BARASU will begin and end at the Pok-O-MacCready Conference Center (Pok-O Queen, 1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY) and will proceed in the following fashion.
BARE: Climbing Bare the traditional Patch Sprint route, but turning around at the Bare spot. The rouyte then descends to the logging road before angling back to the northwest, down the trail used to climb up Bare. This is different from the Patch sprint course in that the direct logging roads to the Homestead will not be used.
RATTLESNAKE: Following Reber Road one-half mile to the 1812 Homestead, the course will then follow the standard Patch Sprint route via the covered bridge, history trail and Beaver road, to the approach to Rattlesnake mountain. The turnaround on Rattlesnake will occur shortly after arriving on the summit ridge, at the very first viewing spot with the large rock.
SUGARLOAF: The route from the summit of Rattlesnake to the top of Sugarloaf is identical to the Patch Sprint course.
RACE FINISH: From the summit of Sugarloaf, racers will descend the approach they came from, returning to the finish line, at the Pok-O-MacCready Conference Center.
"We measured the course at 10.83 miles," said event co-founder Tim Singer, who ran the route with Greg Henderson and Jillian DeBusk this past summer. "That day, we started at the pillars. By moving the start to the Pok-O Queen, we make it very close to an even 11 miles, while having a convenient start-finish line at the same spot."
The course descends the Bare approach, rather than the traditional Patch route, to minimize the use of private land. "The land owner has already been kind enough to allow 100+ racers and trekkers to use the trails in May," said Singer. "We don't wish to push our luck, especially during hunting season!"
As for the premature turnarounds at the Bare Spot and Rattlesnake clearing, "we are just looking to mix it up a bit. The Patch Sprint is about four exact summits; BARASU is designed more as a scenic, yet still challenging, race course."