The top reasons people love the Around the Bay Road Race

The Around the Bay Road Race is a historic running event in Hamilton, Ontario, which has been taking place for over a century. Every year, thousands of runners and walkers from across the country and the United States and beyond come together to participate in the event, which includes a 30-kilometer road race, relays, and a 5K run.

There are so many reasons why this race continues to be at or near the top of so many racers’ to-do lists. Here are the top reasons people love to participate in the Around the Bay Road Race:

Tradition and History

The Around the Bay Road Race is the oldest road race in North America, dating back to 1894. The race has been a staple of Hamilton's culture for over a century and has become a tradition for many families and friends. Participants love to be a part of the rich history of the event and to experience the same course that runners have been traversing for more than a hundred years.

Community Spirit

The Around the Bay Road Race is more than just a race – it's a community event. Participants love the camaraderie and spirit of the event, which brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. From the cheering crowds to the friendly on-course volunteers and costumed characters, the event is a celebration of Hamilton's community spirit.

Challenging Course

The 30K course for the Around the Bay Road Race is not for the faint of heart. The route includes hills and challenging terrain, not to mention the weather can always present its own unique set of, ahem, circumstances. But it adds up to a true test of endurance and strength. Participants love the challenge and the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing the course.

Fun Competition

The Around the Bay Road Race attracts runners from all over the province and beyond. It’s a community of people who love to run and love to compete. Nobody will set a world record, or qualify for Boston here, but participants love the opportunity to compete against some of the best local runners with a sense of community that comes with good competitions and good times.

Charity Fundraising

The Around the Bay Road Race is also a fundraising event, with participants raising money for various charities and organizations. Participants love the opportunity to give back to the community and to make a difference in the lives of others.

Accomplishment and Achievement

Completing the Around the Bay Road Race is a significant accomplishment for many participants. Whether it's their first time running a race or their tenth, participants love the sense of achievement and pride that comes with crossing the finish line.

The Opportunity to Hammer it home

The Around the Bay Road Race offers both a virtual and hybrid experience in addition to in-person events. People love the Hammer Hybrid option, as it allows participants to complete the 2K, 5K, 10K, and 15K virtual races as part of the race training at home combined with the in-person 30K on race day. There is also a completely virtual Hammer option too.

Those interested in registering for this year's edition better do so right now, as it looks like the race might sell out by this weekend. Please go here for all the latest info and to register.


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