“I lost my mom to early onset Alzheimer’s on New Year’s Day. Running has always been an outlet for me — I started running in middle school to handle my dad’s alcoholism and my brother’s addiction to drugs. But, I didn’t really realize how essential it was to keeping me whole until I started to grieve for my mother. During her final days and right after her death, I became a recluse. I spent a lot of time thinking by running and hiking trails in the Appalachian Mountains. Those technical, steep trails burned my lungs and caused a few scrapes and bruises, but they also helped heal my soul. Those trail miles helped me come to the realization that I was not alone in this grief and gave me the courage to lean on my friends and husband. I purchased my first pair of HOKA shoes right after I lost my mom and in a way they have become symbolic of the pain I overcame at the beginning of this year. I wore the Clifton as I worked through it, needed to blow off steam and reflected on the memories I had with my mom. They were on my feet when I ran into the sunrises and remembered how grateful I was to see the beauty and light in this life. They will continue to be on my feet to help me face the next challenge or adventure that life throws my way.” – HOKA fan Christina Proctor from Athens, GA
Christina’s favorite shoe is the Clifton.