2006 was the year they put the sprint in Patch Sprint!
In a classic finish, six-time champion Jason Fiegl, 32 at the time, outlasted 1998 Olympian Deborah Nordyke, diving across the finish line to capture the overall title in a time of two hours, 19 minutes and 31 seconds. Nordyke’s time of 2:19:37 remains the fastest female effort.
Fiegl darted out at the start of the race, opening over a one-minute lead on the first mountain. Nordyke, a Patch Sprint rookie and, at 44, the oldest female racer in the field, caught and briefly passed Fiegl in the final half-mile of the 12-mile, four mountain race. But on the summit ridge of Mt. Pok-O-Moonshine, Fiegl made a late dash to take the title by six seconds: the closest solo victory in the 30-year history of the event.
Deb Nordyke: “The first time I ran the Patch Sprint it was very exciting because I had no idea what the course was like. I really enjoy running on trails so I was so psyched to be out on a nice long point-to-point run. I was very concerned about getting lost but because I went out conservatively I was able to set sights on someone ahead of me the entire time up until going up Pok-O. At this point I was pretty beat and felt like at at