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Where are the best places to watch the races?
  1. Where: Corner Victoria Ave. and Burlington St. (approx 3.2km)
    How to get there: From downtown Hamilton, head east on Main St. to Victoria Ave. Turn north and follow to Burlington St.
  2. Where: Near ramp from Burlington St. to Woodward Ave. N. — 10km. This is the 1st relay point
    How to get there: From Downtown Hamilton, head east on Main St. to Parkdale Ave., turn north on Parkdale to Barton St. then east on Barton to Woodward Ave., turn north on Woodward and proceed to ramp area Woodward Ave.
  3. Where: Beach Blvd — 15km. Near the Lift Bridge
    How to get there: From Downtown Hamilton, head east on Main St. to Wellington St., turn north, follow to Burlington St. then east on Burlington, to the cut off for Woodward Ave. north on Woodward, which changes to Eastport Dr. Follow Eastport to the Lift Bridge area. Note: You should leave for this area prior to the race start.
  4. Where: Lasalle Park (Burlington) — 21km
    How to get there: From Downtown Hamilton, head west on King St. to Hwy 403 Toronto cut off. Proceed onto the 403 and follow to Waterdown Road in Burlington. Turn right then follow Waterdown road to Lasalle Park (approx 1.3km).
  5. Where: Dundurn Castle (York Blvd. at Dundurn St.) — 28km
    How to get there: Follow the course backwards on York Blvd. (approx 1-1/2 km) from the Start line. Parking available at Dundurn Castle.
When and what streets are closed?
  • York Boulevard from Plains Rd West to Dundurn St. (eastbound only Hamilton bound) CLOSED 10:30am till 3:30pm;
  • York Boulevard from Dundurn to Queen Street reduced to one eastbound lane (south curb lane); all York eastbound traffic will be detoured south on Queen St. 6:00am to 4:00pm
  • York Boulevard from Queen Street to Bay Street (eastbound only) CLOSED from 6:00am to 4:00pm
  • York Blvd. west bound traffic detoured onto Hwy #403 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Hwy 403 York Blvd On Ramp CLOSED 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Bay St. between Main St. W. and York Blvd. CLOSED 6:00am to 4:00pm
What is the 30K course like?
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., 1 block west of FirstOntario Centre.
The race proceeds east on York Blvd. (which turns into Wilson Street) to Sherman Avenue. At Sherman Ave. runners turn north and then east at Cannon Street. Runners stay on Cannon Street (which turns into Britannia Ave.) to Parkdale Ave. Runners then turn north at Parkdale Ave. and then east on Melvin Ave. to Woodward Ave., and then north on Woodward Ave. to 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. (Valley Inn Hill not used this year due to construction) entering Hamilton on York Blvd. and finish into FirstOntario Centre at York Blvd. and Bay Sts.
When and what streets are closed?
  • Valley Inn Rd CLOSED from City limit to York Blvd. from 10:30am till 3:30pm;
  • York Boulevard from Plains Rd West to Dundurn St. (eastbound only Hamilton bound) CLOSED 10:30am till 3:30pm;
  • York Boulevard from Dundurn to Queen Street reduced to one eastbound lane (south curb lane); all York eastbound traffic will be detoured south on Queen St. 6:00am to 4:00pm
  • York Boulevard from Queen Street to Bay Street (eastbound only) CLOSED from 6:00am to 4:00pm
  • York Blvd. west bound traffic detoured onto Hwy #403 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Hwy 403 York Blvd On Ramp CLOSED 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Bay St. between Main St. W. and York Blvd. CLOSED 6:00am to 4:00pm
Where are the aid and water 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.
Where are the toilets located along the route?
There are port-a-potties located at every water station along the course.
Are the kilometres marked?
Yes, each kilometre will be marked along the route.
Where does each event start?
All events start on York Blvd. — one block west of FirstOntario Centre.
Are there entertainment and bands on the course?
Various groups and individuals are along the course, some playing music, some being in costumes to entertain as well as encourage the runners every year.
When, where and what are the awards?
Finisher medals will be distributed to each participant upon completion of their event. This will take place inside FirstOntario Centre. Relay finisher medals for all members of the team will be given to the final participant of that team. Age Group Award Certificates will be mailed out.

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