Hood ran collegiately for the college track powerhouse Arkansas Razorbacks where he was named most outstanding performer among college men at the 1994 Penn Relays.
Hood grew up in Burlington, Ontario with his parents and younger sister. He attended Nelson High School, began competitive running with Burlington Track and Field Club and played rep soccer for many years as a youth.
Hood qualified to race in the 2017 IRONMAN Triathlon World Championship, October 14 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i. He will race with bib number 992.