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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 University of Queensland, St Lucia. The course is run on a mixture of dirt track 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 St Lucia 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 St Lucia 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

This is a multiple out and back course on the dirt track that sits alongside the Brisbane River. The course starts alongside the Aquatic Centre car parks, running towards Emmanuel College, before turning back to the boat sheds. A second turn back, and you run up to the Eleanor Schonell Bridge for a final turn back down to the finish where you started.


Toilets and bubblers are available for public use at the Aquatics Centre and the Fitness Centre, just a short walk from the start line. Bubblers can also be found along the route. Please join us for a post run coffee at St Lucy’s café, which is located next to the Tennis Centre. St Lucy’s also has an excellent breakfast menu for those needing a recovery meal. The pool also serves coffee and provides a welcome cool down on hot days.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts alongside the Aquatic Centre car park.

Getting there by public transport

UQ is serviced by multiple bus routes which either stop at Chancellor’s Place Station or UQ Lakes Station. UQ also has its own City Cat Ferry Terminal.

Getting there on foot

From Chancellor’s Place Station, walk along Slip Road and continue down Mill Road. Cross over the roundabout on to Sir William Macgregor Drive. Follow this round towards the Aquatic Centre.

From UQ Lakes Station, walk towards the City Cat Ferry terminal. After crossing over Sir William Macgregor Drive, turn left and continue along the dirt track.

From the Ferry Terminal, with the terminal behind you, walk right along the dirt track towards the Aquatic Centre.

Getting there by road

The University of Queensland is located at the end of Sir Fred Schonell Drive. From the CBD, Sir Fred Schonell Drive is most easily accessed via Coronation Drive. The pool is located on the corner of Blair Drive and Union Road 4067. The start is located level with the pool car park on the riverside running track. Gps location - 27.49529,153.01781.

UQ has multiple parking options available. The closest parking spaces to the start line are at the Aquatic Centre and the Synthetic Fields. These spaces are free on weekends. Please take care when crossing Blair Drive to get to the start line. Full parking info is on the UQ website.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in St Lucys Café (Tennis Centre) - please come and join us!