Red River Valley Athletics, 1602 32nd Ave. South, is holding an open house to showcase its Ninja Zone training facility from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15.

Sponsored by Scheels and Sanford Health, the Ninja Training facility is the first of its kind in the Grand Forks area. It features a new training rig, a climbing obstacle that measures 42 feet in length and is 12 feet high. It is designed to provide a full-body workout to build muscle strength useful for all sports.

The rig, like a long set of monkey bars, features grip holds, a heavy bag, a salmon ladder, cargo net and kipping bars.

There have been ninja warrior programs in the past at RRVA, but this one is unique in that the new climbing rig complements RRVA’s gymnastics equipment already in the training facility.

“We’ve had it for about a month now, just formulating how we want it structurally to look and how we’re going to use it, and now it’s welcoming the public in. We’ve had a lot of curious people, a lot of kids that want to get on it,” said Stacey Majkrzak, board president and interim executive director at RRVA.

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The open house will give a sneak-peek to those interested in signing up for the new program, which begins Sept. 3. The program follows the Ninja Zone curriculum, which seeks to develop discipline, focused energy and the skill to develop kids for life.

Kids who attend the free open house will receive a gift bag and a chance to play on the new ninja warrior rig.