Memorial Park Point - Sydenham, Ontario
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Sydenham Village is a quaint, historic village nestled in a valley north of Kingston, Ontario.  It has all the amenities one could want in a small town.  Sydenham boasts a wonderful beach and community park at “The Point” where we host the annual Sydenham Triathlon and Duathlon. 
Believe it or not the town was founded more than 200 years ago, and has a distinguished history in agriculture, mining, railways, and now triathlon!

event highlights

  • The quaint Town of Sydenham
  • Beautiful spectator vantage points that are easily accessible on foot
  • Finishers’ medals to all who cross the finish line
  • Peaceful run along the Cataraqui Trail
  • A Sydenham event tradition …….. Stay-Till-The-Bitter-End (but it’s worth it) Draw Prize!

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

clubs of the event
We are very pleased to have the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 496 as our Club of the Event.  Their members are providing person power to the event as they have for years, and you can donate directly to them when you register online. Tell them ‘thanks’ when you are out on the course or do so personally post-event at the Legion where they host a BBQ and ‘beverage’ gathering after the event.

registration information

date of event

Sunday July 9, 2017

events & distances


Olympic Triathlon & Relay

1500M Swim / 40Km Cycle / 10Km

  Olympic SwimCycle

1500M Swim / 40Km Cycle

  Sprint Triathlon & Relay 500M Swim / 20Km Cycle / 5Km Run
  Try A Tri 200M Swim / 20Km Cycle / 2Km Run
  Super Sprint Triathlon 200M Swim / 20Km Cycle / 5Km Run
  Sprint Duathlon 2Km Run / 20Km Cycle / 5Km Run

participation categories - age as of december 31, 2017

  Olympic Triathlon & Relay     

Male & Female:

19 & under , 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 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+)
(2 or 3 per team): Male, Female & Co-ed

  Olympic SwimCycle

Male & Female: Open

  Sprint Triathlon & Relay

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+)
(2 or 3 per team): Male, Female & Co-ed

  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:

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:

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+)

open road triathlon/duathlon/swimcycle events
We welcome junior participants in Somersault Events, but for safety reasons, open road triathlon/duathlon/swimcycle events are for those 14 years and older only.  Interested participants 14 years of age or younger may join a relay team and complete the swim and/or run portions or might consider signing up for the associated run event.

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!

bike tech support
Velofix Ottawa is the newest bike shop in the National Capital Region and we're happy to have them at this year's Sydenham event! Velofix will be on site for any last minute needs. If you need a tune up, or any other larger service, Velofix can pick up your bike after the race and bring it back to you the following day.  For more info visit

post race
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.
If you are looking for a ‘quick fix’ for well-earned burgers n dogs, plan to drop by the Royal Canadian Legion as they have the BBQ going and the beer flowing!

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.

race day information

race day schedule

  Olympic Triathlon 8:30 a.m.  
  Olympic SwimCycle  8:30 a.m.  
  Olympic Tri Relay  8:30 a.m. 
  Sprint Triathlon (Men) 9:30 a.m.
  Sprint Triathlon (Women) 9:35 a.m.
  Sprint Duathlon 9:50 a.m. 
  Sprint Triathlon Relay 9:35 a.m.
  Super Sprint Triathlon / Try A Tri

As early as 9:45 a.m. or as late as 10:00 a.m. *(as soon as Sprint swimmers clear the course) 

directions & parking
Sydenham is located North of Kingston. It can be reached by taking Regional Rd. 9 (Sydenham Rd.) (Exit 613) North from Highway 401 to Rutledge Rd. Turn left on Rutledge, which takes you right into the Town of Sydenham.

Parking is available at Sydenham High School, and Lougborough Public School at the corner of Rutledge Rd. and Wheatley St. as you enter Sydenham. You must park there, as the road is closed for the event.

race kit pick up & late registration
Saturday, July 8
Sydenham High School
Wheatley St. at Rutledge Rd.

Sydenham, Ontario
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday July 9
Sydenham High School OR Race Site (TBD by weather*)
Wheatley St at Rutledge Rd.

Sydenham, Ontario
7:00 a.m. until 1 hour prior to your chosen event distance

*Weather permitting, we may move Sunday morning pick up directly to the race site.  The school will of course be open for washrooms, but pick up of kits would be near the finish line.  Timing chips and body marking will be close by as well.

course description
1500, 500 and 200M Triathlon Swims

The swims are in Sydenham Lake to and from the Town's public beach.  Click here for the map!

Each swim is a triangle course starting on the South side of the point where the beach is located, and finishing on the North side of the point.

Water temperature is expected to be 23 degrees Celsius in July.  Decisions on the number and order of the waves will be made on July 12, and communicated to the participants at the Race Orientation session, and at race kit pick up.

2Km First Duathlon Run/Try A Tri Run

The Duathlon Run begins on Wheatley St., and the Try a Tri last run starts in the T-Zone. The runs travel North along Wheatley St. to George St. They then turn right onto George St., and proceed along George to the Cataraqui Trail where they turn right onto the trail.

The Run continues along the trail to the '2Km Run Turn Here' sign They turn around here, and retrace their route back to the T-Zone or the Finish Line.

20Km Cycle Course

The 20Km cycle is an out and back course which begins at the exit to the Transition Zone on Point Rd. in the Park.  Cyclists travel West along Point Rd. which is closed to traffic during the event . They turn left (South) onto Wheatley Rd. (closed to all but local traffic) and proceed along Wheatley St. to Rutledge Rd., where they turn left (East) onto Rutledge. Cyclists travel East on Rutledge to Perth Rd., where they turn around and return on the same route back to the T-Zone. Rutledge Rd. is open to motor vehicle traffic, so proceed with caution.

40Km Cycle Course

The 40Km cyclists travel the same route as the 20Km cyclists above, and return to the park at the end of their first loop. They will then make a U-turn near the Mount/Dismount line, and repeat the above 20Km cycle course a second time, before returning once again to the bike finish at the T-Zone.

Nature of the Cycle Course

The cycle course is a great one.  It features a challenging climb out of the Town of Sydenham, and a scenic, rolling, and well paved highway to Perth Rd. and back. The roads other than as indicated, are shared with motor vehicle traffic, and cyclists as always, should exercise caution.

Map of the Cycle Courses Click here for a map which outlines the 20, 40Km courses.

5 & 10Km Runs
The runs begin on Wheatley Rd. adjacent to the football field. The runners follow an out and back course. They travel North along Wheatley St. to George St. They then turn right onto George St., and proceed along George to the Cataraqui Trail on their right.

Runners turn right onto the Cataraqui Trail and continue along the trail to the 'Turn Here' sign, and retrace their route back to the ‘Turn Here sign near the Start Line, and then proceed through the stadium gate, to the Finish Line on the track (5Km Runners only) in Point Park. The 10Km runners proceed to the furthest ‘Turn Here’ sign at 5Km, and then turn to head back to the Finish Line.

Map of the Run Courses - Click here for a map which outlines the 2, 5, & 10Km courses.

Nature of the Run Course

The run course is a predominantly flat one. It consists of a short stretch of in town paved roads, and then the firm. graveled, and well used Cataraqui Trail. The majority of the 5Km and 10Km course travels beside Sydenham Lake on the Cataraqui Trail.

Water Stations on the Run Courses

There are water stations on the run courses at the 1.25Km, 3.75Km, 6.25Km, and 8.75Km points The stations have water and eLoad or Skratch brand fluid replacement .

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 - 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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