Ninja Warrior coming back to downtown Columbus

Fans of the “American Ninja Warrior” television show will have a second chance to try some elements of the famous obstacle course next spring when Ninja Warrior returns to downtown Columbus.

Columbus East student Cordell Glass is organizing the second installment of Ninja Warrior as his senior project.

Glass received approval from the Columbus Board of Works on Tuesday to block off Fourth Street all day and into the evening April 9 for the event.

A Ninja Warrior competition is a large-scale obstacle course designed to test the athletic ability of contestants. East student Jacob Smith organized the first event this April in downtown Columbus, attracting 181 participants and thousands of spectators, Glass said.

The event costs $30 per contestant and is a benefit for the Columbus Parks Foundation, Glass said.

In his presentation to the board, Glass said he plans to increase the number of participants and have some additional obstacles, which will remain confidential until the course is unveiled at the event. Glass also is considering adding an obstacle course for children.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.