there on foot

Unfortunately Riverway Lagoon is not easily reached on foot.

Getting there by road

Riverway is accessible from Riverway Drive by turning into Village Boulevard at the traffic lights (the intersection of Riverway Drive, High Range Drive and Village Boulevard). Car parking is available on site, with over 400 spaces available for public use

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in FatDogz Café, Shop 2, 30 Hervey Range Road, Cannon Park, Thuringowa, Townsville - please come and join us!