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Cafe Ride: Ultrarunner Hillary Allen finds her legs in gravel

Hillary Allen is no stranger to suffering. She's one of the world's best ultramarathon runners. So what was it like to take on Unbound Gravel as a first-time bike racer?

Written by: Reese Ruland

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Hillary Allen is an endurance athlete specializing in ultramarathon-distance trail running. She prefers steep and technical terrain earning her the nickname the "Hillygoat." Based in Colorado where she grew up, Hillary is also a coach, teacher, and author of Out and Back, a runner's story of survival against all odds. She's earned course records and wins all over the world racing 50km all the way up to 145km, and although running is her specialty, Hillary has also picked up gravel cycling. Her first ever bike race was Unbound Gravel in 2019. 

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