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FINAL NOTICE FOR THE 2021 PATCH SPRINT
Willsboro, NY-- On the final weekend of eligibility for winter Patch Sprint status, five elite racers successfully covered the course, headlined by local runner Pandora Down, who crushed the former women's winter course record.
Down, guided by three-time Patch Sprint champion Cole Starkey, covered the four mountain, 13.6-mile route in a tie of 3:05:04, some 90 minutes faster than the previous mark. For Starkey, this was his third winter title, to go along with three in the main event.
The previous day, all-time Patch Sprint champion Jason Fiegl (combined 15 summer and winter titles) led two winter rookies - Derek Payne and Ryan Campagna (left)- to a finish time of 3:43:48. "Really fun, beautiful day," Fiegl said of the sunny and mild weekend conditions.
Despite the fact that the 2021 vernal equinox occurred early on the morning of March 20, winter Patch rules state that any successfully recorded and reported effort between December 21 and March 21 is recognized.
Honoring the History of the Fabled Patch Training Series
To celebrate our "at least ten-year anniversary" of the BEAST (Best Ever Awesome Sprint Training) run-hike-training series, we present "The Best of BEAST".
Each week, we will revisit one of the past annual themes, incorporating that theme into the training run and, as important, post-training party and feast:. As in years' past, this, and all other weekly events will be held, rain, snow or shine, and followed by a potluck picnic.
See the details and check out the full schedule HERE.
With great appreciation, the Patch Sprint is pleased to announce - for 2020 -it has again eclipsed the ten-thousand dollar mark in donation for Adirondack Scholarship Foundation.
"This is incredible, especially considering it was a much smaller field due to the pandemic," said event co-founder and foundation director Tim Singer. "While we are short of last year's record (13-thousand dollars), it's still impressive generosity, given the circumstances."
A total of 59 participants made contributions, along with the Patch Sprint organization kicking in its own bonus gift representing a percentage of the event fees, following expenses.
Adirondack Scholarship Foundation is a not for profit organization, providing financial aid to families in need, to help send children to summer camp. While camp was not run this year, the foundation is delighted to be able to defer 27 full or partial scholarships for the 2021 camp season
"Our thanks to everyone who took part," said Singer. "Not only was it a fun day, but it was a beneficial one as well. We've given some children the opportunity to have the summer of their lives next year!
Nick Arndt (Winner of the race in a time of 2:02:40): “When you combine a historically competitive race, with a grassroots venue, on a mix of trails, mountains, and roads that inspire me, I’m all in. Personally, I wanted to see how I stacked up (time-wise) historically to the “ghosts” of the past (most, my friends). I think with a little more competition up front in the later stages of the race, I would have dipped under the 2-hour barrier.
“I really enjoyed the variety of surfaces that the Patch offered up. It keeps things interesting and levels the playing field. Also, it was nice to double-back on a few sections and encourage (and be encouraged) others, sharing in the same suffering.”
Charlotte Winkler (Women’s champion - 2:28:24): “My favorite part about the Patch Sprint, besides the unique and adventurous course, was the community and the history. Before, during, and after the race, I met so many wonderful people who welcomed me as a first time Patch Sprint-er. Learning about the history of the camp and getting to explore a bit before the awards made it obvious why people come back year after year! Thank you to everyone involved for putting on one of the only races of the year so far - and for doing it seamlessly and safely."
Mac Guthrie (Boston, MA): “So this was my first race ever, and my first time at Camp Poko. I was initially nervous, but I had no need to be. Everyone was insanely kind, welcoming, and stoked to show me around and tell me all about the camp grounds. You can see the passion for this place and this tradition on people’s faces. I’m so grateful to all the awesome people I got to hang out with. The trails and the race itself were a blast, but the part I’m coming back for next year is the great community and the good times.”
THE VETERANS: Why do you keep coming back?
Jason Metakis (20 Patch Sprints) - “For me, Patch Sprint is a great chance to reconnect - with camp, with friends, with nature, and with the Adirondacks.
The race is great motivation to stay active in winter and a good test of where my fitness is in the spring, while the weekend signals the unofficial start of summer (at least in most years).”
Pam Gonzalez (13 consecutive Patch Sprints): “I asked myself that question yesterday and had three hours and 50 minutes to think about it. The feeling from the Patch Sprint can’t really be properly put into words. There is an energy generated by all the people who participate. The challenge of the Patch Sprint is equally physical and mental. Most of the time I am completely by myself with no one in sight for long periods of time. It keeps me motivated to keep training for another year while I still am able to.”
Jason Fiegl (Record six-time champion): “At this point, the Sprint is like an old childhood friend that you love getting together with. I feel incomplete if I don’t get on the course every year, whether it is in the winter, Memorial Day weekend, or just random runs in the woods.
"There is such a personal relationship with the course that creates comfort and calm.
"Faces change, new runners come and go, but the course is always there to challenge me with whatever goal I have for the year.
"As I age and change, the course ages and changes with me, it has become a lifelong friend that I value.”
Pulling off a race during the COVID-19 pandemic was challenging and could not have happened without our event volunteers: John, Jaida, Sarah, Joey, Jody, Mauricio, Amy, Squeak, Melanie, Isa, Kelly, David, Tom, Olivia, Erik, Shannon, David, Ali and Augusta. Also, race directors Brian, Skip, Spencer and Greg... Plus, the BEASTS for their help, as always, with marking the course. And a special thanks to our partners and hosts at Pok-O-MacCready Camps.
At the latest check, Patch participants have again raised over 10-thousand dollars for Adirondack Scholarship Foundation!
Thanks to everyone! Cross your fingers: We hope to see you on May 29, 2021 for the 25th annual Patch Sprint, or this fall, for the annual Pond Sprint!
From Central Park to the Pacific Coast, several dozen enthusiastic runners & hikers took part in Saturday's "Personal Patch Sprint". Most enjoyed great weather; all showcased creative routes. Congratulations to everybody-- see you later this summer (we hope) for the real deal!
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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE PATCH SPRINT
It is with great sadness that we announce the postponement of the 2020 Patch Sprint, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event will be moved to a weekend to be announced, later this year.
Said Tim Singer, event co-founder: "We had held out hope that, given the nature of our small, outdoor event, we could go on, as scheduled. However, the ongoing nature of the pandemic has nullified that hope. The New York State DEC is currently not accepting applications for public land use for events. Even if things do improve, we need to consider several factors, including: the number of out-of-area participants... the fact that the event is based at a summer camp... and to prevent placing a burden on already popular trails on Rattlesnake and Pok-O."
Said Brian DeGroat, event co-director: "Even had we been able to move forward with the race, it was almost
The annual BEAST training series has been cancelled for 2020. "We had hoped to be able to do it," said event co-organizer Steph Lylis, "and have people running at a distance and bring-your-own meals but, the way things are unfolding now, it just doesn't make any sense."
The BEAST series - a social training lead up to the annual Patch Sprint - has been taking place since 2011, and consists of group runs and hikes along the Patch Sprint course, along with a weekly potluck dinner.
As exercising outdoors remains one of the few permissible activities amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, participants are still encouraged to hit the Patch Sprint course, or some other training ground either solo, or in a small group.
"If you're still planning to do a BEAST-type workout, feel free to let others know, to whatever extent you're comfortable with" said Lylis, "but please be careful, and practice the health guidelines that have been laid down for your area."
2017 Patch Sprint champion Sean Davis has taken the winter title for the second time in three years.
Davis, a Willsboro native, recorded the second fastest time in the history of the winter sprint, completing the four mountains in two hours, 43 minutes and 48 seconds.
"I didn’t run with my phone so I didn’t get any pics, but it was such a beautiful day, sunny and 50, perfect running conditions between the mountains but still quite a bit of snow and ice on the trails, particularly going up Pok-O."
The winter record of 2:36:11 was set by Jason Fiegl and Jan Wellford, in equally favorable conditions in 2016.
In December, three-time Patch winner Cole Starkey outpaced a record winter group of seven runners to take the early season lead, in a time just over three hours.
Three-time Patch Sprint Champion Cole Starkey has set the mark to shoot at fr the 2019-2020 Winter Sprint. Starkey, a three-time Patch champion, broke away from Jacob Gittler and another multi-champion Jason Fiegl just below the summit of Sugarloaf, and cruised alone to the finish on Pok-O-Moonshine in a time of 3:08:30
Gittler and Fiegl ended up 13 minutes back, while another group consisting of Katie Moffett, Andrew Chalnick and Tim Singer also completed the course on the same day. Moffett broke her own previous female winter course record.