The Big 2016 UltraMedical Team Reveal!
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Greetings UMT supporters and volunteers!

Wow, time is flying by and February is upon us already! Having a couple months off duty has been a nice break for our teammates who’ve now provided voluntary medical coverage at 100 ultra distance races over the last three years across the Western US.

Although my business partner (who is not a runner) and I made a substantial cash contribution to get UMT off the ground, what I’m most proud of is the UMT volunteers who have donated over $200,000 back to the ultra community through volunteering. Please thank them the next time you see them!

“He who fails to plan plans to fail” - Sir Winston Churchill
Like a proud parent, I like to think of 2013 as our toddler years, 2014 as the preteen years, and 2015 as UMT’s teenage years (we learn quick!).

Now as we enter our 20s, so to speak, with a tremendous demand for UMT services, we are going to focus on stability and the sustainability of our number one goal - to make sure that spectators and participants of endurance events receive the best possible, evidence based, care.

The reason is simple, you are our friends and family. We take this responsibility seriously and will not compromise our standards, you can count on that!
Running is a gift. None of us are promised health and mobility, and like many of you, I only wish that I could spend everyday on the trails, in the woods, and in our mountains. My day job (I actually have one believe it or not) has been extremely flexible over the last three years but increasing responsibilities are demanding more of my time.

My young kids are growing older now too and have taken an interest in sports. When you add in doctoral school for me, that does not leave nearly as much time for volunteering as I’ve enjoyed the last three years.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” - Socrates 
From the very beginning, Marty and I have been planning for the day when we would need to change how we do things, how we operate, and even what services we are able to provide. In that time the demand for UMT has grown from a handful of local races to weekly requests that we receive to support races across the country and even across the ocean.

So we’re now going to transition into some changes that I think many of you will not only like but will fully embrace. For others it might be a little more challenging to accept but in the end we will all be better off for it.
“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight ” - Jim Rohn
Starting in 2016 we will be greatly emphasizing the UMT training program, that only requires about 4-hours and is suitable for every provider holding a license to practice from the state they are functioning in.

We have designed the material to be suitable for people with minimal training such as Wilderness First Aid or Emergency Medical Responder, or even first-aid certifications when partnered up in a team with a higher level provider.

We are working to get this training online in a format that lets your volunteers take the class in shorter pieces when it is convenient for them, but until then will be planning in-person classes throughout California and wherever there is adequate demand.
With the growing pool of UMT certified volunteers, we will be greatly reducing the number of races where the UMT is directly responsible for planning, recruiting, managing, and overseeing medical volunteers. Race directors will assume this responsibility except for particular races that are high profile, or higher risk events. In those cases it may still be possible to contract with UMT to provide medical direction.

This is made much easier now that RRCA and USATF offer a form of “volunteer medical provider” insurance riders that each race should be acquiring for its volunteers.

With a considerable investment and experience with sourcing medical equipment and managing supplies appropriate for use at these events, from rugged medical bags to the right formulation of IV solutions, we have this figured out. We will be making these medical kits available for races to rent for a nominal cost which includes replacement of the precious disposable (dated) supplies!
To summarize, for 2016 UMT will be offering:
  1. UMT volunteer training that is approximately 4-hours in length and geared for the medical providers you would recruit for your races.
  2. Medical equipment/bag rental. Designed as a weekly rental with pricing that includes typical disposable supply usage. You should have at least one UMT trained medical provider per bag at your event.
  3. Select, high profile and higher risk events may contract with UMT for medical direction & operational support.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." - Steve Jobs
Race Directors, I do encourage you to get your race dates scheduled with us in advance as soon as possible. As always it will be first come first serve not to mention that it takes time to prepare for your event and last minute requests can be difficult to complete in full, if at all.

If you are a UMT volunteer, we will be working with the Race Directors to make their medical staffing needs known (maybe some more app work coming soon) so that you can continue to support the races as you have these past years!

I continue to value your support and friendship and look forward to discussing your event’s needs and training requests in the coming months. 


PS: I would also like to extend my deep gratitude not only to Marty Hoffman, MD but also to the UMT Advisory Board that was created this year. Marty and I will be advised by Scott Mills (SD100 RD), Craig Thornley (WS100 RD), Bob Weiss, MD (WS100 Medical Director), Jennifer Henderson (Ultrarunning veteran), Bob Crowley (Ultrarunning veteran), Andy Pasternak (TRT100 Medical Director), Jim Tello (RD, UMT volunteer, and Ultrarunning veteran), James Richardson (Aspen Ambulance Paramedic). Thank you!
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