Cumberland Heritage Village, Ontario
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A beautiful ‘fall colours’ setting – bring your camera long for the run to capture the rich colours along the course!

The setting for the runs, is the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum in Ottawa. It is a turn-of-the-century village with all the trappings we need to make this Thanksgiving extravaganza one with a Canadian heritage flavour. It's right here in Ottawa, but in a country setting among farms and rural estate homes.  The elements of the classic big city marathons will be there, with an intimate humble, country Thanksgiving flavour.

A Thanksgiving family-fun tradition with ‘something for everyone’ with the Turkey Trot for the ‘little ones’ to the full marathon for those wanting to earn that extra piece of pumpkin pie – heck, you can have the WHOLE pie!

Athletics Canada/Run Canada Certification - ON-2002-078-BDC
The Ottawa Fall Colours Marathon and Ottawa Fall Colours Half Marathon courses are certified by Athletics Canada, and Run Canada and are considered official distance events.  The courses were measured by Dave Yaeger, and certified by Bernie Conway, National Course Certifier, IAAF Grade A Measurer, and USATF/RRTC Final Signatory.

This certification along with the ChampionChip Timing provided by Sportstats, means that the Ottawa Fall Colours Marathon may be used as a "Qualifier for the Boston Marathon", and the New York City Marathon and Half Marathon.  Qualification is automatic if the Qualifying standards are met during this race. The courses are out and back for the half marathon, and a double out and back course for the marathon.

event highlights

  • Spectacular fall colours in Cumberland
  • Medals for all finishers at the finish line
  • Walkers are welcome in Half Marathon or shorter races
  • Run Canada & Athletics Canada certified
  • Boston Marathon Qualifier
  • New York City Marathon Qualifier
  • Personalized participant bib numbers
  • Official performance certificates available online
  • Finish?  You will have earned that guilt-free Thanksgiving dinner (with extra gravy!)
Read through the event webpage thoroughly – there’s lot of good info here.  If you have a question not covered here, contact   

boston marathon and new york city marathon qualifier

Yes, the Ottawa Fall Colours Marathon (and Half Marathon) are official qualifiers for the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon and Half Marathon.

charity of the series - heart & stroke foundation
We are pleased to announce that the 'Heart & Stroke Foundation' is a 'Charity of the Somersault Event Series' in 2017 - The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.

You can save 10% on your registration fee when you register online and indicate that you will support the Heart & Stroke Foundation.  Your commitment of support is to pledge (through a one-time, optional donation you make during your online entry to the event), or by pledge-raising a minimum of $100 through your personal pledge-raising page that you can set up when you register for the event.

Are you committed to fundraise and to the cause?  BEFORE you register, contact to receive your 10% off instructions.

You can do two things by supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation – you save $ and you give $ back!

registration information
date of event
Sunday Oct 8, 2017

events & distances


Marathon Run - 42.2 Km

  Half Marathon Run - 21.1 Km


  10 Km Run   
  5 Km Run    
  3 Km Run  
  Wylie Ryan 1.0 Km Turkey Trot  

participation categories - age as of december 31, 2017


Marathon Run - 42.2 Km

Male & Female:

19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over, Clydesdale (Men 220 lbs+), Athena (Women 170 lbs+)

  Half Marathon Run - 21.1 Km

Male & Female:

19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over

  10 Km Run 

Male & Female:

19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49,  50-55, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over, Clydesdale (Men 220 lbs+), Athena (Women 170 lbs+)

  5 Km Run  

Male & Female:

15 & under, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49,  50-55, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75- 79, 80 & over, Clydesdale (Men 220 lbs+), Athena (Women 170 lbs+)

  3 Km Run

Male & Female:

13 & under, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49,  50-55, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75- 79, 80 & over, Clydesdale (Men 220 lbs+), Athena (Women 170 lbs+)

  Wylie Ryan 1.0 Km Run Turkey Trot

Boys and Girls*: 11 and under

*there are NO place awards for Wylie Ryan Kids' events

marathon & half marathon courses

We have made friendly courses. The half marathon is an out and back course, while the marathoners do a double out and back route on the same course.

marathon time limit - 5 hours (6 hours with an optional 9:00 a.m. start)

Due to the nature of the marathon course, and our concern for the safety of all runners, there is a time limit of 5 hours to complete the Marathon. (6 hours if you choose the early 9:00 a.m. start time - email us if you want an early start)  

optional marathon early start time - 9:00 a.m.
If you are not sure you can complete the marathon within the 5 hour time limit, we encourage you to attempt the Half Marathon instead - or contact us at, to book a 9:00 a.m. early start time in the Marathon if you can complete it within 6 hours.

We accept marathon participants who expect to run the marathon distance at no more than 5 hours (or 6 hours with the early start). Please contact us if you plan to run between a 5 and 6 hour pace, and we will book a 9:00 a.m. start time for you.

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.

no pets and no smoking event
Dogs or other pets are not allowed at this event, and smoking is not permitted on the Museum grounds.

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. 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 memories
SMILE and say thank you to Sportstats for your free, downloadable finish line photos.  Make sure you do your best ‘I did it’ fist pump as you cross the finish line.  Sportstats is also providing finish line video coverage so you can see yourself walking, running, "somersaulting” to claim your finishers’ medal.  Go to to set up a free Sportstats account to ‘claim’ your race day results. Got your race day smiles, click on the photo icon beside your name.   Make sure to 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.

canteen – leatherworks catering is on site
For those of you who will be hungry….. look for pancakes, sausages, with maple syrup for sale for breakfast – till Noon. Chili and a BBQ is offered from noon (again, for a small cost – cash only). Marathoners and Half Marathoners receive free Chili, and spectators can purchase Chili or BBQ items, at various prices.

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). For half and full marathoners, there will be a warm chili bowl waiting for you to hold you over until you can get home to the turkey!

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.

race day information

race day schedule

  Wylie Ryan Kids' Turkey Trot Ages : 8-11 9:30 a.m. / Ages : 7 & under 9:45 a.m.
  Marathon, Half Marathon 10:00 a.m.
  10Km 10:05 a.m.
  3Km 10:10 a.m.
  5Km 10:11 a.m.

directions & parking
Take the Queensway East past Orleans on Regional Road 174 to the Village of Cumberland.  Turn South at the traffic lights on Cameron St. and make the next left onto Old Montreal Rd. Head East (left) on Old Montreal Rd. until you reach the Heritage Village Museum (approx. 2Km). If you are coming from the East, take Highway 17 (Regional Rd. 174) and take the same turnoff.

Pay Parking on Site - $5.00 per car - correct change please

The only parking available at the race site at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is on the field grounds of the Museum. There will be a charge for parking of $5.00 per car - payable as you enter the lot.  We ask that you bring correct change to speed things up.

race kit pick up & late registration
It is highly recommended that you pick up your race kit prior to the event, rather than on race day.  Race morning is very hectic and it can be wet or cold at our outdoor Race Day Race Pick Up site.

Saturday October 7
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

2940 Old Montreal Rd., Cumberland Village K4C 1E6

Ottawa, Canada

Sunday October 8
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
2940 Old Montreal Rd., Cumberland Village K4C 1E6
Ottawa, Canada

course description
All starts and finishes are on the Museum grounds.

All runs leave the Museum grounds, turning right on Old Montreal Rd. and heading East.

The Marathon and Half Marathon courses (CLICK HERE for the course map) are out and back, with the marathon completing a double out and back of the half marathon course which includes a 200M extension on Kinsella Dr. at Lough (see map).  The half marathon (and marathon) course leaves the Museum grounds and turns right (East) onto Old  Montreal Rd., then right again onto Pierrette Dr. It travels along Pierrette Dr. to the East end of Pierrette, and then turns right again onto Old Montreal Rd.  It follows OldMontreal Rd. (East) to Kinsella Dr., where it turns right.  It follows Kinsella and turns right onto Lough Dr. which it follows to Wilhaven Dr.  It turns right onto Wilhaven and follows Wilhaven through the intersection at Dunning Rd. and it turns right off Wilhaven onto Royal Maple Dr. It then turns left at Minogue Dr. and right onto Milburn Cr.  The course travels along Milburn to the 10.55Km turn around, and then returns to the museum on the same route to the Half Marathon finish.  Marathon participants repeat the above loop a second time (*which includes the 200M extension on Kinsella at Lough), and then complete a final loop of the Museum grounds before they turn into the finish chute to cross the finish line.

Click here for the Marathon and Half Marathon course elevation!

Click here for the 10K, 5K and 3K course map!

The 10Km Run Course starts on the Museum grounds and is an out and back course that follows the above Half Marathon course, but it turns around at the 5Km point on Wilhaven Drive, returning to the Museum finish line.

The 5Km
Course starts on the Museum grounds and is an out and back course that follows the above Half Marathon course, but it turns around at the 2.5Km point on Kinsella Drive, returning to the Museum finish line.

The 3Km Course starts on the Museum grounds and is an out and back course that follows the above Half Marathon course, but it turns around at the 1.5Km point on Pierette Drive, returning to the Museum finish line.

The 1Km Turkey Trot Course (CLICK HERE
for the course map) will do one full loop of the Museum grounds, returning to the Finish Line.

event site
All start lines will be at the same spot as is shown on the map below.

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 & Regulations page.  Remember it is your responsibility to know and adhere to the rules.

your first race?
Click here to go to our 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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