by Carrie Adams
Name: Quentin Leadbeter
Hometown: Owings, Maryland
Occupation: Student – Naval Academy – did a year at Naval Preparatory Academy in Rhode Island.
Finish time today: 22 minutes (unofficial)
Hobie Call withdrew from today’s Virginia event knowing he needed extra time for the Death Race so it was known that we’d have a new male overall champion today Aldie, we had no idea he’d be so damn fast!
Quentin Leadbeter, accomplished wrestler and naval academy student showed up and ROCKED the course. “Well, when I signed up for the race, I knew he [Hobie] was on his quest and I figured it would be fun to run against him and that he was taking a break to prepare for the Death Race. It would have been fun to run against him and give him a little competition.”
Leadbeter heads back to Annapolis Monday and his academic and athletic obligations leave his availability to participate in future races unclear. “I am not sure if I can race – I might have a weekend off but it’s the military if I’ll have any time off. I may have no weekends off.”
Leadbeter is a recruited wrestler for the naval academy, which is close to his hometown and he appreciates the military aspect, keeping his sights on the Navy SEALS for his possible future career. “The Naval Academy route is a good one,” says Leadbeter, “And it puts you on the right track.”
Training for Leadbeter is based primarily in his wrestling background but he regularly goes on weigh plate runs. Four or five miles with 45lb plates. He says, “I do odd things when I train that people don’t always understand but it works for me. I’m a wrestler and I go to the gym a lot.”
For the wrestler who did the Warrior Dash recently in 17 minutes claims today’s event was much more challenging. “I was cheated on that race” he says, “No way that was three miles. Today was a lot longer – more enduring pain.” He laughs, “The worst part I would have to say was crawling under the barbed way – it was a long, long, time. Rolling through and crawling through. I have some scratches on my legs from that.”
If there was a chance to take on Hobie – he would do it. “If I can run anymore races this year I’ll definitely seek him out. Nothing much that I can do today. I’m disappointed he didn’t come but I understand. It is what it is, you just have to live life.”
We hope to see a face-off between Call and Leadbeter at an upcoming Spartan Race. When asked what message he would have for Hobie Call he said simply, “Good Luck next weekend. You have a target on your back.” He continued, “I want him to do well, but for the sake of competition, somebody has got to run against him. Make him train that much harder.”