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Saturday, September 17th, 2016

8 AM Race Start
3 PM Race Finish

All times subject to change.


El Dorado National Forest / Fallen Leaf Recreation Area
South Lake Tahoe, CA


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. 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. 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, Mountain Biking
  • Water: Kayaking, Water Crossings, & 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 by 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.

The race will be held 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.

Race Day Schedule

Friday, September 16, 2016
6pm Pre-race Registration, mandatory gear check, waivers
7pm Wilderness Medicine Scenario Based Lecture

Saturday, September 17, 2016
6am  Bike staging
7:00-7:30am  Pre-race briefing
8am  Race start
3pm  Race cutoff
3:15-3:45pm Post-race briefing
4pm  Results & Awards party

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Hike 9,738' Mt. Tallac

Tentative schedule. All times subject to change.

Cut-Off Times

We want to see as many teams as possible cross the finish line. However, certian elements of the race (particularily bike and water sections) may have cut-off times for safety. Whenever possible, these will be announced before the race.

Required Equipment
  • FOUR mountain bikes and cycling helmets per team. All members of the team will ride a bike at some point during the race.
  • Kayaks are included in cost. No canoes 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.

Race Registration (Includes kayak rental)
$350 per Four-person Team

Registration Deadline: August 16
After this date, contact us. Entries may be accepted based on availability. There may be a late fee and shirt sizes cannot be guarenteed.

No support crew needed or allowed. Entries are limited to first 15 teams.

Cancellation policy: Race registration is non-refundable within 2 weeks of the race; 50% refundable until two weeks before the race. Team members may be substituted at anytime until Check-In on Race Day.

Registration Includes

Kayak 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 map will be provided on race day for navigational purposes.


Camping is offered at the Fallen Leaf Lake Campground. We have secured a few campsites on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping cost is not included in the registration fee. Please Contact Us to inquire about one of these sites. There are several other camping areas nearby as well.

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).


We need volunteers at Checkpoints and medical scenarios! Volunteers will receive an exclusive MedWAR T-shirt 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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