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The Snake Run is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the first obstacle in Stage One on American Ninja Warrior 8, replacing the Piston Road from the past two seasons. Competitors have to cross eight 20 inches varied-angle disks that are shaped like a letter 'S', also allowing competitors to skip some of the disks. The disk steps are inspired by the steps on the Sonic Curve.

Despite being just the first obstacle on Stage One, it was proven to be surprisingly difficult, due to the fact that the steps wobbled and were angled differently. Because of that, there was no room for error while attempting the obstacle, as competitors either flew through the first six steps or had a stumble and failed.

A total of 8 competitors failed on this obstacle. This included Lucas Gomes, Nate Burkhalter, Travis Rosen, Jackson Meyer, Grant Clinton, and most shockingly, Geoff Britten (which would lead to his temporary retirement from the competition). Currently, this obstacle has the highest amount of casualties than any other first obstacle in Stage One.

During USA vs. The World 3, the obstacle took out Bjarke Tønnesen (Team Europe) and Jessie Graff (Team USA).

Other Season Appearances

American Ninja Warrior 9

American Ninja Warrior 9's Snake Run in Stage One

The Snake Run returned on American Ninja Warrior 9 in Stage One, once again as the first obstacle. However, the number of disks was reduced to 6, and the disks were placed like an inverted 'C', which sets a predetermined route that competitors has to use, if not, all of the steps. The design on the steps was changed from dots to crosshairs.

Although the obstacle took out notable competitors such as Brian Wilczewski, Morgan Wright and Steve Seiver, this version was proven to be slightly easier, as only six competitors failed.

On American Ninja Warrior 10, the obstacle was replaced by the Archer Alley.

Other Appearances

Australian Ninja Warrior

Australian Ninja Warrior 4's Snake Run

On Australian Ninja Warrior 4, the Snake Run appeared as the first obstacle during the semifinals and in Stage One, which was very similar to the one used on American Ninja Warrior 9.

Australian Ninja Warrior 5's Snake Run

Then, on Australian Ninja Warrior 5, the obstacle reappeared as the first obstacle in Stage One. This time, it featured seven steps instead of six with the second and sixth step placed in the left side while the rest of the steps are on the right side.

Ninja Israel

Ninja Israel 4's Snake Run

On Ninja Warrior Israel 4, the Snake Run appeared as the first obstacle in Stage One, which was very similar to the one used on American Ninja Warrior 9, except the first three steps was made flattened, and a rope added at the end.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW8 81 89 91.01%
ANW9 89 95 93.68%
USA vs. The World 3 7 9 77.78%
USA vs. The World 4 8 8 100%
Total 185 201 92.04%

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