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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Where Grafton Lakes State Park in northeast New York.
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.
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 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 first team to cross the finish line will win the race.
Race Day Schedule

There will be a mandatory Captain's Meeting prior to the race start on Race Day. Pre-race instructions (including directions to the starting line and bike drop) will be handed out at this time. One team member MUST be present or your team cannot race.

Required Equipment
  • One mountain bike and cycling helmet per team
  • 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, maps not provided by Race Staff, and other forms of transportation prohibited.
  • A finalized required gear list will be posted.
Prizes First, second, and third place teams will receive cool prizes.
All racers will receive surprise race schwag.

Race Fee is $125 for a 3 person team.

Race fee includes: Canoe rental, Race maps, Racer schwag, Saftey equipment if needed for challenges, Weekend camping, Pre-race demonstations, Post-race celebration dinner, and Prizes for the top teams. No support crew needed or permitted. Entries are limited to first 30 teams.


Free camping available on site. Facility has restrooms, but no showers. All participants are invited to camp before and after the race and attend the pre-race instructional sessions, post-race dinner and festivities.

Race Support This race is self-supported, and competitors are expected to either carry their own water or purify 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).
Volunteers We need volunteers at Checkpoints and medical scenarios. Volunteers will receive 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.
CME/CEU Credit Continuing Education credits may be available for healthcare providers. Details will be posted closer to Race Day. Students are not eligible for CME Credit.
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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