You've run the roads, hiked the trails, climbed three mountains and you get to the base of Pok-O-Moonshine. All you want to do is try and finish, preferably as quickly as possible.
However, for the second year in a row, that mission has been made somewhat more lengthy, if not difficult.
As was the case in 2017, the trail up Pok-O has again gone through a longer re-routing. Last year, it was a new lower section, with switchbacks. Now it's the area above the first clearing, leading to the old ranger's cabin. "Just like last time, the trail is much better," said veteran Patcher Jim Kobak. "But, it's again a lot longer."
NEW TRAILS MANDATED
While the Patch Sprint course - and even part of Pok-O - still allows for some options, racers and trekkers are required to follow these new trail sections. "I've already been in touch with the state DEC," said event organizer Tim Singer. "They have asked that we use only the new route. Since we already have to apply for a permit to be on top (with so many participants), we have no choice but to respect their wishes."
One benefit of the new trail, according to Kobak, is that "it's level enough where some people can run it, if they're into that kind of thing. It could make for a very interesting race finish."
This is the third re-routing - all longer - this decade. The approximate total length of the course is now a shade over 13 miles.
"The two-hour barrier may remain safe for awhile," said Singer. "With the new length, this may now be the hardest half-marathon in the east!"
With three weeks to go until the Patch Sprint, the event has sold out for racers and trekkers. 2018 marks the 8th consecutive year that the event has sold out; six out of those years it has filled up before May.
Registration remains open for volunteers, Kindersprint, Half-Sprint, Relay, as well as event guests. A waiting list has been instituted for the racing and trekking divisions, with the priority being placed on first come, first serve, as well as donor generosity.
"We'd love to take as many as possible," said event co-director Tim Singer, "but we have to limit numbers due to event logistics, environmental impact, and state regulations." So far, 171 people have registered for this year's event, scheduled for May 25-27.
The Patch Sprint is pleased to announce a renewed affiliation with Kinetic Running. The Plattsburgh, NY based store is one of the region's very few locally owned and operated running retailer. Aside from selling quality products for running (and other outdoor activities),
Kinetic is committed to promoting the sport locally, and helping local organizers put on a top-notch event. "We enjoy being a part of the Patch Sprint" said Jeremy Drowne, store co-owner and third place finisher in the 2016 race. "This is a good group of people who do this race"
For the 2018 event, Kinetic is donating several items to be used for race support, as well as for a fundraising auction, in support of the Patch Sprint's beneficiary, Adirondack Scholarship Foundation. Among the prizes: Hydration belts, and energy gels.
Visit Kinetic Running at their new location:
77 MARGARET STREET PLATTSBURGH, NY (518) 324-4786
In addition to the products pictured below, several others have donated prizes and gift certificates. Raffle tickets will be on sell throughout the weekend.
The end of April deadline has passed for Patch Sprint participants to receive refunds. Should anyone need to drop out between now, and event weekend, they may request for their race fee to be added to their donations, for which they will be receipted.
If you plan on backing out, please alert us as soon as possible, as racers and trekker spots are nearly sold out. In addition, most T-shirt sizes have sold out but, if interest is there, we may do a supplemental order.