THE INAUGURAL RIVER WARRIOR OBSTACLE COURSE RACE COMES TO BUFFALO RIVERWORKS
Buffalo Riverworks is bringing the excitement of American Ninja Warrior to Buffalo’s revitalized waterfront in a competition featuring nationally recognized ninja warriors and obstacle course racers competing against western New Yorkers!
For the first time ever Buffalo Riverworks and the Hybrid Ninja Academy present a mixed-discipline obstacle course that combines elements of Ninja Warrior, Tough Mudder, and Spartan competition to decide the inaugural River Warrior Champion, which comes with a $3,000 grand prize. American Ninja Warrior contestant and owner operator of Hybrid Ninja Academy in Lancaster and Buffalo, Patrick Hall has designed a course that will test the limits of top competitors from all obstacle course disciples. To his knowledge there is no other course in the world that combines all three iconic walls from their respective disciplines: The Ninja Warrior Warped Wall, the mudder Everest wall, and the Spartan wall.
The popularity of competitive obstacle course racing has boomed over the last five years and the television show American Ninja Warrior has boosted it into the stratosphere. Even if it’s all new to you, make sure you attend this incredible brand new event at Buffalo Riverworks June 22nd to the 25th. The obstacle course racer community is intensely competitive yet positive and supportive. Tournaments and activities will be open to anyone of all ages to participate or spectate! Patrick Hall’s vision for a multi-discipline obstacle course is an effort to unify all three major disciplines of the sport for at least one spectacular weekend that you won’t want to miss.
The course itself will encircle the Buffalo Riverworks hockey rinks providing excellent sightlines for spectators in attendance. Four days of activities and competition are planned starting Thursday June 22nd and will operate rain or shine beneath the coverage of the Riverworks facility. The adult portion of the program will pit western New York’s finest obstacle course racers against some of the best in the country! If you think you have what it takes register by June 23rd at midnight here. Kids too will be able to compete in classes of six and under, seven to nine, ten to twelve, and thirteen to eighteen. The kids course will have ten obstacles, all Ninja Warrior. On Thursday and Friday all-comers of all ages are welcome to try out the Ninja Warrior portion of the course for $10 a pass.
On Saturday the adult competition preliminaries begin along with the kids tournaments.The preliminaries will use six Ninja Warrior obstacles in addition to ten other obstacles. On Sunday the remaining competitors will face the ultimate challenge when the course is expanded to ten Ninja Warrior obstacles and fourteen mudder and Spartan style obstacles. Hybrid Ninja Warrior’s Patrick Hall is excited to see if any of the top competitors will break the five minute mark on his one of a kind course.
It’s only $10 to spectate Saturday or Sunday but for just $15 get a combo ticket good for both days! Get your tickets now before they sell out! For the best experience and view a VIP ticket option is also available for $40 and that includes a competitor meet and greet as well as exclusive viewing areas.
Be sure to talk to Hybrid Ninja Academy staff about how to become a ninja yourself! They’ll be on site giving direction and answering questions to competitors and spectators alike.
Buffalo RiverWorks hosts Free Friday River Warrior Meet & Greet with American Ninja Warriors
On Friday, the eve of the qualifications, Buffalo Riverworks will host a free meet and greet with American Ninja Warriors including River Warrior organizer Patrick Hall, Carl “The ROC City Ninja” Fantauzzo, McKinley “The Lady Mighty Mouse” Pierce, Dave“The Ageless Ninja” Kozak , National Ninja League champion Earnest“The People’s Ninja” Greer, and more.
Attendees to the Free Friday River Warrior Meet & Greet will get a sneak peek at the River Warrior Challenge course and an event poster for your your favorite River Warrior competitor to sign. The meet & greet begins at 5:30PM on Friday June 23rd at Buffalo Riverworks. Tickets are available now for the Saturday qualifications and the Sunday finals of the River Warrior Challenge. If you want to find out what it’s like to be a River Warrior anyone can make a pass on the course for just $10. Plus experienced American Ninja Warriors will be on hand for one on one training sessions as they too get a chance to see the River Warrior Challenge course for the very first time.
From 7PM-10PM Riverworks and Hybrid Ninja Academy will present a unique opportunity for prospective obstacle course racers and fans alike. For $35 you can have an hour session to run the course with American Ninja Warriors giving you training tips and tricks. Participants also receive a t-shirt commemorating the inaugural River Warrior tournament at Buffalo Riverworks. River Warrior tournament shirts will be available to purchase for spectators as well and don’t forget Friday general admission is free.
River Warrior Meet & Train
- 5:30-6:30PM – Autograph session with River Warrior obstacle course racers
- 7-10:00PM – River Warrior training session Pre Sale Reg. $35 ($40 day of) – Run the course under the guidance of River Warrior competitors
On Saturday the River Warrior preliminaries begin along with the kids tournaments.The preliminary round will use six Ninja Warrior obstacles in addition to ten other obstacles using elements of Tough Mudder and the Spartan Race. On Sunday the remaining competitors will face the ultimate challenge when the course is expanded to ten Ninja Warrior obstacles and fourteen mudder and Spartan style obstacles..
It’s only $10 to spectate Saturday or Sunday but for just $15 get a combo ticket good for both days! For the best experience and view a VIP ticket option is also available for $40 and that includes a competitor meet and greet as well as exclusive viewing areas for the tournament.