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‘Rockford Ninja Warrior’ to test athletes and couch potatoes

Posted at 4:32 AM, Oct 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-09 04:32:50-04

ROCKFORD, Mich. — Much like its famous Japanese and American predecessors, many will try, but few will succeed in conquering the Rockford Ninja Warrior course this weekend.

For the unfamiliar, a ninja warrior competition is an event where men and women try to tackle an increasingly difficult obstacle course in a predetermined amount of time. Because the test is so tough, often the failures are more entertaining than the successes. Designed in 3D and built over several weeks the RNW course features quintuple steps, a balance beam, hanging rope swings, swinging ladders, and of course, a gigantic warped wall. There is also a junior course specially designed for kids under the age of 14.

The field for this inaugural event was limited to 150 competitors and has already sold out, but spectators are welcome. It will be held at 7734 Childsdale Avenue NE  (the site of the old paper mill.) Friday’s competition runs from 5-8 p.m., while Saturday’s is 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Organizers say Rockford Ninja Warrior will raise money for a planned community center as well as Rockford Public Schools Developing Healthy Kids program.