With clear, cold conditions Saturday, Jason Fiegl shattered his own record for the Winter Patch Sprint, completing the course in a time of 2:36:11. Fiegl’s 8th Winter title goes along with his record six championships in the regular Patch Sprint race. (See record book HERE)
With one day remaining on the winter racing calendar, it is conceivable, though highly unlikely that Fiegl’s position as 2016 winter champion will be challenged.
“It was a great winter sprint! We left the pillars around 7:30am with a temperature of 15 degrees. It was nice to run early because mud was frozen in most spots. Made it back to pillars in just over an hour.” Furthermore, Fiegl took advantage of the warmer, dryer winter, which yielded great course conditions, other than the usual slippery slope on the final mountain. “I wore micro-spikes up Pok-O from the icy rocks through the chimney and back down. Pushed hard at the end while cramping, and collapsed under the fire tower just under one hour (from Sugarloaf) for a total time of 2:36:11.”
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For the first half of the course, Fiegl was joined by Cole Starkey, who earlier this winter completed a winter sprint in just over 3 1/2 hours, to hold the previous top spot for 2016. “He had to go out of town so could only do the first half with me,” said Fiegl, clearly acknowledging that Starkey would have otherwise shared the title. “It was great running with him. I never would have went as fast if he wasn't with me. Great company!”
This marked the fifth time that Fiegl has set the winter course record; all but the first time saw him bettering his own held mark. Including Fiegl and Starkey, a record seven participants completed the 2016 winter Patch. Runners and trekkers have between December 21 and March 21 to make a recorded attempt.
Fiegl has now completed the course 24 times, tied for the most officially sanctioned successful Patch Sprint attempts. (See record book HERE)