Winterman Marathon

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Location 1 Vimy Place


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Start Date/Time February 12, 2017 @ 8:35 am
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March 13th, 2016 11:07 pm

I was registered for the half, which was cancelled due to weather, so I ran the 10km. It's not up to me to question the decision to cancel, but I do wish that it had been made earlier. I appeciated the 11am time change and the offer to discount entry for next year if your race was downgraded, but I still left feeling a little put off.

Beyond that, the race kit was awesome, finisher medals for all, and they kept the half and marathon age groups separate for placing. Race kit pick up and race day organization was great.

Gritty Kitty
February 16th, 2016 6:08 pm

Another chilly day for the Winterman Race and turned out to be a record breaker. The Marathon and 1/2 marathon had to be cancelled and the timings changed to keep racers protected from the elements. The marathon and 1/2 marathon racers were bumped down to the 10K and were ranked in their own groups accordingly for finish times. Due to construction it made it difficult to get to the museum and parking was not clearly marked. Somersault events are one of my favourites. Well organized and the volunteers are very friendly. The course is out and back looped with a small hill. This year it was not as icy but the sound system froze outside so the volunteers cheered racers on towards the finish line. Bananas, water and granola bars were available at the finish line and each racer received a finisher medal that was orange this year. Bag check was free which was great and timing chips were available after picking up your race kit. Short sleeve grey shirts were this years theme and racers could purchase a secondary long sleeve shirt for $15.00. Racers also had to opportunity to purchase toques and sweatshirts ($60.00). Free massages were available to everyone after the race indoors while prizes were given out for top finishers, age categories and Athena/Clydesdale. Beautiful red fleece blankets and black toques were the top finisher prizes and placement lanyards (bronze, silver, gold) for category wins. Prior to the event there were excellent communications and racers were informed quickly of changes -weather dependant. Muscle Milk was on site and moved indoors to prevent freezing. Thank you for keeping the Athena/Clydesdale categories. Another EXCELLENT event in the series!

February 21st, 2015 11:08 am

This was an amazing morning and an amazing race !!

This was my first Winterman and I enjoyed every minute of it! The route offered a spectular view even with the blowing snow. The post race refreshments were welcomed very much (even if it froze quickly lol)

Thank you to Therese who made this run a blast as well. She kept me running to a PB in the cold

I ran this run for my girl - Cristy who is recuperating from a car accident. I gave her my medal cause she is the true hero for all of the courage and bravery she is showing during her recovery!!!

See you at Next Years Winterman!!!!!

No Paine No Gain
February 18th, 2015 8:12 am

Wonderfully Wintery Winterman 2015

Ottawa's well-organized white, winter running experience is worth checking out.

The event is a rare, truly Canadian running opportunity to run a full marathon mid-winter (or to choose a shorter distance for those less brave).

Set in Canada's picturesque capital, the race gives runners a true Canuck running experience. The race offers camaderie, cold and a chance to shake off mid-winter blues.

Multiple loop course, Boston qualifier, chip timed and friendly.

*Just remember to bundle up! This race goes rain or blizzard!

Nick P.
February 18th, 2015 7:51 am

The 2015 Winterman was E-P-I-C!! You think running a marathon in Yukon is going to be cold? This year, the Winterman was even colder! Volunteers made it up for the weather with their enthusiast while caring for the runners; these folks were even able to pick up forst bites in runners' faces before runner een started noticing them. Great Canadian event, which does not get the recognition it should.

February 17th, 2015 9:36 pm

Great experience - my first one at this temperature, so as more of a mediteranian type I did not dare to try more than 5K. But it was unique, also thanks to the excellent supporting staff all around. Next time I would recommend a bit of warming up with music before the start.

February 17th, 2015 9:37 pm

I ran the Winterman 3k. I'm glad it was the shortest distance because the weather was brutal. I developed chilblain on the left side of my face from the extreme cold. But besides that...I loved every second of it as there's no other winter run like this anywhere that offers so many distances.

February 17th, 2015 8:28 pm

Arctic winds, snow drifts, ice, narrow slushy sidewalks, and winding hilly roads - what an adventure!
In spite of the fact that, a few days later, I'm still thawing out from my first Winterman 10k, I'd have to say this has been the most rewarding runs that I've participated in thus far. Very well organized and highly recommended for your running bucket list.

Gas Mask Girl
February 17th, 2015 8:35 pm

O.M.G !

I had a blast! This was my first Winterman race but not the last - that is for sure. It was -39 when I look it up on my phone a couple minute before the race started but it just added to the fun and challenges of this race. I ran with the LBM gas mask provided by Airboss Defense and finished in a decent time. I would like to thank the volunteers who helped me out.
Hope to see you next year !!!

Rick Shaver
February 17th, 2015 2:16 pm

Absolute madness running a race in these conditions BUT I totally loved the Half marathon! Insane temperatures, blowing wind of the Ottawa River, fantastic volunteers out on the course & in the War Museum. Hats off to you all for putting on a first class are not a true Canadian Runner till you cross the finish line in the Winterman!

Ruth H.
February 15th, 2015 12:55 pm

Great race. Freezing cold but so worth it. It was for a great cause. It was exciting to hear the howitzer go off for the mass start. I was the only handcycle this year and despite wind and drifting snow and ice my two handlers got me back home to the finish line. The Winterlude mascots were there along with the Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue and the Army. This was well organized and fun to do...once!

February 16th, 2014 6:05 pm

It was my first 10km, and in the winter! I really
Enjoyed it and will be doing it again next year!
Thanks for the experience!

New to fittness
March 5th, 2013 10:41 pm

This was my first somersault event and it was better organized than the others that I've done. It was my first 10km and the hills added to the challenge. The weather added an extra challenge but finishing was so rewarding. We drove up the night before and rented a hotel nearby so it was a short walk to the event. I appreciate the warning from the organizers that parking would be difficult.

Red Running Hood
February 22nd, 2013 7:50 pm

Well organized race excluding the start where the 3K runners were supposed to stay behind for the last group. It was not made clear enough at the start and so there was some confusion and only a few of us stayed behind for the actual start of the 3K. It was really cold and there were many icy patches, but the volunteers helped us avoid them. Medals are nice. Lanyards are okay, but a medal would be nicer for those placing. Average snacks: gatorade, banana and bagels. Tim Hortons was a nice touch. Parking was difficult due to the location and the size of the crowd (1502). Musueum was a nice building to start from, but would be nice to be able to go through the museum without having to pay full price maybe as a bonus participating in the race. Putting all runners on the sidewalk at the end would really bother me if I had been doing a serious timed event and it was stressful having the 5Kers trying to pass you on a slippery 3' wide sidewalk. Good turn around markers. Average swag bag and the t-shirts were nice with the long sleeves but the extra charges add up. Mascots walking around and personalized numbers were a nice touch and the awards for top 3 in the 3K looked nice. Personalized numbers are great and I love the Somersault Athena and age categories.

February 22nd, 2013 11:50 am

To coin an oldie "when the going gets tough the tough get going". The tough ones were you great volunteers cheering us on through freezing conditions! Many thanks for a great well organized event! Congratulations.

Annie Grondin
February 20th, 2013 8:37 pm

I did the 5K and enjoyed it, everything went smooth (to get the bib, the chips, etc...). I would prefer to get the chips at the same time then the bib so that I don't have to bother with it at the race day (but no big deal is it went VERY well to get it).

The running on the sidewalk at the end was not ideal but as I did the 5K and it was not crowded it was ok but I know I would not have like to do a longer distance with people to pass on the sidewalk.

Overall GREAT event, thanks!! Well organized.


February 20th, 2013 6:51 am

It was my first time running the Winterman. The race was very well organized, no flaws. I would recommend this race to anyone from beginner to more experienced runners. Congragulations to the supporters and volunteers who braved the cold. This one is on the calender for next year.
February 19th, 2013 7:54 pm

It was my fourth Winterman marathon. As usual, excellent race, with an excellent organisation. The loop format is great for people trying to pace themselves. If you want to run a winter marathon, this is it.

February 19th, 2013 5:26 pm

This was my first Winterman half marathon and I had an awesome experience.... which may have a lot to do with the fact that I got a new PB! It was freakin cold but the sun was out and the enthusiasm of the crew working outside was great. Running in the cold with runner's high alongside other people just as crazy as me to be out there making the best of Ottawa winter was a feeling like no other. The course was well managed, and I liked the loop course, it had some challenging hills but overall was a great setup. I would love to do the race again next year, hopefully it's a little milder!

Chelsie S
February 19th, 2013 5:42 pm

Winterman 2013 was my first marathon, and I was blown away by how organized and efficient the entire event ran. Certainly the day was cold, but when you sign up for a race that runs during February in Ottawa, inclement weather is to be expected! The race is run along a 5.25(ish) kilometre course, which I thought I would despise, but I ended up enjoying! It made it easy for spectators to cheer on their loved ones multiple times over the course of their race, I knew what to expect along the course, an the volunteers at the fueling stations even got to know me! The water and gatorade at the fueling stages was warm (thank you!), which was perfect given the temperature outside. There were 1,500 people registered through all the races, but only 51 finished the marathon, 10 of whom were women. It would be great to have a larger pool of women come out! But with a level of organization and execution this fabulous, I would be very surprised if the word DIDN'T get out about what a great challenge and event it is. I will certainly be returning (to defend my title) next year!!

Nadia H
February 19th, 2013 4:34 pm

This was my first marathon since my high school days. Once upon a time I was an avid runner on the track and field scene. The subsequent stresses of college and university brought along the nasty habit of cigarettes which limited my desire to participate in athletic events. Fast forward a decade and I finally decided it was time to quit. There were many ups and downs but one goal that kept me going was the idea of running in a marathon. I promised myself that if I made it smoke-free for a year I'd either run a marathon or climb one of the world's highest mountains. Obviously the latter proved to be a little tough given my location so I opted for a mini marathon instead. I didn't do terribly well, in fact, I was quite awful, but simply being able to finish inspired me to continue training and hopefully I'll be able to increase my distance and speed every year!

Valerie L
February 19th, 2013 3:54 pm

This was my first 10K race (and my 5th race, all others were 5Ks) and I must admit that the loop format helped me gauge what was left in the race. We drove all the way from Montreal to attend the event, and it was well worth it. It was a well organized race and we enjoyed it so much that we consider coming back next year for a half-marathon or marathon relay. Thanks to the volunteers who made this race one of the best races we've attended so far. See you all next year!

February 19th, 2013 3:51 pm

Loved the race! Definitely one for the books, it's not always you run at -29C !! So its not your typical running race, it could almost be a training run for the Antartic marathon!! Excellent race, excellent organization! Thanks to the organizers and the volunteers!

February 18th, 2013 4:12 pm

This was my first half-marathon, and my first time running in the Winterman. The day before the race, there was an information desk set-up at the kit pick-up location, and this greatly helped me clear up any questions I had about the race the day after. This is when I found out about the the loop format of the race. This format turned out to be really nice, as I always knew how much was left in the race - really helped me motivate myself to finish my first half-marathon. In addition, I loved the souvenir long-sleeve that they provided, and I ended up buying a good-looking, technical Winterman long-sleeve from them as well.

Before the actual race, I made the mistake of trying out a new gel I had never tried before and had problems with my stomach throughout the entire race; it was a life-saver that they lived up to their promise of washrooms every 2.5k on the course. Aid stations were also great, and there were many cheering volunteers along the course. After the race, free massages were being offered; it was heavenly.

Now, the downsides I noticed. I ended up running an excellent race, and I placed first in my age category. It was disappointing that all I received was a measly lanyard for this; you were supposed to hook that onto the finisher's medal (which looked nice but still). The lanyard looked cheap and probably was cheap. The awards presentation ceremony that was supposed to take place ended up being scratched. On that topic, the expo didn't really happen, as only one or two booths were there.

But in general, it was a well-organized race, and I am considering running in the marathon for it next year.

Mike H
June 24th, 2011 8:15 pm

Winterman 2011: Beautiful sunshine, lots of smiles and a little wind to remind us all that it was February… as always, my hats off to Somersault for providing great local races (great work Peter, Terry, and Christine – another well managed & seamless event).

June 24th, 2011 8:59 pm

This was the 1st year I did the Winterman. I really like the loops because they are manageable chunks with refreshments at both ends. The usual Somersault organization was excellent and it was the 1st time ever that I won my age group... we just won't tell anyone there were only 2 in my age group!

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