Course and Maps

NEW! “30K” (34K) Race Route

Start time: 9:30am

The race route into Tim Hortons Field to finish is about 34K.

  • Start: Cannon and Lottridge
  • West on Cannon to Birch
  • North on Birch to Burlington St
  • East on Burlington St (changes to Nikola Tesla)
  • Take Woodward Ave ramp to Beach Blvd
  • North on Beach Blvd to Eastport Dr
  • Take Eastport Dr and exit North Shore Blvd
  • East on North Shore Blvd to King Rd
  • North on King Rd
  • West on Townsend
  • South on Falcon
  • West on Townsend
  • North on Eagle
  • West on Townsend
  • South on LaSalle Park Rd
  • West on North Shore Blvd to Plains Rd
  • Plains to Spring Garden Rd
  • Take Spring Garden Rd up Valley Inn Hill
  • Turn left onto Plains Rd (turns into York Blvd)
  • Turn left at Dundurn Castle to Tecumseh
  • Tecumseh to Locke
  • Locke to Barton St
  • Barton St to Queen St N
  • North on Queen St N – turns into Stuart
  • East on Stuart St to Bay St N
  • North on Bay St N to Burlington St
  • East on Burlington St to Birch Ave
  • South on Birch Ave to Cannon St
  • Cannon St to Balsam Ave N and then into Tim Hortons Field

There will be timing mats at the 30K mark. The course will be officially measured and 30K certified. Official results and standings for 30K chip time and official results and standings for Finish chip time into Tim Hortons Field. Please note, the fastest 30K chip time may not be the first person to finish inside Tim Hortons Field. The route into Tim Hortons Field is about 34K.

You can decide whether to lay up after the 30K mark or keep your pace to the Finish but the Finish is inside Tim Hortons Field at 34K. Medals are given inside Tim Hortons Field.

Click here for the 34K Elevation Chart.

Aid Stations

Portable Toilets at approximately every 5K.

Click here for Road Closures.

NEW 15K · 10K · 5K Race Routes

15K/10K Start: 9:30am · 5K Start: 8:30am

Virtual Races

You can choose your own route for the 2024 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
    closed course
•   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

Kilometre Markers

Each kilometre will be marked along the route.

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


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.

5k Course

Details coming soon

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.