Last week we attended the annual Somersault awards ceremony. Somersault organizes a fairly extensive list of running, triathlon and duathlon races in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. Their tag line is “Events for Everyone”, which considering you could participate in anything from a 3k run to a marathon to a kayak or canoe multi sport race, is certainly true.
One added bonus to participating in at least three Somersault events is you will collect points for your placing at each race. At the end of the season your top three race points will be added up and you can see where you rank in your age category. Your race distance does not come into play so whether you focused on 5k’s or marathons or a combination of distances, you still “compete” against everyone in your age group. Awards, a nice certificate with a race photo, are handed out at the end of season banquet. If you also manage to win, as Evan did, an overall top three spot you win a free race entry and a personalized bag with your name and placing.
This year Evan placed first in the boys 13 and under category and also won the top junior male award. Luke just missed the podium, coming in fourth in the 13 and under group. I won for my age category of 45-49. And while it wasn’t announced, I’m sure my husband won best fan support and chauffeur award.
To be truthful, my award is also a bit of a participation award. I know there are some faster runners than me who participate in these races but they did not complete the required three runs to qualify for points. I consider my first place ranking a reward for some half decent times and for managing to roll out of bed and make it to an early morning race a few times!
So with the awards ceremony done, my last official race of the season complete and the changing of the month, it really does feel like the end of the 2014 season. Next weekend I will do a fun run to earn my “A Christmas Story” medal that will be hung with pride on our Christmas tree. That will be it until January, when I plan to start the new season with the Richmond Road Race. Then there will be Winterman and not long after will be Prague! Can’t wait 🙂