Feb 14th, 2022

Winterman Pre-Race Newsletter

If you're signed up for Winterman, here are the last-minute details that you'll need. Please read this whole newsletter so that you have all the info you need to enjoy the race on Sunday, February 20th, including information about our NEW LOCATION. If you have any questions, just ask! 

New Course:

With everything happening downtown, we moved to a new venue. The race will now be at Beechwood Ottawa. Please take a look at our website to see all the details. 

What does this new course mean for me? 

Everything is outdoors, so dress appropriately. We recommend showing up early for the start so that you can check out the course and warm-up, but don't arrive too early! 

This new course is also further from downtown, less hilly, more scenic, and offers a much better experience.

Bib Pick Up: 

You can pick up your bib on Saturday or Sunday. However, it will be much faster and more efficient to pick up your bib on Saturday.

Saturday's pick-up is from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm at Decathlon Ottawa, at 1055 St. Laurent Blvd. If you pick up your bib on Saturday, we'll be giving you a 10$ gift card to Decathlon! It'll also help things run more smoothly on Sunday. During bib pick up, you'll need to provide proof of a COVID vaccine (2 doses minimum) and some picture ID (so that we give you the right race bib). 

If you cannot pick up your bib on Saturday, you can pick it up on Sunday between 7am and your race start, at the start line. Please arrive early so that we can check your proof of vaccine and get you your bib. 

We'll also have race belts for sale. You can bring cash or send an etransfer. 

Parking:

Marathon & Relays: You'll have your own private parking lot! 

Half Marathon & 3K: If you're signed up for one of these races, we'll have you park here.

5K & 10K: We're still trying to confirm a dedicated parking lot and we'll send an email out if we manage to get free private parking. Otherwise, there may be spots available from the Half Marathon Parking Lot. There's also no shortage of parking in the surrounding communities. You can walk in from either the Hemlock Rd side or the St Laurent Blvd side.

If possible, please consider active transport, public transit, or carpooling! 

Start times: 

8:30 am Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relays.

9:30 am: 10K 

10:30 am: 5K

11:30 am: 3K  

*Note. There's no early start but we have the course open until 3 pm. 

COVID Protocols

Please wear a mask when on-site at Winterman. If you need a mask, we have plenty! You'll need to wear your mask to the start line and can remove it once you've crossed the start line. We'll have garbage bins for you to toss your mask in, or you can carry your mask during the race. Once the race is over, we ask that you put your mask back on or grab a mask from our volunteers. We'll have extra masks on hand for anyone who needs one.

We'll have corralled starts for every race so that we can make sure everyone keeps their distance wherever possible. 

Please do your part in adhering to these COVID protocols and help us provide a safe environment for everyone. 

Value adds:

This race has more value than ever before. Here's a quick list of some of our favorite features for Winterman. 

Pick up your bib on Saturday instead of Sunday, to get a 10$ gift card to Decathlon.

We've created a brand new podium for this race and built an Instagram-worthy scene to go with it. Come by the podium after the race to take a picture! The podium experience is brought to you by Intercede Communications and MyVeloFit.

We'll have professional photographers on-site and all their photos will be available for FREE, thanks to John Gomes Real Estate. This is a great addition to any race, so please be sure to thank John if you see him on course. He'll be running on Sunday as well! 

Get 15% off a post-race meal from FlapJacks by using promo code Winterman15 at checkout

F2C will be there with their team of ambassadors to make sure you have the on-course nutrition that you need! Give them a big thank you for supplying all the nutrition for the day. 

Great finish line food from Vittle and Kettlemans Bagel

For the busy, health-conscious people out there, check out Vittle.ca. They're giving all Winterman participants 30% off a week of pre-made meals. Use code SOMERSAULT30 before April 10th. Minimum order of 30$. 

Free massages from the International Academy of Massage are still available but you'll need to sign up in advance. Call 613 820 4046 to schedule your post-race massage at 1876 Robertson Road. 

Misc/FAQ

We will have a bag check. While it will be monitored, we aren't responsible for lost/stolen items. If you pick up your bib on Saturday, you can show up on Sunday ready to run without the need to bring much. 

You can still register on Saturday or Sunday. We are only 85% sold out, so if you have anyone who wants to join you, encourage them to sign up, too!

There will be no official awards ceremony but if you finished in the top 3 of your age group, stop by our info booth to get your podium lanyard. 

Don't forget to sign up for our other races in 2022! We have a whole line up of events to choose from.

The Somersault Team