By Joseph Ditzler • The Bulletin

What: Adventure Medics LLC

What it does: Provides emergency medical services for athletic and entertainment events

Pictured: Co-owners Adam Mack, left, and Matt Sabelman

Where: 1315 NE Sharkey Terrace, Bend

Employees: 10

Phone: 541-639-9993


Imagine you’re 63 miles into a 100-mile foot race through the wilderness of Central Oregon, and suddenly you fall, or exhaustion gets the better of you.

If the event organizers thought ahead, there might be a qualified emergency medical technician or paramedic nearby. Adventure Medics, which started operations in May, is one firm that provides that service.

Based in Bend, the firm is run for the time being from the home of founder Matthew Sabelman, 32, once a firefighter in Homer, Alaska. He still works two-week shifts with a private care provider, Fairweather LLC, providing his services on the North Slope of Alaska.

At home, he and business partner Adam Mack, 29, a former firefighter for Hood River and the U.S. Forest Service, provide standby medical services for events such as Bend Brewfest, held last year in August at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.

“They were absolutely amazing,” said Chelsea Woodmansee, event and sponsorship coordinator for the amphitheater. “Matt is very hands-on and very personable; he took the job very seriously and is so hardworking it’s unbelievable.”

Adventure Medics works with Dr. David Stewart, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist who serves as the company medical director. Stewart said he reviews the company procedures and planning to ensure they conform to standards. That gives the company a certain amount of protection from liability, Stewart and Sabelman said.

The firm hires qualified emergency medical technicians and paramedics to work on-call for athletic contests such as the Tour des Chutes bicycle road races and events organized by Go Beyond Racing, of Beaverton.

“The longest event we’ve done so far is a 100-mile run, near Olallie Lake,” dubbed the Mountain Lakes 100 in the Mt. Hood National Forest, Sabelman said. “That was all off and on the (Pacific Crest Trail) there. There’s a lot of logistics that go into it.”

Adventure Medics uses an all-terrain vehicle to leapfrog its personnel along the racecourse to keep up with the participants, he said. That particular race lasted 36 hours and involved 17 aid stations.

At one point, a runner failed to check in; an Adventure Medics’ team member responded on the trail with a mountain bike and litter. The medic treated the woman and carried her off the course, Sabelman said. The runner was disoriented and suffering from hypothermia, he and Mack said.

Renee Seker, co-owner of Go Beyond, said Adventure Medics’ use of bicycles and other vehicles gives the company an edge beyond that of having volunteer nurses and EMTs standing by at the start or finish lines. The race organizers are planning to bring the medic firm on board in future events, she said.

“They’re super fantastic guys,” Seker said. “They actually have quite a crew.”

— Reporter: 541-617-7815,

Q: Why Bend?

A: Matthew Sabelman: Pretty much everything about Bend. We’re really into rock climbing; my daughter likes rock climbing. … We started my daughter climbing when she was 3, and now she’s 7. And, really, the rock in Alaska is not the greatest, and so we moved down here to be closer to Smith Rock and all the other cool stuff we’d heard about Bend.

Q: How do you manage to get the contracts for these events after only seven months in business?

A: I invite the (event organizer) to coffee. What are you doing for medical? Are you satisfied with your medical? And a lot of them understand the liabilities that come with an event, and a lot of times that’s one of their biggest stressors. We kind of help provide peace of mind for them.