by Brian Ansley

It is no secret by now that Hobie Call has dominated the Spartan obstacle circuit so far this year. I was recently at a trail race for the 4th of July weekend, and two people that have never participated in a Spartan Race knew about Hobie Call’s accomplishments! One of the guys said, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard of that guy. He’s the one winning all of those races, and going after the prize money, right?” They were actually surprised that nobody has defeated him yet but the Spartan season is far from over. I met one Spartan in particular that has an unmovable competitive spirit that needs to be recognized. Not only does he have a, “win it all” attitude, but this Spartan certainly has the physical ability to compete with best.

SRSC_BD_0006His name is Louis Turnbull, a 25 year Engineer residing in Kennesaw, Georgia. I first saw Louis on Spartan TV, when he completed the South Carolina Super Spartan….twice! He and his co-workers made a sign that was aimed to challenge Hobie in New York September 24th. He said that his initial intentions were not to race twice but once he arrived at the race in South Carolina he had to do it!

At the end of the first race Turnbull said, “My feet were cut up”, but it didn’t keep Lous from going back a second time.  The results speak for themselves.  At the end of the day, Louis finished at the top of his heats in both races.

Louis also qualified for the World’s Toughest Mudder in December. This is a 24 hour race that Tough Mudder will host later this year. “I just went out to have a little fun”, Turnbull said about his Mudder experience. In 2006, he completed his first full Ironman Triathlon. Prior to that, Louis was the Vice President of the Cycling Team for Georgia Southern University, and was the winner of the GSU Campus Adventure Race from 2005-2008.

So what is this contender planning for his racing future in his quest to defeat Call in Staten Island? He is registered for the Spartan Beast in Vermont in August. Oh, did I mention he is going to be doing the Beast twice in one day too! This is all in preparation for his New York race against Hobie according to Louis.

“Distance is nothing,” says Turnbull, “but I know how fast Hobie is.” He is following a pretty rigorous training plan leading up to the September race. Not only is Louis focusing in on his speed, he is also concentrating on burpees, and dominating the nearby Kennesaw Mountain.

Louis wishes Hobie the best of luck, and definitely bears a friendly competitive spirit. Nevertheless, the last things Louis Turnbull had to say about his burgeoning rivalry with Hobie Call in New York. “I’m going to eat this kid alive.  I’m going to fight tooth and nail.”


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