The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Parkinson Rec Park, Kelowna BC, and is ran on paved, wide 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 Okanagan 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.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Okanagan 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

The course is hard packed, well maintained, trail 4 meters wide, it is undulating and thru our recreational center creek and park then out onto a paved 6 meter wide Canada Rails For Trails system. Starting 600m to the north of the pickle ball courts you will come to a split in the parkrun trail this is the start point. From this start/finish sign on the trail system head south to hwy 97 pedestrian over pass to the 1k turn around point, returning on the exact same path to the start area at this point you will have covered 2k. passing thru the start/finish area on the right side you will turn left onto the rails for trails system where you will continue approx 1.5km returning at the cone and the marked area on the trail system, just before the system crosses gordon drive you will re-enter the park system where you exited it and run approx 50 m to the start area.

Facilities

There are washrooms in the rec center and there are 2 porta potties next to start / finish area.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts just inside the park beside the parking lot at the junction of Rails for Trails and Angel Way.

Getting there by public transport

Take route bus #7 or ubco bus from downtown, please see the BCTransit website.

Getting there on foot

Park at Parkinson Rec Center and walk 500 meters north to the start along Angel Way or park in the lot off of Spall and you are at the start area.

Getting there by road

Drive from downtown along hwy 97 north towards Vernon, turn left and burtch to Bernard Rd, turn right on Bernard to Spall Rd turn right travel 200 meters turn right into parking lot.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in EKs Grill Restaurant, north 2 k on Glenmore Rd - please come and join us!