Wildfire Adaptive Division


In 2013, partnering with AbilityPLUS, the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine added an adaptive division to the Wildcat Wildfire Pentathlon. There was a great response, and the adaptive division has grown every year to include more teams and participants. As a result, there have been competitors with physical and intellectual disabilities who have enjoyed this unique event along with all the other athletes and contestants.

Adaptive Teams

A Tuckerman Inferno /Wildcat Wildfire Adaptive Team may be any team configuration as described below where at least one member has a defined disability.

  1. Wildfire Team – a five person team, one of which must be a member of the opposite sex. 
  2. Wildfire Women’s Team – all women team
  3. Wildfire Dynamic Duo – a two person team; each member must complete as least one leg with the team competing in all five legs
  4. Wildman / Wildwoman – one racer, five events
  5. Wildfire Ski Club Team – a five person team of any combination, made up of ski club members 14 years of age or older
Each adaptive team must have at least one member that has a disability.  Accommodations will be allowed for the disabled competitor, and should be noted in the team registration.  Examples of allowed accommodations include, but are not limited to, the use of a guide or the use of specialized equipment.

For further information or questions regarding the adaptive division of the race, contact Liz Stokinger, Director of the AbilityPLUS at 603-374-2688.


The adaptive division is part of the Wildcat Wildfire Race and follows that schedule.  


The Wildfire Pentathlon starts at Story Land in Glen, NH and finishes at Wildcat Ski Area in Pinkham Notch.  The race consists of five legs -- Run, Kayak, Bike, Hike and Ski.  The transition zones are at the following locations: 

  1. Start:  Story Land, Route 16, Glen, NH
  2. Run / Kayak:  Thorne Pond, Bartlett, NH
  3. Kayak / Bike:  Glen Ellis Campground, Glen, NH
  4. Bike / Hike:  Wildcat Ski Area, C Lot access road, Pinkham Notch, NH
  5. Hike / Ski: Wildcat Ski Area TBD, Pinkham Notch, NH 

Full Course Map


Total distance, 6 miles

  1. Run start is at the Story Land parking lot on the west side of Route 16 (850 New Hampshire Route 16, Glen).
  2. Stay on right side of Route 16 to the junction of Route 302.
  3. Take a right on Route 302 and continue past Attitash to Bear Peak.
  4. Take right across from the Bear Peak entrance to Thorne Pond.
  5. Go right around Thorne Pond on the gravel road to the run/kayak transition zone.


Total distance, 5.5 miles, approximately 200 feet total vertical drop (36 ft/mile)

Run / Kayak Transition at Thorne Pond - The Run/Kayak transition zone is at Thorne Pond Conservation Area, located directly across Route 302 from Bear Peak Ski Area. The gate to the pond will be open only on race day. A parking lot and a porta potty will be available. 

River Description:

  1. This whitewater course along the Saco River requires technical boating skills with total vertical drop over the 5.5 miles of approximately 200 feet or about 36 feet/mile.
  2. Following a short run from the run / kayak transition zone, kayakers will enter their boats on river right.
  3. Note that the river is narrow with many sharp bends, often containing fallen trees and obstacles; the current is strong and the river is sometimes divided into several channels.
  4. There is a strong rapid about 200 yards above the Gift Shop Covered Bridge (mile 3.5), followed by a rapid just below the Route 302 Bridge; another strong rapid follows immediately.
  5. The river then widens and soon passes under a railroad trestle (mile 4.2).  
  6. The Kayak Leg ends on the sandy beach at the Glen Ellis Campground on river left at mile 5.5.
  7. Drag the boat out of the water, and then run to kayak/bike transition zone.
  8. The best spectator spots and team support crew sites are between mile 3.5 and 4.0 as well as over the final 300 yards.


Total distance, 16 miles, approximately 2,000 feet total climb

  1.  Depart the Glen Ellis Campground and go right (south) onto Route 302
  2. Continue on Route 302, through the lights at the Route 302 / Route 16 junction in Glen.
  3. Bikers then turn left into the Wooden Soldier parking lot, at the junction of Route 16A.
  4. Continue around the roundabout at the Wooden Soldier and head back north on route 302.
  5. At the lights, take a right onto Route 16, toward Jackson.
  6. Go right at the covered bridge and follow Village Road (Route16A loop) through Jackson Village and back to Route 16.
  7. Go right on Route 16 and continue to Wildcat Ski Area.
  8. The bike / hike transition zone is in the Wildcat “C Lot” access road.  The access road is on the right, just past the Wildcat Ski Area main entrance.


Total distance, approximately 2 miles, 1,400 foot total climb

  1. The hiker will be tagged by the biker at the transition zone at the Wildcat Ski Area “C Lot” access road.
  2. The hiker will proceed up the access road and follow the directional arrows at each turn.
  3. The hikers will follow Wildcats designated uphill route:
    1. Turn left at the end of the access road on the Stray Cat trail.
    2. At the top of Stray Cat turn left onto Middle Polecat.
    3. The Hike / Ski transition is located at the intersection of the Middle Polecat and Tomcat Trails.
    4. Note that the actual location of hike course could change based on snow conditions and will be determined the day prior to the race.


  1. The skier will hike from the transition zone up the Tomcat Trail to the start of the ski leg race course at the intersection of the Tomcat and Lynx Trails. 
  2. The ski leg will be an un-gated run down an open ski trail.  Racers must follow the safe skier code.  Any skier deemed by the ski patrol to be skiing recklessly will be disqualified.
  3. Racers will ski down the Lynx Trail and finish just above the junction of the Lower Lynx and Polecat Trails.
  4. Note that the exact course could change based on snow conditions and will be determined the day prior to the race. 
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