My Ninja Warrior run ended up on the cutting room floor, but that doesn’t take away from the amazing experience. To answer the question you’ve all been asking: I went out on the dreaded Running Logs! I was short on the 3rd log, it rolled and I went down!
When you check in you are randomly given a number for the running order. It’s not altogether random as they try and get the contestants with small children in the first group of runners. Falling in that category I was given number 005! They start at 000, so I was the 6th runner. Filming started about 9PM and I was running the course by 930PM.
After running you are sequestered in the Winner’s Circle until you’re officially knocked out of the top 30. I entered the Winner’s Circle about 940PM. I wasn’t knocked out of the Top 30 until 345AM! They didn’t show it on TV but the Cargo Net and Running Logs eliminated the majority of the people.
The way the ranking works is based on the time you finish an obstacle. I finished the Cargo Net in X amount of seconds. Anybody else who finished the Cargo Net with a greater time was ranked lower than me. I have no idea what the time was but it was good enough to hang out in the Winner’s Circle for 6 hours!
A total of 109 people ran the Military course. I was knocked out with 15 runners left! I stayed around and watched the final runners and estimate I finished somewhere in the Top 40. But there are no official rankings past 30.
During the media day event I did a few interviews, some social media shots and demonstrated some swordsmanship on the deck of the U.S.S. Iowa!
My rookie season of American Ninja Warrior was awesome and being chosen for the Military episode was an absolute honor! It was an fantastic group of competitors from all branches.
The kids have already informed me I’ll be back next year and put me on a strict workout regime!
Below are some pictures from the media day event and the night of the course. (click on the image to enlarge it)
Thanks for all the support! We’ll get ’em next year!