by Carrie Adams
When Niki Kenney first emailed me, she was a Spartan finisher – the Georgia race actually, she blogged about her experience, and we loved her spirit and enthusiasm. Since then Niki has contacted Spartan Race again this time to spearhead (like how I did that? Spearhead? Since we throw spears….) a fundraiser for Hobie’s efforts as he chases down a $20,000 prize for winning the remaining Spartan Races.
Hobie’s contributions to the Spartan races and obstacle racing is remarkable. He’s one of the most inspiring athletes we’ve come in contact with and has always sought the toughest competition we could bring to the table. Rarely seen without a smile on his face, he is a class act and an athlete that Spartan Races has embraced for what he has accomplished but most importantly for the man that he is. He didn’t win the Death Race, but his pursuit of Spartan glory is far from over. He still has a chance to walk away a Spartan Champion if he can pull off winning of the remaining events in our United States circuit.
Don’t be fooled, for the competitive athletes like Hobie we are still a race with talented racers that are coming to take him on and even for a phenom athlete like Hobie Call it’s not always going to be an easy road. That doesn’t mean we don’t love the guy… From the mountains of Temecula to the ski ridges of New York we’ve followed the journey of Hobie Call with earnest. How can you help that journey continue for such a worthy athlete? Read Niki’s message and find out…
Hobie Call Fundraiser:
by Niki Kenney
Ask any Spartan racer who Hobie Call is- you’ll get the same response. A candid smile will creep across their face as they describe an amazing athlete with more courage and determination then you could ever imagine. They’ll be honored to tell you they’ve raced with him or that they wish they had the opportunity. You’ll hear the story of his incredible path and goals that have been adjusted and readjusted over the course of a few months. The Spartan will tell you the famous story of how he even sold his TV to get to a race.
Ask any Spartan racer to describe Hobie Call in a few words. They’ll say he’s inspiration, an inhuman beast with the true guts of a Spartan warrior and the courage to win it all.
Hobie has become every Spartan racer’s personal hero. His Facebook page is littered with strangers sending healing vibes and hopeful words of encouragement. He probably doesn’t even know half the people he’s excepting friend requests from! He just knows they’re Spartans. The Spartans that have come to love him with sheer optimism, without even really knowing him.
It takes a special person to uphold the Spartan Code, but Hobie pulls it off.
Pushes his mind and body to it’s limits. (He’s KILLED 6 Spartan Races and even participated in the DEATH RACE).
Masters his emotions. (Check out his infections smile and obvious happiness on each and every course).
Learns continuously. (He’s learned to MASTER some of the hardest obstacles of the courses).
Gives generously. (His attitude and spirit have given power and inspiration to more people that I’m guessing he would have every imagined).
Leads. (He’s always up front! (; But he’s also become the unanimous leader of Spartan racing clans)
Stands up for what they believe in, no matter the cost. (Remember, he sold his TV to get to a race!)
Knows their flaws as well as they know their strengths. (It’s clear that Hobie pushes his strengths to the max to overcome any flaws (We just don’t know what they are yet!) )
Proves themselves through actions, not words.
Hobie never asked to be a hero. He didn’t preach his plan from the rooftops and hope for waves of followers. He became a Spartan celebrity race by race from his pure will to succeed. By which, he has obviously done so in epic proportions.
Hobie’s story is an remarkable one. You’ve heard it. You’ve told it. Maybe even been a part of it. You’ve cheered him on and maybe even challenged him to help continue his story. His plan to win EIGHT more races for the ultimate title and a modest purse is nothing short of awe inspiring.
Eight more races means thousands more Spartan’s joining in the Aroo’s chanted around the globe for Hobie. If only he had a nickel for every one of those well wishes right?
For Hobie, unfortunately, part of his journey means an emptier running shorts pockets. It’s time for us to band together like the Spartan’s we are to help him reach his goal. Spartan’s give generously- and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Let’s put some dollar signs behind our cheering and help Hobie and his family get him to these last 8 races. You know the drill- ANYTHING HELPS!
Channel your inner Spartan!!
DONATE TO HOBIE HERE!