2017 National Hamburger Festival Debuts Ninja Obstacle Course

AKRON, Ohio (July 10, 2017): New for 2017, Akron’s National Hamburger Festival will play host to its very own Ninja Challenge at Lock 3 on Aug. 12-13.

JamesWilsonHeld during the city’s beloved National Hamburger Festival, this unique five-obstacle course features quad steps, dancing stones, feeter totter, ring rush and the infamous warped wall—all of which are popular highlights from the hit television show American Ninja Warrior.

The show, which airs all around the globe, features elite athletes who challenge themselves and others to some rather unusual obstacle courses that require athleticism, strength, flexibly and agility.

In attendance will be the popular ninja competitor James Wilson, who is currently on the NBC-TV show and is based out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

image-1-300x200Patrick Hall, a two-time contestant on the NBC show and successful owner of Hybrid Ninja Fitness in Buffalo, NY, leads the course.

“We’re excited to offer Akron its very own opportunity to try out some of the obstacle courses from this wildly popular TV show and fitness movement,” Drew Cerza, festival founder, said. “There’s not much like this around that people—especially kids—can enjoy.”

Open runs will be available for men, women and children of all ages. Advanced tickets are now on sale for single runs for just $5*. Tickets are now available here.

*Does not include festival admission

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ABOUT THE NATIONAL HAMBURGER FESTIVAL: Featuring more than 20 eateries serving up 50 different styles of burgers, the National Hamburger Festival takes place at Lock 3 Park in Akron, Ohio Aug. 12-13. The event also features activities and live entertainment. To learn more about the National Hamburger Festival, visit www.hamburgerfestival.com. Or, follow along at @HamburgerFest and www.facebook.com/NationalHamburgerFestival.

The Hamburger’s Hometown: Legend has it that it was two brothers from Akron, Ohio who created the hamburger back in 1885. On the final day of the New York State Fair in Hamburg, NY, Akron natives Frank and Charles Menches ran out of pork for the sandwiches they were vending from their concession booth. Thankfully, the pair found some ground beef, as well as a myriad of other ingredients, to create one of America’s most iconic foods – the hamburger.