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.
Participants are being asked to recruit friends who will sponsor them. "It's very easy," said Singer. "All people need to do is go to the registration page, and sign up as a donor. There, they will find a box in which to designate who they are donating on behalf of."
According to Singer, the 2013 participant who garners the most donors, irrespective of amount, will be the winner. "We are still early in the process and, so far, a few of our racers have gotten a couple of people to donate in their name. We're hoping for many more."
Aside from being able to wear Race #46 for the race, the winner will receive a special prize, to be announced later this spring. "We know what it is and, as a hint, it has already been commissioned, but for now that's all we're saying," said Singer.
Aside from the contest to get the most donors, their is a secondary incentive: Race #1 this year will go to the individual participant who makes the largest donation.
Currently, that figure is $500. Updates for the current leading tallies will appear on the Home page.