general information for run participants

the somersault run series
The Somersault Run Series is now in its 24th season. The 2017 Series includes 10 events, beginning with Winterman in February (yes, February!). The 2017 Somersault spring, summer, and fall series kicks off with the 24th annual Early Bird Triathlon/Duathlon, and Colonel By Classic Run, and finishes with the Ottawa Fall Colours Runs on Thanksgiving weekend in October.

awards and medals
We provide medals to each finisher in every Somersault event. You did it – you earned it!

Participants finishing in the top 3 of each age, para, or relay category receive a finisher's gold, silver, or bronze medal "Lanyard", which will be presented (or can be picked up) soon after the event finishes at the awards table available after official results have been posted on race day.

The first place male and female in each race distance (except Wylie Ryan Kids races) receives a merchandise prize. All participants are eligible for draw prizes at Somersault events, but you must be there to be claim your prize and it must be claimed on race day.

awards not picked up on race day
Award medal lanyards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, in all categories (excluding Wylie Ryan events), will be presented at an award ceremony, or may be picked up at the Awards Table. If you don't pick up the lanyard on race day, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (regular postage and one lanyard/envelope.  Please include a note indicating your event, distance, and category place to: Somersault Event Series, 1915 Sunland Drive, Ottawa, ON K4A 3T4, and we will mail it to you.

certificates of performance
Each finisher in a Somersault race, can access and download an official performance certificate on Friday after the event.  Simply ‘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.

participation categories
para athletes
Somersault is pleased to offer a number of ‘para recommended’ events in its run series. In partnership with The Tandem Project (formally known as Won With One) since 2009, Somersault works with athletes with disabilities to discuss which events would best accommodate the athletes’ needs.

Events in the Somersault Series which include para categories of participation can be found by searching “Participation Categories” on each individual event site.

Click here for the participation category and para event outline. 

Doctor assessments of disability are not required and we use a simplified system to encourage the participation of all.
If you are an athlete with a disability and would like to discuss your participation in Somersault Para Events or any other Somersault Events, contact

walkers welcome
Somersault is pleased to invite walkers to participate.  While we do not have a specific Walkers’ category, results for those walking will show in their respective age category.  Please always check any event time limit which may affect your participation if you are walking.

your results and age category (age is as of December 31, 2017)
Your personal results will be posted on our results board on the event site very soon after you finish the event.  Please check the results as soon as you can, to be sure they are accurate.  If  there are discrepancies, visit the Sportstats Van near the Finish Line and provide them with the information you think is correct.

Participant ages are determined as at December 31, 2017. Your age on that day will determine the age category in which you will be placed. As long as you enter your birth date correctly when entering, there won't be any age mistakes on your results.

sportstats timing and results
We will be using the Sportstats Timing System at all Somersault Series events. All participants in an event must wear the assigned "Timing Chip" on their ankle.  

Pick up your timing chip at least 30 minutes before your race at the Sportstats Tent near the finish line. Races will not be held up waiting for those who forgot their timing chip. 

You must return the timing chip immediately after crossing the finish line. Participants are charged $40 for lost Chips - so be sure to return it.

Results will be posted at the event, and will be posted online at by race day evening.

souvenir shirt
Somersault souvenir event T-shirts are popular.  If your entry is received by 6:00pm the last Sunday before the race, you will receive a free event souvenir shirt. There are no exceptions to this deadline, so enter early.  You may upgrade to a "Tech" shirt when you enter online, for an extra fee. Late entrants will receive a Somersault Series souvenir shirt instead of the event souvenir shirt.

We do our best to ensure that all participants receive the T-shirt size of their choice, but cannot guarantee sizing, even with advance entry.

Please Note: You are eligible for the souvenir shirt only if you attend the event (or have someone pick up on your behalf* *only with a copy of your registration confirmation) at Race Kit Pick. If you do not pick up your race kit (which includes the shirt) at that time, you are not eligible to receive the souvenir shirt.  Please do not request a shirt after the event. 

food and refreshments
All finishers will be offered a granola bar, a banana, water, and eLoad or Scratch brand fluid replacement in the finish area following each race.  At select Somersault events, the Muscle MLK team will offer a full sample of Muscle MLK to all finishers 16 years of age or older. “Finish Every Workout Right”

courses and course measurement
All run courses are measured and meet generally accepted measurement criteria. In some cases they are also 'certified' for official national statistical purposes or for qualifying times.  

Participants are responsible to know and to stay on the run courses at all times. The courses are described on each event web site information page, where a site and course map may also be found. Course maps are not generally provided at race sites, so download and print your own if you require one on race day.

aid stations on course
Water and eLoad or Scratch brand fluid replacement can be found every 2.5Km on all run courses. Longer distance participants will have additional aid station supplements at their aid stations.  Please check individual event web pages for more detail. 

All events are dependent on significant volunteer support. We often offer donations to clubs or organizations that can bring a group of their volunteers to the event. We also accept individual volunteers on race day. If you would like to help out, contact us at If you are accompanying a participant, it can be an interesting way to enjoy your event visit. Most events offer a souvenir shirt to volunteers.

entry fee conditions
Due to the nature of outdoor events and to the fact that entry fees fund race operations, Somersault does not provide entry fee refunds - for any reason. VISA, Master Card, cheques and cash are acceptable up to and including the Sunday before each race.  Credit cards are accepted for online entries only. 

Entries received after the Sunday before each race can only be made at Race Kit Pick Up (cash only). Event Souvenir T-shirts are included with your entry if you enter by the online entry deadline. Late entrants (on race weekends) receive a Somersault Series souvenir shirt (while quantities last).

rules and regulations
The event rules are set out in a separate section - click Rules and Race Day Tips. It is every participant's responsibility to know and to adhere to these rules. Please take time to become familiar with them.

event day flow
It is important to become familiar with the flow of the event before race day. Doing so will reduce your anxiety level and contribute to a smooth flowing event, and a positive personal event experience. Here are some tips which will assist you on race day:

  • Arrive on site at least 1 hour before your race start.
  • Allow at least 30 minutes to use the toilets.
  • Pick up your race kit before race day if possible.
  • Plan your drive to and parking at, the race site well before race morning.
  • Read the event and rules information before race day.
  • When you arrive on site, go directly to the Race Kit Pick Up for your kit (if you did not do so the day before the event.
  • Late entrants – Go to the late entries table to register – it is CASH ONLY.  You will receive a Somersault event series shirt which you are welcome to bring back to registration once your event is finished to swap for an event shirt (should we have any remaining in your size)
  • Pick up your Timing Chip early and be sure to wear it on your ankle.
  • Check out the race start area and plan your route to the start line.
  • Listen to the morning announcements for any race day changes.
  • Arrive at the start line 10 minutes early.
  • Have fun and thank a volunteer!

We will be distributing a newsletter before each Somersault event. This newsletter is important as it will announce changes, recommend race day procedures, and respond to your questions in the weeks leading up to the event.  Please be sure you have a valid (home) email address on your entry form, if you wish to receive updated information.

pre event newsletter updates
We will be distributing a newsletter before each Somersault event. This newsletter is important as it will announce changes, recommend race day procedures, and respond to your questions in the weeks leading up to the event.  Please be sure you have a valid (home) email address on your entry form, if you wish to receive updated information.

contact us
Contact us at if you have any questions.

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