From left, Max Cumpstone, Jules Craft and Teina Walters
struggle up the world's steepest street, Dunedin's Baldwin
St, to claim $1500 in cash. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Cases of Red Bull energy drink and the lure of $1500 cash
gave a team of university students the wings to win a race from
Auckland to the world's steepest street.
It was thirsty work for a trio of semi-naked Waikato
University students, who moments after crossing the finishing
line at the top of Dunedin's Baldwin St yesterday showered
themselves in the sponsor's product.
Teina Walters (18), Max Cumpstone (18) and Jules Craft (19)
left Auckland on Friday armed only with Red Bull to trade for
transport, food and lodging.
Their 54-hour journey took them to checkpoints at Hamilton,
Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch, before they
won the ''Red Bull Can You Make It'' competition.
Mr Craft said his team was running last at almost every
checkpoint and was about to give up when they found
themselves stuck on the wrong side of Cook Strait with no
''We went nuts and ran into Homegrown [music festival] with
this big sign saying 'please donate, we are very poor' and
every time someone donated we gave them Red Bull ... and made
the money in 40 minutes.''
They arrived in Dunedin just after noon yesterday, winning
$1500 for their troubles, and along with the other five
competing teams would receive flights back to their
The trio said they were looking forward to partying at Otago