One competition end, another begins, and some hot fan love.

Just answer the question at the end in the comments section for your chance to WIN!

Our Facebook competition was massive fun and everybody who wrote in made our day. We were going to give our prizes randomly but then you all started telling us your stories, penning poetry, and writing love ballads about running shoes.

We understand this, don’t worry. They make us feel special inside too, from our feet, through our calves and shins, up inside our knees, all over our quads and hamstrings, ITBs, butts, lower back, and core. Just like any miracle running shoe should!

So before we launch our next little competition, we just wanted to share some of our favourite answers from the competition to win a pair of newly released 2013 running shoes from Hoka OneOne.

The new Bondi 2 is so HOT Hoka had to make it super-breathable. Feel the cooling breeze rush across your feet in this baby...

The new Bondi 2 is so HOT Hoka had to make it super-breathable. Feel the cooling breeze rush across your feet in this baby…

Danielle Cullen was on of the first respondents to really get our attention. Why?

I do endurance horse racing (80 – 320km) and my horse will love me (and you!) forever if I get off and run next to her more often!!

That’s a nice distance for covering by heart-powered motor, we didn’t know there was a sport with horses that went that far, and the idea that a pony might also become a fan of our superlight, super-cushioned running shoes was intriguing, to say the least. Nice one, Danielle!

It never occurred to us to sell horse shoes. Thanks for the idea Danielle!

It never occurred to us to sell horse shoes. Thanks for the idea Danielle!

From the unusual to the familiar – Tristan Watson told us a story that we frequently hear from runners in one form or another. Maybe they just want to do their local bridge run. Maybe, like Olivia Stefek, another Facebooker, they’re after a City2Surf PB. Maybe like Kiwi triathlete Suzie Clark they’re having no end of calf and achilles pain, as they contract their calf to swim, extend it to ride, and then smash it to bits in an unforgiving shoe on the run leg. Tristan, though, is out there, and dreaming of distances that blow people’s minds.

Well I have been running again for the last 3 years with ITB issues, patello-femoral pain, and medial meniscus issues, all of which, and I am being serious here, have dissipated since wearing the Stinson Evo. I have conquered long runs up to 8hrs. Climbs and descents that I never thought possible, and these shoes have been a major factor in allowing me to pursue my dream of running 100 miles. I hope to run C2K in 2014.

Think about the hill sessions you do in training, how dead your legs feel on the last repeat. And that’s after, what – half an hour? two hours? C2K is short for Coast to Kosciuszko. It’s a 240+km run from the east coast port of Eden to the very top of Australia. For most runners, it’s more than 30 hours of running up one very long hill. Once more, think about how smashed up you feel from one hour of hill training. Good luck Tristan. Live the dream!!

Red for quickness, black goes with everything - wicked new black, red, and white Evo for shredding trails anywhere and everywhere (and maybe even the occasional Iron Man)

Red for quickness, black goes with everything – wicked new black, red, and white Evo for shredding trails anywhere and everywhere (and maybe even the occasional Iron Man)

And as exciting as it was to see all the applications from runners who are new to Hoka World, we do our background checks. One cheeky entry said

I have heard so much good stuff about these shoes and I’m desperate to try them for myself! (but I’m so poor from over committing to some expensive races this year :P)

Perhaps the triathlete submitting that one should have changed their job description from ‘Government Lawyer’ to something more struggle-grade! Besides, we figure that with the pounding these shoes save you, they’re also saving at least two visits to the physio/masseuse/chiro of your choice. Bargain, Marvin!

New Bondi Speed - a more typical choice for triathlon. More breathable upper, glovelike interior, greater ankle comfort, and funky new speedlace and toe bumper.

New Bondi Speed – a more typical choice for triathlon. More breathable upper, glovelike interior, greater ankle comfort, and funky new speedlace and toe bumper.

As many other entertaining, moving, and funny entries as there were, Daniel Richmond from Perth deserves not just a mention but a place in Hoka history for his unsolicited poem. If he can run as well as he can rhyme, he should be near the podium at this year’s Kep Ultra, that’s for sure!

In 2012 it was “Time to Fly”, I saw these new Hoka One One’s & gave them a try.
My feet they felt awesome & recovery was great, finding these Hoka’s it must have been fate.
Hills were a breeze & trails were fun, all I wanted to do was get out & run!

TNF100 came around fast,but with Hoka’s on my feet, all I had was a blast.

2 hours thirty I smashed off my time, and I was ecstatic as I flew over that line!
Everyone asked, “So what’s your secret Dan”, i smiled & said, “Hoka One One, I’m a big fan”.
Couldn’t possibly run in anything else, now get out there & grab some & see for yourself!
Evo’s, Tarmacs’s & Bondi’s too, I own every pair, now how about you?!… Oh what a shoe

Love Hoka One One.

Huh? Huh? See what I mean?

Melanie could have looked HOT in the new grey/fushia women's Evo on the left, but instead she's going to RUN hot in the cyan, white, lime Tarmac on the right.

Melanie could have looked HOT in the new grey/fushia women’s Evo on the left, but instead she’s going to RUN hot in the cyan, white, lime Tarmac on the right.

And of course the win did ultimately go to Currumbin‘s Melanie Black, a mum of three who wrote in saying that she’d like to win a pair of the new cyan, citrus, white women’s Tarmac so she

can smash my Parkrun PB of 17:34 and hopefully improve the plantar fasciitis that is giving me grief at the moment.

We’re big fans of anybody who wants to smash their PB, the community-focused team at Parkrun, and we recognise that plantar fasciitis is EVIL and must be stopped – so, Melanie, we hope your sweet new running experience from Hoka OneOne helps you achieve your goals! Congratulations.

Our next competition is not for a pair of shoes. It is for some tasty limited edition gear out of the USA. Only ten of these have been brought into Australia, and if you want it, you need to tell us in the comments below

WHY, in 30 words or less, do you NEED this very cool limited edition Hoka OneOne baseball cap in your life?

Entertain, inform, or completely blow our minds in 30 words or less and this Ltd Ed. Hoka OneOne cap could be yours.

Entertain, inform, or completely blow our minds in 30 words or less and this Ltd Ed. Hoka OneOne cap could be yours.

12 Responses to One competition end, another begins, and some hot fan love.

  1. Adam says:

    Because if you wanna get ahead, get a hat!!…. and I can’t wear my Stinson Evo’s on my head…… or can I?

  2. Because, I “Preach” Hoka to the extent that people think I actually work for you! Family, friends, work colleagues & running mates, all converted by the Hoka gospel I spread 🙂

  3. Nick says:

    I’m bald and have been waiting for a hoka hat to match shoes and singlet for ages. Gotta be sun smart and matching

  4. James C says:

    I need the cap, so that I can spread the word of Hoka (not only when I’m running!)

  5. churchie11 says:

    I need the cap so I can spread the word of Hoka (Not only when I’m running!)

  6. paula says:

    I love my hoka;s so i should love my cap

  7. Because I want to wear a pair of Hoka’s

  8. Jason Nelson says:

    I need one of those caps to keep my solar panel (folically challenged head) UV protected while looking ultra cool and ripping up my running routes!!

  9. Paul Thompson says:

    You may wish to travel on Cloud 9 give Hokas a go & you might get you there. John and Yoko said they might get you a Revolution number 9.

    • Jason Nelson says:

      The cap will help me stay sun safe while tearing up the tarmac and tracks in my Stinson Evo’s while trying to smash a 20 year PB’s for a half marathon

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