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Tahoe Challenge
MEDical Wilderness Adventure Race

South Lake Tahoe, CA - September 21, 2019


Race Details

When: Saturday, September 21, 2019
   Start: 7am*
   Finish: 3pm*

* Times subject to change.

Where:
USFS Land Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit/ Fallen Leaf Lake Recreation Area/ Emerald Bay State Park, 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

Race Format:
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.

Each checkpoint will be marked by a traditional orienteering orange and white flag.

Tentative Schedule (all times subject to change):
Friday, September 20, 2019
   6pm- Pre-race Registration, mandatory gear check, waivers
   7pm- Wilderness Medicine Scenario Based Lecture

Saturday, September 21, 2019
   6am- Bike staging
   6-7am- Pre-race briefing
   7am- Race start
   3pm- Race cutoff
   3:15-3:45pm- Post-race briefing
   4pm- Results & Awards party

Race Support:
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.