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 start/finish is a few hundred feet beyond the bollard in the trail when coming from the parking area. Participants will run or walk along the Cedar River on paved trail with one grated, metal bridge 2.5 km, or just over 1.5 miles to the turn-around point and return the same way they came.

Facilities

Restrooms are available in the Community Center near the start/finish, open at 9 am. There are additional restrooms in a separate building in the back parking lot of the Community Center open 24/7 during Spring, Summer and Fall. About a mile into the course, there are restrooms at Riverview Park, on the left hand side of the trail, open year-round. There also may be a port-a-potty at the dog park near the start/finish.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts a few hundred feet beyond the bollard in the trail when coming from the parking area.

Getting there by public transport

On Saturdays, the closest bus route is to/from the Renton Transit Center, 257 Burnett Ave S, Renton, WA 9805. From there, it is a half mile walk to the parkrun start. Head south on Burnett Ave S, turn left onto S 3rd St, turn right onto Mill Ave S, turn left onto S 3rd St, then turn left onto Cedar River Trail.

Getting there on foot

From downtown, head east on S 3rd St, turn right onto Mill Ave S, turn left onto S 3rd St, then turn left onto Cedar River Trail.

Getting there by road

If using a GPS device, please search for Google Maps: “Renton parkrun” or “Cedar River Trail Trailhead”. Waze: “Cedar River Trail Trailhead”. iPhone Maps: “Cedar River Regional Trail”.

From downtown, take Mill Ave S to S 3rd St to Cedar River Trail.

From 405 traveling north, take exit 4 toward WA-900 W/Bronson Way, turn right onto WA-169 9 N, continue straight onto Bronson Way N, turn left onto Mill Ave S, continue onto S 3rd Street and turn left onto Cedar River Trail.

From 405 traveling south, take exit 4 for WA-900 W toward WA-169, merge onto WA-900/Sunset Blvd N, turn right onto Bronson Way N, turn left onto Mill Ave S, continue onto S 3rd St, turn left onto Cedar River Trail.

There is a large gravel & dirt parking area near the start, under the 405 overpass. Additional parking is located at Liberty Park, 1101 Bronson Way N, Renton, WA 98057. There is a crosswalk on Houser Way S from Liberty Park to Cedar River Park Drive, from where participants can cross a footbridge over the river to the start area.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Luther's Table in Downtown Renton, 419 South 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98057 - please come and join us!