What is Gauntlet?
Gauntlet is the name we gave to a series of Pro and Amateur tournaments we will be hosting this spring.
Why the name gauntlet?
Gauntlet’s name was inspired by the insane grip Gauntlets (all hang circuits) ninjas have been doing for years.
Who designed the course?
Gauntlet’s course was designed by a veteran team of ninja course designers. The team has a combined 50 years of experience creating, designing and running ninja courses.
What competition is for me?
We have four competitions planned for gauntlet and more on the way. Here are the four competitions with a brief description:
Gauntlet Pro Obstacle Challenge
The top 16 athletes in the world(8 male and 8 female) will race head to head in a single-elimination tournament. The tournament will take place in front of a live audience immediately following the Goliathon obstacle course run. The top 16 athletes will have advanced from our closed qualifier earlier that week.
The pro course will be a modified version of the amateur, open and closed competitions happening before the pro event.
Elite athletes qualified for our world championship this year will be invited to throw down in the Gauntlets closed qualifier. This competition is invite-only, and invites will be set out to all qualified athletes. The top 16 athletes(8 male and 8 female) will move on to the pro challenge.
Our open qualifier is intended for athletes not qualified for our world championships elite division looking to qualify for the Gauntlets closed qualifier. However, athletes already qualified for the closed qualifier can register as well. The Pro course, closed qualifier and open qualifier will all feature similar courses, and all courses will be released in the coming weeks. The open qualifier is only for athletes in the NNL’s elite division.
Spots are extremely limited and we anticipate selling out.
We have competitive tournaments set up for young adults, teens, adults and masters on May 21 and 22. Athletes signed up will have 2 chances to post their top time on our large-scale professional ninja course. Then the top 8 will race head in a single-elimination tournament.
Spots are very limited and we anticipate selling out.
Will there be courses for youth athletes?
We currently have amateur competitions for athletes 13 and up* and our team is currently designing competitions for athletes 5-10. We anticipate releasing more information on youth competitions this summer.
* We are defining our cut-off age based on the athlete’s age on Feb 21, 2022. (Age cut off date for NNL’s season 7)
What will the Prize money look like?
We believe it’s silly Pro-level athletes are expected to dedicate time to training and competing knowing that only 1% of Pro athletes will walk away with prize money. Instead of prize money, we will be signing our professional athletes for the event. Similar to other professional sports, our ninjas will be paid for their time, and bonuses will be awarded to athletes who perform throughout our event. We are seeking to create a sustainable model for professional ninjas.
Full details will be provided at a later date.
Where can I watch the professionally edited pilot episode of the tournament?
We are working with our production partners to send the episode to major networks as proof of concept. The pilot episode release location may vary depending on the outcome of these discussions.