Because of the DEC policy eliminating the Pok-O summit party, there will be very little Sherpa support.
Event officials plan to carry first aid gear and, if conditions warrant, some fluids. Racers are free to solicit a friend, or trekker, to carry gear to the top of Pok-O, but please keep in mind that your stay on the summit will need to be short.
Along with the summit timers, race directors Tim and Brian will be on top. Please honor their request to keep your summit stay short.
Shuttle service will be available at the south trailhead of the mountain - the alternate trail by which participants are asked to descend - which is also a good place to have a friend bring a change of clothing.
To compensate for the absence of a summit party, the post race awards dinner will be a late afternoon affair, scheduled for 4:30 at Pok-O-MacCready.
Later this week we will send out the list of start times for you to confirm.
As you plan for race day, please be advised that all summit timers and aid station attendants will be operating on a fixed schedule.
CLICK HERE for the "hours of operation", and plan accordingly.
With ever-changing topography, trail re-routing, logging and unpredictable weather, the traditional Patch course has changed many times in the past 33 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!"
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- actual route tba. 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.
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."
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.