The National Buffalo Wing Festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary next weekend in part by giving a nod to two new fitness events.
A Buffalo Ninja Warrior Challenge will take place during both days of the festival and a Chicken Wing 5K Run will take place next Saturday.
The festival returns to Coca-Cola Field next Saturday and Sunday.
“This is the year the Wingfest said ‘yes’ to the many requests we’ve been hearing over the years form our attendees,” said Drew Cerza, festival founder.
Patrick Hall, owner of Hybrid Fitness in downtown Buffalo, has appeared on the popular “American Ninja Warrior” series on NBC. He has organized the Wingfest Ninja competition, which will feature fellow TV Ninja stars including Jon “The Giant” Alexis Jr., Jesse “Flex” Labreck and Jennifer Tavernier. Attendees will also be able to take on the Buffalo Ninja Warrior Challenge during various time slots at the festival.
The Chicken Wing 5K Run will start at 11 a.m. Saturday; the scenic 3.1-mile circular route that winds through downtown and rumbles through the Inner Harbor and industrial sections of Buffalo under new development – “an area that perfectly blends the beauty of old Buffalo with the promise of the city’s future,” Cerza said. The run is presented by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY and sponsored by Wegmans, Orange Theory, LA Fitness and The Buffalo News.
In case the sweltering summer continues on Labor Day weekend, Wing Fest for the first time also will feature a 20-by-20-foot misting tent.
Wingfest also will revamp its Kids Zone through a partnership with Oogie Games. The “Oogie Games Zone” is a place where kids of all ages can make a quick pit stop and play video games including Retro and Mario titles as well as Tecmo Bowl and Madden 17. There is also a “Defender” High Score Challenge. The schedule varies each day.
Admission is $5; children 8 and younger will be admitted free. The festival benefits Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter, the Food Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels for Western New York. The festival has raised more than $325,000 since its inception in 2002.
For more information, visit BuffaloWing.com.