Albuquerque native competes in national reality TV show


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico couple will be glued to their TV next Wednesday watching their daughter compete in a national reality show.

It’s called American Tarzan. It runs on the discovery channel and is billed as the most extreme obstacle course. Five men and two women will compete, including Albuquerque native Maria Herrera.

She’s a West Mesa grad, and while in high school was the only female on the wrestling team. She’s now big into CrossFit.

Her parents say they always knew they were in for a life of adventure with Herrera.

“She was about 4 years old when she was found about 15 feet up in a tree and I had the bottom branch taken off and the next day she had a chair out there going to second branch,” said her father. “So since 4,  always a climber.”

Herrera’s family says she also got her first weight set when she was 12. But they say Herrera’s  journey since then has not been easy.

Herrera has one medal rod and 12 screws in her back after falling off a cliff and had to fight hard to recover.

She now lives in San Diego provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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