May 31st, 2022

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


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


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!


May 19th, 2022

Early Bird Pre Race Newsletter

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


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. 


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!

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.


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!

Feb 27th, 2022

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. 

Feb 24th, 2022

Winterman Blog Post: Ludwig Fichte

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

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. 

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. 


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 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. 


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

Feb 12th, 2022

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. 

Feb 8th, 2022

F2C Nutrition Named Official Nutrition Partner of the Somersault Multisport Series

F2C Nutrition Inc. has partnered with the Somersault Multisport Series. F2C Nutrition, known for its clean, athlete-focused, science-driven premium sports nutrition products and internationally recognized for quality and innovation, will support Eastern Ontario’s largest multisport series with race fuel, electrolytes, and recovery beverages.

“The Somersault Multisport Series has a rich history and offers exceptional athlete experiences, and we are excited to partner with such a prestigious series of events,” said Greg Cowan, CEO of F2C Nutrition. “From start to finish, F2C Nutrition will be a part of every racers experience with on course and recovery nutrition.”

“After two years of COVID prohibiting in-person events, we wanted to do something special,” says Adam Kourakis, owner and director of the Somersault Multisport Series, “We thought that a professional on-course and post-race nutrition option from a world-class brand would really bring value to all of our races.”  “F2C Nutrition was the obvious choice and we’re so glad to have them involved with our series – the products speak for themselves,” states Kourakis, “we are also really excited to have F2C and their ambassador network joining us this year.“

The Somersault Multisport series has nine events on deck for 2022 with a variety of events from 5km races to Half Iron triathlons and everything in between.  First up in the series is the Winterman which offers a range of run distances from a 3km to a Boston qualifying marathon. Winterman which takes place on Feb 20, 2022 is an official event of Ottawa’s biggest and best winter festival – Winterlude. With the last event Fall colours set for October, the Somersault series offers racing in every season.

About Somersault Multisport Series

Somersault triathlons, duathlons, and runs are community sport, recreation, and fitness events. They are organized for the enjoyment of participants of all ages and stages. They organize almost a dozen different events across Eastern Ontario and have something for everyone. Their events range from 1K runs and Try-A-Tri, to Marathons and Half Iron Triathlons, with lots of options in between. While Somersault has been around for over 35 years, their business has a big facelift planned for 2022.

With a whole new look and new vendors, their events now give the best value out there. Their events include certified courses (including 2 official Boston Qualifying Marathons), free race photography, great on-course and finish line nutrition from F2C, post-race massages, and much more!  You can register for races and learn more about Somersault at

About F2C Nutrition

F2C Nutrition Inc. is an athlete-focused, science-driven sports-nutrition company, supporting athletes by delivering premium quality, clean products. Superior nutritional products and nutrition education is key to an athlete’s performance and success. F2C Nutrition Inc. products undergo stringent testing and assures athletes that every batch of our product is tested for impurities, toxins and substances considered prohibited in sport by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Learn more about F2C Nutrition Inc. at F2CNutrition

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Jan 28th, 2022

2022 Somersault Athlete Census

After nearly two years of being shut down, the whole Somersault team is beyond excited to have a full list of events on the calendar for 2022!

We're also looking to celebrate our first year back by beefing up the race experience at each event. Race medals...snackier snacks at the finish line...we want our first year back to offer up a truly great Somersault experience for everyone who steps up to the start line!

Somersault has undergone some changes in ownership since we last raced together in 2020. It's important to us to get to know the thousands of athletes who make up the Somersault community. Would you take a few minutes and answer our first-ever Athlete Census?

It's six short questions and will be very helpful in shaping our events and communications in the year ahead.

Again, your answers would be a huge help for us. If you can take three minutes and fill in the census, click here!


Adam and the Somersault Communications Team

Dec 16th, 2021

Somersault Athlete of the Week: Ludwig Fichte

We have another exciting edition of Athlete of the Week. This athlete, once again, is so different from our other highlighted athletes, which speaks to how diverse our participant group it. 

We hope you enjoy reading about Ludwig in this post. We certainly enjoyed reading about his stats! 

Roots in running

For almost 10 years I’ve been calling myself an endurance athlete. I started running in 2012, mainly to adapt to a bit more of a healthy lifestyle. I wanted to move more and weigh less, and running seemed to be a reasonably effective way to accomplish both. The beginning was hard, and the first couple of 5k runs not only hurt, but also didn’t really convince me that that was all such a great idea. I stuck to it, though, and steadily the volume increased, along with the level of comfort being out in my running shoes. How proud I was when I ran 10km in just under an hour the first time!

At some point I got hooked; that may have happened at one of the first running events I got myself into, some 10km park run; that atmosphere of thousands of like-minded folks running and just as many spectators cheering on the side made me wanting more. It didn’t take me long to register and train for my first Marathon.

Add the bike and learn to swim

Running a Marathon had been the hardest challenge I’d got myself into by then - not yet knowing that many much harder ones would follow eventually. My mind was wondering, what else is out there? At some point I randomly ended up watching a summary of the annual Ironman World Championships at Kona, Hawaii — and those impressions never again left my brain. It was both, completely unimaginable how humans could possibly go through an event like this, but also very intriguing picturing myself completing a long course triathlon. So there I was; never swam more than 100m at once, and never ridden a road bike, but some new goal in mind. I was still living in Germany (where I grew up), and my very first triathlon experience was a super short team event, where groups of 10 friends or colleagues collectively finished an Ironman distance; everyone swimming 380m in a pool, cycling 18km on an easy trail, followed by a 4.2km run. So much fun! Again, I was hooked. Bought a road bike, and booked some swimming lessons to learn how to actually freestyle.

Four years later, in 2019, I completed my first full Ironman at Mont-Tremblant, Quebec — crossing that finish line after just over 12 hours and 226 human-powered kilometers has been my most overwhelming endurance sports experience so far. [full race report]

Pandemic training

2019 was an eventful year, followed by two very different ones. The pandemic understandably took away all the event fun, but didn’t stop me from enjoying endurance sports. I discovered the joy of running with local running groups in Ottawa, spent countless hours cycling hills in Gatineau Park. My training volume increased significantly, with about 2,500km running and 10,000km cycling only this year.

All the stats

An odd fact about my sports habits is that I am going crazy about stats. I don’t only track and map my activities on all the platforms (Strava, Garmin, Runalyze, Citystrides, Zwift, Strydpower, Trainingpeaks), I also use spreadsheets to run my own analyses. I get joy when going through some weird stats… like the fact that I cover the most kilometers on Sundays, and the least on Wednesdays, but I consume more fluids on Wednesdays than on Sundays. Or that I spent more than 500 hours of sports in Julys, 430 hours in Octobers, but only 340 hours in Februaries. I also know that an average kilometer on a bike for me costs 52 cents, while an average kilometer running costs me 73 cents (taking all sports-related expenses into account). Looking at it by costs per hour, running ($8.05) is cheaper than cycling ($14.23). Swimming is the most expensive in terms of distance ($13.78/km) and time spent ($33/hour). Those spreadsheets contain more than a decade worth of sports data, and tens of thousands of records and data points. Super interesting!

What’s the future

Next year is going to be busy; I’ll start the season right away in January with a snow trail half marathon up North in Quebec, followed in February with Somersault’s Winterman Marathon; then running the 30k Around The Bay in Hamilton in March. Somersault Earlybird Triathlon and Ottawa Marathon in May, completing an Everesting cycling challenge in June (8848 vertical meters in one single ride), Somersault National Capital Tri in July, and Ironman Canada in August in Penticton/BC. Next fall I’d love to up the game and move into ultra trail running, after running the Somersault Fall Colors Marathon. 2023 will be dedicated to the infamous Canadaman, a self-supported ultra triathlon event in Quebec.

Ottawa running community

For everyone who’s into running, or triathlon, or just wants to be more active: I’d encourage all of you to join your local running group; the running community in Ottawa is amazing, very supportive, you meet great people, hear motivating stories, can share your own passion for endurance sports with like-minded folks, and stay motivated to go out for a run in those hostile conditions.

If you want to keep in touch with Ludwig, you can find him on the following platforms: 



His personal blog:

Dec 16th, 2021

Somersault welcomes MyVeloFit as the official Bike Fit Sponsor for 2022.

Somersault welcomes MyVeloFit as the official Bike Fit Sponsor for 2022.

As part of the new partnership between Somersault and MyVeloFit everyone who signs up for a

Somersault triathlon, duathlon or swim cycle event in 2022 will get a free virtual bike fit from


A perfect bike fit is invaluable to anyone who rides a bike. Whether you’re a seasoned triathlete

or a beginner who’s training for their first multisport event, a well fitted bike can make all the

difference. Being set up for comfort and performance will not only help you get to the finish line

but it’ll help you enjoy the experience that much more.

MyVeloFit is a big believer in sport, and their support goes beyond a complimentary virtual fit

for all Somersault multisport athletes. New to all Somersault events in 2022 is the MyVeloFit

Podium. This podium will be at every 2022 Somersault event (running and multisport events)

and it’s sure to be a great photo opportunity for participants who want to celebrate their

achievements that day.

Some of our 2022 events will also have the MyVeloFit team on site, answering questions and

getting athletes familiarized with the MyVeloFit platform.

About MyVeloFit:

Founded in Ottawa, MyVeloFit is an AI Powered Online Bike Fit platform.

The technology behind MyVeloFit has been designed to identify the same body segments and

joint angles that professional bike fitters use to evaluate your position on the bike. It uses those

measurements to first assess your mobility off the bike, then analyse your position on the bike

to provide detailed fit recommendations. Driven by industry leading knowledge on bike fitting,

the result is a custom bike fit specific to you and your needs.

Regardless of your riding goals, MyVeloFit can help you improve comfort, reduce injury, and

maximize performance on the bike.

You can learn more about MyVeloFit at

Get your bike ready for an in-person Somersault event in 2022! #BikefitAnywhere

Dec 10th, 2021

Somersault Athlete of the Week: John Gomes

My name is John Gomes and I'm pretty excited to be this week's Somersault Athlete of the Week. It's often hard to talk about yourself and to summarize everything that you are in a few short paragraphs, but I'll give it a shot! I'll start by saying that I have 3 main pillars to who I am: family, community, and sport. 


My wife, Meghan, and I have been married for almost 10 years now. It's amazing how fast time flies but we've grown so much in that time. We now have 4 daughters, ages 8 and under. As chaotic as that sounds, and as chaotic as it is - we wouldn't have it any other way and life is awesome. Our girls are caring, kind, and full of great energy which reminds us of an old saying; the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. 


Our family has always lived in Vanier and we're so proud to call it home. I'm a real estate agent with Royal LePage ( and I get a first-hand look at how our neighbourhood and our city changes a little bit, every day. I shop locally wherever I can and love all that a vibrant community can offer. I'm a regular at Bridgehead and Pure Kitchen, and you'll often see me on my bike, with 3 of my daughters riding with me on our cargo bike. I volunteer to maintain our local outdoor hockey rink and you'll often see my logo on the backs of local sports teams' jerseys. I'm also a supporter of Somersault because they have the same values that I do. We're both about supporting people in their endeavors and making sure that people have access to great things like events. I want to be able to participate in awesome, local races, so I make sure that I choose Somersault whenever I can. 


Despite being a busy family man and entrepreneur, I still do my best to manage my athletic goals. I'm training for another full marathon in 2022 have a lot of training to do, to get me ready for a PB. I believe that sticking to my training plan helps me be the best that I can be for my family and my community. In 2022, you'll catch me at most Somersault Events, doing a run or a triathlon. The Somersault team keeps telling me that I'd faster if I didn't stop to high-five every spectator and cheer on every other athlete on course, but where's the fun in that?

My next event is the Winterman Half Marathon. If you're signed up and see me out of the course, make sure you cheer this guy on! Otherwise, you'll catch me at the Beechwood Farmers Market or running along the canal while the older girls are at school. 

Dec 8th, 2021

Somersault Athlete of the Week. Jan and Tania

In our 3rd edition of Athlete of the Week (AOTW), we have Jan and Tania. Every time we get a submission for an AOTW, we're reminded that we have some amazing people that attend our events. If you, or someone you know, would be a good candidate for future editions of AOTW, please send a photo and a bio to

Thank you to Jan and Tania for this wonderful submission and for coming back to do Winterman in 2022. If you want to join then at Winterman 2022, you can get more info at

About Jan and Tania

We are a married couple from Regina, Saskatchewan and have been running marathons since 2013. Between the two of us we have run 241 marathons or ultras and 130 half-marathons. Most of the marathons were in North America, but we have also run some in Europe, Asia and Africa.

However, you won’t find our names in the record books or see photos of us on winner podiums. We are back of the pack runners, enjoying the social aspects of marathoning. We enjoy meeting new people and exploring new places as we run.

Our “best” accomplishment would probably be running 8 marathons in 8 consecutive days in 8 different USA states with a group called Mainly Marathons.

Coming from the prairies, winter running is not exactly new to us. The first week of January we have an event put on by our running club, Marathon Matters, called Cure for the Brrr. That is usually the opportunity to run your first marathon of the year. It is a 4km looped course around Wascana Lake, a man-made lake in Wascana Park, an urban park larger than Central Park in New York. The temperature can be anything between 0 degrees Celsius and -40 degrees Celsius and the path covered in ice or 20cm of fresh snow.

As we do not exactly enjoy training for a marathon or doing long solo runs, we prefer to do races as long runs in preparation for our next marathon. It is not easy finding marathons in Canada during the winter months and that is how we discovered and end up running the Winterman in 2019.

We had so much fun doing the event in 2019 that we decided we will have do it again. The event was well organized and the race director and volunteers outstanding. It cannot be fun standing outside in the cold for six hours, smiling and telling runners they look good.

Due to the pandemic this event, as most other events, was cancelled last year. Since March 2020 we could only do three in-person marathons (Queen City in Regina, Calgary Marathon and The Blue Nose in Halifax). As the restrictions are getting lifted, we started looking for marathons. And to our surprise, Winterman was the first one to announce an in-person event early in the new year.

With such a responsive Race Director as Adam Kourakis (he replies within minutes to your enquiries) and the added bonus to run a marathon in our nation’s capital and be part of the annual Winterlude, visit Parliament Hill and the Terry Fox statue we didn’t hesitate to sign up. Looking forward to February 20, 2022.

Attached two photos of us after the 2019 Winterman, a photo of us at The Queen City Marathon in our hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan (local Boston Qualifier annual event - and the two of us in our natural winter habitat.

Jan Steenkamp and Tania Diener

Dec 8th, 2021

Somersault Athlete of the Week: Tamsin

This week, we caught up with our good friend, Tamsin. She's a regular at Somersault and if you see her at your next event, be sure to say hi. Her energy is contagious!

If you want to be out Athlete of the Week, or want to nomiate someone, email

Favourite Somersault memory

A memory that stands out for me, in a tragicomedy kind of way, is the swim to bike transition at The Canadian a few years back. I discovered as I was about to start the bike leg that my timing chip was missing. Grrrr! I had to push my bike all the way back to the transition zone. I was not even sure what I had done with the darn thing. Fortunately, I found it with my gear and was able to get back on course. That day I learned that haste can lead to waste.

What got you into triathlon?

I injured my knee and was told I shouldn’t run. But after I started doing yoga I realized my knees were okay. I was already a swimmer and a cyclist so I figured why not give triathlon a go. I also hung out with a sporty crowd so there were helpful people around to answer my questions.

How long have you been doing triathlons/duathlons?

Oh gosh, perhaps too long. About 15 years!

What events am I most excited about for 2022?

I would love to get back to racing in 2022. While I am keeping my expectations low because of COVID, I am planning to register for Winterman. I did this event a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. I also hope to participate in the Gatineau Loppet and a few triathlons in the summer.

Any fun facts or stories about you or your journey with sports?

I am known among my friends for my excessively slow transitions and have even lost age group podiums because of them!

My active living journey started in the pool when I was young and continued on the bike. Today, I like to be outside whether I’m running the trails near my house in summer or snowshoeing on the Kichi Sibi winter trail when the snow flies. I also love open water swimming, cross-country skiing and fat biking. We are so fortunate to have so many beautiful places nearby where we can be in nature.

Any favourite training tips? Or favourite places to train?

I think consistency is key. My friend, elite skier Sheila Kealy, once said to me “do what you can do”. If you’re injured, find a way to stay active. Maybe you can’t run, but you can swim. Or perhaps you can’t ride but you can strength train. Staying active has so many physical and emotional health benefits.

Find like-minded friends to train with. While it’s not always possible because of schedules and priorities, I have been fortunate to travel and train and race with good friends. And I am most grateful that Rob, my husband, enjoys the outdoor life, too and loves to ski, bike and run.

My favourite local places to train are along the Ottawa River, the Rideau Canal and of course, Gatineau Park. Farther afield, I love cross-country skiing, hiking and biking in Tremblant.

Dec 8th, 2021

COVID Updates

We hope that this update gives you a sense of hope and comfort for what Somersault has planned for 2022. All of our policies, whether they're related to COVID-19 or any other factor related to organizing mass-participation events, have your safety and enjoyment at the heart of them.

Our registration for the following year's events typically opens in December. That means that anyone who signed up for a race between December 2019 and March 2020 didn't get to complete their race. We originally told those participants that their registration would be deferred to 2021, but as COVID persisted, we've pivoted to what we feel is a better solution that puts the athlete first.

Anyone who is owed a deferred race from 2020 will get a promo code to sign up for one free event in 2022 or 2023. Those athletes can pick ANY Somersault event in 2022 or 2023. If you're one of those athletes, but can't make it to one of our 2022 events, you can keep your promo code for 2023. If you had originally signed up for a triathlon but would rather do a duathlon or run, go ahead! If you signed up for a Try a Tri but would rather attempt an Olympic Distance, feel free! There's no limit on price and any race that's organized by Somersault will qualify.

We can't thank you enough for sticking with us during our shutdown and we want to thank you by giving you the most options possible.

Sticking with the COVID theme, Somersault will be following the guidelines and recommendations from Ontario's Ministry of Health to reduce the health risks that come with large in-person events. Under the current guidelines:

All athletes must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 14 days prior to race day. 

All athletes must wear a mask before and after the event.  

All volunteers, staff and race crew will be fully masked when on site.

The guidelines set out by the Ministry are fluid and out of our control. With that, we won't speculate on what the future holds for COVID-19. Instead Somersault will focus on our plan on what can be done to allow our in-person events to continue under the guidelines in place at the time of the event.

We hope that all this information comes as good news to you. We're exposing ourselves to a certain amount of risk by allowing so many people to get a 100% discount to any event in 2022 and 2023, and by committing to the fixed overhead associated with organizing these large events. We hope that you'll recognize these efforts and consider signing up for some events.

Somersault is a small business and we've done everything that we can to make sure that we survived the last 2 years. We're putting the athlete experience first and we hope that this goodwill is reciprocated. If you can support Somersault, it would mean the world to us if you could:-Sign up for our upcoming events.

  • Tell your friends about Somersault and consider making a day out of it with your friends, family or training group. 
  • Engage with us on social media 

Email us to let us know what you'd like to see in our series. You can reach out to the race director and owner directly at

Dec 8th, 2021

We're Back!

After 2 seasons of hibernation, Somersault is back to hosting in-person events. For those of you that know and love our series, we can't wait to tell you about all the positive changes we've made during our break. And for those of you that we haven't met before, we look forward to making a lasting first impression.

Over the past 19 months, we've been talking to participants, volunteers and our partners about what they'd like to see when Somersault returns. The bulk of the answers fell into 3 categories: professionalism, value and communication.


This is where we've made the most updates to our events. In no particular order:

  • New owner and race director. All Somersault races for 2022 will be directed and organized by Adam Kourakis, who is also the new owner of Somersault. For triathletes and cyclists in Ottawa, Adam will be a familiar face. He owns Velofix Ottawa and TriRudy, and is active in the local multisport community. You can learn more about Adam at 
  • We're remeasuring all of our courses to ensure the highest degree of accuracy possible. With a new set of course measurements, you can be sure that the race distance that you sign up for is the distance you'll complete. Just make sure that you don't add up extra mileage with wide turns! This is also a friendly reminder that swimmers can always benefit from practicing their sighting. 
  • New distances. We're standardizing some of our event distances. When working with various stakeholders (the City of Ottawa, the NCC, By-Law, etc), it can be difficult to get the exact road closures that we're looking for. However, we've managed to make some changes so that our sub-events are more consistent. We're proud to say that we've managed to confirm new courses that make all of our sprint distant bike courses exactly 20K long and that all of our Olympic distance events have a 40K bike ride.
  • New duathlon order. We've changed the format of our duathlons to be more inline with international standards. Wherever possible, we'll adhere to standard duathlon distances. Given how difficult it's been to get pool time in Ottawa recently, we're expecting a big uptake in duathlon, and have decided to invest a lot of resources into our du-event. 
  • New sponsors. Our 2022 sponsors are going to help Somersault execute events at a higher level. You'll learn more about these sponsors on our website and you'll be able to interact with them on race day but our return to racing is largely thanks to this group of individuals and small business. Please consider supporting us by supporting them. 
  • Finisher Podium. This one's for the 'Gram. Our awards ceremony will feature a new podium and backdrop, so that you can race for a high spot and for a great souvenir photo.


  • New finish line food. We can't give all of our secrets away but our 2022 events will have a much more exciting post-race food offering. As a sneak-peek, we can tell you that Winterman will have hot chocolate and hot broth at the finish line, along with lots of other options. Our summer events will have some equally enjoying treats to go with the weather.
  • Bigger medals. We know that you don't just compete for the swag, but swag never hurts! We've redesigned all new medals for 2022 and made them bigger than ever. Every finisher gets a 3.25" medal, specifically designed for that day. As the season gets closer, we'll start unveiling some of the designs on our website, to get you excited for your next finish line. 
  • High quality tech shirts. As a two-bird-one-stone solution, participants will no longer be getting a cotton shirt with their registration. Participants can, however, purchase a souvenir shirt separately from their registration. This helps bring the cost of registration down, so that you're not paying for a shirt that you might not want or need. Secondly, the new souvenir shirts have a much different look that we hope you'll like. All of our multisport events have a short-sleeve option, while Winterman and Fall Colours have long-sleeve options. You'll be able to see these designs on the event page and during checkout. Purchasing clothing is completely optional but we hope that you'll want to wear it proudly. 
  • Promotions for Somersault Participants. Thanks to our amazing sponsors, Somersault athletes will be getting a few extra perks this year. We have a promo with Zizu Optics, where anyone can get 35% off their eyewear PLUS free shipping. This offer is only valid for the first 2 weeks of our grand opening but it's the biggest discount level that Zizu offers. Secondly, we've arranged for a promotion with Tiux Compression Socks, to get all of you 25% off their entire line up. 
  • Finisher Photos. New for 2022 is a professional race photographer, who will capture your finish line smile, grimace or whatever else you have in store for our photographers. 
  • Massage Therapists for all participants. After your race, you can enjoy a free massage from the International Academy of Massage.


  • We've completely redone our website and replaced it with something that'll help us keep you in the loop. While a new website might not sound very exciting, it's a big undertaking and we've made this new site with communication in mind. It'll be much easier for us to post important information about upcoming events and even include emergency updates in the case of threatening weather in the forecast for race-day. A full website rebuild takes a lot longer than people realize and we'll be improving it as the season progresses, to make it all encompassing. 
  • Our social media accounts are regularly updated and checked now. We're back on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We hope that you'll give us a follow and engage with us. 
  • Newsletters. We've updated our newsletter format so that you can get all the relevant Somersault information sent directly to your inbox. If you were already subscribed to our newsletter, you'll be getting our next edition without any work on your end. If you're not on our email list, you can subscribe to it on our website.\

We have a lot more in store for our 2022 series but we hope that his little update gets you excited to be back to in-person racing. If you have any questions, please don't be shy to reach out to Until then, please consider signing up for an event, or signing up for our newsletter so that we can let you know when your favourite race is open for registration.