03/04/2013 06:02 EST | Updated 03/26/2013 06:11 EDT

Amazing Race Canada Hopefuls Kent Ladell, Martyn Bentley Get Support From Alison Redford (VIDEO)

Two Alberta Amazing Race Canada hopefuls have already won over Premier Alison Redford.

Foothills residents Kent Ladell and Martyn Bentley managed to get the endorsement of the woman who holds the province's highest office and they have the YouTube video to prove it.

In the clip, Redford proclaims her love for the popular television series and gave her vote of confidence to two energy company owners she's known since they were teenagers.

"I love the Amazing Race, I love the fact that it's in Canada and I love that Kent and Marty are going to do this," she says.

"I think that you guys are intrepid, I think you're interesting. I think its' going to be a lot of fun.

"And you'll be well-dressed right across the country," says Redford, as she smacks a sports coat- and fedora-clad Bentley on the gut.

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Ladell and Bentley told The Western Wheel that participating in the race is their version of a mid-life crisis.

"Martyn's wife wouldn't let him have a girlfriend and I just don't have enough money for a sports car, so our mid-life crisis is this," says Ladell.

"I just said hey, anyone can do this, look at these idiots on there, we can do better.

"So it's kind of like 'put up or shut up.'"

The pair, who will be turning 49 this month, have a Facebook page set up for their bid in which they describe themselves as business partners and owners of Foothills Power, an alternative/renewable energy company.

"Kent and Martyn have known each other since grade 6, 38 years! Longer than most marriages," the page states.