Kona Running Shoe Count

Each year at the World Ironman Championship is held in Hawaii and Lava Magazine report on the shoes that are worn by the athletes in the marathon leg of the triathlon. There are 2000 competitors. Kona is the everyday term used for the location of the event. Here is the percent share of shoes worn by the competitors:

 2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Asics29.1%27.5%17.8%17.8%17.5%17.7%17.5%17%12.4%11.9%
Saucony11.0%11.7%14.5%14.6%16.5%14.5%14.3%13%12.6%11.2%
Newton9.5%12.1%11.9%11.9%9.7%10.7%9.2%8%5.4%3.9%
Brooks7.2%9.6%10.7%10.8%9.5%10.3%9.2%8%8.5%6.3%
Adidas5.5%4.6%5.4%5.4%6.4%6.9%7.2%7%7.3%7.4%
Hoka--1.4%1.7%1.9%6.0%11.6%16%18.1%17.7%
Mizuno7.7%5.9%6.3%6.4%6.9%5.9%6.2%5%4.4%
Nike7.0%6.4%5.0%4.5%6%5.7%14.9%
Zoot6.6%5.0%5.6%5.5%4.7%5.9%3.9%3%1.3%
On--1.4%1.7%2.9%4.6%5.0%4%6.9%7.9%
New Balance4.0%3.3%2.8%2.8%3.0%3.7%5.2%8%8.0%7.0%
Other1.1%0.1%0.9%2.5%3.6%2.4%0.8%1%0.002%
K-Swiss4.6%9.9%10.0%10.0%5.4%2.3%0.9%0%0.0005%
Pearl Izumi0.3%0.6%1.1%--1.7%0.9%0%0.002%
Skechers--0.5%-1.1%1.7%2.6%2%3.7%2.3%
Avia1.8%1.7%0.3%------
Scott0.7%0.8%------0.002%
Woolf--0.9%------
Ecco--0.3%------
Merrell--0.3%-----0.0005%
Inov-8--0.2%---0.3%-0.002%
Karhu--0.1%------
Altra--0.1%---0.2%2%2.0%2.0%
Crocs--0.1%------
Under Armour--0.1%-----0.004%
Vibram--0.1%-----0.0005%
Puma------0.4%-
Salming------0.2%0%

Commentary:

  • Asics initially declined, but now steady
  • Hoka One One are increasing
  • In early years a wider range of shoes were reported, but more recently that have been included in other.
  • K-Swiss have been declining, but in recent years have taken some of their focus away from triathlons
  • Big jump in Nike in 2018 was put down to the increase in popularity of the Nike Vaporfly 4%

External Links:
World Triathlon Championships (Wikipedia)

Related Topics:
Lava Magazine | Triathlons

Page last updated: Oct 20, 2018 @ 3:55 am

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