Phit for a Queen: A Female Athlete Podcast

Out and Back with Hillary Allen

December 3, 2021


Hillary Allen

Hillary Allen was ranked #1 in the world sky running series when she fell 150 feet off a mountain ridge.

Hillary’s career as an endurance athlete has not been straightforward. Through injury, setbacks, and unexpected challenges, Hillary’s had to re-think what she considers impossible. Early in her career, Hillary earned the nickname “Hillygoat” when she proved her ability to run fast on steep, technical mountain terrain –  a style of running known as Skyrunning.  

Since then, she has raced all over the world, racking up wins and course records, establishing herself as one of the best mountain ultra runners in the world. In 2017 she had a life-threatening accident, where she fell 150 feet off of a ridge-line during a Skyrace in Tromsø, Norway. She was told she would never run again.

After several years of rehab and recovery, Hillary made a full recovery and returned to elite-level racing, racing some of her longest and most challenging events post-accident. She maintains the belief that ‘your best athletic days are ahead of you if you’re willing to work hard for what you love.’


Hillary also studies and teaches science, using her master's degree in neuroscience and physiology, and structural biology. She is also a trail running coach and a gravel cyclist.


So you know she's Legit:

UC Denver School of Medicine

2011 – 2016 

Coe College
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Field Of Study 

2006 – 2010

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