The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Strathcona Island Park, Medicine Hat. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths and trail 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 Strathcona Island 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.
  • 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 for further details.
  • 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 Strathcona Island 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

An easily accessible central location, offering two laps of prepared running trails in a tranquil setting with a variety of fantastic scenery. Ample parking close to the start line allows participants to head off through uniquely named segments. Each segment helps parkrunners navigate and pace the course.
1) Australia is a red arid gravel pathway winding through sparse trees and passes the cook hut.
2) The Amazon trail delivers beautiful views of the river and leads nicely onto;
3) Royal Mall, a fast straight asphalt path which, out and back, brings you to;
4) Beaver Creek; follow this water all the way around, before the final last leg;
5) Sahara; another red gravel path baked in sunshine.
All that remains is, go again..!


A children’s play and splash park is the hub of this course. Family washrooms conveniently located and open at 7am. BBQ pits and picnic areas are available.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Strathcona Island Park.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Public bus routes are plentifully throughout Medicine Hat. In order to travel by bus to Strathcona Island parkrun event, participants need to alight and change bus at the Downtown. Hop on Number 20 bus route and 7 stops later you’ll arrive at your stop 5th St SE (near the outdoor pool). Once off the bus walk eleven minutes east through the park, looking for the… parkrunners.

Getting there on foot

From Downtown YMCA: Walk along berm trail past Mavericks Baseball diamond field and keep going for 2km you’ll arrive! From Strathcona open air pool walk into the park along 5th Street SE and watch out for everyone else heading to parkrun!

Getting there by road

Strathcona Island Park is well known in Medicine Hat and can be found on the southern banks of South Saskatchewan River. Start your drive by heading to the Heritage part of downtown and Maple Avenue. Strathcona Island Park is sign posted, directing you down to follow 5th Street SE east all the way into the park entrance. Once inside the park observe MAX SPEED 30Km/H signs and drive through the berm flood defences and keep going. Watch out for other park users as you pass the boat launch area. Be ready to stop at the next parking lots (right and left hand sides) of the road - you’ve arrived at Strathcona Island parkrun!

Immediate separate parking lots for total of 130 vehicles with overflow parking also available behind the Police Station and Lions Park by Tennis Courts.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Heartwood, 403 N Railway St SE, T1A 2Z3 - please come and join us!