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The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Rietvlei Farm, Alberton. The course is run entirely on trail 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 Rietvlei parkrun, JHB South 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.
  • 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.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Rietvlei parkrun, JHB South 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 is in a clockwise direction. It covers a mixture of sand paths, trails and road passing natural wetlands, forests and open veld areas inside Rietvlei Zoo Farm. Safe and secure environment. This course is not suitable for prams.
We welcome runners and walkers.


Based at Rietvlei Zoo Farm, there are toilets, kiddies play areas and jungle gyms, farmyard, tractor rides, pony rides, braai facilities, picnic areas and open spaces for non-runners and supporters to enjoy. View more details on website.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at Rietvlei Farm.

Getting there by public transport

Getting there on foot

Getting there by road

There is secure Parking inside Rietvlei Zoo Farm.
GPS: -26.312175 and 28.079381 or Latitude: -26° 18' 44.4234", Longitude: 28° 4' 46.776"

From the N12 Comaro Off Ramp:

  • Take Comaro Off Ramp
  • Turn left into Comaro Road.
  • 4th Robot turn left into Michelle Avenue.
  • Turn right at first robot (Hennie Alberts Str)
  • Drive until you reach Swartkoppies Road Robot
  • Turn right into Swartkoppies Road and travel approx 1.5km until you reach Rietvlei Farm entrance on the right.
  • Follow the signs in the farm

From West N12 Klipriver:

  • Take Klipriver Off Ramp
  • 2nd Robot, turn right into Klipriver Road
  • 7th Robot, turn left into Swartkoppies Rd
  • Travel Approx 1.4km, turn left into Rietvlei Farm

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at any of the restaurants at Rietvlei Zoo Farm - please come and join us!