- This article is about the event. For the episode, see here.
“The Grand Prix where it doesn't matter how you get there, as long as you get there first.”
The Ninjaball Run is an annual event described as the most dangerous road race in Ninjago, which supposedly anyone can enter. The grand prize is one hundred thousand dollars, as well as a large, golden trophy.
The ninja entered the annual Ninjaball Run while training Lloyd, in order to pay off Dareth's debts with Darnagom Enterprises. However, they encountered fierce competition from friend and foe alike, including Lord Garmadon and the Serpentine. Ultimately, the ninja triumphed thanks to the Ultra Sonic Raider's flight mode, beating Garmadon's Black Bounty to the finish by a matter of inches.
These are the competitors of the Ninjaball Run in order of their appearance:
- The ninja in their Ultra Sonic Raider.
- Lloyd on the Ultra Dragon.
- The Postman on a power rocketed bicycle.
- Darkley's Boarding School students in their school bus.
- Captain Soto and his pirates in a pirate-themed van.
- The Royal Blacksmiths on a modified pick-up truck.
- Ed and Edna in their jalopy.
- Kruncha and Nuckal in their Skull Truck.
- The Serpentine Generals in the Serpentine Bus.*
- Two police officers in their police cruisers.*
- Lord Garmadon and the Serpentine on the Black Bounty.*
- Skales and Acidicus
Note * The Serpentine generals and the police officers accidentally joined the race after a police chase while Lord Garmadon joined the race in order to stop the ninja from winning the race.
The race begins in the heart of Ninjago City. Participants drive out of the city and into the Sea of Sand, navigating Crashcourse Canyon. After that, they go through Birchwood Forest and the Glacier Barrens, before emerging in the Badlands and returning to Ninjago City.
During the episode, Lord Garmadon created a massive chasm on the road leading back to Ninjago City with the power of the Mega Weapon. The ninja overcame this with the Ultra Sonic Raider's flight mode, but it is unclear what happened to the chasm afterward—presumably, a bridge was built to enable normal vehicles to cross in subsequent races.
This is the order in which the competitors were eliminated.
|Position||Participant(s)||Vehicle||Cause of elimination|
|11th||Captain Soto and his pirates||Pirate-themed van||At the Crashcourse Canyon, the pirates attempted to knock the Darkley's school bus out of the race, but the bus managed to knock the pirates out of the road. Due to No-Eyed Pete's driving, the pirates crashed into a canyon wall.|
|10th||The Royal Blacksmiths||Modified pick-up truck||Upon arriving at the Birchwood Forest, The Royal Blacksmiths stumbled upon a broken branch, which damaged one of their tires. The truck promptly lost its balance, crashing into a pile of snow.|
|9th||Lloyd Garmadon||Ultra Dragon||Lloyd and his dragon were forcibly pulled from the air by the Skull Truck in Birchwood Forest.|
|8th||Kruncha and Nuckal||Skull Truck||In Birchwood Forest, the Skulkin generals attempted to take out Lloyd by grabbing the Ultra Dragon with their truck's bone hand. Although they succeeded in bringing the dragon down, its weight caused them to rotate by a tree and crash their truck.|
|7th||Two Police Officers||Police cruisers||The police crashed their cruisers into an igloo in the Glacier Barrens.|
|6th||Mailman||Rocket-powered bicycle||After narrowly evading the police cars' crash in the Glacier Barrens, the Postman drove directly into a snowman, knocking him off his vehicle. Somehow, the bike itself continued through the Barrens without its driver, eventually being destroyed after colliding with the Darkley's school bus.|
|5th||Darkley's Boarding School boys||Darkley's school bus||The bus was left inoperable after being hit by the Serpentine Bus and colliding with the Mailman's bicycle.|
|4th||Serpentine generals (Skales, Fangtom, Skalidor, and Acidicus)||Serpentine Bus||The Serpentine Bus was hit by the Darkley's school bus, the Mailman's bicycle, and Ed and Edna's jalopy.|
|3rd||Ed and Edna||Jalopy||After offering the ninja their fuel to refuel the Ultra Sonic Raider and colliding with several other vehicles, Ed and Edna's car was left inoperable. Additionally, they decided to give up the race so the ninja could save Dareth's dojo with the prize money. Jay attached part of their jalopy to the Ultra Sonic Raider to ensure that at least part of his parents' car would reach the finish line. This would prove crucial to the ninja's eventual victory over Lord Garmadon.|
|2nd||Lord Garmadon and the Serpentine||Black Bounty||None. After joining the race in Crashcourse Canyon and losing his Serpentine minions in the Badlands after an attempt to take out the ninja, Lord Garmadon narrowly lost the race to the ninja due to the piece of Ed and Edna's jalopy Jay stuck on the front of the Ultra Sonic Raider.|
|1st||The ninja (Kai, Jay, Cole, and Zane)||Ultra Sonic Raider||None. After several mishaps and obstacles, the ninja managed to narrowly beat Lord Garmadon to the finish line with the Ultra Sonic Raider's flight mode and the piece of Ed and Edna's jalopy stuck on the front.|
- 17. "Ninjaball Run"
- In the episode, the race is said to be the 14th annual Ninjaball Run, meaning the first competition happened fourteen years before the events of the second season.
- The Ninjaball Run gave Captain Soto a love of racing that would eventually land him in Kryptarium Prison after he shot the tires of his opponents in races.
- Ninjaball Run is somewhat similar to the Speedway Five-Billion. Both race tracks have no rules and are very dangerous.