Somersault Takes Triathlon to the Next Level!

It’s been over 40 years since the first Swim Bike Run triathlon was held. And the popular format has had very few changes since! 

Ever on the forefront of innovation, Somersault Events has decided to change the game! 

“We noticed that many first time participants choose triathlon to overcome their fear of the water. And we got to thinking about that. What if we helped people get over other fears as well? Like the fear of heights? Or the fear of snakes? And that’s where this  new race format came from,” says Somersault co-founder Christine McKinty. 

Participants will no longer choose between different distances. Instead they’ll choose which fear they’d like to overcome. 

“We’re really excited about the snake pit we’ve added to the National Capital Triathlon. We think Snake Bike Run is really going to take off,” said Ian Fraser about one of the new formats to be unveiled this year. 

In the Snake Bike Run Race, the swim is replaced by a snake pit that participants must traverse in order to get to their bikes in T1. 

“Personally I’m excited about the rock wall. Participants can overcome their fear of heights AND compete in a great triathlon,” says Christine McKinty. 

The rock wall is 40ft in height and participants will have to scale the entire thing in order to hit the timing mat at the top. 

Participants can still opt to do the classic swim bike run format but Somersault Race Director Ian Fraser says, “the swim bike run format is so yesterday. In this modern world of YouTube and social media, people are looking for the next challenge, the next daring thing.. and we think this is the future of the sport.” 

Register for a Somersault Triathlon event today and overcome your biggest fears! 


Happy April fools Day!


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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