“I have run 10 trail ultramarathons between 28 and 35 miles. I know I can run farther, but I want to wait until I get older. Last year, when I was 10, I became the youngest finisher ever in the history of the Santa Barbara Nine Trails 35 Mile Endurance Run. It has 11,500 feet of climbing. This year when I ran it, my dad slipped on a wet rock and broke his wrist, so I had to run the last 11 miles by myself. The thing I like most about trail running is that it makes you feel so free. I like running in the mountains because it makes me feel like I can run forever. When I get older, I would like to compete in the UTMB. I always feel very happy and accomplished when I finish a run. I feel like I could eat a whole pizza and a burrito too. I hope more kids will start trail running, so I have more friends to run with.”- HOKA fan Sebastian Salsbury
“I believe that my life started at 70. Since I turned 70, I have gold-medaled numerous times for the Masters category in sprint distances, and I have had two novels published. I started running seriously in my late 60s. It is a great way to stay in shape and exercise. I was nicknamed by one of my college baseball coaches (I played center field at Cal Berkeley) ‘Motorbutt’ because I could run fast enough that he accused me of having a motor in my butt. I wanted to prove that ‘Motorbutt’ is still ‘Motorbutt.’ If I can maintain speed as I get older, I feel as though I am warding off inevitable old age. It makes me feel younger.”- HOKA fan Allen Mindell
Allen’s favorite shoe is the Bondi 4.
“I left my career as a Naval Officer to pursue a career in triathlon. I hadn’t won any big races and few around me could imagine my success in the sport. On top of the tough road ahead in triathlon, I was leaving a strong career, which brought concern from friends and family. Something in me told me I had the ability, and I just needed to take the chance. I decided to bet on myself and go for it, and I haven’t looked back!”- HOKA Athlete Tim O’Donnell
Tim’s favorite shoe is the Tracer.
“It feels like a life time ago that I lived on the other side of the globe, wore uncomfortable shoes, worried about what I ate and got criticized almost daily about being to muscular, too ‘fit’ and too healthy looking. I am forever grateful for the places I got to, the people I met and the life experiences I had, but I can say for certain, that now I am a happier, healthier, more confident woman with my dirty running shoes, workout clothing wardrobe and trail runner muscles, scars and body than I ever was then.”- HOKA fan Kimberley Teshima Newberry
Kimberley is wearing the Clifton 3.
“I am a vet student, and I always wanted to work with wild animals. I did an internship in South Africa to follow a vet during his work days. I got to dart antelopes and leopards in the bush to microchip them. I also had the chance to volunteer in a rehab center to care for orphans (rhinos, servals and cheetahs) and the sick adults. Animals have always been a passion of mine. I want to help because humans are destroying their environment more and more every year.”- HOKA fan Chloe Maïa