MEET RUMPL ATHLETE

  1. Hillary "Hilly Goat" Allen
  1. Fort Collins, CO

Hillary Allen is an ultrarunner, gravel cyclist and scientist living in Colorado. Early in her career, she earned the nickname “Hilly Goat” for her love of the uphill and her ability to run fast on steep, technical mountain terrain – a style of running known as Skyrunning. She maintains the belief that ‘your best athletic days are ahead of you,’ if you’re willing to work hard for what you love and never give up on yourself.

Hillary Allen

TRAIL RUNNER

MEET RUMPL ATHLETE

  1. Hillary "Hilly Goat" Allen
  1. Fort Collins, CO

Hillary Allen is an ultrarunner, gravel cyclist and scientist living in Colorado. Early in her career, she earned the nickname “Hilly Goat” for her love of the uphill and her ability to run fast on steep, technical mountain terrain – a style of running known as Skyrunning. She maintains the belief that ‘your best athletic days are ahead of you,’ if you’re willing to work hard for what you love and never give up on yourself.

Hillary Allen

Trail Runner

20 Questions with Hillary

1. Favorite place to train?

The high country of Colorado.

 

2. What moment made you realize you wanted to do this professionally?

I was in graduate school in a PhD program for Neuroscience and Physiology. I wanted to be a scientist my whole life, but after 17 years of schooling and feeling burnt out, I found trail running. At first it was a hobby, but after I started racing and started winning, I found I had a passion for it. When I got offered a trial sponsorship with The North Face for a year, I knew I had to take a chance and see if it could go somewhere. I told myself I'd give it a year and see how it goes - that was back in 2015.

 

3. Must-have travel essential?

A good book and my journal.

 

4. Sporting hero?

J'ne Day Lucore - Colorado Hall of Fame runner, mom, engineer and she's who got me into running.

 

5. Favorite trail?

This is an impossible question! A trail that starts in the forest and runs up into the alpine with no trees in sight, sweeping views and ridgelines

6. Best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Rest days are the most important day of the week

 

7. Most memorable moment in your career?

Being told I would never run or compete again after a nearly fatal fall while competing in a trail running race, then winning MIUT 5 years later, a race and distance I never thought I'd do.

 

8. Bucket list adventure?

SO many places! New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, Iceland.

 

9. Favorite way to recover?

A good book, a coffee shop and a good scone.

 

10. Last book you read?

Do You Care What Other People Think by Richard Feynman.

  1. "Believe your best athletic days are ahead of you."

- Hillary Allen

11. Biggest fear?

Not living up to my potential!

 

12. Favorite TV show to binge?

The Bachelorette or The Bachelor.

 

13. How do you take your coffee or tea?

Coffee in the morning with oat milk, tea before bed (licorice mint).

 

14. Best concert you ever attended?

Lord Huron at the Mishawaka.

 

15. Favorite weather to train in?

Crisp fall weather, changing leaves and frost so you can see your breath.

 

16. What are you listening to lately?

Honestly Podcast by Bari Weiss.

 

17. Last place you traveled and why?

To the San Juan Mountains in Colorado for racing the San Juan Solstice.

18. What do you do to prep for a race?

Journaling and listening to music.

 

19. Funniest sport memory?

Seeing a friend of mine on the course of Transvulcania after moving into 3rd place. He told me I looked great and encouraged me, but all I could do was start bawling. No idea why.

 

20. What's Next?

UTMB in Chamonix the last week of August!

 

Follow Hillary's advenures at @hillygoat_climbs>


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