Calling All St. Louis Ninja Warriors

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Can you run up sloped walls? Climb uneven surfaces? Leap from spinning (or rolling) platforms? Then you might have what it takes to be an American Ninja Warrior.

This weekend, for the first time in the NBC show's six season history, the extreme obstacle course competition is bringing its regional qualifying event to St. Louis. The action starts Sunday night at the Soldiers Memorial, where there will be "limited walk-on registration" if you think you have what it takes to finish the course.

"What we're looking for in competitors is someone who can defeat the course," says American Ninja Warrior executive producer Kent Weed. "Core strength, upper body strength and grip strength. Those are the qualities that make an American Ninja Warrior athlete."

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Registration for walk-ons begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, and the competition kicks off at 9 p.m.. Spectators can try to grab the remaining tickets here, but be warned: The main qualifying event begins at 1 a.m. and could run about five hours.

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The Sunday night/Monday morning qualifying rounds consist of six obstacles. On Monday, the survivors from the qualifying course will compete on an expanded course in the city finals, all in the hope of making it to Vegas for show's finale in June.

American Ninja Warrior attracts athletes of all stripes, and previous seasons participants included Olympians, NFL players, rock-climbers and all manner of extreme sports enthusiasts. The challenges are notoriously difficult; in fact, no on has ever completed the final stages of the Vegas course, known as Mt. Midoriyama.

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This weekend, a number of semi-notable celebrities will also be pitting their semi-notable abilities against the course, including Ghost Adventure host Nick Groff, X-Games gold medalist Kevin Robinson and former Olympic gymnast and current Kansas City cop Terin Humphrey.

"The beauty of this competition is that no one ever gets to practice on the course," Weed tells Daily RFT. "You have to rely on your skills and athleticism. You don't get to practice or try it out. You get one shot, and if you fall you're out."

The first episode of the new season will air May 26 on NBC, and Weed says the St. Louis episode will probably air June 9.

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com

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Dwayne Garfoot
Dwayne Garfoot

Is there a fee to just come watch? Have to get tickets or what

Twmoui Guess
Twmoui Guess

ive got my 4 tickets and considering trying a walk on

Erin O'Brien
Erin O'Brien

Rachel, what time should we head down to watch?

Robyn Lynn Douglas
Robyn Lynn Douglas

Lol Shanna Brown I think i recall Kris Blair saying he could be on ninja warrior years ago, well nows his chance.

CJ Seals
CJ Seals

There were no tickets left

Karen McCubbins
Karen McCubbins

Danielle Eaton I meant for Ryan! I heard him and Aubree talk about it before

Danielle Eaton
Danielle Eaton

I'm pretty sure it'll be about a year before I would be in "ninja warrior" condition Karen McCubbins!

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

I totally don't have what it takes. I could prove it, but I can't afford another hospital bill.

Melani Nicole
Melani Nicole

I had a client sitting in my salon yesterday telling me about this show and how she is so excited about it, especially since they set up the course across from where she lives! I told her to try it out! Very cool!

Zach Chew
Zach Chew

Kelly Kathleen Wahl haha as long as you gel my mullet before each ninja competition you got a deal!

Christy Youngman
Christy Youngman

Savannah Cameron Day- let's go get Bill Roedl and Ryan Day to try out!!!!

Kalina M.
Kalina M.

Oooh dear... not ready for THAT! ahahha

Marc Dangerfield
Marc Dangerfield

I'm thinking Aaron Perlut would do really well at this one.. He is a total stud.

Nick Glenn
Nick Glenn

Jordan Donaldson & Erich Schmidt this is all you.

Sara Patino
Sara Patino

Alex , Chinga , and Kelli go get it!

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