Bootie Cothran is a media coordinator who first competed in American Ninja Warrior 5 in Miami.

Bootie lives in Possum Kingdom, South Carolina inside his cabin. He trains outside and hunts for his food.

American Ninja Warrior 5

In his rookie season, he competed in Miami. His actual run was digested, but it was revealed during the National Finals of American Ninja Warrior 10 that he failed the Slider Jump.

American Ninja Warrior 7

He returned in American Ninja Warrior 7 in Orlando where he was the first runner of the night. He winded up failing the dismount on the Paddle Boards.

American Ninja Warrior 8

He returned for American Ninja Warrior 8 in Atlanta, where he was the third runner of the night. He went out in qualifying again on the Pipe Fitter, when he was going backwards and didn't get a good grip on the final pipe, plummeting into the water.

American Ninja Warrior 9

In American Ninja Warrior 9 in Daytona Beach where he failed the Rolling Thunder when he tried to do an early dismount. He did make it to the finals in 22nd place, but went out on the Rolling Thunder again when his hand hit the plexiglas and he fell.

American Ninja Warrior 10

Bootie Cothran at the Miami City Qualifiers - American Ninja Warrior 2018

Bootie Cothran at the Miami City Qualifiers - American Ninja Warrior 2018

He returned in American Ninja Warrior 10 in Miami as the first runner of the night once again. Bootie was determined to hit the buzzer after four previous seasons of failing to do so. Looking strong through all the obstacles, he was able to accomplish what he hoped to do after four previous seasons: finish the course. He consequently finished with the ninth fastest time, guaranteeing his second trip to the city finals.

In the city finals, he had another strong run as he made it through the first seven obstacles with ease. While he did end up failing on the new Crazy Clocks, he still placed 13th overall, and qualified for Vegas for the first time in his career.

In Vegas, Bootie had trouble with Archer Alley, but made it all the way to the Double Dipper before failing.

American Ninja Warrior 11

He returned in American Ninja Warrior 8 in Atlanta. His run was digested, but he shockingly failed the Bouncing Spider in qualifying. He did not qualify for the city finals for the first time since season 8.


  • Cothran is the first competitor in American Ninja Warrior history to finish any course as a first competitor of a night (also known as a "kickoff competitor")
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