Road Safety Notes

Tuckerman Inferno Road & Course Safety

  1. The race course runs along several busy state highways including RT 16 and Rt 302. Crossing zones are identified and staffed by volunteers, state and local police and NH Army National Guard or Sheriff's Dept. traffic control teams. Competitors should be aware of all traffic and are responsible for choosing a safe time and location to cross these highways to minimize interaction with local road traffic. Road safety volunteers must be wearing a FOTR assigned fluorescent safety vest at all times and are there to assist in this process. Before the race familiarize yourself with the course layout and road crossing requirements!

  2. There are no chase vehicles allowed on the road portion of the course. Several of the roads have high traffic on narrow roads and chase vehicles impede local traffic. In order to secure permission to run the race from the local community we have to minimize the impact on the flow of traffic over these roads. Your cooperation is appreciated in respecting this aspect of traffic awareness. Follow the directions and instructions provided by the road safety team when navigating the entire course.

  3. If you see or notice any issue of concern that may impact road safety, please add a comment to this page or contact the Inferno Race Director right away.

Parking

  1. Parking is limited at all transition zones. Most of the transition zones are located on private land or in lots designated for NH Department of Transportation operations. Please be respectful of private property so that we can continue to enjoy access for future races. Listen to and obey instructions being provided by our road safety team volunteers regarding parking requirements.

  2. All transition zones will have designated drop off and pickup areas. Support teams will have 5 minutes to load and unload gear in these zones. Teams will be issued drop off/pick up passes at registration. Road safety team members will be responsible for managing this process.

Race Start

  1. Configuration and setup of the race starting area is also the responsibility of the road safety team. This includes everything from making sure the porta-potties arrive and are in place in time for the race, construction of the starting gate structure and mounting of appropriate sponsor banners (usually in the early morning hours just prior to race start to avoid overnight wind disruptions).

  2. Getting the race off to a safe start is important which means controlling and managing the large crowd that typically gathers at the start of the race. Volunteers will coordinate and monitor traffic at the start of the race to make sure racers and enter and exit the highway safely. A bullhorn and loud voice will come in handy.

  3. Race timing officials will be at the start of the race and need assistance with equipment setup and configuration. Announcing the start of the race and performing the countdown must be closely coordinate with the race timing team.

Transition Points and Water Stations

  1. Volunteers are always needed to help man water stations, especially along the running leg of the race. You may be asked to shift to new positions along the route as the race progresses. Do not interfere with any racer whether they accept or reject water and/or snack handouts.

  2. Transition points are usually a busy scene with hectic activity as racers enter and exit the course. Road safety volunteers need to manage spectators and crowds in order to maintain free flow of race traffic at all times. Please review course maps and transition zones layouts prior to your arrival.

  3. If Sponsors elect to erect tents or other displays at transition points. their location and activity must be closely monitored and controlled so as to not interfere in any way with the race. Sponsor and vendors are asked to fully cooperate with the instructions provided by road safety volunteers.

  4. Upon the last racer moving through a transition point, volunteers may move on to a new assignment on the course as needed but you should also be prepared to come back and help clean up post-race if possible.

Other

  • If you have not already done so, please fill out and have on file a completed Volunteer Liability Waiver Form. If you expect to attend the race banquet as a volunteer, you will need to make sure you also submit the form to generate a receipt for Volunteer Perks. You must have a banquet ticket receipt in hand to attend the Inferno awards banquet.
  • Volunteers are expected to pay attention to the course maps and transition zone notes and other reports and notices posted online. Dynamic weather conditions frequently force last minute changes in race transition points and volunteers need to be aware of these impacts at all times.

 

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