Ninjas! – Obstacle course raises $20K for playground

By: 
Wade Young, wade@montgomerymnnews.com

Even Ninjas need help sometimes. Josh Kuchinka (left) helps Thomas Wieland up a rope climb on the inflatable at the Ninja course. (Wade Young photos)

For a day, almost 400 Titans became Ninja Warriors, and their transformation helped raise money for new playground equipment.

April Iverson, Treasurer for the TCU Montgomery Parent Teacher Organization, said for a week and a half, kids raised money from family and friends, and encouraged businesses to sponsor the event.

In all, the kids raised $20,502.

“That’s the most we’ve ever raised. We are so excited,” Iverson said.

On Friday, Oct. 1, the TCU Montgomery Elementary PTO created a day for the kids to celebrate their success. Through volunteers and parents, it created its own version of a schoolwide Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course Challenge, based off the hit TV show of the same name.

“Today is the party, the fun, the Ninja race,” she said.

The course included tricky balance beams, a tight-belly crawl, a tire jump run, tunnels, and other obstacles like an inflatable course with rope climbing. Each class of about 50 minutes allowed the kids to run the course as many times as they wanted and have class photos taken.

After each event the kids completed, a PTO or parent or volunteer at the station would mark the back of their Ninja Race t-shirt with a colored marker. Some kids finished with 25 colored hash marks.

Kindergartner Parker Brockway said his favorite activity was the “bouncy obstacle course” He said he ran it about “30 times or more!”

The money raised will be used to purchase playground equipment that will...

To see more on this story pick up the October 7, 2021 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger. 

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