Early Races

708 BC Ancient Pentathlon: run, long jump, javelin, discus, wrestling

1040 Fell Running: 1.5-20 km, open terrain, many hills

1860 Steeple Chase: 3,000 m run + 28 barriers & 7 water jumps

1876 Cross Country Running: 4-12 km, open terrain

1912 Modern Pentathlon: fencing, swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting, track run

1946 Military Pentathlon Obstacle Run: 500 m + 20 obstacles







The Ninja World Cup races are head-to-head Ninja speed competitions held on a 100m course (distances may vary to fit venues) with 10 to 12 obstacles. The format is similar to Ninja versus Ninja and Team Ninja Warrior TV show competitions. The World Cup series will lead to the Ninja World Cup Finals and culminates in the Ninja World Championships.

One World Cup event will be held on each continent: Africa / Middle East, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. All Ninja World Cup events adhere to the World Obstacle Code of Conduct and adhere to the World Obstacle Code of Ethics.


FISO has adopted the  World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and World Obstacle Anti-Doping Rules are implemented to advance FISO’s continuing efforts to prevent doping in the sport. All athletes of legal age (not minors / 18 years old and over) competing in FISO world level events are required to complete the WADA Anti-Doping e-Learning (ADeL) talented athlete education programme and provide the certificate of completion prior to competing. ADeL is proved free of charge. Register and complete the programme on the WADA ADeL website, then download your completion certificate and upload during race registration, or show at packet-pick up with your photo ID. Instructions for creating an account:

  • Register on the ADeL platform (green button, top right)
  • Accept all cookies when asked
  • In the Language field select your preferred language (you will enter your native language later)
  • In the Role, field select “Athletes”
  • In the Sport field select “Obstacle Sports”
  • In the Level in sport (Athlete) field select “International-level athlete (competing internationally – Major Games)
  • In the Discipline field, type “Ninja”

The WADA prohibited substances and methods list are available for download from the World Obstacle Anti-doping page.


For all events except the 2023 World Cup USA age category for Youth and Junior athletes is the age of the athlete on race day. Age group category for Senior and Masters athletes is the age you are on December 31st, 2023 (the age you turn this year). An athlete who is 15 years old on race day and turns 16 before December 31st in the year of competition shall compete in the Junior (14/15) category.


July 27-30, 2023

Orlando, Florida, USA

The Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association (UNAA), is the official Global League of World Obstacle for Ninja Competitions.

UNAA promotes and organizes an international series at Ninja Obstacle course Gyms and competitions across the world. The UNAA World Series includes Area Qualifiers, Regional Qualifiers and the Ultimate Ninja World Series Finals each year.



Register here for World Cup Asia. Register here for World Cup Europe.  Details and registration for World Cup USA in the blue drop down bar above and here.


Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for top three in each category. Prize money may be awarded to the top three finishers in Elite races. Medal tally will be kept for the top-performing countries.


Competitive race categories in 2023 are subject to country criteria (vary by event) and may include individual men and women in Elite, Youth (6/7, 8/9, 10/11), Junior (12/13, 14/15), Senior (16 to 39), Masters (40-49, 50-59) and Veteran (60+). See details in for each World Cup.


Qualification for Ninja World Cups Asia, Europe, and Latin America are open to anyone in 2023. All athletes who qualified for WNAG, UNAA or FINA World Finals, and US based League Finals also qualify for Ninja World Cup USA. National Federations sending national teams may impose additional criteria for qualification.


The Ninja World Cup event is a timed race with mandatory obstacle completion. Obstacles may be attempted a second time but a second failure results in DNF (Did Not Finish). The fastest four athletes in each category qualify for the finals. Courses may be 1 or 2 lanes. On 2-lane courses there are 2 finals for each category; a gold medal final (for 1st and 2nd places) and a bronze medal final (for 3rd place).


All Ninja events, event directors, producers, teams, entourage, spectators, service providers, contractors and associated individuals and organizations are required to uphold the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, moral conduct and behaviour expected for world level events. The following standards, guidelines and policies are included as part of these requirements:


Our mission is to make athlete well-being a priority for Obstacle athletes worldwide. All athletes deserve to participate in Obstacle Sports free from bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct or any form of emotional or physical abuse. FISO encourages all coaches, trainers, officials and people in frequent contact with youth and junior athletes to hold a current International Safesport i-Protect education certification. Register and create a free account for i-Protect here. Training is free. Safeguarding or SafeSport certification is mandatory in many countries. Please check with your national federation, national sports authority or National Olympic Committee.

2023 World Cup USA

Day 1 Highlights

Day 3 Highlights

Day 2 Highlights

Day 4 Highlights


Athlete and Entourage Conduct Guidelines (pdf) Download Eligibility to Compete (pdf) Download Competition Rules MSD (pdf) Download Ninja Competition Rules (pdf) Download
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