Brief course description
All courses are essentially out/back routes. The 10km course has approximately 97 metre elevation gain between 3rd and 7th kilometre with rest of course flat. The 5km and 2km courses are flat.
Both 10km and 5km courses were originally measured by an accredited AIMS-IAAF measurer.
All courses start in Ford Park, following a marked grass path (approximately 300 metres) before exiting the park at the Northern end into Ocean Drive. Runners stay to the right hand side of Ocean Drive, around the roundabout on the right and into Fishpen Road (which is one way) again keeping to the right.
Part way along Fishpen Road the runners gain access to the pedestrian path around the side of the lake. The runners now have the whole of this footpath and maintain this across the bridge and into Market Street.
On Fishpen footpath approximately 100 meters after Burton Avenue intersection the 2km Kids Dash entrants turnaround and head back on Fishpen Road.
Opposite the Marina Jetty is the start of parallel parking for cars, so runners exit the footpath at this point and stay within ¼ of the road, on the right hand side. Turn right at Beach Street and stay to the right hand half of the road.
Just before the War Memorial/Monument between the road and the lake is the halfway turnaround for 5km runners and walkers.
The 10km runners continue along Beach Street and turn right at Main Street where must travel on right hand side of the road. They continue on Main Street and turn right at Lake Street where they again have only the right hand side of the road on outward journey. They continue along Lake Street to the halfway turnaround checkpoint on the lower car park at the fishing wharf.
The 10km runners return via Lake Street, staying on the right hand side of the road, turn left at Main Street and again stay to the right of the center line. Turn left at Beach Street and stay to the right, where the runners will return past the 5km halfway turnaround point then join same route back to the finish.
All 5km and 10km runners turn left at Market Street, staying between the middle of the road and half way to the left hand gutter. After the Marina Jetty, the runners have the whole of the outward bound side of the road until the southeastern end of the bridge. At this point the runners turn left into Fishpen Road and they have full use of this section until the disused slipway whereupon they then only have the right hand half of the road.
All runners turn right into Ocean Drive, and proceed around the roundabout on the right hand side. The runners only have the right hand side of the road until they return back to Ford Park. They turn left into the park and follow marked grass path (approximately 200 metres) through to the finish line.
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