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Saturday April 14, 2018
10am Race Start*
6pm Race Finish*
7:30-8:15am Volunteer check-in*

ALL teams must be checked-in by 8:30am and attend required Safety and Captain's meetings prior to race start. Additional CME presentations (open to all racers and volunteers) begin at 7am.

*Times subject to change


Fort Gordon Military Base near Augusta, Georgia

Note to those who have been to our race before: The campsite and race start/finish move periodically within the base to keep you in new terrain! This year's directions are posted under Location.

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, Running, Orienteering, Climbing, 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 circuit format with an optional orienteering leg at the end, with a total of 8 hours allotted for completion. 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 challenge. The course is designed to allow several teams to complete challenges side-by-side, however teams will likely get spread out as the race progresses. There may be unavoidable choke points throughout the race. Teams that arrive there first will undoubtedly have an advantage over teams behind them.  In most places during the race, you will be able to pass slower teams, however an occasion may occur where this is not possible for safety reasons.  Slower teams should move to allow faster teams to pass out of courtesy and sportsmanship if they can safely do so and may be asked to by Race Personnel.  Remember: Sometimes you’re wanting to pass and sometimes you’re being passed.  Please be courteous.  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 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!

Race Day Schedule *

*Times subject to change

Friday April 13

7-11pm Racer Check-In & Camping

Saturday April 14

6:30am Check-In Opens
7:00-8:00am Educational Classes for CME (Topics TBA)
7:30-8:15am Volunteers Check-In at Registration
8:30 Racer Check In Closes
(All teams/bikes MUST be checked in)
8:30 Volunteer Meeting
8:45 Fort Gordon Safety Presentation (Required for ALL racers)
9:00 Water Detox (Required for all racers)
9:00 Volunteers transported to their first station
9:15 Team Captain's Meeting
6:00-8:00pm Dinner served
7:30pm Awards & Educational Presentation
8:00pm Please join us for primitive camping & Celebration!

Cut-Off Times We want to see as many teams as possible cross the finish line. To accommodate teams of wide-ranging experience, ability, and speed, several “cut-offs” are built into the course. If a team does not make the cut-off time for a particular section, that team will be re-routed and allowed to continue on the course. Although a re-routed team may be traveling alongside a team on a longer course, once re-routed, that team cannot be ranked higher than a team that completed the section they were routed around. The race course will close at a time TBA and all remaining teams will be brought in at that time. Teams may not elect to be re-routed—if you arrive at a checkpoint after the cut-off time, you will be re-routed. If you arrive before a cut-off time, you cannot be re-routed and must attempt to complete that section.
Required Equipment
  • One mountain bike and cycling helmet per team
  • 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 March.
Prizes First, second, and third place teams will receive prizes. Everyone gets a T-shirt and a post-race dinner!

Race Registration (Includes Canoe rental and Camping)
$260 per Four-person Team until Feb 14
$280 per Four-person Team from Feb 15 until March 15
$300 per Four-person Team after March 15

Registration Deadline March 30 - extended to April 5
After this date, contact us. Entries accepted based on availability. No support crew needed or allowed. Entries are limited to first 40 teams.

We will be offering the option to upgrade to a High Perfromance Shirt of for an additional $10 per shirt. Cotton shirts are included in the regular price.

Note: This race usually sells out, so sign up early!!!

Cancellation policy: Full refund until 4 week before the race. 1/2 refund until 2 weeks before the race. No refund after 2 weeks before 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), all weekend camping, 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 Camping is included in your registration fee at the race site in Fort Gordon. There are plenty of primative campoing sites on a first-come basis. Well-behaved pets and children are welcome in camp. There are also numerous hotels in Augusta (about a 20 minute drive from Race Headquarters). There are very limited options to buy food or supplies once you reach the camp area. Please bring everything you need to enjoy your weekend.
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 planned for healthcare providers. You must register online in advance for CMEs. Students are not eligible for CME Credit.
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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