200 feet loomed between him and the finish line of the World Championships.

But one taxing challenge remained—a super slippery, slick sideways rock climbing wall. If he made it across, he could win first place. If he tumbled off, he’d have to do 30 burpees as a repercussion for falling, potentially costing him precious race time and a first place medal. 

Shirtless, in racing shoes, and shorts, Hobie Call hit the crazy wall. And he defeated. 

In 2011, the newbie Mormon racer from Utah became a world champion. 

Then, in 2016, he did it again.

In the Spartan community, people know about Hobie Call. The man is a legend, recognized for conquering races from the very beginning of his Spartan career at age 34 (after marathon running).

What most people don’t know, however, is that Call is also involved in Scouting. He’s been a Scout leader and a Cub Scout leader. Additionally, at Scout camps, he builds obstacle courses for kids to conquer their ambitions. 

Hobie Call finds ways to live the oath and law on the race course and to inspire boys in the Scouting movement. 

How Call Lives Like A Scout While Spartan Racing

The Scout Law says, “A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”

Call explains that while racing many of these qualities are exemplified. 

“If you are courteous and kind, you can help other people,” said Call.  “I want to inspire people. If you are a jerk, you won’t be able to inspire people.”

Spartan racing also requires bravery, according to Call. People get cut on barbed wire, and the obstacles are tough.

 He runs a clean race. “People do get caught for cheating,” said Call. He explains that it would be easy to cheat. People aren’t watching, but in your heart, you’d know you didn’t win. 

How Call Helps Boy Scouts

For the past few years, Call heads up to a local camp to build an obstacle race course for the Scouts in the area. 

He begins by drawing plans out on a notepad and studying the land. 

Then, he takes equipment from his personal obstacle course. He even utilizes the land for challenges. (For instance, he may pile up some rocks.) 

“Lots of thought goes into it,” said Call. During camp, some kids will come early in the day to try to course–but they get stuck. Call works with them one on one, and they keep practicing.

Then, they conquer the race. 

According to Call, boys work and work at something, and it gets them to believe in themselves. 

“I’ve been able to inspire my Scouts to follow their heart,” said Call. 

Heralded as  “the superstar” by Men’s Journal and “the best Spartan Racer out there” by Washington Post, Call won dozens of Spartan Races between 2011 and 2017. But, he’s more than just a racer. He also helps kids in the Scouting program to achieve their goals. 

Call’s advice to Scouts and young people who want to follow their dreams?

“Never give up. You just got to keep going at it.” 

Photo Credit: Mud And Adventure

Michelle Carpenter
is a reporter for the Voice of Scouting and a marketing associate for The Utah National Parks Council. Her father, husband, and brother are all Eagle Scouts, so she firmly believes some of the best men did Scouting.

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