UNM students hoping to compete in unique challenge

University of New Mexico
University of New Mexico (Carey Olson KRQE)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Three University of New Mexico students are up for the challenge.

Kyle Stepp, Austin Wade, and John Algermissen call themselves the “Dream Team.” They created a video to enter Red Bull’s Can You Make It competition. It’s a race across Europe with a catch.

“Basically this competition is seven days where you have to live off the currency of Red Bull,” said Stepp.

Money, food, and phones are not allowed. Only the energy drink can get you around.

“We only get 24 cans to travel across Europe so we have to trade that for car rides, hopefully plane rides, boat rides, train rides, everything,” said Wade.

The competition is only open to college students who must form a team of three. They’re then required to make a video to enter. Teams with the most votes become finalists.

After that, Red Bull will choose 165 teams with 18 coming from the United States.

“What’s different for us is we’re not doing this for ourselves,” said Stepp.

While most people enter for the adventure, the UNM trio plans to take a different approach if they’re chosen.

“It would just be amazing to really make a difference in people’s lives across the world,” said Stepp.

Along the way, they want to perform simple random acts of kindness. Like saying “hi” to strangers, opening doors for them, or even letting someone hitch a ride with the team if they need it.

“There’s going to be so many people pouring kindness into us to help us get around Europe, the least we can do is pour our love back into Europe,” said Stepp.

Voting ends next Thursday. Click here to vote.

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