The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at Skien Fritidspark, Skien. The course is ran 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

Skien Fritidspark parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Skien Fritidspark parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners 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

Smooth path starting in park, but goes through forest area with some hills and terrain variations.

Beskrivelse av løypen

Jevn gangvei som starter i parken, men går gjennom skogsområdet med noen bakker og litt variasjon i terrenget.


Public toilets are available in the sports complex.


Toalett er tilgjengelig i idrettshallen/ badeland.

Getting There

Location of start

The start is by the entrance to the ice hall.

Hvor er starten?

Starten er utenfor ishallen.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: M3 stops close to Skien fritidsparken.

Hvordan komme seg hit med kollektivtransport?

Buss: M3 stopper nær fritidsparken.

Getting there on foot

Skien Fritidspark is easily accessible by foot/bike.

Hvordan komme seg hit til fots?

Enkel adkomst for gående/syklende til Skien fritidspark

Getting there by road

Follow road signs to Skien Fritidspark at the roundabout on Telemarksvegen.

Parking is available outside the sports complex.

Hvordan komme seg hit med bil?

Følg skilt til Skien Fritidspark når du tar av fra Telemarksvegen.

Parkering utenfor sportshallen.

Post Run Coffee

We meet at Hotel Fritidsparken for coffee after.

Kaffe etterpå

Vi møtes etterpå for kaffe ved Hotell fritidsparken.