At the 2014 Patch Sprint's 8:00am start time, 33 racers and trekkers toed the starting line. When the starter yelled "Uh, Go!", 32 of them sped off in various stages of a running pace, while just one walked away.
"I was a bit surprised to see everyone run off, exclaimed New York State Assemblyman, and Patch Sprint rookie Dan Stec, who none the less finished the course and "had a great time out there!"
All the same, with so many eight o'clock runners, coupled with the fact that over 15 true trekkers began their day earlier than 8am (some as early as six), the event directors have instituted a new, trekker only start time. "This has been a growing trend, so we believe that folks who would like to really trek should have their own start time, which we have set at seven o'clock," exclaimed event co-director Tim Singer.
As you prepare to register for the 2015 Patch Sprint, please keep in mind these new start times:
TREKKERS: Have the option to start at 7:00, or on their own. The Patch Sprint will record both a start and finish time for trekkers, but will no longer note their summit split times.
8:00am RUNNING START: Will be for non-competitive runners. "We have a lot of people who like to run the course," said Singer, "but who don't necessarily care to race against anyone else. It's also a great time for those who want to get to the finish line on top of Pok-O in advance of the racers.
9:00 RACING START: For those who are looking to attain a personal goal, win a division, or cover the course in less than three and one-half hours.
10:00 ELITE START: Self-explanatory. All sub-three hour runners belong here.
While runners are free to start whenever they are most comfortable, registrants should keep in mind the requirements, in terms of winning age groups, divisions, or overall championships. CLICK THIS LINK to learn more about divisions, and championship requirements.