EMRA Wilderness Olympics


This year, we, the EMRA Wilderness Committee, are happy to present a brand-new event, the Wilderness Olympics, that will take place at Unconventional ACEP 2020.

Olympics? What happened to MedWAR? - As in-person ACEP is now moved to a virtual event, and MedWAR 2020 has unfortunately been cancelled. Despite the ongoing public health disaster in the world, and being separated geographically, we are hoping to provide an outlet for all wilderness medicine lovers and those interested in some healthy competition.

Okay, so what is it? - Wilderness Olympics is a multi-event competition will challenge you physically and academically. Remember Billy Madison’s Academic Decathlon? Well our event may not have as many categories, but the highlights include a Wilderness Trivia competition, live improv station, scenario writing, long distance running, and a team costume competition.

What’s the time commitment? - Time commitment will be relatively minor, only 3 hours at ACEP’s conference and 1-2 days to complete the pre-conference challenges.

Being virtual, we are no longer constrained by limitations on participants, this year’s event will be OPEN TO ALL interested teams. But don’t worry, but because we are virtual, we will still make you sweat (in a socially distant and responsible way). See below for additional details and registration information.

Keep exploring and we hope to see you at Unconventional ACEP!

EMRA Wilderness Olympics

Register today!

Schedule of Events:

  1. Pre-conference
    • All events must be completed and submitted by Oct. 15, 2020
    • Academics: WRITE a wilderness medicine scenario and FILM it being done
    • Physical fitness: Each team member must complete a minimum 5 mile and 1,000 ft in elevation gain hike/trail run
    • Team Comradery: Make team jerseys/shirts
  2. Conference Daily Challenges
    • Taking place Oct. 25 - 27, 2020 
    • All conference daily challenges will be emailed at 8am CST
    • All daily challenges must be submitted by 3pm CST
  3. Live Event
    • Wednesday, Oct. 28, 5-8pm CST
      • 6-8pm for general audience
    • Wilderness Trivia
    • Wilderness Medicine Improv

Ground rules:

  • Teams of up to 5, minimum of 3
  • All members must check in for the live events and be featured in all pre-conference events
  • Must have a submission for all pre-conference events
  • Top 5 teams will be recognized at the awards ceremony
  • Winner will be guaranteed a team entry in next year’s MedWAR