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The 2016 Winterman Marathon, Marathon Relays, Half Marathon, 10Km, 5Km, and 3Km will take place on Sunday February 14, 2016, at the Canadian War Museum.  The War Museum provides a stunning backdrop to this prestigious annual event - Canada's winter marathon. Winterman is being held during Canada's winter festival - Winterlude - and it is an official Winterlude event. Registration is set to open November 1, 2015.

The run course, an out and back loop of 5 kilometres, follows the Ottawa River, and provides a great view of the city's stunning skyline on the return run.

You can choose from the 3Km, 5Km, 10Km, Half Marathon, and Marathon distances. You may decide to run solo at any of these races distances, or you can choose to participate in one of the Marathon Relay categories. All finishers will receive a finish medal, a souvenir shirt, a performance certificate, an official time, and a National Capital Region Winterlude experience.

We invite you to come to Ottawa, to participate in or watch the 8th annual Winterman Marathon, Marathon Relays, and associated races, as well as to enjoy all that Winterlude has to offer - visit for more details!

event highlights

  • Medals for all finishers at the finish line
  • Measured and Certified Run Courses
  • Personalized participant bib numbers
  • A Boston and New York qualifier
  • Official performance certificates available online
  • A wonderful Winterlude Weekend

race director
Christine McKinty - email:

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!

Click above to view Winterman highlights!
registration information
date of event
Sunday February 14, 2016

participation categories - age as of december 31, 2016


Marathon Run - 42.2 Km

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

  Marathon 2 Person Relay

Male, Female, Coed

  Marathon 4 Person Relay

Male, Female, Coed

  Marathon 8 Person Relay

Male, Female, Coed

  Half Marathon Run - 21.1 Km

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 and over

  10 Km Run 

Male & Female:

19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49,  50-55, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over

  5 Km Run  

Male & Female:

13 & under, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49,  50-55, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75- 79, 80 & over

  3 Km Run

Male & Female:

13 & under, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49,  50-55, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75- 79, 80 & over

marathon relays

The relays are an exciting part of the Winterman Marathon. Teams of 2, 4, or 8 participants, may challenge for relay supremacy in their divisions.  Each lap of the relay will be exactly 1/8th of the marathon distance or 5.274Km.

Each runner on an 8 person relay team runs 1 lap or 5.274Km
Each runner on a 4 person relay team runs 2 laps (in any order), or 10.548Km
Each runner on a 2 person relay team, team will run 4 laps (in any order) or 21.096Km

marathon and course time limit - 5 hours

Due to the nature of the marathon course, and our concern for the safety of all runners, there is a time limit of 5 hours to complete the Marathon or other Winterman distances.  Runners who do not cross the halfway point in the marathon in less than 2:30 (2:45 for those who take the optional 8:00 a.m. start), will receive an official Half Marathon finish time.

optional marathon early start time - 8:00 a.m.
If you are not sure you can complete the marathon or other Winterman distances within the 5 hour time limit, we encourage you to attempt a shorter distance instead - or contact us at, to book an 8:00 a.m. start time if you anticipate finishing in 5:30 or more.

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 offer an early season entry fee discount program. The discount schedule is outlined below.

important entry fee discounts and deadlines

  Nov 1 - Nov 14, 2016 Enjoy 15% discount off regular entry fee
  Nov 15 - Nov 30, 2016 Enjoy 10% discount off regular entry fee
  Dec 1 - Dec 31 , 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 : 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 the Sunday prior to the event).

There are no person to person transfers. 

Credit cards are accepted for online entries only, up to 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 the entry fee. Please be sure to enter your school name to qualify for the student entry fee. Please bring valid student ID to Race Kit Pick Up.

Seniors 60+ receive a 10% discount on the 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), 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 must be paid in cash. Email for entry fees and details.

junior program

We are proud to continue to continue to build the Junior Program in 2016.  This program is designed to encourage those 12 years and older to participate, by including 2 year categories in the Juniors Champions Challenge, beginning at 13 & under, up to 18-19.  Athletes in these categories will feel comfortable in Somersault events, and are automatically ranked in the Junior Champions Challenge.

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. 

Marathon & Half Marathon participants receive a Long sleeved T-shirt.

long-sleeved shirt option
You can upgrade your regular souvenir event t-shirt to a long-sleeved t-shirt for an extra $15 + HST, up to the online entry deadline. You are only eligible for the long-sleeved souvenir t-shirt if:

  • you upgrade to the long-sleeved shirt when entering online, and
  • you pick up your race kit by event day

winterman souvenirs
Winterman has a wide variety of cold-weather souvenirs to warm you up.  Fashionable hats n hoodies, toques and tech shirts are part of the selection so bring a few extra $ and shop early! CASH ONLY.

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.

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.

post race refreshments
Enjoy a banana, a granola bar, and Gatorade after the run. 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 within 24 hours of the race.

race day information

race day schedule

  Marathon, Half Marathon, 10Km, 5Km & Relays 8:30 a.m.
  3Km 8:35 a.m.

race kit pick up & late registration
Saturday February 13th
Canadian War Museum (directions above)
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ottawa, Canada

Sunday February 14th
Canadian War Museum (directions above)
6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Ottawa, Canada

directions & parking
There will not be enough underground parking spots at the Museum to accommodate cars for all participants. We anticipate that by 7:30 a.m. at the latest they will all be filled.   Plan your trip to the museum accordingly. 
We strongly suggest that you take public transit, have a friend or family member drop you off, or car pool with others who are in the event. Check out for directions for Museum parking information.

course description
The run courses are out and back courses on the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, click here for the map!

  Marathon & Relays 5.274Km out and back x 8
  Half Marathon 5.247Km out and back x 4
  10Km 2.5Km out and back x 2
  5Km 2.5Km out and back x 1
  3Km 1.5Km out and back x 1

aid station information
There will be aid stations at two points on the course. They will be at the 2.5 km turn and at the turn point back near the start/finish area, and just past the 5 km point on the plaza beside the finish line in front of the Canadian War Museum.

Water and Gatorade will be supplied at these stations and it will be dispensed to all runners in paper cups by volunteers. The water and Gatorade will be as close to body temperature as possible.

e-Load gels will also be available at the aid stations to marathoners and half-marathoners.

Please exercise caution as you approach and pass aid stations, as it may get icy around them if it is cold.

There are also a first aid stations at the half/marathon turn and in the Green Room of the Barney Danson Theatre inside the Museum. There will also be first aid persons roaming on the course. If you have any issues, ask any of our volunteers. 

morning warm up in the 'the mess'
The Mess (cafeteria) at the Museum will open early on Sunday for your “morning warm up”.  They will open at 7:00 a.m.

There will be plenty of hot coffee, hot chocolate, and juices to fuel up and they have added a breakfast wrap as well in addition to their usual line up of muffins, fresh fruit and yogurts.  After your run or for your family and friends who are spectating, there plenty of drinks and their usual menu of soups and salads or choose from their daily special or freshly prepared pizza for purchase.

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 & Regulations 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.

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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