A Bryan County native plans to test his strength against others around the nation in a competition that will have him moving mountains, or at least running obstacle courses on them.
Jonathan Duncan from Caddo will compete in Phase 1 of the American Ninja Warrior Competition March 31 in Dallas, one of several first-level competitions around the country.
Duncan will test his skills on a series of obstacle courses for the Phase 1 and 2 portions of the show. If he conquers those rounds, he will move on to national finals in Las Vegas. The four-stage course is a replica of Japan’s Mt. Midoriyama.
This will be the first Ninja Warrior competition for Duncan who said he is exited to compete.
“I try not to over-think it,” said Duncan when asked if he was nervous. “I expect to at least make it past Phase 2.”
He added that, if he does not complete the competition, he will be back next year to try again. Completing the competition is not simple.
Duncan said only three people in the world have conquered Mt. Midoriyama, and the Las Vegas model is virtually identical. A CrossFit trainer and firefighter in McKinney, Texas, Duncan was prompted to join the contest by a friend who had competed in it.
He submitted his application and video to American Ninja Warrior and waited anxiously for the reply. It came three weeks before the competition. He and his wife were happy to see he had been accepted.
Duncan uses his normal fitness routine to train for the competition. He explained that the course changes every year, getting harder each time, so he doesn’t know exactly what to expect.
The competition is nationally televised, and while Duncan has been watching it for years, he said this is a big step from small-town Oklahoma to TV sets throughout the United States.
Duncan’s wife and daughter will join him in Dallas to cheer him on, and all the action will air on NBC in May, according to Duncan.
- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news