September 19, 2023
This past weekend was a special one for GMARA – when we started hosting races 20 years ago, bringing the national championship to Vermont wasn’t something anyone expected. Thank you to USARA for the opportunity, thanks to the teams for racing, thanks to the sponsors for making the event special, and thanks to Smugglers’ Notch […]
September 26, 2022
What’s that you say? The USARA National Championships are coming to Vermont in 2023? In this case, the rumors are very true! GMARA is proud to be designing and hosting Nationals next year. We are hard at work on designing a worthy 30-hour race course. The race is currently full and many teams are on […]
August 15, 2022
The Bitter Pill returned to familiar terrain for 2022, starting from Blush Hill Country Club in Waterbury on a crisp 49º morning.
August 2, 2022
Racers – you should have received this in your inbox. Hi Racers! We are just a week and half away from 12 hours of epic adventuring by foot, bike, and boat. In the 11th hour, we got some good news regarding course design resulting in a few changes that we are excited to share. 1) […]
April 2, 2022
The moment you have all been waiting for … registration for the GMARA 2022 Bitter Pill is now open! This year we return to a home base at Blush Hill Country Club for 12 hours of navigating while biking, trekking, and paddling through the Green Mountains. We would love to share more about the details […]
March 23, 2022
We’re exploring options currently to see if we can host a Test Your Nettle event in 2022. There’s a chance we’ll be able to align one with the Bitter Pill. If it comes together we’ll update the site and announce it via our mailing list.
We’ve decided to wait a year to bring the Hard Fall back. It’s a lot to put on two major summer events; it’s important that we keep our organizers energized and our volunteers happy. Never fear – we expect to return with another 24 hour race in 2023!
The Bitter Pill Returns! We’re excited to announce that we’ll be opening registration for the Bitter Pill on 4/1. Event basics are posted. It’s safe to say you’ll get to enjoy all the summer classics – paddling, trekking, navigation, and mountain biking. We do expect to fill up again, and fill quickly, regardless of how […]
October 25, 2021
The 2021 Hard Fall was GMARA’s first 24-hour race – and what a race it was! Taking place in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the course highlighted the beauty, the challenge, and the remoteness of this amazing area. Teams then had a fairly short bike ride to get to TA 5, where they would begin the second […]
October 5, 2021
Hello Test Your Nettle Racers! Oct 9th is quickly approaching, I hope you are getting as excited as we are! A few notes: Final pre-race briefing: Test your Nettle 3hr race virtual Pre-Race Briefing will be Tuesday Oct 5th at 8:00p. The zoom link will be: (This link has been removed from the website post […]