Thousands of runners will hit Hamilton streets on Sunday morning for the 120th annual Around the Bay Road Race.

The oldest meet of its kind in North America, the event is set to host around 13,000 participants — including embattled Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne — running 30-km or 5-km courses or in one of two relay races.  

As always, the Around the Bay will tie up a number of major Hamilton thoroughfares for much of the day.

The city has published a list of road closures that will be in effect on Sunday:

  • Bay Street North between York Boulevard and King Street West — 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • York Boulevard between Bay Street North and Queen Street North — 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • York Boulevard between Queen Street North and Plains Road West — 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.
  • York Boulevard exit ramp from the westbound 403 — 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Eastbound lanes of Burlington Street East between Parkdale Street North and Woodward Avenue — 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Buses on several HSR routes will be running detours on race day. They include:

  • 2 – Barton
  • 3 – Cannnon
  • 4 – Bayfront
  • 6 – Aberdeen
  • 7 – Locke
  • 8 – York
  • 11 – Parkdale

For more information on the temporary route changes, go to the HSR's Around the Bay detours page.


The Around the Bay course passes beside two large cemeteries. As a result, the city says, there will be restricted access to Hamilton Cemetery (on York Boulevard northwest of Dundurn Street) and Woodland Cemetery (on Spring Garden Road in west Burlington, near the Royal Botanical Gardens) between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

On-street parking

Do you plan to take a car to get to the Around the Bay Race? The city reminds drivers that meter parking in downtown Hamilton is always free — as in “no charge” — on Sundays.


The long, unusually cold winter sparked fears that runners in this year’s Around the Bay would face punishing wind, snow or freezing rain. Thus, it should come as a relief to many that the forecast for the race doesn't look awful. After waking up to lows around –1 C , Hamiltonians can expect temperatures to climb to a high of 8 C on Sunday. Environment Canada's forecast calls a few early flurries that will wrap up later in the morning. Northeasterly winds of 20 km/h, with gusts up to 40 km/h, are also expected, so dress accordingly.