Running should not be monogamous. Don’t be afraid to try out different routes. Just as setting new goals and methods can be a great way to maintain motivation, variety in running tracks can really spice things up. It’s great to find that one perfect run – and you can always go back to it – but it’s even better to mix it up. Keep your body guessing.
Mungarra Reserve – Petrie - 4km (loop)
If the tracks in the Mungarra Reserve allow anything, it’s freedom. You have the freedom to shape any route you feel up for. It contains a few intersecting paths so you can lengthen or shorten to suit your training needs.
Located on Affleck Avenue, just off Dayboro Rd in Petrie.
Redcliffe Peninsula – 5km (to Redcliffe Jetty)
Okay, we’re kind of cheating with this one. But as it’s the location Queensland’s Most Scenic Fun Run we couldn’t leave it off the list. This stunning route allows you to run along the coastline all the way. Grab a park at Woody Point and get started. Another great advantage of this course is you can lengthen or shorten your run to suits your needs without sacrificing the view. From Woody Point to the Redcliffe Jetty is about 5km. This run suits all types of runners as there are a few hills to be had for those so inclined, but plenty of flat areas if you’re just starting out in the running game.
Bribie Island – 5km (one-way)
Maybe we just have a thing for running with an ocean view. You can start at either Sunset Park or Melsa Park, and run from one to the other along Sylvan Beach Esplanade for a gorgeous 5km (one-way) route. With the Pumicestone Passage showing off the clear blue waters surrounding Bribie Island it’s an incredible run with no inclines. This is the perfect course for someone just starting out.
From the Bruce Highway take Bribie Island Road to Bribie Island. Once over the Bribie Bridge take either a left or right along Sylvan Beach Esplanade (to Sunset Park) or Welsby Parade to Melsa Park).
North Lakes - Lake Eden
Lake Eden is a popular spot for picnickers and families, it’s also a fantastic backdrop for a run. With a pathway that hugs the circumference of the lake, a distance of approximately 1.6 kilometres, runners can not only enjoy the water views, but also the diversity of wild life that calls the lake home. Located in close proximity to the local shopping precinct, you can also enjoy a post run coffee reward!
Centenary Lakes - Caboolture
One of Moreton Bay Region's best parklands, Centenary Lakes is a 2.1km run from Stringfellow Road entry, looping around the whole park, behind Caboolture Sports Centre, and through Apex Park. You can even bring your dog to the fenced dog park near Friendship Grove, where they can run off lease!
Wyllie Park is ideal for walkers and is part of a larger chain of parks. For those looking for some variety to their workout, Wyllie Park has several outdoor sets of fitness equipment along its trail. A return trip back to the first of these fitness stations is 1.2km.
Sheep Station Creek
Sheep Station Creek is for those who want to spice up their training with some off-road running, away from the rest of civilization. There are three trails for you to choose from, ranging from a 2.2km return trip, to a 4.4km loop of the park. This allows you to pick which one you feel like on the day or upgrade to the longer courses as you progress in your training.
Don't forget: the Jetty 2 Jetty will run on 22nd July at Crockatt Park, Woody Point. Register now if you haven't already!