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Puyallup’s Konzelman brothers win ‘Escape Routes’

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on May 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
May 6, 2012 8:02 am

Expect to see two shiny new Ford Escapes on the streets of Puyallup soon. Drew and Derek Konzelman won NBC’s and Ford Motor Company’s “Escape Routes” tonight, earning them a $100,000 award and their own Ford Escapes.

“I just won a hundred thousand dollars and a new car!!,” Drew tweeted a few minutes ago.

“Escape Routes” was an hourlong, point-based reality competition series which had teams visiting six cities over 42 days in their 2013 Ford Escapes.

“Escape Routes” was highly interactive. The show heavily incorporated social media. The teams worked with online fans on some of the challenges and tasks in order to win prizes for them and their followers.

A challenge during their Miami stay involved catching and transporting alligators and snakes in the Everglades.

The brothers totaled 790 points, just 15 more than the second and third place finishers, and had 4,281 fans.

The show visited six cities: Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco and in tonight’s final show, Las Vegas. The teams used the Escapes to travel from wherever they were staying to the sites of challenges.

Derek, 24, manages Puyallup’s Anthem Coffee and Tea. Drew, 27, lives in Kirkland and works as a musician. They are two of five brothers who, along with their parents, make up the Konzelman Family Band. Sometimes it’s just the five brothers (all but Derek live at home with parents Greg and Joan in Puyallup) who perform as The Konzelman Brothers. Their Americana music incorporates bluegrass, folk, celtic and acoustic rock.

The family of musicians has toured the nation, Europe and Japan playing fairs, Christian venues, corporate events and Disney World. They have performed regularly at the Puyallup Fair since 2001 and will return this year.

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