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."