Balmy Beach Club’s annual Hair of the Dog run will help clear the cobwebs on New Year’s Day

Runners take part in the 2018 version of the Balmy Beach Club's annual Hair of the Dog run. The 2019 version of the run is set for Jan. 1. Photo: Beach Metro News file.

The 39th Annual Hair of the Dog run-walk, in support of the Balmy Beach Club is being hosted once again next year (Jan. 1, 2019) from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1 Beech Ave.

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 or at until Dec. 27.

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. for the power walks and parents with children in strollers and starts at noon for all runners.

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.

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