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HOKA ONE ONE Sweeps UTMB

Posted: August 29, 2016 in news

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HOKA ONE ONE® athletes swept this weekend’s 105-mile Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc race.Caroline Chaverot & Ludovic Pommeret, both of France, each overcame incredible odds to win individual titles at an endurance event widely regarded as the most competitive & demanding trail race in the world. Enjoy the race details below.

UTMB Background: 7500 athletes competing, over 5 races. The main event is the 170km race around Mont Blanc. This race includes 10,000m of climbing through three separate countries (France, Switzerland, and Italy). This year, the athletes ran through the dark, heat, and thunderstorms.

Men’s champion Ludovic Pommeret nearly dropped out at 30km due to stomach sickness. Ludo slipped back to 50th place near midway and then through perseverance made it back to 1st place, winning in (22:00:02). This has never been done before in the history of UTMB. Not only was it the most amazing comeback in the history of UTMB, but it was the first time HOKA’s made it on the podium in this historical race. Moreover, Ludo was our first elite athlete to use HOKAs in major ultras back in 2009.

Women’s champion Caroline Chaverot lead the entire race alone starting from Chamonix, around Mont Blanc, and finishing in Chamonix. This front running aggressive strategy is something that rarely happens in the 170km race. Amazingly, Caroline maintained her lead  throughout and won in a time of (25:15:40).

Magdalena Boulet (USA) was the first American woman to finish, taking 5th overall. This was the first time Magda attempted UTMB, which is an incredible outcome since most Europeans are experienced with the difficult course. She finished in a time of (28:18:05).

Julian Chorier (France) placed 8th overall  after staying in second for most of the race.

In Case you are Keeping track, that’s two Agency awards in one year! See the full press release below:

Ahnu Footwear, a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation, named Venture Sports as its 2013 Sales Agency of the Year.

Led by principle Al Tunstall, and backed by Roger Jones, Kris Versteegen and Ahnu Field Sales Rep, Cora Harms, the Venture Sports team was awarded the honor at Ahnu’s recent national sales meeting in recognition of overall brand growth in the Southeast.

“The commitment we’ve seen from Venture Sports in finding new and exciting ways to engage our customers in the Southeast is remarkable,” said Ahnu co-founder, Jacqueline Van Dine. “Al and his team are true champions of our retail partners and of the Ahnu brand itself.  We look forward to our partnership with them in 2014.”

Alongside the overall Sales Agency of the Year recognition, Venture Sports nabbed honors in a long list of criteria including strategic distribution management, exceptional customer service to key accounts and enhanced regional marketing efforts and events.

The Southeast region is comprised of Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Mississippi.

“It has been tremendously rewarding and a real privilege to be a part of such a dynamic brand, said Tunstall. “ Ahnu is that rare footwear brand that personifies performance, yet appeals to a wide consumer base from hard core hiker to yoga enthusiast. “

Hoka One One at Outdoor Retailer with the Outside Gear of the Show Award

Hoka One One at Outdoor Retailer with the Outside Gear of the Show Award

Richmond, CA  – 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 it has chosen Venture Sports as its 2013 Sales Agency of the Year.

Chosen for overall brand growth in the South East, the sales group was presented with the coveted award at the recent HOKA ONE ONE sales meeting.

“Over the last year, Venture Sports consistently supported its customers by looking for ways to maximize growth opportunities,” said Jim Van Dine, president of HOKA ONE ONE. “They are a champion of our retail partners and a true asset to the HOKA ONE ONE brand.”

The Venture Sports team, led by principle Al Tunstall, and backed by Roger Jones, Kris Versteegen, and HOKA ONE ONE Field Service Rep, Cora Harms, captured top honors in a long list of criteria – including exceptional customer service with key accounts, enhanced regional marketing efforts and events, and strategic distribution management.

“This is an extraordinary accomplishment for the Venture Sports sales team especially since it’s the inaugural year for HOKA ONE ONE under the Deckers umbrella,” said Tunstall.  “This year has been a perfect storm of great product, superb management and exploding customer awareness, all of which makes our jobs both fun and rewarding. Quite frankly, HOKA ONE ONE is a brand whose time has come,” Tunstall added.

The Venture Sports team covers Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Our Top Five Ultra-Running Podcasts

Posted: November 13, 2013 in Business, Media, news

As sales reps, we spend a lot of time on the road. That’s hours and hours of windshield time with hundreds of miles per week. Eventually music just isn’t enough. Over the years, we’ve tracked down a number of podcasts we love: news, opinion, storytelling, climbing and not surprisingly, more than one ultra-running podcast has made its way onto our playlist. Here are our picks for the best ultra-running podcasts. The ones that help the miles disappear into the rear-view mirror. The shows that keep us entertained and engaged for hours at a time while motivating us to hit the trails after a long day of selling running gear on the road.

5. Runner Academy: While not technically a trail or ultra running podcast, Runner Academy is packed with info about training to become a better runner. Hosted by Matt Johnson, a professional running coach, this podcast is distinctly self-promoting and even a bit vain at times, but the show manages to tackle some very complex training and nutrition issues is a way that everyone can understand and incorporate.

4. Elevation Trail: What do you get when you combine a sociology professor/ultra runner from New England and an elite ultra runner/coach from Colorado? Some pretty strong opinions about ultra running and a lively discussion… This podcast is clearly not afraid to piss some people off and they don’t pull their punches. Stacked with dry sarcasm and a distinctly sharp wit, Elevation trail will keep you laughing and listening.

3. Trail Runner Nation: Don Freeman, Faith Goss, and Scott Warr teamed up to produce this all-inclusive trail running community, and their podcast is always a great listen. Instead of focusing on elite athletes and race news these three usually bring in experts in nutrition and training to help the middle-of-the-pack-runners up their game. TRN is always packed with useful information and this trio isn’t afraid to go out on a limb and talk to some of the more controversial experts in running.

2. Ultra Runner Podcast: Beer, running, more beer and more running… who could ask for more? Eric Schranz and Scotty Sandow co-host this irreverent and lively podcast. They publish it erratically, but often enough to keep us listening and eager for the next episode. If you love trail running, then this is a must-listen podcast.

1. Talk Ultra: Ian Corliss and Hoka Athlete, Karl Meltzer co-host this beast of a podcast. Most episodes are north of 3 hours and cover everything from the latest race results to training strategies to nutrition and gear. They manage to cover ultra-running on a global scale and land interviews with all of the top athletes to discuss the most newsworthy events. The show is published every two weeks and is a perfect companion for those really long runs.

Honorable Mention iRunFar: The only reason iRunFar isn’t at the top of our list is because they do everything in text or video, so it makes it a bit tough to use as a digital driving/running companion. Simply put, Brian Powell and his crew of contributors are the authority on everything ultra. They cover more races, have access to more elite athletes, and publish more news than anyone out there.

Run Rabbit Run 100

Posted: November 7, 2013 in news

I just stumbled across this video of Run Rabit Run last month – Hoka had a 1-2 podium finish with Jason Schlarb in first (and setting a course record) and Karl Meltzer in second.

Hoka One One athletes compete at the 2013 Run Rabbit Run 100 mile Endurance Run in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Hoka athlete Jason Schlarb took home the win with a course record of 7 hours and 15 minutes.