FAQ :: Course and Post Race

FAQ: Course and Post Race

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.
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.
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 aid and water stations?
Water and Gatorade stations will be available at approx. every 5k along the course as well as the Finish. Water and food are 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 my event start?
30k Starts at York Blvd at Bay St N
5k starts on Bay St. just south of York Blvd.
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.
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 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 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.