The Great Ames Adventure Race (GAAR) is an amateur athletic event designed for all ages and abilities. Challenge yourself, or challenge family, friends, and coworkers in a paddle-bike-run event that keeps bringing people back, year after year. Check us out on FACEBOOK!
Participants compete in solo, tandem or relay divisions on a course that starts and ends at Ada Hayden Heritage Park, 5205 Grand Avenue in North Ames. The race begins with waves of six canoes and kayaks on a 2.7 mile race around the lake. Participants then exit the lake to a transition area where the 15 mile bike race and the 5K run begin.
The Bike Route (NEW!) is entirely on paved roads south, west and north of the park. The 5K is on asphalt and cinder trails within the park. Life jackets (PFDs) and bike helmets are required!
Advance Registration Fees
ONLINE REGISTRATION will soon be available at GetMeRegistered.com.
A late fee of $10/participant will apply to day-of-event registrations.
Friends of Central Iowa Biking
Please make checks payable to "Friends of Central Iowa Biking" and note "GAAR" in the memo.
GAAR reserves the right to use your photo, including video, for promotional purposes.
Are there restrictions or regulations on what kind of canoe/kayak, bike, or paddle I can use?
Do I have to wear a helmet while on my bike?
Do I have to wear a life jacket while I am in my boat?
COMPLETE EVENT RULES can be found here.
How do the categories work?
Can I rent a boat?
Be sure to tell them you are renting for the GAAR and work out arrangements for transport with them!
Where do the proceeds from this race go?
How can I volunteer to help?
Proceeds from the 2015 GAAR were donated to the Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park and to Friendship Ark Homes. Please be sure to thank our sponsors, Skunk River Cycles, JAX Outdoor Gear, FOX Engineering and Bike World Ames.
Proceeds from the 2014 Event were donated to the Emergency Residence Project and the Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park. When you have the opportunity, please be sure to thank our sponsors and supporters!
THANK YOU ALL FOR ANOTHER FINE RACE! Many thanks to our sponsors, supporters and prize donors, and to the many volunteers that make the GAAR what it is. Race results are at www.greatamesadventurerace.org/files/2013Results.pdf and we have over 500 event photos on our FACEBOOK PAGE.
After expenses were paid the GAAR Committee donated $800 each to Food at First and to Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park. The contributions represent the net proceeds from the 2013 race.
CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE and a big thank you to all of the 2012 sponsors, supporters and volunteers - especially Skunk River Cycles, JAX, Bike World and Fox Engineering. RACE RESULTS are HERE. PHOTOS are on Facebook. After expenses were paid, the GAAR Committee presented a check in the amount of $1000 to Food at First, in Ames.
THE 2011 GAAR: THANK YOU ALL FOR ANOTHER GREAT RACE! Many thanks to our sponsors, supporters, prize donors and volunteers, and congratulations to each and every participant. We hope you all enjoyed the race and we encourage you to express your appreciation to our sponsors and supporters.
After expenses were paid, the GAAR Committee presented a check in the amount of $1000 to Kim Linduska, Chair of the Lincoln Way Chapter, Red Cross of Iowa.
The 2011 results are by category:
Solo, Tandem, and Relay
Great Ames Adventure Race committee donates $1,000 to American Red Cross (Ames Tribune 12/8/2010) The Great Ames Adventure Race committee recently presented the Lincoln Way Chapter of the American Red Cross with a check for $1,000, representing proceeds from the 2010 Great Ames Adventure Race. A donation from the Moose Lodge was presented by members Chuck Clatt and Art Barton.
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2010 GAAR Athletes and Volunteers for yet another fantastic event, and MANY THANKS to our sponsors and prize donors!
Hundreds of photographs were taken of the event by Jeff White and Diane Lowry. This year the "Around the GAAR" images are presented in Windows Media Video (wmv) format, and if there's a particular photo that you might like to have in high resolution please let us know at photo(~at~) greatamesadventurerace.org. PHOTOS: gaar2010paddle, gaar2010bike1, bike2, gaar2010run1, run2, & around_the_gaar.wmv.
Great Ames Adventure Race set for Sunday (Ames Tribune 9/7/2010)
GAAR Committee member issues Challenge (Ames Tribune 7/30/2010)
GAAR gift to Red Cross (Ames Tribune 7/7/2010)
THANK YOU, and CONGRATULATIONS, to the 2009 GAAR Participants and Volunteers for another fantastic event! RACE RESULTS are available by category at gaar09_results.xls and gaar09_results.pdf. The top 25 are listed at gaar09_top25.pdf. Also, thanks to Jeff White, Diane Lowry and Lydia Lowry, we have over 400 PHOTOS of the event. See paddle, bike, run, and around_the_gaar!
2009 AMES ADVENTURE RACE SET FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND! (Press Release, 7/20/09)
Congratulations to the 2008 GAAR Participants and THANK YOU to the GAAR Volunteers for a fantastic event! Race results are available by category at gaar08_results.pdf and we have nearly 750 PHOTOS of the event - see prerace, paddle, bike, run, and the_GAAR!
9/15/2008 - GAAR Committee presents gift to Red Cross - Members of the Skunk River Paddlers, Friends of Central Iowa Biking and Ames Running Club presented a gift of $500 to Kirk Brocker, the new Executive Director of the Lincoln Way Chapter of the American Red Cross. The '07 event was a joint effort with the Red Cross so we were pleased to have the opportunity to extend the relationship!
The Great Ames Adventure Race returns to Ada Hayden Park (Press Release, 7/31/08)