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HOKA ONE ONE Runs Away with Shoe Count at IRONMAN Kona Championships

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Brand tops list of running shoes and athlete Heather Jackson is first American finisher at the iconic international triathlon

Goleta, Calif. – October 20, 2017


GOLETA, CALIF. (October 19, 2017) —HOKA ONE ONE®, a division of Deckers Brands (NYSE: DECK) topped the shoe count at the 2017 IRONMAN® World Championship with over 18.1 percent of all finishers crossing the line in HOKA ONE ONE running shoes. HOKA made a huge jump from last year’s results to finish more than five percent ahead of the second-place brand.

“The numbers are speaking for themselves and we’re ecstatic to see HOKA ONE ONE rise to the top spot at the IRONMAN ® World Championships so soon after being introduced to the triathlon world,” said Wendy Yang, President of HOKA ONE ONE. “HOKA offers triathletes the perfect combination of support and cushion in an innovative lightweight package, and we are confident our product will continue to gain momentum.”

The brand’s athletes also raced en masse. HOKA ONE ONE athlete Heather Jackson finished fourth in the elite women’s race, crossing the line less than a minute behind third place in 9 hours, 2 minutes, 29 seconds. In 2016, Jackson finished in third place at the Ironman World Championship, becoming the first American female to podium in ten years. She was this year’s first American female finisher.

Rounding out race week, HOKA donated all sales from special edition Kona hats and tees sold at the race expo to the Kona-based Waverider Triathlon Club. Deckers matched the $3,550 donation.

To download images of Heather Jackson and other HOKA triathletes in action for use (Credit: HOKA ONE ONE), please visit this link.

See the shoe count results here.

Full results from the IRONMAN® World Championship can be found here.


About the HOKA ONE ONE® brand

HOKA ONE ONE® is the most innovative premium running shoe brand in the world. Winner of over 50 award and recognitions, HOKA ONE ONE was launched in 2009, after years spent handcrafting and shaping lightweight shoes with extra-thick midsoles. Initially embraced by ultrarunners because of their enhanced cushioning and inherent stability, HOKA now offers shoes for all types of athletes who enjoy the unique ride the shoes provide. For more information visit or follow @hokaoneone #hokaoneone.

About Deckers Brands

Deckers Brands 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®, Koolaburra® by UGG, HOKA ONE ONE®, Teva® and Sanuk®. Deckers Brands products are sold in more than 50 countries and territories through select department and specialty stores, Company-owned and operated retail stores, and select online stores, including Company-owned websites. Deckers Brands 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

HOKA ONE ONE Media Contacts

Martha Garcia / HOKA PR Manager / / 805-967-7611 X 1357

Elizabeth Carey / Backbone Media / / 970-963-4873 X 207