Andrej Sensnovis

Andrej Sensnovis 

A Kalamazoo man will race on his lawnmower across the country at 5.5 mph for a reality television show.

Andrej Sensnovis, 53, will appear on The Great Grass Race, where he will take part in a six-team, cross-country race on Craftsman T110 lawnmowers, according to a release from the show's creators.

The contestants will choose their own courses across the country while dealing for food, shelter and gas, according to the release. It is expected they will travel for about three months, which starts July 10 at 9 a.m. in Moorpark, California.

Sensnovis, a Chicago native who attended Western Michigan University, said he likes to change things up every day, never doing the same thing over and over.

When he saw the ad for The Great Grass Race, he was immediately on board, according to his profile for the show.

“I instantly thought of my friend in childhood,” he said on his profile.“When we were in high school and didn’t have our licenses yet, we would take out my friend’s dad’s lawnmower. We tricked it out so it could go 30 mph and would ride it ’til the wheels fell off.” 

Sensnovis said if he won, he would share the wealth with his parents and brother.

The show was created in a summer where a crippling pandemic has slowed down everything, said show creator/executive producer Denis Oliver, a native of Neuville-les-Dames in France.

“I wanted a show that everyone could relate to while also forcing people, including strangers, to work together toward a common objective,” Oliver said. “This long lawnmower ride is a metaphor for our longing to bridge the tremendous distance we feel between each other right now.”

The show will be available on streaming services including Amazon Fire TV, Apple App Store, Google Play and Oliver’s streaming service, Menace Vision.

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