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TBA - Postponed in 2016

8 AM Racer Check-In and Volunteers Report
10 AM Race Start*
6 PM Race Finish*

ALL teams must be checked-in by 8:30am and attend required Safety and Captain's meetings prior to race start.

*Times subject to change

Where

DCR Harold Parker State Forrest near Boston, MA

Teams Any four (4) 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 (4) ONLY. No more, no less. No exceptions.
Possible Race Components
  • Land: Hiking, Trail Running, Orienteering, Ropes Elements, Mountain Biking
  • Water: Canoeing, Stream/River/Swamp Crossing, & Wading
  • Preparation: Gear, Food, Water, Medical Supplies, Etc.
  • Wilderness Medicine: Knowledge and Skills
  • Unexpected Challenges...
Race Format

The race will be run in a free navigation format with a total of 8 hours allotted for completion. Teams will receive a map and list of required and optional checkpoints to be completed in any order determined by the team in the time limit. In the spirit of adventure racing and the simulation of “surprise” situations often encountered in the wilderness, participants will not know the content of any challenge prior to arriving at that particular checkpoint. The course is designed to allow several teams to complete challenges side-by-side, however it is possible more teams arrive at a given time than open stations. Teams will complete the challenge in the order that they arrive at the checkpoint. The difficulty of each challenge may be different for each individual and may increase as the race progresses as fatigue and possibly darkness play a role. The finish time is strict, and any team arriving at the finish after the finish time will be marked DNF. The race will continue rain or shine, but if extreme weather or darkness make a section of the race unsafe, it may be closed prior to the final team completing that challenge. Rest assured that everyone will be tired, wet, hungry, thirsty, dirty, and probably complaining when you cross the finish line!

Tentitive
Race Day Schedule *

*Times subject to change

Saturday September 17

8:00 AM     Racer Check-In Opens and Volunteers Report
9:00 AM     Racer Check-In Closes
9:00 AM     Volunteer Meeting & transport to stations
9:30 AM     Team Captain's Meeting (Required)
10:00 AM   RACE BEGINS!
6:00  PM    RACE FINISH!
6:15  PM    Dinner
7:30  PM    Awards & Educational Presentation
8:00 & on   Please join us for primitive camping & Post-race celebration!

Tentative schedule. All times subject to change.

Cut-Off Times We want to see as many teams as possible cross the finish line. Certian elements of the race have a cut-off time for safety. For example, the canoe and bike sections may close 1 hour prior to the race end. These will be announced before the race.
Required Equipment
  • TWO mountain bikes and cycling helmets per team. All members of the team will ride a bike at some point during the race.
  • One canoe, 2 paddles, & 4 PFDs (Rentals included in cost. No kayaks or other boats.)
  • Some major supplies and safety items will be provided, but participants must bring any and all other items they feel will be necessary to compete (backpacks, medical kits, food, water, medical texts, clothing, gear, etc.).
  • GPS units, cell phones, PDAs, and other communication devices prohibited (You may carry a cell phone for emergencies, but we are not responsible if it gets wet.).
  • All non-authorized forms of transportation prohibited.
  • A finalized required gear list will be posted in early August.
Prizes First, second, and third place teams will receive prizes. Everyone gets a T-shirt and a post-race dinner!
Registration

Race Registration (Includes canoe rental)
$240 per Four-person Team

Registration Deadline 2 weeks prior to the race
After this date, contact us. Entries accepted based on availability. There may be a late fee.

No support crew needed or allowed. Entries are limited to first 20 teams.

Cancellation policy: Full refund until 4 weeks before the race. 1/2 refund until 2 weeks before the race. No refund within 2 weeks of the race. Team members may be substituted at anytime until Check-In on Race Day.
Registration Includes Canoe rental, maps, race day insurance, safety equipment needed for challenges (unless part of Required Gear), pre-race demonstrations (TBA), and post-race celebration dinner. Team members each receive an exclusive MedWAR Race T-shirt. A topographic map will be provided on race day for navigational purposes.
Accommodations

Rustic camping is included with the race fee on a first come, first serve basis for the first 80 people. There will be a portable toilet, but no showers.

Race Support This race is self-supported, and competitors are expected to either carry their own water or detoxify natural sources of water 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 texts, clothing, gear, etc).
Volunteers We need volunteers at Checkpoints and medical scenarios! Volunteers will receive an exclusive MedWAR T-shirt, food throughout their volunteer time, free camping, and are invited to the post-race celebration dinner. Medical knowledge not required - we will teach you everything you need to know.
Please sign-up online to volunteer.
CME/CEU Credit Continuing Education credits applications are being looked into for this year. Please stay tuned for more information.
The Fine Print This adventure race requires intense physical exertion for a prolonged amount of time. While most persons in good physical health should be able to compete on some level, racers should be prepared for potential and probable physical exhaustion. You are very unlikely to finish the entire race course and will likely be re-routed for safety if you only walk vs. run/jog. Teams must be entirely self-sufficient during the race (food and water MUST be carried). Expected race finish times is 6-10 hours and racers will cover 10-15 miles. Weather and darkness may play a role, but the race will take place rain or shine.
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