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Around the Bay Road Race
DateLast Sunday of March
LocationHamilton, Ontario, Canada
Event typeRoad
Distance30K, 5K
Established1894
Course recordsMen (1:32:22) Alene Reta
Women (1:44:40) Lanni Marchant
Official siteAround the Bay Road Race
Winner Jim Duffy (1912) on the bridge over Burlington Canal.
Winner Jim Duffy (1912) on the bridge over Burlington Canal.

The Around the Bay Road Race (ATB) is a long distance road race annually in Hamilton, Ontario. The event currently features a 30 kilometer race, a 5 kilometer race, relay races, and virtual races.[1] First held in 1894, it is the oldest long distance road race in North America.[2]

Since it began, the race has been held every year except for 1917 to 1919 (due to World War I), 1925 to 1935, 1962 (due to construction), and 2020 and 2021 (due to the COVID-19 pandemic).[2][3][4]

History

The Hamilton Herald Newspaper and cigar store owner "Billy" Carroll, originated and sponsored the "Herald Road Race", the first Around the Bay Road Race, run on Christmas Day, 1894. Thirteen racers ran the 19 mile and 168 yard course around Hamilton Harbour. Billy Marshall won the race and was awarded a $25 silver cup and some boxes of cigars.[2][5][6]

In the early 20th century, Jack Caffery and William Sherring battled it out and won two "Bay" races each. Famed Canadian-Onondaga runner Tom Longboat also took the first major victory of his career here, in 1906.[6]

Scotty Rankine won a record seven races in the 1930s and 1940s, while Peter Maher won his fifth Bay race in 1996, tying the record of local Gord Dickson, who had five wins in the late 1950s.[6]

Women were first allowed to enter in 1979.[2]

In 2005, the ATB partnered with St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation and, for the first time, became a fundraising event.[7]

Race

All races start on York Boulevard, one block west of the FirstOntario Centre. All races finish inside FirstOntario Centre. On Sunday, March 29, 2007, over 9,000 participants crossed the finish line.[8]

The 30 kilometre race is also known as the Billy Sherring Memorial Road Race.[9] It is also called the 30K Around The Bay.

Top fundraisers

Top fundraisers of the event since 2005.[7][10]
Year Participant Funds raised
2008 Ted Michaels/ Connie Smith $60,000
2007 Ron Foxcroft $55,000
2006 Brian Mullan (Hamilton Police Chief) $50,000
2005 Dave Andreychuk $30,000

Winners

Key:   Course record

30k

Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s) Rf.
2022  Kevin Coffey (CAN) 1:40:10  Victoria Coates (CAN) 1:50:01 [11]
2021 Run only as a virtual race due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [4]
2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [3]
2019  Daniel Kemoi (KEN) 1:32:57  Mengistu Emebet (ETH) 1:45:56 [6]
2018  Haron Kiptoo Sirma (KEN) 1:35:11  Dayna Pidhoresky (CAN) 1:49:39
2017  Panuel Mkungo (KEN) 1:34:51  Dayna Pidhoresky (CAN) 1:47:27
2016  Paul Kimugal (KEN) 1:35:17  Risper Gesabwa (KEN) 1:47:38
2015  Paul Kimugal (KEN) 1:33:48  Dayna Pidhoresky (CAN) 1:50:47
2014  Paul Kimugal (KEN) 1:35:35  Krista DuChene (CAN) 1:47:14
2013  Terence Attema (CAN) 1:35:45  Lanni Marchant (CAN) 1:44:40
2012  Reid Coolsaet (CAN) 1:33:21  Krista DuChene (CAN) 1:47:04
2011  Derek Nakluski (CAN) 1:37:15  Dayna Pidhoresky (CAN) 1:50:45
2010  Alene Reta (ETH) 1:32:22  Lucy Njeri Muhami (KEN) 1:48:59
2009  Thomas Omwenga (KEN) 1:35:29  Lucy Ngeri (KEN) 1:50:26
2008  Alene Reta (ETH) 1:33:06  Lucy Ngeri (KEN) 1:48:28
2007  Simon Njorge (KEN) 1:32:50  Magdelene Makunzi (KEN) 1:46:51
2006 Nourddine Betchim 1:37:38  Kate MacNamara (CAN) 1:55:10
2005  Joseph Ndritu (KEN) 1:38:46  Kate MacNamara (CAN) 1:58:06
2004 Mustapha Bennacer 1:33:28  Lioudmila Kortchaguina (RUS) 1:46:04
2003 Joseph Nsengiyumva 1:35:02  Lioudmila Kortchaguina (RUS) 1:52:50
2002  Joseph Ndritu (KEN) 1:33:13  Lioudmila Kortchaguina (RUS) 1:46:18
2001  Joseph Ndritu (KEN) 1:36:39  Elizabeth Ruel (CAN) 1:54:20
2000  Joseph Ndritu (KEN) 1:32:53  Veronique Vandersmissen (CAN) 1:52:33
1999 Paul Aufdemberge 1:36:31 May Allison 1:52:37
1998 Sean Wade 1:34:43 Danuta Bartoszek 1:53:52
1997 Paul Mbugua 1:35:35 Katie Dosser 1:56:22
1996 Peter Maher 1:35:41 Cindy New 1:53:42
1995 Mike McGowan 1:36:09 Kim Webb 1:49:17
1994 Sammy Nyangincha 1:32:55 May Allison 1:50:54
1993 Dave O’Keefe 1:38:22 Lizanne Bussieres 1:47:03
1992 Clive Hamilton 1:40:26 Veronique Marot 1:54:42
1991 Peter Maher 1:33:00 Veronique Marot 1:48:52
1990 Peter Maher 1:35:54 Laura Konantz 1:54:16
1989 Peter Maher 1:34:12 Dorothy Goertzen 1:58:53
1988 Paul Waldie 1:39:21 Laura Konantz 1:58:40
1987 Peter Maher 1:34:02 Susan Stone 1:51:37
1986 Bob Slipp 1:39:53 Jennifer Ditchfield 1:55:03
1985 Roger Martindill 1:34:22 Susan Stone 1:53:23
1984 Roger Martindill 1:33:53 Anne-Marie Malone 1:46:29
1983 Mike Dyon 1:34:15 Dorothy Goertzen 1:53:45
1982 Dave Edge 1:34:50 Christine Keaney 2:02:02

The 30 kilometre course was certified in 1982. Prior to then, the race was contested over a few different distances.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Registration Details and Fees". Around the Bay Road Race. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e "125 years running: Here are some fast facts about the Around the Bay Road Race". CBC News. March 30, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Radley, Scott (September 22, 2020). "Hamilton's Around the Bay Road Race cancelled for 2020". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Milton, Steve (February 9, 2021). "Around the Bay organizers add flair as Hamilton road race goes virtual". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  5. ^ "Dec. 25, 1894: First Around the Bay Race held". The Hamilton Spectator. September 23, 2016. Retrieved March 27, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d "Around the Bay Road Race". Local History & Archives. Hamilton Public Library. Retrieved March 27, 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Around the Bay Road Race- Since 1894". The Hamilton Spectator. March 22, 2007. pp. AB1.
  8. ^ "Around the Bay Road Race will close streets today". The Hamilton Spectator. March 29, 2007.
  9. ^ "Around the bay Road Race, (Official Site)". Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved June 29, 2007.
  10. ^ "Bay Race registration sets torrid pace". The Hamilton Spectator. November 27, 2007.
  11. ^ "2022 Around The Bay Road Race". Sportstats. Retrieved March 27, 2022.

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