With ever-changing topography, trail re-routing, logging and unpredictable weather, the traditional Patch course has changed many times in the past 34 years.
"While we would love to give all racers the option to devise their own favorable and fast route," said co-founder Tim Singer, "our top priorities are to a) Respect the environment, b) respect the land owners and, c) make the competition safe!"
Furthermore, during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the need to be socially distant as well as adapt to sudden event modifications has never been more urgent. Therefore, the following portions of the course will be mandated for Patch Sprint:
BARE: Due to excessive logging on private land, this course will be altered somewhat from past years. Please stay on the marked course following the traditional Orange arrows.
RATTLESNAKE: Racers and trekkers must pass by the 1812 homestead both to and from the mountain. The Rattelsnake trail may still be closed to the public so PLEASE DO NOT invite friends to meet you.
Failure to follow the mandated portions of the course will lead to disqualification. "It's a longer course, 13.5 miles," said Singer, "but by sticking to the route, it will be a safer, and more fair and enjoyable experience."