Get your motor running.

And go about 5 mph. That’s what the 10 competitors in the Great Grass Race have been doing since July 10, when they headed out from Moorpark, Calif., about 45 miles north of Los Angeles, and pointed their race cars, er, riding lawn mowers toward the finish line in New York.

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The Great Grass Race -- a new reality show where teams race from Los Angeles to New York City on lawnmowers without food, money, shelter and gas but instead ask for help from strangers along the way —made a pitstop in Colorado Springs. Contestants make their way down Mesa Rd. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. The winners of the coast-to-coast race will get $100,000. Teams have stayed in a pack up until now, but the race will become a competition of every team for themselves once contestants hit the Mississippi River. The greatest challenge in Colorado has bee with the Colorado State Patrol, which told the mowers they were not allowed to ride on highways or sideroads. The racers have since been trying to stick to less travelled paths. The race can be followed on the www.menacevision.com or followed on Facebook or Twitter. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Contestants from around the country, including Colorado, cut their way through Colorado Springs last week.

And here’s the big hitch, other than the incredibly lethargic travel time: Great Grass racers don’t have food, money, shelter or gas. They must rely completely on the kindness of strangers they meet along the way to supply them with basic necessities.

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One of the photographers gets a closeup of a dog during the Great Grass Race of riding lawnmowers in Colorado Springs. The winners of the coast-to-coast race will get $100,000. Teams have stayed in a pack up until now, but the race will become a competition of every team for themselves once contestants hit the Mississippi River. The greatest challenge in Colorado has bee with the Colorado State Patrol, which told the mowers they were not allowed to ride on highways or sideroads. The racers have since been trying to stick to less travelled paths. The race can be followed on the www.menacevision.com or followed on Facebook or Twitter. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

They are barred from accepting cash. Racers have a chance to win $100,000.

The race was founded with the hope of demonstrating the goodness of people and their desire to help their fellow humans and to create connections across the country.

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Stephen Zampieri heads up Colorado Avenue last week as part of the Great Grass Race.

“Throughout the past three weeks of the race, all kinds of good-hearted people have provided them with motel rooms, campsites, food, gas, water, duct tape, tents and more,” says Denis Oliver, Great Grass Race creator and executive producer.

You can keep up with their racing adventures online at facebook.com/menacevision or twitter.com/menacevision or watch episodes of the race for free online at https://watch.menacevision.com/.

Contact the writer: 636-0270

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