Congratulations to our 2019 EMRA MedWAR winners!

  • First Place: Stanford EM (SKEMbags)

  • Second Place: UCSF San Francisco General Hospital (Overdrive Pacing)

  • Third Place: Virginia Commonwealth University (Out Here to MTF)

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What is MedWAR?

EMRA’s MedWAR (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race) combines wilderness medicine with adventure racing to create a unique event designed to teach and test wilderness survival and medical skills.  This event provides residents and medical students an opportunity for hands-on wilderness medicine experience. The best way to learn wilderness medicine is to get outside and practice. Participants are challenged to use their broad knowledge of wilderness medicine to handle a series of potential medical emergencies. Do you have what it takes to compete? 

Who Can Be On a Team?

Each team must be comprised of three team members. All team members must be a paid EMRA member - medical student, resident or fellow. The fee for participation is $100 per team member. Fee includes round trip to Castlewood Canyon State Park from the Embassy Suites Denver, commemorative t-shirt; post-race meal; a lifetime of memories and unique medical training. 

How Do We Sign Up?

Each team must complete this form to enter the EMRA MedWar lottery.

A lottery will be held in late July 2019. The 12 winning teams will be notified by email and will be required to confirm their participation within 72 hours of notification. If a team does NOT confirm, they forfeit their spot and another team will be selected through a lottery.

What Do Teams Bring?

Each team member must pack his/her backpack with food, water and medical supplies anticipated for the competition. A list of required equipment will be sent to selected teams after the lottery drawing.

What Does EMRA Provide?

EMRA provides transportation to and from the event. Bus picks up competitors/volunteers at the primary hotel. EMRA also provides snacks and a post-event meal. 

Do I Need To Have Previous Wilderness Medicine or Adventure Racing Experience?

Absolutely not!  Just remember the course is usually 8-12 miles in distance and the race lasts up to 7 hours. How fast you move about the course is up to you but be prepared for a days worth of physical exertion, in all kinds of weather and topography. You will be exhausted once the race is over. But there will be pizza and beer at the finish line. 

Can I Just Be a Volunteer?

Of course! We always need helping hands to create the best race possible for the participants. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this form.

More Questions?

If you still have questions, just email James at JBryant@emra.org