Adventure racing is a multidisciplinary individual and team sport that involves navigating an unmarked wilderness course via foot, bike, raft, and/ or rope within a set amount of time. Individuals and teams of two or more racers must navigate to provided checkpoint coordinates (or exact map pins) by hiking, running, biking, rafting, and/or rock climbing.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE SERIES (RMAS)
In 2018, a group of race directors from all over the Rocky Mountain region came together and decided to put all our individual races on one platform and call it the Rocky Mountain Adventure Series (RMAS). RMAS is a collection of adventure races ranging from beginner 6-hour courses up to advanced 24 and 48-hour courses and hopes to grow the awesome sport of adventure racing, bring teams and racers together to enhance the race community, and promote increased participation by offering prizes to teams that compete in 3 or more of the events.
RMAS RACE DIRECTORS
RACE(S): NEVER SUMMER
In 2006, Katie discovered adventure racing when a friend invited her to join a team. She soon concluded that endurance suffering is most favorable when surrounded by the beauty of the backcountry wilderness… No roads, minimal trails, and only you and your team to depend on. Katie has raced on team Journey Racing since 2014 in expedition races such as Primal Quest, Cowboy Tough, FL Sea to Sea, and Expedition Oregon. She recently did Eco Challenge Fiji with team AR Georgia and Expedition Oregon 2021 with Team Journey/Bend Racing. A mother of 2 girls, business owner, and race director since 2016 for the Never Summer Race, she continues to love this sport and bringing all it has to offer to the Rocky Mountain region.
RACE(S): BEARS EARS, GRAND, AOYOT, QMQ, TIMBERLINE
Jess Evans has been part of RMAS since the beginning in 2019. She is the race director for Athena Adventures, directing The Grand, Bears Ears, Quarry Mt Quest, and Timberline ARs. She also designs the Adventure On Your Own Time courses. She became an adventure racer when she lived in Kentucky where her first race was The Fig in 2009. She raced as a solo for several years before joining the team “Off The Map” in 2012 to attend the USARA Championship Race in Indiana. Today she races with the Co-Ed team “Only MOSTLY Lost”, and the all female team “Chickpoints”. She has done six expedition adventure races since 2017. She is in the mountains exploring as often as possible.
ABBY & JASON
RACE(S): TETON OGRE
Jason and Abby began adventure racing in 2011 and were hooked immediately. Since then, they have raced all over the country in races of all different lengths. With the Tetons and surrounding mountains as their playground, they couldn’t resist creating an adventure race of their own in the area – the Teton Ogre! When not scheming up the next Ogre course or participating in other races, Jason and Abby can be found mountain biking, hiking, skiing, or most recently chasing after their toddler, who is proving to be giving them the biggest adventure of all!
RACE(S): SLEEP WHEN YOU'RE DEAD
Bruce Jones is the race director for the Nomad AR. He started adventure racing in California in 2010 and has raced across the country for the last decade. He enjoys bringing new racers into the sport and usually contributes as the team navigator.
RACE(S): BATTLE BY THE BROOK
Battle by the Brook (BBTB) originated in 2017 as the S’More’s Adventure Race. Sonny Adkins has co-directed the race since it’s beginning until this year where he will be leading the race solo. His day job is as Executive Director at year-round Residential YMCA Camp Shady Brook – where the race is located. BBTB has evolved from a single level ‘tough adventure’, to a multi-program, competitive, USARA sanctioned and Family Division adventure challenge. Still tough! When Sonny is not working at camp, he is enjoying family time, playing hockey, fly fishing, biking or hiking.
Bruce is a lifelong athlete. He has competed in baseball, football, martial arts, Jiu Jitsu, mountain biking, trail running and cyclocross. In the past few years he has discovered ski biking and adventure racing.
He is now addicted to adventure racing and claims that “Navigation is key!” He and his co-director, John Richards, wanted to help grow the sport in the Colorado area to attract more racers and race directors with the selfish hope of racing more locally. They took over as race directors for Genesis 4 years ago and have grown to love the entire process of scouting and designing a course that they hope others find challenging, and fun, as an introduction into this awesome sport. As a racer, his favorite parts of a race are those quiet moments just before dawn breaks as the outlines of the forest and mountains start to take shape. As race director, Bruce’s favorite part of the races is watching competitors as they proudly cross the finish line with smiles and such a great sense of accomplishment.
John is a strong believer in faith, family, and loving the outdoors. He has three kids whom he is teaching to enjoy and respect the outdoors. He also enjoys hunting, camping, and trying new businesses. His strongest discipline is mountian biking and pushing his physical boundaries. He grew up in Littleton, Colorado, and went to Columbine High School. He
He is always looking for new challenges which includes race directing, and he is not afraid to try new things in the Genesis. He is passionate about the outdoors, and he believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience its beauty.
Volunteer for an RMAS race to acquire series ranking points for your team, race discounts, and a wealth of adventure racing experience.
RANKINGS & PRIZES
Teams that participate in more than 3 RMAS races will be able to compete for end-of-year series cash prizes!