The Ninja Challenge

Raleigh 6/9/2012


710 Purfoy Road
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
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We won’t give away too many details here. A ninja is always ready for the unexpected! Just remember we are an obstacle focused 5k. You may have to help your fellow ninjas, get wet, dodge projectiles, and use your inner ninja strength. The course is designed to be fun and challenging. There will be volunteers helping at each obstacle and we recommend running with friends so you can work as a ninja team!


  • 1st Overall Male/Female: $100 Omega Sports gift card for shoes
  • 2nd Overall Male/Female: $50 Omega Sports gift card
  • 3rd Overall Male/Female: $25 Omega Sports gift card
  • 1st place for each wave Male/Female: $20 Omega Sports gift card
  • Top Team (top 5 runners): Five $10 gift cards
  • Best Costume: Ninja Challenge Gear
  • Best Ninja Costume: Ninja Challenge Gear

Participants that defeat our Super Ninja will earn a spot in our Super Ninja hall of fame and win a chance to run free as a super ninja at future events!

Winners will be announced on our facebook page and on our website. Awards will be handed out one hour after last wave or mailed to the winners not present.

When to Arrive

Everyone knows it is impossible for ninjas to be stuck in traffic because they would just leap from car roof to car roof. But to be safe, we recommended that all participants arrive one to two hours prior to your race time. Remember that once you get there, you still have to:

  • Park
  • Check in
  • Attach bibs
  • Check bags
  • Make your way to the starting line dojo.

Parking is FREE, but we highly encourage you to be green and carpool in order to reduce traffic.

Check in and Packet Pick-up

Race day packets will be available one hour prior to the first wave at the packet pick-up dojo. Please have your Photo ID and waiver ready or you will not be able to participate (And no, you will not be able to out-ninja us and sneak in)

Early packet pick up is at Omega Sports North Hills on June 8th from 4 PM – 7 PM.

Your packet will include the following:

  • Race bib (Includes RFID timer, free beer ticket, and bag check ticket)
  • Safety pins
  • T-shirt
  • Ninja Headband
  • Sponsor promotional goodies (Ninja SWAG)

What to Bring

  • Valid Photo ID (You will not be able to participate without one)
  • Your signed waivers – ninja challenge waiver and drake’s landing waiver
  • A plastic bag for wet clothes, a bag for a change of clothes and personal belongings. There will be a bag check station
  • Spending money for beer, food, and Ninja Challenge gear.
  • Your Ninja Spirit. Just because ninjas are trained in the art of espionage, doesn’t mean they can’t be fashionable. Participants with the best ninja costume will be rewarded with some awesome Ninja Challenge gear.

There will be a gear check tent. Just remember to KEEP YOUR BIBS after you complete the race. Your gear will be organized by your bib number.

What Not to Bring

  • No outside alcoholic beverages
  • No weapons/firearms
  • No glass containers

Ninja Replenishment

A true ninja is able to survive on nothing but their sense of honor (and maybe some ramen). Ninja’s don’t normally need replenishment, but just in case, there will be water stations every mile and at the finish line of the course. Food vendors will be available for all participants and spectators to enjoy. Please do not bring outside alcohol, beer will be available to purchase.

Results, Photos

Feel free to post your awesome race day photos on our facebook page. Our photos will be posted online a few days after the event.

Super Ninjas

Behold our Super Ninjas! They are hand selected super ninja assassins! Well… maybe not assassins, but they are top notch athletes that you can try and defeat in the race. Check out their bios below. If you beat the Super Ninja in your wave you will be added to our Super Ninja Hall of Fame and get a chance to win entry into future races as a Super Ninja. Interested in being a Super Ninja for this race? Send us a request from the contact us page.

George Puryear

Wave Time: 9:30 AM
Chip Time: 22:46.7

Spencer Kimber

Wave Time: 10:00 AM
Chip Time: 21:58.0

Adam Garrity

Wave Time: 10:30 AM
Chip Time: 25:51.0

Mike Du Toit

Wave Time: 11:00 AM
Chip Time: 25:33.6

Brett Griffin

Wave Time: 11:30 AM
Chip Time: 28:47.9

Ben Kirchner

Wave Time: 12:00 PM
Chip Time: 28:05.0

Joseph Miller

Wave Time: 12:30 PM
Chip Time: 21:44.1

Thomas Chen

Wave Time: 1:00 PM
Chip Time: 28.08.0

Jeff Newcomb

Wave Time: 1:30 PM
Chip Time: 27:49.0

Brad Smythe

Wave Time: 2:00 PM
Chip Time: 26:05.0

Griffin Greene

Wave Time: 2:30 PM
Chip Time: 29:15.5

Brian Welch

Wave Time: 3:00 PM
Chip Time: 26:46.0

Shae Anderson

Wave Time: 3:30 PM
Chip Time: 34:10.0

Caitlin Nakayama

Wave Time: 4:00 PM
Chip Time: 40:00.9

  • Name: George Puryear
  • Sponser:
  • Age: unknown
  • Bio: A mystery...
  • Favorite Quote:
  • Name: Spencer Kimber
  • Sponser:
  • Age: 22
  • Bio: Spencer is currently at UNC-W studying economics and chemistry. With 4 years of track experience at UNC-W, and cross fit training on the side, he was part of the CAA championship team in 2009 and winner of the All-Conference CAA Decathlete in 2012.
  • Favorite Quote: "Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general" - Mike Rippetoe
  • Name: Adam Garrity
  • Sponser: Forged Fitness
  • Age: 28
  • Bio: Adam has been serving in the North Carolina National Guard since 2003 and is a Forged Fitness Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has run in the Tobacco Road Marathon, APC Warrior Challenge, Skinny Turkey Half-Marathon, Warrior Dash Virginia and North Carolina, ISO Sports Half-Marathon, Spartan Race and Raleigh Rocks Half-Marathon.
  • Favorite Quote: "Embrace The Suck!"
  • Name: Mike Du Toit
  • Sponser:
  • Age: unknown
  • Bio: A mystery...
  • Favorite Quote:
  • Name: Brett Griffin
  • Sponser: Chapel Hill Quest Center
  • Age: 24
  • Bio: Brett is a Ninjutsu To-Shin-Do instructor and a disciple of America's top ninja expert Stephen K. Hayes. He currently teaches and trains at the Chapel Hill Quest Center in various weapons, including throwing knives, shuriken, and heavy battlefield weapons.
  • Favorite Quote: "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, but I would rather be blind than have the possibility of seeing a coward in the mirror."
  • Name: Ben Kirchner
  • Sponser:
  • Age: 26
  • Bio: Ben is a personal trainer and manager at Fitness World. He has obtained the Missouri Golden Gloves boxing champion title and is a first place finisher in 2010 and 2011 for the "Fight for Air" Stair climb in St. Louis, MO.
  • Favorite Quote: "The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary"
  • Name: Joseph Miller
  • Sponser:
  • Age: 24
  • Bio: Joe is a recent NCSU grad with many years of cross country and track experience and can currently run a mile in a little over 4 minutes. He trains for races through cross training, swimming and P90x workouts. In addition to his athletic dedication, he is also a handiman/landscaper and helps children with special needs.
  • Favorite Quote: "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine
  • Name: Thomas Chen
  • Sponser:
  • Age: 27
  • Bio: Thomas is a runner by day and ninja by night. He has done the Houston marathon, Chicago marathon, Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Krispy Kreme Challenge, and several half marathons in Indianapolis, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. To top it off, he has over 6 years of taekwondo experience.
  • Favorite Quote: "Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement." - Steve Prefontaine
  • Name: Jeff Newcomb
  • Sponser:
  • Age: 50
  • Bio: Age is just a number to Jeff. He's 50 and still going strong. Jeff has done three Ironman triathlons, numerous marathons, and just placed first place in his age group at the most recent Downhill at Dawn half marathon.
  • Favorite Quote: "It's time to Re-calibrate your pain threshold."
  • Name: Brad Smythe
  • Sponser:
  • Age: 33
  • Bio: Brad has completed several hundred races including road bike races, cyclocross, triathlons, and adventure races. Over 100 of those running races were marathon length or longer with 16 of those exceeding 100 miles or more. Not only has he completed these races, he has won several of them.
  • Favorite Quote: "To beat this guy, you need speed - you don't have it" - Duke from Rocky Balboa
  • Name: Griffin Greene
  • Sponser: Chapel Hill Quest Center
  • Age: 17
  • Bio: Griffin has two seasons of pole vaulting and nine years of ninjutsu training. He was born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC to fulfill his calling as a super ninja.
  • Favorite Quote: "Do not pray for an easier life, pray to be a stronger man."
  • Name: Brian Welch
  • Sponser:
  • Age: 25
  • Bio: Brian was a high school basketball, hockey, and lacrosse star. He is a two time NCAA lacrosse champion, two time first team all American, and is currently a professional lacrosse player for the Charlotte Copperheads. Brian graduated from Lemoyne University in upstate New York and works for Credit Suisse in Raleigh, NC.
  • Favorite Quote: "If you're not first you're last" - Ricky Bobby
  • Name: Shae Anderson
  • Sponser:
  • Age: 25
  • Bio: Shae is a Raleigh native and a North Carolina high school gymnast state champion. She was also a Duke cheerleader for four years and is now completing her MD at ECU Medical School. Shae is an avid runner with a competitive spirit.
  • Favorite Quote: "Be anxious in nothing" - Phil 4:6
  • Name: Caitlin Nakayama
  • Sponser:
  • Age: 26
  • Bio: Caitlin is a club XC runner and avid swimmer. Her personal record for the half marathon is sub 8 minute per mile splits. She has competed in many races including the Beaver Dam Olympic Triathlon where she placed first in her age group and qualified for the USA Triathlon 2012 National Championship.
  • Favorite Quote: "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena." - Teddy Roosevelt

Course Map


Everyone who ran is officially a Ninja but some Ninjas were faster than others. So here's a list of our fastest Ninjas. Also check out the overall and team results. Congrats you speedsters!

Top 3 Male Ninjas Overall

Top 3 Female Ninjas Overall

Top Team

Top Male and Female for each wave
KATIA SUAU (34:24.6)


TIM CUPERY (26:52.7)


KELLY CHRIST (39:39.8)

KYLE CHRIST (25:09.0)






NICOLE MYERS (41:10.9)


LAUREN SCOTT (41:27.1)