AROUND T HE BAY ROAD RACE

Canadian Running - - OFF THE BEATEN PATH -

Who wouldn’t want to own a medal from the old­est road race in North Amer­ica? First run in 1894, this 30k Hamil­ton race pre­dates the Bos­ton Marathon by three years. “Re­ceiv­ing an Around the Bay Road Race medal means run­ners have trained all win­ter, com­pleted a gru­elling 30k course over rolling hills, climbed the daunt­ing Val­ley Inn Road, and of­ten in bit­ter weather con­di­tions,” says race di­rec­tor Anna Lewis. “I think for run­ners, the Bay Race medal, which fea­tures the race em­blem sur­rounded by a crown of maple leaves, is a sym­bol that they’ve con­quered a time-hon­oured and his­toric Cana­dian race.” And to mo­ti­vate run­ners fur­ther, the medals come in gold, sil­ver or bronze, depend­ing on your fin­ish­ing time.

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