Why Killington Doesn’t Scare Me As Much as Copper Mountain (And Why Maybe It Should)

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Under Armour Killington 50K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review and write race reviews!


We are merely days away from the second of Under Armour’s three Mountain Series races. This time, the course and location is Killington, VT. Specifically, we’ll be running around Killington Peak which, as I mentioned, is known (according to WikiPedia) as the “Beast of the East.”

If you remember my post going into Copper Mountain, I was super worried about that race. And let’s keep in mind the context of that situation. The last time I had run a 50k, I logged a brutal DNF in Nashville, and a month later was down with pneumonia. So a 50k at 9-12,000 feet of altitude was a tall order.

As it turned out, I ran surprisingly well (all things considered) and would have likely knocked a considerable amount of time off my PR had the altitude not come and got me on the second loop.

Killington will not have that elevation at all. Nor will it have a grueling 3,000 foot climb that we do…twice.

That, coupled with decent training (not great, mind you) leading into Chicago has me feeling super confident about this race.

However, rumor has it, Killington has some ridiculously steep climbs and technical trails. I live for technical trails, and the climbs literally cannot be anything more grueling that some of the climbs at the Music City Trail Ultra. Can they?

The challenge out here will be the roughly 10,000 feet of gain we accumulate over 31.1 miles.


But the weather looks immaculate for race day (again) and it’ll be another opportunity to get a nice long run on some beautiful trails.

Although maybe I shouldn’t have listened to the My Favorite Murder episode about the AT Killer before flying out.

Do you have any races coming up? Or will you too be out at Killington?

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