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CHASE YOUR AMAZING – HOKA CLIFTON

HOKA ONE ONE is out to inspire runners to ‘Chase Your Amazing’ to reach for something, anything that represents a goal, a mountain, a rewarding challenge or an athletic, spiritual journey.

 

HOKA ONE ONE: CHASE YOUR AMAZING

 

 

HOKA ONE ONE CLIFTON

ATHLETES 'CHASING THEIR AMAZING'

HOKA ONE ONE is out to inspire us to 'Chase Your Amazing'.

With this mantra, HOKA challenges us to aspire ourselves and inspire others to reach for something, anything that represents a goal, a mountain, a rewarding challenge or an athletic, spiritual journey. 

Each style in the HOKA range is different, just as our challenges and aspirations can be different. The HOKA Clifton is a workhorse – a light, springy one.  It's perfect for going the distance with you on whatever journey you are taking on. Meet four athletes lacing up the HOKA Clifton, C.J., Mireille, Veronica and Stevon all with a goal of reaching leaving the same space to get to a better place; they're making it happen.

To learn more about the HOKA Clifton and what journey it can take you on, read our full review on the JackRabbit Blog

 

CHASE YOUR AMAZING: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Meet athlete CJ O’Neal as he runs for mental health awareness wearing his Hoka One One Cliftons.  He uses running as a form of therapy. Running is where he chases his amazing. 
 


 

 

ATHLETE: CJ O’NEAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

My name is CJ O’Neal and I’m from Salt Lake City Utah. I run three miles a day, twice a day, because I’m training to run a race every single month in 2019 to spread awareness for mental health issues.

See in college I used to run for my team. I’d gut it out for them. But now that in the workforce and I’m in the next chapter of my life, I need to find a reason to get out and run.

So now I run for anyone and everyone suffering from anxiety, depression or any other sort of mental health issue that goes unnoticed.

I used to struggle with anxiety and depression and through running I was able to beat it. Running helped me because of the way it makes me feel. There’s something about just going out and moving your body that clears my mind and when I’m done running I just feel great.

I want people that are suffering from mental health issues to know that it’s okay and they’re not alone. I want to open the conversation to let them know they can get help and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I have a goal to run a race every single month for a year. But what I’m really chasing is my purpose.

CHASE YOUR AMAZING: MARATHON

Meet Mireille Siné, training for a marathon PR in her HOKA Cliftons. Completing her goal will be more than a time on a watch, it will be a step towards being the best version of herself in and out of her running shoes. 

The marathon is how MireIlle is ‘chasing her amazing’. 
 


 

 

ATHLETE: MIREILEE SINE – MARATHON

My name is Mireille Siné, I’m from Cameroon West Africa and I live in LA. Currently I’m chasing my marathon PR. I have a goal of breaking 4:30. So right now, I’m really trying to close the gap between where I am and where I want to be.

I need to keep stepping back to gain perspective of how far I’ve come. Back in 2013 I was diagnosed with Lupus. Here was this thing testing how strong I was, it just made me realize that I was actually stronger than I thought.

Since then I’ve been trying to simply become the best and highest version of myself that I can be. Finishing my first marathon made me literally feel like I could do anything. I can go back to school. I can get a better job. It’s just one feeling that makes you feel like you’re invincible.

Right now, I’m picking away at my goals. By gaining a little bit more time here and there with each race, it’s motivated me to keep going after it. I feel like I’m really putting the work in.

I’m chasing my marathon PR. But what I’m really chasing, Is the highest and best version of myself.

CHASE YOUR AMAZING: IRONMAN 70.3

Meet Veronica Cangas, training for her goal to qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon World Championships in her HOKA Cliftons.

Training for her triathlon goal has taught her to enjoy the journey, because when you value the journey, you value where it takes you and what it teaches you. 
 


 

 

ATHLETE: VERONICA CANGAS – IRONMAN 70.3

My name is Veronica Cangas, I’m from Venezuela and I currently live in Miami.

My dream this year is to qualify for the Half Ironman World Championship and complete my first full Ironman.
With triathlon I just get pulled in.

When you’re racing or training for hours you have all these voices in your head. These crazy voices. There’s a voice that’s optimistic, you can do this, you’re a beast, you’re amazing. Then there’s other voices, like you’re not good enough. And you go through this for a long time, this struggle.

I spend so much time focused on one goal and then you cross that finish line and it’s like what’s next? What do I do now? I’m learning to focus more on the journey, rather than the goal. A lot of this process has been about finding myself. Like really knowing who I am, behind all those voices in my head.

I found there's a light inside of me, a strength, that’s who I really am.

You could say I’m chasing my Ironman dreams. And along the way I’m really getting to know who I really am. My real self. I think I’m chasing her down pretty well too.

CHASE YOUR AMAZING: MARATHON 

Meet Stevon Gilbert chasing his goal of his first marathon in his HOKA Cliftons. Running for Stevon is about rebuilding himself one run at a time. 

From leaving the marine corp, to depression, to lacing up his shoes, Stevon's running streak is taking him to the start line one step at a time. 
 


 

 

ATHLETE: STEVON GILBERT CANGAS – MARATHON

My name is Stevon Gilbert and I live in Tallahassee Florida. My goal, what I’m chasing, is to run and finish my first full marathon.

I stopped running when I left the Marine Corp, then I was just sitting at home one day, gaining weight, not having any fun or doing anything I should. Then I was diagnosed with depression. I’m just trying to get my way of life back to where I know I can be a better person, better father and better friend to the people I love and care about.

So I said to myself, I need to get back to running. I’m rebuilding myself, one run at a time, everyday.  I have to do it my way. When it gets hard, I say just stop, walk, take your time. And when you’re ready to go back at it, just start running.

I’ve been running a bit of a streak now. I’m going on day 429 in a row. Just hoping to do more in the future.  
I’m chasing a couple things, but my main goal is the marathon. Then eventually work on getting faster and better. 

But I have to get that first one out of the way.

 
 

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