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Hobie Call looks to conquer Spartan Races

By Tom Kirkland | Posted - Apr. 25, 2011 at 2:35 p.m.

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"Really I'm just a regular guy. I get up like everyone else in the morning, go to work," Call said.

But in his spare time, Hobie chases his life long passion, with a tough twist. It's Spartan Racing, the leading global obstacle racing series. About 8 miles of running through whatever may come your way.

"The obstacles just make it so exciting. It engages your mind and body."

Almost like Postman's creed; through deep water, thick slimy mud, scale an 8 foot wall, dance through raging fire, and what?!

"Then all of a sudden you have to stop and solve a rubix cube. What kind of race do you have to do that?"

Then beat the gladiators clubbing you at the end. But hey, so far so good for this father of 5, who's already finished 2nd and 4th in recent Salt Lake marathons. Add in yesterday's dominating win in Miami, and he's won all 4 Spartan races so far. Keep that up, and Hobie will no longer be living a Spartan life.

"There's a $100,000 purse on the line for anyone who could win all of the races. I've decided that's what I'm going to do this year."

11 more wins sounds daunting, but you don't want to call Hobie crazy.

"Apparently, some time in high school or college, they sent out a memo saying 'no, you're not going to be great, you're just going to be regular like everybody else;' I must have missed that day of school because I still believe."

Tom Kirkland


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