As of this morning (3/29), racer and trekker divisions have reached full capacity for the 2014 Patch Sprint. This marks the third consecutive year that these divisions have filled up prior to April.
"Ample warning was given to all past participants," said event co-organizer, Tim Singer, "so no one has any excuse if they missed out."
Volunteers, Kindersprinters and chaperones, along with guests and donors may still get on board via the event registration page.
With 89 men and women's racers, and an additional 29 registered trekkers, the event has reached capacity, but opportunities remain for interested participants to be placed on a waiting list. "Sort of like the airlines, we tend to overbook by a bit," said registration coordinator Peter Joelson. "We anticipate that a few people may drop out and, if space allows, we will dip into the waiting list."
Joelson added that spots will also remain available for any past champions who choose to enter the race late. "They receive an automatic exemption."
Why does the Patch Sprint place a limit on the number of entries? Event co-founder Greg Henderson said, "for both logistical and environmental concerns. It's tough to manage an event that's spread out over ten miles, in the woods and on top of mountains. Plus, we like to remain kind of elite anyway!"
For those who do not get a chance to run this year's race, there is an option: In the fall of 2014, event coordinators will be staging a sister race - BARASU - over much of the same course.