The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Victoria Park, Kitchener. The course is run entirely on tarmac 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 Victoria parkrun, Kitchener 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 lymediseaseuk.com 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 Victoria parkrun, Kitchener 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

Three laps around Victoria Park lake on paved multi-use pathway, starting outside the Boathouse restaurant, across the bridge at the far west end of the park, then along the south side of the lake and rounding the bend for the next lap. The final lap crosses the bridge onto Victoria Park island where the run concludes near the gazebo.

Facilities

There are public washrooms available off of Jubilee Drive near the parking lot.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts outside the Boathouse restaurant.

Getting there by public transport

From Uptown Waterloo:
Board GRT Route 7 or GRT iXpress route 200 from uptown Waterloo towards Charles St Terminal
Exit at Charles St Terminal, 500m walk to start
Walk north towards Gaukel Street
Turn left onto Gaukel Street
Cross Joseph Street to enter Victoria Park (near the clocktower)
Follow walking path toward Jubilee Drive
Cross Jubilee Drive
The event starts outside the Boathouse restaurant.

From Kitchener Railway Station:
Exit railway station, walk 200m to Weber and Victoria St intersection
Board GRT iXpress bus 204 towards The Boardwalk
Exit at Charles St Terminal, 500m walk to start
Walk north towards Gaukel Street
Turn left onto Gaukel Street
Cross Joseph Street to enter Victoria Park (near clocktower)
Follow walking path toward Jubilee Drive
Cross Jubilee Drive
The event starts outside the Boathouse restaurant

Getting there on foot

From Charles Street Bus Terminal:
Exit Charles St Terminal, 500m walk to start
Walk north towards Gaukel Street
Turn left onto Gaukel Street
Cross Joseph Street to enter Victoria Park (near the clocktower)
Follow walking path toward Jubilee Drive
Cross Jubilee Drive
The event starts outside the Boathouse restaurant.

Getting there by road

Using a navigation system, the closest postal code is N2G 7T6

Travelling from Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara, eastern and northern Ontario:
Take the 401 West
Take exit 278 for ON-8 toward Kitchener/Waterloo
Continue on ON-8 West for 8.2 km
Continue onto King St East (signs for King St/Downtown) 2.0 km
Turn left onto Stirling Ave South 710 m
Turn right onto Courtland Ave East 1.0 km
Continue onto Jubilee Drive 120 m
Turn right into parking lot immediately past David St

Travelling from London and Southwestern Ontario:
Take the 401 East
Take exit 275 for Regional Road 28/Fountain St towards Kitchener/Cambridge/Homer Watson Blvd
Turn left onto Fountain St South (signs for Homer Watson Blvd/Kitchener/Regional Road 28) 200m
Continue Straight onto Homer Watson Blvd 7.1 km
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit to stay on Homer Watson Blvd 1.3 km
Turn right onto Ottawa St South 1.3 km
Turn left onto Courtland Ave East 1.8km
Continue onto Jubilee Drive 120 m
Turn right into parking lot immediately past David St

There is a small parking lot available near Jubilee Drive and David Street, across from the Boathouse restaurant. There is parking available at the Victoria Park Pavilion at off of Park Street at the northwest end of the park. Street parking is also available around Victoria Park.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!