Last week, we previewed the contenders in the 2015 Patch Sprint's largest division - Men's Racers - from where the overall winner is likely to emerge.
Today, 2 1/2 weeks before the big race, we look at the top picks in the other racing and trekking divisions. Look out a few days before the event, for exact finish time and placing predictions.
A record 34 runners will toe the start line, ranging in age from 11 to 57, and the 2015 winner will likely be one of the youngest, or oldest racers in the field.
In 2014, 40-year old Patty Hurlburt edged out Tyra Wynn, 16, for the title. Both are back in 2015 and, according to Danny Sheridan, "while Patty remains solid, and probably the fave, Tyra has the benefit of youth, not to mention the advantage of now having been over the course. As much as anything, this will boil down to race strategy"
To be sure, there are other contenders this year. Local ultra-racer Elizabeth Bouchard-Hall is making her Patch debut. The 31-year old has a strong resume of races ranging in distance up to 50-miles, and has been seen training on the PS course this spring. Veteran Norwood Styles, 51, is also running the Patch for the first time, but brings years of running, climbing and general outdoor experience to the event.
1998 Olympian, and four-time Patch Sprint Champion Deborah Nordyke is back in 2015. Nordyke holds the course record, by a wide margin, but has chosen to trek with her daughter this year..
Others with slightly longer shots of taking the title include Erin B-K (PR of 3:05), Mindy Burkhardt and event rookie Phoebe Kittredge. All should challenge the three-hour mark, weather permitting.
In contention for a Top-5, but certainly not the title, are veteran Patch Sprinters, Katie Moffett, Elizabeth Lawless, Cara Gentry and Karen Lounsbury, all of whom have enjoyed outstanding spring training.
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11 years after he last captured the division title, Phil Maher will repeat as the Clydesdale champion.
The remainder of the group reads like a who's who of division champions and contenders. However, Ken Ryba, Ken Herz and Josh Bornt all claim to be in sub-par shape this year.
2015 will be the largest Kindersprint race in Patch Sprint history. As of May 4, 17 kids are entered, with registration still open.
Katrin Schreiner and Wyatt Trzaskos have dominated the division over the past several years but Schreiner has graduated to the full course, while Trzaskos, who set the KS record in 2014, has yet to sign up.
Luke Moffett, with six races under his belt, is the oldest and, by a long shot, most experienced racer in the field, while Sam Wooten,Tor Killingsworth and Ethan Daley all possess a lot of competitive energy.
To actually predict a fastest time amongst the 25 registered course walkers is in opposition to everything that this non-competitive division stands for. So, here we go!
First, we must look to the natural racers who, for various reasons, chose to trek this year. And look no further than the aforementioned Nordyke and Schreiner, who will wind through the course briskly.
Patch Pioneer Jody Edwards has been running and racing all spring; he will definitely be one of the faster trekkers.
John Konowitz and his granddaughter Eliza, 59 years apart, both have the ability to zip through the course in around four hours. Speaking of age, Bob Andrews is attempting to be the first Octogeneraion Patch Sprinter.
Tricia Woodward, Mike Taptick, Pam Cataldi and Tom Lynch are all past racers who are signed up to trek. Should any of them decide to pick up the pace, even for a bit, they could easily lead the way among the trekking set.
But for most trekkers, it's all about fun and recreation and, with the new earlier 7:00am start time, there is a lot less pressure to rush to the summit in time for the group photo.