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MedWAR is short for Medical Wilderness Adventure Race. It is a unique event that combines wilderness medical challenges with the growing sport of adventure racing. The race was also developed as a tool for teaching and testing the knowledge, skills, and techniques of wilderness medicine, and for promoting teamwork and collegiality among competitors. MedWAR is sanctioned by North American Educational Adventure Racing (NAEAR).
Fall 2000

MedWAR was the dream child of Emergency Department physicians and medical students at Medical College of Georgia. The first race followed a five "leg" format, where participants checked in to a central headquarters after each leg. Each team followed a different order through the race legs, and the final leg was the same for each team -- a sprint to the finish.

April 2001

First MedWAR Race held at Wildwood Park near Augusta, Georgia. The race lasted long into the night, with the final team crossing the finish line in just over 10 hours (at 2am)! Twenty-two teams from 8 states (NC, KY, TN, FL, GA, SC, MI, MD) and three foreign countries (Canada, New Zealand, Australia) participated in the inaugural race.
October 2002 Midwest MedWAR made its debut at Pinckney Recreation Area in southeast Michigan.
April 2003 Southeast MedWAR race moved to the U.S. Army's Fort Gordon incorporating a mass casualty simulation involving a crashed army helicopter.
March 2003 MedWAR went international, with teams braving the Canadian winter in the first MedWAR North near Barrie, Ontario.
October 2005 Midwest MedWAR broke the record for the largest race with 55 teams competing in the first MedWAR Race to be raced from 3pm - 10pm ending with a orienteering section in the dark.
March 2006 Mid-Atlantic MedWAR begins at Fort A. P. Hill in Virginia boasting one of the most challenging orienteering courses yet.
October 2006 Northeast MedWAR in upstate New York is officially added to the MedWAR Race Series.
January 2009 MedWAR Utah holds its first race with a GPS-based navigation course.


MedWAR Tennessee inaugural race!
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