I had the idea for a new water bottle design on a sweltering summer day while training for the Louisville Ironman Triathlon. I was sweating and wishing I didn’t have to hold water in my hands or carry it on a bulky hydration belt. Then I wondered: What if the bottle was shaped to fit into a waistband or race belt?
From that inspiration my wife and I built crude prototypes of various designs and our two great kids “road tested” them by running around our family room. Not only is Simple Hydration kid-tested and approved, it was put through its paces by a runner with 30+ years of experience… me.
I’m just an average runner with a passion for the sport. I ran my first full marathon at age 12 (4 hours, 47 minutes), then went on to run cross-country and track in high school and at Bowling Green State University. After college I continued to run for enjoyment and to stay in shape. I’ve run 6 marathons and completed 2 Ironman Triathlons.
The Simple Hydration Water Bottle is a crowd-funded product. Initial funding came from other runners and individuals through Kickstarter, a platform that connects inventors with people who believe in their idea.
I would like to personally thank those individuals below that helped us launch our dream. Thank you, too, for your interest in Simple Hydration. Together we can revolutionize the way runners stay hydrated!
Brian D. Hock
Simple Hydration Founder
Some of Our 2017 Simple Hydration Ultra Racing Team & Racing Team Members.
We asked our 2017 Simple Hydration Run Team members a variety of running-related questions. This third post we share their favorite run movies. You might just discover a new run movie to watch. What is your favorite run movie? Pris Chew “Chariots of Fire” Sarah Dudek I love both “Spirit of the Marathon” movies. They [...]
It’s always great when we see a post from a happy customer. Back on August 2nd Michelle Jager (@plantpowered.princess) posted a photo of her using the Simple Hydration Bottle for a bike ride. She stated that she couldn’t find her normal bike bottles and was delighted with the versatility of the Simple Hydration Bottle. “I [...]
We asked our 2017 Simple Hydration Run Team members a variety of running-related questions. This second post we share their favorite run books. See if you like the same book. What is your favorite run book? Pris Chew “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall Sarah Dudek Last year I read “Once A Runner” and just [...]
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2017 Race Calendar: Johnny Faerber 10k Hawaii February 5, 2017; Great Aloha Run February 29 ,2017 (HI) ROAD HAWAII; Hawaii Pacific Woments Health 10k March 5, 2017 Hawaii; Leah Bennett Invitational 5k March 16, 2017 (HI) UH HAWAII; Hapalua Half Marathon April 9,2017 (HI) 13.1 HAWAII; Jamba Juice 5K May, 2017 HAWAII; Honolulu Ekidin & Music May 21,2017 Hawaii; Army Ten Miler July 2017; Hibiscus Half Marathon July 2017 HI 13.1 HAWAII; Hickam Half Marathon 2017; Val Velasco Half Marathon November 2017
2017 Race Schedule: Chuckanut 50k - March; Gorge 100k - April; Western States 100 (Tentative) - June; UTMB (France) - August; North Face 50 Mile SF - December
Seow Kong Ng
2017 Race Calendar: Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail Race, Remaining races TBD.
2017 Race Calendar: San Juan Solstice. And, hopefully a trip to Europe in August?!
2017 Race Calendar: Ultraman Hawaii 2017 - November; Meredith is going to focus this year on doing really big blocks of training to get stronger for Ultraman. She may jump in a race or swim event this summer.
2017 Race Calendar: Quicksilver 100K; Ochoco 50K; plus a couple other 50K races to be determined. He's also planning to run around Mont Blanc on the TMB trail and run the Sierra High Route in September. Lastly, Brian is coordinating and planning on biking to and climbing the five highest peaks in Oregon.
2017 Race Schedule: Hapalua Half Marathon - Honolulu, HI - April 9; Ragnar Relay North Shore - Oahu, HI - April 21; Ekiden Marathon Relay - Honolulu, HI - May 21; McDonald Forest 50K - Corvallis, OR - May 13; Run the Rut 50K - Big Sky, MT - Sept 3.
2017 Race Schedule: Rocky Racoon 100 Miler (USA Championships) - Feb 4th; Lake Sonoma 50 Miler, California; World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships (Italy) - August 6th.
Sandi Menchi Abahan
Baguio City, Philippines
2017 Race Schedule: Rizal Mountain Run, Pilipinas Akyathlon; TDS, France; Clark Miyamit Falls Ultra; TNF Hong Kong
2017 Race Schedule: Surf City Marathon - Feb; Rocks and Roots 50k, Columbus, OH - Feb; LA Marathon - March; Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati, OH - May 7; RunQuestTravel.com Portugal/Spain - 6/17-24; 24 Hour World Championship, Belfast, Northern Ireland (currently 2nd on qualifying list, top 6 men and women represent Team USA) - 7/1; Badwater 135, Death Valley National Park, California (Tentative) - 7/10; Northcoast 24 - 24 Hour National Championship, Cleveland, Ohio - Sept; Twin Cities Marathon, Minneapolis, Minnesota - Oct; Big Backyard Ultra - Oct.
2017 Race Schedule: Australia Day Ultra 100km - January 21; 19th Canberra 48hr Race - March 17; World 24hr Championships (Belfast, Northern Ireland) - July 1; TBC - September; TBC - December
Yeray Duran Lopez
2017 Race Calendar: To be determined.
2017 Race Schedule: Sean OBrien 100K (Malibu) - February; Big Goal: Run the Bob Graham Round in the Lake District of England - Summer; Kodiak 100 (California) - August; Plus many races in Colorado
2017 Race Schedule: Sean OBrien 50M or 50K (Malibu) - February; Kodiak 100 (California) - August; Plus many races in Colorado
I’ve been running most of my life and have always enjoyed it. While competing for Bowling Green State University I managed to run a 3:57 1500 meters on the track and a 26:09 8K on grass. Now I fit in running around my day job as the owner of a graphic design firm. I have run 6 marathons, including Columbus (3:31 PR), New York City, Bermuda, Air Force and Chicago. Three years ago I completed my first Ironman Triathlon, setting a personal record of 12:10:16 at Ironman Coeur d’Alene (Idaho). I finished Ironman Louisville in 2010. As a fellow runner, I’m proud to sponsor the Simple Hydration Racing Team.
The Simple Hydration Water Bottle represents the largest Kickstarter campaign ever successfully completed in Cincinnati, OH. Kickstarter contributors pledged money towards our goal of funding the initial mold and production of the bottle, with no guarantee that we would ever be successful. They took a leap of faith and backed our project—and $21,180 and 180 backers later, here we are.
View our Kickstarter page and watch the video that launched Simple Hydration.