Carleton University, Ottawa Canada
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The Ottawa Early Bird Triathlon & Duathlon is the first event of the Somersault Event Series - a great early season warm up for the avid participant, and an inviting event for the first-timer.

Want to “Try a Tri”, “Do a Du”, just get out there and join others who want to swim, bike, or run?  You can get a group together for a relay – just get out there – sign up and do it!

For those looking at the triathlon, the pool swim is safe, warm, and features a time trial start to help ensure you are not lapped or crowded out. The cycle course is scenic and traffic-free along Colonel By Drive, while the run courses are traffic-free on grass and recreational pathways.

Make it your mission in 2016 to cross that finish line!   Join us and celebrate your start to the triathlon/duathlon season!

event highlights

  • Indoor pool swim (nice and warm)
  • Traffic-free cycle course
  • Para categories in the Sprint Tri
  • Official performance certificate available online
  • Medals to all finishers
  • Free downloadable finish line photos by Zoom Photo, courtesy of Ottawa Fit
somersault director
Christine McKinty -

club of the event – your charity/club name here!
Is your charity or club looking to fundraise and earn $ for your cause?  

The Early Bird Triathlon/Duathlon is a great way to pledge-raise!  With no associated costs, your charity or club can participate (at a special charity/club group rate), pledge-raise, and keep 100% of the monies raised!

In return, your group provides ‘people power’ to the event (It’s a great way for family/friends to get involved and for students to earn community service hours).  Win-Win! 

For more information, please contact

The Champions Challenge & Junior Challenge program is for those of you who participate in more than one Somersault event, and who might be interested in seeing how you stack up against others in your overall, gender, and age group category, in the Somersault Event Series.

Each Somersault race is part of the Champions Challenge program. You can find more details and how you can score points on our Champions Challenge webpage!

registration information

date of event
Saturday May 21, 2016

events & distances
  Sprint Triathlon      500M Swim - 22Km Cycle - 5Km Run
  Sprint Triathlon Relay 500M Swim - 22Km Cycle - 5Km Run
  Sprint Duathlon 2Km Run - 22Km Cycle - 5Km Run
  Long Triathlon 500M Swim - 33Km Cycle - 5Km Run
  Long Duathlon 2Km Run - 33Km Cycle - 5Km Run
  Super Sprint Triathlon 100M Swim - 11Km Cycle - 5Km Run

Dr. Freedhoff Try A Tri Challenge

100M Swim - 11Km Cycle - 2Km Run
  Sprint SwimCycle 500M Swim - 22Km Cycle

participation categories - age as of december 31, 2016

  Sprint Triathlon     

Male & Female:

13 & under, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34. 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-65, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over, Clydesdale (Men 220 lbs+), Athena (Women 170 lbs+) , Para - Tri1, Tri2, Tri3, Tri4, Tri5, & Tri6

  Sprint Triathlon Relay

Sprint Tri Relay: Male, Female, & Co-ed - 2 or 3 per team

  Sprint Duathlon

Male & Female:

13 & under, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34. 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-65, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over, Clydesdale (Men 220 lbs+), Athena (Women 170 lbs+)

  Long Triathlon

Male & Female:

19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34. 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-65, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over, Clydesdale (Men 220 lbs+), Athena (Women 170 lbs+)

  Long Duathlon

Male & Female:

19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34. 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-65, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over, Clydesdale (Men 220 lbs+), Athena (Women 170 lbs+)

  Super Sprint Triathlon

Male & Female:

13 & under, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34. 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-65, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over, Clydesdale (Men 220 lbs+), Athena (Women 170 lbs+)


Dr. Freedhoff Try A Tri Challenge

Male & Female - No Age Categories for award purposes as the Try A Tri does not have placement awards

  Sprint SwimCycle Male & Female - No Age Categories for award presentations

early season entry fee discounts
As a courtesy to those of you who enter many Somersault events, who plan well ahead, or who are just thrifty, we have an early season entry fee discount program. The discount schedule is outlined below.

important entry fee discounts and deadlines

  December 31, 2015 Enjoy 15% discount off regular entry fee
  January 31 2016 Enjoy 10% discount off regular entry fee
  March 15 , 2016 Enjoy 5% discount off regular entry fee
  6pm Sunday PRIOR to event Last Chance for souvenir shirt, on-line, drop-off and mail-in entries
  Late Entry

At Race Kit Pickup (payable in CASH only) email for fees and details

entry fee conditions
There are no refunds for any reason - this includes event cancellation or event changes. 

If you wish to switch distances within the event, there are no partial refunds if the event change request is to a less expensive event. There will be an additional charge if the change is to an event with a higher entry fee. You may use your dashboard to make these changes (up to 6:00 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the event).

There are no person to person transfers. 

Credit cards are accepted for online entries only, up to 6:00 p.m. on the Sunday PRIOR to the race.  Entries after that date, must be made at the Race Kit Pick Up time and location noted below and must be paid in cash.

entry drop off or mail in

If you do not wish to register online, you can fill out the online form (without submitting) by clicking “Enter Now” and printing it off. You may mail in or drop off to: Somersault Event Series, 1915 Sunland Drive, Ottawa, ON K4A 3T4. All dropped off or mailed in forms are subject to applicable HST plus a $5 + HST ($5.65) admin fee. Please be sure to add this to the entry fee. All cheques are to be made payable to “Somersault Event Series” and must be received a minimum of 10 days prior to the event.

student and senior discount
Students born in 1992 or later, and enrolled in school during the 2015-2016 year, receive a 10% discount on their entry fee. Please be sure to enter your school name to qualify for the student discount. Please bring valid student ID to Race Kit Pick Up.

Seniors 60+ receive a 10% discount on their entry fee.

late entries accepted on race weekend
We accept race weekend entries. After the online entry deadline has passed (the Sunday PRIOR to race day at 6:00 p.m.), participants may still enter at Race Kit Pick Up times and locations on race weekend.  The entry fees for race weekend entry are higher than the online entry deadline fee, and include a free 'Somersault Series' souvenir shirt (but not the event souvenir shirt) and while quantities last.  Late entry fees must be paid in cash. Email for entry fees and details.

para categories

With 'Won with One' as our advisor, we are pleased to include a variety of para categories at select Somersault Events.  The para categories are: Tri1, Tri 2, Tri 3. Tri 4, Tri 5, and Tri 6. Once you have completed your regular online entry, please email with your confirmation number and indicate in which para category you would like to participate. Should you have a guide, we provide your guide with a race bib and a finisher’s medal, at no cost.  Please email the guides' entry information to Click here for more details on the Para Categories.


race services
awards and prizes
You did it!  Once you finish your event and cross the finish line, you will receive your finishers’ medal!  Congratulations!

Race Winners*
The first place male and female solo winner of each race receives a merchandise prize. 
Please plan to attend the award presentations shortly after your race is over.

Top 3 Overall*
The first three overall finishers in each race - male and female - will be eligible to receive a gold, silver, or bronze lanyard, to attach to your finish medal.

Category Top 3 Finishers*
Each age category top 3 finisher, is eligible for a Gold, Silver, or Bronze 'Award Lanyard'. This 'Award Lanyard' can be attached to your finish medal and must be picked up on race day during the award presentations and then any time afterwards on race day, at the Awards Table.
*excludes Walkers, Wylie Ryan events, and Try-a-Tri events

Award Lanyard May Be Picked Up on Race Day
Check the official results to see if you finished in the top 3 in your category and then you may claim your 'Award Lanyard' at the Awards Table.

If you do not pick up your 'Award Lanyard' on race day, you may send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (regular postage one envelope/lanyard request), with a note indicating what event and lanyard you are claiming (gold, silver, or bronze), to 'Somersault', 1915 Sunland Drive, Ottawa, ON K4A 3T4, and one will be mailed to you.

souvenir t-shirt

T-shirts are unisex sizing. Click here for sizing information. If your entry is received on the Sunday prior to the event, you will receive a free event souvenir T-shirt at race kit pickup (sizes are not guaranteed). Late entrants will receive a free 'Somersault Series' souvenir shirt (while quantities last).

You are eligible for the souvenir shirt only if you attend one of the race kit pick up sessions to pick it up. If you do not pick up your race kit, you are not eligible for the souvenir t-shirt.  Please do not request a shirt after the event. 

tech shirt option
Tech shirts are sized by gender. Click here for sizing information. You can upgrade your souvenir event t-shirt to a high quality Tech T-Shirt for an extra $15, up to the online entry deadline. The Tech Shirt comes without the sponsor logos on the back so it makes a first class casual wear shirt. You are only eligible for the souvenir Tech T-Shirt if:

  • you upgrade to the Tech Shirt when entering online, and
  • you pick up your race kit by event day

official performance certificate
We are pleased to offer each race finisher, the opportunity to download and print an official certificate of their event performance, by Friday after the event. From the results page: choose the 'type' of event you entered (run/tri/kids), then select the specific event distance in which you participated to access the race results as well as view the finishers certificate by clicking on the 'certificate' icon beside your name.

You can now ‘claim’ your results on the Sportstats page to gain access to your online performance certificate and any photos associated with the event.  Go to  Then, click on the ‘+’ sign, beside your name. You will have a choice of clicking on photo, certificate, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

race photos
SMILE and say thank you to Ottawa Fit and Euro-Sports for your free, downloadable event photos.  Their support will enable you to download both your Finish Line and bike photos after the event.  We know what a valuable souvenir your pics are so we have worked with Zoomphoto to find these two generous sponsors. Go to to check out all of the smiles from the day!

somersault iTab
You will LOVE the Somersault event finishers’ medals and can choose to complete your race day experience with a personalized iTaB add-on. The iTab allows you to put have your name and finish time engraved on a small plate which fits neatly in to the back of your finisher's medal. Click here to order your iTab after the event, or select the iTab option when you are entering online.

post race refreshments
Enjoy a banana, a granola bar, and either eLoad or Scratch brand fluid replacement after the run. We will announce in the pre-event newsletter which particular brand we will be offering on race day for this event. The Muscle MLK Team will be on hand to cheer you on to the finish and provide a Muscle MLK* and a high five! (*to those 16 years of age and older).

sportstats timing 
We use ChampionChip Timing at all Somersault races. This timing system requires that all participants wear a ChampionChip band on their ankle during the race. This race band contains a computer chip that allows you to be timed.  No chip = no time.

You are responsible for obtaining your ChampionChip timing chip on race morning from the Sportstats Tent near the Finish Line.  Do this at least 30 minutes before your race - earlier is better!  Races will not be held up waiting for those who forgot their timing chip.

You must return your ChampionChip timing chip immediately after you cross the finish line.  You are responsible for the cost if it is not returned.

your results (age is as of December 31, 2016)
Results will be posted shortly after you finish the race.  Please check the results as soon as you can, to be sure they are accurate.  If there are discrepancies, go to the Sportstats van near the Finish Line and provide them with the information you think is correct.  Please have the Sportstats Crew make any necessary changes on site as soon as possible in order to allow for award presentations to proceed.

Results will be posted in the results section at within 24 hours of the race.

pre-race orientation session
We recommend that every inexperienced triathlon participant attend the Early Bird Orientation. Meet with Geordie McConnell, founder of the Ottawa Triathlon Club (OTC) who will do a walk-through of the event(s) and answer all of your questions! Orientation is at 5:00 p.m. on Friday May 20 – meet Geordie in the lobby of the Welcome Centre (Athletic Facility) to begin the Early Bird tour.  Here is a YouTube snap shot of the Orientation -  Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please email us at :

race day information
race day schedule
  Try A Tri/Super Sprint 8:00 a.m.  - Pool Building #9
  Duathlon 8:00 a.m.  - Parking Lot #6
  Long & Sprint Tri/SwimCycle/Relays  8:30 a.m.  - Pool Building #9

directions & parking
Carleton University is the race site. It is located on Bronson Avenue in Ottawa. The parking lot is just to your right shortly after you enter the grounds of the University from Bronson Ave. Do not attempt to enter the University grounds from Colonel By Drive on race day because it will be closed to traffic very early in the morning. 

There is a charge for parking on campus.  Parking is "pay and display".  Parking fees are your responsibility.  We recommend that you park in Lots #7 or #5 - there is no parking in lot #6.  The rate is the same in each lot. There is also a parking garage (Lot 18) right beside Lot 6 which holds approximately 200 vehicles.  Make sure to check your roof rack before heading in with your bike!

Check the map below for parking lot locations.

The Transition Zone and Registration Tent are located in Parking Lot #6 - adjacent to Parking Lot #7.  It is a 300m walk to the Registration Tent and the event site from Parking Lot #7.

race kit pick up & late registration
Pre-Race Day - Friday, May 20, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Parking Lot # 6, Carleton University (Map Below)
You will NOT be able to park in Lot #6 to pick up your race kit - please use Parking Lot #7.

Race Day - Saturday, May 21, 2016
6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Parking Lot # 6, Carleton University
(Map below)

course description
Click here for the Bike Course Map!
Click here for the Run Course Map!

500M & 100M Triathlon Swim Courses
The swim is in Building #9 on the map below. Swimmers complete a continuous swim (2 pool lengths - 100M), or 10 pool lengths (500M) of the pool. Swimmers walk out of the pool building after they finish the swim, and run (or walk) to the T-Zone in Parking Lot #6.

Know your swim time!

It is very important that each Triathlon participant knows their anticipated 500m 0r 100m swim time. Please arrange to do a swim over your race swim distance (500M or 100M), before the day of the race, so you know about what time you will swim at the race. It does not need to be an official time, just one that you feel you will swim on race day.

Start order and procedure

The swim portion of the event will start with the fastest swimmers in the pool first and the slowest in the pool last - with everyone in between them in the order of your anticipated swim time - fastest to slowest.  This will improve the swim experience as it will reduce the number of swimmers who are passed by another swimmer in the pool during the race.

Time Signs on the pool deck will help guide you in finding your proper place in the start line.

Participants in the Dr. Freedhoff Try A Tri & the Super Sprint Tri (100m swim) must be on the pool deck  by 7:30 a.m.

100m swimmers will participate in heats of 5 swimmers (1 per lane), from the fastest to the slowest anticipated times. Swimmers will start every 30 seconds by pushing off the end of the pool.  Each swimmer will swim 2 lengths of the pool, climb out of the pool, and walk to the exit door of the pool building. The faster participants in the Long Triathlon, Sprint Triathlon. and the SwimCycle should be in the pool room by 8:00 a.m. and all participants in these events should be in the pool building by 8:30 a.m.

Each 500m swimmer will start in lane 1 of the pool and will start every 12 seconds, by pushing off the end of the pool.  Each swimmer will swim 10 lengths of the pool, going down and back in each of the 5 extra wide lanes. After finishing the down and back swim in a lane, you duck under the lane rope, to go down and back in the next lane, etc., until you exit the pool from lane 5 after your 10th lengths.

Shoes Required for the Run from Pool to T-Zone
Due to University Construction, shoes are required for the run from the pool to the T-Zone this year.  Bring your running shoes and leave them in the area outside of the pool (no shoes on pool deck or stairs!)

2Km Run Course - Sprint Du First Run
The 2Km run is on an out and back course on Colonel By Dr. Runners start on Colonel By Drive, and they run South on Colonel By Dr. to the 1Km point, where they turn around, and proceed back to the T-Zone on the grass beside Colonel By Drive.

2Km Run Course - Dr. Freedhoff Try A Tri Final Run
The 2Km run is an out and back course. Runners start in the T-Zone and they run South on the grassy shoulder of Colonel By Drive to the 1Km turn around point on Library Rd. on the University campus.  Here they turn around and return on the same course to the Finish Line.

Cycle course

33Km (3 laps), 22Km (2 laps) & 11Km (1 lap) Cycle Course 
Cyclists leave the T-Zone onto Colonel By Drive at Parking Lot #6, and head North. They turn around at (just before) Clegg St., and then return to the second turn around point at (just before)Hogsback Rd., where they turn around again, and head North again to the Bicycle Mount starting point at Parking Lot #6.  This completes one lap of the course. 

The Try A Tri and Super Sprint Triathlons dismount here having completed their 1 loop bike course (11Km).

Sprint Tri & Du participants do not stop after 1 loop, but continue and complete 1 more loop of the same course, for their 2 loop bike course, dismounting after lap 2.

Long Tri & Du participants complete 3 loops of the above loop before returning to the Mount/Dismount point.
Try A Tri & Super Sprint = 1 bike loop.
Sprint Triathlon and Sprint Duathlon = 2 bike loops.
Long Triathlon and Long Duathlon = 3 bike loops.

Final 5Km Runs - Sprint Tri, Sprint Du, Super Sprint Tri, & Long Tri
The 5Km run is on an out and back course.  Runners leave the T-Zone in Parking Lot #6 and run on the grassy shoulder beside Colonel By Dr. and then onto Library Rd.  Runners continue along Library Rd. to University Rd. They cross University Rd. onto the paved recreational pathway beside the Rideau River and University Rd. to the 2.5Km point near Raven Rd. The runners turn around here and retrace their steps to the T-Zone or Finish Line beside the T-Zone in Parking Lot #6.

campus map

general information

All entrants should become familiar with the details on our General Information page. We have included information in this section that is not on the event information page, so please visit this section, even if you are familiar with the event.  It is also a good idea to re-read event information the week before the event to ensure you have the latest details regarding your upcoming race.

rules & regulations
Click here to go to the event Rules & Tips page.  Remember it is your responsibility to know and adhere to the rules.

your first race?
Click here to go to our Rules and Tips Page for race tips and ideas.

If your kids, spouse, family members or friends are spectating why not volunteer them as officials/volunteers and let them have some fun too!  Email us ahead of time if you will help, so we can assign you - You can also find out more on our Volunteer program page.

Clubs, teams and non-profit organizations are invited to inquire about our volunteer donation program - a donation in return for a group of members volunteering for the day.

race info updates
We will email the latest news updates to participants prior to the race.  These newsletters are very important as they will identify  changes, answer your questions, and recommend race day procedures that will make your event day a better one. 

Please provide an accessible email address on your entry form if you wish to receive these Newsletters. You may want to use a personal email address rather than your work email, because many employers utilize filters that will not let the Newsletter through.

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