Carleton University, Ottawa Canada
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Make it your mission in 2017 to cross that finish line!   Join us and celebrate your start to the triathlon/duathlon season!

Enter NOW, as this event typically sells out quickly!

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
Read through the event webpage thoroughly – there’s lot of good info here.  If you have a question not covered here, contact   

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

registration information

date of event
Saturday May 20, 2017

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, 2017

  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

entry fee discounts and deadlines

  December 31, 2016 Enjoy 15% discount off regular entry fee
  January 31 2017 Enjoy 10% discount off regular entry fee
  March 15 , 2017 Enjoy 5% discount off regular entry fee
  6pm Sunday PRIOR to event Online registration closes. Last chance for guaranteed event swag.
  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.

student and senior discount
Students born in 1993 or later (24 y.o and younger), and enrolled in school during the 2016-2017 year, receive a 10% discount on their entry fee. Please be sure to enter your school name AND Discount Code STUDENT to qualify. Please bring valid student ID to race kit pick up. The student discount is not applicable to Wylie Ryan events. Seniors 60+ receive a 10% discount on the entry fee. There is no promo code. The system will automatically issue 10% off based on your age. For relays, all members of the relay team must meet the student or senior age in order to receive the discount.

late entries accepted
We accept late entries. After the online entry deadline has passed (the Sunday PRIOR to race day), participants may still enter in person at race kit pick up times and locations as advertised on the event website. The entry fees for late entries are higher than the online entry deadline fee, must be paid in cash, and does not guarantee event swag (these are “while quantities last”). 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 re-confirm your para category and your Guide’s name.
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.

the liquidgym couples challenge - how it works
A Couples Team consists of two persons who are ‘in a relationship’ and share the same address– either husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, partner/partner, father/son, mother/daughter….. and the list goes on. Each team member enters either the Sprint or the Long Course Triathlon as individuals (you don't have to be in the same race). The combined total of their finish places (not finish times), in the race each choses, determines the team score. The couple with the lowest team score is the LiquidGym Challenge Champion.

To officially enter the LiquidGym Couples Challenge (you are already entered in your individual age category) you will obtain a LiquidGym Couples Challenge Score sheet at Race Kit Pick Up  before race start – complete it and hand it in before race start. After your race results have been posted and are ‘official’, Somersault Staff will complete the LiquidGym Couples Challenge Score sheet, with your race place results. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award lanyards are then presented to the top 3 couples teams (those with the lowest scores).

The winning couple each receives a LiquidGym bag filled with goodies and of course, special LiquidGym offers.  Check them out at

souvenir t-shirt

T-shirts are unisex sizing. Click here for sizing information. We recommend smaller women consider youth sizes as they are very similar in size (just shorter). We offer Youth XS-XL and Adult S-2XL for our cotton t-shirts.

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.

tech shirt option
Tech shirts are sized by gender. Click here for sizing information.PLEASE CHECK THE SIZING BEFORE YOU ORDER.  We recommend that women select one size larger than you might typically wear and that men select a size one size smaller than they might typically order.  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 race day, before the start of your event

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 Triathlon Club and Investors Group for your free, downloadable finish line photos.  Make sure you do your best ‘I did it’ fist pump in the designated photo zone.  Go to to check out all of the smiles from the day and share with your friends and family!

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 Skratch 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, 2017)
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 you attend The Early Bird Orientation.  The coaching staff of the Ottawa Triathlon Club (OTC) will do a walk-through of the event(s) and answer all of your questions! This is the BEST time for new-comers to triathlon/duathlon or to The Early Bird site to attend.  Orientation is at 5:00 p.m. on Friday May 19.  Meet at the “Registration” flag beside the registration tent to begin The Early Bird tour.  Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please email

Race morning orientation session will be hosted by Geordie McConnell of  Orientation for the swim portion of the triathlon will take place on the pool deck on race morning just before your start time.

Here is a YouTube snap shot of the Orientation -

race day information
race day schedule
  Try A Tri/Super Sprint 7:50 a.m.  - Pool Building #9
  Long & Sprint Duathlon 8:00 a.m.  - Parking Lot #6
  Long & Sprint Tri/SwimCycle/Relays  8:10 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 19, 2017
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 20, 2017
6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Parking Lot # 6, Carleton University
(Map below)

picking up your race kit on friday?
If yes, set aside 20 minutes for a short, powerful and interactive Q&A on health with Dr. Martin Zollinger.  The session begins at 4:30 p.m., right near race kit pick up. 

Dr. Zollinger has been serving the Ottawa community for over a decade and is an expert on working with patients to achieve greater health. Don't miss this opportunity to kick off this triathlon season with a whole new outlook and fresh perspective on your health. 

Interested in attending?  Those who RSVP and attend will be entered into a RE:FORM prize draw that will occur at the end of the talk. 

Not sure if you will attend??  That’s OK!  Everyone is welcome to listen and learn. Dr. Zollinger will also be there for the afternoon for complimentary computer based heath testing!!

RSVP to:

We look forward to seeing you there and have a great race!

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.

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!


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