Sat, Feb 11, 2023Embrace Winter Run - Pre Race Newsletter

The Embrace Winter Run is coming up quickly and we wanted to send some final reminders. Please read through this entire email so that you're ready for your run! 

Spots still available: 

If you have someone who's interested in running with you, the deadline for online registration is Tuesday, February 14th at 6pm. After that, they can sign up in person during Bib Pick Up (timing and location below).

Deadline for Edits or Transfers:

If you need to change any info related to your registration please let us know before Tuesday, February 14th 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.


We don't have access to the course until Sunday morning, so there won't be an in-person orientation.

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 February 18th for bib pickup, where you can ask your questions in person. When you get on site, we'll be set up inside the War Museum for bib pickup, bag check, and massages.

Watch the virtual orientation video

Getting to the Event:

There's a parking lot at the Canadian War Museum, open at 7am. Please do your best to carpool, bike, walk, or bus to the event. That'll help avoid some congestion and it'll help keep some cars off the road. Our course is close to the LRT station and centrally located.

Free Race Photos!

Bring your smile, or your game face, and keep an eye out for our Race Photographers on Race Day. 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 February 19th, as he'll be racing the Half 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. 

Reach out to John Gomes Real Estate

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 Noon to 3pm. We'll be set up at Decathlon Ottawa, at this address: 1055 St. Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON K1K 3B1.

If you pick up your bib on February 18th, you get a 10$ gift card to Decathlon! 

For Race Day, you can pick up your bib inside the War Museum, at this address: 1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8. We'll be ready as early as 7am. 

The race starts are:

8:00am Marathon Start (7 hour cut off)

9:00am Half Marathon 

9:30am 10K

10:00am 5K

10:30am 3K 

10:45am 1K Kids Run

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. 

Spectator Guide:

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

Check out our Spectator Guide

Mill Street Brunch. Please RSVP:

All participants, volunteers, spectators, and friends of Embrace Winter get 20% off their food and drinks at Mill Street on Sunday, February 19th. We have the 2nd floor reserved for us but we need to give Mill Street an approximate number of attendees. If you plan on coming to Mill Street after your run, please click the button below. You can always change your mind later, so while your RSVP isn't a firm requirement, it does help us plan things out to give you the best experience possible. 

RSVP to Mill Street Brunch HERE

Somersault Gear on sale:

On February 19th, we'll have some limited-edition Somersault gear on sale.

  • Our New Somersault Toques. 25$
  • Somersault Neck Covers. 5$ 
  • 2022 Somersault Event Shirts: 60% off, at only 20$. 

We have limited inventory on all items, so be sure to come by before they're gone! You can pay by e-transfer, or with cash.

Podium Prizes from Ottawa Titans Baseball:

The top 3 male, female, and non-binary athletes in each race (excluding the 1K race) get 2 tickets to an upcoming Ottawa Titans Baseball Game! 

Ottawa is lucky to have a Frontier League Baseball team that is #HereToStay. Ottawa Titans games are fun for the whole family while being an affordable entertainment option. Come and experience the crack of the bat, the exciting plays, and the hollers of the crowd, while creating lasting memories. We are counting down the days until their home opener on May 12th! In the meantime, be sure to get a high five and a photo from Cappy, the Ottawa Titans mascot who will be cheering the Embrace Winter runners on at the finish line. This is #OurTime 

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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