The Tuckerman Inferno Race

Update on the Status of the 2020 Tuckerman Inferno

For 19 years we have always found a way to pull off the Tuckerman Inferno--the Northeast’s premier single-day adventure race.  We have faced flooded rivers on the kayak leg, snow-covered roads on the bike leg, and elevated avalanche and sliding fall danger on the ski leg, always finding creative course changes to mitigate the challenges thrown at us by mother nature. This resilience in the face of weather challenges and the mantra of “well, its an adventure race” has come to define the character of the event year over year.

We rely on our community of enthusiastic volunteers, supporters, and racers every year, to turn out and support the mission of the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine and the Mount Washington Avalanche Center. To many, the race is a time to catch up with old friends, socialize, and feel good supporting a worthy cause. Given the current guidelines issued by the CDC to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, we can not ask our community to ignore this threat and turn out to support this event. 

Keeping with the spirit of the event, and maintaining faith with our community, we are canceling the 2020 Tuckerman Inferno and working on new ideas for a replacement fundraiser that supports responsible outdoor activity, while reinforcing social distancing best practices. Stay tuned for more information. 

We do not take this decision lightly, this is our primary fundraiser covering our annual operating expenses and support for Tuckerman Ravine, the Mount Washington Avalanche Center, and the greater Presidential Range. We will be refunding all of the race entries paid to date. 

We look forward to bringing the Tuckerman Inferno back stronger than ever April 10th, 2021.  Thank you all for your support over the years and understanding in these challenging times.

Stay Safe, Stay Local, and Tag #FOTRSocialDistinacing in your social media feeds as you responsibly get outside and adventure locally during this difficult period. We will all need a bit of social connection as we do our part to flatten the curve.

This sound advice from the Access Fund applies to all outdoor adventures:

New Course for the 20th Annual Tuckerman Inferno Pentathalon

To celebrate the Inferno's 20th Birthday, April 11th 2020. We've gone back to the drawing boards, consulted past champions, and freshened up the Inferno course.

This year we are including 5 miles of trails in the run leg and nearly 2 miles of gravel grinding in the bike leg. For the ski we are setting a course as close to the origional "American Inferno" races as the weather/snowpack allows.

The race will be centralized at Theater in the Woods with the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation hosting the Start, Kayak-Bike Transition, and After/Awards Party.

We'll have food trucks on hand and a band playing all afternoon at the theater. The registration party kicks off friday night, April 10th, at the Tuckerman Brewing Company in Conway at 5PM.

Course Changes:

  • Run - 2 miles of trail running on the Believe in Books Foundation trail network, 3 miles of road running along Rt 302, and 3 miles of trail running at Attitash/Bear Peak
  • Kayak - Take out 1/4 mile further down stream on the Believe in Books Foundation trail network run 1/4 mile to the bike transition
  • Bike - 1/2 Mile of gravel grinding on the Theater access road, then cross rt 16 to the Dundee Road which includes just over a mile of gravel. The course then passes through Jackson to the Carter Notch road, down past Eagle Mountain House and Jackson Falls to the village where cyclists pick up Rt 16 north to Pinkham and the normal transition
  • Hike - No Change
  • Ski - We are planning on setting as close of a ski course to the origional 1930's course as possible givien the weather and snowpack.

This could be exciting, keep your fingers crossed and pray for snow.

Registration is open online here:

To view a detailed google map of the new course click here:

Posted by Friends of Tuckerman Ravine on Friday, February 14, 2020
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