Looking to get outdoors, on your own schedule, for a challenge where you control the difficulty? Then this is for you!
At GMARA, we try to design our races so new teams can participate, have fun, and make it to dinner. To be honest though, “The Bitter Pill” and “The Frigid Infliction” aren’t exactly a walk in the park. Most GMARA events are 8-12 hours of competitive endurance racing, including trekking, biking, paddling, swimming, rock climbing, skiing and snowshoeing. It can be hard to know whether you’re up for a challenge like that! Even our “Test Your Nettle” events still require real gear, planning, and only take place at a set time.
That’s where these bite-size adventures come in. You sign up and receive maps via email before the event starts. You’ll have at least a week to drop in when convenient and take on as much of the challenge as you want to. You’ll get outdoors, improve your navigation skills, and experience a new area, or an area in a new way. Low-pressure outdoor adventure fun!
- This isn’t a race against other teams; It’s your team vs. the outdoors. Heck, there may not even be another team out there at the same time you are.
- No set start time! The orienteering flags will be hung in the woods with care, and you’ll drop in when convenient to tackle the challenge.
GMARA will handling course design and registration for this event at the Catamount Community Forest in Williston, Vermont. You can arrive for your adventure anytime from October 10th-18th. There will be two sections: one on foot and one on mountain bike. You can do either or both – we recommend both! Each section will have plenty of checkpoints, and you’ll decide how many to get, in whatever order you like. We’re excited to sponsor Catamount to help bring something new to Vermont this fall!
Teams attempting to capture all the points will likely take 3-5 hours, depending on your navigation & conditioning. For new teams or those just looking for a nice day out, feel free to get a subset that is appealing. For those that don’t want to bike, you can feel free to get them all on foot. Coming for just an hour is perfectly acceptable – it’s all about what works for you.
Here’s how it works:
- You’ll register on the GMARA website. You’ll need to fill out the Catamount waiver to participate.
- Shortly before the event officially opens, you’ll receive an email with map(s) and instructions. You’ll print those out.
- Head to Catamount at any time from October 10th-18th to participate.
- You’ll use the map to navigate to orienteering flags in the forest.
- Send us a picture of your results.
- Feel successful about what you’ve achieved!
A few notes:
– If coming from outside of Vermont, you must follow the Vermont cross-state policy recommendations.
– Please keep your team size small. If more than four people, break up into two teams.
– Bring masks and put them on if you’re near other people. You won’t even need to touch the checkpoint markers; you’ll just record a number onto your result sheet.
– Respect anyone you meet on the trail. Some Catamount trails are on private land; assume anyone you meet may be one of those land owners.
– Dogs are not permitted at Catamount. We know you love Sparky, but he’ll need to sit this one out.
Good news! There’s very little required gear for this event. Here’s a helpful list for what to bring:
- Your maps and instructions. You’ll receive these via email and print them out ahead of time (No printer? We can help!). You may want to have them in a ziplock bag to protect them from the elements.
- A compass. You could try to navigate just using the trail system, but we recommend you learn how to use a compass for this event.
- Something to write with. A pen, pencil, or fine-tip sharpie should all work well enough.
- A mask. Please wear it when near other Catamount property users.
- A whistle. If anything goes wrong, this will help others find you.
- If biking, you need to have a helmet.
- Water. Food. Anything to make your day more enjoyable.
UpdatesHere's the latest news about this race:
|1||Open||Stroller North||Ross Lieblappen, Everett Lieblappen, Stephanie Lieblappen, Matt Schley|
|2||Open||Team Kash||Kit Vreeland, Ashley Eaton|
|3||Open||PETRAfied!||Andrea Charest, Steve Charest, McKinley Charest|
|4||Open||If Found, Saran Wrap to Tree||Jack Yager, Sam Yager|
|5||Open||COMPASSion||pamela gude, Liz Jones, John Jones|
|6||Open||HTCD||Christine Dillon, Helene Thomas|
|7||Open||Muellers||Andrew Mueller, Jake Mueller|
|8||Open||Saran Wrap - Check||Brenda Rose, Donavan Turner|
|9||Open||The Crokenators||David Croke, Ethan Croke, Allie Croke, Deena Miller|
|10||Open||Flag Hunters Under There||Scot Rose, Jordan Francis|
|11||Open||Sterling Facts||Adrian Owens, Allison Van Akkeren|
|12||Open||The Flibbityjibbit, The Will-o-the-Wisp, The Clown||Meg Freebern, Adele Freebern, Eleanor Freebern|
|13||Open||Crumple-Horned Snorkaks||Sarah Freebern, Sophie Freebern , Enoch Freebern|
|14||Open||The Night Readers||Barbara Cote, Reece Woodward, TBD|
|15||Open||Rugged road||Meredith Naughton, Thorin Markison|
|16||Open||The Wildlings||Jason Sibley, Heather Socha|
|18||Open||Easier said than run!||Amanda Martin, Laura W, Julie M|
|19||Open||Let's Go||Emily Kallock, Will Kallock, Odie Kallock, Renzo Pizzagalli|
|20||Open||Pine Haven Explorers||Jennifer Pizzagalli, Vittoria Pizzagalli , Jon Pizzagalli , Carlo Pizzagalli|
|21||Open||The Procrastinators||Cory Halliburton, Cecilia Halliburton, Colin Halliburton, Maja Halliburton|
|22||Open||Buehler Bunch||Hans Buehler, Luke Buehler, Betty Buehler, Ezra Buehler|
Totals: 61 racers
RegisterRegistration is closed for the previous event and not open for possible future events. If you'd like to be notified when things are planned, sign up for email from the contact page.
For reference, these were the rates for the previous event:
- Sep 28 - Oct 17: $20 per racer.