My Name Is … Stephen Zampieri

Arvada resident competing in reality TV cross-country race — on a lawnmower

Casey Van Divier
cvandivier@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/10/20

My background I grew up as a missionary and traveled all over the world. In 1998, I joined the Marine Corps where I served for about four years. My wife and I decided we wanted to move to Colorado in …

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My Name Is … Stephen Zampieri

Arvada resident competing in reality TV cross-country race — on a lawnmower

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My background

I grew up as a missionary and traveled all over the world. In 1998, I joined the Marine Corps where I served for about four years. My wife and I decided we wanted to move to Colorado in 2009; I'm an entrepreneur and usher at Red Rocks Church Arvada Campus and my wife, Holly, is a nurse at Golden Ridge. We have two sons, River and Sloan, who are six and four years old.

The Great Grass Race

A casting agency sent me a lead and I auditioned for the show not knowing what it was. The Great Grass Race is six teams of two driving a Craftsman T110 riding lawnmower across the country. If I'm driving the lawnmower, my teammate will be riding in a trailer behind the lawnmower. We have to pick our own route from Los Angeles to New York and we have up to three months. I'll be coming straight through Denver on I-70 — I just don't know when.

On July 10, I fly to LA and people will be able to start watching (the livestream) that day. I won't meet my teammate until I get there. We start off with a jerrycan of gas and once you start, you have to rely on the help of other people for food, water, gas and shelter. The whole goal of the show is to interact with as many people as possible.

Reasons to race

I'm someone who's overcome a lot. As someone who was an alcoholic, my wife and I divorced over my alcoholism, but after being divorced with my wife for a year, God restored my marriage. My faith is the reason I've overcome my alcoholism and my divorce. For this show, I'm not worried at all. Right now, people are living in fear and I want to show people there's no challenge you can't overcome, especially as a Christian. That's my purpose right now — to be a light.

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