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MAY 21


The Genesis Adventure Race is designed to be an introduction to the amazing world of adventure racing. Teams will race to navigate, run, bike, and traverse water to find checkpoints and finish surprise obstacles in the allotted time. If you’ve ever dreamed of challenging yourself in an exciting, fun, and unique race format, Genesis is for you. If you are a seasoned veteran of adventure racing, this is an excellent opportunity to encourage others and get friends and family involved alongside you. Show them your passion and impress them with your skills. You will have fun, laugh, sweat and power through this 6-hour course and come out feeling a sense of accomplishment!

Teams will choose their own route (using a map provided) and learn the strategies of adventure racing. Teams will wonder, “Do we take the short and steep route or the longer but gentler route to a checkpoint?” There will be many required checkpoints, and even optional “pro points” to allow each team to make a critical decision to go for the extra points, or to play it safe to assure you finish within the time limit. Teams will be ranked according to how many of the disciplines and checkpoints they complete and if they cross the finish line – before time runs out!

Please contact us with any questions on adventure racing and the race format. Remember… “On the other side of fear – is freedom, and only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go!”


Stay tuned for more information as the race day approaches!


We are holding this year’s Genesis at Wellington Lake in Bailey, Colorado.


Racers will navigate the unmarked course by hiking/trekking, running, mountain biking (dirt road/trail), and paddling (flat water).


Racers must form teams of 2-4 in order to participate.


Please click here for a list of all required gear and equipment.


A racer supplied hand-launched boat is required for this race. You must be able to lift your vessel out of your vehicle and place it in the water in order to use it on Wellington Lake. We do not allow boat trailers to back into the water. Electric and gas motors are not permitted and will lead to disqualification.


We love our volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering for this race, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and the race director will be in touch.


We are taking COVID-19 seriously and want to ensure that all our race participants, as well as our community, are safe. If necessary we will implement a plan and guidelines to keep in compliance with local communities in order to keep all involved healthy. For more information, click here.

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4 pm-7 pm- Early check-in. Will receive maps

6-7 pm. Expedition racer Katie Farrington and AR photographer Tim Bresnahan will be speaking about their experiences in racing.


6-8 am- late check-in.

8:15 am- Pre-race meeting

9 am- first wave (2 person teams)

9:20am- second wave (3-4 person teams)

3 pm- 2person team finish cutoff

3:20 pm 3-4 person finish cutoff

8 pm- Must vacate the reserved group campground

Is GPS allowed?
GPS is not allowed except for using it to track your race only. If you are using GPS to navigate, you will be disqualified.

Can I use maps on my phone?
There is very limited cell service at Wellington Lake. You are not permitted to use maps on your phone unless you are looking at a picture on your phone of the race map.

Do I have to have a teammate? 
Yes, it is required to have at least one person on your team. You must participate in the race together and finish together to place in the race. Limit of 4 per team.

Is this Family Friendly?
Yes, this is intended to be an entry-level race for beginners. Map reading will be simple, as long as you can read a road map, you should be fine. There will be large landmarks at this race so you should be able to orient yourself quickly before getting lost. Always remember, even the best get lost!

What is the age limit?
We do not have an age limit. An adult must be part of the team if there is someone under the age of 18 on the team. If your kid can run/hike 3-5 miles, bike 10, and row 1-2 miles, you are welcome to give this race a go.

What kind of boat do I need?
All watercraft must be hand-launched. This means that you must be able to lift your vessel out of your vehicle and place it in the water in order to use it on Wellington Lake. We do not allow boat trailers to back into the water.  Electric and gas motors are not permitted and will lead to disqualification.

What Kind of gear do I need?
Here is the required gear list. All other gear will be optional. NOTE: It will be cold at Wellington Lake with possible snow. Dress appropriately.

Will the race get canceled?
No, we will race in rain or snow. Dress appropriately.

Cancellation Policy: We are unable to offer refunds on race registration fees.* However, we will happily transfer your entry to a future race.
*If we end up having to postpone or cancel the 2021 race due to COVID, all registered racers will receive a full refund.


Are you needing a teammate to compete with in one of our races? Check out the Adventure Race Teammate Finder Facebook page for other racers looking for partners!




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