The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Lake Hiawatha Preserve, Clermont. The course is run entirely 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.
The Clermont Waterfront 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.
- 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 Clermont Waterfront parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes 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 the Running For Fitness
The 5K course has been USATF certified and is run purely on South Lake Trail as a simple, flat, out and back course.
The Start and Finish are at the pavilion just south of the bathrooms on the east side of 12th Street (Lake Mineola Shores) at Lake Hiawatha Preserve which is to the west of Lake Minneola.
From the Start proceed south along the trail, cross over the bridge and then past the West Beach bathrooms. Continue past the Boathouse, then the Historic Village and the S bend just before the big fishing pier. The turnaround point is about ¼ mile further along the trail close to the next wooden pier.
Retrace your steps to the finish.
Very occasionally it will be necessary to run a 2 lap course starting and finishing at the same place with a turnaround close to West Beach.
Free parking at Lake Hiawatha Preserve.
There are bathrooms and water fountains near the start and along course.
Location of startThe run starts at the pavilion just south of the bathrooms on the east side of 12th Street (Lake Mineola Shores) at Lake Hiawatha Preserve which is to the west of Lake Minneola.
Getting there by public transportNot possible. However biking is popular along the trail.
Getting there on footNot close but about 1½ from the center of old town Clermont.
However biking is popular along the trail.
Getting there by roadFrom Groveland/Mascotte/Tampa head East on HWY 50
Turn left onto 12th Street.
From Oakland/Winter Garden/Orlando head West on HWY 50
Turn right onto 12th Street.
Once on 12th Street continue North for about 1½ miles directly to Lake Hiawatha Preserve
Parking is at Lake Hiawatha Preserve. When the paved lots are full there is ample parking on the grass accessed from the preserve and directly opposite the start but on the opposite side of 12th street. Use the crossing to get to the start.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Cheeser’s Palace café - please come and join us!