The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at the riverside footpath near the intersection of Cambie Street and River Road, Richmond. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and 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

Richmond Olympic parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 Richmond Olympic 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 an out-and-back route. It begins on the riverside footpath near the intersection of Cambie Street and River Road, and follows a 2.5km path south-westwards beside the Fraser River.

Just past Lynas Lane, the runners will turn around and head back to the finish line.

The course is predominantly paved, flat and quite wide, although there are short sections of gravel path. The gravel sections are slightly narrower.

Facilities

The nearest public toilets are at the Skytrain station.

Limited parking is available further north along River Road, but we advise against driving unless absolutely necessary, as the area itself is permit-only parking.

Alternatively, paid parking is available 300m away at Impark parking 8181 Cambie Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3X9.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts on the riverside footpath near the intersection of Cambie Street and River Road.

Getting there by public transport

Skytrain: Aberdeen Skytrain station is 250m away from the start point.

Bus: The 403 and 410 bus routes both stop near Aberdeen station. It is then a short walk to the start point.

Bus and Skytrain timetables and routes can be viewed at translink.ca

Getting there on foot

From the Aberdeen Skytrain station / bus stops: head right out of the station, and when you reach Cambie Road turn left and cross No. 3 Road. Continue along Cambie Road and cross River Road - the start point is just behind the tall silver statue.

Getting there by road

If using a Satnav, the postcode V6X 1X7 will get you to the correct stretch of River Road.

From BC-99 (Southbound from Vancouver), exit at junction 39a Sea Island Way towards Airport. Continue on Sea Island Way, then use the middle lane to turn left onto No 3 Road. Turn right onto Capstan Way and continue until you reach River Road. Turn left, and follow the road until the intersection with Cambie Road, which is the start point of the parkrun.

From BC-99 (Northbound towards Vancouver), use the right 2 lanes to take exit 39 for Bridgeport Road. The use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto No 3 Road (signs for No 3 Road S). Turn right onto Capstan Way, and the left onto River Road.

Parking:

Limited parking is available further north along River Road, but we advise against driving unless absolutely necessary, as the area itself is permit-only parking.

Alternatively, paid parking is available 300m away at Impark parking 8181 Cambie Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3X9.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the café in Tim Hortons, 4151 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 2C3 - please come and join us!