Event directors hoping to increase donor percentage
With the race & trek sold out, and less than 30 overall spots remaining for the 2014 Patch Sprint, registration has been busy once again for the popular Memorial Day weekend event.
However, this year has seen, so far, a bit of a downturn in donations to the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation. "We have had 107 registrations (some for as many as five people at once)," said Peter Joelson, registration coordinator. "Of those 107, only 61 have made a donation. That means nearly half of you have not yet given!"
"We are so thankful for those who have pledged a donation," said Tim Singer, co-founder of the Patch Sprint and ADK Foundation Director, "and we know that others have recently donated as well. However, it's important to remind folks - especially new participants - that this is a fund-raising event. Without that component,there is no Patch Sprint!"
With an increase in expenses (food, supplies, t-shirts, insurance), race fees are used solely to cover event costs and "some years we take a loss," revealed finance manager Greg Henderson! "We feel that people are getting a great deal for their fee: entry into the race, free lodging, three meals, a t-shirt, finishers medal, and on-course snacks and beverages. The least they could do is kick in a bit for our foundation."
Joelson is quick to point out that "it's not too late to donate, if you are already entered but haven't yet. Simply go back to the registration page, make a pledge on the Adirondack Scholarship line, and pay online. Or you can pay at the event."
As the icy remains from a harsh, late winter rapidly melt, the trails of Bare, Rattlesnake, Sugarloaf and Pok-O are finally peaking through-- just in time to host enthusiastic runners and trekkers training for the May 24 Patch Sprint.
The annual BEAST training series opens Tuesday April 8; this year's theme is "Animated Classics", with the opening event featuring Charlotte's Web. Event organizers write: "Competitors will score BEAST Points for their efforts in each training race, as well as score points for the dishes they bring to each tailgate potluck. The dish should match the theme of the event.
"The series is a family friendly event, even if you don’t want to run in the training races, families and friends of the BEAST and the Patch Sprint are encouraged to join the racers for the post-race potluck tailgate party each week"
2014 BEAST Schedule
Participants will gather at the 1812 Homestead. Race-treks begin at approximately 5:00pm.
Picnic will start at approximately 6:00pm.