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The "Tuckerman Inferno" isn't as hot as Hades, but it's rigorous nonetheless. An adventure race held in famous Tuckerman Ravine in New Hampshire's White Mountains, it has five legs: an 8.3-mile run, a 6.6-mile kayak, an 18-mile cycle, a 3.5- mile hike, and a ski to the finish. The event is in mid-April, but there's still plenty of snow at that altitude. It can be done either solo or as a relay, and-proving that a little help from friends doesn't hurt-five fourthyear DMS students (pictured at left) came in fifth out of 19 relay teams this year.


Jamie Ames had done the Inferno solo the previous three years, after learning about it from Dr. Stephen Genereaux, a family physician and DMS alumnus in Wells River, Vt. This year, Ames did the kayak leg, Bethany Lovejoy the run, David Wartman the cycle, Stanley Weinberger the hike, and Matthew Crowley the ski leg. "Jamie wanted to compete as part of a team," says Lovejoy. "We all placed a great deal of emphasis on staying physically fit while in med school. This was one last chance to spend a sunny day together in the outdoors." After the rigor of the Inferno, internship may seem tame.


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