The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. Hamilton Beach Trail, 180 Van Wagners Beach Rd, Hamilton The course is run on paved 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

Beach Strip 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 Beach Strip 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

Out and Back route starting at the 4600m mark on the Hamilton Beach Trail, directly in front of The Lakeview building and basketball court. Participants will head east towards Stoney Creek until 100m beyond the 7200m mark on the trail (also the park boundary of Wild Waterworks). Participants will turn around and travel back to the 4800m mark on the trail for the finish.

Facilities

There are public washrooms available on site
There is lots of parking on site
There is a free splash pad for kids on site

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the 4800m mark on the Hamilton Beach Trail, directly in front of The Lakeview building and basketball court.

Getting there by public transport

From Eastgate Square:
Board bus 10 B-Line Express at Eastgate Terminal Platform 7
Exit at Queenston at Parkdale
Walk to Parkdale at Queenston (.040km)
Transfer to bus 11 ? Parkdale at Queenston
Exist at Beach at Van Wagners Beach Road
Depart and head Southeast on Beach Blvd. (.050km)
Turn left on Van Wagners Beach Rd. (.160 km)
Turn slightly left on Van Wagners Beach Road (.370 km) Arrive Total distance (.580 km)

From downtown Hamilton:
Board bus 10 B-Line Express at Main Street and John
Exit at Queenston at Parkdale
Walk to Parkdale at Queenston (.040km)
Transfer to bus 11 ? Parkdale at Queenston
Exist at Beach at Van Wagners Beach Road
Depart and head Southeast on Beach Blvd. (.050km)
Turn left on Van Wagners Beach Rd. (.160 km)
Turn slightly left on Van Wagners Beach Road (.370 km) Arrive Total distance (.580 km)

Getting there on foot

From bus stop Beach at Van Wagners Beach Road
Head Southeast on Beach Blvd. (.050km)
Turn left on Van Wagners Beach Rd. (.160 km)
Turn slightly left on Van Wagners Beach Road (.370 km) Arrive Total distance (.580 km)

Getting there by road

If using a nav system, the closest postal code is: L8E 3L8

Travelling from Burlington, Oakville, Toronto:
Take QEW Niagara to exit 90, Centennial Parkway
Take exit 90 for Burlington St/Woodward Ave
Keep right to continue on Exit 89, follow signs for Woodward Avenue
Turn right onto Woodward Ave (signs for Eastport Drive)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Van Wagners Beach Rd
Travel 500m to 180 Van Wagners Beach Rd.
Turn left into parking lot.

Travelling from Niagara and Grimsby:
Take QEW, Toronto bound to exit 88-89, Centennial Parkway
Turn left on North Service Road.
Continue straight onto Van Wagners Beach Road
Travel 1.4km to 180 Van Wagners Beach Rd.
Turn right into the parking lot.

Post Run Coffee

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