In a brand new twist, all 22 Racers are complete strangers who will meet on the starting line. Before "GO," Racers will immediately compete in a challenge that will determine the order for picking a Teammate, based on nothing but first impressions. These new pairs of Teammates will then have mere moments to learn their traveling companion's name before beginning a race around the world that will span 9 countries, 17 cities and 36,000 miles.
Racers travel to Zanzibar, Tanzania where teams build and deliver desks to a local school. Also, tensions rise when teams face a blind double U-turn, and one team's Race may be in jeopardy when they misplace their passports.
With the one million dollar prize on the line, the final three teams race to Chicago where they must complete their final challenges within the windy city's most iconic landmarks, including a trip to Wrigley Field, the home of the World Champion Chicago Cubs.