RICHMOND, Calif. (August 13, 2014) – HOKA ONE ONE, the fastest-growing premium running shoe brand in the world and a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NYSE: DECK), has signed middle-distance specialist Kyle Merber to its elite team of track athletes.
“Kyle is a strong addition to our elite track team,” says HOKA ONE ONE President Jim Van Dine. "We continue to partner with a variety of athletes to create the best running shoes for all types of runners. Our most recent road shoe, the HOKA ONE ONE Clifton, has been incredibly well-received.”
The American collegiate record holder in the 1500m, Merber was also a nine-time Ivy League Champion while at Columbia University. Merber trains and competes with the New Jersey/New York Track Club along side HOKA ONE ONE teammates Mike Rutt and Nicole Schappert. In addition to Rutt and Schappert, Merber joins an elite line-up of HOKA ONE ONE track athletes that includes Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano.
"It's an exciting time in my career as I continue to pursue my athletic goals with the support of HOKA ONE ONE. To have the opportunity to represent such a passionate company and to wear the most revolutionary gear in running footwear is truly an honor,” says Merber. “HOKA has proven their commitment to the entire sport of track and field, and I am enthusiastic to begin a great relationship of development and excellence together."
Last weekend, Merber placed third in the Michigan Track Classic’s Running Institute Ron Warhurst Men’s Mile.
About HOKA ONE ONE:
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 runners who enjoy the unique ride the shoes provide. For more information, visit 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®, I HEART UGG®, 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, 126 Company-owned and operated retail stores, and select online stores, including Company-owned websites. Deckers Outdoor 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.