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Ultrarunner has averaged over 70 miles a day for 40 days straight.
GOLETA, CALIF. (October 20, 2016) — On Sept. 12, accomplished ultrarunner Pete Kostelnick set off from San Francisco to break the 36-year-old Guinness Book of World Records time for the “fastest crossing of America by foot.” Kostelnick, who is sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE, a division of Deckers Brands (NYSE: DECK), has less than 400 miles to go, and is on pace to make history with plans arrive in New York City on Monday, Oct. 24.
Wearing his favorite HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 3 shoes, Kostelnick, a 29-year-old financial analyst from Lincoln, Nebraska, has run over 2,600 miles so far, averaging 70 miles per day. The current transcontinental record, set by Frank Giannio, Jr. in 1980, is 46 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes.
“We are incredibly excited to support Pete’s run across America. He started running in order to improve his health a few years ago and has quickly risen among the ranks of ultrarunners,” said Mike McManus, HOKA ONE ONE Senior Sports Marketing Manager. “I’m amazed by his singular focus of 70-plus mile days per day. We’re cheering for him as he resets the standard of what’s possible. This is inspirational and mind-blowing!”
Kostelnick has run through thunderstorms, snowstorms and 35 mile-per-hour winds, and over three mountain passes at more than 9,000 feet on his route to New York City. One of his support vehicles was recently totaled when a truck slammed into it; thankfully no one was hurt. Despite these challenges, he has kept a consistent pace — consuming at least 13,000 calories a day.
Kostelnick set a course record this summer at one of the world’s toughest races, the STYR Labs Badwater 135, and is the top seed in the 2017 International Association of Ultrarunners’ 24-Hour World Championships.
Track Pete Kostelnick’s progress here on the Pete’s Feet Across America site, and follow the endeavor on Facebook here.
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About the HOKA ONE ONE® brand
HOKA ONE ONE® is the fastest growing premium running shoe brand in the world. Two life-long runners launched HOKA 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 www.hokaoneone.com 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®, Teva®, Sanuk®, Ahnu®, HOKA ONE ONE®, and Koolaburra®. 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 www.deckers.com.
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