Hoka-sponsored runners Jared Hazen and Anna Mae Flynn (in photo) dominated the Lake Sonoma 50-miler on April 13 near Healdsburg, CA. This year’s race boasted 280 finishers and while that might seem small compared to road races, the Lake Sonoma 50 is one of the biggest and most competitive ultra-distance races in the U.S. While Hazen dominated the race and won by more than seven minutes, Flynn won the women’s race by edging Yiou Wang by a mere 17 seconds. Hazen, a 23-year-old runner from Flagstaff, AZ, finished in 6:08:31, the third-fastest time in race history. Flynn, a 32-year-old runner from Marble, CO, crossed the line in 7:25:15, the seventh-fastest women’s time ever. Both runners wore Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 trail running shoes.
Hoka Runners Rule Lake Sonoma 50
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Brian Metzler is a Boulder, Colorado-based journalist and content producer who has served leading editorial roles at Trail Runner, Runner's World/Running Times, Competitor and MotivRunning.com. He's been a contributor to numerous media outlets, including Men's Journal, Outside, Triathlete, Red Bulletin, Podium Runner, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post and Colorado Sun. He is the author of four books, including "Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes" (2019, VeloPress). In his spare time, he has finished four Ironman triathlons, two 100-mile runs, 15 marathons and dozens of pack burro races.