One Minnesota woman's tough road to American Ninja Warrior

Sara Heesen's episode airs Monday night.
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It's prestigious title, meant for only the best of the best, and Minnesotan Sara Heesen has a chance to take it.

Yes, the American Nina Warrior would belong to one of us soon.

Heesen competed in the American Ninja Warrior Kansas City qualifiers earlier this year – and that episode will be airing Monday evening at 7 p.m. central on NBC.

How Heesen got here

If you're not familiar with American Ninja Warrior, it's the competition where all the people in workout clothes sprint and climb through a "That-looks-way-too-hard-to-be-fun" obstacle course.

It requires legitimate training, which Heesen has been doing through the Eden Prairie gym Conquer Ninja Warrior. Here's a trial run:

But she also started from a pretty difficult spot.

The Star Tribune has a story about Heesen's journey – she was diagnosed with Lyme disease right before sending in an audition tape, and had to battle back to make it to Kansas City. KARE 11 also spoke with her in April.

In a Facebook video for the gym, she talks about her experience. She tried out last year but didn't make, but says that definitely helped her when going for it in 2017.

She called it an "intense experience."

In her own Facebook post, Heesen says she isn't sure if they'll show her run. But there are more athletes from our state competing.

While she can't reveal what happens, in the gym's Facebook video she says Minnesotans "showed up in a big way."

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