“The #metoo campaign spoke to me because I think every female runner has, unfortunately, experienced harassment on a run. Whether they are running alone or with a group, catcalls are all too common. After an incident on my local trail where an individual was repeatedly harassing female runners early in the mornings, I saw something pretty powerful happen. Complete strangers would stop me on runs to warn me of suspicious activity or they would write notes in chalk on the sidewalks reminding runners to be alert. We had each other’s backs. The running community is close-knit. In any city, runners share a special bond — they know hard work, struggle and how to support and challenge each other. It’s competitive, but uplifting. Running gives each person something different, but we share a sense of grit and pride. I hope this kind of connectedness is everywhere because it has given me strength and confidence to be unafraid.” – HOKA supports all Women Who Fly, like Lauren Ziegler
“‘Me too’ is such an important topic. It happens in some form to every single woman and that surprises too many men. Unfortunately, the process of bringing about change is also bringing up painful recollections from women. I’ve become so numb to harassment on my runs that it took a while for me to really think about this. It reminded me that being constantly harassed on my runs was the entire reason that I started to wear headphones — to block out the ‘noise’ and avoid it in my own way.” – HOKA supports all Women Who Fly, like Rachelle Vertenten
“Catcalls, while running or not running, are greasy and irritating. The ‘harmlessness’ of these occurrences is what is most haunting — they begin to add up and soon you find yourself avoiding certain routes or maybe running altogether. They are completely random and impossible to prevent. One moment you are running strong and the next you are hit with an inexcusable action that leaves you feeling weak and exposed. My running is a big part of who I am and my running is not someone else’s property.” – HOKA supports all Women Who Fly, like Jessica Denney
Jessica is wearing the Arahi.
“I judge myself harshly enough and I don’t need sexually explicit comments to prompt further judgment. I don’t ever run with headphones. And I mean ever. People assume you’re not listening to the world when you listen to music, so they feel free to comment on you, your looks, your stride, your bounciness, your ‘I’d-do-her’-ness. No one needs the whistles, the jeers, the catcalls, the horn blast aimed at making you jump or the lunges at street corners followed by a quick, ‘running looks good on you.’ Instead of a mind-clearing run, it becomes a mental game of strength to isolate yourself from sexual objectification.” – HOKA supports all Women Who Fly, like Maggie Smith
Maggie is wearing the Speedgoat 2.