Lower Reach Park , Smiths Falls, Ontario
introduction   registration info   race services   race day info   general info

Welcome to the Smiths Falls Classic Run.  This is a fun and fitness run in Smiths Falls, held in conjunction with the Smiths Falls Classic Triathlon!  We are pleased to host this unique evening run at the heart of the Rideau Canal. 

Come play for the day and then enjoy an early evening run – plan your weekend around the Smiths Falls 5 Km Run.  Smiths Falls offers “pints, pubs, and patios” - loads of outdoor adventure to fill your weekend.

event highlights

  • Medals for all finishers!
  • An evening run for a change of pace
  • Wylie Ryan Smiths Falls Kids' 2Km
  • Come play for the day and run in the evening
  • Check out all there is to see and do with the 2016 Visitors Guide - http://www.sflan.ca/.vguide/

somersault director
Christine McKinty - christine@somersault.ca

local support – rideau search and rescue
Somersault is pleased to welcome Rideau Search and Rescue as local supporters of the Smiths Falls Classic.  With over 40 years of experience, the team is over 40 members strong.  This group of committed volunteers provide equipment and trained personnel to the Ontario Provincial Police in the performance of Search and Rescue operations.  Other programs include training Community Emergency Response Teams, AdventureSmart, and Hug-A-Tree and Survive Programs. 

The Rideau Search and Rescue Team will be providing medical services to the event and manpower.

Visit www.rideaugsar.ca for more information.  Make a donation online when you register for the Smiths Falls 5 Km or Wylie Ryan 1 km

charity/club of the event - your charity/club name here! 
Is your charity or club looking to fundraise and earn $ for your cause?  

The Smiths Falls Classic Triathlon/Duathlon and Figure Eight Run is a great way to pledge-raise!  With no associated costs, your charity or club can participate (at a special charity/club group rate), pledge-raise, and keep 100% of the monies raised!

In return, your group provides ‘people power’ to the event (a great way for family/friends to get involved and for students to earn community service hours).  Win-Win! 

For more information, please contact info@somersault.ca

The Champions Challenge & Junior Challenge program is for those of you who participate in more than one Somersault event, and who might be interested in seeing how you stack up against others in your overall, gender, and age group category, in the Somersault Event Series.

Each Somersault race is part of the Champions Challenge program. You can find more details and how you can score points on our Champions Challenge webpage!

registration information

date of event
Saturday June 25, 2016

events & distances

  5Km Run


  2.1Km Run  

participation categories - age as of december 31, 2016

  5Km Run

Male & Female:
13 & under, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over, Clydesdale (Men 220 lbs+), Athena (Women 170 lbs+)

  Wylie Ryan Kids 2Km - 11 and under

There are NO place awards for WYLIE RYAN KIDS events

early season entry fee discounts
As a courtesy to those of you who enter many Somersault events, who plan well ahead, or who are just thrifty, we have an early season entry fee discount program. The discount schedule is outlined below.

important entry fee discounts and deadlines

  December 31, 2015 Enjoy 15% discount off regular entry fee
  January 31 2016 Enjoy 10% discount off regular entry fee
  March 15 , 2016 Enjoy 5% discount off regular entry fee
  6pm Sunday PRIOR to event Last Chance for souvenir shirt, on-line, drop-off and mail-in entries
  Late Entry

At Race Kit Pickup (payable in CASH only) email info@somersault.ca for fees and details

entry fee conditions
There are no refunds for any reason - this includes event cancellation or event changes. 

If you wish to switch distances within the event, there are no partial refunds if the event change request is to a less expensive event. There will be an additional charge if the change is to an event with a higher entry fee. You may use your dashboard to make these changes (up to 6:00 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the event).

There are no person to person transfers. 

Credit cards are accepted for online entries only, up to 6:00 p.m. on the Sunday PRIOR to the race.  Entries after that date, must be made at the Race Kit Pick Up time and location noted below and must be paid in cash.

entry drop off or mail in

If you do not wish to register online, you can fill out the online form (without submitting) by clicking “Enter Now” and printing it off. You may mail in or drop off to: Somersault Event Series, 1915 Sunland Drive, Ottawa, ON K4A 3T4. All dropped off or mailed in forms are subject to applicable HST plus a $5 + HST ($5.65) admin fee. Please be sure to add this to the entry fee. All cheques are to be made payable to “Somersault Event Series” and must be received a minimum of 10 days prior to the event.

student and senior discount
Students born in 1992 or later, and enrolled in school during the 2015-2016 year, receive a 10% discount on their entry fee. Please be sure to enter your school name to qualify for the student discount. Please bring valid student ID to Race Kit Pick Up.

Seniors 60+ receive a 10% discount on their entry fee.

late entries accepted on race weekend
We accept race weekend entries. After the online entry deadline has passed (the Sunday PRIOR to race day at 6:00 p.m.), participants may still enter at Race Kit Pick Up times and locations on race weekend.  The entry fees for race weekend entry are higher than the online entry deadline fee, and include a free 'Somersault Series' souvenir shirt (but not the event souvenir shirt) and while quantities last.  Late entry fees must be paid in cash. Email info@somersault.ca for entry fees and details.

race services

awards and prizes
You did it!  Once you finish your event and cross the finish line, you will receive your finishers’ medal!  Congratulations!

Race Winners*
The first place male and female solo winner of each race receives a merchandise prize. 
Please plan to attend the award presentations shortly after your race is over.

Top 3 Overall*
The first three overall finishers in each race - male and female - will be eligible to receive a gold, silver, or bronze lanyard, to attach to your finish medal.

Category Top 3 Finishers*
Each age category top 3 finisher, is eligible for a Gold, Silver, or Bronze 'Award Lanyard'. This 'Award Lanyard' can be attached to your finish medal and must be picked up on race day during the award presentations and then any time afterwards on race day, at the Awards Table.
*excludes Walkers, Wylie Ryan events, and Try-a-Tri events

Award Lanyard May Be Picked Up on Race Day
Check the official results to see if you finished in the top 3 in your category and then you may claim your 'Award Lanyard' at the Awards Table.

If you do not pick up your 'Award Lanyard' on race day, you may send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (regular postage one envelope/lanyard request), with a note indicating what event and lanyard you are claiming (gold, silver, or bronze), to 'Somersault', 1915 Sunland Drive, Ottawa, ON K4A 3T4, and one will be mailed to you.

souvenir t-shirt

T-shirts are unisex sizing. Click here for sizing information. If your entry is received on the Sunday prior to the event, you will receive a free event souvenir T-shirt at race kit pickup (sizes are not guaranteed). Late entrants will receive a free 'Somersault Series' souvenir shirt (while quantities last).

You are eligible for the souvenir shirt only if you attend one of the race kit pick up sessions to pick it up. If you do not pick up your race kit, you are not eligible for the souvenir t-shirt.  Please do not request a shirt after the event. 

tech shirt option
Tech shirts are sized by gender. Click here for sizing information. You can upgrade your souvenir event t-shirt to a high quality Tech T-Shirt for an extra $15, up to the online entry deadline. The Tech Shirt comes without the sponsor logos on the back so it makes a first class casual wear shirt. You are only eligible for the souvenir Tech T-Shirt if:

  • you upgrade to the Tech Shirt when entering online, and
  • you pick up your race kit by event day

official performance certificate
We are pleased to offer each race finisher, the opportunity to download and print an official certificate of their event performance, by Friday after the event. From the results page: somersault.ca/results.htm choose the 'type' of event you entered (run/tri/kids), then select the specific event distance in which you participated to access the race results as well as view the finishers certificate by clicking on the 'certificate' icon beside your name.

You can now ‘claim’ your results on the Sportstats page to gain access to your online performance certificate and any photos associated with the event.  Go to www.sportstas.ca.  Then, click on the ‘+’ sign, beside your name. You will have a choice of clicking on photo, certificate, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

post race refreshments
Enjoy a banana, a granola bar, and either eLoad or Scratch brand fluid replacement after the run. We will announce in the pre-event newsletter which particular brand we will be offering on race day for this event. The Muscle MLK Team will be on hand to cheer you on to the finish and provide a Muscle MLK* and a high five! (*to those 16 years of age and older).

sportstats timing 
We use ChampionChip Timing at all Somersault races. This timing system requires that all participants wear a ChampionChip band on their ankle during the race. This race band contains a computer chip that allows you to be timed.  No chip = no time.

You are responsible for obtaining your ChampionChip timing chip on race morning from the Sportstats Tent near the Finish Line.  Do this at least 30 minutes before your race - earlier is better!  Races will not be held up waiting for those who forgot their timing chip.

You must return your ChampionChip timing chip immediately after you cross the finish line.  You are responsible for the cost if it is not returned.

your results (age is as of December 31, 2016)
Results will be posted shortly after you finish the race. Please check the results as soon as you can, to be sure they are accurate. If there are discrepancies, go to the Sportstats van near the Finish Line and provide them with the information you think is correct. Please have the Sportstats Crew make any necessary changes on site as soon as possible in order to allow for award presentations to proceed.

Results will be posted in the results section at somersault.ca/results.htm within 24 hours of the race.

race day information

race day schedule

  2.1Km & 5Km Runs Start 6:01 p.m.

directions & parking
Smiths Falls is on Hwy. 43 between Ottawa and Kingston. Parking is on any street in the vicinity of the Event Site, where it isn't expressly forbidden.

race kit pick up & late registration

Saturday June 25
Registration will be at the event site (double white tent) beside the finishline on Riverdate Avenue
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Washrooms and Parking are available at Econolodge/the former Mariners Inn
33 Centre St. , Smiths Falls

course description
5K Run  (Click here for 5K map)
From the Start Line, run north-west on Riverdale Avenue then west on River Street before turning north to join the river pathway.  Run  north-west along the river pathway going underneath the Beckwith Street Bridge to Abbot Street.  Turn around at Abbot Street and return along the same path under the Beckwith Street Bridge.  After passing under the bridge, turn immediately right across a small pedestrian bridge, up a sharp hill and north on the Beckwith Street Bridge.  Cross the bridge and continue on Beckwith Street to the corner of Chambers Street.  Turn right onto Chambers Strret and run east to the corner of Elmsley Street, where you turn right.  Follow Elmsley Street then Queen Street south-east to Old Slys Road.  Turning right, follow Old Slys Road south-west across the canal and turn right into Lower Reach Park. Follow the recreational pathway to the Finish Line on Riverdale Avenue. This newly measured 5K course is on hard crushed gravel paths, pavement, and short stretches of grass.

2K Wylie Ryan
(Click here for the map)
The run begins at the Start/Finish Line on Riverdale Avenue and heads south-east along the river pathway. It travels in a counter-clockwise loop around Lower Reach Park on the white crushed stone path and returns north-west along the river pathway to the Finish Line.
general information

All entrants should become familiar with the details on our General Information page. We have included information in this section that is not on the event information page, so please visit this section, even if you are familiar with the event.  It is also a good idea to re-read event information the week before the event to ensure you have the latest details regarding your upcoming race.

rules & regulations
Click here to go to the event Rules page.  Remember it is your responsibility to know and adhere to the rules.

your first race?
Click here to go to our Tips Page for race tips and ideas.

If your kids, spouse, family members or friends are spectating why not volunteer them as officials/volunteers and let them have some fun too!  Email us ahead of time if you will help, so we can assign you - info@somersault.ca. You can also find out more on our Volunteer program page.

Clubs, teams and non-profit organizations are invited to inquire about our volunteer donation program - a donation in return for a group of members volunteering for the day.

race info updates
We will email the latest news updates to participants prior to the race.  These newsletters are very important as they will identify  changes, answer your questions and recommend race day procedures that will make your event day a better one. 

Please provide an accessible email address on your entry form if you wish to receive these Newsletters. You may want to use a personal email address rather than your work email, because many employers utilize filters that will not let the Newsletter through.

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