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5km run competitions and resources

The 5km run events are for students aged 10 to 19 years old, teachers and support staff following the parkrun format. Find out more about the event and how you can enter.

Who can participate

To participate in the 5km, students must be

  • enrolled at an affiliated school.
  • aged 10 to 19 years (born in or before 2011)

Students under the age of 11 must be within an arm's reach of an adult. 

Teachers and support staff of entered students can participate in the event and assist students.

All levels of physical activity can participate either running, walking or wheeling.

No bicycles or scooters can be ridden on the course.

When and where

Christies Beach run:

  • Monday 15 March
  • Wednesday 16 June
  • Monday 22 November

West Beach run:

  • Tuesday 16 March
  • Thursday 17 June
  • Thursday 16 September
  • Thursday 25 November

The courses

You need to be familiar with the course you are participating at. See Christies Beach parkrun course or West Beach parkrun course for maps and course descriptions.

  • Stay to the left of paths as they are shared with the public.
  • Courses do not cross roads.
  • The start and finish is in the same location.
  • It will take between 15 minutes and 1 hour to complete the course.

Entry fee

$5.00 including GST per student for unlimited involvement.

No payment is required on the day. A tax invoice will be sent to schools at the end of term 3 for students who participated.


  • No food is available.
  • Water fountains and toilets are in close proximity to the start and finish area.

How to enter

Schools are required to submit by email to Education.NominationsSchoolSportSA [at] sa.gov.au (subject: 5km%20run%20entry%20form) the 5km run nomination form (DOCX 76KB) 1 week before each event. Student names only need to be submitted once for the year.


An essential part of parkrun is for volunteers to assist in the running of the event. Students who are injured or have a focus on volunteering should consider helping with marshalling or timing.

Each school needs to contribute at least 1 volunteer. No experience is necessary, all instructions will be given before the event.


There are no prizes or presentations after the event as the focus is on self-improvement and not competition. Schools may depart once their last student and volunteers have completed the course.


The event is designed to improve personal fitness so students are encouraged to attend parkrun events on Saturday mornings at 8.00am. See parkrun Australia events for a location near you.

Aims of participating at the event

The 5km run is to introduce the lifelong, sustainable activity of parkrun to students. Schools are encouraged to attend events each term to measure improvement and support continuous activity. Parkrun is a method of integrating health, physical activity, community engagement and volunteering.

Running parkrun courses outside of the parkrun day and time is called a Freedom run. Anyone who completed one of these can log it against their parkrun profile. Refer to what is a parkrun freedom run for more information.

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School Sport SA

Phone: 8416 5900
Email: education.schoolsportsa [at] sa.gov.au