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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at You Yangs Regional Park, Lara. The course is run on a mixture of gravel paths, trail paths and clay . 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 You Yangs 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 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 You Yangs 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

Course Description

Single Loop (measurements are rough)
Starting at the end of the Kurrajong Avenue in the You Yangs Regional Park.
Running in an anti-clockwise direction
Heading North for 1.37km
Left Turn heading west for 1km
Left Turn South for 1.30km
Continue South for 715m
Left heading East 150m
Left Turn 605m
Continue to Finish Line

Facilities

Toilets
Undercover
Park Benchs

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the end of the Kurrajong Avenue in the You Yangs Regional Park.

Getting there by public transport

V/Line train to Lara
Taxi to You Yangs.
Once Taxi arrives at You Yangs
Enter the You Yangs Regional Park
Left Turn on to the Great Circle Drive
First Left onto gravel road
Left Turn into Kurrajong Avenue
Parking on the right

Getting there on foot

From Lara Train Station
Walk South West
Right Turn onto McClelland Ave
Cross Train Tracks
Go straight through roundabout
2nd Exit at roundabout onto Walkers Road
3rd Exit at roundabout into Curletts Rd
Straight through next intersection
Right onto Forest Road North,
Straight Through Roundabout
Right onto Branch Rd
Entry to You Yangs on your left
Enter the You Yangs Regional Park
Left Turn on to the Great Circle Drive
First Left onto gravel road
Left Turn into Kurrajong Avenue

Getting there by road

From Melbourne Take the M1 heading west over the Westgate Bridge towards Geelong
Exit the M1 at Lara
Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout off ramp and go over the freeway
Turn Left at the T-Intersection
Continue Straight taking the 2rd exit at the roundabout onto McClelland Ave
Cross Train Tracks
Go straight through roundabout
2nd Exit at roundabout onto Walkers Rd
3rd Exit at roundabout into Curletts Rd
Straight at next intersection
Right Turn onto Forest Rd Nth
Straight at Roundabout
Entry to You Yangs on your left
Enter You Yangs Regional Park
Left Turn on to the Great Circle Drive
First Left onto Gravel road
Left Turn into Kurrajong Ave
Parking on the right

From Geelong Head East on the M1 towards Melb
Take the Lara Exit onto Forest Road Sth
Continue Straight at roundabout
Continue Straight at the roundabout onto Forest Road Nth
Straight Through Roundabout
Right onto Branch Rd
Entry to You Yangs on your left
Enter You Yangs Regional Park
Left Turn on to the Great Circle Drive
First left onto Gravel road
Left Turn into Kurrajong Ave
Parking on the right

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Millars Café, 80 Westlakes Blvd, Lara, Vic 3212 - please come and join us!