Please do not attend parkrun if you display any COVID-19 symptoms

The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Rock Creek Trail, Kensington. The course is run entirely on asphalt 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 Kensington 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 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 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 Kensington 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 route on Rock Creek Trail. Start and finish are at Beach Dr and Cedar Ln. Head north on the trail, turn around after 0.75 miles, return back to the start, repeat, and add a further 0.1 miles at the finish. The surface of the course is asphalt. The course is flat and parts run through wooded areas.


There is a water fountain and porta potty at the start area except during the heart of winter. There are picnic tables and a playground for young children.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at Beach Dr and Cedar Ln.

Getting there by public transport

Take Montgomery County Ride On Bus #34, which runs on Cedar Ln. Take the stop closest to Beach Dr. Walk to the intersection of Cedar Ln and Beach Dr. Alternatively, take Metro’s Red Line to Medical Center and walk 1.2 miles to Beach Dr and Cedar Ln.

Getting there on foot

The start area is easily reached on foot or by bike on Rock Creek Trail. The trail can be accessed at the intersection of Beach Dr and Cedar Ln. There are many access points to the Rock Creek Trail. The two that are closest to Kensington parkrun’s start area are Franklin St and Wildwood Rd.

Getting there by road

***DRIVING AND PARKING DIRECTIONS AS OF JUNE, 2021*** Easiest access to the start area is from I-495/DC Beltway. Take exit #33, Connecticut Ave (north). Merge onto Connecticut Avenue. Take Connecticut to Saul Rd (about half a mile) and make a left onto Saul. Take Saul to Cedar Ln (about half a mile) and make a left onto Cedar. The next light (about a third of a mile) is Cedar Ln, and the start area is at the northwest corner of the intersection. Or, take MD 355 to Cedar Ln. Head east on Cedar Ln until Beach Dr (about half a mile).

Beach Dr between Connecticut Ave and Knowles Ave is now closed to cars on weekends. Therefore, parking is no longer available on Beach Dr. Please park on Cedar Ln, preferably on the south side. We are guests in the neighborhood; be respectful of others' property. Do not park in the Unitarian Church parking lots and avoid parking on Parkwood Dr. Assume that you will need to walk at least 5 minutes after parking.

Post Run Coffee

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