Michael Harrison

"I started running when I was 34, mainly to try and stop smoking. It worked, and now I was hooked on something else. I started doing 10Ks and loved the fact that everyone could be an athlete. I enjoyed the competition and the camaraderie of the larger running community. Running became an integral part of my life and part of my identity. When I was 57, I found out I had two arteries that were 98% blocked, requiring immediate open-heart surgery. The fact that I was a runner meant I was able to endure the surgery and recover quicker than the average individual. Six months after surgery I was back training and racing. As I entered my 60s, I started having problems with my left knee due to having a blown-out ACL, making running and walking almost impossible. I needed a shoe that was supportive yet easy to maneuver. After trying several shoes, my local Fleet Feet recommended the Clifton 1. I couldn’t believe how light yet responsive it was. It was a game changer and since that time I have only trained and raced in the Clifton. I’m now in the Clifton 6 and plan on doing a Half Ironman next year for my 70th birthday. I was so impressed with the service and knowledge at Fleet Feet Jackson that when I “retired”, I went to work there as a part time outfitter. I have enjoyed it so much that I am now a full time and the Fleet Feet Running Club Manager." – HOKA Fan Michael Harrison from Fleet Feet Jackson – Ridgeland, MS #humansofHOKA

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