Date of Birth: 4/9/1977
Born: Provo, Utah
Lives: Stansbury Park, Utah
Short Distance (1-6 miles)
Mid Distance (6-12 miles)
Long Distance (12+ miles)
OCR Coach: Self
Hobie Call was the first superstar in the sport of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR). He burst on the OCR scene before there even was one and became the icon for the competitive sport side of OCR and established the standard for how how a top obstacle racer could perform.
Beyond his star status in the sport, Hobie was also the first high profile ambassador for OCR. His love of the sport beamed through the hundreds of pre and post race conversations he had with fans, as did his message of putting fun into fitness.
Although retired from competitive obstacle racing, Hobie still makes appearances at the occasional race to run with family and friends, and lives his mission to inspire others to live healthier, believe in themselves, follow their hearts and never give up!
What was your first obstacle race and why did you do it?
February, 2011 in Temecula, California at a Spartan Super. My wife Irene thought I'd like it. At first, I thought it looked silly - I didn't want to go roll around in the mud. But, it kept popping back up in my mind, so I looked at it again and thought, "What the heck, why not!" That began a pretty cool chapter in my life.
What drives you to compete?
I like to chase the impossible and make it possible. I want to prove that if you’re willing to give it all you’ve got, anything can be done. Don’t give up and believe in yourself. Just keep going. I want others to see that they can do it too, if they’re willing to do the work.
If you could run a World Championship obstacle race anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Maybe Australia, that's a place I want to visit. If not there though, it would have to be somewhere warm with a high of 80 or above, but most importantly, it's about the people. I love venues that are lively and engaged, and packed with people who are seeking challenges and not running from them – thousands of people just like that, in one place, at one time.
What interesting fact do most fans of OCR not know about you?
I am the choir director at my church. And, I even sing from time to time, but I’m half-mediocre at best. Truth is, I only sound good when the radio is louder than I am.
Who is one of the OCR athletes you admire most and why?
I'll give you three off the top of my head: Ryan Atkins – his stamina is phenomenal. His ability to do long grueling races week after week is amazing. Hunter McIntyre – someone his size that's able to combine strength with ability to run fast and long; now that's amazing. Cody Moat – his life is most like mine, so I know how much he has to balance and how hard it is to compete at the level he does.
If you could design one workout that covers the most important skill areas in OCR, what would it look like?
Some people might not like my answer because they might expect me to have a different response, but I recommend that you find a steep hill, run up and down several times and then grab a heavy rock take it up a time or two, as quickly as you can, drop it and repeat. Depending on the distance of the race, I'd recommend you do that for as long as you think the race will take.