This Saturday and Sunday Spartan Race returns to Malibu California. Calamigos Ranch has hosted each year Spartan has come and never disappoints. The hills and water at the ranch lend for a muddy course year after year. To honor a three-year tradition, Mother Nature has promised cool temps and rain again this weekend, so don’t expect to bask in the Southern California sun.
Hobie Call will be in Malibu this weekend hoping to claim yet another Spartan victory. His son Hawk will also be racing this weekend, following in his father’s footsteps. Don’t expect Hobie to walk away too easily though. Several Spartan men are ready to challenge him. Spartan elites Matt Novakovich, Hunter McIntyre, Brakken Kraker, Elliot Megquier, and Miguel Medina are ready for the kill.
Miguel is traveling cross-country from his new home in Killington, Vermont where he spends his days training, hiking up and down Killington Mountain and trudging through freezing water. (He hopes to build himself a cabin for the winter before it’s too late to stay warm.) Other notable men include Spartan Pro Team Elites Chris Rutz, Tony Matesi,Chris Obertlik and Michael Tobin. Tobin will be making his Spartan debut.
Our Spartan elite woman will be ready to go this weekend. Ty Clark and Jenny Tobin will go head to head. While Alaska native Tiffanie Novakovich won’t be slightly bothered by the temperatures this weekend. Atlas Pro Team member Rose Wetzel Sinnett will make her second appearance at a Spartan Race. Don’t count out Irene Call. She just set the world record for lunging a mile, something that will
definitely give her an advantage on the steep hills. Andi Hardy will be there in all of her green glory ready to rock the barbed wire. Other notable athletes include Laura Messner and Danielle Ross.
Ross is ready to rock the slosh pipe and will be joining Weeple Army member Kevin Kierce to lead a heat for Weeples overcoming obstacles. That heat will consist of blind athletes, several deaf athletes, and Misty Diaz, a woman with Spina Bifida. Weeple Army and biggest team leader Dave Huckle will race both days after traveling around the world this year courtesy of Spartan Race and recently completing the Australia Ultra Beast. Dave will finish his season next weekend in Glen Rose Texas, rounding out 9 Trifectas!
Team SISU leader and Death Race veteran Daren De Heras is looking to break his own record of most laps by attempting 8 loops of the course weighted down with various logs, sledgehammers and other various weights. We wish him the best of luck!
Keep an eye out for the man in blue this weekend, Stephen Sinek and his talented wife Ani will be there to debut their oceanic design from The Painted Warrior’s recent design contest. Whether you are looking to P.R., have a good time with your team, or run with a friend, you won’t want to miss the race this weekend.
See you in Malibu!
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