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April 6: 'Kato Ninja Warrior' Obstacle Course Competition

Free public event will be held in Bresnan Arena in the Taylor Center.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-27-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Student Events Team is holding an obstacle course competition event patterned after the TV show, “American Ninja Warrior,” that will be held Thursday, April 6 from 8-9 p.m. in Bresnan Arena, located in the Taylor Center on the University campus.

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public with general admission seating. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Similar as in the TV show, 15 contestants will test their physical abilities by attempting to navigate various obstacles in front of a live audience. The contestants will attempt to run up and get to the top of a 12-foot “warped wall” and get through other obstacles such as “wipeout,” “triple steps,” “uneven ladder” and a “salmon ladder.”

The winner of the evening competition will be crowned “Kato Ninja Warrior.”

Conquer Ninja Warrior, which has locations in Eden Prairie, Minn., and Woodbury, Minn., will provide the obstacles for the event as well as commentators.

The 15 contestants in the evening time trials will be determined by performances in time trials that will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. the day of the event. Minnesota State Mankato students may sign up for free for the time trials. The public may sign up online for a limited number of spots in the time trials. Cost is $10.

For more information on the event, contact Dustin Slaughter, Student Events Team special events chair, by email at or by phone at 507-380-6076.

The Student Events Team is a student-led organization that produces fun, interactive, educational events where students make lifelong memories and celebrate their Maverick pride. The Student Events Team’s corporate sponsor this year is Live Active Apartments.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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