For the third year, many American Ninja Warriors found their way to the State Fair of Texas to take on the Titan of Texas Challenge, sponsored by Nissan.
The event allows Ninjas to compete as individuals and as teams, trying to earn the fastest time on the course. The prize money is nothing to sneeze at: The top male and female with the fastest time each take home $15,000.
While all results are still unofficial and pending final confirmation and announcement from The Titan Of Texas Challenge, the unofficial results are still pretty exciting!
- Joe Moravsky
- Sean Bryan
- Ethan Swanson
- Jesse Labreck
- Michelle Warnky
- Cody Hucal
Joe Moravsky took first place for the men with a blazing run.
Michelle Warnky’s run was almost flawless.
Had a blast today at the @nissan #titanoftexaschallenge #ninjacourse !! . . @flexlabreck had an awesome run yesterday being the first female to complete the course with a time of about 1:11. Here's my run (not putting any spoilers in text ). Top male and female win $15,000, and the top team does as well. My team of @ethanswanson.ninja @amurraycan_ninja @allyssabeird & myself needed me to finish the course for us to potentially win the team competition! . . Will share more tomorrow!
Sean Bryan’s time was just 1.7 seconds behind Joe’s.
Now that the #titanoftexaschallenge has officially ended, I can post my full run, which landed me in 2nd place for the second year in a row. #Congrats to @joemoravsky for taking the top time by 1.7 seconds, and nabbing the $15k prize from me ;-) #Congradulations also to @flexlabreck For taking home the title for the women! #Like and #share if you want to see this competition continue next year! #Nissan is considering cutting the funding, so if you want more #ninja #action in #Dallas next year, let it be known. #becourageous #fitness #obstaclecourse #ocr #obstaclecourseracing #strong #titan #titanoftexas #challenge #wow #sweet #peopleareawesome : @teamkarsten
Ethan Swanson claimed third place by being less than a second behind Sean.
I believe I tied for 3rd place OVERALL at the @nissan @nissanusa Titan of Texas Challenge!!! #TitanProvingGrounds #Nissan . This is my #MINUTECOURSEMONDAY of the week (rule: complete a course in 60 seconds or less!) Tag me in your courses!! . My time was 21 seconds flat. I ALSO believe my TEAM took home the team first place prize!!!!! Had amazing teammates @michellewarnky @amurraycan_ninja and @allyssabeird - Can you say Stacked??? . Huge congrats to @joemoravsky for taking home 1st place with a time of 19.1 seconds, and @flexlabreck for not only taking home women's 1st, but also being the first woman to EVER beat the course in 3 YEARS!!!! Michelle Warnky wasn't far behind being the 2nd to do so!!!! . This event is unreal, and there were LOADS of American Ninja Warriors competing so next year make your way out to watch some of the best go FAST on this course.
Cody Hucal handled the course like she was a veteran.
I had a blast running the #titanoftexaschallenge course for the first time and can't wait to go back next year!! That wall is super intense but I plan on getting it next year with some more training! _______________________________ #ninjamom #momof3 #blessed #ninjatraining #anw #smile #trainhard #havefun #lovewhatyoudo #calisthenics #gripstrength #texasstatefair #thankful #fitmom #momswholift #gauntletfitnessardmore
Karsten Williams was reflective on his experience and what he could have done better.
Titan of Texas Challenge 2017 Run Went into this comp feeling very well prepared. I was a little cautious on the Jumping Spider after seeing many people sliding on it and I was sloppy hitting the buzzer on the Warped Wall. Overall, it was an OK run, but a little disappointing finishing at 25.80. . . This was a well run competition as always and shout out to Miles Knupp, Aaron Throckmorton, and the rest of the crew for an awesome event. Congrats to @joemoravsky and @flexlabreck for taking 1st. @hackingzero ☝ @ninja_rep @papalninja ♀️ @keen.lauren ♀️ @jeriberr ♀️@sparklyninja . . #TeamKarsten #BigKat #Nissan #StateFairOfTexas #Dallas #TitamOfTexasChallenge #ANW #ObstacleWarriors @nissanusa @statefairoftx @obstaclewarriors
Allyssa Beird also chalked her run up to a learning experience.
Even when you're feeling really good, small things can happen to derail your run. In strategizing for the #titanoftexas challenge, I decided to go all out and run the course as fast as possible. My time to the spinning doorknobs was really good, and I was on time to beat the course in sub 30, as long as I didn't fall. However, I put too much faith in the placement of my left hand on that first doorknob move, and it was too late to save it once I shifted my weight. In the sport of ninja, when there are separate prizes for men and women and it's a speed course, you will see two different approaches: men HAVE to go all out in order to hope for any sort of top placement. Women, on the other hand, usually just have to go for completion in an okay amount of time. I want to challenge other women and be challenged to really go all out. I wanted to post a completion time that would be incredibly difficult for women to beat if they, too, didn't go all out. However, in doing so, I took the risk of making some small errors (which came to fruition), which means I did not place in the top for women. To put this in perspective, had I taken my time and guaranteed solid hand placement (hindsight is a killer), I definitely would have placed top 5. Next time! Each time on obstacles is a learning experience, and this was no different. My goal is to still push women to be more aggressive and fearless on courses, and to live up to this approach myself! I want to contend with overall placements as I continue to get stronger and faster, not always have to rely on gender placements. Awesome job to everyone out there who ran the course, and it's always a great time seeing my ninja family ❤ #anw #ninja #ninjawarrior #americanninjawarrior #titanoftexanchallenge #nissan #obstacles #challenge #obstacle #strong #ninjafam #strongereveryday #fastereveryday