Big week of stuff! And one moose.

It’s gonna get a little busy here this week. We’ll be announcing a couple of shirt winners later today – still 3 hours to get your North Face 100/50 Hoka OneOne pics to us to go in the draw for that one.

We’ll also be posting Top 10 Trail Running Tips. It’s such an arbitrary number, but let’s face it – ‘Top Trail Running Tips’ just doesn’t sound as catchy, and there are so many different schools of thought on everything about running, that one could go forever. See ‘Lore of Running‘ by Prof. Tim Noakes if you don’t know what we mean.

An interview also coming up with Desert Jane Trumper and Tyre-Dragger Andy Bowen. They’re launching Outback Odyssey, and are off to run a 700km stretch of rugged Australian outback just over a week from now. We’ll be asking them how they’re preparing for 12 days of ultramarathon. And, of course, why?

Welcome back also to Team Hoka Australia’s Scott Hawker. We’ve seen some beautiful photos of his time in the US, where he absolutely ran his pants off.

running amongst the redwoods near Bolinas, Scott Hawker, pic. by Rickey Gates

Check out these results – 2:47 net time in the Santa Monica Coast to Coast Marathon, which he reportedly ran as a training run, with an official time of 2:48:13 for the win and a new Course Record, a casual 50km training run amongst the redwoods with ultra-machine Rickey Gates, and a 2nd place in the Turnagain Arm 8-mile that got him a mention in the Alaska Daily News. The photo he took with Midget Elvis and his close encounters with black bears also caught our attention. Great adventuring!

Scott Hawker flying to a course record at Coast to Coast. Pic by Rocket Racing Productions.

AND we’ll be releasing details of how your storytelling can win you a brand spanking new pair of Stinson Evo and Stinson Tarmac, and keep us all entertained with yarns of disaster and/or hilarity.

And we’ve just received a couple of great pics of Queensland gun Ben Duffus in action at The North Face 100, on his way to winning the juniors and taking 7th place outright with a scorching 10:18:53. Pretty ballistic running for a 100km loop course with about 4500m elevation gain.

Team Hoka's latest addition, Ben Duffus ripping it up in the valleys of the Blue Mountains, pic. courtesy of the Duffus family

Team Hoka’s latest addition, Ben Duffus ripping it up in the valleys of the Blue Mountains, pic. courtesy of the Duffus family

It’s pretty exciting to be partnering with these two young and committed runners. They’re humble, strong, and bring a bucketload of talent and pace to Team Hoka on opposite coastlines of Australia. We thoroughly agree that Hoka OneOne are great running shoes for older runners, injured runners, ultra and endurance runners, but performance speaks for itself. These guys are part of the new generation, part of the shift in thinking from endurance sports being something you do when you’re too old to run fast.

Ben Duffus looking fresh and feisty around the 60km mark at The North Face 100 Australia, pic courtesy of the Duffus family

Ben Duffus looking fresh and feisty around the 60km mark at The North Face 100 Australia, pic courtesy of the Duffus family

Exciting times ahead!

A moose! By Scott Hawker. How could we not include a picture of a moose? Serious nature awesomeness.

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