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How to Exercise with MapRun

MR   The basics (1-2-3)  

  1 - Install MapRunF on your smartphone (see below for details).

  2 - Select a Location (see below for details). Choose a course, and if you wish print a map (it will make navigating easier).   

  3 -  Take your phone and map to the PRE-Start Area and start the app. Select your chosen course and then tap Go to START. As you reach the start, listen for the beep, then RUN....


The details

MapRun (the latest version is called MapRunF) uses Smartphones to provide a form of orienteering. There are no flags or SI units, so the courses are available at any time on any day. Like real orienteering, when you finish you will get your score or finish time, and you will also see your track. Results are automatically uploaded to the MapRun website, so you can compare your run to others. Garingal has recently created some local courses. If you live near south Wahroonga or Chatswood, you could exercise with your phone and enjoy one of these courses. If you don’t live nearby, there are other options - see below.


For Your Safety

Covid-19: Please only use MapRun courses in ways that are consistent with the Covid-19  restrictions. Always observe social-distancing, especially at the pre-start area, near controls and at the finish.

General risks in orienteering: Both parklands and bushland areas contain trip/fall risks and hazards, so please watch your surroundings. Urban bushland may contain other visitors and cyclists, parklands may also contain dogs and vehicles, and in urban areas there may be roads to cross. PLEASE TAKE CARE.   On hot days, take extra water and be aware of signs of heat fatigue.

We suggest you install the "Emergency+" app, or another emergency app like "what3words" or "Where am I" on your phone.

Conditions of use of NSW MapRun courses


  • It is a condition of providing these maps & courses that any participants undertaking the activity accept full responsibility for their own safety.
  • No responsibility or liability is assumed by the contributors to this project (Orienteering NSW and affiliated clubs) or any Landholders on which the maps are located.
  • Please look after and help to protect the parks & bushland areas we use. Follow the rules and requirements of landholders.
  • Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.


Click here for Instructions for installing and using MapRunF

MapRun Locations

1. Fox Valley: The Fox Valley area in south Wahroonga has everything: beautiful Sydney sandstone bush, rock platforms with magnificent views, steep bits and flat bits, parks, some weird history of planned roads for northern Sydney, and a coffee shop (for take-aways) at the start/finish. For further information see the Fox Valley courses page.

2. West Chatswood: The West Chatswood map is one of Garingal’s old favourites: it’s been around for over 25 years. However, our new West Chatswood residents Istvan and Niki have a completely new set of courses, starting at a new park, and using the bushland along the Lane Cove River. For further information see the West Chatswood courses page.

Garingal has plans for more courses over the coming months.  

ONSW has permanent courses at Centennial Park, Bicentennial Park, Curl Curl Lagoon, and Georges Heights.

MapRunF provides new functionality to create QuickStart (do-it-yourself) courses. For more info go to the bottom of MapRun Instructions page. 

Questions or Problems

If you need to report a problem with one of the Garingal courses, or have a question, or please email Carol ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)




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