Hobie Call surprised the OCR world by winning the 2016 Spartan World Championship in Lake Tahoe Saturday morning. Call stayed mostly quiet for the bulk of the season, then showed up yesterday and beat out a stellar field.
In 2016, 39 year old Hobie did participate in (and win) 2 BoneFrogs, the Utah BattleFrog, and The Utah Spartan Super. The last being his ticket, er coin, to Tahoe. This, however, is a far cry from the 20 plus races a year he used to do show up and dominate, prior to his first (sort of) retirement.
Not many expected Call to be victorious after he stayed mostly quiet and did not participate in the 5 race US Spartan Points Series. The 3 men who battled it out all year for that series were Ryan Atkins, last year’s Spartan Champ Robert Killian, and Hunter McIntyre (who has yet to win the big Spartan dance). They finished 2nd, 3rd, and 6th respectively.
Here are the rest of today’s top male finishers:
Spartan World Champions History
Year Venue Winner 2nd 3rd
2011 Glen Rose TX Hobie Call Josiah Middaugh Junyong Pak
2012 Killington, VT Cody Moat Hobie Call Brakken Kraker
2013 Killington, VT Hobie Call Matt Murphy Hunter McIntyre
2014 Killington, VT Jon Albon Ryan Atkins Cody Moat
2015 Squaw Valley, CA Robert Killian Ryan Atkins Cody Moat
2016 Squaw Valley, CA Hobie Call Ryan Atkins Robert Killian