Ogden man competing on American Ninja Warrior

Jun 27, 2022, 12:45 PM

OGDEN, Utah — A Utah native is competing on the show American Ninja Warrior, highlighting a milestone in a journey years in the making.

Ogden resident Mark Farrell will take the stage on American Ninja Warrior, which can be seen on KSL TV Monday at 7 p.m.

Farrell said even making it to this point is a huge accomplishment as anywhere from 50,000 to 70,000 videos are sent in by athletes trying to make a run on the show.

After nine years of hard work training, plus transitioning into a new office job, Farrell, aka Ninja Beta 2.0. got picked to go on the show.

“Whenever I compete, I literally ‘bring that noise!'” said Farrell. “It was time to bring, and just screaming all the way down the course.”

He said his life centers around training as a ninja warrior.

“I play soccer to be a better ninja. I climb to be a better ninja. I’m literally obsessed,” said Farrell.

It’s special to him, especially when he remembers how many real-life obstacles he’s overcome.

“I actually smoked for like, 12, 13 years. I was like, ‘You know what? I wanna do what these guys do.’ Watched the show, and I quit smoking. Lost a bunch of weight,” said Farrell.

The hometown ninja is getting married soon and is close to hitting a birthday milestone at 40 years old.

“Ninja dad, pretty much!” said Farrell.

With hopes to be a ninja warrior for life, he said he encourages others to push for the best version of themselves.

“I try to tell others, you know, who are bigger like me, or older, you know, it’s never too late to start. Don’t give up. Follow your dreams,” said Farrell.

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