Can-do attitude to aid students in energy drink challenge

From left, Conner Moran, Ron Denischuk and David Maybury will participate in the April 4 challenge.  - Steven Richards photo
From left, Conner Moran, Ron Denischuk and David Maybury will participate in the April 4 challenge.
— image credit: Steven Richards photo

Two former South Surrey students have touched down in London and will fly by the seat of their pants – and a case of energy drinks – as they make their way to Berlin.

Semiahmoo Secondary grad Ron Denischuk, 20, has teamed up with Elgin Park Secondary grad David Maybury, 20, and friend Conner Moran, 22, to take on the Red Bull Can You Make It Challenge after reading about it on the energy drink company’s Facebook page.

The three UBC students – dubbed Salmon Force 5 – are among three Canadian university teams and 100 teams from around the world participating in the competition, with the winners getting the opportunity to attend any Red Bull event around the world.

The Phi Gamma Delta fraternity friends won the coveted spot after Moran made the winning one-minute audition video.

The teams were all flown to England on Wednesday and will begin the race Friday.

They have one week to make the journey to Germany with a case of Red Bull as their only currency to barter for food, accommodation and transportation.

On the team’s website, the friends said they plan to drink three of the energy drinks, then empty the remaining cans and sell the aluminum to a scrap dealer for approximately .37 cents. The money will then be used to buy a small amount of pistachios to play a miniature ball and cup game.

“With our expert close-up magic skills, and incredible sleight of hand, we will wager for food, shelter and transportation as we see fit. It may seem crazy, but crazy is what gets you across Europe without any money,” the team explains on its webpage.

“I thought it would be a really cool experience. We’d never been there, so it would be a cool way to travel,” Denischuk told Peace Arch News Tuesday.

The self-proclaimed “extreme adventurer” added that the trio has no definite strategy for winning the competition – which will include passing six checkpoints with challenges for them to complete at each stop.

“We’re going to rely on hitchhiking, trains and buses,” Denischuk said. “We’ll figure out what our options are and then kind of have to take it from there.

“It’s going to be a pretty challenging experience but it’s going to be a lot of fun. And as far as winning, we’ve already won quite a bit by getting to take part in it.”

By liking the team’s page, Salmon Force 5 can earn extra points.



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