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Richmond, CA – HOKA ONE ONE®, a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NYSE : DECK), is pleased to announce the brand has added two top Track & Field athletes to its expanding team of elite runners – 2013 US World Team member and three-time All American in the Steeple Chase, De’Sean Turner, and 2014 UK Indoor National 1,500 Meter Champion and two-time NCAA Mile winner, Lee Emanuel.
Emanuel is originally from Hastings, England and emerged as a standout cross-country runner during his time at the University of New Mexico. Emanuel is a two-time NCAA Mile Champion, 1500-meter Bronze Medalist, and two-time All American (Mile, 1500m). This spring he became the UK Indoor National 1500-meter Champion. Emanuel is currently a member of the New York New Jersey Track Club.
“It’s an honor to team up with such an exciting and innovative company who understand running and runners needs as the company is headed by runners themselves,” said Emanuel.
De’Sean Turner also joins HOKA ONE ONE after an outstanding career at the University of Indiana. The steeplechaser had a breakout season finishing 3rd at the 2013 US Championships in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a personal best 8:25.68, qualifying him for the World Championships in Moscow, Russia. De’Sean currently lives and trains in Bloomington, IN with Team Indiana Elite.
“Having the full support of a company like Hoka One One is incredibly special,” added Turner. “The goals of this brand are aligned with what I want to accomplish and I am looking forward to continuing my career with Hoka One One across my chest.”
“As a performance brand that continues to deliver innovative technologies to all levels and types of runners, our commitment to supporting up and coming elite track athletes like De’Sean and Lee goes hand in hand with our product development,” said Jim Van Dine, Brand President of HOKA ONE ONE. “And as we continue to grow our product offering for track & field athletes, we’ll keep looking to support the runners with the brightest futures.”
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About HOKA ONE ONE
HOKA ONE ONE was founded in 2009 by Jean-Luc Diard and Nicolas Mermoud and was created to design shoes that offer improved performance primarily for ultrarunners. Deckers Outdoor Corp. acquired the brand in late 2012 and is investing to broaden the product line to service all runners. Due to HOKA ONE ONE’s unique ability to provide cushioning while still offering stability, runners of all types may greatly benefit from its products. For more information, please visit www.hokaoneone.com
About Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Deckers Outdoor Corporation is a global leader in designing, marketing and distributing innovative footwear, apparel and accessories developed for both everyday casual lifestyle use and high performance activities. The Company’s portfolio of brands includes UGG® Australia, Teva®, Sanuk®, TSUBO®, Ahnu®, MOZO®, and HOKA ONE ONE®. Deckers Outdoor products are sold in more than 50 countries and territories through select department and specialty stores, 117 Company-owned and operated retail stores, and select online stores, including Company-owned websites. Deckers Outdoor has a 40-year history of building niche footwear brands into lifestyle market leaders attracting millions of loyal consumers globally. For more information, please visit www.deckers.com.