The annual BEAST (Best Ever Awesomest Sprint Training) Series is well underway. Peru Nordic sends many racers to the World Famous Patch Sprint mountain running race on Saturday May 24, so this training series is the best way to get in shape for the race and to learn the 12.5 mile course while you’re at it. Meet up at the 1812 Homestead in Willsboro at 5 pm Tuesday, to train…. then stay for the post-race potluck tailgate party.
This year, Peru Nordic will be well represented in the race with returning champion, Jan “Wheels of Steel” Wellford set to defend his title and perhaps even break the elusive 2 hour mark. Also running are former champs, Jason “Willbury of Woe” Fiegl and Jim “Harvester of Sorrow” Kobak. Neither Fiegl or Kobak should challenge for the overall title this year, but they could sneak into the top 10 for sure. Also, look out for newbie, Brian “Battleaxe of Aggression” White. He is hot off the Plattsburgh Half-Marathon and put in an impressive TT up Poko last week, he could be a factor in the race for sure. Jerry “Boss of Brutality” Ross will have another strong race for sure, most likely out-sprinting Tom Moffett at the finish. Resident Luge expert, Tappy “Tap of Spinousity” Taptick should be able to hammer the treacherous downhill sections of the course on his back. Jake “Jackal of Judas” Gittler should be over the impending defeat of the New York Rangers by then, so a solid race may be in the cards. In the women’s race Patty “Peakbagger of Pugnacity” Hurlburt should challenge for the overall victory, but will be severely tested by Tyra “Tyrant of Tyranny” Wynn.
Due to some withdrawls, the previously sold-out event now has spots open for the race. Check out the Patch Sprint, and make a healthy donation to the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation while you’re at it.