March 28, 2021

Awarded World Athletics Heritage Plaque

October 3, 2020 “Congratulations to the Around the Bay Road Race, a 30km challenge which is North America’s oldest long-distance footrace. As an elite race it is about as old as they come, and as an event it has fully embraced charity and recreational running. We are delighted to award the World Athletics Heritage Plaque to the Around the Bay Road Race which remains as relevant today for the local community as it was in 1894.” – Sebastian Coe, World Athletics President.

Click here for more info on this award.

2020 Bay Race cancelled

Update as of Sept 22, 2020: Due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the provincial safety measures in place limiting outdoor gatherings, we are unable to host the Around the Bay Road Race in 2020.

An email update was sent to registrants on Sept 22 with registration options. Please check your Spam or Junk Folders if you do not see it in your Inbox. To be determined when new online registrations for next year’s race will open.

Welcome to the “Bay 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!

Run IN four Bay Race 30K races & receive one FREE 30K entry for free!*

*Run in four Around the Bay 30K Road Races between 2020-2029 (includes 2020 and 2029) and receive the fifth 30K entry FREE! We are unable to track your races to automatically award the free entry so after your fourth 30K, email us at for verification and to receive a registration promo code. Please email us before you register for your fifth Bay Race 30K. If you contact us after you register, the free entry cannot be redeemed.

Note: This promotion replaces the previous rewards program. This promotion is subject to change. You must have official results in four Bay Race 30K races between 2020-2029 (includes 2020 and 2029) to be eligible. All free entries must be redeemed by the end of 2030.