Applying for the Escarpment Trail Run

by nomeatbarefeet

Today I received my application for the Escarpment Trail Run. I have been crazy enough to hope to run this race since last year. They are very strict qualifying times, but luckily my Vermont 50k time allowed me to qualify to get an application. Because of the nature of the trails and the difficulty of the race the field is limited to 250 runners—and it is first come, first serve.

Notice the total feet of elevation change? Yes, that does say 10,000. What the hell is wrong with me?!?!

Notice the total feet of elevation change? Yes, that does say 10,000 ft. What the hell is wrong with me?!?!

I immediately filled out the application, signed the check, and put them both in the mail.

Now I need to start training. It is not that I haven’t been running. I just did the Jenkins Mountain Scramble, and 2400 (ish) ft is nothing to scoff at. But this is a bit more. This is hands over head, nose to the boulder, scrambling across rocks, insanity—point-to-point, mind you—all on my own. No aid station help, save for one or two water stops that have been backpacked in by wonderful, wonderful volunteers.

My goal? Finish…without injury.

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