Melanie Nauriza tackles a climbing obstacle with help from Cody Hatch during the Phillips County Fair. — Johnson Publications
From left, brothers Mason and Max Grauberger try a balancing obstacle at the start of the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course. — Johnson Publications
Ninjas tackle ANW-inspired obstacle course
Visitors at the Phillips County Fair had the chance to try scaled-down versions of obstacles from the hit reality TV show, American Ninja Warrior, on Friday and Saturday, July 27-28.
The course was run by Ninja Nation — a Denver-based company founded by American Ninja Warrior contestant and Brighton-native Brian Arnold.
The company offers mobile obstacle courses that test challengers’ balance, stamina and upper body strength. Obstacles include a trampoline jump, swinging ropes and rings, and balance beams.
At the end of the course is a miniature version of the Warped Wall — a tall, curving wall that requires challengers to get a running start and grab hold of the ledge at the top. The wall featured in the TV show is 14 and a half feet tall, but the wall at the fairgrounds topped out in a 10-foot ledge, with climbing grips for assistance, and a 12-foot, unassisted ledge.
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