MEDical Wilderness Adventure Race
South Lake Tahoe, CA - September 9, 2017
When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Where: El Dorado National Forest/ Fallen Leaf Lake Recreation Area, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Who: Any four people with an interest in wilderness medicine. Teams often have any combination of healthcare professionals, emergency personnel, students of all varieties, and outdoor enthusiasts. Everyone is welcome. There is no minimal knowledge requirement. There are no divisions based on age, gender, or medical skill level.
Teams of four only - no less, no more. All team members will participate in all disciplines and medical scenarios. Teams may be made up of any gender. Racers must be 18 years of age or older. Medical knowledge is recommended but not required.
Possible Race Disciplines:
Land: Hiking, Running, Orienteering, Mountain Biking
Water: Kayaking, Water Crossings and Wading
Preparation: Gear, Food, Water, Medical Supplies, etc.
Wilderness Medicine: Knowledge and Skills
+ Unexpected Challenges
Teams of 4 will navigate the seven hour course via foot, kayak, and mountain bike. Teams will receive pre-marked maps with all checkpoints for the race. There will be major and minor checkpoints. Major checkpoints are mandatory and have medical scenarios. Minor checkpoints are optional and have wilderness medicine questions.
The race will have a number of required, hands-on medical challenges that must be performed at a minimum level of competency until they are complete.
Scoring is based on a checkpoint system. Each checkpoint is worth 5 points. Each scenario completed correctly is worth 5 points. Each question answered correctly is worth *1-2 points.
At the end of the race, teams are ranked initially by the number of 5 points gathered and then ranked by time.
Each checkpoint will be marked by a traditional orienteering orange and white flag.
Tentative Schedule (times subject to change):
Friday, September 8, 2017
6pm- Pre-race Registration, mandatory gear check, waivers
7pm- Wilderness Medicine Scenario Based Lecture
Saturday, September 9, 2017
6am- Bike staging
7am-7:30am- Pre-race briefing
8am- Race start
3pm- Race cutoff
3:15-3:45pm- Post-race briefing
4pm- Results & Awards party
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Hike 9,738' Mt. Tallac
The race is self-supported and competitors are expected to either carry their own water or detoxify it during the course of the race. Any assistance received from the race staff will result in disqualification. Participants must bring items they feel will be necessary to compete (backpacks, medical kits, food, water, medical references, clothing, gear).
No unauthorized means of transportation allowed.
This adventure race requires physical exertion. While most persons in good physical health should be able to compete, racers should be prepared for potential physical exhaustion. Teams must be entirely self-sufficient during the race (food and water MUST be carried). Expected race finish times are 6-7 hours and racers will cover 10-15 miles. Weather and darkness may play a role, but the race will take place rain, snow or shine.
Details subject to change; please check back for updates.