The medical presence at Hotter’N Hell Hundred has continued to evolve since the inception of the Ride in 1982. Supporting that first HHH Ride was a single medical unit at the final rest stop at Memorial Stadium. HHH is now annually supported by over 800 medical volunteers at including Doctors, Nurses, EMT’s, ambulance support, the Air Evac Lifeteam and medical aides. They staff MASH type units at each of the 18 route rest stops and the finish line and can provide a range of necessary services to treat everything from bees embedded in rider’s ears to emu bites, road rash, under hydration, over hydration and hard landings.
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Medical Volunteers: More than 800 local medical personnel will volunteer their time to the Hotter’N Hell Hundred. Doctors, nurses, physical therapists, hospital workers, American Red Cross volunteers and staff, and others associated with the medical field work together to make the ride safe for everyone, and to assure that no one is ever more than 5 miles from professional medical attention.
Medical services at the ride: Basic first aid, suturing, massage on cramped muscles, basic IV fluids, tetanus vaccinations - and ambulance transportation to local hospitals when directed by the HHH Medical Director - are free. Hospital treatment is not free - if a rider is admitted to a hospital, hospital care is the financial responsibility of the rider.
Medical Aid: With medical personnel at all rest stops, roving the entire route and manning a central medical tent at the corner of 5th and Lamar (the Finish Line) across from MPEC, riders have quick access to any necessary medical attention. Between 3 and 5 percent of riders visit the medical tent each year. About 50 percent of those have heat-related problems, mostly cramps. The remainder suffer from minor to major scrapes, abrasions or other traumatic injuries.
Hydration Tips: HHH doctors recommend drinking according to thirst. HHH doctors approved and designated PowerAde as a drink of choice for long-distance bikers.
Helmet Rule: The 1988 decision to require protective helmets for all riders was an important safety decision, as HHH was the first major national ride to make the move. The majority of other rides have followed suit.
Volunteering Medical Groups: (partial list)
- Health South Rehabilitation Hospital
- Electra Memorial Hospital
- Promise Healthcare
- Bestcare Health Services
- Texas Oncology
- Kell West Regional Hospital
- Trans Star Ambulance
- Clinics of North Texas
- IntegraCare Home Health and Hospice
- Red River Hospital
- North Texas Home Health
- Texhoma Christian Care Center
- Sheppard Air Force Base
- Midwestern State University Nursing
- Hospice of Wichita Falls
- Air Evac
- American Red Cross
- Abbott Point of Care
- Lyons Club
Supplies: HHH medical people use emergency supplies including intravenous fluids, bandages, tetanus vaccinations and more. Additional thanks go to the United Regional Health Care System for donating most of the medical supplies used at the HHH.