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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 Willow Park, Wodonga. The course is run entirely on permanent 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 Willow 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.
  • 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 Willow 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 lovely flat course on a shared footpath. It runs along House Creek that is shaded by lovely willow trees. The turn around point is at the big rock at Les Stone Park. On return, you complete a figure 8, cutting through two soccer grounds to the finish.

Facilities

There are toilets, drinking taps and a water station at Willow Park, as well as at the turnaround spot at Les Stone Park. There is also an activity station for those who like a warm up or cool down. There are also some water bowls for your pooch.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Willow Park.

Getting there by public transport

From Albury: Bus service operates from Albury to Wodonga departing corner of Dean and David Streets. Saturday services operate as route 150 and route 160 see https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/1300 for more details.
From Wodonga: Dysons Route F (Federation) pick up in High Street, at the Water Tower. Bus Stop at Norsdven Drive, Wodonga see https://www.alburywodongabillboard.com.au/downloads/images/Dysons_Bus_Lines_Timetable.pdf for more details.

Getting there on foot

Head south on High Street and continue straight along Beechworth Road. Turn right onto Pearce Street then right at Willow Park (approx 4.5km).

Getting there by road

From Hume Fwy (Melbourne): Take the Wodonga Exit, onto Melbourne Road. Turn right onto Melrose Drive and continue. Turn left at the roundabout onto Pearce Street and follow until you get to the round a bout at Norsdven Drive, turn left for parking at Willow Park.
From Hume Fwy (Sydney): Take the Wodonga exit and turn left on High Street, Wodonga. Continue straight at the roundabout at the water tower. Continue straight until Pearce Street roundabout. Turn right then turn right again onto Willow Park at Norsvden Drive.
From High Street (Main Street): Head south along High Street past the water tower on your left. At the big roundabout continue straight onto Beechworth Road. Continue straight then turn right onto Pearce Street and follow until you get to the roundabout at Norsdven Drive, turn right for parking at Willow Park.

Ample car parking is available at Willow Park. Please note that during winter (May until August) the parking is limited due to local sports. We encourage you to take a short walk (approx 350 metres) and park at the Murray Valley Private Hospital car park in Nordsvan Drive. Or for a warm up run you can park at Les Stone Park, Lawrence Street, which is approx 1.7km along the parkrun route to the starting line.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Deli Bean Café, 237 Beechworth Road, Wodonga, Vic 3690 - please come and join us!