Sponsors make it possible for GMARA to operate; without them our races wouldn’t happen.
Please let them know how much you appreciate their support!
These businesses have made a great commitment to GMARA, and we can’t thank them enough.
The Outdoor Gear Exchange
GearX.com is the online sibling of the Outdoor Gear Exchange (OGE) located on Church Street in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. It’s like having your local gear store online! Their mission is to sell great gear at great prices, to make the outdoors accessible and affordable for all levels of ability. The OGE is the title sponsor for the Frigid Infliction and the Bitter Pill in 2015 – be sure to thank them!
MVP Health Care
MVP Health Care offers fully insured and self-insured employer health benefits plans, including HMO, point-of-service (POS), preferred provider organization (PPO) and indemnity coverage through MVP Health Plan Inc., the MVP Health Insurance Co. and MVP Select Care Inc.
Formed in 1983, MVP’s network includes nearly 14,000 network physicians and 115 hospitals. MVP insures 550,000 covered lives in all lines of business. MVP’s HMO and POS plans have earned “Excellent” NCQA accreditation, the highest rating for quality.
MVP Health Care is the title sponsor for the 2015 Wintry Wander.
Mammut makes some amazing gear. Whether you’re mountaineering, climbing, backcountry skiing, trail running or just doing a little travel their clothes are some of the most innovative, functional, and durable on the market. Mammut USA is based in Williston VT and is helping to outfit the core GMARA planning staff with high-end gear.
Along with our primary sponsors, these businesses directly support GMARA’s races:
Bolton Valley Resort
With 88km of Nordic and back country trails (including 26km of groomed Nordic terrain), Bolton Valley Resort has hosted eight of our nine winter adventure races. Peaks to climb, ravines to traverse, and plenty of snow for everyone.
Salomon makes gear that’s ready for adventure – ultralight packs, nordic skis, trail running shoes, as well as technical wear that’s designed to move fast. Top teams at GMARA events are frequently wearing Salomon gear, for good reason – it works in the woods. Salomon has been one of the top product sponsors of GMARA’s regional qualifying races since 2013, with prizes like packs and shoes for top teams.
Bevo is a bold catering company offering a fully licensed bar and personalized fare.
As avid supporters of local farmers, they strive to use as many Vermont products as possible, from fruits and vegetables to meats and cheeses.
Bevo provided an excellent high-end “back yard barbecue” at summer races from 2011-2013, and should be back in 2014!
Garuka Bars are handmade with Vermont raw honey to provide you with the best tasting, best source of pre-exercise energy – and it’s no secret that your body performs better on real food than it does on artificial and synthetic ingredients. As a Vermont business, Garuka Bars is proud to be the only energy bar using 100% consumer recyclable packaging.
Garuka Bars will be supporting families as they tackle the 2015 Wintry Wander!
Zero Gravity is a craft brewery located inside a restaurant called American Flatbread Burlington Hearth. Locals know that “Flatbread” is the place to go when you want awesome locally-sourced toppings on your wood-fired pizza. Hidden in the back, behind the ovens, is a brewery crafting Burlington-style microbrews. Next time you’re in town, grab your friends and stop by – order up the Punctuated Equilibrium, sip a local lager, and enjoy the hearth.
Zero Gravity sponsored the 2015 OGE Frigid Infliction with their “Green State Lager”, and we love them for it.
The Ponds at Bolton Valley (operated by The Essex) has hosted our winter post-race parties for many years. The Ponds is located on the water’s edge and surrounded by 5,000 acres of Vermont forests and mountains. The panoramic views from every window, a Great Room with vaulted ceilings and a spectacular river stone fireplace create an upscale wilderness elegance for every function.
Ski Vermont (Vermont Ski Areas Association) is a non-profit association serving 18 Alpine and 30 Nordic member resorts across the state. They know that adventure racers who get a taste of Vermont terrain will be back to take advantage of the great skiing and year-round recreational opportunities that our mountains have to offer.
Come experience Winter in its Original State!
VT Smoke and Cure
VT Smoke & Cure provided one of the most creative gear checks at any GMARA race – find your knife and cut a hunk of beef stick for your team!
Racers and volunteers look forward to the next race, where perhaps we’ll give out bacon or pepperoni as prizes.
Zanfel Poison Ivy Wash is a safe and effective topical solution for poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. It is the only product known to remove urushiol, the toxin responsible for the reaction, from the skin after bonding, enabling the affected area to immediately begin healing. Those of us who have stumbled through a patch of poison ivy in a race know quite well how effective this product is.
These businesses help with regular club operations.
Union Street Media
Union Street Media is a web development company that through personal service and progressive technology has conceived, developed, and maintained over 450 customer-centered websites since 1999. USM provides web hosting for GMARA.
Amalgamated Culture Works
Wayne and Ed have been printing on shirts since 1981. They’re talented, knowledgeable, their turnaround time is amazing, and they stand behind their products. GMARA relies on ACW to get our shirts printed at the last minute, every time.
Merritt, Merritt & Moulton
Merritt, Merritt & Moulton is a law firm focused on helping businesses grow by advising them in three critical areas: managing financial capital, organization capital, and intellectual capital. The firm provides valuable legal counsel to GMARA.
MyTopo began in 1998 with the goal of providing custom printed navigation-ready map products for professional and recreational topographic map users.
They provide customized, waterproof, adventure-capable UTM maps to GMARA for our races, at a phenomenal discount.
Jenn O’Connor is a certified and licensed massage therapist with over ten years of experience. As a cyclist, hiker, and telemark skiier herself, she is well attuned to the needs of the multi-sport athlete. Jenn provides post-race massage at GMARA events when she’s not working for the US Paralympic team.
Partners and Friends
Petra Cliffs is Burlington’s premiere indoor climbing center and mountaineering school. They hang our tyroleans every winter, keeping racers safe while they hang over the ravine, and they’ve set up the occasional rappel for us as well. Petra offers GMARA members a discounted one day climbing pass for $10, along with a free harness rental. If you need to brush up on your rope skills before a race, check them out!
Local Motion is a member-supported non-profit organization promoting people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities.
Local Motion’s advocacy helps make more VT terrain available for hiking, biking, skiing, and other race activities.
Catamount Outdoor Family Center
The Catamount outdoor family center promotes family and community well being through activity and education in a natural environment. 500 acres of space including biking/skiing trails and an orienteering course make this the perfect place to train for future adventure races. Catamount gives discounted passes as prizes to some of our top local racers, and was the host location for the 2013 Bitter Pill.
Cochran's Ski Area
Cochran’s Ski Area was established in 1961 and became a non-profit in 1998. Their mission is to provide area youth and families with affordable skiing, snowboarding, lessons and race training. They do an amazing job teaching children to take advantage of the snow… and in the summer, they’ve got a fabulous hill just waiting for adventurous people to climb it. Bitter Pill 2014 wouldn’t have happened without the support of the Cochrans.
The Moosalamoo National Recreation Area has some of the best terrain we’ve ever seen. The Moosalamoo Association works together with GMARA to put on races which highlight the great opportunities for hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, climbing, blueberry picking and more in their corner of the Green Mountain National Forest.
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Untamed puts on fantastic events in both US and in Europe. Untamed New England is the biggest race in Northeast US and is an AR World Series qualifier. If you were looking to make the step to expedition racing, this is a great way to do it. And to make it even better – GMARA members receive a discount.
On Track Health
On Track is a complete fitness facility offering physical therapy, massage therapy and fitness consulting services. Their mission is to provide professional treatment of orthopedic injuries and to empower their clients to acheive their personal fitness goals. GMARA members receive a free month of membership with any three month sign-up.
Eastern Mountain Sports
Eastern Mountain Sports, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire, designs and offers a wide variety of gear and clothing for outdoor enthusiasts. South Burlington EMS will provide all GMARA Members with 50% off rentals of kayaks, paddleboards and tele skis, as well as completely free rentals of all their other gear. Woo-hoo!