The 39th Annual Hair of the Dog run-walk, in support of the Balmy Beach Club, takes place today.
The New Year’s Day tradition in the Beach begins with registrations at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2019, at 1 Beech Ave.
Starting times are 11:30 a.m for walkers and parents with children in strollers; and the start time for runners is noon.
The Balmy Beach Club is hosting the all age’s event which BlogTO has named one of the top winter races, and Run Guides Toronto has dubbed the “Cobweb clearing event.”
This run has been a Toronto tradition since 1980. Runners can head out on a nine-kilometre run or a three-kilometre walk along the lake, usually ending with a post-race hot lunch.
The event regularly attracts anywhere from 100 to 200 cold weather runners who don’t mind a little bit of winter weather on a run.
There are several categories to choose from when signing up. There’s Men’s Open, Youth Male 18 and under, Men’s Master 45 and over, Women’s Open, Youth female 18 and under, Women’s Master 45 and over, Power Walkers 9k Women and Men, Parents with children in Strollers or 3k Half Milers, 3km Walkers and Runners, Parents with Strollers, and “Open Hangover” Hair of the Dog award.
The entry fees are $40 for Adults, $12 for children 18 and under, and $70 for a family pass which includes 2 adults and any children 18 and under.
Registration time is between 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on race day.
The awards ceremony and lunch with begin promptly after the race has concluded.
The race consists of a flat, traffic free course along the scenic Boardwalk and Martin Goodman Trail, runners and walkers doing the 9km course must stay on the Boardwalk transferring to the Martin Goodman Trail at the Summerville Pool, following the path on the south side of Lakeshore Blvd. to Leslie Street, south on Leslie Street turning at the entrance to the Leslie Street Spit, returning to the club.
There will be an aid station at the 4.5 km location at the bottom of Leslie Street, racer numbers will be verified then.