2013 Fitness Goal: The Ninja Challenge 5K in Fuquay Varina

It's the New Year folks. If one of your goals this year is physical fitness then there's no better way of motivating yourself then by registering for a 5K run and then slowly improving your physical fitness day by day for it.

Why not motivate yourself by signing up for an event where you can act like a ninja?

 

 

The Ninja Challenge 5K

in Fuquay Varina, NC

Saturday May 18th, 2013, 9:30am Wave (show up at 8:30am).

*The 10:00am Wave is sold out.

 

The Ninja Challenge 5K is an event that challenges your inner survival instincts. You will run, climb, dodge, and jump your way through 10 to 15+ obstacles. But don't worry if you are a retired ninja or if its been awhile since your last assassination, the event is designed for ALL ninja skill levels. There will be an after-party included with the price. Also there is no refund since part of proceeds will be going to charity.

Check out this video for a brief overview:

 

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Joining the Active Gamers Team

So a small group of us have signed up for this event (Team Herro Kitty) and we would like to see if we can form a small team of ninjas.

How to RSVP:

Please RSVP to this Meetup event only if you plan on registering for the event through the Ninja Challenge website or participating or spectating in some way.

Register at: http://www.theninjachallenge.com

What if I want to join later?

It's perfectly okay to sign up later if you are not sure what you'll be doing in 4 months. Just please look at the prices set up by the Ninja Challenge:

Registration Prices:

$45 Early Ninja Discount Ends 1/7/2013

$55 Ninja Discount 1/8/2013 to 3/20/2013

$60 Ninja Entry 3/21/2013 to 4/17/2013

$75 Standard Entry 4/18/2013 - 5/18/2013

Spectator $10.00

*Please note there was a Living Social deal for this for $35, but it has since ended.

 

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(images shamelessly taken from a blog)

 

How Do I Train For This Event?

If you seek professional advice on how to train for this event then please seek a fitness professional or certified personal trainer of some sort.

What I can tell you though is that during the course there will be 10-15+ obstacles. From the video I've seen it seems not only will it challenge your jogging endurance, but it seems your balance, coordination, dexterity, upper body strength, and stealthiness will be of use as well. So whatever it is you plan on doing, let it be a mix of conditioning and some strength training too. But more importantly, be safe, have fun, and find a way to make exercise a part of your weekly routine. Eating vegetables, drinking lots of water, and getting lots of sleep doesn't hurt as well :).

We may plan some future Meetups that will help in your fitness endeavors, but for now let this Meetup event be a motivator for a new you in 2013!!!

WOO WOO!

 

 

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  • Drew S.

    1:14:19 team time, not too shabby (they use the 5th team members time as the team time)

    May 22, 2013

    • Drew S.

      I think you're listed as "unknown" and not part of team herro kitty. They added close to 4 minutes to my "official" time, not quite sure there is such a discrepancy though

      May 22, 2013

    • Uriah

      "unknown" and not part of any team. That kinda suits me. hahaha

      May 22, 2013

  • Andy

    Great pics, thanks for posting. Did you early birds throw actual trash in that water dumpster? It was filthy for us afternoony runners. I think I landed on a half-eaten burrito...

    May 18, 2013

    • Andy

      Eww... then maybe it wasn't a half-eaten burrito?!?!

      May 20, 2013

    • Drew S.

      My bad

      May 22, 2013

  • Reyna

    Special shout out to the ultimate trooper, John, who did the WHOLE course on crutches. You silly, stubborn little man-you are awesome.

    4 · May 18, 2013

    • Manny

      Yeah, John was amazing. I don't want anyone complaining about a 5K being too hard or painful. BTW my ankles hurt. :(

      May 19, 2013

    • John M.

      I want to say for the record I do not want to advocate anyone else doing what I did. I woke up today feeling like I was hit by a train.

      May 19, 2013

  • Reyna

    Its fun level was only amplified by the incredible group of people that participated with me.

    May 19, 2013

  • Manny

    a group of us are going to:

    Apple Bee's
    1480 N Main St, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

    May 18, 2013

  • Manny

    drew, chad, maria, lauren, reyna and i by registration area. there is a tent to sign waivers. 9:30am wave starting soon.

    May 18, 2013

  • Manny

    just got here and getting out of car

    May 18, 2013

  • Danny

    Crap, something came up at the last moment, and I gotta bail. :(

    May 17, 2013

  • Reyna

    The informational email I rec'd highly recommended gloves. Anyone else thinking of grabbing a pair?

    May 14, 2013

    • Manny

      I'll bring my one Michael Jackson glove.

      May 14, 2013

    • Drew S.

      I never needed gloves last year, so I'd say its entirely optional. It would probably help on any obstacles that you climb with wood though.

      May 17, 2013

  • Uriah

    are folks meeting anywhere before the race?

    May 15, 2013

    • Manny

      That's a great question, I'll ask Maria how race day will look like. I'm sure we'll be able to find each other, but I haven't heard anything from James or Danny (on RSVP list) so I think I'll only keep tabs on people I've heard from...meaning everyone but those two.

      May 15, 2013

    • Drew S.

      There should be an area with a large tent we could meet near

      May 17, 2013

  • John M.

    Okay, so today is the day my bursitis decided to act up. So I may be doing the ninja challenge on crutches, but I'll be there.

    May 16, 2013

    • Lauren

      I may have to walk all/most of it cause of my knees...I'd love company!

      May 17, 2013

  • Kim

    I'm in the 11 am, but it looks like it should be a fun day.

    May 9, 2013

    • Sal

      As Maria mentioned earlier, they don't check so we can all run together if you can make the earlier time :)

      May 9, 2013

  • Andy

    I signed up late so won't be running until 1PM. Have fun!

    May 3, 2013

  • Uriah

    uh oh. i forgot about signing up for the time slot. SHAT.

    May 3, 2013

  • Sal

    1 · January 29, 2013

    • Lauren

      Haha...stealthy & adorable

      January 29, 2013

  • Drew S.

    10 AM is sold out now

    January 10, 2013

    • Manny

      Yo Drew, we have a team called Team Herro Kitty. I signed up for 9:30am wave.

      January 10, 2013

    • Drew S.

      I am part of Team Herro Kitty now for the 9:30am wave

      January 10, 2013

  • Sal

    Drew, but it was something you just hurdled over unlike us little folk ;)

    January 7, 2013

  • Drew S.

    The other obstacle that slowed people down were the wall climbs. They were straight plywood walls at approximately 4', 5', 6', and 7/8' (I'd guess 8' due to plywood pieces being 4'x8') Obviously having to pull yourself up and over 4 consecutive walls wore people down who were only used to doing endurance running.

    January 7, 2013

  • Drew S.

    Some advice for first timers:
    There is at least one obstacle that requires you to jump into a pool of water. Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet/muddy, and clothes that will not go transparent when getting wet. Bring a change of clothes for after the race.

    There are about 13 obstacles over the course of the 5k. You will want to be close to the front of the pack if you can, as the back will get very congested at the obstacles as they aren't anchored into the ground very well and get wobbly, further slowing people down.

    There will be one "rest" point where you can get water about halfway, and the pool was about the 3/4 mark.

    The timber hurdles was the first obstacle and easily took me 15 minutes to get past with the groups all slowing down due to people struggling to get over a 4' tall hurdle that wobbled about a foot in each direction.

    January 7, 2013

  • Drew S.

    I did it last year. I was so good they couldn't even get a picture of me! This year they're having me be a head ninja. You probably won't see me there :D

    January 7, 2013

  • Katicon

    Whomp. That overlaps with something else.

    January 6, 2013

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