The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Courthouse Lake, Chaska. The course is run on a mixture of permanent 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

Courthouse Lake 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.
  • 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 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 Courthouse Lake 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

The course is an out-and-back starting near the courthouse and heading northwest for 2.5km before turning around at the Stoughton Avenue underpass. The course shares the Minnesota Bluffs Regional trail and parkrunners start out atop the exposed levee for the first 1km, before turning right into a more winding, wooded (and shady) area where a short drop takes the trail adjacent the Minnesota River. The course is mostly flat, with the river view being the lowest section. A short sharp climb up to half way takes parkrunners to the highest section, also the turning point. A fast finish awaits those with energy, with the last 1km being on the flat open levee offering a long range view of the finish.


Parking is available at the Carver County Courthouse.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts near the courthouse.

Getting there by public transport

From the main street of Chaska (Chestnut St), walk south toward the Minnesota River and before the bridge turn left (east) onto the paved trail. Follow this trail (Minnesota Bluffs Regional Trail) for a quarter mile to reach the start.

Getting there on foot

Biking and foot access via the Minnesota Bluffs Regional Trail from either direction is very convenient.

Getting there by road

If coming to Chaska from the south on the 41, cross the Minnesota River on the 41 into Chaska town and turn right at Dunn Brothers into Second Street. Travel down 2nd St for 1900 feet to the course start.

If coming to Chaska from the north on the 41, cross Chaska Blvd and proceed down Chestnut until Second Street. Turn left Turn left into 2nd St and follow to the end, to the course start.

If coming to Chaska along Chaska Blvd (61), turn south into Chestnut St (41) (at The Curling Centre). Head south along Chestnut for approx 1500 feet, until Second Street. Turn left into E 2nd St and follow to the end, to the course start.

Parking is at the Carver County Courthouse. There are multiple areas to park, with entrances off Beech Street and another at the cnr of Beech and E 2nd St (extending behind the buildings, south of Courthouse Lake).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Dunn Brothers Coffee, 100 Second St. E (Corner of N. Chestnut St.), Chaska, MN 55318 - please come and join us!