Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Park
102 Greenview Avenue, Ottawa, ON
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Nestled in trendy Westboro Village, whose motto is “Find that special something, then stay for something special”... the “special” is the Ottawa River Triathlon and Duathlon.

The Ottawa River Triathlon/Duathlon is the first outdoor event of the triathlon season in Ottawa!

The event takes you along the shores of the Ottawa River, where the water is clean, the run is unique in its cross-country nature, and the cycle is traffic free on the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway.

Whether you are starting off your season with the Try-a-Tri, will be part of a relay team, or choose to challenge yourself at the Olympic distance, there is an event for you.

Pack a picnic lunch to spend the day at the beach afterwards (or grab “Ottawa’s Best Burger” at the Baja Shack!

event highlights

  • Spectacular finish area on the pier at Britannia Bach
  • Official performance certificate available online
  • T-Zone Orientation Sessions on Friday
  • Unique ‘cross country’ run course
  • Enjoy a ‘beverage’ afterwards on the patio and Ottawa’s best darned burger at the Baja Burger Shack after you cross the finish line

Read through the event webpage thoroughly – there’s lot of good info here.  If you have a question not covered here, contact

charity of the series - heart & stroke foundation
We are pleased to announce that the 'Heart & Stroke Foundation' is a 'Charity of the Somersault Event Series' in 2017 - The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.

You can save 10% on your registration fee when you register online and indicate that you will support the Heart & Stroke Foundation.  Your commitment of support is to pledge (through a one-time, optional donation you make during your online entry to the event), or by pledge-raising a minimum of $100 through your personal pledge-raising page that you can set up when you register for the event.

Are you committed to fundraise and to the cause?  BEFORE you register, contact to receive your 10% off instructions.

You can do two things by supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation – you save $ and you give $ back!

registration information

date of event

Saturday June 10, 2017

events & distances

  Olympic Triathlon & Relay

1500M Swim / 41.5Km Cycle / 10Km Run

  Sprint Triathlon 500M Swim / 20.7 Km Cycle / 5Km Run
  Try A Tri & Try A Tri Relay 200M Swim / 10.4Km Cycle / 3Km Run
  Sprint Duathlon 3Km Run - 20.7Km Cycle - 5Km Run
  Super Sprint Triathlon 200M Swim / 10.4Km Cycle / 5Km Run
  Olympic Duathlon 5Km Run / 41.5Km Cycle / 10Km Run
  Olympic SwimCycle 1500M Swim / 41.5Km cycle
  Sprint Triathlon Relay 500M Swim / 20.7Km Cycle / 5Km Run

participation categories - age as of december 31, 2017


Olympic Triathlon & Relay

Male & Female:

19 & under , 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-30, 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+)

Relay: Male, Female & Coed - 2 or 3 per team


Sprint Triathlon 

Male & Female:

13 & under, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-30, 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 Relay

Male, Female & Coed: - 2 & 3 person teams
  Try A Tri & Relay
Male, Female, Coed - No Age Categories – 2 & 3 person teams

Super Sprint Triathlon

Male & Female:

13 & under, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-30, 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 Duathlon

Male & Female:

19 & under , 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-30, 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 SwimCycle

Male and Female: Open

Sprint Duathlon

Male & Female:

13 & under, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-30, 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+)

entry fee discounts and deadlines

  December 31, 2016 Enjoy 15% discount off regular entry fee
  January 31 2017 Enjoy 10% discount off regular entry fee
  March 15 , 2017 Enjoy 5% discount off regular entry fee
  6pm Sunday PRIOR to event Online registration closes. Last chance for guaranteed event swag.
  Late Entry

At Race Kit Pickup (payable in CASH only) email 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.

student and senior discount
Students born in 1993 or later (24 y.o and younger), and enrolled in school during the 2016-2017 year, receive a 10% discount on their entry fee. Please be sure to enter your school name AND Discount Code STUDENT to qualify. Please bring valid student ID to race kit pick up. The student discount is not applicable to Wylie Ryan events. Seniors 60+ receive a 10% discount on the entry fee. There is no promo code. The system will automatically issue 10% off based on your age. For relays, all members of the relay team must meet the student or senior age in order to receive the discount.

late entries accepted
We accept late entries. After the online entry deadline has passed (the Sunday PRIOR to race day), participants may still enter in person at race kit pick up times and locations as advertised on the event website. The entry fees for late entries are higher than the online entry deadline fee, must be paid in cash, and does not guarantee event swag (these are “while quantities last”). Email 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. We recommend smaller women consider youth sizes as they are very similar in size (just shorter). We offer Youth XS-XL and Adult S-2XL for our cotton t-shirts.

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.

tech shirt option
Tech shirts are sized by gender. Click here for sizing information.PLEASE CHECK THE SIZING BEFORE YOU ORDER.  We recommend that women select one size larger than you might typically wear and that men select a size one size smaller than they might typically order.  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 race day, before the start of your event

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: 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  Then, click on the ‘+’ sign, beside your name. You will have a choice of clicking on photo, certificate, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

race memories
SMILE and say thank you to Sportstats for your free, downloadable finish line photos.  Make sure you do your best ‘I did it’ fist pump as you cross the finish line.  Sportstats is also providing finish line video coverage so you can see yourself walking, running, "somersaulting” to claim your finishers’ medal.  Go to to set up a free Sportstats account to ‘claim’ your race day results. Got your race day smiles, click on the photo icon beside your name.   Make sure to share with your friends and family!

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 Skratch 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, 2017)
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 within 24 hours of the race.

pre-race orientation session
We recommend that you attend the Ottawa River Triathlon-Duathlon Orientation.  The coaching staff of the Ottawa Triathlon Club (OTC) will do a walk-through of the event(s) and answer all of your questions! This is the BEST time for new-comers to triathlon/duathlon or to the Britannia Beach site to attend.  Orientation is at 5:00 p.m. on Friday June 9.  Meet inside the front lobby of the Ron Kolbus Centre to begin the Ottawa River tour.  Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please email

Race morning orientation sessions will be hosted by Geordie McConnell of  Orientation times and locations will be listed in the pre-event newsletter that will be sent to all pre-registered participants during the week prior to the Ottawa River Tri/Du.
race day information

race day schedule

  Sprint Triathlon Men 8:30 a.m. 
  Sprint Triathlon Women & Relay 8:36 a.m.
  Sprint Duathlon 8:40 a.m.
  Super Sprint Triathlon 8:45 a.m.
  Try A Tri & Relay 8:50 a.m.
  Olympic Duathlon 9:45 a.m.
  Olympic Triathlon/Relay/Swim Cycle 9:45 a.m.

directions & parking
For directions to Britannia Beach, please click on MAP

race kit pick up & late registration
Friday June 9
Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Park
102 Greenview Avenue Ottawa, ON.

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

Saturday June 10
Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Park
102 Greenview Avenue Ottawa, ON.

7:00 a.m. - until 1 hour prior to your race

picking up your race kit on friday?
If yes, set aside 20 minutes for a short, powerful and interactive Q&A on health with Dr. Martin Zollinger.  The session begins at 4:30 p.m., in the registration room in the Ron Kolbus Centre. 

Dr. Zollinger has been serving the Ottawa community for over a decade and is an expert on working with patients to achieve greater health. Don't miss this opportunity to kick off this triathlon season with a whole new outlook and fresh perspective on your health.

Interested in attending?  Those who RSVP and attend will be entered into a RE:FORM prize draw that will occur at the end of the talk.

Not sure if you will attend??  That’s OK!  Everyone is welcome to listen and learn. Dr. Zollinger will also be there for the afternoon for complimentary computer based heath testing!

RSVP to:

course descriptions

Click here to view a map of the Swim course.
Click here to view a map of the Bike course.
Click here to view a map of the Run course.

Swim Course
The swim courses are as described on the web site map.  The swim is a beach start.  The course is counter-clockwise.  Swimmers exit the water between the lime green "nineteen" buoys on the shore and have a short run to the transition zone.

For the Olympic distance swim, participants do 3x of a counter-clockwise 500m loop, exiting the water to make the ‘turn’ on the beach and head back out onto the course at the end of each of the first and second loops.

Cycle Courses
Olympic Tri/Du- 4 Loops on the Parkway
Sprint Tri/Du - 2 loops on the Parkway
Super Sprint/Try A Tri - 1 loop on the Parkway

Run Courses
The run is unique to an in-city run as it is cross country in nature.  But don’t be nervous – it’s gentle and grassy.  The route is a shared one, so please be courteous to your fellow competitors. There is a water station on the pier near the turn. The run distances are travelled on the same out course (some just a little further than others) and that turns around at each respective turning point and comes back on the same course as:

3km = 1 Loop (out and back to 1.5 km) - Try A Tri final run
5km = 2 Loops (out and back to 1.25 km) - Super Sprint Tri, Sprint Tri, and first Olympic Du Run
10km = 4 Loops (of 1.25 km) - Olympic Distance Tri & Duathlon final run

To comply with existing pathway rules of use, the cycle portion of the triathlon & duathlon from the T-Zone to the Ottawa River Parkway will not be timed and will not be included in the final finish time. Participants are advised that while on the pathway, the 'normal' rules of pathway use apply to your cycling - including traveling at 20Km per hour or less, not use using aero bars, and cycling to the right of the centre line. Cyclists who fail to comply with these requirements will be disqualified by event officials.

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 & Tips 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 - 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.

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!


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