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Summary: Great race to focus on nutrition and pacing
Comments: If you are going for the big IM experience this is not the race for you. However if you are an athlete lookin to challenge yourself on a fast closed course this is the race for you. The swim was two laps with only 50 competitors lets you get into your pace without getting trashed by hundreds of people, however not many people to draft off. The first transition is extremely long about 5 min of running. The bike is flat and fast, easy to pace and to have a solid nutrition plan. Spectators are allowed to give you aid which is great and you can stop each lap if you want something from your aid bags. Great for family to follow your progress throughout the day. The run is 6 laps with a hill into the stadium at the end of each lap. Again great for family to support the athlete throughout. The aid stations and volunteers were great, however in 2011 temperatures reached +37 Celsius and I wish there was ice. As well a couple more portapoties would be nice. Overall great race and great breakfast banquet the the next day. Reasonably priced and a fast bike course.
2009-10-06Name: S S
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Year: 2008
Races: 2
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Summary: Beautiful loop course
Comments: As laid back as an iron distance race can get. The race organizers will correspond with you directly leading up to the race. The logistics of race day are easy and you don't have to be in Ottawa for packet pick-up and the briefing until Friday afternoon (the race is Saturday). The swim course is a very nice, two loop (stay in the water) swim with little current and very little wave action. Transition area is easy to navigate and there are lots of porta potties. The bike course is 12 loops of the Rideau Canal parkway which is really nice, pretty flat and has enough shade that it isn't ridiculously hot. I didn't mind the multiple loops as it gives you a real good opportunity to know where you are for pace/placement. Timers tell you how many laps you have left once you get close to the end of the bike. Run course is 6 loops along the pathway adjacent to the Canal and through the park. The run has enough hills to keep you honest but nothing brutal. Aid stations were great and well stocked. With a small race, the comraderie that develops between the iron racers is really nice, particularly later in the run when you've passed each other dozens of times on the loops. The awards banquet the next morning was good too, except they messed up the time for the overall female winner... :^( We went for a kayak paddle on the canal afterwards. Ottawa is a great place to bring the family for the long weekend too. Lots of stuff going on after the race.
2008-05-03Name: M L
Location: Ottawa
Year: 2007
Races: 0
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Summary: A great iron race for first timers
Comments: This is a great race for someone doing their first iron distance. The entry fee is reasonable, you don't have to enter a year in advance, and you don't have to travel far if you're in Ottawa. The folks at Sommersault know how to organize quality events. The aid stations are well stocked and well placed on the course. And the volunteers are absolutely amazing. The only drawbacks are the 12 loop bike course and 4 loop run course, which are mentally tough. There is also a lack of spectators late in the race and at the finish line, not the same kind of atmosphere as the big races. For those who don't think the course is tough, well the swim to bike transition run is longer than Placid!
 

 
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