In it's 22nd year as a race, and 19th time as a fundraising event, the Patch Sprint has officially passed the $100,000 mark in total donations to the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation.
"When we went public, in 2000," said event co-founder Greg Henderson, "we wanted to add a charitable aspect to both help out, and give our little event a bit of legitimacy. We could have never imagined we would reach these heights!"
"This is such a tribute to the generous people who come to the Patch Sprint every year," added Tim Singer, event co-founder and ADK foundation director. "So many people have benefited from this; although it's impossible to calculate exactly, I can estimate that - over the years - more than 33 children have received scholarships, solely thanks to donations to the Patch Sprint!"
While donations are not mandated, and not part of the event fee, according to Singer, "at least 85% of our participants make a contribution of some sort."
In addition to the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation, Patch Sprint participants have made donations in the past to "The Friends of Pok-O-Moonshine", The 1812 Homestead Foundation, and Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center.