Around the Bay 2017

Two days ago I found myself at the oldest road race in North America – right here in Hamilton! The Around the Bay Road Race began in 1894 and has grown steadily ever since. There are now thousands of participants each year and no, I wasn’t one of them.

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In recognition of Canada’s big birthday this year, both starting lines did a flag ‘wave’ before the race began.  It took almost 8 minutes for this huge 30k group to cross the start line.  

My daughter did the 5k this year and she’s planning to come back next year to do the 30k. It was my fourth time at the race but the very first time I saw anyone running outside. During the other years, I was inside First Ontario Centre working for the race’s charity partner, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation.

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The start of the 5k was along Bay Street.

Having only seen the race from the floor of the coliseum, it felt strange to be up in the stands. I had a great view of the finish line and crowds but I was distracted watching the busy Foundation staff working away.

20170326_101330 (2)It reminded me of how hard so many people work to raise money through this event. For months and months, the Foundation diligently supports their fundraisers. Many former patients, along with friends and families, express gratitude for their care by running, walking and fundraising along with hospital staff, board members and community members.

I’m a St. Joe’s patient too and seeing the race from a different perspective on Sunday reminded me that I needed to make a donation. So I did that today online.

Although incredibly fast and talented runners win the race every year, the hospital patients are called the real winners because all of those donations make a vital difference to enhancing care at St. Joe’s. It’s a win-win!

 

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