Ultimate Parkour Challenge

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Ultimate Parkour Challenge also known as MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge is a free running and parkour oriented show produced by the World Freerunning & Parkour Federation and MTV.

The pilot was initially going to air on 26 July 2009, however it was postponed so that MTV could advertise it more[1][citation needed]. It was finally broadcast on MTV on October 22, 2009 at 10pm.[2]

News was released in Feburary 2010 that the pilot was popular enough to warrant the production of the rest of the series[3]. The series finally began to air in May 2010.


Pilot episode

The pilot episode for the series aired on American MTV at 22:00, October 22, 2009[4], and the popularity and response from the pilot will determine if the series continues[5].

Set around a large LA warehouse, the first show included free runners Daniel Ilabaca, Daniel Arroyo, Ryan Doyle, Tim "Livewire" Shieff, Pip Andersen, Micheal Turner, Brian Orosco and King David, who were competing against each other to win $10,000.

The show consisted of three rounds:

  1. The eight competitors were split into two teams, and each had to make a free running video filmed in the warehouse. The winning team would all go straight to round 3, but the losing team would have to battle it out in round 2 with only one making it through to the final round.
  2. The competitors had to complete a speed run through two alley-ways of the warehouse, with only the fastest time going through to the final round
  3. In the same style as many other Category:Competitions, each competitor had a short time to impress a panel of judges. There were also 7 targets placed around the arena, of which they had to hit 6

There were a considerable amount of bails and injuries for the first show, with King David and Daniel Arroyo both landing on their necks, Brian Orosco over-rotating a large frontflip, and Michael Turner who sliced his finger, along with performing regardless of the possible hairline fracture on his heel, which occured previous to the show.

Season 1

After the success of the pilot episode, the first season of Ultimate Parkour Challenge began on May 6, 2010 on MTV, and is showing every Thursday. The series is presented by Andy Bell and tricker Travis Wong, with parts of the episodes being shown live in front of an audience.

Episode 1

Presenters Andy Bell and Travis Wong

The first episode of the series, which aired on May 6, 2010, took place on a cruise ship. The athletes were split into two teams - Ryan Doyle, Oleg Vorslav, Michael Turner and King David were up against Pip Andersen, Ben Jenkin, Daniel Arroyo and Tim Shieff. The episode was this time split up into only 2 rounds:

  1. The first round required each team to film a video using the ship as an obstacle course. Ryan Doyle choreographed a pirates themed fight scene, whilst the other team themed their video around a race to the lifeboats as the ship was on course for an iceberg. Pip Andersen's team won, taking the members through to the final round.
  2. The final round was a timed race around a set course on the ship in front of the live audience, which was first demonstrated by Daniel Ilabaca in a guest appearance. Pip was apparently injured during training, so King David was selected to fill in for him. In the end, Jenx won with the fastest time.


External links


  1. "3RUN Forums • View topic - Daniel & The Guys...MTV TONIGHT". 3run.co.uk
  2. "YouTube - WFPF in MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge Trailer". Youtube.com
  3. "MTV: Ultimate Parkour Challenge | Urban Freeflow ® Official Freerun/Parkour Site". Urbanfreeflow.com
  4. "MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps | MTV". Mtv.com
  5. "3RUN Forums • View topic - Ultimate Parkour Challenge". 3run.co.uk