by Carrie Adams
Hobie Call is withdrawing from the Virginia Race on June 18, 2011 in an effort to be best prepared for the upcoming Death Race. Call has been pursuing a $100,000 payday that requires him to win 14 out of the 16 Domestic Spartan Races. Winning the Death Race is mandatory and withdrawing from the Virginia Race and missing the Carolinas Race (which is the same weekend as the Death Race) will force Call to win all the remaining Spartan events if he can conquer the Death Race June 25th.
“Generally speaking, there are three reasons why people make choices. Fear, love, and logic. Scientists like logic. Most people follow fear. And then there’s those who follow there hearts. My heart says to do what I’m doing. If choosing the logical choice were to drive my actions, I would have given up my goals to be a great athlete 15 years ago. If fear drove my actions, I never would have toed the starting line in the first place. Against all odds, I have every intention of winning the Death Race.”
- Hobie Call
“I’m just going to warn you,” Hobie told me from the Utah airport, “Everything I am about to say is going to be a contradiction.” He laughs, “If Joe [DeSena, Spartan Race founder] told me today I didn’t have to do this race, I wouldn’t do it!”
Call is preparing for the Death Race in the midst of an injury-riddled season of Spartan Races and he’s sure he’ll be successful. He has to be. “I realize that you can’t go into a race like the Death Race and say you are going to win but I have to say it. I have to believe that.”
Training for Spartan Races that range in distances of 3 – 12 miles is a very different training methodology than those committed to the Death Race a two, three or four day (maybe longer) event that is held annually in the Vermont mountains. Call has no idea what to expect and he openly admits that, but he is encouraged that his physical strength, mental toughness, and family support will get him through. “My two brothers will be there to crew for me. We’ll have a good time.”
Call has had very little down time to do the kind of rigorous training required to properly prepare for the Death Race, but that doesn’t deter the undefeated Spartan, “I’m going to the Death Race and I’ll have fun. I know that much for sure!”