Patch Sprint veterans Tim Singer and Mike Taptick scored the first successful winter sprint completion of the 2015 season. They covered the course in a time of four hours, 19 minutes.
"Conditions were excellent," said Singer, who has recorded four winter sprints. This was Taptick's first WS. "Actually," he said, "I've never even hiked a mountain in winter!"
Aside from some shallow unbroken snow "up, down and behind Sugarloaf," along with the usual ice on Pok-O-Moonshine, "we were fairly unimpeded. Also, we thought the swamp (near Route 9) would be frozen. We learned - the hard way - that it was not!"
This is the earliest recorded successful winter attempt (January 12). Prospective winter sprinters have until March 21 to better the duo's time.