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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Lillie Park, Ann Arbor. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and gravel 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 Lillie parkrun, Ann Arbor 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 Lillie parkrun, Ann Arbor 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 starts at the south pavilion in Lillie Park, by the soccer fields, restrooms and the play area. We run three laps around the lake, crossing the lake on the wooden bridge each time, and exit the trail on the last lap turning right to go around the soccer fields before finishing back at the pavillion. We run on a mixture of gravel and paved paths that are suitable for running with strollers.

Facilities

There are restrooms and a water fountain at the start/finish line.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the south pavilion in Lillie Park, by the soccer fields, restrooms and the play area.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Lillie park is on the number 5 and 6 bus routes but the buses does not run until after 9am. Take an uber or lyft from downtown to the park and then you can take either bus back to Blake Transit Center from the corner of Platt and Ellsworth.

Getting there on foot

Packard Rd has a newly surfaced bike path the whole way down it from downtown Ann Arbor. There is bike parking at the start.

Getting there by road

Coming from I94 expressway take exit 108A and merge onto US-23. Take exit 34 for US-12 towards Saline and follow Platt Road until you reach the park entrance.

Coming from downtown Ann Arbor take Packard St to Platt Rd, turn right on Platt Rd and continue to the park entrance.

Parking is available by the start line, although in summer or busier times in the park we ask that you park on Heimer Industrial Drive and walk over to the start line (less than 5 minutes).

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Biggby, Ellsworth Road - please come and join us!