Last year, USA oddsmaker Danny Sheridan hit correctly on four of the six divisions. For 2020 Danny says: "No time this year to come up with an individual "skinny" for each runner, but below, I will make a general comment for every division. This year, there is a fine mix of talented newcomers, past champions, and a few that have come close to winning in the past and are very hungry!"
"As always, finish times will be heavily influenced by the conditions. The weather is expected to be hot and this will slow down the times, but not as much as in some years, as the racers have been training all summer in the heat, plus the trails are incredibly dry."
CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL STORY, TIME PREDICTIONS & COMMENTS FOR ALL DIVISIONS
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Patch Sprint is nearly upon us! By now, you have verified your start time, received your volunteer or race support assignments, as well as your lodging information.
Please link to THIS INFORMATIVE DOCUMENT containing news involving:
IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE, PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT - DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC -
*** Face masks must be worn at all times, other than while racing/trekking on the course
*** There will be NO SCHEDULED VAN SHUTTLE SERVICE from the finish, back to the start. Please make your own arrangements. We apologize for this inconvenience.
*** Unfortunately, guests will not be allowed at camp,other than someone dropping you off, or picking you up (See other event COVID restrictions HERE).
Thanks for your understanding, and looking forward to seeing everyone in a couple of days!
FINAL NOTICE FOR THE 2020 PATCH SPRINT
Complimentary housing is available for all Patch Sprint participants who requested lodging on their registration.
All participants who are staying at camp should have already received a housing letter and cabin assignment. If not, here is THE LETTER, and please contact us to get your assignment. STRICT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS (Face masks; private bathroom use; socially distancing, etc., will be in place and enforced.
PATCH SPRINT LODGING AT POK-O-MacCREADY CAMPS
CHECK-IN: Is no earlier than 4:30pm Friday
CHECK-OUT: Is no later than 9:00am Sunday
*** OTHER GROUPS - NOT CONNECTED TO THE PATCH SPRINT - WILL ALSO BE STAYING AT CAMP. ***
Learn more about area lodging options here
Like much of the course, the start of the Patch Sprint is at an out-of-the-way location, located at the start of the driveway to Pok-O-MacCready Camps. Set your GPS to: 1391 Reber Road North, Willsboro, NY 12996.
For those without GPS navigation, the location, on Reber Road, is one mile west of NY State 22, two miles north of the town center in Willsboro. See maps below.
Friday Check-in & packet pickup, and all meals, will be at the Pok-O Queen Conference Center at Camp MacCready, 250-yeards from the race start. Race day check-in will be at the racer parking lot.
Please do not park on Reber Road; rather, use the parking area just after turning into the driveway at the race start.
FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS, AS WELL AS RACERS/TREKKERS WHO HAVE SIGNED UP TO SUPPORT: Volunteer schedule appears below- please first read this important letter:
Dear Patch Sprint volunteers and participants,
The Patch Sprint could never have become the special event it is without the dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers, and other supporters. Thank you for your willingness to help during this special 2020 Patch Sprint, in our ongoing effort to raise money for the ADK Scholarship Foundation.
Your volunteer assignments, linked below, are based on your registration form. Please look over the assignments carefully (one sheet has a breakdown of participant schedules; the other has general
go to READ MORE link for schedule, responsibilities + COVID regulations
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, The 2020 Patch Sprint will be staged with a staggered start format for racers and trekkers, next Saturday morning, August 22:
Race officials have worked to slot participants with friends and family, or in groups that best match their performance projections and original start time selections.
UNLESS THERE IS A MAJOR REASON TO CHANGE, PLEASE HONOR YOUR SCHEDULED TIME, to allow for proper spacing between small groups.
Please CLICK HERE to check out your start time.
If you check in on Friday night, please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled start time Saturday. IF YOU DO NOT CHECK IN on Friday, please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled start time.
Please WEAR YOUR FACE MASK until you begin racing.
The Northeast's hardest half-marathon... and then some!
13.5 miles... four mountains... paved roads, dirt roads, driveways, trails and woods.
And only so many arrows.
Of special note: The descent from Bare to the 1812 Homestead has been re-routed and will be well marked... After being shut for several months, the approach to Rattlesnake has re-opened (as of 8/14)... Due to the pandemic, friends and spectators are asked to not gather at trailheads or summits...
Please familiarize yourself with the Patch Sprint course by viewing or downloading a course map. Hard copies will also be available at check-in.
Later this week we will send out the list of staggered start times for all racers and trekkers.
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.
Also, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, aid stations will be largely help yourself. PLUS: There is no organized shuttle service from the finish back to the start. PLEASE MAKE YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENTS (a small possibility exists that volunteers may be willing to assist with rides)
With ever-changing topography, trail re-routing, logging and unpredictable weather, the traditional Patch course has changed many times in the past 34 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!"
Furthermore, during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the need to be socially distant as well as adapt to sudden event modifications has never been more urgent. 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. 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. The Rattelsnake trail may still be closed to the public so PLEASE DO NOT invite friends to meet you.
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."
Because of the DEC policy eliminating the Pok-O-Moonshine mountain summit party, coupled with New York's current COVID-19 gathering restrictions, there will be very little Sherpa support.
Event officials plan to carry first aid gear and, if conditions warrant, some fluids. Racers please keep in mind that your stay on the summit will need to be short, and friends and family are urged to not meet you at the finish.
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 not be available this year, but friends and volunteers can meet you at the Pok-O trailheads to run you back to the post-race barbecue, scheduled for 4:00 at Pok-O-MacCready Camps.