Around the Bay Road Race is back and filling up fast
One of Ontario’s most popular running races, Around the Bay, is back and scheduled for March 27, 2022 in Hamilton. A new registration block has just opened up, so participants should sign up right away to take part in this legendary event.
Hamilton’s Around the Bay 30K Road Race is the oldest on the continent, first run in 1894, three years before the Boston Marathon.
In addition to the traditional 30K distance, Around the Bay also features a 5K and a popular two or three-person relay option for the 30K, and there are new additions this year as well, explains race director Anna Lewis.
“We have a new race category called The Hammer Hybrid presented by HOKA. Participants would virtually run a 2K, 5K, 10K, and 15K during our virtual race period between March 1 and March 27,” she says. “And then run the 30K in person with us in Hamilton on March 27 to complete The Hammer! All the Hammer race category run times are added together for your Hammer Time.”
The unique distance takes in the entirety of Hamilton Harbour. Since its inception, Around the Bay has drawn fast runners from around the world to race its unconventional distance, including Canadian William Sherring, who won the Olympic Marathon in 1906; Tommy Longboat, an Onondaga from Six Nations who won the Boston Marathon in 1914; and Lanni Marchant, a record-holding Canadian long-distance runner who broke the Around the Bay’s women's course record in 2013 at 1:44:40.
Lewis says she is thrilled to be back organizing the historic event.
“I have never been so happy to keep adding to my to-do list or create plans and procedures,” she says. “It is so fun and energizing to be working toward an actual in-person event and bring back so many of the traditions we have come to love and expect at the Bay Race like the West Plains Church Choir, Stan the Music Man, and the Grim Reaper. We are really looking forward to welcoming our Bay Racers back!”
Lewis adds that once this registration block is filled, there won’t be any more added. So do not delay and register here.