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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Start time: 2:00pm
Finish time: 10:00pm


Where Pinckney Recreation Area near Ann Arbor, MI 
Who 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.
Possible Race Components
  • Land: Hiking, Running, Orienteering, Climbing, Ropes Elements
  • 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 have a number of required, hands-on medical challenges that must be performed at a minimum level of competency until they are complete.

Test-O Challenge

The Test-O challenge will be placed within the race and each team will have to decide how much of it (if any) to complete.  Every checkpoint on it tests medical knowledge (competitors may carry reference materials) and offers reasonably generous time bonuses for simply finding them and again for answering the questions correctly.  This section of the course will be optional and teams will have to decide how much time they can reasonably spend in its completions.  Team strategy is a part of the competition.

Finishing Order

The finishing order will determined by subtracting earned bonus time from the actual race time.  Historically, the race has taken the top teams 6-7 hours to complete and most of these teams have completed the majority of the test-o portion of the race resulting in a negative time.  Teams that want to be competitive are strongly encouraged to complete the bonus sections of the course.  The course is built so that all teams will have an opportunity to maximize their time on the course and exhaust themselves of their physical reserves and medical knowledge.

Race Support The race is self-supported and competitors are expected to either carry their own water 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 textbooks, clothing, gear).
Required Equipment
  • Please see the full list of required gear
  • Canoe rental will be included as part of your Race Registration. Boats will be provided but you will need to complete paperwork at Race Check-in.
  • 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.).
  • PDAs, cell phones, ipods, radios, and other forms of communication are prohibited with the exception of one waterproofed cell phone per team carried for safety. You are responsible for waterproofing.
  • No unauthroized means of transportation allowed.
  • No bikes are required this year.
Prizes First, second, and third place teams will receive prizes. Everyone gets a T-shirt and a post-race dinner!

Race registration is $200 per team of 3. Registration deadline 2 weeks prior or 30 team limit.

Registration is limited to 30 teams. If you plan to register a large number of teams please contact the race director early to reserve your spots. Race registration is non-refundable within 2 weeks of the race. 50% refundable until 2 weeks before the race.

Registration does not include camping or park fees. A ranger will be available on race day to purchase passes.

Registration Includes Maps, canoe rental, park use fees (1 vehicle per team), race day insurance, safety equipment if needed for challenges (unless part of Required Gear), CME and FAWM credit if qualified, pre-race demonstrations (TBA), and post-race celebration dinner. Team members each receive an exclusive MedWAR Race T-shirt. A race bib (number) and topographic map will be provided on race day for navigational purposes.
Accommodations Camping is NOT included in your registration fee. You will be responsible for your own camping reservation and fees, however, this is reasonably inexpensive and can be arranged by calling 1(800) 447-2757. The Bruin Lake Campground has modern (electricity and running water) sites. They also have showers. They charge a reservation fee which can be avoided by simply showing up. However, they can be busy this time of year if the weather is good.

There is also a primitive campground which does not have electricity or running water but is much more like backcountry camping.

Please note that there is no place to buy food or anything else in the campground or nearby. You should bring food for Friday night with you. Alternatively, there are also numerous hotels in Ann Arbor (about a 30 minute drive from Race Headquarters).
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 is helpful, but not required - we will teach you everything you need to know. To volunteer, please see additional information.
CME/CEU/FAWM Credits Elegible Racers can receive CME Credit from the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center for your participation in this program. You must complete a CME Evaluation in order to get credit. The evaluation can be found linked in the CME Section. Information will also be available at race check-in.
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 are 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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