The Frigid Infliction

The Frigid Infliction is an 8-hour winter adventure race for teams of two or three. This race is scheduled for Saturday, March 4th 2017 near Bolton Valley, VT. We’re taking a slightly different approach for 2017 to reduce the scope of planning efforts but still offer a challenging, navigation-laden event in the snow.

This race features several winter disciplines as well as requiring you to continually navigate. If you have never done an adventure race before, this is a great choice. This was the first adventure race for about a third of the participants the past six years, so don’t be intimidated! That said: You may want to Test Your Nettle if you’re not sure about an 8-hour event.

Teams do not need support crews for this event. Outside of what is provided by the race organizers, teams must be self-sufficient. This is an adventure, after all!

Check out some of our past racers’ comments. If you’re looking for teammates, check our contact page for suggestions.


This year’s race will probably feature the following disciplines:

  • Navigation with topographical map and compass
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Perhaps a surprise – time will tell!

This year’s race you’ll have quite a bit of control over the balance between skiing and snowshoeing. You’ll have to do some of both for sure, but you’ll have more control than ever before as to how much and where. Mysterious? Yes!

One bonus – in 2017 you will not have to carry your skis at any time! They’ll either be on your feet or in a safe spot. You’re welcome.


Our host venue will be the Bolton Valley Resort. Registration will be on-site at the Nordic Center. Here are directions to the resort.

The restaurant and pub at the resort will be open Friday night as long as you don’t arrive too late.


We offer the most affordable 8-12 hour adventure races in the entire northeast. We’re a non-profit, so all the fees go towards making the event awesome. This will be our 12th Frigid Infliction. Sign up early for the best rates!

Important: Our cost setup has changed slightly for 2017, please review:

  • There’s an up-front non-refundable $48 registration fee.
  • There’s a separate per-racer fee that we’ll collect later.

The registration fee will reserve your team’s spot and lock in your per-racer rate. Please pay that immediately. Racers will be contacted later to select shirts, add dinner guests, fill out waivers, and collect individual fees according to these rates:

  • Early registration: +$75 per racer
  • Jan 12th or later: +$93 per racer
  • Feb 6th or later, full price: +$111 per racer

To be totally clear, that means a team of three signing up early will pay $48 + $75×3 = $273 total, and a team of two signing up late will pay $48 + $111×2 = $270 total. Only the $48 is due on signup though, the rest will be gathered separately in a few weeks.

Please take a minute to review notes on costs and refunds including important details about what happens if you withdraw closer to race day. Note that total costs are lower again this year – full price for a team of three in 2016 was $450, this year that’s down to $381!

Race fees cover the following (some of this TBD for 2017 as we finalize the new format):

  • Race entry for your team – an opportunity to explore the outdoors in a new way, creating memories and friendships that last for years.
  • Race maps and instructions
  • Transport of gear or racers (if needed)
  • All insurance, permits, and safety staff
  • GMARA t-shirt for every racer
  • Pre-race navigation clinic from GMARA experts
  • One of the best post-race parties in the industry!
  • Thousands of full-size race photos, 100% free to racers.
  • Prizes for top teams in each division as well as a gear raffle for all racers at dinner
  • $400 sponsorship towards USARA nationals for the top 3-person coed team
  • USARA Regional Qualifier (top teams qualify for nationals)
  • Rope setup and management by Petra Cliffs
Additional costs:

We love it when you bring guests at dinner, but to help offset those costs we’ll have to ask for $30 each. It’s worth it, our post-race party is one of the best around, and the company can’t be beat. You will need to plan ahead, though, and let us know about guests early enough that we can order food. Ideally, just talk the guests into racing.

If you want extra shirts, those are usually $10-$20.

We’re not making a profit on any of those – just passing along our costs to you.


It looks like you’re on a mobile device, and unfortunately our registration form is a bit of a mess on mobile. Volunteer web developers and so forth.

You’re welcome to try it anyway: Registration Form

If it’s unusable, please come back when you’ve got a larger screen available! If you want a reminder, please contact us and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Please head to the Registration Form to get started.

We’ve made some code updates recently, so if you see any issues by all means please contact us for assistance.

At this point, registration is still closed… you’ll get an email about it shortly, assuming you’re on the email list… Sign up here!


For your reference – please take a moment to review these documents (not finalized yet for 2017), specifically the required gear list. Note that you have to actually bring all your gear to registration for a safety check. We need to be sure that we’re not sending you out unprepared, and that means looking at everything from water bottles and whistles to skis and snowshoes!

Race Rules
Mandatory Team Gear List
Mandatory Individual Gear List

Please print a copy of this medical form, seal it in an envelope, and bring it to registration – if you are injured, we hand this to the EMTs: Emergency Contact and Medical Form

You’ll be required to sign USARA and Petra waivers online, but if you’re 18 or under, please print paper copies of those too, and have a parent or guardian sign them:

Petra Cliffs Climbing Waiver
USARA Waiver

There’s also a Bolton Waiver which changes from year to year, so we always fill out paper copies at registration – here’s a version for review. If you’re under 18 and not traveling with a parent or guardian, you should print this one at home and have it signed before you arrive, as well:
Bolton Valley Waiver and Photo Release


Due to the nature of the sport, you must be punctual. All race activities will start on time whether your team is there or not. Set multiple clocks, hire a wakeup service, buy a rooster, do whatever you have to do to get up and be on time.

Please note: Registration includes a mandatory gear check for all members of your team. Bring all your required gear with you!

Friday, March 3rd: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Bolton Valley Nordic Center Tennis Courts
(Not a 3.5 hour meeting, just a ~20 minute drop in)

Free Navigation Clinic:
Friday, March 3rd: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pre-Race Briefing:
Saturday, March 4th: 6:30 a.m.
Race Start:
Saturday, March 4th: 7:00 a.m.
Race Finish:
All racers should be off the course by 3:00 p.m.
Food should be served around 5:00 p.m.


Here's the latest news about this race:


If your division ends in -WL, that means you are on the waitlist - our race is full, but if a spot opens up we'll contact you. You should still get all racer-related email, but don't pay us until you hear that we can actually accomodate you.

#DivTeam NameCaptainTeammateTeammate
1 3C Chaffing the DreamAmanda Auger Tom Martin James Montague
2 3C Coming up with the BensMeredith Naughton Ben Deede Benjamin Kidder
3 3C Directionally ChallengedRick Keilty Jr John [JP] Farley Colleen Keilty
4 3C Doing Dudley ProudRhonda Patrick Larry Chambers Ashley Sylvester
5 3C North is EverywhereRoss Lieb-Lappen Austin Black Carolyn Stwertka
6 3C Towanda/4050 AdventureShari Hymes Mary Scheerer Peter Spagnoli
7 3O Chaos RaidRick Keilty III Robinson Greig Evan Moreshead
8 3O WeenieAnnie Agnone Emily Davis Monica Foley
9 3O Frozen Stiffs of InsanityBrenda Rose Emma DeMelim Lilla Fortunoff
10 3O Lost BoyzSPENCER NEWMAN Alex Messinger Jay Ziskrout
11 3O Raid International GaspésieBastien Michau Arnaud Boisvert Pierre Poirier
12 3O rotatorisserie fried gooseRob Reissner Ben Schmidt Mercury Xavier
13 3O The Superior SlackersJeff Basti Mike Gazarik Dan Mihelic
14 2C BerserkersDerek Madsen Jessica Madsen
16 2C Green AdrenalineSarah Whitty Dale Hartt
17 2C Indomitable SnowmenKaren Phillips Patrick Noyes
18 2O Vivre A Fondmireille rodrigue Elvy Lapointe
19 2O Absolute ZeroesSam Borchard Bruce Kapteyn
20 2O Cold and Dirty WeekendersEthan Waldo Mark Waldo
21 2O Fridges In Fictioncharles dunn Joseph Dunn
23 2O MercatorsScott Cocks Alexis Dallaire
25 2O Rugged RoadThorin Markison Lance Parker
26 2O Strong MachineCliff White Chris Sussman
27 2O The O StarsJeremy Colgan Steven Attanasio
28 2O Two Left FeetJeffrey Lou Ashin Modak
29 2O UltraBambiBrian Staveley Sam Wallis
30 2O Wandering RocksJoseph Shayka David Vickers

Division breakdown: 2 Person Coed: 3, 2 Person Open: 11, 3 Person Coed: 6, 3 Person Open: 7 (27 teams)

Where racers are from: VT: 33%, NY: 21%, MA: 18%, QC: 9%, NH: 6%, CO: 4%, ME: 4%, CT: 3%, ON: 1% (67 racers)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a good race for a team new to adventure racing?
Absolutely. A 10-12 hour race is the standard length for a beginner adventure race. One thing we do really well is providing a enjoyable experience for the new teams. It’s even better for 2017! Only eight hours, smaller gear list, more control over disciplines. This is definitely the race to try.

Will we be plotting UTM coordinates?
No. We use pre-plotted maps. We made the decision as an organization that in a race of this length it made more sense considering the number of new teams we see. Never fear – the navigation will be challenging enough without this extra step.

What type of skis do you recommend?
Back country XC skis with metal edges are best, but regular Nordic touring skis will work. We do not recommend heavy duty tele or AT gear. Skate skis won’t work at all, as there will be travel off groomed trail.

Skins are sometimes helpful but not required, only a handful of teams ever bring them. Consider bringing them if you have them, but don’t run out and buy them for this race. If you have them, you’ll be carrying them through the entire race, not leaving them with your skis.

A few previous races have required carrying your skis for a time. You won’t know until race day if this is required, but you should be prepared for the possibility.