2003: Rain, and upper 40's
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hail, nor snow stay the Patch Sprinter from his, or her appointed rounds.
Even if it's cold and wet on Saturday, the race and trek will go on as scheduled. In fact, while uncomfortable for the spectators, cool conditions usually lead to fast racing times. Please check the forecast, and plan accordingly for your time on the trail, and at the top of the mountains.
However, there are a few events that could lead to the cancellation or postponement of the race, as well as situations that would necessitate a participant to drop out.
Lightning Policy: Racers, trekkers and volunteers are asked to please take shelter in the event that lightning may cause danger to the course. In the event of dangerous conditions, race officials may choose to:
Volunteers and summit timers will be alerted and will pass the message on to racers and trekkers.
Distant, non-threatening, thunder and lightning will not result in any action, but all participants are expected to use their own judgment on how they choose to proceed.
Dropout runners/trekkers: Those choosing to retire from the course are asked to report to the homestead aid station, the base of Pok-O-Moonshine, or tell a summit timer.
This will allow race officials to have an accurate accounting of anyone who fails to arrive at the finish of the course, or the top of each mountain.
Finish Area Gear: Racers are required to find their own volunteer Sherpa or trekker to carry personal supplies, and beverages and snacks to the summit of Pok-O.
As a rule, The Patch Sprint does not transport personal supplies. However, if you are in a bine, please alert an event official, and we will try to make arrangements.
Trekkers must carry their own gear to the finish.
While event officials will attempt to have space blankets (if necessary), and water on the summit of Pok-O, this is not guaranteed. Please make your own arrangements.