Kacy Catanzaro, became the much deserved and well-loved poster girl of American Ninja Warrior. (NBC.com)

Kacy Catanzaro, became the much deserved and well-loved poster girl of American Ninja Warrior. (NBC.com)

OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 100 ninjas will be tackling challenging obstacle courses in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol this weekend in USA.

American Ninja Warrior returns for an exciting eighth season this summer on NBC. Matt Iseman returns as host, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila (NFL Network) and co-host Kristine Leahy (FOX Sports).

Matt Iseman (left) returns as host, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila and co-host Kristine Leahy. (NBC.com)

Matt Iseman (left) returns as host, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila and co-host Kristine Leahy. (NBC.com)

The popular NBC show sets the competition in different locations around the country, and Oklahoma City was chosen for this season.

“We still fight that perception of being a small town, you know, and, so, any chance we get to highlight the Oklahoma City, the real Oklahoma City that we know, we’ve got to jump on it,” said Sen. David Holt.

Contestant at the Las Vegas auditions for the new American Ninja Warrior season. (NBC.com)

Contestant at the Las Vegas auditions for the new American Ninja Warrior season. (NBC.com)

The ninja warriors are not only facing man-made obstacles, but also Mother Nature’s obstacle, possibly a tornado. The crew was tasked with learning an evacuation plan in the event of a tornado on Saturday, which is when the sirens blared for testing.

The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country.

Those that successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modelled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner takes home a grand prize of $1 million.

“American Ninja Warrior” enjoyed an unbelievable seventh season, which saw its first ever $1 million grand prize winner when Isaac Caldiero conquered Stage 4 of Mt. Midoriyama in 26.14 seconds.

Female participation has increased in American Ninja Warrior. (NBC.com)

Female participation has increased in American Ninja Warrior. (NBC.com)

This season, hundreds of competitors test their skills and see if they can make history and join Caldiero as just the second person ever to win the $1 million grand prize.

New obstacles and several new cities await in the continuing quest for physical excellence.

Watch the highlights and get pumped for the new season of American Ninja Warrior, courtesy of NBC.

Source: KFOR.com and NBC.