News & Updates

Our 2023 calendar is now LIVE!

Our 2023 event calendar is LIVE. You're now being to sign up for some races!

Here're some of the fun things that we have planned. 

We have a new look!

We spent the last while giving our series a facelift. We now have a new logo and website to show you all. Over the next few weeks, we'll be adding the finishing touches to our new website to include new maps and a fully bilingual version of Somersault.ca.

Speaking of new looks, one of our most popular events also has a new look to it. We're proud to announce that our 'Winterman' event is now called 'Embrace Winter'. This new name better reflects the spirit of the event and the spirit of Somersault. We hope to see you all at our first-ever Embrace Winter Run, which is an Official Winterlude Event and supports Imerman Angels.

Early Bird Charity Spot

The good news: Early Bird is back for 2023! The bad news: This event always sells out. Here's your chance to secure your spot before anyone else by purchasing a charity spot and supporting Safe Families Ottawa.

To purchase a charity spot, simply email Adam@Somersault.ca. By committing to a spot, you get:

-Entry into an Early Bird event of your choosing

-$100 towards any other 2023 Somersault event

-A Somersault Race Belt

-A dedicated bike rack in transition, with the best position for a fast time

This is a value of approximately $240. In exchange, all you have to do is fundraise a minimum of $300 for Safe Families Ottawa.

Email Adam@Somersault.ca to grab one of these limited spots! 

NEW EVENT: Formula Run

This running event forces you to work smart and figure out the best running strategy (or, formula) to get your team to complete the most laps possible in 90 minutes. 

Each team has one timing chip, which can be passed between members, like a relay baton, to finish as many laps as possible. 

Teams can be groups of 2, 3, or 4. Alternatively, you can sign up solo and see how you fare on your own. 

Each lap is 363m long and is a smooth pentagon shape. It's well-paved, closed to the public, and has a water station on every loop.

Grab your friends and start planning! Do you opt for shorter shifts with more transitions or longer runs with less time spent passing the baton around? The right formula can make all the difference!

More running events added to:

We love running events! In addition to our new Formula Run event, we've added 7 runs to our existing events. See below and sign up soon.

-Early Bird: 5K 

-National Capital: 5K, 10K

-Thousand Islands: 5K, 10K

-Canadian: 5K, 10K

Meech Lake Triathlon is now part of the Somersault Family

This is your only chance to do an organized triathlon in Gatineau Park. It's been going on since 1983 and sells out every year. it's limited to 300 participants and is the epitome of local triathlon. It's also the oldest triathlon in Quebec!

Kids Races are back

We now have specific events for athletes ages 15 and under. 

Our new ByTown Storm Youth Series is a series of try-a-tri distance triathlons. They'll have a separate start from the adults, to give our younger participants more space, and so that they can line up with their peers. Anyone 15 and under can participate and we'll have a podium ceremony for the 12-13, and 14-15 age groups. Athletes younger than this are welcome to compete but can also choose our other kids-specific race, below. 

Surf N Turf Races have been added to National Capital and The Canadian! A 50m swim, followed by a 250-400m run is a great way for younger participants to try their first event. Anyone aged 11 and under can participate. These little rockstars are also allowed to get support from their parents/guardians during the race. The swim course is shallow enough to walk (or, if needed, be carried) and all abilities are welcome. 

Anything else?

Follow us on social media to keep in touch. Otherwise, be sure to visit our new website and see what else we have in store for 2023. 

The Somersault Team

Fall Colours Pre Race Newsletter

The Fall Colours Run is coming up quickly and we wanted to send some final reminders. 

Spots still available: 

If you have someone who's interested in running with you, the deadline for online registration is Tuesday, October 4th at 6pm. After that, they can sign up in person during Bib Pick Up (timing and location below).

Please also keep in mind that we made the schedule in a way that gives anyone time to do the Wedding Dress Dash 1K, in addition to another event. Ie. You could do the 1K, and still have time to make it to the start of the Half Marathon. Why not make your warm-up a fun 1K race?!

Deadline for Edits or Transfers:

If you need to change any info related to your registration please let us know before Tuesday October 4th at 6pm. We won't be able to make any changes after that time, so be sure to reach out soon if you need anything.

Orientation: 

We don't have access to the Cumberland Museum until Sunday morning, so there won't be an in-person orientation on October 8th. 

Instead, we encourage you to watch this virtual orientation. If anything is unclear or if you have more questions, we recommend emailing us or visiting us on October 8th for bib pickup, where you can ask your questions in person. 

We will also have the course coned on Saturday, October 8th, so that you can drive the course. 

Parking:

There's a parking lot at the Cumberland Museum, on the West Field. Please do your best to carpool or bike to the event. That'll help avoid some congestion and it'll help keep some cars off the road. 

Free Race Photos!

Bring your smile, or your game face, and keep an eye out for our Race Photographer this Sunday. The photos are FREE for anyone who participates. They're sponsored by John Gomes Real Estate

If you want to thank John for his generosity, you can thank him in person on Sunday, as he'll be racing the Marathon. Catch him if you can!

John has been one of our biggest supporters and has really helped us make a comeback after 2 years of shutdown. We can't thank him enough but we hope that you'll consider John for all your Real Estate needs. 

When to Arrive:

We recommend showing up an hour before the race, to find parking, get your bib, warm up, and make your way to the start line. Bib pickup opens at 7am. 

Bib Pick up:

We highly recommend picking up your race bib on Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm. We'll be set up at the Black Walnut Bakery Tent at 979 Cameron St.

For Race Day, you can pick up your bib at the Cumberland Museum, at 2940 Old Montreal Road. We'll be ready as early as 7am. 

The race starts are:

8:00am Early Marathon Start (7 hour cut off)
8:20am 1K Turkey Trot
8:45am Wedding Dress Dash
9:00am Half Marathon 
9:00am Marathon (6 hour cut off)
9:30am 10K
9:45am 5K
9:50am 3K 

Show up on-site an hour before the race, so that you can get set up, warm up and make your way to the start line. You can also watch the Turkey Trot and the Wedding Dress Dash!

If you want to take advantage of the Early Marathon Start, just make sure you're ready for the 8am start. Our registration tent will be open at 7am. 

Spectator Guide:

We have this handy Spectator Guide! It highlights all the info that you and your spectators will find helpful on Race Day. 

Anything Else? 

If you have any last-minute questions, please let us know! Otherwise, check out our website for all things Somersault. You can also keep in touch with us on Facebook and Instagram

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Canadian Post Race Newsletter

Thanks for joining us at The Canadian! 

What a great day it ended up being. We can't thank you enough for signing up and for bringing your friends & family to spectate. We had a great crowd all day! 

Despite already completing the race, we have some perks to remind you about.

Free Race Photography from Intercede Communications

Intercede Communications is pleased to support Somersault and you in immortalizing your race finishes. They provide free downloads of your race photos from both the Thousand Islands and Canadian Events.

Please support us by taking a minute to support our sponsor. We encourage you to check out their website and consider them for your communications needs. 

Thanks to them, you can download your images for free, by clicking this link.

Follow us on social media to see when the photos are live or check the link above. There are a few thousand photos to edit, to it'll likely take a few days for them to go live. 

Free Bike Fit from MyVeloFit

Just for signing up, you were emailed a promo code for a free membership with MyVeloFit. Their virtual bike fitting software is a new Ottawa-based company that's making it easier to fit your bike from anywhere. Learn more about them here

Lost and Found:

We have a few small items that we found today. If it's yours, let us know and we'll find a way to reunite you with your gears. We have

-Some waterbottles-Some towels-A fuel belt

One last thank you to our volunteers:

The St. Matthews High School Football team cannot be thanked enough for all their help on Saturday. Volunteers are the cornerstone of our local events and if you ever want to see a race from a different point of view, consider volunteering! 

Results:

The results are live a few moments after you cross the finish line, and you can see them all at Sportstats.ca. If you need anything corrected, you can email corrections@sportstats.ca.

What's next?

Our last event of 2022 is just over one month away. The Fall Colours event is one that you won't want to miss.

Join us on October 9th for the most scenic event in the Ottawa area. Running distances from 1K to 42.4K gives everyone the option to participate in a beautiful run through the quiet roads of Cumberland. 

We even have a 1K Wedding Dress Dash where you can test your skills against our very own Race Director. This will be a rare opportunity to race a Somersault event again Adam Kourakis, as he races the 1K Wedding Dress Dash with his wife's dress. October 9th happens to be his 1 year anniversary with Elizabeth, so we hope to see you there to participate, cheer, or heckle! 

Help us spread the word

If you had a good experience today, a Google Review would mean the world. As we come back from 2 years off, we're hoping to grow this series in a few different ways. An online review would really help us grow so that we can bring some of our ideas and improvements to life. 

Canadian Pre Race Newsletter

The Canadian is only a few days away and we wanted to send some final reminders. 

Spots still available: 

You can sign up in person during Bib Pick Up (timing below), at the Terry Fox Facility, but those spots are limited. 

Orientation: 

Adam, the Somersault Race Director is doing an in-person orientation on Friday at 5pm. The course walk-through will start at the entrance to the Terry Fox Facility. For those of us that rely on Google maps, the address is 2960 Riverside Drive. 

Feel free to come by, pick up your bib, and get prepped for Saturday. 

Parking:

There's a parking lot at Terry Fox Facility and at Mooney's Bay. 

Free Race Photo!

Bring your smile, or your game face, and keep an eye out for our Race Photographers this Saturday. The photos are FREE for anyone who participates.

Timing:

We recommend showing up an hour before the race, to get your bib, set up transition, and make your way to the start line. 

Bib Pick up:

We highly recommend picking up your race bib on Friday, from 3pm to 6pm. We'll be set up at the Terry Fox Facility.

We'll be at this same location on Race Day but picking up your bib on Friday lets you scope everything out for Saturday AND gives you less to do on race day. 

The race starts are:

7:00am: 113 Triathlon + SwimCycle
7:10am: 1113 Duathlon
8:15am: Sprint Triathlon
8:45am: Sprint Duathlon
9:00am: Olympic Triathlon + SwimCycle
9:45am: Try a Tri

Show up on-site an hour before the race, so that you can get set up, warm up and make your way to the start line. 

Know Your Distances:

Some events have multiple loops. It's important that you know how many loops you need to do on the swim, the bike, and the run. We will have volunteers, cones, signs, and barriers to make the course as clear as possible but it's important that each athlete know the course ahead of time.  

The swim course will be as follows:
-Try a Tri: 1 loop of 200m 
-Sprint Tri: 1 loops of 750m
-Olympic Tri: 2 loops of 750m
-113 Tri: 2 loops of 950 

The bike course loops are 10K each, which means:
-Try a Tri: 2 loops
-Sprint Tri/Du: 2 loops
-Olympic Tri/Du/SwimCycle: 4 loops
-113 Tri/Du/SwimCycle: 9 loops

The run course has a loop of 2.5K, 5K, and 5.275 which means:
-Try a Tri: 1 loop (2.5K)
-Sprint Tri: 1 loop (5K)
-Olympic Tri: 2 loops of 5K (10K)
-Sprint Du: 1 loop (5K) for the 1st run. 1 loop (2.5K) for the 2nd run.
-Olympic Du: 2 loops of 5K (10K) for the 1st run. 2 loops (5K) for the 2nd run.
-113 Tri: 4 loops of 5.275m (21.1K)

If you have any last-minute questions, please let us know!

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Thousand Islands Pre Race Newsletter

Our Thousand Islands Event is only a few days away and we wanted to send some final reminders. 

Spots still available: 

You can sign up at Somersault.ca but the deadline is Tuesday at 6pm. After that, you can sign up in person during Bib Pick up (timing below), in Brockville.

Deadline for Edits or Transfers:

If you need to change any info related to your registration, or if you need to transfer to a later event, please let us know before Tuesday at 6pm. We won't be able to make any changes after that time, so be sure to reach out soon if you need anything.

Orientation: 

Coach Todd from the Ottawa Triathlon Club is doing an in-person orientation on Saturday. The course walk-through will start at 5pm and it starts from the South end of the Brockville Railway Tunnel. For those of us that rely on Google maps, the address is 1 Ferry St, Brockville.

Feel free to come by, pick up your bib, and get prepped for Sunday. The orientation will be where the transition zone will be on Sunday. 

Parking:

There's a parking lot right beside the transition zone but you can also park in the community and nearby streets. We highly recommend carpooling whenever possible.

Free Race Photo!

Bring your smile, or your game face, and keep an eye out for our Race Photographers this Sunday. The photos are FREE for anyone who participates. All past event photos can be found at photos.Somersault.ca

Timing:

We recommend showing up an hour before the race, to get your bib, set up transition, and make your way to the start line. 

Bib Pick up:

We highly recommend picking up your race bib on Saturday, from 3pm to 6pm. We'll be set up at the South end of the Brockville Railway Tunnel, which is where the race will be on Sunday.

We'll be at this same location on Race Day but picking up your bib on Saturday lets you scope everything out for Sunday AND gives you less to do on race day. 

The race starts are:

8:30am: Olympic Triathlon + SwimCycle
8:40am: Duathlons 
9:30am: Spring Triathlon
10:00am: Try a Tri

Show up on-site an hour before the race, so that you can get set up, warm up and make your way to the start line. 

Know Your Distances:

Some events have multiple loops. It's important that you know how many loops you need to do on the swim, the bike, and the run. We will have volunteers, cones, signs, and barriers to make the course as clear as possible but it's important that each athlete know the course ahead of time.  

The swim course will be as follows:

-Try a Tri: 1 loop of 200m 
-Sprint Tri: 1 loops of 750m
-Olympic Tri: 2 loops of 750m

The bike course loops are 20K each, which means:

-Try a Tri: 1 loop
-Sprint Tri/Du: 1 loop
-Olympic Tri/Du/SwimCycle: 2 loops

The run course is a loop of 2.5K, which means:

-Try a Tri: 1 loop (2.5K)
-Sprint Tri: 2 loops (5K)
-Olympic Tri: 4 loops (10K)
-Sprint Du: 2 loops (5K) for the 1st run. 1 loop (2.5K) for the 2nd run.
-Olympic Du: 4 loops (10K) for the 1st run. 2 loops (5K) for the 2nd run.

Safety First!

As a reminder, the bike course and run course are NOT closed to traffic. During the bike course, please stay to the right and be cautious when passing someone. 

The run course is on a nice scenic boardwalk but please be courteous to other path users. 

If you have any last-minute questions, please let us know!

Somersault National Capital Pre Race Newsletter

Our National Capital Event is only a few days away and we wanted to send some final reminders. 

Spots still available: 

Our Sprint Triathlon is sold out and we might sell out in the Olympic Triathlon. If you have someone who hasn't signed up, we recommend doing it before it's too late! 

You can sign up at Somersault.ca but the deadline is Tuesday at 6pm. After that, you can sign up in person during Bib Pick up (timing below) subject to availability. 

Deadline for Edits or Transfers:

If you need to change any info related to your registration, or if you need to transfer to a later event, please let us know before Tuesday at 6pm. We won't be able to make any changes after that time, so be sure to reach out soon if you need anything.

Orientation

Coach Todd from the Ottawa Triathlon Club is doing an in-person orientation on Friday. The course walk-through will start at 5pm and it starts from the West Field at Terry Fox Facility. Feel free to come by, pick up your bib and get prepped for Saturday. The orientation will be where the transition zone will be on Saturday. 

Parking:

You can park at Mooney's Bay but we highly recommend biking over to the event or carpooling.

Free Race Photo from ROC Swimming

Bring your smile, or your game face, and keep an eye out for our Race Photographers this Saturday. The photos are FREE for anyone who participates, thanks to ROC Swimming

Timing:

We recommend showing up an hour before the race, to get your bib, set up transition, and make your way to the start line. 

Bib Pick up:

We highly recommend picking up your race bib on Friday, from 3pm to 6pm. We'll be set up at the West Field, at Terry Fox. 

We'll be at this same location on Race Day but picking up your bib on Friday lets you scope everything out for Saturday AND gives you less to do on race day. 

The race starts are:

8:50am: Duathlons 
9:00am: Olympic Triathlon + SwimCycle
9:40am: Spring Triathlon
10:00am: Try a Tri

Show up on-site an hour before the race, so that you can get set up, warm up and make your way to the start line. 

Know Your Distances:

Some events have multiple loops. It's important that you know how many loops you need to do on the swim, the bike, and the run. We will have volunteers, cones, signs, and barriers to make the course as clear as possible but it's important that each athlete know the course ahead of time.  

The swim course will be as follows:

-Try a Tri: 1 loop of 200m 
-Sprint Tri: 2 loops of 375m
-Olympic Tri: 3 loops of 500m

The bike course loops are 10K each, which means:

-Try a Tri: 1 loop
-Sprint Tri/Du: 2 loops
-Olympic Tri/Du/SwimCycle: 4 loops

The run course has 2 turn around; at 1.25K and at 2.5K:

-Try a Tri: 1 small loop (2.5K) 
-Sprint Tri: 1 big loop (5K) 
-Olympic Tri: 2 big loops (10K)
-Sprint Du: 1 big loop for 1st run. 1 small loop for 2nd run.
-Olympic Du: 2 big loops for 1st run. 1 big loop for 2nd run.

If you have any last-minute questions, please let us know!

Somersault

Britannia Park Pre Race Newsletter

Our Britannia Park Event is only a few days away and we wanted to send some final reminders. 

Spots still available: 

Our last 2 events sold out and some people weren't able to sign up. If you have any friends or family that want to join you at this event, it's not too late! Have them sign up asap at Somersault.ca

Orientation

Coach Todd from the Ottawa Triathlon Club is doing an in-person orientation at the Ron Kolbus Centre on Friday. The course walk through will start at 5pm but he'll be there at 3:30pm to answer any other questions that you might have. Feel free to come by, pick up your bib and get prepped for Saturday. The orientation will be where the transition zone will be on Saturday. 

Park Offsite:

You can park at Britannia Park but the parking is limited. If possible, bike over to the event, carpool, or park off-site. There's lots of neighborhood parking around!

Free Race Photo from John Gomes Real Estate

Bring your smile, or your game face, and keep an eye out for our Race Photographers this Saturday. The photos are FREE for anyone who participates, thanks to John Gomes Real Estate

Timing:

We recommend showing up an hour before the race, to get your bib, set up transition, and make your way to the start line. 

Bib Pick up:

We highly recommend picking up your race bib on Friday, from 3pm to 6pm. We'll be set up outdoors at the Ron Kolbus Centre, at Britannia Park. 

We'll be at this same location on Race Day but picking up your bib on Friday lets you scope everything out for Saturday AND gives you less to do on race day. 

The race starts are:8:50am: Duathlons 9:00am: Try a Tri and Sprint Triathlon9:30am: Olympic Triathlon and SwimCycle

Show up on site and hour before the race, so that you can get set up, warm up and make your way to the start line. 

Know Your Distances:

Each event has loops. It's important that you know how many loops you need to do on the swim, the bike, and the run. We will have volunteers, cones, signs, and barriers to make the course as clear as possible but it's important that each athlete know the course ahead of time.  

The swim course has loops of 750m and 100m, which means:-Try a Tri: 1 loop of 100m -Sprint Tri: 1 loop of 750m-Olympic Tri: 2 loops of 750m

The bike course loops are 10K each, which means:-Try a Tri: 1 loop-Sprint Tri/Du: 2 loops-Olympic Tri/Du/SwimCycle: 4 loops

The run is a 2.5K loop (1.25K out, 1.25K back), which means:-Try a Tri: 1 loop (2.5K) -Sprint Tri/Du: 2 loops (5K) -Olympic Tri/Du/SwimCycle: 4 loops (10K)

If you have any last-minute questions, please let us know!

Somersault

Early Bird Pre Race Newsletter

Our Early Bird Event is only a few days away and we wanted to send some final reminders. 

Orientation

Coach Todd from the Ottawa Triathlon Club is doing an in-person orientation at Carleton U on Friday. The course walk through will start at 5pm but he'll be there at 3:30pm to answer any other questions that you might have. Feel free to come by, pick up your bib and get prepped for Saturday. The orientation will be at the P6 Parking Lot, which is where the transition zone will be on Saturday. 

Park Offsite:

You can park at Carleton U but the parking situation is fairly slow and difficult. If possible, bike over to the event, carpool or park off campus. 

Masks:

The Carleton U pool still has a mask mandate in place. We will provide some disposable masks as you enter the pool, and you can toss them out in a bin right before getting in the water. 

Post Race Meet Up:

The volunteers, Race Crew and Athletes are all invited to HomeTown Grill at 1525 Bank Street after the race. They've reserved the patio for us, so I hope to see you there and that we can share stories from the race! 

https://www.hometownsportsgrill.ca/

Free Race Photo from ROC Swimming and Zone3Sports

Bring your smile, or your game face and keep an eye out for our Race Photographers this Saturday. The photos are FREE for anyone who participates, thanks to our friends at ROC Swimming/Zone3Sports.

If you're a multisport athlete, which you will definitely be after the event, check out their website to learn more about this club. 

https://www.teamunify.com/team/canrocs/page/home

Timing:

We recommend showing up an hour before the race, to get your bib, set up transition, and make your way to the start line. 

The race starts are:

8:30am: Long Tri, Long Du, Short Du

9:00am: Short Tri and Swim Cycle

9:30am: Try a Tri

Show up on deck 30 minutes before the race, so that you can line up in order and do a short warm up in the dive tank.

Bib Pickup:

You can pick up your bib on Friday from 3pm-6pm or Saturday as of 7am. 

If you have any last-minute questions, please let us know!

Winterman Blog Post: Advait

We like to think that our events have something for everyone. With a winter running event like Winterman, we seem to get an even wider range of amazing people:

  • Someone who wants to try something new.
  • Runners who want to use our event to qualify for Boston, get a personal best, or test their fitness level.
  • People who started running, thanks to a New Years' Resolution, and Winterman happens to be the first event in the calendar.
  • Tourists who are in town for Winterlude or Family Day, and want to spice up their weekend plans.

We love hearing all the great stories that bring these amazing humans to our start line, and our new friend, Advait, is no exception. He wrote a blog post about it and if you want to hear about the journey of a young man, who thought "I want to see if I can run a marathon", then decided to do his first marathon in WINTER, in OTTAWA, you won't be disappointed. 

His blog post can be found here. And if you'd like to keep in touch with Advait, you can find him at the links below. 

Winterman Blog Post: Ludwig Fichte

Winterman was this past weekend and one of our Marathon finishers made a blog post about it. 

https://followfichte.com/winterman/

Check it out and be sure to leave him a comment! Ludwig is scheduled to be at future Somersault Events, so if you sign up for one of our Summer events, you might see him there. 

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

New Winterman Course!

We're excited to announce that we have a NEW LOCATION for Winterman on February 20th. 

Take a look at our Winterman Page for all the details.

This course has lots of great features, including:

-A quiter, more enjoyable course

-More sheltered from the wind 

-A more engaging course with MUCH more scenery

-Overall, this course is flatter, but the 42 meters of up-and-down is spread out across the entire 5K loop. There are more "small rolling hill", as opposed to longer climbs. 

-More flexibility around time limits. We won't have an early start option for the marathon but we will have the course until 2:30pm.

-More than 4x the amount of on site parking. Some runners (5K, 10K runnners) will still have to park in the neighboring area, unless we finalize an additional parking lot (it's in the works!)

-And of course, it's further from the downtown core. In the name of safety, we opted for a course that's a little easier to control. 

With this new venue, the athlete experience is going to be much better than we ever hoped for. We can't wait for you to see it for yourself.

We would not have been able to make this change without the support from the community. We started planning an alternate location when the convoy first came to Ottawa. The wonderful people at Beechwood Ottawa have been overly generous with their time and facilities. We'd also like to thank Imerman Angels for being our charity of the event and for being our volunteer squad for Winterman. They've been so great at adopting all these changes so that you can have the best race experience possible. 

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