2020 Somersault Event Series Guide

Registration for 2020 events opens today! Tier One is sure to sell out fast so you’ve got some decisions to make! New to triathlon? Seasoned expert? Somewhere in between? Wondering which races you should choose for 2020? We’ve put together this handy guide to help make those decisions a little easier! 

For the Beginners

Every Somersault Triathlon event features a Try a Tri and all of our events are suited to beginners. But here’s a couple of suggestions if you’re looking for the easiest entry into the sport. 

The Early Bird Triathlon and Duathlon

May 16, 2020 Carleton University

Perceived Difficulty
50%

The Early Bird Try A Tri is the shortest triathlon event on the Somersault calendar. It features a 100m pool swim, an 11km bike ride, and a 2km run. The bike and run courses are flat and the pool swim is two lengths of the 50m pool. This makes it one of the most comfortable events to get your feet wet in triathlon.

For those looking for more distance the Early Bird also features the perfect introduction to Olympic/middle distance triathlon. The Long Triathlon at the Early Bird features a 500m swim, 33km bike and a 5km run. Think of it as an extended sprint. 

Britannia Park Triathlon and Duathlon

June, 2020 - Britannia Park

Perceived Difficulty
55%

The Try A Tri at the Britannia Park event is only mariginally longer than the Early Bird with 200m swim, 10.7km bike and 3km run. The open water swim adds a layer of difficulty to this event but this short out and back swim course is sheltered from the river’s current.

Because the bike along the pathway from transition to the bike course and from the bike course back to transition is not timed and is speed regulated, this event is considered one of the easier Somersault events. This section of pathway gives participants plenty of time for recovery after the swim and before the run. 

Notable Mentions

The Early Bird, Britannia Park, and Ottawa Fall Colours events all feature a 3K run course for beginner runners.  

For the Speed Machines

Hills are not part of Somersault’s vocabulary so all of our races are typically fast. Here’s a few events that offer shorter transitions, closed out and back courses, and quick runs. 

National Capital Triathlon & Duathlon

July 25, 2020 - Terry Fox Athletic Facility

Perceived Difficulty
65%

The National Capital is fast and flat. It features all three typical triathlon distances: Super Sprint, Sprint, & Olympic. So no matter whether you’re a short course, middle distance, or long course athlete, you’ve got opportunities to nail those personal bests. 

Because it utilizes the same venue as the Canadian and is perfectly spaced, many participants use the Nat Cap as a tune up race for the Canadian, another exceptionally fast race. 

Early Bird Triathlon & Duathlon

May 16, 2020 - Carleton University

Perceived Difficulty
55%

The Early Bird gets a second mention here because of the pool swim. The 50m pool at Carleton features lane lines and overflow barriers to reduce chop and turbulence. The TT style swim start also means you can self seed based on predicted finish. Chase the person ahead of you in a controlled draft. No bumping into other participants! 

The run into transition is somewhat long, but the fast pool swim and the flat bike course more than make up for it. If you set a personal best at this race, you’ll have a hard time beating it!

For the Rouleurs

Even though none of our races feature a lot of elevation gain, we have a few races with some kickers! These races suit the cyclists who love to punch up over the rollers!

Sydenham Triathlon & Duathlon

July 5, 2020 - Sydenham, ON

Perceived Difficulty
70%

The swim course at Sydenham is fun and quick but the bike course is where the challenge comes! 

The bike course features some challenging rolling hills that will keep you focused and on your toes! But don’t let that discourage you! It might be a tough course but this event still boasts some of the fastest times at the Olympic distance of any Somersault event. 

Smiths Falls Classic

June 20, 2020 - Smiths Falls

Perceived Difficulty
70%

Smiths Falls is an historic event and ALL triathletes should participate in this one at least once! 

But if you like some hills on the bike and run, this one features a few fun punches! They won’t break you, but they’ll make the challenge worth it! 

You’re also racing for the big trophies! So if you’ve got the chops, make this your A race! 

For the Distance Lovers

Whether it be long course triathlon or a marathon, we’ve got you covered. Nail a 113 PB or get your Boston QF with Somersault. 

The Canadian

September 5, 2020 - Ottawa, ON

Perceived Difficulty
80%

This is the only long course event on the Somersault calendar. If you’re looking for distance and dont want to break the bank on inflated accomodations and race entry fees, test yourself at the Canadian. 

There is where you nail that 113 personal best. Test your legs at the National Capital and then go for the big one at the Canadian. 

Ottawa Fall Colours Run

October 11, 2020 - Cumberland, ON

Perceived Difficulty
75%

This run-only event is one of two events on the Somersault calendar to feature a marathon distance event. The run course is easily one of the most scenic marathon courses in the region and features some challenging but manageable gradients. 

Personal bests are possible and if you’re seeking Boston qualification, this is the race to do it! 

For the Fun Lovers

All of our races are fun! Obviously! But some of our events feature unique courses that make the race experience fun and charming! 

Thousand Islands Triathlon & Duathlon

August 16, 2020 - Brockville, ON

Perceived Difficulty
60%

The Brockville Railway Tunnel is the highlight of this event. The tunnel is not only a cool break from a hot day, it also makes for one of the most unique course features of any triathlon event! 

If you’re looking for something a little different and memorable, this is the one! 

Winterman

February 16, 2020 - Ottawa, ON

Perceived Difficulty
75%

Winterman is a uniquely Canadian run event. Get your toques on and get out there! This official Winterlude event is a great addition to your winter itinerary. Run solo or participate in one of the many relay options with a group of friends! 

For the Runners

All of our triathon & duathlon events feature stand-alone run events. But Somersault also offers two marquee run events: Ottawa Fall Colours and Winterman. 

If you’re looking for a run challenge, there are 11 opportunities with Somersault every year! 

Ottawa Fall Colours Run

October 11, 2020 - Cumberland, ON

Perceived Difficulty
70%

This premier Ottawa run event features some of the best fall scenery. Everything from the quaint country venue to the beautiful fall colours make this event a must do for runners! 

The Turkey Trot is a great way to include the youngest members of the family. 

Run yourself silly and then gorge on Thanksgiving dinner! Every km you run is another piece of guilt-free pie!

Sydenham Lakeside Run

July 5, 2020 - Sydenham, ON

Perceived Difficulty
60%

A half marathon trail run! Nuff said?

The Sydenham Lakeside Run is one of the only half marathon distance trail runs in the area! Join us on the Catarqui Trail for a fast and scenic lakeside trail run. 

Winterman

February 16, 2020 - Ottawa, ON

Perceived Difficulty
75%

Winterman features numerous race distances including the full 42.2km marathon! Brave the challenge on your own or as part of a relay! 

For the Duathletes and SwimCycle Fanatics

Ever wonder which events have duathlons and Swimcycle events? Here’s a handy reference chart!

Duathlon

Early Bird
  • Sprint Duathlon
  • Long Duathlon
Britannia Park
  • Sprint Duathlon
  • Olympic Duathlon
Smiths Falls
  • Sprint Duathlon
Sydenham
  • Sprint Duathlon
National Capital
  • Sprint Duathlon
  • Olympic Duathlon
Thousand Islands
  • Sprint Duathlon
The Canadian
  • Sprint Duathlon
  • 113 Duathlon

SwimCycle

Early Bird
  • Long SwimCycle
Britannia Park
  • Olympic SwimCycle
Smiths Falls
  • Sprint SwimCycle
Sydenham
  • Olympic SwimCycle
National Capital
  • Sprint SwimCycle
  • Olympic SwimCycle
Thousand Islands
  • Sprint SwimCycle
The Canadian
  • Olympic SwimCycle
  • 113 SwimCycle

ABOUT US

The Somersault Event Series is the pre-eminent event series in Eastern Canada consisting of triathlon, duathlon, and running events for all ages and abilities.

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Registration Paused Due to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 situation and directives from our governments and public health agencies continue to evolve quickly, we have decided to pause new registrations for Somersault’s first three multi-sport events this season which include The Early Bird Tri/Du and Run, The Britannia Park Tri/Du and Run, and the Smiths Falls Classic Tri/Du and Run.

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