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." 

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. You must have qualifying standards in order to have a chance at being selected. This is a race for “Mountain Goats Only”. Race takes place late July each year

To apply send a self addressed envelope to "The Escarpment Trail Run, P.O. Box 278, Palenville, New York 12463". For more information email Dick Vincent at For more information about this race please visit


Members of the MPF/RNR Team had an epic showing at the 41st running of the Escarpment Trail Run! Mathias Lipsey placed 1st, Ben Nephew placed a close 2nd, Jayson Kolb cracked the top 5 and Natalie Thompson placed 3rd amongst the ladies!

Video of the 2014 Escarpment 18.6 Mile Trail Run. This was the 38th running of the event!  Northeastern Catskills of New York

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.

A little more video from the 2013 Escarpment Trail Run in the Northeastern Catskills of New York. Footage is of Blackhead Mountain and some of the finish.