Terry Fox Athletic Facility, Ottawa, Ontario
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We look forward to an enthusiastic turnout for the National Capital Triathlon & Duathlon, held at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility on Mooney's Bay in Ottawa. It is a great venue for the event.

Look for the Super Sprint and the SwimCycle. Enjoy the stadium atmosphere, convenient parking and the great urban, traffic free courses.

event highlights

  • Medals to all finishers presented at the finish line
  • Merchandise prizes for first place overall
  • Personalized participant bib numbers
  • Award Medal Lanyards for the top 3 in each category
  • Official performance certificate available online  
  • Closed bike course along beautiful Colonel By Drive
  • Para categories in the Sprint Triathlon
  • MyFloat Couples Challenge
  • A great swim for super sprint and try-a-tri (parallel to shore and you could stand the whole way!) 

race director
Ian Fraser - ian@somersault.ca

somersault director

Christine McKinty - christine@somersault.ca

charity of the event - the ottawa hospital
Thinking registering for the National Capital??  You have taken an important first step in participating in one of the best events in town! Go ahead and “enter now” but hold on…….. don’t forget about the fundraising!

That’s right! When you cross that finish line, wouldn’t you like to know you made a difference to someone in the Ottawa community? All registered National Capital participants can fundraise online in support of The Ottawa Hospital – the recipient charity for this year’s event.

How to get started
Click here to create your personalized page where your family and friends can donate. You can also raise funds through Social Media, or print out the event pledge form to fundraise the ‘traditional’ way.

Your entourage will not only be in awe of your athletic accomplishments, they’ll also be impressed by your community involvement. As for you, you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment for doing event more than you initially set out to accomplish.

We hope you’ll join in making a difference in our community.

Questions related The Ottawa Hospital fundraising? Contact them directly at events@toh.on.ca or 613-798-5555 x 19821

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 July 30, 2016

events & distances


Olympic Triathlon & Relay

1500M Swim / 40Km Cycle / 10Km Run

  Olympic SwimCycle 1500M Swim - 40Km Cycle
  Sprint Triathlon & Relay

500M Swim / 20Km Cycle / 5km Run

  Sprint SwimCycle 500M Swim / 20Km Cycle
  Try A Tri 200M Swim / 20Km Cycle / 2Km Run
  Super Sprint Triathlon 200M Swim / 20Km Cycle / 5Km Run
  Olympic Duathlon 5Km run / 40Km cycle / 10Km Run
  Sprint Duathlon 2Km Run / 20Km Cycle / 5Km Run
  Wylie Ryan Surf n Turf 50M Swim or Wade/ 500M Run

participation categories - age as of december 31, 2016


Olympic Triathlon

Male & Female:

19 & under , 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+)

  Sprint Triathlon

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+) , Para - Tri1, Tri2, Tri3, Tri4, Tri5, Tri6, and Open

  Olympic SwimCycle

Male & Female: Open

  Sprint SwimCycle

Male & Female: Open

  Olympic Duathlon

Male & Female:

19 & under , 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+)

  Sprint Duathlon

Male & Female:

15 & under, 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+)

  Olympic & Sprint Triathlon Relays

Male, Female and Co-ed (2 or 3 on a team)

  Try A Tri Male & Female - No Age Categories for award purposes as the Try A Tri does not have placement awards
  Super Sprint Triathlon

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 Surf n Turf

Kids* 11 & 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.

pre-race orientation session
We recommend that you attend the National Capital Triathlon-Duathlon Orientation. Meet with Geordie McConnell, head coach of the Ottawa Triathlon Club (OTC) who will do a walk-through of the event(s) and answer all of your questions! Orientation is at 5:00 p.m. on Friday July 29 – meet Geordie at the “Registration” flag right beside the registration tent to begin the National Capital tour.  Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please email info@somersault.ca

the myFloat couples challenge - how it works
A Couples Team consists of two persons who are ‘in a relationship’ – either husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, partner/partner. Each team member enters either the Sprint or the Olympic Triathlon as individuals (you don't have to be in the same race). The combined total of their finish places, in the race each chose, determines the team score. The couple with the lowest team score is the Couples Challenge Champion.

To officially enter the Couples Challenge (you are already entered in your individual age category) you will obtain a Couples Challenge Score sheet at Race Kit Pick Up  before race start – complete it and hand it in before race start. After your race results have been posted and are ‘official’, Somersault Staff will complete the Couples Challenge Score sheet, with your race place results. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award lanyards are then presented to the top 3 Couples Teams (those with the lowest scores).

The winning couple each receives a myFloat inflatable drybag – check them out at http://getmyfloat.com/

para categories

With 'Won with One' as our advisor, we are pleased to include a variety of para categories at select Somersault Events.  The para categories are: Tri1, Tri 2, Tri 3. Tri 4, Tri 5, and Tri 6. Once you have completed your regular online entry, please email christine@somersault.ca with your confirmation number and indicate in which para category you would like to participate. Should you have a guide, we provide your guide with a race bib and a finisher’s medal, at no cost.  Please email the guides' entry information to christine@somersault.ca. Click here for more details on the Para Categories.

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.

race photos
SMILE and say thank you to Ottawa Fit and Euro-Sports for your free, downloadable event photos.  Their support will enable you to download both your Finish Line and bike photos after the event.  We know what a valuable souvenir your pics are so we have worked with Zoomphoto to find these two generous sponsors. Go to Zoomphoto.ca to check out all of the smiles from the day!

somersault iTab
You will LOVE the Somersault event finishers’ medals and can choose to complete your race day experience with a personalized iTaB add-on. The iTab allows you to put have your name and finish time engraved on a small plate which fits neatly in to the back of your finisher's medal. Click here to order your iTab after the event, or select the iTab option when you are entering online.

wetsuit rentals
Nineteen has been focused on building the best fitting, best performing triathlon wetsuits for over 10 years. Nineteen, a Canadian company, focuses on its customers and designing suits around proper swimming technique creating wetsuits that help you swim smarter. Rent one from Ottawa's premier triathlon shop – click here to contact Cyclelogik!

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

  Olympic Triathlon & Relay, & Olympic SwimCycle Start 8:30 a.m.
  Olympic Duathlon Start
5 & 10Km Run Start
8:30 a.m.
  Super Sprint Start 10:00 a.m.
  Try A Tri Start - Men 10:02 a.m.
  Try A Tri Start - Women 10:07 a.m.
  Sprint Triathlon & Sprint SwimCycle MEN's Start 10:17 a.m.
  Sprint Triathlon & Sprint SwimCycle WOMEN's & RELAY Start 10:22 a.m.
  Sprint Duathlon Start 10:17 a.m.
  Wylie Ryan Surf n Turf Start- Swimmers 11:00 a.m.
  Wylie Ryan Surf n Turf Start- Waders 11:10 - or later

directions & parking
The Terry Fox Athletic Facility, adjacent to Mooney's Bay Park, is the race site. It is just South of the corner of Hogsback Rd.and Riverside Dr., on riverside Dr. The entrance to the Terry Fox Athletic Facility Parking Lot and the Mooney's Bay Parking Lot is the first driveway on the West side of Riverside Dr., South of Hogsback Rd. 

race kit pick up & late registration
Friday July 29
The West Field of the Terry Fox Athletic Facility

Parking at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility

Riverside Dr., Ottawa

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday July 30
The West Field of the Terry Fox Athletic Facility

(See Race Day Parking Info Below)

Riverside Dr., Ottawa

6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

race day parking

1. Off Hogsback Rd. near the Riverside Dr. side of Hogsback Rd.
There is a limit of 150 cars in the lot. We anticipate that this lot will be full by 8:00 a.m. and exiting this lot will be slow until about 12:00 p.m. If you know you will be leaving the event earlier than that, please choose one of the other parking locations.

2. Terry Fox Athletic Facility off Riverside Dr. South of Hogsback Rd.
This lot is right beside Terry Fox Stadium. It has room for a limited number of cars. An attendant will be on duty to turn you away when the lot is full.

3. Mooney's Bay Parking Lot
off Riverside Dr., South of Hogsback Rd
This is a metered parking lot which is open to the public, in which you are responsible to feed the parking meters. The meters take loonies and/or toonies only, and may consume as much as $6 for race day parking.

4. Alternative Parking
In addition to the above lots, you can park in some of the lots along Brookfield Dr. These lots are convenient to the event site, but you park at your own risk. Please obey parking/no parking, and payment signs. Please note that the Rideau Canoe Club (RCC) on Hogsback Rd. is out of bounds for National Capital Tri/Du parking, as we have not secured permission to park there. 

5. There is No Access to Riverside Dr., or to Hogsback Rd. Parking, from Prince of Wales Dr. on Race Day.  Please do not attempt to enter Hogsback Rd. from Prince of Wales Dr. on race morning. Hogsback Rd. will be closed. Access to parking lots and the race site is from Riverside Dr. only.

course description
Click here for the 200M, & Wylie Ryan 50M Swim Map
Click here for the 500M & 1500M Swim Map

Run Courses
Click here, for a run course map. The Run courses run through Mooney's Bay Park, and then along Riverside Dr., and Revelstoke Dr. The 2Km Runs go out and back to the 1Km Turn Around point, the 5Km goes out and back on the full course, and the 10Km Run does a double out and back on the full course.

40 & 20 kilometre Cycle Courses

Click here for the bike map. The cycle begins in the Transition Zone in the West Field. Cyclists exit the T-Zone on foot from the West Field onto Hog's Back Rd., where they mount their bikes and cycle West to Colonel By Drive. Cyclists turn right on Colonel By Drive and cycle North to the 5Km turn around.  They turn around at the 5Km Turn Around and return to the corner of Colonel By Drive and Hog's Back Rd., to repeat this loop.

Sprint Tri, Sprint SwimCycle and Sprint Duathlon cyclists turn around again at the corner of Colonel By Dr. and Hogsback and repeat the same out and back loop, before returning to the T-Zone in the West Field - a total of 2 laps, and 

Olympic Triathlon, Olympic SwimCycle and Long Duathlon cyclists also turn around at the corner of Colonel By and Hogsback, and repeat the return to the 5Km loop three more times (a total of 4 out and back loops), before heading to the T-Zone in the West Field.

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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