Willsboro, NY, January 12-- Yesterday morning, January 11 here in Willsboro, seemed oddly familiar. 47 degrees, and raining. Exactly the same conditions experienced last spring- May 25, 2013.
Yes, the weather can pull some funny tricks in the Adirondacks, as evidenced by last year’s Patch Sprint. The cold, wet conditions caused the lowest registered racer-to-finisher ratio in Patch history (68%). However, the day also featured a new course record, 2:01:43, set by first-time racer Jan Wellford.
What the 2014 event will bring – weather wise and time wise – is still over four months from being answered... but now is your chance to get in on the action:
Registration for the 2014 Patch Sprint begins at 12:00am Tuesday morning (January 14)! While the Memorial Day weekend gathering promises great racing, trekking, and fun, it is – first and foremost – a fundraiser. In 2013, 12-thousand dollars was raised for the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation, providing the opportunity for financially needy children to attend summer camp.
Click the Read More link (right) to see event changes for 2014
With the continued success of the Patch Sprint, little has altered from last year. “Cost, divisions and registration procedure is unchanged,” said race co-chair, Tim Singer. “The only real differences are in staffing.” After several years of coordinating finance and registration, Tricia Woodward has stepped aside. “I have my hands full with planning the (Pok-O-MacCready) 110th reunion", said Woodward, adding, “and I also want to spend more time at the Patch Sprint running, and hanging out, with friends.” Long-time event trekker, Peter Joelson, will step into the finance position. “We are so grateful for all Tricia has done,” said event co-chair Greg Henderson, “and are confidant that Peter, with his Patch experience and business degree, will be a great replacement.”
In addition to Woodward, longtime volunteer coordinator Erin Canning O’Neil has relinquished that position, in order to concentrate on the important task of coordinating the race starts. Patch organizers are still searching for a new weekend supervisor.
Registration will follow the same formula as the past several years, with positions available for only returning participants; newcomers can register starting March 18, providing spots still remain. In 2013, the event sold out within seven hours of it opening to the public.
“We understand the huge demand for few spots,” said Singer, “so we have instituted a few measures to insure that some new participants get in. Furthermore, we have created an entirely new event called, BARASU, set to debut in October. It will be open to all, with a special priority placed on those shut out of the Patch Sprint.” Find out more by linking to the Patch Sprint registration page.
When donating (“top line on the online registration form,” reminds Henderson), keep in mind that the same two donor incentives from a year ago are in place. “The highest individual participant donor will wear race #1, while the person who solicits the most of donors on their behalf will get #46.” Henderson stated that some other donor incentives may be introduced along the way.
PS '14 - May 24th. Register early... Donate generously!