Scott Hawker, chilling in Beijing

Flashing his shorts at -3, Hoka OneOne Australia's Scott Hawker out for a training run in Beijing, on his way to the Hong Kong 100 later this month.

Flashing his shorts at -3, Hoka OneOne Australia’s Scott Hawker out for a training run in Beijing, on his way to the Hong Kong 100 later this month.

Just heard from Team Hoka’s Scotty Hawker, freshly back from turning his legs over in Beijing as he gets ready for the Hong Kong 100 later this month.

A little colder here (-3deg) than Australia!! Heading out for a run around the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Got so many smiles and laughs from locals cause I was wearing shorts. Guess that’s the kiwi in me.

Along with The North Face 100 here in Australia in May, Tarawera in New Zealand in March, and a swag of other spectacular ultra marathons throughout the year and around the globe, the HK100 is now part of the Ultra Trail World Tour and as such will see a fast lineup of internationals racing alongside Scott, including Dave Mackey, Claire Price, and Jez Bragg.

Good luck Scott! Great chance to mix it up with some of the best.

 

Want to see how to run?

The Hoka OneOne Kep Ultra went off with a bang in Perth last weekend, with the team’s Scotty Hawker flying home 45minutes under course record. It’s one thing to think about the challenge of running faster than 5-minute kays for 100km, but another thing to see it.

Check out Scotty at the end of this clip as he knocks out close to 15km/h. Congratulations to women’s 100km winner Karen Hagan and the dynamic duo of Vlad Ixel and Marlene Lootz who knocked over the 75km.

Not sure what tunes you guys are running to in Perth but nicely put together vid (& event) from Rob Donkersloot. I wonder if this clip will get some more East Coasters thinking about a flight to Perth to see how fast they can do this relatively new course…

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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