Killington’s Downhill Throwdown freeride event is back for a second year, with three days of high-speed action taking place June 6 through 8. The event draws downhill skateboard and street luge competitors from all over the world to ride a thrilling two 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. The event is presented by Restless Longboards and produced by Dean Events, LLC.
“We are thrilled to be back at East Mountain Road, for what our riders believe to be the fastest course east of the Mississippi,” says 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, Town of Killington Events and Marketing Coordinator, believes 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 one hundred competitors from the US, 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 on June 11 through 13.
"If these men and women were in cars, they would be given speeding tickets,” adds Dean. “Skaters, lugers and drift riders are coming from all over the world, so if you have a love for adrenaline, this event is for you. See you on the hill!"
Racing on East Mountain Road begins daily at 9:00am and concludes by 5:30pm. East Mountain Road to Roundabout Road will be closed to thru traffic during the event from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Killington Police Department will be stationed at the beginning and end of the course to allow for safe vehicle passage between each round of competitors (approximately every 20 minutes throughout the day). Please use caution on during this time.
For more information, visit www.discoverkillington.com.
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About the Killington Pico Area Association
The KPAA is a non-profit organization representing the local business community, Killington Resort and the Town of Killington. The KPAA is dedicated to developing programs and events to foster the growth of the four-season economy in the Killington Region.
About the Vermont IDF
The IDF is the official governing body representing International Downhill Skateboard, Street Luge and Classic Luge. The federation was developed to coordinate, encourage, and promote the safe running of Downhill Skateboard racing events internationally, be a reference point, and to represent the voice of the downhill community to government and industry. The IDF provides rankings, services, event planning, and guidance to association members to encourage a healthy connection between the competitors and event organizers who own this sport.