Waterloo hosts large-scale ninja warrior festival

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Ninja Warrior fans got a chance to try out their skills and meet some of their favorite competitors all for a good cause. 

The Midwest Ninjafest was held at the Classic City Center in Waterloo July 13 to July 15 to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. 

The event is the largest collaborative Ninja Warrior event, including almost 20 midwestern ninja gyms.

Fans could meet stars from the NBC show and watch the pros compete. There were also courses for kids and adults to try themselves. 

For American Ninja Warrior contestant Jimmy Choi, the cause is personal. 

“I live with young onset Parkinson’s,” he said. “I was diagnosed 15 years ago, actually at the age of 27. So since then I’ve turned to exercise as a way to treat the disease and for the last two years. I’ve had the absolute honor and pleasure to compete on American Ninja Warrior.”

This was the first year for Midwest Ninjafest. 

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