The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at the Cedar River Trail, Renton. The course is run entirely on permanent 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 Renton 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Renton parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

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 our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

The course on the Cedar River Trail is an out and back with the start and finish located in the middle. The course begins at the Riverview Park by the restrooms. Runners will run to the left toward the Maplewood Golf course, running southeast for approximately 1km. Cross the large steel bridge, continue along the highway, and turn around at the small bridge. From here, continue back the way you came, running northeast over the large steel bridge, past the start line, and continuing approximately 1.5km. Turn around at the wooden bollard in the middle of the path next to the freeway overpass, and return the way you came. Finish at the restrooms where you started in the middle of the course.

Facilities

There are restrooms near the start/finish line. There are benches and garbage cans along the trail.

Getting There

Location of start

The runs starts at the Riverview Park by the restrooms.

Getting there by public transport

There are no bus lines in the immediate area that operate on Saturdays.

Getting there on foot

From downtown: Head south on Burnett Ave S toward S 3rd St (125 ft), turn left onto S 3rd St (.2), turn right onto Mill Ave S (135 ft), turn left onto S 3rd St (75 ft), turn left onto the Cedar River Trail and in 1.1 miles you will come to our start/finish area.

Getting there by road

From I-405, take exit 4 to merge onto WA-169 S/Maple Valley Hwy toward Maple Valley/Enumclaw. In 0.9 miles the park will be on your right.

There is one parking lot at Riverview Park with 20 spaces and another lot a short distance down the road at Maplewood Roadside Park with 30 spaces. If runners need extra parking, there are also spaces at the community center or across the highway along Southeast 6th street. They may use a crosswalk by Southeast 7th & Monroe Ave. SE to access the Cedar River Trail.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Whistle Stop Ale House in downtown Renton. The address is 809 S 4th St, Renton, WA 98057. Please let the event team know if you are joining us so we can include you in our table reservation - please come and join us!