Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with critical safety and support volunteers, the Ames Jaycees have decided to cancel this year’s Great Ames Adventure Race that was scheduled for September 17th. We understand the anticipation and excitement you had for the event, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause.

We want to assure you that we are committed to making the Great Ames Adventure Race an extraordinary event, and we are already working on rescheduling it for next year.

We deeply appreciate your understanding and flexibility in this matter. Your continued support means the world to us, and we are determined to make the upcoming race an unforgettable one.

If you have any questions or concerns about the cancellation or the rescheduling of the event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at amesjayceesgaar@gmail.com.

Participants that have already registered on GetMeRegistered will receive a full refund. We will reach out to registrants to determine the best method for providing refunds.

Thank you for your interest in the Great Ames Adventure Race, and we can’t wait to see you at the starting line next year!



Since 2007 the Great Ames Adventure Race (The GAAR) has called people of all ages and abilities to test their mettle at a triathlon of events. 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 on a 2.5 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.

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.

Contact Us

Ames Jaycees – GAAR
P.O. Box 624
Ames, IA 50010