A couple years ago, groundbreaking performances by Jessie Graf and Jesse LaBreck on American Ninja Warrior inspired young girls coast-to-coast to up their obstacle racing skills — including one Lylah MacCall.
LYLAH MACCALL DOES IT ALL
What happens when you’re five years old and you’ve mastered every obstacle at the local playground?
If you’re like Lylah, you get your doting daddy to build you your very own customized backyard course.
Gavin MacCall went all out in constructing a course complete with quintuple steps, balance beam, teeter log, cargo climb, shed roof, zip line, hanging steps (shown above), log thingys, and finally a warped wall.
MATT ISEMAN REACTS
— Matt Iseman (@mattiseman) October 7, 2016
American Ninja Warrior commentator Matt Iseman responded to Lylah’s viral video with a Twitter post.
DREAM INTO ACTION
What does it take to build your own personal Ninja Warrior course? About four months, a goodly amount of free materials, and lots of elbow grease.
Step 1: Make a Plan. ✔️
Step 2: Craigslist 'Free' for materials. ✔️
now on to …
Step 3: Build!!
The four-by-eight foot cargo net was fashioned from 280 feet of 3/4 inch poly rope. Gavin anticipated it would take a while to tie all the knots, and it did — eight hours!
TWO OF A KIND
An obstacle course isn’t any good unless you have a daredevil like Lylah to test it out…
… and, of course, an occasional Slurpee is mandatory to celebrate course records.
DAD GIVES ANW A TRY
Lylah’s father himself got in the ANW action at last year’s Minneapolis City Qualifiers as a 41-year-old rookie. The man, who People Magazine called “The World’s Greatest Dad”, made it through the first obstacle before being thwarted by the new Double Twister challenge.