Got the Nerve? Triathlon

Run – Bike – Swim


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Many of you have participated in Got the Nerve? Triathlon over the past 20 years and know the story behind it. For those who signed up for the first time, you need to know how personal this is to me.

I was a healthy, active US Marine at 21 when I was diagnosed with Adrenomyeloneuropathy, a degenerative nerve disorder that eventually took from me my ability to walk. I started Got the Nerve? in 2004 as a means of raising funds to research the disease in the hope that there could someday be a cure for me and others who live with it, or will someday in the future. So that funds raised through this race stayed in our community, helping our neighbors, I started the IM ABLE Foundation in 2007.

Our mission is to remove obstacles that prevented people in the mid-Atlantic region from getting active, to enable and empower athletes with physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral challenges. Thousands of athletes with challenges of all kinds have redefined what they thought possible, accomplishing feats they never dreamed they could do.

This race and your participation in it, makes is possible for the IM ABLE Foundation to provide, throughout the entire year, athletic opportunities to people who would otherwise never have them.

– Chris Kaag – Founder & Chief Motivational Officer, IM ABLE Foundation


The 20th Annual Got the Nerve? Triathlon is a Move United Sanctioned Competition and an Official USAT Sanctioned and Paratriathlon Friendly race. Participants include beginners and veteran triathletes, adaptive athletes, and families, young and old. The 2024 Got the Nerve? Triathlon (GTN) will be a one-day event held  at Mt. Gretna, PA (just outside of Harrisburg, PA) on Saturday, May 18.

The first 10 adaptive athletes who register and compete in the race will have their registration fees sponsored by M&T Bank and receive a race jersey sponsored by Champion Systems.  IM ABLE provides volunteers, instruction, and motivation to new adaptive triathletes, and has a range of adaptive equipment to enable your participation, depending on availability.

GTN? features a Super Sprint, Sprint & Olympic-distance triathlon (swim, bike, run), duathlon (run, bike, run), and Aquabike (swim, bike). GTN has inspired thousands of individuals of all abilities to challenge themselves in a motivating and encouraging race environment.

Your participation in the Got the Nerve? Triathlon provides support to the IM ABLE Foundation which removes obstacles that keep people with challenges on the sidelines, providing them access to programs and equipment tailored to their needs and a community of all abilities to support them.





Para/Adaptive Athlete FAQ’s

How can I participate using one of the sponsored registrations?

For all the adaptive athletes, M&T Bank has generously sponsored the registration fees and Champion Systems sponsored race jerseys. No Excuses – Just Move! To register, go to On the homepage, there’s a Para/Adaptive option. You’ll be able to choose between Super Sprint, Sprint, or Olympic Triathlon / Duathlon / Aquabike.

What are the distances?

  • Super Sprint – Swim:250m, 4 miles, Run 1.2 miles
  • Sprint – Swim: 550m, Bike: 11 miles, Run: 3.1 miles
  • Olympic – Swim 1100m, Bike 22 miles, Run 6.2 miles

What kind of surfaces should I expect?

The parking area is a large grassy field. Para/Adaptive athletes will have reserved parking immediately off of the road, but on the grass. If you need assistance getting out of your chair, please drive up to the registration tent and wave/honk to get our attention and we’ll be glad to assist you.

The registration tent will be on a paved surface close to the lake.

The swim will be in Mt. Gretna Lake, with a sandy shore and grassy bank down to the water. There is a ramp leading from the sandy shore up to the grassy bank. There is a route with no stairs from the water to the transition area. 

The Transition area will either be on a paved surface. Para/Adaptive athletes will be given any reasonable and USTA permitted accommodation necessary to participate. 

The bike route will be entirely on paved roads. 

The run route is on a cinder rail trail. 

Will there be volunteers to help with water entry/exit, transition, towels, everyday chair retrieval, etc?

You are encouraged to bring an assistant. There will be volunteers for adaptive athlete assistance but they will be helping all of the other Para/Adaptive athletes as well so the best way to ensure that you have a dedicated support person is to coordinate a buddy to help.  If you can’t find anyone, please reach out to us and we’ll do our best to find you help!

If you are interested in supporting Para/Adaptive athletes during the race, please email or sign up at

Where can I store my wheelchair while I’m racing?

Your every day wheelchair can be stored securely in the transition zone. Only competitors and support crew can enter the transition zone and it will be safe. If you’d like, we can hold it under the registration tent during your race. Please make arrangements through the  folks working in the registration tent the morning of the race. 

Are there maps of the course? 

For maps including distances and elevation, please visit the race page at:

Will the Para/Adaptive athletes go out first with enough time to get a head start?

Yes, about 3-5 minutes before the second wave. 

Will there be an on-site mechanic to adjust/fix my equipment?

Yes, at the registration area / transition area only. 

What is the water temperature?

This past May, the surface water temperature was 60 degrees immediately prior to the race starting. 

I have other questions. How can I get answers?

We want you to race and are glad to answer any questions you have. Please email us at