The two contenders remain in the "Survivor"-style contest sponsored by B103.7 

SUV Survivors

Stacy Chizuk, 25; and Trip Rock, 23; are as far apart as they can get. And after 14 days stuck in a brand new blue Ford Explorer together, the few feet separating them isn't nearly enough.

If you haven't already heard, Chizuk and Rock are the remaining two contenders - can you say Kelly and Richard? — in a "Survivor"-style contest sponsored by B103.7 and Richmond Ford at the West Broad Street dealership. Whoever wins the standoff wins the coveted SUV. Estimated value: $30,000.

It's a figure neither Chizuk, who holds a M.A. in sociology, or Rock, who works for another dealership in town, see in a year. That's why they say they'll sit it out no matter how long it takes. It's just what their spouses are banking on. Chizuk and Rock each say it's their significant other who convinced — even nudged — them to jump in. Now it's down to sheer stubbornness.

For those of you who tuned in late, here's the nutshell version as of presstime Friday:

Three of the original five who climbed into the Explorer at Kings Dominion on Sept. 1 have bailed.

It's down to Chizuk and Rock. They can exit the SUV only for five-minute bathroom breaks every three hours. There's a 15-minute break every four hours.

The car smells as funky as you can possibly imagine.

They can't move at all from their lottery-drawn spots - Chizuk is in the driver's seat and Rock is in the very back. The car has to remain in the condition it was in when the contest began. No reclining for Stacy, no stretching over into the passenger's seat.

Things -food wrappers, changes of clothes — can go into the car, but they can't come out.

B103.7 provides food, and restaurants have been happy to throw in burgers and fries, and more free.

They both have a personal stereo, a blanket and a journal.

What you may not know is Chizuk and Rock actually like one another. "There has been a little bit of bonding," says Rock from the very back while Chizuk sleeps, cradling the steering wheel. "We talk when there's no one else around."

It's a good thing. There was a similar contest in Pennsylvania a few years back. Folks at B103.7 say it involved four people in a Volkswagen Bug.

And that lasted 65 days.


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