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June 4, 2015

Killington hosts the second annual Downhill Throwdown June 6-8

Killington hosts the second annual Downhill Throwdown June 6-8

Courtesy of Town of Killington

A rider crashes into hay bale barriers in the inaugural Downhill Throwdown in 2014.

Riders will exceed 60 m.p.h. down the steep, winding course

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KILLINGTON–Killington’s Downhill Throwdown freeride event is back for a second year, with three days of high-speed action, June 6-8. The event draws downhill skateboard and street luge competitors from all over the world to ride two thrilling miles of pavement down East Mountain Road. Known for its twists, turns and big downhills, the course is cited as a rider favorite, with racers reaching speeds of over 60 mph.

“We are thrilled to be back at East Mountain Road, for what our riders believe to be the fastest course east of the Mississippi,” said event producer Marc Dean. “This is a one-of-a-kind ride on a notoriously steep and challenging mountain road, a can’t-miss adrenaline rush! Gravity lovers now have a new reason to visit Vermont in the summer.”

Amy Morrison, events and marketing coordinator for the town of Killington, says the event is also great for spectators. “The combination of the challenging terrain and stunning scenery will make this a memorable event for locals and visitors alike.”

Over 100 competitors from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Spain and New Zealand are expected to participate in the Downhill Throwdown, which serves as the first stop of this year’s Vermont International Downhill Federation Skate Week. Part two continues at Burke Mountain, June 11-13.

“Skaters, lugers and drift riders are coming from all over the world,” adds Dean.

Racing on East Mountain Road begins daily at 9 a.m. and concludes by 5:30 p.m.

East Mountain Road to Roundabout Road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. For more information and photos of last year’s event, visit www.discoverkillington.com.

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