The Tuckerman Inferno adventure race started in 2000 as the primary annual fundraiser for Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. The race pays homage to the original American Inferno ski races of the 1930’s. While the original American Infernos were top to bottom ski races on Mount Washington, the current Tuckerman Inferno includes running, kayaking, biking and hiking to create a pentathlon that is one of the most challenging adventure races in the country. Individuals and relay teams of two or five people compete to see who will be the fastest to cover an approximately 36 mile course that starts in the Mount Washington Valley and finishes in Tuckerman Ravine.
The race has been run continually since 2000 in all types of weather, and would not be possible without the efforts of many dedicated volunteers and partners including with the support and generosity of the following organizations and local businesses – the United States Forest Service, Wildcat Ski Area, Attitash Ski Area, Mountain Rescue Service, White Mountain Swift Water Rescue Team, New Hampshire State Parks, Mount Washington Observatory, Appalachian Mountain Club, Glen Ellis Campground, The Flatbread Company, New Hampshire Army National Guard, New Hampshire State Police, Storyland, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, the Mount Washington Avalanche Center, AbilityPLUS and P1 Race Timing.
THE FIVE LEGS OF THE INFERNO PENTATHLON
The Inferno Pentathlon starts at Story Land in Glen, NH and finishes in Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington. The race consists of five legs -- Run, Kayak, Bike, Hike and Ski. The transition zones are at the following locations:
Start (Run): Story Land, Route 16, Glen, NH
Run / Kayak: Thorne Pond, Bartlett, NH which is next to the Saco River
Kayak / Bike: Glen Ellis Campground, Glen, NH
Bike / Hike: Direttissma Trail Head Parking Lot, Pinkham Notch, NH (just before the AMC Visitor Center)
Hike / Ski: Tuckerman Ravine trail to Tuckerman Ravine ski course (TBD), Mount Washington, NH