The field of racers and trekkers for the 2013 Patch Sprint closed out the same day registration opened to first-timers, March 15.
Since then, only three people have dropped out of the race, while over 25 have signed up to be on the waiting list. Race officials hope to accomodate as many as possible.
"We are exploring all possibilities. We'd love to add a few spots but, due to logistics, insurance and environmental impact, we must keep numbers at a certain level."
Prospective racers and trackers, who are on the waiting list, will be contacted in the event that an opening occurs.
Meantime, just over a handful of spots remain for volunteers, guests and kindersprinters. The cutoff will be based on total number of attendees for the Saturday meal, as the facility can only hold so many people.
With less than five weeks to go until Patch Sprint 2013, over eight thousand dollars has been raised for the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation.
"We are thrilled with our participant generosity", said event co-creator Tim Singer, "and we are now making a push to reach the $10,000 mark for the first time ever!"
To do this, a number of donor incentives have been instituted for this year's event. "We already have a clear front-runner in the contest for bib #1, which will go to the racer or trekker who makes the largest pledge to our foundation," said Singer. "One participant has made a $500 donation!"
Once again the BEAST JEDI younglings took to the roads and trails of the Patch Sprint Course. DARTH KONG then subjected them to a test of control over the Force atop Sugarloaf Mountain.
Congratulations: Tom, Katie, Kobak, Skip, Jerry, Fiegl and Jan have all moved up to BEAST JEDI Padawan status... the Force is strong with you!
The record number of BEAST participants also included Tappy, Augusta, Steph and Wanda.
Read full story and view photos HERE
Sprint Wars: 2013 BEAST PS training series is underway. Wellford, Rose, Kobak went 1-2-3 in the race up the Snake. But that's just part if the story: Check it out! (courtesy- Inertia TV)
"Big 3" have won every "Janny" since 1999
For years, the battle for the “Janny”- The Patch Sprint Overall Champion- was a see-saw contest between Jason Fiegl and Jim Kobak. Fiegl holds the event record with six trophies; Kobak has captured five.
Eventually into the mix came the likes of Deborah Nordyke, and Cole Starkey, who broke, and continue to hold the course records. Nordyke, a former Olympic athlete, has won four titles, while Starkey has captured the past three “Janny’s”. Both have risen to, and stayed at, the top despite a field of racers that has become increasingly stacked with regionally and nationally class racers.
2013 promises the best pack of runners yet and, with that, probably the most exciting race to the finish.
A long time ago, but somehow in the future…
The annual BEAST (Best Ever Awesomest Sprint Training) Series gets underway on Thursday April 11. Blast your training into Hyperspace by joining the BEAST Crew for six Sprint Wars workouts… starting, of course, with Episode IV and culminating with Episode III on May 16.
Each Thursday at 5:00 pm throughout the BEAST Season, racers will tackle part of the Patch Sprint Course. Upon completion of the race, competitors must hone their inner Jedi and complete one of Yoda’s tasks to raise their Force Strength score.
Repeat Champions; First Women Finishers
The final week of winter saw two separate groups- one fast and one "leisurely"- successfully cover the Patch Sprint course.
On Thursday, March 14, Jason Fiegl and Jim Kobak put in an impressive dash, leaving the start line pillars after 4:00pm, and completing the Patch course in a time of three hours, 17 minutes and 12 seconds. The time was the third fastest in winter Sprint history. “We ran a good portion of the way, and used trail running shoes the whole time,” said Fiegl.
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With ten weeks to go until Patch Sprint 2013, it's time to get serious with your racing and trekker training.
Check out the official Patch Sprint training schedules. Following them will greater increase your chances of running the race in your goal time, and feel well doing it!
CLICK HERE to see the training plans.
As expected, there was a mad rush of first-time Patch Sprinters signing up for the Patch Sprint on this, the first day for newcomers to register.
As a result, by 11:00 in the morning, the field of racers and trekkers had reached capacity. "This was not unexpected", said event co-founder Tim Singer. "Over 140 returning participants had already signed up, and we knew, from advance communication, that there were a lot of new racers chomping at the bit to get in!"
For now, registration remains open for Kindersprinters and their chaperones, volunteers, donors and guests. In the meantime, a waiting list has been set-up for all prospective racers and trekkers who have been shut out.
Patch participation, geographical breakdown, as of March 12:
As has been the case in the past, for the 2013 Patch Sprint, complimentary lodging at Pok-O-MacCready Camps is available for all requesting participants.
For those who would like to upgrade to a more private, personal and slightly upgraded accommodation, the event is partnering with Long Pond Cabins.
"We began our association with Long Pond Cabins last year," said Tim Singer, Patch Sprint founder, "for a variety of reasons. First, we began to have an overflow at camp. Secondly, some of our participants had stayed there in past years' and found it to be a nice alternative. And, most important, the owners of Long Pond Cabins have graciously consented to letting us use a small slice of their property as a route on our course, to avoid racing and trekking on Route 22."
Hit the READ MORE link for additional information and booking info.
2012 Race Winners
As of this morning, over 100 people have registered for the 2013 Patch Sprint, donating more than $7,000 to the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation. With only 37 spots remaining for racers and trekkers, and a waiting list of close to a dozen hopefuls awaiting the March 15 opening for new registrants, precious few spots remain for returning participants.
The list of veterans who have yet to sign up includes six of the top 10 finishers in 2012, including defending men's and women's champions, Cole Starkey and Courtney Giles.
Three weeks remain in which to complete the Patch-in-a-Day during the winter season!
The fastest recorded time, each winter, becomes that year's Winter Patch Champion. In 2012- amidst dry, warm conditions- Jason Fiegl ran the first-ever sub-three hour winter Patch.
Read more about the winter Patch regulations. If you make a successful attempt, please CONTACT us, so we can put it in the Patch Sprint record books. Racers and trekkers have until March 21 to attempt the Patch-in-a-Day. OF NOTE: No woman has ever recorded a successful completion of the winter Patch (see list of winter champions HERE).
Just over a month into the registration for the 2013 Patch Sprint, 86 people have signed up, with representatives in every division. Of the 86, 60 are registered as racers and trekkers-- well over half the full allotment. Returning Patch Sprinters have until March 15 to sign up before the race opens to all comers; so far, a handful of new runners have been placed on a waiting list.
2013 Patch Sprint Registrants (as of Feb. 18)
Participants of the 2013 Patch Sprint are being asked, and encouraged, to make a small gift to the "Friends of Pok-O-Moonshine"- an organization dedicated to maintaining and preserving the trails and facilities on the Patch Sprint's final mountain.
"Nothing financially is required during registration," said one event official. "There is a check box on the registration form stating intent, and we will have a collection box at the event. Any little bit will help, as the main trail up Pok-O is in danger of being shut down."
While there is a strict limit to the number of people who can race, trek and attend the Patch Sprint, May 24-26, there is no restriction on the number of people who can donate.
As a result, organizers are looking for all racers and trekkers to solicit sponsors, who will donate on their behalf, to the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation. Prizes will be awarded to the top solicitors (Click on Read More to learn about donor incentives).
"Just like marathons and 10-K's all over the country, the Patch Sprint is looking to serve it's foundation in a manner more widespread then just the few hundred participants," said Tim Singer, event creator, and director of the ADK Foundation.
Cole Starkey interviewed by Oprah Winfrey
After years of denial, 3-time defending Patch Sprint champion Cole Starkey (2010-2012) has finally admitted to what many have long suspected: the use of performance enhancing methods (PEMs) to aid his Patch Sprint victories.
The Patch Sprint Anti-Method Agency (PSAMA – the “p” is silent) has called Starkey’s PEM use “a reasonably effective, but not really sophisticated program” that allowed him to gain an advantage over competitors.
Exclusive!!! PS 2013 Logo leaked!
The image above, which showed up early this morning on Facebook, is believed to be the logo for the 2013 Patch Sprint. Anonymous sources claim that the design was created by five-time race champion Jim Kobak, who has composed each of the past 12 event logos, and will appear on the T-shirt.
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Through the first two days of Patch Sprint registration, 35 returning participants have signed up, with three new people on a waiting list hoping get in on March 15. The figure of 38 registrants matches the total final number of 38, ten years ago, at the 2003 Patch Sprint.
As for donations, $1,400 has already been committed, compared to a total of $400 in 2003.
"We are delighted about the brisk registration and donations", said event co-coordinator Tim Singer, director of the event's beneficiary, The Adirondack Scholarship Foundation. "So far, however, only about half of the registrants have committed a donation. I'm sure some of those who didn't still plan on doing so, but I'd love to see that percentage go up a bit."
As for the race to be the first to register..... (click on the "read more" break)
The race to be in the race officially begins at the stroke of midnight!
Registration for the 2013 Patch Sprint opens for returning participants at 12:00 am, January 15.
In 2012, there was a fierce battle waged between, Jacob Gittler and Mike Taptick, to be the first to sign up, and have their name lead the roll call of participants. All told, 14 people signed up on opening day 2012, and the race was sold out by mid March.
This year's Patch Sprint is scheduled for May 25, in Willsboro, NY. A few changes are in line for the 2013 edition:
Race #1 will go to the highest donor
Donor Incentives in Place for 2013 Event
You could be the Number One Patch Sprinter in 2013!
A huge response is expected when Patch Sprint registration opens tomorrow night. One year ago, the field was over half full by the end of January, and sold out March 18.
This year, event officials are not worried about participation numbers but, rather, increasing donations for the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation. As a result, several incentives are in place for 2013:
After several years of competitor requests, along with exploration from the race committee, the Patch Sprint has instituted a new division- The Filly Division- for this year's event.
Similar to the Clydesdale division for men, the Filly's will be a women's only racing division. To be eligible, women must weigh 145 pounds or more on race day.
There is, however, one significant difference between the Clydesdales and Fillies:
What was once a small meeting of active friends has become not only Pok-O-MacCready Camp’s largest annual reunion, but a gathering of an extended group of camp family, friends, and kind donors to the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation, and Outdoor Education Center. Preliminary estimates have over nine thousand dollars being raised this year by Patch Sprint participants. “With that amount,” said event coordinator Tim Singer, “several children, who otherwise couldn’t afford to come to camp, can now attend, and enjoy the same mountains and trails that we get to experience each year at the Patch Sprint!’
Click the Read More link (below, right) to see a list of 2012 donors to the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation, and/or Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center: