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Kilimanjaro Quest 95.2 (Quest #7)

  • Sunday March 3rd to March 6th 2013

  • Run the marathon then 3 days later climb the mountain in 24 hours.

  • Location: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

At 5.30am on Saturday February 2nd I got ready to head out to the Dragons Den audition. I loaded up my car with the key essentials: large poster of MARATON QUEST, my three Guinness World Record certificates and a copy of the book. Sue had listened to a news item the night before about the auditions. The speaker had said that they get hundreds of people coming out and they start lining up at midnight. There was no way I was going to camp over night but I thought I might beat the rush. Arriving at 6.15am the parking lot of Mount Royal University looked pretty deserted. The auditions were taking place at the Bissett School of Business. I loaded up my gear and head over to the building. No campers, no people, just three white rabbits. This certainly was an Alice in Wonderland moment. I went back to the car and warmed up.

At 7.00am I did the same thing. This time even the rabbits had disappeared. Back to the car. 7.30am produced results. The building was open and I found room EB 1120. It was a large open area and in the middle were two tables and three people. Dragons Den Producers?  Executives? No. These were the first three contestants who had arrived a few minutes earlier than me. The auditions were schedule to start at 10am and over the next two and a half hours the place started to fill up.

We all signed up and filled out a waiver. The paragraph that caught my eye stated "I understand that my appearance, depiction and /or portrayal in the Program may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing or of an otherwise unfavourable nature may expose me to public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation". Excellent!

As I waited for my turn I met some great people. Erin had a product called MOZI-Q. It is a safe, all-natural insect repellent you eat. Her slogan is "Eat or be eaten". She was kind enough to give me a couple of boxes for my trip to Kilimanjaro. Chris is in the Canadian Military and served in Afghanistan. He had suffered from Post Traumatic stress and has written a book about his experiences. He is currently looking for a publisher. Greg and his daughter Emma had brought in several large reptile cages to show the Dragons. Emma was holding a "Snake in a bag". She then showed me another pet she had brought along. A Bearded Dragon Lizard called Kevin. Very appropriate.

At 10.20am my name was called and I waited outside the audition room. Two hopefuls went ahead of me, and then it was my turn. Story Producer Katie and Associate Producer Matt were waiting. I set up my wares and made my pitch. They asked several questions and said that if I was successful I would hear in 6 weeks. Total pitch time: 8 minutes. Erin was next in line and I wished her luck. As I walked out of the building the place was packed. Best of luck to everyone who turned up. All you can do is "Give it a go".

Quote of the Day

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right"

Henry Ford

Erin with her MOZI-Q insect repellent tablets and Emma with her Dragon lizard called Kevin

Dragons Den

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