Riverdale Road/Pine Street, Smiths Falls, Ontario
introduction   registration info   race services   race day info   general info
This one HAS to be on your ‘bucket list’, as it is Canada’s oldest swim-bike-run triathlon.

An event like this couldn’t happen with a lot of rich history, so thank you to the original ‘founders’ of the event (1979) – Bernie Merkley and Andrew Comstock.  Thanks as well to the continued support of to the continued support from the Town of Smiths Falls, Park Canada, and many local residents.

event highlights
  • A check off you “bucket list” to compete in the oldest triathlon in Canada!
  • A unique evening event
  • Who will win this years’ Dickson-Wright Sprint Duathlon category award?
  • Medals to all finishers
  • The out and back cycle course on Jasper Highway

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

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

The Smiths Falls Classic Triathlon/Duathlon and Figure Eight Run 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 (a great way for family/friends to get involved and for students to earn community service hours).  Win-Win! 

For more information, please contact info@somersault.ca

registration information
date of event

Saturday June 24, 2017

events & distances


Sprint Triathlon & Relay

500M Swim / 20Km Cycle / 5Km Run

  Sprint Duathlon

2Km Run / 20Km Cycle / 5Km Run

  Sprint Tri Relay 500M Swim / 20Km Cycle / 5Km Run
  Sprint SwimCycle 500M Swim/20Km Cycle
  Super Sprint Triathlon 200M Swim / 20Km Cycle / 5Km Run
  Try A Tri 200M / 20Km Cycle / 2Km

participation categories - age as of december 31, 2017

  Sprint Triathlon

Male & Female:

16-17,18-19, 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+)

  Sprint Duathlon

Male & Female:

16-17,18-19, 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+)

  Super Sprint Triathlon

Male & Female:

16-17,18-19, 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+)

  Sprint Triathlon Relay Male, Female and Co-ed - 2 or 3 per team
  Sprint SwimCycle Male & Female Open: No age categories
  Try A Tri Male & Female Open: No age categories

The Dickson-Wright Duathlon Award
Started in 2015, this award honours Geoff Wright (in memoriam) and James Dickson, fierce competitors, but with gentle souls, always with broad smiles and big hugs at the finish line. The oldest male and female in the sprint duathlon will each receive a $40 gift certificate, for a total of $80 which is the age category that these two fine ‘young’ gentlemen competed in.

open road triathlon/duathlon/swimcycle events
We welcome junior participants in Somersault Events, but for safety reasons, open road triathlon/duathlon/swimcycle events are for those 14 years and older only.  Interested participants 14 years of age or younger may join a relay team and complete the swim and/or run portions or might consider signing up for the associated run event.

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 Online registration closes. Last chance for guaranteed event swag.
  Late Entry

At Race Kit Pickup (payable in CASH only) email info@somersault.ca 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 info@somersault.ca for entry fees and details.

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: somersault.ca/results.htm 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 www.sportstas.ca.  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 sportstats.ca 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.

wetsuit rentals
Nineteen has been focused on building the best fitting, best performing triathlon wetsuits for over 10 years. Nineteen, a Canadian company, focuses on its customers and designing suits around proper swimming technique creating wetsuits that help you swim smarter. Rent one from Ottawa's premier triathlon shop – click here to contact Cyclelogik!

bike tech support
Velofix Ottawa is the newest bike shop in the National Capital Region and we're happy to have them at this year's Smiths Falls Classic event! Velofix will be on site for any last minute needs. If you need a tune up, or any other larger service, Velofix can pick up your bike after the race and bring it back to you the following day.  For more info visit www.velofix.com.

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 somersault.ca/results.htm within 24 hours of the race.

race day information

race day schedule

  Sprint Duathlon Start
5 km Run Start
6:00 p.m.
  Wylie Ryan 2Km Start 6:01 p.m.
  Sprint Triathlon/SwimCycle Men Start 6:05 p.m.
  Sprint Triathlon/SwimCycle Women & /Relays Start 6:10 p.m.
  Super Sprint/Try A Tri Start 6:15 p.m.

directions & parking
Smiths Falls is on Hwy. 43 between Ottawa and Kingston – Google it! Race Kit Pick Up is on site – Google Riverdale Road and Pine Street intersection.  Parking will be located wherever it is legal to park near the race site (not on Jasper Ave, or Jasper Highway please!)   

race kit pick up & registration
Saturday June 24
On site – Riverdale Road/Pine Street area 

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Port-o-Potties are available on site for duathletes and runners only.  “Comfort” washrooms are available at the Econo Lodge (at the start of the triathlon).

course description
The swim is the traditional swim. It is an out and back triangle course starting in the Rideau River adjacent to the Econo Lodge just below the Combination Lock at the Beckwith St. Bridge.  The course is marked by large swim buoys and is supervised by qualified marshals, and lifeguards. Sprint swimmers swim out 250 metres make a sharp right turn and return to the swim exit at the Green Nineteen Buoy near the Block House on the shore opposite the Comfort Inn. There is a 100 metre run from the river's edge to the Transition Zone.
Swimmers must wear the swim cap provided. Wetsuits are always optional at Somersault events. (click here for the swim map)

2.1 Km Run (click here for the run map)
The run begins at the Finish Line (Duathlon first run) adjacent to the T-Zone on River St., or in the T-Zone (Try a Tri*) Runners proceed towards Lower Reach Park on the recreational pathway (firm gravel) and complete a loop around the park, returning to the Transition Zone. 

*Try-a-Tri last 2.1 Km Run – your run out of the transition zone is actually toward the exit marked “run in” (yes, that’s right – run “IN”) – at the east end of the transition zone.

21 Km Cycle Course (click here for the bike map)
Cycle Course
The cycle begins at the Transition Zone on River St. It follows River St. to the corner of Jasper Ave. where it turns left onto Jasper Ave. and follows Jasper Ave. and makes a right hand turn onto Jasper Highway. It is an out and back ride of 20.5Km.

5Km Run (click here for the run map)
Runners exit the T-Zone onto the recreational pathway and head along the river pathway underneath the Beckwith St. Bridge to Abbot St.  Runners turn around at Abbot Street. They then return along the same path under the Beckwith Street Bridge.  After passing under the bridge, the runners turn immediately right across a small pedestrian bridge, up a sharp hill, and onto the Beckwith Street Bridge.  Runners cross the bridge and continue on Beckwith St. to the corner of Chambers St.  They turn right on Chambers and follow Chambers to the corner of Elmsley St. where they turn right.  Runners follow Elmsley St. to Old Slys Rd. where they turn right.   They follow Old Slys Rd. across the canal and turn right into Lower Reach Park. They then follow the recreational pathway to the finish Line on River St.

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 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 - info@somersault.ca. 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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