You can choose your own route for the 2021 Around the Bay Virtual Race.
Please follow the directions below:
• Consult with a physician before training or participating in this event
• Do not wear headphones for outdoor races as you are not on a
• Review your route before running
• Pick a route and time to avoid congestion
• Carry a mobile phone as means to connect if you require assistance
while participating in this race
• Plan a route to obtain adequate hydration and nourishment
• Follow Provincial Physical Distancing Guidelines
Each kilometre will be marked along the route.
Water/Nuun Hydration stations will be available at approx. every 5k along the course as well as the Finish.
Route to Corrals & Race Start
PLEASE PRE-ARRANGE A POST RACE MEETING PLACE WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS. E.G. SECTION XXX IN FIRSTONTARIO CENTRE. After finishing the race, runners will be directed to the concourse level of FirstOntario Centre and into the seating area. Hamilton Fire Dept. rules prohibit standing/waiting in the lobby and the area at the top of the steps on the concourse.
How to get to the start
NO SPECTATORS ALLOWED WITH PARTICIPANTS GOING TO THEIR ASSIGNED CORRALS. ALL SPECTATORS MUST STAY EAST OF BAY ST. ON YORK
30K start line is on York Blvd. at Caroline St N. 5k start line is on Bay St. just south of York Blvd.
All participants MUST follow the below directions to get to their assigned starting area or corral.
If you have a running partner and wish to run together you must go to the corral of the slower seeding time.
Any questions regarding corral placement must be presented to the HELP DESK Fri./Sat. NOT RACE MORNING!
CORRALS: If you have a bib for Corral Red/A, Blue/B, or Green/C please proceed to the north side of the Federal Building (#1 on the map) across from FirstOntario Centre and proceed west on Napier and then north on Caroline St. to the Corral entrance.
WASHROOMS: FirstOntario Centre and portable toilets at or near water stations
30k White/Grey & RELAYS: If you have a 30k White/Grey bib or 1st runner of a Relay, please proceed west on Market St (#2 on map) and then north on Hess St. to York Blvd. Please position yourself according to the posted SEEDING TIMES.
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 and Caroline St. N. The race proceeds east on York Blvd then turns left, (north) onto James St. N. Runners run north on James St. N. and then east onto Burlington St.
Runners proceed east on Burlington using the overpasses to the Woodward Ave. on ramp.
Runners exit north onto Woodward Ave. and then turn right onto 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 entering Hamilton on York Blvd. and finish into FirstOntario Centre at York Blvd. and Bay Sts.
The 5K will start on Bay St. in front of FirstOntario Centre, following Bay St. to Cannon St., where the course turns left and follows Cannon St. west (this becomes York Blvd). Follow York Blvd to the turn around near the Cemetery. The course then follows York Blvd all the way back to FirstOntario Centre, entering the underground ramp and finishing inside FIRSTONTARIO CENTRE.