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Gold Coast Parkrun - Surfers Paradise

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by Susan Jackson (subscribe)
Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
Published May 6th 2022
Free timed 5km run

If you don't already know Parkrun let me introduce you. Parkrun is a free, timed, 5km run, organized by volunteers and run in various parks and open spaces. Parkrun originated in the UK back in 2004 before starting in Australia in 2011, where the first run was on the Gold Coast, at Main Beach. Fast forward to 2022 and there are now 9 Gold Coast Parkrun locations.

It is very much an event for everyone. There is no emphasis on your placing, just a record of your time and the challenge to better your own time as the weeks go by. So it's a race against yourself. You can walk, jog, run, volunteer, spectate whatever, just come along. As I mentioned, it's free, so there is no excuse for not taking part. If you are not a runner, you can start walking and work your way up to a run, as your fitness improves. It's a perfect way to help with any fitness goals. The people are a friendly bunch. I met my running friend on my first few runs and we've run and chatted more than 1,000kms since then. Now that I have run over 200 Parkruns, I'm working my way around all 9 of the Parkrun events on the Gold Coast.

This article features: SURFERS PARADISE

Course description:

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Image courtesy of HOTA
This parkrun takes place at HOTA, Home of the Arts, the Gold Coast's cultural precinct, in Surfers Paradise. It's easy to know you are in the right place, with the colourful modern architecture of the gallery building.

The run is located in the Evandale lake parkland, along the edge of the Nerang River. I really enjoyed the variety of scenery on this parkrun. There is lots to look at, with the river, lake, sculptures, trees, chapel, waterfront homes and the surfers skyline, so it's an interesting run, which has the added bonus of stopping you thinking too much about the fact you are running 5kms.

The start is at the back of HOTA, next to the lake, by the playground. Run towards the river and turn left. Run along past the little white chapel and sculptures, carrying on to a turnaround point on the grass. Head back along same path, go under the bridge and continue to another turn around point on the grass. Run back to the bridge which you cross over and back then begin a second lap of the section bridge to second turn around point. Cross the bridge over and back and finish back at the start.

It's straightforward when you run it. Look at the map and view the route as: Out to river, run to left out and back, continue to right out and back, bridge over and back, repeat run to right out and back, bridge over and back, finish.

The first section to the left has uneven parts on the path so watch your footing. It was also damp with leaves in parts when I ran it.

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Main reason to run this course:

Great if you have only completed dead flat 5km runs, such as the Paradise Point parkrun and aren't quite ready for a hilly course. The bridge offers a nice transition run from flat to hills - with a short up, that you know will be immediately followed by a down. You will cross the bridge and return, twice on this run. You could also have a swim in the lake at the end. The route is visually fun to run.

Golden Moments:

Running with friends from my homerun and the coffee afterwards, the waterfront homes and Surfers skyline in the morning sun, the light in the trees in the Evandale Lake precinct, the people fishing on the riverbank and the rowers sculling under the bridge as I ran over it.

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The Lakeside Room

HOTA Home of the Arts (formerly the Arts Centre), 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217


Go round the back of the HOTA building to the river. The start is at the playground, opposite the Lakeside Room.

Time: Every Sat at 7am.


In the carpark at HOTA (4 hrs free). As you turn in to HOTA at the lights, keep left and park around the back LHS of the building. Allow time to enter your car details at the machine.

Facilities: Toilets and children's playground.

Post run coffee: There are a number of cafes to choose from in the area. We walked over the bridge to Chevron Island and enjoyed coffee at The Leanchef Kitchn.

Date run: 30.4.22. Field size that day: 89

Don't forget your barcode. No barcode = no time. Your time gets emailed to you after the event. You need to register before you go for the first time and carry a barcode with you. If you have a printed one, it helps to laminate it, as when it gets damp with rain or sweat, it tends to fall apart or you can use your phone. I was gifted a Parkrun wristband with my barcode on, which is one of the most useful gifts I've ever received. Click here to register.

For more info, follow the link. As of Jan 2022, there are 430 events around Australia to choose from. Once you are hooked, make sure you bring the family along too.

If you are a parkrun tourist, running during a stay on the Gold Coast, then a visit to HOTA is definitely worth exploring. Check out the restaurants, gallery, cinema, outdoor stage and more. Follow this link for What's On at HOTA.

Links to other Parkrun write-ups on Weekend Notes:

Varsity Lakes
Gainsborough Greens
Broadbeach Waters
Paradise Point
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Why? Great way to start running or focus on your fitness, with like minded people
When: Every Saturday 7am
Where: HOTA - Home of the Arts (formerly the Arts Centre)
Cost: Free
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