Eastern Ontario's Largest Multisport Series.

Creating inspiring events for all goals.

Hosting triathlon, duathlon and running events in the National Capital Region. Take a look at our upcoming events to see what we have in store. We can’t wait to see you at the next start line!

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Upcoming Events

Embrace Winter Run - Supporting Imerman Angels

Embrace Winter Run - Supporting Imerman Angels

Sun, Feb 19, 2023

1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON. Canada.

Mother's Day Flower Fun Run - Supporting the Canadian Tulip Legacy

Mother's Day Flower Fun Run - Supporting the Canadian Tulip Legacy

Sun, May 14, 2023

Dows Lake Pavillion: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Ottawa, ON K1S 5K7

Early Bird

Early Bird

Sat, May 20, 2023

Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Formula Run

Formula Run

Sun, Jun 11, 2023

The Great Lawn at Lansdowne. 1525 Princess Patricia Way

National Capital

National Capital

Sat, Jun 17, 2023

Mooney's Bay Beach. 2960 Riverside Drive. Ottawa, ON.

Meech Lake

Meech Lake

Sat, Jul 15, 2023

O'Brien Beach, Gatineau Park

K-Town. Co-Produced with MultiSport Canada

K-Town. Co-Produced with MultiSport Canada

Sun, Jul 30, 2023

11 Navy Way, Kingston, Ontario

Thousand Islands

Thousand Islands

Sun, Aug 13, 2023

Centeen Park. 70 Water St. East. Brockville, ON.

The Canadian

The Canadian

Sat, Sep 02, 2023

Terry Fox Athletic Facility, 2960 Riverside Drive, Ottawa.

Fall Colours

Fall Colours

Sun, Oct 08, 2023

Cumberland Heritage Museum. 2940 Old Montreal Road

About Us

Somersault is a race series, based in Ontario, Canada, that specializes in multisport and running events. Somersault has been producing events for over 35 years and has grown to now host thousands of athletes each year.

Now under new ownership, co-owners and husband and wife, Adam Kourakis and Elizabeth Krause are committed to continuing the Somersaut legacy of putting on incredible events in the National Capital Region.

Our Values:

Safety - Above all, safety is our utmost priority. We are committed to ensuring that you are safe and supported in all of the phases of race day. Whether it is in water or on land, you will be supported by skilled safety teams.

Community - Our events serve as a gathering place for the running & multisport community. It is a community that lifts each other up and lends a hand when it is needed. We engage with our community continuously through seeking and responding to participant feedback and suggestions.

Fun - Why race days are so special - the buzzing energy at the start line and the pride and smiles at the finish. Fun is the reason why at the end of each race, you cannot wait for the next one!

Inclusion - No matter if it's your first race or fiftieth, there is a place for you at Somersault events. We believe that triathlon, duathlon, and running are sports where everyone belongs. When you race with us, you are treated equitably, and always with respect.

News & Updates

Rick's Tricks! Advice from ROC Swimming & Zone3Sports, by Rick Hellard

Rick Hellard is the local legend behind ROC Swimming and Zone3Sports. He's one of the regions most accomplished athletes, and one of the most accomplished coaches for swimming and triathlon. For 2023, Somersault is lucky enough to have him as our Swim Cap Sponsor. Today, he's offering some advice about swim goggles. This article is part of a new series we're doing, called Rick's Tricks. Check in often to see what other tips and tricks Rick has for you!

If you have any more questions for Rick, or if you're looking for some coaching support, be sure to send him an email at zone3sports@gmail.com.

Rick's Tricks!

As a long-time triathlon and swim coach, one of the things I see the most in the pool is triathletes fidgeting with goggles, caps, and paddles, whereas the swimmers rarely have issues with any of their equipment.

Goggles and goggle fit are the biggest issues by far, and with this article, I hope to help you achieve the perfect symbiosis between you and your goggles.

It is important to realize a few things.

  • Everyone is different, and your buddies' preferred goggles may not work for you, no matter how good they are.  
  • Few people are so special that no goggles work.  It’s just a question of finding them.
  • Goggles fog up.  Maybe not right away, but eventually, they will.  If this happens to a relatively new pair of goggles, just before you start swimming, simply put 2-3mm of water in the goggles, and leave it there.  As you swim, shake your head around to swish the water inside the goggles.  Repeat as necessary.
  • Most companies make very similar models to each other.  Once you find the style that works for you, you can either stick with that one or try a different company that makes a similar model.  There may be slight differences that work or don’t work, for you.
  • Once you find your favourite, it’s probably a good idea to buy a few pairs.  Just in case the next version of that goggle changes a bit that does not work for you.

Most goggles are oval in shape to fit in the eye socket.  They may be different versions of an oval, but they are still oval.

Some goggles have foam, others have silicone, while others have solid plastic as a seal.

  • Foam and silicone seal goggles have more give to them.  They fit more people and tend to be pretty comfortable.
  • Solid plastic seal goggles are lower profile, smaller, and either fit, or hurt like heck.  

Fitting 

As mentioned above, the goggles should fit in your eye socket.  Some fit deeper than others, but generally, they should fit snugly, and stay in place without the strap for a few seconds.  This allows you to wear them without cranking the tightness of the strap.

If they feel close to correct, but don’t stick, try one goggle at a time.  If that works, then it may be the width of the nose piece causing the issue.  If it is a replaceable nose piece, swap it out for a smaller or larger one and try again with both goggles.  If it is a solid nose piece, the goggles will likely not work for you.

If your eyesight is not great, most companies make prescription (or RX) goggles.  They are a bit more expensive, and they won’t be perfect as they go up .25 diopters, but they are pretty good.  The caveat is they tend to be made in only one style per manufacturer, so if that style works for you, you’re in luck.  If that style does not work for you, you will have to try a different manufacturer, or go the custom way ($$$).  

Dark, mirrored, or dark and mirrored goggles are wonderful for well-lit locations like outdoor pools, or pools with big sunny windows, but they are less useful for dark water or poorly lit conditions.  Clear or light blue or grey lenses work best in most indoor pools.

If you are going to be doing a lot of outdoor swimming, look for goggles that have UV protection as well as being tinted.

I hope this helps.

Why you should try running in the winter

In Ottawa, winter can be a daunting time of year. The snow and cold temperatures often lead people to stay inside, but running during winter can be a great way to beat the winter blues and get some exercise.

Running during Ottawa’s winter has many benefits. Not only does it keep you fit and healthy, but it can also improve your mood and mental health. The cold air can help to clear your head, while the physical activity can help to release endorphins and make you feel more energized. Plus, running in the snow can be a novel and exciting experience.

In addition, running during winter offers the chance to explore Ottawa in a new way. With the snow, the city takes on a new look and feel, and running can be an ideal way to explore different trails and hidden gems. You can also take in the beauty of the snow-covered landscapes and appreciate the unique beauty of the city during this time of year.

Ultimately, running during Ottawa’s winter can be a great way to stay active and enjoy the beauty of the city. So this winter, why not bundle up and give it a try? You never know, you might just find yourself loving it.

Looking for a place to start? Consider reaching out to some great local running clubs, like the Arboretum Hill Club, or Zone3sports. They have great group runs and coaches who can help you get started and reach your goals - whatever they may be. You can also sign up for the Somersault Embrace Winter Run, to keep yourself motivated. We have distances from 1K to 42.2K and welcome all ages and abilities. 

Creating inspiring events for all goals.

Hosting triathlon, duathlon and running events in the National Capital Region. Take a look at our upcoming events to see what we have in store. We can’t wait to see you at the next start line!

Explore 2023 Events

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