4-time winner will trek
A quick glance at the list of women's field for the 2013 Patch Sprint will reveal a host of former champions, and elite racers.
However, few of them are making a serious bid for the title this year.
Defending champion Courtney Giles, the second fastest female ever, is not entered, while four-time champ, and course record holder Deb Nordyke is battling injuries and will trek the course.
Additionally, Kelly Zimmerman and Judy Bisaillon, with their victories a decade past, are not planning a serious run. The Disney twins are skipping the event, as their standard appearance fee demand was not met.
So, who is the door open for?
Sami Daley, in 2003
On paper, the favorite would appear to be Mary Duprey. At 53, Duprey is the oldest women's racer entered, but is also the only one who has bettered three hours, something she has done both times she's raced.
Former winner Samantha Daley hasn't made a serious attempt since her victory ten years ago. However, spring training would seem to indicate she's gearing up for this year's Patch.
Mindy Burkhart is entered as a racer for the first time, though she covered the course last year as a chaperone. That, along with an impressive record in other regional events suggests she could come in under three hours.
Ellie Madden Bouffard, 2011
Other contenders could come from returnees Dana Whitney and Ellie Bouffard, while a couple of names on the waiting list will become instant favorites, should an opening for them occur.
CLICK HERE to see an early preview of the men's field and stay tuned May 22, as Danny Sheridan will forecast the winners, and the finish times for all racers and trekkers at the 2013 Patch Sprint.
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