If you haven’t yet discovered Spartan Races and the superstar of the sport, Hunter McIntyre, your sports life is about to improve. First of all, if you haven’t heard of Spartan Races, they are obstacle races that make the traditional steeplechase look like a stroll in the park. Secondly, if you haven’t heard of McIntyre, he’s probably about to become your favorite athlete.
We asked McIntyre to sit down and answer some questions that aren’t the typical “How did you feel after destroying the competition in that last race?” Instead, we wanted to get to know the man himself and the crazy backstory that comes with him. Big thanks to Hunter for sitting down with us and conducting the video interview above. Here are some highlights:
Hunter’s favorite animal is the hippo. If you think that’s off the wall, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
He lives in Malibu, Calif., a place he describes as “pretty much vacation 100 percent of the time.” However, he wants to visit New Zealand because he says the No. 1 way to die there is extreme sports, so he feels like he’d “really click with the people.”
“Nacho Libre is one of the greatest movies of all time.”
“I don’t believe in super powers; I’ve already got super powers, so I’m gonna skip that question.”
He would want Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to play him in a movie because “he and I are both jacked” as he flexes his biceps for the camera.
Becoming a pro wrestler is his dream job, expect for he’s “stuck mud running now.”
He got the nickname “The Sheriff” because he would tell his friends “you’re messing with The Sheriff and you’re all going to jail” when they would “get really messed up” and do some “sketchy sh*t.”
If he wasn’t doing Spartan Races, he’d love to do anything that shows what kind of man he is, but he was quick to let everyone know “the Spartan Race is the sh*t, though.”
His friends told Mens Journal that he once climbed a 50-foot tree during a storm and was “leaping like a squirrel” from one swaying treetop to another. However, Hunter says that’s not the craziest thing he’s ever done; while jumping from those trees, he says he would let his body go limp “kind of like in those Jackass shows” and just bounce off trunks and limbs all the way down to the ground.
Of course, the punch line about the crazy stuff he did was “stealing Mom’s Range Rover and going off-roading; she doesn’t know about that.”
Trust us, after this awesome sit-down with McIntyre, we’ll definitely be following up for more. And to check out the hilarious selfies he posts online, follow Hunter on Twitter or “Like” his Facebook page.