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Hoka OneOne – the evolution continues

Hoka OneOne in 2013 is very much the same as Hoka OneOne in 2010 – an innovative and super comfortable running shoe.

But, clearly, a couple of things have changed. No longer is Hoka OneOne a brand with one, big, bright yellow Hulk foot of a shoe that is visible from outer space. In fact, the latest shoes from Hoka – the Rapa Nui and the Kailua – look almost normal. But they’re not – not entirely.

One of the most common questions we get at running and triathlon expos that we go to and demo runs that we put on from time to time is, ‘what’s the difference between the models?’. It’s not the most exciting sounding question, it’s definitely not as intriguing as, ‘what makes these different?’ (I mean, have you seen our shoes?) but it is a great question to answer. Answering the simple question, ‘what’s the difference between the models?’ is probably the easiest way to explain the evolution of Hoka OneOne, and therefore to understand just where the new Rapa Nui and Kailua fit in.

Current models, a comparison

Current models, a comparison

So here, briefly, is the evolution of the Hoka range. Read more of this post

Mindblowing Endurance in Death Valley

Badwater is referred to with a degree of awe for good reason. Whether there may be counter-claims for the title of Toughest Endurance Event On Earth, there is no doubt that this 135-mile slog across Death Valley – a place so hot and dry that without water even highly conditioned endurance athletes face death within hours – holds the original claim to that honour.

Grant Maughan. Just not sure if this is the start line of the single Badwater, or the finish line of his double Badwater….

I am so happy to have just received this epic writeup from Grant Maughan, 2013 Australian competitor. It’s a long piece that really starts with a slow burn but ultimately takes root like wildfire. If you don’t know how it ends, it’s certainly not for me to spoil it for you. Just read it. I dare you to not be moved.

The grime of the road & the desert had peppered me with a thick grungy coating, my teeth felt like unfinished concrete. I could feel the stiffness in my clothing as I moved , caked as they were in salt & dirt. I felt very alive , though physiologically I was probably more like a corpse . To some it is a wonder that people would do this kind of thing to themselves but honestly, I have come to regard that feeling of total depletion & ragged fatigue as a maxim of my existence. I find it quietly satisfying, just like the free dive to the abyss , where you go to a place that your body is not really made to go , but then after your own efforts, return to the place that you really belong.

Grant’s blog is DingoFishExpress and I’ll definitely be ploughing through it further after reading this exceptional piece from the way-out-there. Thanks Grant!

Of course, if you’re too ADHD for a long-form read, Grant’s also kindly put together an 8-minute video. LOVE IT!

Desert Jane does it again!

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When your run is visible from outer space…..

You know you've gone hard when your run is visible from outer space - great work by Jane Trumper and Andy Bowen

You know you’ve gone hard when your run is visible from outer space – great work by Jane Trumper and Andy Bowen

Congratulations Andy Bowen and Jane Trumper on successfully completing your 700km run of the Gibb River Rd, aka Outback Odyssey, to raise money for Bear Cottage and to create a new Australian record run which might well remain unchallenged forever. Sounds like a tough dusty slog!

The route was intended to come in at around 647km, with offroad detours to visit gorges and the occasional homestead bringing the total to 688km, so the pair decided to run a final 12km at the end just to finish on a nice, even 700km!

Their crew, Garry and Janet Tapper from York, near Perth, and Suse Griffen, an American running friend from Tokyo (where else?!) were reportedly amazing. Garry earned himself the nickname “the postman”, because, says Jane, “he always delivered”.

Having set out on the afternoon of Wednesday June 5th, the crew gunned it over the last 4 days to finish the morning of Saturday June 15 so that they could call it an even 10 days. Their shortest day was 59.4km because, according to Jane speaking by phone from their first proper lodgings in nearly 2 weeks, all other campsite options were full of cowpats or locals wanting to borrow carparts. Their longest day was 78km and of course, 700km over 10 days averages the trip out to a solid 70km/day with temperatures averaging in the mid-30s for the duration.

Apparently work crews along the road caught on to what they were doing and sure enough by the end of the run, the traffic controllers were holding up queues of cars until Jane & Andy had run through the roadworks they were constructing. They report seeing landlocked crocodiles, giant Taipans, stunning waterfalls, and more red dust than you could poke a shower at.

To donate to Bear Cottage, visit http://www.everydayhero.com.au/jane_trumper_9

For Jane’s blog see http://ultrasmall.wordpress.com/

For Andy Bowen, see http://ultramarathonrunning.com.au/

Jane is talking excitedly about Run For Tomorrow which starts in Ottawa next April, shortly after she revisits Boston Marathon for a proper finish in 2014. Andy, from the sound of things, is keen just to get the dust out of his computer, which is now apparently red, even though it was kept unopened in a bag for the duration of the adventure.

We’re really proud of these guys for what is a remarkable achievement of endurance and self-directed running. And we’re looking forward to more pictures and stories from their adventure soon, but here’s one of our favourites for now.

It's always handy to bring a giant with you.

It’s always handy to bring a giant with you.

How to run 100km on trail in 8:17: Hoka OneOne Kep Ultra Race Report

Scott Hawker is Team Hoka OneOne Australia’s West Coast Flyer. When he won the Hoka OneOne Kep Ultra 75km last year, he was less than excited about his prize – a pair of running shoes from Hoka OneOne. Surely these oversize runners are for injured runners, runners wanting to prolong their racing years, maybe even runners with some kind of niggle needing a bit of protection, but surely they’re not for fast young dudes wanting to go out and smash podiums?

A very Hoka OneOne start to the Hoke OneOne Kep 75/100km Ultra last weekend. pic by Steve Fraser

With a little bit of persuasion, Scotty warmed to the idea of giving them a go for his long runs, or maybe when his legs felt tired. These chunky shoes certainly wouldn’t be his choice for running fast…

After his first few runs in the Bondi, though, it was a changed man on the phone from Perth – excited and bemused. Like so many other runners trying Hoka OneOne, the way they felt to Scott had really exceeded his expectations. Scott also surprised us later in the year when he flew to Queensland and ran the Glasshouse 100km in a scorching new course record of 9:04. In both Scott Hawker and Ben Duffus we see Australia’s new generation of trail ultrarunning. Trail is no longer a poor second choice for people who don’t run so quick on road, and it’s no longer the exclusive domain of older runners who’ve decided that just because they can’t run fast, they’ll compensate by running far.

They’re part of the Kilian generation – trail-inspired, loving natural environments, driven by the challenge that every tough new distance represents, and fast. It’s exciting to see young runners redefining what’s possible over epic distances with course records now routinely falling at almost every Australian trail event. Scott taking close to an hour out of the old Kep 100km record to fly home in 8:17 in his Bondi Speeds is no exception. He’s certainly a runner to follow and with the support of his wife Liz and his continued committed enjoyment of his training and West Australian trail playground, who knows how far this Team Hoka Australia flyer will go – or how fast.

Scott Hawker killing it on the way into Checkpoint 2. pic by Steve Fraser

Thank you and congratulations to Rob Donkersloot and his crew on yet another great event. And as always, Scott has posted a very tidy write-up of his day out at his blog Running Adventures and Finding Elevation so make sure to check it out.

As I knew they would, the final hills of the last 20km started to hurt. A couple of times in the last 20km I stopped and walked very briefly as I started questioning my pacing from early on. These stops were only brief and I got moving well again pretty quickly. During this final section I had one of those unsure moments where one has to decide whether to overtake a fellow runner on the trails or not pending on whether you think you can hold this pace. The fellow runner was a young lady running along with her dog so surely I could make the move right…?

Read the rest of Scott’s Kep 100 race report here.

Saving the best for last – a spectacularly special finish line moment between Scott and Liz, captured by Ron McGlinn.

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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