National Competition Heats up at HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals, release from HOKA ONE ONE, note by Larry Eder

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Daniel Boone HS girls team before their Local Event.JPGDaniel Boone High School Girls team just before HOKA ONE ONE Postal Competition (Sept 5, Gray, TN)

Daniel Boone HS Coach Len Jeffers.JPGDaniel Boone HS Coach Len Jeffers (Gray, TN)

The postal competition was one of my favorite events each year in high school. I remember reading about the winners each year in the mid 1970s. The simplicity of the two mile run, eight laps on the track, when one is very fit and ready to race.

HOKA ONE ONE has brought this event back to our sport. I encourage all high school coaches into considering adding this event into their season. A two mile a couple of weeks before the championships would be a great addition to the season.

Or, at the end of your season, let er rip.

National Competition Heats Up at HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals

hoka3.jpgDonna Mayhew of Westland winning the Womens division. (Westland High School, Galloway, Ohio) on Sept 5.

September 29th, 2015

Hopkins High School boys and girls currently lead

GOLETA, CALIF. (September 29, 2015) -- With only 10 weeks remaining in the HOKA ONE ONE® (a division of Deckers Brands NYSE: DECK) Postal Nationals competition, high school teams from across the nation continue to vie for the championship title. With 265 teams competing in 18 meets so far, the Hopkins High School (Minnesota) boys and girls lead the rankings.

Reviving a tradition from the 1970's, the HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals allows high school cross country teams from every state to compete against each other in a timed two-mile race on the track. To receive a ranking, teams average and then submit the time of their top five finishers.

hoka.jpgChampions CJ Patrick (Sophomore from Central Crossing) and Donna Mayhew (Senior from Westland) with their Postal Nationals hats

While the Hopkins boys take over the top spot in the current rankings, Wayzata (Minnesota), last year's runner-up, sits in third place trailing The Woodlands XC (Texas) and their in-state rivals at Hopkins. Last year's boys champion team, Daniel Boone High School (Tennessee), currently ranks sixth. But there is still time for new and returning athletes to make their mark.

Flagship events are held across the U.S. and feature top competition and numerous heats. Four competitions remain:

November 11 at Kingwood Park High School (Texas)

November 13 at Santa Rosa Junior College (Northern California)

November 20 at Harden Valley Academy (Tennessee)

November 21 at Reagan High School Winston-Salem (North Carolina)

"We are encouraged and excited by the growing number of teams that are participating in the Postal Nationals," says HOKA ONE ONE President Wendy Yang. "Supporting young runners is a priority for us, and we are proud to keep the Postal Nationals tradition alive as it continues to gain traction and attract top athletes."

Coaches are encouraged to join a Flagship event, host a local Postal Nationals event, or hold a time trial to submit team times. By participating in any Postal Nationals event or team time trial and uploading team results to the Postal Nationals website, coaches are eligible to receive one free pair of HOKA ONE ONE shoes. All information, including rankings, can be found at www.hokaoneonepostalnationals.com.

Questions? Email [email protected].

About the HOKA ONE ONE® brand

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 athletes who enjoy the unique ride the shoes provide. For more information visit www.hokaoneone.com or follow @hokaoneone #hokaoneone.

About Deckers Brands

Deckers Brands 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®, Teva®, Sanuk®, Ahnu®, and HOKA ONE ONE®. Deckers Brands products are sold in more than 50 countries and territories through select department and specialty stores, 142 Company-owned and operated retail stores, and select online stores, including Company-owned websites. Deckers Brands 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.

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