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Hillary Gerardi

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Hillary Gerardi

Hillary Gerardi

Hillary Gerardi did not intend to become a runner. It wasn’t until after high school that her love affair with the mountains truly began, when she started climbing and working in the Appalachian Mountain Club huts in New Hampshire. She realized that she loved looking at interesting lines on topo maps and seeing if her body could take her there. She first tried her hand at trail running at the Great Adirondack Trail run, where she took the win and figured she’d checked off the trail running box. 

Not long after finishing school at Middlebury College, she and her partner, Brad, moved to the French Alps, where she started to expand her mountain-related passions and began running again. When she won a 12-lb leg of prosciutto at her first European trail running race, she decided the sport was for her and started racing and excelling at distances from the vertical kilometer to 120 km races.
Hillary still prefers power hiking, scrambling and ridge-rambling to actual running, but saw her career as a “skyrunner” really take off in 2018, when she place first at three of the sport’s toughest races: Tromso Skyrace (Norway), Trofeo Kima (Italy) and Glencoe Skyline (Scotland), as well as the Mont Blanc Vertical Kilometer and the Monterosa Skymarathon. 

When not racing, she holds down a day job at the Research Center for Alpine Ecosystems (CREA Mont-Blanc) in Chamonix, France, where she keeps getting after other mountain passions as a skier and alpine climber. She also continues to draw lines on maps and see where she can go with her own two feet, and is putting together a list of dream FKT’s back in her home in the Northeastern US, among other places.

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Top Achievements

  • 2018 Tromso Skyrace - First place and course record 
  • 2018 Trofeo Kima - First place
  • 2018 Glencoe Skyline - First place
  • Monte Rosa Skymarathon - winner 2018, with teammate Holly Page
  • Pierra Menta Eté - winner in 2016, 2017, and 2018 with teammates Maxime Leger, Celia Chiron and Katie Schide 
  • 2018 Skyrunner World Series - Second place 
  • 2018 Skyrunner Extra Series - First place
  • 2015 Grand Raid des Pyrenees 120k - First place

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