Hamilton’s Around the Bay Road Race is the oldest on the continent, first run in 1894, three years before the first running of the Boston Marathon. It is an event that is rich in tradition and for many athletes marks the start of their competitive race season. World class and amateur runners alike find the challenging course around Hamilton’s natural harbour a true test.
This year IRONDames Gail Burgess, Shawna Button, Sandra Happy-Smith, Janette Kirch, Robyn Lavelle, Debbie Valicks and Suzanne Zmenak will be among the 8,500 participants running the 30K course. IRONDames Grace Armstrong, Cindy Mattie, Shirley Speakman, Andrea Buzza and Judy Gibson have paired up to complete the distance in 2-Person Relay teams.
Officially “Sold Out” this year’s Around the Bay 30K Road Race will see a total of 12,050 participants competing in the 30K, 5k, and 2 & 3 Person Relays categories. The start gun goes off at 9:30 am!
Looking for a great place to watch this world class road race? The IRONDames will be hosting a Water Stop for the fourth year in a row just past the 21K mark on North Shore Blvd West. With fresh fruit being provided by AGRO Produce Ltd., extra assistance of FirstOntario Credit Union’s incredible Blue Wave volunteers and the IRONDames this year’s Around the Bay runners are sure to receive lots of encouragement and support! Feel free to stop by with cowbells in hand and join in the fun! You may be so inspired that you’ll find yourself running in the event next year! Stranger things have happened, just ask IRONDame and 2012 Around the Bay Road Race Finisher Judy Gibson!