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May 10, 19

Jim Walmsley breaks 50-mile world record in HOKA ONE ONE Carbon X Shoe


HOKA ONE ONE ultrarunner Jim Walmsley made history by breaking the 50-mile World Record (Unofficial), clocking a time of 4:50:08 in the new Carbon X racing shoe.

Competing as part of the HOKA Project Carbon X race in Sacramento, California, Walmsley sped across the fast and flat course at an average speed of 5:48 per mile, and in doing so beat Bruce Fordyce’s 35-year record time of 4:50:51.

And Japanese star, Hideaki Yamauchi – also wearing the Carbon X – crossed the 100K finish line in first place, registering an impressive time of 6:19:54, just over ten minutes outside the World Record.

Meanwhile, on the same course, a mix of athletes from HOKA and select retail partners broke the World Record (Unofficial) for the mixed-gender 10x10K relay. The top two teams came in at times of 5:45:51 and 5:46:17, finishing ahead of the previous best time of just over six hours and one minute.

The Carbon X shoe is engineered to propel athletes to their best performance and is filled with features that will benefit athletes of all levels, regardless of distance or speed.

It features a carbon-fibre plate in its midsole and an aggressive Metarocker, which are designed to provide an efficient, propulsive ride for athletes going any speed. HOKA’s signature active footframe construction is designed to make the shoe remarkably stable and supportive for a racing flat that weighs in at a mere 241g (men’s size 9).

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