Dear Patch Sprint Participants:
The 2020 Patch Sprint has been rescheduled for: Saturday, August 22.
This date was reached in consultation with Pok-O-MacCready Camps; the DEC; and several event participants.
We truly hope that everything will happen as planned, BUT please note that the rescheduled event is fully dependent upon the status of the Covid-19 pandemic, and may result in:
If you have already registered and paid for the 2020 Patch Sprint, we ask you to PLEASE STATE YOUR INTENTIONS for the rescheduled event by filling out THIS SHORT SURVEY.
If you haven't yet signed up, you can REGISTER NOW!
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions and concerns.
Hoping to see you later this summer!!!!
From Central Park to the Pacific Coast, several dozen enthusiastic runners & hikers took part in Saturday's "Personal Patch Sprint". Most enjoyed great weather; all showcased creative routes. Congratulations to everybody-- see you later this summer (we hope) for the real deal!
SEE A FULL GALLERY HERE
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE PATCH SPRINT
It is with great sadness that we announce the postponement of the 2020 Patch Sprint, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event will be moved to a weekend to be announced, later this year.
Said Tim Singer, event co-founder: "We had held out hope that, given the nature of our small, outdoor event, we could go on, as scheduled. However, the ongoing nature of the pandemic has nullified that hope. The New York State DEC is currently not accepting applications for public land use for events. Even if things do improve, we need to consider several factors, including: the number of out-of-area participants... the fact that the event is based at a summer camp... and to prevent placing a burden on already popular trails on Rattlesnake and Pok-O."
Said Brian DeGroat, event co-director: "Even had we been able to move forward with the race, it was almost
The annual BEAST training series has been cancelled for 2020. "We had hoped to be able to do it," said event co-organizer Steph Lylis, "and have people running at a distance and bring-your-own meals but, the way things are unfolding now, it just doesn't make any sense."
The BEAST series - a social training lead up to the annual Patch Sprint - has been taking place since 2011, and consists of group runs and hikes along the Patch Sprint course, along with a weekly potluck dinner.
As exercising outdoors remains one of the few permissible activities amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, participants are still encouraged to hit the Patch Sprint course, or some other training ground either solo, or in a small group.
"If you're still planning to do a BEAST-type workout, feel free to let others know, to whatever extent you're comfortable with" said Lylis, "but please be careful, and practice the health guidelines that have been laid down for your area."
Dear Patch Sprint registered or potential participants,
We know many of you have questions about how the Coronavirus 19 (COVID - 19) - which has led to the cancellation of many events throughout the world - will affect the 2020 Patch Sprint.
Our policy is that, over the next several weeks, we will closely monitor the situation regarding COVID. It is our hope that this event can go on as scheduled on May 23; however, the health and safety of our participants will be the primary objective in making a final decision. Given that, we are working on several preliminary options: (hit the READ MORE) link
2017 Patch Sprint champion Sean Davis has taken the winter title for the second time in three years.
Davis, a Willsboro native, recorded the second fastest time in the history of the winter sprint, completing the four mountains in two hours, 43 minutes and 48 seconds.
"I didn’t run with my phone so I didn’t get any pics, but it was such a beautiful day, sunny and 50, perfect running conditions between the mountains but still quite a bit of snow and ice on the trails, particularly going up Pok-O."
The winter record of 2:36:11 was set by Jason Fiegl and Jan Wellford, in equally favorable conditions in 2016.
In December, three-time Patch winner Cole Starkey outpaced a record winter group of seven runners to take the early season lead, in a time just over three hours.
Sign up now to take part in PS-20, May 23. The divisions remain the same from last year.
To sign up, go to our event registration page, which will link you to our registration service.
Prior to registering, please read the event information regarding divisions, start times, weekend schedule and more.
We encourage you to sign up early in order to secure your spot. The race has reached capacity in six of the past eight years, and the price rises March 1. Please don't forget to donate to our beneficiary as well!
Looking forward to seeing you this May!
Brian, Spencer & Skip
Three-time Patch Sprint Champion Cole Starkey has set the mark to shoot at fr the 2019-2020 Winter Sprint. Starkey, a three-time Patch champion, broke away from Jacob Gittler and another multi-champion Jason Fiegl just below the summit of Sugarloaf, and cruised alone to the finish on Pok-O-Moonshine in a time of 3:08:30
Gittler and Fiegl ended up 13 minutes back, while another group consisting of Katie Moffett, Andrew Chalnick and Tim Singer also completed the course on the same day. Moffett broke her own previous female winter course record.
Spirited racing... Great weather... No injuries or lost runners!
For the most part, the Patch Sprint is about friends and family, giving and support. There’s plenty of thanks to go around this year but first, a few racing kudos:
In the Men’s racing division, Austin Huneck captured the “Janny”— his third overall title in five years. Huneck broke away from a pack of three somewhere between the final two mountains (Sugarloaf and Pok-O-Moonshine). Perennial Top-3 finisher Jeremy Drowne and former course record holder Jan Wellford took second and third. (SEE FULL RESULTS HERE)
In the Women’s racing division, defending champion Sara Dunham (left) lived up to her billing as prohibitive race favorite taking the title by nearly one-half hour. Race rookies Dierdre Forcier and Jesse Donovan had a close contest for 2nd and 3rd positions.
Vermonter Andrew Chalnick took advantage of his recent training and a