The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Eramosa River Trail, Guelph. The course is run entirely on gravel 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 Eramosa River Trail 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.
  • 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.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See lymediseaseuk.com for further details.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Eramosa River Trail 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

A flat out-and-back course along a wide stone dust trail beside the Eramosa River. Start and finish are by the the Covered Bridge at the west end of the trail, adjacent to parking.

Facilities

No washrooms on site but there are several fast-food restaurants nearby. A baseball diamond and soccer pitch are at the start/finish area to use. These are sometimes in use by local sports teams.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts by the the Covered Bridge at the west end of the trail, adjacent to parking.

Getting there by public transport

From Guelph Central Station, walk north along Wyndham one block to Macdonnell. Turn left (west) and walk to bus stop at Macdonnell and Wilson. Take the 99 Mainline Southbound three stops to the corner of Water and Gordon. Walk back along Gordon over the bridge. The Boathouse Tea Room is across the street on your right and the covered bridge is just beyond that. Walk through the Covered Bridge to find the start/finish area.

Getting there on foot

The start/finish area is about a ten minute walk from the Guelph Central Station. Immediately outside the station building is the corner of Carden and Wyndham, turn left on Wyndham and proceed under the rail overpass to the lights three short blocks away at Wyndham and Wellington. Continue on Wyndham across the bridge for one more block to where Wyndham turns left and becomes York Road. At this corner you can see the start/finish area by the Covered Bridge to your right on the other side of the baseball diamond.

Getting there by road

From the 401, take Hwy 6 north approximately 12km to the Wellington Street turnoff. Bear right onto Wellington Street and drive 2km east to Gordon Street. Turn right. Parking is on the left about 50m from the turn.

From north of Guelph, take Hwy 6 south from Woodlawn Road for just over 3.5km to the Wellington Street/Hwy 7 exit. At the traffic lights, turn left and follow Wellington Street for just over 2km to Gordon Street. Turn right. Parking is on your left, 50m from the turn.

Various parking possibilities including a large gravel lot north of the Boathouse Tea Room, street parking along York Road both east and west of Wyndham, and limited parking just off York Road at the main park entrance, 85 York Road.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Boathouse Tea Room, 116 Gordon St, Guelph, N1H 4H6 - please come and join us!