FAQ

Can I change my corral?

Yes, but please place yourself in the appropriate corral to ensure the balanced flow of the race is maintained.

I bought the ATB+ Defer to 2023 option. Am I automatically deferred?

If you purchased the ATB+ Defer to 2023 option and do not participate on March 27, 2022, then we will send you a promo code to register for 2023. Due to the high volume of inquiries and close proximity to race day, we may not be able to remove you from the participant list or email a confirmation during race week.

Can I still transfer? If so, how?

Yes, please ask the transferee to see the Help Desk at Packet Pick Up.
No transfers on race day.

Virtual transfers only, email info@bayrace.com

Can family and friends watch me finish inside FirstOntario Centre?

Yes, spectators are welcome to watch in the arena seats as participants finish the race. Spectators, family and friends are not permitted on the finish line floor.

I have the ATB+ Race Day Pick Up. Where do I go to pick up my kit on race morning?

  • ATB+ Race Day Pick-up will be open from 7:30am-8:45am on the concourse level (2nd floor) opposite of Aisle 72 in FirstOntario Centre – 101 York Blvd.
  • One Packet Pick-Up per ATB+ package.
  • Baggage check items must fit in the clear plastic bag (16″ x 24″) provided. Luggage and other large items will not be accepted. Please leave valuables at home. We are not responsible for lost or stolen property.

Is there a bag check?

Yes, $5 Debit only.
Bag Check Tickets can be purchased at Packet Pick Up.

Race Day Bag Check will be located beside the FirstOntario Box Office off of Bay St.
Please click here for Bag Check Location.

Bag Check Hours: 8:00am – 2:00pm

Baggage check items must fit in the clear plastic bag (16″ x 24″) provided. Luggage and other large items will not be accepted. Please leave valuables at home. We are not responsible for lost or stolen property.

Can I bring a stroller and/or my dog?

Strollers and pets are not permitted on the course. Pets are not permitted inside FirstOntario Centre. Service dogs are not considered pets. Please see our race rules section here.

Can my in person race be tracked with a mobile app?

Download the Sportstats Tracker app to follow participants as they race.

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When will bib numbers be assigned?

Bib numbers have been assigned. Click here for bib look up.

Do I need to show proof of vaccination?

Please see our registration and COVID policy recently updated on March 1, 2022 here.

2022 Virtual Race FAQs


Virtual Race period is March 1, 2022 – March 27, 2022.

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Where do I get my chip?

Your chip is on the back of the race bib and can be picked up at Packet Pick Up — with your race shirt.

Where is my timing chip?

The timing chip is now on the back of the bib. The bib must be worn on the front of the participant with the bib facing forward on the outside of all clothing. Holding the bib in your hand, covered under your clothes, or elsewhere on your body may result in missed timing detections.

Are there finish line photos?

Marathon Photos

Marathon Photos is the official photographer for the Bay Race. Are you ready for your close-up? Marathon Photos will have an army of photographers on hand to make sure you can chose from several great photos of your heroic effort. Smile when you see our photographers in the bright yellow vests and make sure your bib number is visible. View and order your photos within 1 to 3 days after the race HERE.

When, where and what are the awards?

Finisher medals will be distributed to each participant upon completion of their in-person event. This will take place inside FirstOntario Centre. Relay finisher medals for all members of the team will be given to the last leg of the relay team.

Age Group Award Certificates will be distributed to the top three individuals in their age and gender category. The 30K categories are Female/Male runners 15yrs and over — 5 year increments up to 75+. Age Group Award Certificates will be mailed out to the Top 3 finishers in their category for the 5K race starting from 9 and under up to 75+ years old in 5 year increments.

Are there entertainment and bands on the course?

Various groups and individuals are along the course, some playing music, some in costumes to entertain as well as encourage the runners every year.

Where does my event start?

  • 30k course still to be confirmed
  • 5k starts on Bay St. just south of York Blvd.

Are the kilometres marked?

Yes, each kilometre will be marked along the route.

Where are the toilets located along the route?

There are port-a-potties located approximately every 5K along the 30K course.

Where are the aid and water stations?

Water will be at the 7K, 14K, 21K marks and at the Finish. Nuun Hydration and XACT Nutrition will be at the 14K and 21K mark this year. Portable toilets placed approximately every 5K.

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 west of Bay St. The race proceeds east on York Blvd then turns left, (north) onto James St. N. Runners run north on James St. N., east on Guise St, east on Dock Service Rd, south on Ferguson Ave. N, 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. Runners continue on Plains Rd. to Spring Gardens Rd. up the Valley Inn Rd Hill, entering Hamilton on York Blvd. and finish into FirstOntario Centre at York Blvd. and Bay Sts.

Is there parking?

FirstOntario Centre parking map

There is parking all around FirstOntario Centre. Look on the map at right (click to enlarge) for the green ‘P’ where lots are available.

When should I arrive?

You should arrive about 45 minutes to an hour before your start time to do any last minute things, i.e. warm-up, washroom stop, etc.

Are there Pace Bunny times? What are the times?

We will not have pace bunnies this year.

What are the starting times and course closure times?

Starting times: Sunday March 27, 2022

  • 30km RUN and RELAYS — 9:30am
  • 5km — 9:45am
  • 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 and when do I turn in my Charity pledges?

Please contact your charity for specific info. Click here for charity partners page.

Is there a pasta dinner?

We do not host a pasta dinner but the Sheraton Hamilton and many local restaurants have Bay Race specials.

Can I still register?

You can still register for virtual races here. Use access code: ATBVIRTUAL22
Online registration for in-person races are closed.

There will be no race weekend registrations.

What is at the expo?

The expo showcases many vendors who are associated with running and such activities in some way. There are approximately 70 vendors that will be in attendance during race weekend. This is also where you pick up your Race Packet, (t-shirt, number and chip) if you are participating in the event.

We will not be hosting a full Expo this year but have a few sponsor booths. It will just be Race Packet Pick-Up.

Is there an expo? When? Where?

We will not have a full Expo this year but a few sponsor booths will be on site. Race Packet Pickup will be held Friday March 25 and Saturday March 26. Race Packet Pickup will be held at FirstOntario Centre located on 101 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3L4.

Race Packet Pick Up Hours:
Friday, March 25, 2022 – 1:30pm – 6:30pm
Saturday, March 26, 2022 – 10am – 4pm

Can I pick up my friend’s run packet? Can someone pick up my packet?

Yes — BUT … you will need to produce the following two items in order to pick up a run packet that is not your own:

  1. A printout of the registration confirmation of the person you wish to pick up for; AND
  2. Email or written permission from the person you wish to pick up for.

If picking up for someone, please have their bib numbers ready.

When & where can I pick up my race packet?

Packet pickup is available at FirstOntario Centre, 101 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3L4. We strongly recommend you pick up your packet early as there is NO packet pickup on Race Day unless you have the ATB+ package.

You or a friend can pick up your packet during the following times. Please bring your bib number which will be assigned a week before race day and ID.

  • Friday March 25, 2022 — 1:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Saturday March 26, 2020 — 10am to 4pm

THERE WILL BE NO RACE KIT PICK-UP ON RACE DAY UNLESS YOU HAVE THE ATB+ PACKAGE.

What am I picking up in my run packet?

In your race packet will be:

  • your bib number which has the chip attached to the back
  • your run T-shirt

*Remember, you need to bring your BIB to participate on run day.

Can I defer my entry to next year?

You can only defer your entry if you have the ATB+ package.

I’m injured, can I have a refund? I can’t make it anymore; can I have my money back?

Click here for our Registration Policy.

Where & when can I register?

You can still register for virtual races here. Use access code: ATBVIRTUAL22

Online registration closed for in-person races. There will be no race weekend registration.

Do you need volunteers, and how do I sign up to volunteer?

We are not currently recruiting volunteers. Please visit our volunteer page here.

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

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.

Where do I throw my gel packs?

We greatly respect the residents that allow us to host this historic race through their neighbourhoods and communities. We strongly encourage you to please hold onto your gel packs, tissues, and other unwanted items until you reach a water station where our volunteers can collect them.

Where can I view past results?

Please visit our Results & Photos page to view previous results dating back to 1894.

How do I train?

Please see our Training page for links to training programs and race-specific training clinics.

Do you have a walking section for the 30K?

Although you can walk, there will be no separate walking category. All participants not reaching the 15km point by 11:45am or the 20km point by 12:30pm will not be allowed to finish the race. The course time limit will be strictly enforced due to traffic control and runner safety. The Finish Line will be taken down at 2:00pm.

There isn’t a separate walking race category but there is a 4.5 hour course time limit for the in-person 30K race. Participants are welcome to walk if able to complete the 30K within the course time limit.

Who receives medals?

All participants in the Hammer, 30K, Relays and 5K receive a medal. There are no medals for the virtual 2K, 10K, or 15k race categories.

Is this event a Boston qualifier?

No, The Around the Bay Road Race (since it is not a Marathon distance) is an excellent warm up for the Boston Marathon but it is not an official qualifying run.

What kind of weather is typical for the race?

The average temperature on race weekend is a pleasant 4°C. Average rainfall for the month is 51mm.

When is next year’s run? Do you organize other running events?

128th Anniversary – Sunday, March 27, 2022

129th Anniversary – Sunday, March 26, 2023

We do not organize other events, but we do assist many other races.

What are the in -person race categories?

  • 30 Kilometres (18.6 miles)
  • 3 person x 10K relay
  • 2 person x 15k relay
  • 5 K
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