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Saturday, October 22, 2016
8:00AM-12:00PM Staggered Race Start
7:00PM Race Finish

Teams must be checked-in and attend the required Safety/ Captain's meeting 30 minutes prior to their registered start time.


Harrogate, Tennessee

Race Start:
DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752

Directions and a map to the Race Start posted here.

Teams Any three 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 are three (3) people ONLY. No less, no more, no exceptions. Sorry.
Possible Race Components
  • Land: Hiking, Running, Orienteering, Climbing, Ropes Elements, Mountain Biking
  • Preparation: Gear, Food, Water, Medical Supplies, Etc.
  • Wilderness Medicine: Knowledge and Skills
  • Unexpected Challenges...
Race Format Circuit format adventure race with Wilderness Medicine questions and hands-on scenarios, designed to test your academic and practical knowledge of wilderness medicine. Penalties for wrong answers will be assessed. You may carry any references you see fit to answer these questions/scenarios correctly, however you must carry whatever you bring for the entire race, and there is a very good chance you and your gear may get wet. The team with the shortest time will win the race.
Race Day Schedule*

Saturday, October 22

6-6:30 AM Volunteer Report (Check-in at Registration)

6:30 AM Volunteers Meeting / Leave for first station

7:00 AM Team Check-In Opens

8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 12:00 PM

6 teams max will be allowed to register for each time slot

You must report for Captains Meeting at least 30 minutes before scheduled start time. (Ex. If you are registered for the 10:00 AM start time, you must be signed in and ready to go by 9:30 AM)

**Staggered race starts have been implemented this year in order to minimize wait times at scenario stations**

7:00 PM Last Race Time Slot Finished

7:00 PM (or last Team completed) Awards & 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. 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 7PM 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 per team which all members can ride
  • One Tent per team (even if not camping)
  • Orienteering Compass
  • Survival gear of the team's choosing
  • Medical kit
  • 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, electronics, and other forms of transportation prohibited.
  • See the full Required Gear List
Prizes All teams completing the race in the designated time will receive a completion prize.
Everyone gets a free T-shirt and BBQ!
Registration Race Registration
$150 per Team Before October 1
$180 per Team On or after October 1

Registration Deadline October 8
(2 weeks prior to race)
After this date, contact us. Entries accepted based on availability.
No support crew needed or allowed.
Entries are limited to first 30 teams.
Cancellation policy: 50% refund until 2 weeks prior to race day. No refund within two weeks of the race. Team members may be substituted at anytime until Check-In on Race Day. Please let Race Directors know of any substitutions.
Registration Includes Maps, race day insurance, safety equipment needed for challenges (unless part of Required Gear), all-weekend camping, breakfast, and post-race BBQ celebration dinner. Team members each receive an exclusive MedWAR Race T-shirt. A topographical map will be provided on race day for navigational purposes - you will need to know how to read it and navigate by it using an orienteering compass.
Accommodations Camping is included in your registration fee 5-10 minutes drive from the race start. Please contact us if you would like to use the campsite. There are also 2 hotels in Middlesboro, KY, however, we suggest reserving a room early as they have a tendency to fill up. Search in the Harrogate, TN and Middlesboro, KY area.
Race Support This race is self-supported, and competitors are expected to either carry their own water and/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 texts, clothing, gear, etc). We are not responsible for your gear during the race. It may get wet/dirty. Please prepare accordingly.
Volunteers Please Contact Us if you wish to volunteer.
CME/CEU Credit Continuing Education credits will not be available this year for this race site, however look for possible CME credits for future races.
The Fine Print 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 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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