Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Canada
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Who doesn’t love Winter?  Who doesn’t love winter running?  You!

Ottawa is the place to be in 2018 and Ottawa is the place to be in the Winter!

Join us in Ottawa for the 2018 Winterman Marathon, Marathon Relays, Half Marathon, 10Km, 5Km, and 3Km.

This annual event is Canada's winter marathon.

Winterman is being held during Canada's winter festival - Winterlude - and it is an official Winterlude event.
We invite you to come to Ottawa, to participate in or watch the 10th annual Winterman Marathon, Marathon Relays, and associated races, as well as to enjoy all that Winterlude has to offer - visit for more details!

event highlights

  • Winterman Winter “swag”
  • Medals for all finishers
  • Measured and Certified Run Courses
  • A Boston and New York qualifier
  • Official performance certificates available online
  • Bragging rights!
  • A wonderful Winterlude Weekend 

Click above to view Winterman highlights!
registration information
date of event
Sunday February 18, 2018

participation categories - age as of december 31, 2018


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+)

  Marathon 2 Person Relay

Male, Female, Coed

  Marathon 4 Person Relay

Male, Female, Coed

  Marathon 8 Person Relay

Male, Female, Coed

  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, Clydesdale (Men 220 lbs+), Athena (Women 170 lbs+)

  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:

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+)

  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+)

marathon relays

The relays are an exciting part of the Winterman Marathon. Teams of 2, 4, or 8 participants, may challenge for relay supremacy in their divisions.  Each lap of the relay will be exactly 1/8th of the marathon distance or 5.274Km.

Each runner on an 8 person relay team runs 1 lap or 5.274Km
Each runner on a 4 person relay team runs 2 laps (in any order), or 10.548Km
Each runner on a 2 person relay team, team will run 4 laps (in any order) or 21.096Km

marathon and course time limit - 6 hours (course officially closes at 2:30pm)
Due to the nature of the marathon course, and our concern for the safety of all runners, there is a time limit of 6 hours to complete the Marathon or other Winterman distances.  Runners who do not cross the halfway point in the marathon in less than 3:00, will receive an official Half Marathon finish time. You must be on your final loop by 1:45 p.m.)

optional marathon early start time - 8:00 a.m.
If you are not sure you can complete the marathon or other Winterman distances within the 6 hour time limit, we encourage you to attempt a shorter distance instead - or contact us at, to book an 8:00 a.m. start time if you anticipate finishing in 6 hours or more.

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 offer an early season entry fee discount program. The discount schedule is outlined below.

entry fee discounts and deadlines

  Sept 15 - Sept 30, 2017 Enjoy 15% discount off regular entry fee
  Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2017 Enjoy 10% discount off regular entry fee
  Nov 1 - Dec 31, 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 the Sunday prior to the event).

There are no person to person transfers. 

Credit cards are accepted for online entries only, up to the Sunday (6 p.m.) 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 1994 or later (24 y.o and younger), and enrolled in school during the 2017-2018 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 (and must first email for your discount code).

late entries accepted
We accept race weekend entries. After the online entry deadline has passed (the Sunday PRIOR to race day), 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, must be paid in cash, and does not guarantee Winterman swag (these are “while quantities last”). Email 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

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.

winterman swag
Wear your Winterman shirt proudly.

Winterman 3K/5K/10K/and 4 and 8-person Marathon Relay teams receive a Winterman t-shirt.  Sizes are available in both youth and adult.  Please check the size chart.

Winterman Marathon, Half Marathon, and 2-person Marathon Relay teams receive a Winterman long-sleeved t-shirt.  Sizes are available in both youth and adult.  Please check the size chart.

You are eligible for the event souvenir 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.  Please do not request the souvenir after the event.  If you are unable to attend, you can still get your race kit by sending your confirmation with a friend and have them pick up on your behalf.

winterman souvenirs

Winterman has a wide variety of cold-weather souvenirs to warm you up.  Fashionable hats n hoodies, toques and tech shirts are part of the selection so bring a few extra $ and shop early! CASH ONLY.

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.

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 Skratch brand fluid replacement after the run.

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, 2018)
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

  Marathon, Half Marathon, 10Km, 5Km & Relays 8:30 a.m.
  3Km 8:35 a.m.

race kit pick up & late registration
Saturday February 17th
Canadian War Museum (Barney Danson Theatre)
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ottawa, Canada

Sunday February 18th
Canadian War Museum (Barney Danson Theatre)
6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Ottawa, Canada

directions & parking
There will not be enough underground parking spots at the Museum to accommodate cars for all participants. We anticipate that by 7:30 a.m. at the latest they will all be filled.   Plan your trip to the museum accordingly. 

We strongly suggest that you take public transit, have a friend or family member drop you off, or car pool with others who are in the event. Check out for directions for Museum parking information.

course description
The run courses are out and back courses on the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, click here for the map!

  Marathon & Relays 5.274Km out and back x 8
  Half Marathon 5.274Km out and back x 4
  10Km 2.5Km out and back x 2
  5Km 2.5Km out and back x 1
  3Km 1.5Km out and back x 1

aid station information
There will be aid stations at two points on the course. They will be at the 2.5 km turn and at the turn point back near the start/finish area, and just past the 5 km point on the plaza beside the finish line in front of the Canadian War Museum.

Water and Skrarch brand fluid replacement will be supplied at these stations and it will be dispensed to all runners in paper cups by volunteers. The water and Skratch brand fluid replacement will be as close to body temperature as possible.

Gels will also be available at the aid stations to marathoners and half-marathoners.

Please exercise caution as you approach and pass aid stations, as it may get icy around them if it is cold.

There are also first aid stations at the half/marathon turn and in the Green Room of the Barney Danson Theatre inside the Museum. There will also be first aid persons roaming on the course.

morning warm up in the 'the mess'
The Mess (cafeteria) at the Museum will open early on Sunday for your “morning warm up”.  They will open at 7:00 a.m.

There will be plenty of hot coffee, hot chocolate, and juices to fuel up and they have added a breakfast wrap as well in addition to their usual line up of muffins, fresh fruit and yogurts.  After your run or for your family and friends who are spectating, there plenty of drinks and their usual menu of soups and salads or choose from their daily special or freshly prepared pizza for purchase.

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.

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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