The Escarpment Trail Run is one of the oldest trail races in the NY area, it is a 18.6 mile remote, rugged, technical, mountainous race that travels through the Catskill mountains from Windham to North lake in Haines Falls, NY. This is a race for “Mountain Goats Only”. Race takes place late July each year. 

The Escarpment Trail Run - Words from race director Dick Vincent about the trail, "The trail is viewed by many as an exaggeration of the term. It is extremely rocky and a runner must expect to navigate over boulders, downed trees, gullies and hidden roots the entire distance. Contestants must be prepared to deal with any of the forest's natural barriers, such as bees, slippery rocks, porcupines, black bears and anything else that can be found in the forests of the Catskills. There are numerous places where runners must climb hand over fist to scale a rise, conversely, extremely steep downhill sections add not only challenge to the course, but also a high degree of unwelcome danger. There are sections of the course that travel along cliffs. If you're not careful, you could fall to your death. Very few runners go the distance without taking at least one painful spill. Most runners take many. Believe me, you're going to take a flop or two, or more. Bees!!! In 1987, we ran into lots of them. If you are allergic to bee stings, you MUST run with your own medication." 

Here is a video from the 2013 Escarpment Trail Run. Ben is an 11x winner and holds the course record (2:45:20). Here he is climbing Blackhead Mountain during the 2013 race.


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