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Around the Bay 30K Road Race

Quick facts

Location Hamilton, Canada

Distance Marathon

About Around the Bay 30K Road Race

Hamilton’s Around the Bay Road Race is the oldest on the continent, first run in 1894, three years before the Boston Marathon. Rich in tradition, it has been won by the best from around the world, including Boston Marathon winners and Olympic gold medallists. Become part of the continuing tradition by running this challenging course around Hamilton’s natural harbour!

Distances

5K Road Race

  • 5km

30K Road Race

  • 30km

Practicalities

Aid Stations

Water and Gatorade stations will be available at approx. every 5k along the course as well as the Finish. Water, Gatorade and food is also located in FirstOntario Centre upon finishing the race. There are port-a-potties located at every water station along the course.

Award Medals

All participants in the 30K, Relays and 5K receive a medal.

Parking

There is parking all around FirstOntario Centre.

Timing

Mylaps Chip™ timing.

Around the Bay 30K Road Race Route Map

Around the Bay 30K Road Race Route Map

Start:

York Blvd and Caroline St. N

Hamilton,ca

Finish:

INSIDE FIRSTONTARIO CENTRE — Bay and York Sts. Hamilton

Hamilton,ca

Overview

The first 20k of the Around the Bay Road Race is an exciting, scenic, and fast route. The last 10k includes rolling hills through scenic North Shore Blvd.

The race begins on York Blvd west of Bay St. The race proceeds east on York Blvd then turns left, (north) onto James St. N. Runners run north on James St. N., east on Guise St, east on Dock Service Rd, south on Ferguson Ave. N, then east onto Burlington St.

Runners proceed east on Burlington using the overpasses to the Woodward Ave. on ramp.

Runners exit north onto Woodward Ave. and then turn right onto the Beach Strip.

After crossing the Canal lift bridge the race turns onto Eastport Drive to Northshore Blvd. The race turns west bound onto the rolling hills of Northshore Blvd., and then west onto Plains Rd. Runners continue on Plains Rd. to Spring Gardens Rd. up the Valley Inn Rd Hill, entering Hamilton on York Blvd. and finish into FirstOntario Centre at York Blvd. and Bay Sts.


Around the Bay 30K Road Race Trivia

The Hamilton Herald Newspaper and cigar store owner "Billy" Carroll, originated and sponsored the first "Around the Bay Road Race", run on Christmas Day, 1894. It is now the oldest road race in North America, older than the Boston Marathon which was born three years after the Around the Bay Road Race. The race tested the abilities of the finest long distance runners, but was also an avenue to lay down some bets.

The Around the Bay Road Race established Hamilton as a running mecca for long distance runners, and it was not uncommon for thousands of spectators to line the route to watch their local favourites start the race from the front of the Herald Newspaper Offices at 17 King Street West Hamilton.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.