Spirited racing... Great weather... No injuries or lost runners!
For the most part, the Patch Sprint is about friends and family, giving and support. There’s plenty of thanks to go around this year but first, a few racing kudos:
In the Men’s racing division, Austin Huneck captured the “Janny”— his third overall title in five years. Huneck broke away from a pack of three somewhere between the final two mountains (Sugarloaf and Pok-O-Moonshine). Perennial Top-3 finisher Jeremy Drowne and former course record holder Jan Wellford took second and third. (SEE FULL RESULTS HERE)
In the Women’s racing division, defending champion Sara Dunham (left) lived up to her billing as prohibitive race favorite taking the title by nearly one-half hour. Race rookies Dierdre Forcier and Jesse Donovan had a close contest for 2nd and 3rd positions.
Vermonter Andrew Chalnick took advantage of his recent training and a
huge weight handicap to take his first ever Clydesdale division championship. Brian DeGroat and Mac Sinclair both bettered Chalnick’s race time, but finish below him on the podium after net weight was factored in.
Patch Sprint veteran Tom Moffett fought hard to capture his first ever title, taking top honors in the Half-Sprint. The 43-year old was pushed to the limit by 11-year old first-timer Ava Schneider, who finished three minutes back. Mike Taptick was third.
For the second straight year, Ethan Daley outpaced Sophie Chromczak for the win in the Kindersprint division. Sophie’s brother Eddie, at just 6 years-old, turned in an impressive third place result.
In addition, 17 Trekkers took to the 13.5-mile course, with most of them finishing on a day that was comfortable in terms of temperature, yet challenging in terms of course condition.
The largest-ever turnout of volunteers helped to make the event a success. You can see the full list of helpers HERE, but a special thanks goes out to key volunteers Mase (Aid stations & raffle); Shannon (cooking); Jody, Willow and Amy (Starters & Timing); Steph (South lot Cantina); “Puffy” (race-day coordination), along with all of the timers, course-markers, photographers, shuttle drivers, road stewards, and aid station attendants.
Along with our dozens of donors, who helped to raise over $12-thousand for the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation, we’d like to thank our sponsors: Kinetic Running; Doc’s OldKinda Cookies; 1812 Homestead, Pok-O-MacCready; The Lawrence Family, Long Pond Cabins; New York DEC; and all of the businesses and individuals who donated to our raffle.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone back for Patch Sprint 2020, scheduled for May 24! (Comments welcome below)