Around the Bay pegs new race date this fall
The historic Around the Bay Road Race has a new date and it is Nov. 22.
The popular race, traditionally held in the spring invariably on a windy day with a chill in the air, was postponed due to COVID-19.
The race was first held in 1894, three years before the Boston Marathon, and is the oldest road race in North America.
The unique 30K distance takes in the entirety of the 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.
New York runner Alene Reta holds the men’s course record at 1:32:32 set in 2010.
Around the Bay, which circles scenic Hamilton Harbour on a fast and flat course, also features a 5K distance and a popular relay option for the 30K distance.
All 2020 registrants should already have an email advising them of their options. Open registration begins in early October.
Many Get Out There race reporters have tackled this epic race, Jeff Rowthorn was our latest, who ran Around the Bay in 2018. Check out his video below.