Team Hoka USA: Jason Schlarb

Jason Schlarb has been travelling about New Zealand, running juicy semi-alpine terrain and fighting off that occasional bane of the ultra-traveller – lurgee!

In just over a week’s time he’ll be toeing the line at Tarawera with some of the best runners that ultra and trail running have to offer in 2013: Sage Canaday, Anton Krupicka, Emelie Forsberg, Tim Olsen, Brendan Davies and many more. He will of course also be lining up alongside Hoka OneOne Australia’s own David Eadie, Nikki Wynd, and Scott Hawker, who you’ll also be meeting on this blog over the next couple of days.

Jason Schlarb, blogging at www.jasonschlarb.com.

Jason, when did you start running in Hoka, and what has kept you running in them since?

Dave Mackey sent me a pair of Bondi in Iraq… I was a skeptic at first, but it only took one run. 

What is your currently preferred model and why?

Bondi- light, fast and just enough traction.  The Bondi gives me all the cushion I could ever want, but is still light enough for a fast race or workout.  The oversized surface area under foot on the Bondi provides all the traction I need for almost all my trail running.  I also really love that the Bondi is flexible and allows my foot to flex in a natural and efficient way.      

 

Hoka OneOne podium at Miwok 100km

Dave Mackey, Chris Price and Jesse Haynes after Miwok 2012. Pic by Keira Henninger

Appropriate that runners wearing Hoka OneOne dominated the podium at this year’s Miwok 100km in California, considering the course does take in Stinson Beach.

For Australian readers, the course has roughly the same elevation gain as The North Face 100. With roughly 4,000m of vertical, Miwok’s course records are held by legendary female ultrarunner Ann Trason and 2011 Montrail Ultra Cup Winner and Hoka OneOne athlete Dave Mackey. Trason’s 8:55:49 record set in 2001 continues to obliterate all challengers, with this year’s female winner coming in at 10:35:14.

This video of the race from the Endurables should get you lacing up and running out the door in about 10 minutes flat – great clip.

Mackey won again this year, in a time of 9:14:06, 15 minutes ahead of Price on 9:28:30. Price no doubt appreciated the Hoka freshness in his legs, holding 3rd placegetter Jesse Haynes out by just 25 seconds. Race results also available at RealEndurance.com.

Dave Mackey talks about Hoka Bondi B

Thanks to Spud for sending this through to us on Twitter.

Dave Mackey, an ultra runner who has kicked mounds of ass over the years and most recently took out the Montrail Cup for 2011 after a solid year including his 8th place at the most competitive Western States ever, talks about his Hoka One One Bondi B – the freakishly versatile and comfy ultra running shoe that we all jones for.

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