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Miles From Nowhere

By Nick Kafker

From the hospital to the podium. During the 2017 edition of the Tromso Skyrace Ultramarathon, Hillary Allen fell nearly 150 feet from a technical ridge and barely survived. After 9 surgeries, Hillary's doctors told her that running again, let alone competing, was unlikely, but ultrarunning is an unlikely sport full of people like Hillary with unlikely grit and determination.

  • In Early August she returned to the race where she was hurt, running and finishing with Manu Par, a fellow runner who stabilized her injuries in 2017. This past weekend, she placed second in another 90 mile race called, get ready for it... The Ultra-Trail Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie.
  • "I remember working on this mantra during recovery...I would say to myself, ‘I have to believe that I can do this. My best athletic days are in front of me, not behind me.’ That’s what keeps me motivated and positive and still going.”
  • For the tear jerking and long-run-inspiring full story of her comeback, watch this video.

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