The 2017 Kona Ironman World Championships was fast and competitive with records being set all over the course. For the HOKA Team, the event was just as successful. The official shoe count - which tracked what running shoes were worn by athletes, saw HOKA come out on top. HOKA was the top shoe of choice, overcoming industry giants Asics, Nike, New Balance and Brooks. Check out the offical shoe count here.
Our Pro athletes wore HOKA with pride and strong performances:
4th Heather Jackson (57:58, 4:53:54, 3:06:19) 9:02:29
8th Patrik Nilsson SWEDEN (48:34, 4:29:02, 2:55:51) 8:18:21
10th Boris Stein GERMANY (53:48, 4:23:59, 3:00:42) 8:22:24
19th Tim O’Donnell USA (48:38, 4:25:10, 3:15:15) 8:33:53
In IM’s 40-year history, Patrik Nilsson’s 8:18:21 time would have placed in the top 3 all but four times, it was a fast and competitive race from start to finish. Patrik in his first Hawaii Ironman showed the potential he has to compete for the overall in years to come. Heather Jackson represented HOKA in such a powerful way, working her way through the field from 15th place after the swim, clocking the 2nd fastest bike split of the day and running the 4th fastest marathon of the day. Her 4th place finish was 9min faster than her 3rd place last year showing how fast and competitive this year was in comparison.
Kona better be ready for Team HOKA in 2018 - bring it on!