Aussie Hoka One One updates – juicy ultra running news

Have we yet decided whether ‘ultra running’ is one word or two? Just asking…

Salt-encrusted from this morning’s very awesome Inov8 Coastal Classic presented by MaxAdventure and still just a bit spaced from running it all out. Great course, deceptively low profile more than utterly steroid-boosted by endless sharp staircases over steep headlands, deeply gouged single-tracks with V-shaped cross-sections in profile, long stretches of soft, sandy beach, thick mud, rocky tributaries and rivulets, and the near-constant ambient sound of ocean. Sounds romantic? Wasn’t. But was. : )  Full race report and review of boxfresh large-sized Bondi Bs (US13.5) on mixed surface on its way.

Fresh pic-filled posts coming up early in the week but killer Aussie Hoka One One newsbites are:

Barry Golding and the crew from MultiMarathon – 15 44km (ultra)marathons across the Simpson Desert for 15 charities (such as Bear Cottage and Angel Flight) left yesterday from the Botanical Gardens. With a convoy of 15 4WDs headed for the red centre, they’ll be heading out of Alice Springs on around the 14th of September, making for the Birdsville Track, across dried out sharp and crusty saltbeds, through a sea of fine bulldust, and over 1400 long and wearing sand dunes. 660km of alien ultra awesomeness.

Good luck Barry, David, Maureen, Chris, Lachlan and the whole crew. Especially good luck to our girl Jane as she sets out on a mission to become the first woman to run across the Simpson Desert. Over 100 marathons and ultramarathons completed, and the first woman to complete the Aussie Grand Slam of Ultra, we reckon that if any woman’s up for it, she is! So do Injinji, coming to the party with over $1,000 worth of gear, including an entire white Skirt Sports wardrobe. Good job Injinji!

We’ll be hosting an interview recorded before she leaves to join the desert crew onsite in the coming week.

Harris leading out the short course at Sydney's Jabulani Challenge in Sydney earlier this year. Posting Wanganui pics when they arrive.

And finally, and by no means least, congratulations to Brent Harris for his awesome run today at the Marton to Wanganui Road Relay in New Zealand. Setting a new Course Record of 5:10:14 for the 67km course (that’s better than 13km/h for the duration – ouch, as in… ouch) Harris looks on track to seriously challenge te current record at Molesworth, an 84km challenge on private road in NZ later this year.

No two ways about it, that’s some seriously ass-kicking endurance running.

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