Got the Nerve is a sprint triathlon, with a 500 yd. swim in Mt. Gretna Lake, a 16 mi. bike ride on country roads through both Lebanon & Lancaster Counties and a 5K run on a nearby FLAT Rails-to-Trails path.
Registration is closed at 1,000 race participants. In past years, over 2,500 fans have attended to support the event.
Got the Nerve Triathlon has inspired thousands of individuals of all abilities to challenge themselves in a motivating and encouraging race environment.
GTN is a race for everyone! Participants include beginners and veteran triathletes, disabled athletes, and families young and old. Uniting all of these individuals is a common goal to push hard and discover what they are capable of.
Race day is Saturday, May 19 2018.
Want to check out the course before Saturday morning?
Stop by Mt. Gretna from 4pm to 6pm on Friday May 18th for our Beginner Clinic held in the Transition Area. Our Mentor Program
coordinator Larry Grybosky will be there to verbally review the course with race day logistics and answer any questions you might have!
We are raising funds to support the mission of the IM ABLE Foundation while encouraging and challenging beginner and veteran athletes, disabled athletes, families and teams to compete together in a motivating and encouraging race environment.
2018 Race Day Pictures
There is a bike course cut-off time of 11 am. We have State Police coverage along the course until 11 am, after which time any bikers still on the course will be picked up by our sag wagon and returned to the race site. The last swim wave leaves at approx. 8:45 am, which allows ample time for all bikers to finish the course.
Bike Course Map (.PNG)Bike Course Map (.PDF)
Bike Course Cue Sheet (.PNG)Bike Course Cue Sheet (.PDF)
Site Map (.PNG)Site Map (.PDF)
Transition Detail (.PNG)Transition Detail (.PDF)
Parking Map (.PNG)Parking Map (.PDF)
Competitor Packets will be available for pick up at the following locations and times
Wednesday May 16th:
Thursday May 17th:
Friday May 18th:
Saturday May 19th:
Reminder: please bring a photo ID for packet pick up. If you are picking up for a friend, you must bring a signed note as well as a copy of their photo ID in order to obtain their packet.
Race Day Timeline
Gates to the lake open just before the race begins.
Registration & transition areas open (space is limited so pack tight).
During registration, you will receive a a race bag, bib#, bike#, swim cap with wave #, timing chip, and body marking.
**In order to decrease the incidence of stolen property you must have a bib# to enter transition area and both bib# and matching bike# to exit transition area** Stage all gear including bike, running shoes, bags etc.
Registration & transition areas close
Competitors will assemble in transition area for race announcements
Off to the lake for the first wave of swimmers
Assemble on beach and listen for your wave to be called
Start of Got the Nerve? Triathlon
IM ABLE Foundation presents grant recipients
Award ceremony for age groups and team awards will begin once results are in
Swag toss and closing remarks
Awards for three (3) Overall Male and Female. Age division awards are given to the top males and females in each age group for individuals. Awards will also be given to the top three male, female and co-ed relays.
Divisions: Overall, Elite, Relays, IM ABLE Team, Athena, Clydesdale, Age Group, Masters, Novice, Top Swim, Top Bike, Top Run, Commitment
(Women 150 lbs. and over)
(Men 200 lbs. and over)
AWARD for each Age Group Winner: Awards TBD
First, second and third place awards will be given for each of the following age categories:
3 for top males, 3 for top females
Only 4 awards will be given for this age group:
2 for top males, 2 for top females
Only 2 awards will be given for this age group:
1 for top male, 1 for top female
Rules & Regulations
Yellow line rule in effect. If you are caught going over the yellow line on the bike portion, you will be disqualified and possibly ticketed by police. You will also be DQ’d if you are on your bike in the transition area.
Let’s make this year the safest and best year yet!
- You must be wearing your race number in both the bike and run legs.
- Please arrive early Saturday morning!!!! You will need to pick up your race packet and be marked before race time. Registration closes at 8 am. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!
- Please check race number to be sure all the information is correct, before walking away. If a change in age, sex, or division is needed, tell us at that time.
- You will receive a championchip, which will be the way we time the race. You must have it attached to your ankle with the Velcro strap during the entire race in order to be timed. Relay members must pass it to each other during the race. You must turn it in at the finish line. If you do not finish the race please bring it to the finish line before you leave for the day. If you do not return the chip, you will be charged $35.00.
- You will receive a swim cap at registration, which must be worn during the race. You will also be body marked at race registration for body identification at swim exit.
- You must swim with your designated wave. NO EXCEPTIONS!
- Wetsuits are allowed, but not required.
- Helmets are mandatory for the bike leg. If you do not have a helmet on during the race, your number will be taken and you will be disqualified.
- NO DRAFTING! You must ride this course on your own.
- TEAMS: the bike and run people must wait in the designated area and exchange the championchip, from swim to bike, and transfer championchip/number, from bike to run. You may not leave early; marshals will be in the transition area.
- No spectators or family members allowed in the transition area!! You must have a bib # and matching bike # to exit transition area. No one may help you remove your wetsuit, put on your helmet, tie your shoes, hold your bike, or anything. This is an individual event and if someone is assisting you in the transition area, you will be disqualified and removed from the race.
- Adaptive athletes will be allowed one assistant in transition and that person MUST be wearing the assistant badge the athlete receives at check-in.
- If you drop out during the event, either because of a flat, exhaustion, disqualification or inability to complete a leg, DO NOT finish the remainder of the race. This will mess up timing immensely. DO NOT go through the finish line if you have not completed the swim and the bike.
- No headphones or baby carriages.
- Race will proceed in rain, snow, sleet, wind or shine, so be prepared. Race director reserves the right to cancel if conditions warrant.
- No mailing of awards. Must be present to receive award.
- No abuse, verbal or otherwise, of volunteers, police or others will be tolerated. Any unsportsmanlike conduct will lead to your disqualification from this race. Be kind to the volunteers, without them we could not hold this event.
- Please do not litter on the bike or run route. Keep those empty gel packs in your pocket. Our volunteers are not clean up crew, clean up after yourselves.
- Please have a great race, and have a great time, but be respectful to the town, the lake area, the volunteers, the environment, your fellow competitors and your race director.
HAVE A GREAT RACE! BE FAIR! HAVE FUN!