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 including doctors, nurses, EMT’s, ambulance support, the Air Evac Lifeteam and support staff. 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 1000 local medical personnel will volunteer their time to the Hotter’N Hell Hundred. Doctors, nurses, physical therapists, hospital staff, 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 under the direction of the Medical Director: Medical treatment, basic first aid, suturing, massage on cramped muscles, IV fluids, and tetanus vaccinations are provided at the medical tents free of charge. Higher level care within the hospital setting is not free and is the financial responsibility of the rider as well as any ambulance transportation costs.
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 of the riders 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)
United Regional – Primary Medical Emergency Sponsor
- Air Evac
- American Red Cross
- Bestcare Health Services
- Clinics of North Texas
- Community Health Care Center
- Electra Memorial Hospital
- Encompass Health
- ER Now
- Hospice of Wichita Falls
- Kell West Regional Hospital
- Midwestern State University Nursing
- Promise Healthcare
- Red River Hospital
- Sheppard Air Force Base
- Sheridan Medical lodge
- Trans Star Ambulance
- United Regional Physician Group
Hotter'N Hell Hundred medical volunteers use emergency supplies including intravenous fluids, bandages and more - all of which is donated by United Regional Health Care System, our primary medical sponsor for the weekend's events.
Special thanks go to the local Lion's Club for working alongside the main medical tent at the Finish Line to secure rider's bikes while they are obtaining medical treatment.