The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Joe Creason Park, Louisville. 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.
The Joe Creason 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.
- 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 Joe Creason 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 our Support
The course consists of 2 'figure of 8' laps of the north end of Joe Creason Park, and one smaller loop to take you home. From the start at the bottom of the hill on the Trevillian Way side of the park, you run on the main park path all the way to where the path meets the Nature Preserve. From here, turn right and run over a bridge and around the smaller field at the bottom of the park, and over the second bridge. Take a right to head back towards the woods, then a left to bring you up the hill towards the playground. At the top of the hill, you'll take a left to follow the tree line and meet back up with the main park path. Take another left down the hill towards the bottom field - and you will have performed a figure of 8 loop. You complete this loop twice, before running around only the smaller field, taking a left instead of a right after the bridge, and heading to the finish!
Thanks to Louisville Parks Dept for the use of their park!
Men’s and women’s restrooms, children’s playground, nature center.
Location of startThe event starts at the bottom of the hill on the Trevillian Way side of the park.
Getting there by public transportBus routes 43 and 21 feature stops close to Joe Creason park. Look for stops at Travilian Way, or that are headed towards Louisville Zoo.
Getting there on footThe park is accessible by foot from any direction and can be accessed from Newburg Road on the north side, Travilian Way on the east and Illinois Ave on the south.
Getting there by roadJoe Creason Park is located over the road from Louisville Zoo off of Travilian Way. You can reach it by taking either exit 14 or 15 off 264 or by using 1297 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213 in your GPS. There are two larger parking lots off Sheridan Ave - one south of the playground and one behind the Metro Parks Department building.
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the North End Café - please come and join us!