Ninja Kids for Safe Kids Multi-Stage and Team Competition Charity Event
If you like American Ninja Warrior Junior, you will love this! Some of the stars of that show and many other talented young ninjas from around the country will be competing in a multi-stage event using both of our facilities. Past competitors include:
Andrew Saffen - 2022 World Champion UNAA World Finals 9U male, 2nd in 11U male here in 2022
Grace Schneider - Flying G - ANW Junior veteran (3rd place in Season 3 9-10), 3rd in 2021 UNAA World Finals in 9U, 1st in last year's 11U female category here (3rd in 2022 as a 9-year-old)
Grayson Payne - 11U male finalist at last season's UNAA World Finals, and 12U male champion at 2022 Bucket of Chalk Competition
Joey Ray - The Kangaroo Ninja - ANW Junior finalist, Finalist at 2021 UNAA World Finals in 11U, and 13U finalist here in 2022
John David Spatola - The Dude - ANW Junior veteran, World Champion at 2021 UNAA World Finals in 11U, 2022 13U male championhere , 2023 2nd place male champion
Kherington Andrews - NNL World Champion 2021, World Ninja Challenge winner 2021, UNAA World Champion 2022, 1st in last years 11U category in 2022
Landon DuBry - 1st in 11U category in 2023
Michael Matthews - World Champion at UNAA World Finals among 11U males, 1st in 2022 year's 11U male category, 1st in 13U male category in 2023
Michael Scott - The Hilariously Intense Ninja - ANW Junior veteran and 11U male finalist at last season's UNAA World Finals, 2nd in last year's 11U male category here
Ryne Colazzi - The Flying Rhino - 2nd at last season's UNAA World Finals among 11U males
Zuri Harrison - The Homeschool Ninja - finalist in ANW Junior, 3rd at last season's UNAA World Finals among 11U females, 2nd in 11U female in 2022
If you think you are a top young ninja, it's time to put yourself to the test and support kids who may not have the privilege to compete and whose families are struggling.
This will be a limited capacity, multi-stage event with cash prizes and all registration proceeds going to Safe Families for Children. NOTE: This is not a competition for beginners!
There will only be 48 slots available for athletes 11&under, and 48 slots available for athletes 13&under. Each athlete can have 1 spectator for free. Additional Spectator tickets must be purchased. Run order in stage 1 is determined by registration order (those who sign up first run last) so sign up early.
Participants age as of January 1, 2024 will be used to determine their class.
Saturday, January 13 (Live stream will be available on our Facebook page)
There will be 2 waves of the qualifying round (stage 1) held at our South Apex facility. Each athlete will be guaranteed:
- Speed course - Two runs on a side by side speed course using NSC rules (retry what you miss)... best score/time will be used to determine your rank on the speed course.
- Technical course... one run using NCL rules (progress points earned as you progress through each obstacle... one try on each obstacle).
Top 2/3 of male and female by combined rank from both courses move on to
- stage 2 (longer, more technical course) at our Fuquay Varina facility, top 50% of male and female (rounded up) move on to
- stage 3 (very challenging upper body and grip course) at our Fuquay Varina facility
Stage 3 will be a blind course (after being shown the course, finalists will be isolated and not able to see the other runners) one fail and you're done... farthest, fastest to determine the champion(s).
NOTE: We reserve the right to bump additional participants up to next stage
Sunday, January 14 afternoon (optional team comp, starting at 2 PM):
NOTE: Monday, January 15 is Martin Luther King's Day which may give people more options to consider for those traveling
Two part team competition at our Fuquay Facility (teams will be assembled from all participants in an NFL style draft pick...)
- tag team competition on hybrid course from stages 2 and 3
(and possibly some other wrinkles)
- tag team competition on same course
(but no team member can repeat obstacles they tackled on the first round)
winners will be determined by a combination of scores and times from both runs
Rock Solid Warrior has agreed to put all entry fees to support Safe Families for Children, but there will also be a small prize pool of $250 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd place in each category. Medals only for the team competition.
For more information about sponsoring this event, along with Ninja Master, please contact Ken Auer <email@example.com>.
Coming in From Out of Town?
For those flying in, Raleigh-Durham (RDU) is the closest airport... Fayetteville is a bit farther but not too much.
Places to Stay & Places to Eat
4-5 miles to the south in Holly Springs:
- Hampton Inn & Suites - place the group code RSW then select update to apply discounted rate of $119 plus tax per night for the two queen beds or King Studio Suites for $130 plus tax per night. Please note cutoff date for the discount is 12/28/23
- Holiday Inn Express - Holly Springs (supposed to be opening in early November 2023)
To use the "Corporate Special Rate" for Rock Solid Warrior for Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Suites in Apex, NC (which might be slightly better than other rates you may find) go to http://www.ihg.com and choose "Corporate Special Rate" in the "Rate Preference" field and type in the code: 787081760.
Less than 2.5 miles north of our South Apex location in Apex off of Marco Dr.
If you want to RV or camp out, we can arrange that, too. But we'd prefer you'd let us know ahead of time so we can plan accordingly. Also, if you'd like to seek a host family, let us know that, too.
Here's a list of places to eat
Prices (before convenience fees)
Sign up now to reserve your spot. All participants and spectators must sign our waiver.
All participant and spectator pricing includes access to all appropriate non-competition activities like open gyms.
NOTE: Run Order for the Qualifying Round will be determined by when you sign up... 1st to sign up will run last in your wave
Between September 4 and November 30, 2023
- $90 Multi-Course, Multi-Stage Competition,
- $120 to include Long-course Tag Team Competition
- Additional Spectators:
- $10 (1-day pass)
- $20 (full-event pass)
- $30 (family full-event pass)
After November 30, 2023
- $100 Multi-Course, Multi-Stage Competition,
- $140 to include Long-course Tag Team Competition
- Additional Spectators:
- $15 (1-day pass)
- $25 (full-event pass)
- $40 (family full-event pass)
NOTE: If Event has to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, participants will be refunded or rescheduled (at participant's choice).
There will be open gym times available from Noon-1:00 Friday, January 12 at either of our Rock Solid locations as well as Open Gym at South Apex (4-5:30) and Fuquay Varina (5:30-7PM). Both Rock Solid locations will be closed after these open gyms on Friday to set up for the competition.
Saturday, January 13
8:15 Doors open for Registration & Warm-up in South Apex
9:00-9:15 Opening Ceremonies
9:15-1:00 Stage 1
- 11U - Speed Course at 9:15, Technical Course at 11:15
- 13U - Technical Course at 10:15, Speed Course at 12:00
1:00-2:15 lunch break and travel to our Fuquay facility (20 minutes away)
2:15-5:45 Stage 2
5:45-7:00 dinner break and resetting at Fuquay facility
7:00-9:30 Stage 3
Sunday, January 16 - optional
10:00 - 12:00 Optional church service (join many of us at Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Apex)
2:00-4:30 Tag Team Competition at Fuquay facility (11U & 13U combined)
All activities should be complete no later than 4:30 on Sunday afternoon... NOTE: Martin Luther King Day is on Monday, January 15 and many may have Monday off of school or work which may enable more travel options