The Official Running Partner of IRONMAN Oceania
IRONMAN AND HOKA ONE ONE
ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND PARTNERSHIP
IRONMAN and HOKA ONE ONE have officially announced that their partnership will now extend from North America and Europe into Australia and New Zealand. These two global brands will now collaborate in Oceania with a multi-year deal that will position HOKA ONE ONE, as the Official Running Partner of IRONMAN Oceania.
HOKA and IRONMAN will work together as brand partners for the first time in Australia at the Baker Institute IRONMAN® 70.3® Geelong triathlon, beginning Saturday 16 February. Global HOKA triathlete and Aussie hero Josh Amberger will be featured as part of the launch, appearing in Geelong at the HOKA experiential expo zone to meet and greet competitors.
The partnership highlights HOKA’s growing dominance in triathlon. The running shoe brand has been the number one running shoe choice among IRONMAN® World Championship competitors in Kailua-Kona for the last two years. As the first global marketplace for the brand outside of North America and France, many Australian athletes are familiar with HOKA but many more are yet to try it for themselves.
HOKA ONE ONE Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales, Lee Cox said the expansion of the partnership between HOKA ONE ONE and IRONMAN to the Oceania region, in addition to North America and Europe, marks an exciting new point our growth as a brand for athletes across the globe.
“IRONMAN competitors have the highest expectations for the performance of their equipment, so it follows that an increasing number have found HOKA’s cushion, geometry, and ride characteristics to their liking. We are thrilled to make that partnership official in a new region in 2019.”
HOKA’s Australian Sales Manager, Ian Thomas said HOKA is very excited to become part of IRONMAN’s massive event calendar across Australia.
“Our global brand partners at Deckers are visionary both in terms of product development and market potential, and without their support this would have taken many more years to happen.”
IRONMAN Oceania Managing Director, Dave Beeche said IRONMAN is delighted to partner with HOKA at our eight IRONMAN Oceania events.
“IRONMAN athletes in Europe and North America have been enjoying this relationship at events in 2018, so we are very excited to see our dedicated athletes reap the benefits of world class footwear on race day and during training in 2019 and beyond. I have seen the impact on athletes HOKA has had at our IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona Hawai`i, and we are looking forward to creating a long-lasting partnership here in our region.”
While HOKA sees a fantastic opportunity marketing directly through IRONMAN, the greatest excitement is around opportunities for their highly successful Humans of HOKA campaign.
Through a growing collection of acclaimed short films, users share a wide range of emotionally charged stories. With a focus on self expression, overcoming adversity, and seeking the best from themselves, the brand’s storytelling has elevated every day runners to become inspirational brand heroes.
Coupling sponsorship of competitive and iconic athletes like Mirinda Carfrae, Dave Scott, Heather Jackson, and Julie Moss with their on the ground IRONMAN presence, HOKA is actively engaging competitors hungry for innovation, wherever their triathlon experience takes them.
For HOKA ONE ONE Australia:
0424 482 969
For IRONMAN Oceania:
0455 091 476
About HOKA ONE ONE®
HOKA ONE ONE® produces premium performance footwear for athletes of all types. Initially distinguished by their extra-thick midsoles, HOKA shoes were first embraced by competitive ultrarunners because of their enhanced cushioning and inherent stability, and today are designed to meet the running, walking and fitness needs of a wide variety of users. HOKA’s road running, trail running, hiking and fitness shoes appeal to serious runners and fitness enthusiasts alike who enjoy the shoes’ unique ride and performance characteristics. For more information, visit hokaoneone.com or follow @hokaoneone #timetofly.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150TM Triathlon Series, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN ® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Holding
Wanda Sports Holding is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media and marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Led by President and CEO Philippe Blatter, Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports and Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.