The 5km run is a single circuit along Tamaki Drive. Starting at the same place as the 21 and 10km races, on Tamaki Drive in front of Selwyn Reserve, the course first runs east. The turnaround is 500m along Tamaki Drive, alongside the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park. From here the course turns back around and heads west, past the start line.
The second turnaround lies at 333 Tamaki Drive, just before St Heliers Bay. Here the field will be directed back east towards the race site. Just before the reserve, opposite Marau Cresent, the course leads onto the waterfront path alongside the reserve. 200 metres along the path, take the right fork, heading inland and then turn right again, onto the grass and into Selwyn Reserve itself. There you’ll find the finish line and a Waterfront medal.