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2017 Great Ames Adventure Race logo THE GREAT AMES ADVENTURE RACE!                 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th


Congrats to Team GuyGuy Bandstra, GAAR's Greatest 2017, and thanks to all for another fine race! Race results are available at WebScorer. (Click the green "Race winners" link to see results by category.)

Photos will be available on the GAAR Facebook Page as soon as our lead photographer has a chance to review the hundreds of photos that were taken.

Proceeds from the 2017 race will be donated to the Gilbert Trail Project, a paved trail that will connect Gilbert and Ames near Ada Hayden Park.

And please be sure to thank our sponsors and prize donors!

For ten years the Great Ames Adventure Race (The GAAR) has drawn people of all ages and abilities. 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 (modified in 2016) is entirely on paved roads south, west and north of the park. The 5K is on asphalt and cinder trails within the park. PFDs (life jackets) and bike helmets are required!

Come and challenge yourself, or challenge family, friends, and coworkers in a fun paddle-bike-run event that keeps people coming back, year after year.

Check us out on FACEBOOK!

(Register early to ensure that you'll get an event t-shirt!)

    Advance Registration Fees

    • SOLO and SOLO MASTERS - $40.00

    • TANDEM and ADULT/YOUTH TANDEM - $80.00

    • Two, three and four person Relay Teams - $40.00 per particpant

    ONLINE REGISTRATION is available through September 7th at GetMeRegistered.com/GAAR.

    A late fee of $10/participant will apply to day-of-event registrations.

    To register by mail print and complete the Registration Form and Waiver page or the pdf Registration Form and mail with payment to:

        PO Box 378
        Ames, IA 50010

        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.

Prizes and AWARDS will be presented at the Moose Lodge
(1/4 mile north of the park at Hwy 69 and 190th Street) following the race. A pancake breakfast will be served at the Moose Lodge from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The breakfast is included with each registration and is available to family, friends and the general public at $4/person ($2/child).


    Are there restrictions or regulations on what kind of canoe/kayak, bike, or paddle I can use?
    No, you may use any type of bike, paddle, canoe or kayak

    Do I have to wear a helmet while on my bike?
    Yes, all participants on the bike portion of the race will be required to wear CPSC/ANSI approved helmets.

    Do I have to wear a life jacket while I am in my boat?
    Yes, all participants will be required to wear a US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device while on the lake.

    COMPLETE EVENT RULES can be found here.

    How do the categories work?

    • SOLO participants compete in the entire course.
      Solo Masters participants are aged 50 and over.

    • TANDEM participants compete together over the entire course, paddling and/or biking tandem. The finish times of Adult - Tandem particpants are averaged; Adult - Youth participants must race together. (Eligible youth are aged 12 and under.)

    • RELAY participants compete in sections of the race as assigned by their team. Two, three and four - person Relay Teams will compete together as one category.

    Can I rent a boat?
    You are responsible for providing your own boat. Canoe and kayak rentals can be arranged IN ADVANCE with:

    • JAX Outdoor Gear, (515) 292-2276

    • Seven Oaks Recreation, (515) 432-9457

    • ISU Outdoor Recreation, (515) 294-8200 (for ISU students, staff, affiliates)

    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?
    The GAAR is a joint, volunteer effort between members of the Ames Area Running Club, Friends of Central Iowa Biking and the Skunk River Paddlers. Proceeds have helped support the Lincoln Way Chapter of the American Red Cross, Food at First, the Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park, the Ames Emergency Residence Project, Friendship Ark Homes, the Story County Sheriff's Dive Team and the Story County Amateur Radio Club.

    How can I volunteer to help?
    Many volunteers are needed for the GAAR. Please email volunteers@greatamesadventurerace.org and indicate how you or your group might like to help.

2016 GAAR

    Thanks, EVERYONE, for another Great Race! Results are HERE and photos are on our Facebook Page.

    The Story County Sheriff's Dive Team and the Story County Amateur Radio Club have supported the GAAR each year since the inaugural event in 2007. In recognition of their support, and in support of the services that they provide to the community, a portion of the 2016 GAAR proceeds has been donated to each organization. A donation has also been made to the Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park.

    Please be sure to thank our sponsors, Skunk River Cycles, JAX Outdoor Gear, FOX Engineering and Bike World Ames.

2015 GAAR

2014 GAAR

2013 GAAR

    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.

2012 GAAR

    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.

2011 GAAR

    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
    First Place Winners are in the September 16 News Release
    Photos are on Picasa and on our Facebook Page
    We have one GAAR leftover: a water bottle     Email info @ greatamesadventurace.org to claim

2010 GAAR

2009 GAAR

2008 GAAR

    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)

2007 GAAR