MEET THE SPARTAN
Hobie Call was 10 years old when he decided he wanted to be the best runner in the world, a goal that would drive him through a number of first-place finishes in high school and into All-American honors as a cross country and steeplechase runner in college. Call pursued his dream at a pace few could match, setting the course record at the 2007 Top of Utah Marathon and qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Trials. Then Call discovered obstacle racing. Joe De Sena was offering $100,000 to anyone who could win all of his 2011 Spartan races," he recalls. "I was doing high-intensity workouts with my running and thought I might excel at this kind of race." He was right. Before entering the Spartan Death Race—a 48-hour affair opening with a six-hour rock toss—he won six Spartan races in a row. Call has since established himself as the series' preeminent competitor, winning more than 25 events over a two-year span. He trains two hours a day, six days a week to sustain his success, but that doesn't mean it's all work. "This is the fastest growing sport in the world for a reason," he says. "It's fun to train for, fun to compete in, fun to watch. It's an adult playground."
GET THE GEAR
Swedish swim goggles can be adjusted to fit your face perfectly and keep the muddy water out of the eyes. $5, Pool n' Patio, SLC.
Shorts and Shirts
30-Gallon Garbage Bags
Protect your car seats with oversized trash bags, which can also be used to tote your muddy clothes. $8, Harmons, SLC.