Richmond, CA (January 14, 2014) – HOKA ONE ONE®, designers of the revolutionary oversized cushioned running shoe with engineered midsole geometry and a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NASDAQ : DECK), is proud to announce the addition of Sage Canaday, Michael Morton, and Michael Wardian to its elite running team.
Always strong in mountain trail ultras, especially on the uphills, 28-year old Sage Canaday is a 2-time U.S. Olympic marathon trials qualifier who is known for his toughness in mountain trail ultras. Canaday had a great year in 2013, setting the course record at the 2013 USATF 100k National Trail Championship and the American record for the Mount Washington Hill Climb. He also took first place in the Cayuga Trails 50-miler in June, and first place in the Speedgoat 50K last July.
A dominant presence on the ultra marathon circuit, Michael Morton has won almost every 100-mile race he has entered in the last two years. Highlights include his January 2012 win at the 100-mile Long Haul race in Florida with a record-setting time of 13:18:58. Later that year, Morton won the Badwater Ultra Marathon, recognized globally as “the world’s toughest foot race.” The race covers 135 miles non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, California, in temperatures up to 130 Fahrenheit, making it one of the most demanding and extreme running races on the planet. In 2013 Morton won the Iron Horse 100-mile race in Florida and the Rocky Raccoon 100-mile race in Texas.
Also joining the HOKA ONE ONE athlete team is Michael Wardian, who, like Canaday, excels in both marathons and ultra-marathons. Wardian was a participant in the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in 2012 , and at the trials clocked in a personal record marathon time of 2:17. Additionally, he was the IAU Ultra Runner of the Year in 2010, and a four time USATF Ultra Runner of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
“We are extremely excited to continue to grow the HOKA ONE ONE family with world class runners,” said Jim Van Dine, Brand President. “These athletes demand high performance products that enable them to run further and recover faster, so all of these runners are the perfect fit for our brand.”
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 may greatly benefit from a product that is designed to greatly reduce the amount of stress on their lower legs and body. 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, 105 Company-owned and operated retail stores, and select online stores, including Company-owned websites. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding in 2013, Deckers Outdoor has a history of building niche footwear brands into lifestyle market leaders attracting millions of loyal consumers globally. For more information, please visit www.deckers.com.