Dover-born Lucas competes with brother on Thursday’s ‘Titan Games’

DOVER — Two men with Dover ties will appear on Thursday night’s episode of NBC’s “The Titan Games” physical challenge show with host Dwayne Johnson.

Brothers Kyle and Tyler Lucas will test their strength and agility through the show’s series of oversized obstacle course-type events.

The 27-year-old Kyle was born in Dover while his father Rodney served at Dover Air Force Base for two years.

Kyle Lucas

His family left Dover for Panama and other parts of the world when he was just 6 months old. But his late grandfather retired from the base and his grandmother, Retha Whitley, along with some aunts and other family members, still live in Dover, a place to which they have returned frequently.

Both followed in their father’s footsteps to the U.S. Air Force.

Kyle joined in August of 2015 and has settled into the space program in Colorado Springs, Colorado, working as a systems operator on a team that is responsible for 35 satellites constantly in rotation that provide coverage for the world’s GPS.

His 25-year-old brother Tyler is stationed in Germany as a computer administrator.

Kyle Lucas told the Delaware State News last month that the two thought the show would be a good chance to compete against each other. A promotional clip from the episode bills the contest as a “sibling showdown.”

“Our whole athletic career we have never really had the chance to compete against each other to see who was the more athletic brother,” he said last month.

A side benefit of the two of them competing was the fact that they hadn’t seen each other for a year and a half prior to the show.

Tyler Lucas

“I last saw Tyler at his wedding in California in April of 2017. He and his wife moved to Germany a few months later and I really didn’t know when I was going to see him again,” Mr. Lucas said.

“Seeing and spending time with him was the most special part of the whole thing”

In each episode of “The Titan Games,” contenders battle in head-to-head challenges. The winner of each battle moves on to “Mt. Olympus” to take on another contender to test speed, agility, endurance and strength. Each contender must win to be crowned a Titan and advance to the semifinals.

If the Titans can win there, they earn the opportunity to compete in the finals where they battle it out in one last test of strength before advancing to Mt. Olympus one final time.

One man and one woman is crowned the winner in the 10-episode series. Tonight’s show will be its sixth episode.

“The Titan Games” set sprawls across a 6-acre compound that took four weeks to construct at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California.

The main feature, Titan Arena, stands nearly 70 feet and features challenges up to 32 feet tall. It is the biggest outdoor structure ever built for an athletic competition TV series.

It will air Thursday night at 8.


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