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At the age of 8, Austin Black (Season 8) is the youngest person to ever compete in the Race.
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Jill and her brother F.T. were originally applied for Season 1. Later, her brother was killed in 9/11, and John Vito and Jill (Season 3) applied in remembrance of him.
Aaron (Season 3) accidentally stumbled upon one of the Pit Stops of Season 6 while backpacking in Europe.
Andre and Damon (Season 3) were officially detained in Leg 6, when their taxi took them far out of the way in Morocco and they encountered a local official who wanted to seize their passports. Andre and Damon refused, and The Amazing Race's security team had to come help them out of the situation.
After the Season 1 race, Emily and Brennan broke up with their respective partners and started dating each other.
At the time Season 4 was filmed and broadcast, same-sex marriage was not legally recognized anywhere in the United States. Reichen and Chip were never legally married under U.S. law, though they were married in a religious ceremony; CBS decided to honor their description of themselves as "married" for the purposes of the show.
On Leg 8, Colin (Season 5) almost went to jail having an argument with the cab driver. Colin wanted to give the cab driver $50, but the cab driver needed $100.
Leg 6 (Season 6) was originally planned as two separate legs with the first leg being a non-elimination point (with the losing team being stripped of their money), but combined into one after producers realized that begging was illegal in Hungary.
In Leg 2 of Season 7, Rob and Amber, Ron and Kelly, Uchenna and Joyce, and Ray and Deana bribed a bus driver to let them off before the other teams (all the teams were on the same bus).
In Leg 8, Meredith (Season 7) broke three bones in his foot after it had been run over during the elephant Detour, and later by a tuk-tuk. However, he did not reveal his injury to production, because he feared that it would force him to leave the race.
Brian Smith, who participated in the (Season 7) race with his brother Greg, dated Jennifer Lyon, a contestant from Survivor: Palau. Jennifer sadly died in early 2010 after a long battle with breast cancer.
Linda Weaver (Season 8) reluctantly participated in two challenges directly related to racing. One was a go-kart race in Arizona, and the other involved traveling around Talladega Superspeedway in a bicycle. Weaver's husband, Roy, was killed in an accident when he was run over by a race car at Daytona International Speedway in 2004.
Kisha Hoffman's victory with her sister Jen in TAR18 made her the first ever lesbian grand-prize winner.
Season 2: No Detour clue was shown in Leg 13. As no team is shown onscreen reading the Snow Cat instructions at Trapper's Creek, it is speculated that all teams simply chose the same Detour option here, and the other choice was edited out.
On Leg 13, David and Jeff (Season 4) made a mistake in flying into Sydney to get flights to Hawaii. There were none until the next day, which put them so far behind that they did not reach the Finish Line. This is the second time a team hasn't crossed the finish line, the first time being Joe and Bill in season 1.
After Season 4, Reichen & Chip "divorced" but still remained friends.
(Season 5) In Leg 12 where the teams are tasked to find the Philippine flag, the other two flags the teams chose were actually those of the Czech Republic and Equatorial Guinea, both similar in design to the Philippine flag.
Erika (Season 5) is now a producer with the show and was on-hand during the Season 12 open casting call in Cabazon, CA.
The Season 7 winners were revealed in an online betting scandal, before the finale even aired
In Season 8, a camera error occurred in Leg 9 (not shown) causing the Godlewski Family's car battery to fail, moving them into last place at the time. Another error, exactly the same as the one in Leg 9, occurred in Leg 10 (also not shown) affecting the Linz Family, also causing them to move into last place at the time.
Production staff visited a Moab, Utah diner during the shooting of Leg 9 (Season 8). They inadvertently left behind papers including the full text of that leg's clues.
The Amazing Race isn't Tyler's (Season 9) only traveling claim to fame. In 2004, he walked the whole length of Japan to impress his Japanese girlfriend as well as make a documentary about the experience called Kintaro Walks Japan. By the end of the trip, he was often running into many locals who already knew him as "Kintaro" from the TV news.
As of The Amazing Race: All-Stars (Season 11), Rob & Amber have, in total, participated in five CBS Reality Competition shows. Amber participated in Survivor: The Australian Outback, while Rob participated in Survivor: Marquesas. Both of them subsequently participated in Survivor: All-Stars, The Amazing Race 7 and, now, The Amazing Race: All-Stars. In addition, Rob participated in Survivor: America's Tribal Council, and after Race 7 aired, the couple had their wedding broadcast by CBS in a two-hour special. Now they have another show airing on Fox Reality called Rob & Amber: Against the Odds.
In Season 1 on Leg 5, Paul and Amie were lost in the Sahara desert after trying numerous routes, getting half of their car stuck in a ditch, and Amie vomiting excessively. Paul quit, but his partner didn't and found the desert oasis pit stop by luck, unknowingly skipping the roadblock and route marker. They were not told to go back and complete the Roadblock, because they arrived in last place.
In Season 1, an airport strike in Rome delayed Leg 6.
In season 1, during Leg 13, when Joe and Bill were still completing leg 12, Team Guido was required to have villagers bounce one teammate upwards by the use of an Alaskan tapestry. According to the DVD commentary, the tapestry broke under the weight the day before, so a trampoline had to be used instead. This created a noticeable and odd scene where you never see Team Guido and the villagers in the same shot. In the final shot, the trampoline is clearly visible behind the villagers.
Kevin and Drew (Season 1) made an appearance in Season 8, handing out clues from a hot dog stand in New York City.
Season 2 was the only race (excluding the Family Edition, which stayed entirely on North America) to not visit Europe; only connecting flights from Brazil to South Africa passed through Europe.
On Leg 11, Jon and Al (Season 4) attempted to get on the same flight as the other teams, but their Race-provided credit card was not accepted by the airline due to computer problems, and they were unable to make that flight. As this was an airline issue that production could not control, the production teams held up the three other teams when they arrived in Australia to make up for the time lost in resolving the card issue, and thus appearing to have all teams equally bunched out of the airport. However, Jon and Al still arrived last in the leg and were eliminated.
Normally Pit Stops are 12 hours. In Season 4, three legs had 36 hour Pit Stops, which occurred after Leg 3 in Gmunden, Austria; Leg 5 in Muiden, Netherlands; and Leg 7 in Alleppey, India. There were also two 24 hour Pit Stops, after Leg 9 in Sepilok, Malaysia and after Leg 11 in Brisbane, Australia.
Season 5 was the first race not to announce post-check-in time credits or penalties to any team. In Leg 1, Chip & Kim and Kami & Karli arrived at the pit stop after accidentally skipping a clue box earlier in the leg. Neither team was allowed to check in until they returned to the missed box and read its clue.
Season 5 featured the first female team (Linda & Karen) to make it to the Final Four.
Chip McAllister (Season 5) portrayed a young Muhammad Ali in the 1977 film The Greatest. Ali portrayed the adult version of himself.
Marshall and Lance (Season 5) were the first team in Amazing Race history to quit. Marshall was suffering from a knee injury in the Roadblock in Luxor, Egypt, on Leg 6 and the team arrived at the task site after all others had left. They decided to give up.
On the final leg of Season 5 (Leg 13), Colin ordered the limousine in Dallas by using a fake credit card number. Teams were only allowed to use their provided credit cards for purchasing airfare. A tire blowout in Dallas on Colin and Christie's limousine was not shown. This mishap essentially prevented them from winning the race.
Colin & Christie (Season 5) gave one of their trips to Dennis and Erika.
Charla (Season 5) appeared in the "reality stars" themed first game of Season 7 of Celebrity Poker Showdown.
Victoria Fuller (Season 6) was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month in January 1996 and has appeared in numerous Playboy Special Editions. Nine years after her Playmate appearance, she posed for Playboy again in the May 2005 issue.
Season 7 featured several prizes, given to the winners of certain legs, that had never before been featured on the show. On the first leg, $10,000 went to each teammate (for a total of $20,000) for the winning team. On the fifth leg, a Toyota RAV4 went to each teammate. On the tenth leg, JVC home entertainment systems were rewarded. Previously, only vacations and cameras had been offered in this manner.
45 potential teams for the race were sequestered at a hotel before Season 7 race began. Since teams were not allowed to speak to one another, brothers Brian and Greg originally contacted Heidi and Megan by sending them milk and cookies through a waiter.
The (Season 7) Leg 8 Fast Forward returned to the concept of a Fast Forward from Season 5 - an Indian good-luck ritual, where both team members must shave their heads - but this time it was completed; Brandon and Nicole in Season 5 balked at the task once they discovered it.
In Leg 12 of the Season 7 race, teams had to fly between Montego Bay and San Juan, Puerto Rico. What producers did not show, however, was a connection in Miami. Because American Airlines does not operate non-stop flights between Montego Bay and San Juan, all three teams and their camera crew caught one of American Airlines' three daily Montego Bay-Miami flights and connected in Miami onto Miami-San Juan flights.
Controversy has surrounded the final leg of the Season 7 race: when Uchenna and Joyce arrived at the airport in San Juan, both Rob & Amber and Uchenna & Joyce were sold tickets for a flight leaving later than one whose gate was about to close. While Rob & Amber managed to get on this earlier departing flight, Uchenna and Joyce were shown by the gate as the boarding corridor between the gate exit way and airplane began to shut. After a commercial break, the boarding corridor reopened to the gate to pick up Uchenna and Joyce. No explanation was given as to why the gate reopened, which has led to widespread speculation about intervention by the production staff. In the "Revisiting the Race" special feature on the Season 7 DVD, Uchenna, Rob, and Phil Keoghan deny the accusations of intervention by the production crew. Uchenna describes his experience with finding the same airline agent at the gate who had previously informed him that there was no earlier available flight. Rob describes Uchenna running around frantically trying to get onto the flight, which the final edited version of the show does not portray. Phil cites the fact that the decision to re-open the door rested solely with the pilot, and that intervention by the production crew would have resulted in someone leaking such information out.
Lynn & Alex (Season 7) got married in Ottawa, Ontario, sponsored by radio Hot 89.9. Amazing Race guests included Uchenna & Joyce, Gretchen, Susan & Patrick and Bianca & Debbie.
Lynn & Alex (Season 7) appeared on Real Gay, a "reunion" show of LBGT reality television participants (as did Chip from Season 4) which aired on Logo.
The show said there were only two Yields, but there was another Yield on Leg 1 of Season 8 that didn't make it to air since it was not used.
As with Season 7, the winners of the Season 8 race were revealed in an online betting scandal well before the airing of the final episode
Billy and Carissa Gaghan (Season 8) wrote introductions for "My Ox is Broken", a book about the Amazing Race.
When BJ and Tyler (Season 9) offered Phil the dollar they received at the start of the leg that they didn't need, at the pit stop in Moscow, they told him "don't waste that opportunity." This was likely a reference to Phil's Discovery Channel show and book, No Opportunity Wasted.
One of the locations that Tyler and BJ (Season 9) delivered to in the Detour for Leg 11 was the offices of GONZO, an anime studio.
Due to scheduling conflicts with the Season 9 finale and the premiere of the film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, Eric & Jeremy stated that they were unable to attend the premiere of the movie at the Cannes Film Festival, which was their prize for gaining first place on Leg 6. (The prize was awarded to the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop bearing two parchments and demonstrating that, when combined, they revealed a picture of Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and a coded message; the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop did show the message and were awarded the prize) Eric & Jeremy later stated that CBS was going to give them a different prize to make up for it.
During Leg 6 (Season 10) in Kuwait, Peter and Sarah's car had a handicap sticker from the state of California.
Dustin and Kandice (Season 10) were selected to race in The Amazing Race All-Stars (Season 11). Notably, Dustin and Kandice did not make the usual interview tours after their elimination in this race for the first time, as they were still racing in All-Stars when the episode in which they were eliminated aired. Dustin married her high school sweetheart prior to the start of All-Stars. In the pre-race interviews for All-Stars, Dustin states that Kandice was a bridesmaid at her wedding, which she might not have been had they not run the Season 10 Race together.
Chip Arndt, the winner of Season 4, ran into racers Charla & Mirna and Teri & Ian on Leg 1 at Miami International Airport during the Season 11 Race. Chip was given permission to report his sightings but to not give any specific names on CBS' "Return of the Racers" blog.
The "Sledging" Detour at Okere Falls in Rotorua, New Zealand in Episode 10 is no longer a tourist activity. It was shut down by New Zealand authorities shortly after the show screened and interest in it increased, because it was deemed not safe enough. It has now reopened and is safe.
When describing the pit stop for each leg, Phil's voice-over originally said "the last team to check in here *will* be eliminated" for most legs, but would say "the last team to check in here *may* be eliminated" on non-elimination legs. This took away the suspense, as the audience knew based on the voice-over whether the leg was a non-elimination. Phil now says "the last team to check in here may be eliminated" on every leg to avoid spoiling whether that leg is a non-elimination leg.
Alison Irwin hated her racing partner Donny so much after TAR5 that she refused to join him at the final Pit Stop. The show spliced into old footage of her to make it seem like she was standing next to him.
The story arc for Sarah Reinertsen and Peter Harsch in TAR10 showed them as a newly dating couple whose relationship collapsed due to Peter's unkind treatment of her. However, years after the race ended, Sarah confirmed that she and Peter were not and never had been dating, with that relationship being created in the editing room.
There was supposed to be an 11th team on TAR8 (Family Edition), the Flanders' family. But, according to Wally Bransen, they were excused from the Race just before it began. No reason was given for this change.
Season 16 had the first cowboy team, brothers Jet and Cord McCoy. They became the first team ever (and only, so far) that completed their speedbump and finished first in the same leg, in Penang, Malaysia. "Oh my gravy!" was Cord's often-quoted saying in both Season 16 and their return as fan favorites for Season 18: Unfinished Business.
Chip and Reichen were the first male gay team to win the race.
Season 2: In the final footrace to the finish in Leg 13, Tara & Wil had the lead but were passed by Chris & Alex. This marked the closest finish in The Amazing Race history.
Nancy and Emily finished ahead of Joe and Bill in Episode 9 but were penalized for deliberately not doing the detour task and hence eliminated from the race.
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In season 1, the introduction of each episode featured Phil's voice giving a brief synopsis of the show with theme music in the background and the presentation of the teams. Future seasons would then simply have the theme music with the presentation of the teams. However, Phil's synopsis was absent in one episode.
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Unlike in later seasons, Season 1 did not show running placements of teams on screen during each leg of the race, showing only the names and team identifier. Team placements were only shown when they checked in at the Pit Stop at the end of each leg.
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Route marker flags were yellow and white in Season 1. In future installments, the flags changed colors to red and yellow so that teams could spot them more easily. The only exception being a leg in Vietnam, where the flag was white and yellow with a black stripe, so as not to be confused with the Vietnamese flag.
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Season 1 took 39 days to film, as opposed to the average four weeks in other seasons.
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Season 1 contestants Joe and Bill got the name 'Team Guido' from their pet toy fox terrier, Guido. They were also the only team this season to have a nickname displayed on the screen along with their names and their team identifier.
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In Season 1, Host Phil Keoghan greeted only the last team to check in at each pit stop. In future seasons, Phil greeted all teams at the end of each leg.
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Season 1: Clue boxes tended to represent the culture of the local pit stop. For example, the clue boxes in Zambia were a bamboo cylinder.
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Season 1: Joe and Bill are the first team in the history of the race to finish first at a Pit Stop without the use of the Fast Forward in Leg 4, El Jem Tunisia.
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Although the race is planned so that the final three teams will all reach the finish line, in season 1, Joe and Bill were so far behind that they could not catch up and did not finish the race.
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In Season 1, at the end of Leg 5, teams were relocated to Gabès because of a sandstorm at the desert pit stop. Therefore, Leg 6 began in Gabès. This pit stop still holds the record of being the longest - 60 hours.
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In every single leg of season 1, the detour always came before the roadblock.
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After the Season 1 race, Frank and Margarita, who were separated parents, reconciled. However, they have since divorced and Frank has remarried.
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After the race, Lenny and Karyn (Season 1) broke up.
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Season 2 is the first season to have episode titles be quotes said by either the host or the racers.
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Except for visits to Thailand and Hong Kong, and starting and ending in the United States, all other destination countries in Season 2 were in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Season 2: In Leg 1 and Leg 3, Blake and Paige tied both Hope and Norm and Shola and Doyin, respectively. The following legs, the tied team was eliminated.
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Season 2: In Leg 3, Phil waited over 24 hours for Peggy and Claire to arrive at the Pit Stop - the longest amount of time Phil has waited for the last team to arrive.
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Season 2: In Leg 3, Leg 4, and Leg 7 Peggy & Claire, Shola & Doyin, and Mary & Peach did not perform the final tasks and instead proceeded directly to the Pit Stop. They were eliminated in the order mentioned.
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Season 2: In Leg 12 what the show claims is an "old sugar mill" is actually the former campus of Maui High School outside of Paia.
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Season 2 contestant Gary (Gary & Dave Former Roommates "Itchy and Scratchy") is currently (April 2007) an editor for The Amazing Race.
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After the show, Season 2 contestant, Blake founded a reality television network.
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Season 3 featured the first female winner of The Amazing Race, Flo.
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The Season 3 Finish Line was in Gasworks Park in Seattle, Washington, the same exact place where the Starting Line was in Season 10.
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Season 3 featured the oldest couple (Teri and Ian) to make it into the final three.
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Season 3 is the only season, besides Season 1, in which every single country visited had never been visited on a previous season. New countries included Mexico, United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam.
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Season 3 was the first season to stay entirely in the Northern Hemisphere, the others being Seasons 6 and 8.
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Derek & Drew (Season 3) become the first team in history to arrive in 11th place and not be eliminated due to the fact that this was the first season with 12 teams.
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Dennis & Andrew (Season 3) became the first team to use the Fast Forward and be eliminated. But they were not the first team to use it and be the last team to arrive. Joe & Bill used that and were last to arrive in Season 1. But they were not eliminated due to Nancy & Emily's 24-hour penalty for skipping the detour.
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Heather and Eve (Season 3) were the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop in Portugal on Leg 4, but they misread a clue that told them to walk to the Pit Stop rather than take a taxi. They proceeded to walk the rest of the way, but received a 7 minute time penalty for the advantage gained (the 2nd team arrived 7 minutes later), plus an additional 30 minutes. Since all teams arrived less than 37 minutes apart, Heather and Eve were the first team ever to arrive first and be eliminated.
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In Leg 7 (Season 3), Andre & Damon, already in last, upon arrival at the Detour, received a clue instructing them to go directly to the Pit Stop. At the Pit Stop, they returned the dollar they received at the start of the leg to Phil and said that they did not need it.
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In Leg 7, Flo and Zach (Season 3) took the Fast Forward, which allowed them to skip all the tasks in Austria, and they stayed in Germany for the entire leg. This makes them the first, and to date, only winners of the race to entirely skip a country that was visited. On the "Dry" Detour of Leg 10 (Season 3), teams received a clue from Singaporean actor Gurmit Singh, who acted as Phua Chu Kang.
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On Leg 12, Flo & Zach (Season 3) switched their Detour task twice. This is the first time a team has switched Detours twice in the race.
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After the race, John Vito and Jill (Season 3) hosted a show that promoted Singapore tourism.
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Zach (Season 3) worked on NBC's production crew for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
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Flo and Drew (Season 3) got together romantically. They declined to race in the All Stars.
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A record seven Fast Forwards were handed out in Season 4 (including the first five legs of the race), only one of which was sought by more than one team.
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At six (aired), Tian (Season 4) holds the record for most Roadblock tasks performed by a contestant whose teammate did not perform any.
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Although they are the third team overall not to finish a leg in first place immediately following the Fast Forward, the NFL Wives (Monica and Sheree - Season 4) are the first team to use it and finish neither first nor last. They finished in fourth.
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Season 4 had the most number of teams that have been first place. Nine of the 12 teams that competed in this season placed first at least once.
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Only two new countries were visited in Season 4: the Netherlands and South Korea.
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Tian and Jaree (Season 4) become the 2nd of only two teams in Amazing Race history to finish 11th place and not be eliminated.
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In Season 4 Leg 3, teams received $480 the leg.
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Leg 4 (Season 4) marked the first time ever in The Amazing Race that a Roadblock took place before a Detour.
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Reichen and Chip (Season 4) were not planning on taking the Fast Forward task in the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in Leg 9. However, since they had unintentionally traveled in that direction, they decided to complete the route. Jon and Kelly were trying for the green pass (color of the Fast Forward indicator) but had to go back to complete the Detour and the Roadblock, barely beating out Chuck and Millie for a final four berth.
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Steve and Josh (Season 4), placing ninth are the lowest placing team to ever win a leg twice.
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After winning Season 4, Reichen started a career in modeling, selling his own semi-nude annual calendar. He hosted "The Reichen Show" on the now-defunct Q Television and was a contestant on "Reality Stars Fear Factor," finishing in sixth/fifth place.
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Chip (Season 4) became active in gay-related charity and advocacy groups, and appeared on the 2005 reality "reunion show" Real Gay on Logo.
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In July, 2006, Lance Bass, the pop group N'Sync announced that Reichen (Season 4) and he were in a long-term relationship. On December 4, 2006, People magazine reported that they had split.
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Season 4 was the last season where ties were allowed at the mat (and the subsequent distribution of additional first place prizes should there be a tie for first place). In subsequent seasons, even if teams arrived at the mat at the same time, an order would be determined, and the official check in times for teams arriving simultaneously would set a minute apart to avoid tying situations.
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Season 5 featured the first father/daughter team, cousins team, female twins team, and a competitor with dwarfism (Charla).
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Season 5 was the first (and so far only) to visit all six inhabited continents.
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Season 5 featured the first African-American and the oldest couple to win the Race (Chip & Kim), as well as the first team to win without using a Fast Foward.
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Chip and Brandon (Season 5) hold the record for most Roadblocks performed by a single person. The record is unlikely to be broken because of a rule limiting the number of Roadblocks a person may perform beginning in Season 6.
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Every team in the final leg of Season 5 had the female in each team complete 1 Roadblock, and the male Team member completing 10 or 11 Roadblocks.
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Nearly every country featured in Season 5 had not been previously visited; these include Uruguay, Argentina, Russia (the race's first trip to Eastern Europe), Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates (the race's first trip to the Middle East), Philippines, and Canada. The only exceptions were India and New Zealand.
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Season 5 was the very first season that, as broadcast, no time penalties or time credits were issued to any team.
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In Season 5, Alison and Donny were the only team not in the Top 3 to win a leg.
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Alison Irwin (Season 5) also appeared on CBS's Big Brother 4. She was the first contestant on a previously aired reality show to take part in this race.
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Season 5 contestants Erika, Alison, Nicole and Christie competed against one another in various beauty pageants. Christie was a former Miss Teen USA champion, while Nicole was the winner of Miss Texas USA.
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(Season 5) Miss Uruguay welcomed the teams in the Pit Stop of Leg 1.
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Alison and Donny (Season 5) were the second team to finish first on Leg 1 only to be eliminated in Leg 2. (Amanda and Chris, in season 4, had previously been in the same circumstances.)
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Nicole (Season 5) took 4 hours to complete the caviar challenge in Saint Petersburg in Leg 4.
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In Season 5, the woman that welcomed the teams in the Pit Stop of Leg 11 (Rotorua, New Zealand to Manila, Philippines) was Luli Arroyo, the daughter of the current Philippine president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
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Leg 12 (Season 5) to date has been the second leg of The Amazing Race series to air without a Detour challenge (the first being in season 2).
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In Season 5, two challenges were edited out of the program since they did not affect team placement. The first was a nut finding Roadblock in the markets of Dubai; the second, a tee-pee building challenge in Banff, Alberta. The clam-hunting task in the Philippines, presented as a normal challenge, was originally one of two Detour choices. The yellow Detour clue is visible in several Racers' hands, particularly Kim's, and the second Detour choice was never presented on-air.
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Charla & Mirna (Season 5) appeared on MADtv in an Amazing Race parody.
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Charla & Mirna (Season 5) appeared in the audience of The Price Is Right, but neither of them was chosen into Contestant's Row.
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Charla & Mirna and Chip & Kim (Season 5) appeared on Bravo TV's Battle of the Network Reality Stars. Charla & Mirna were each eliminated, but Mirna returned and ended up on the winning team.
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Colin proposed to Christie during the Early Show interview after Season 5.
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Charla (Season 5) appeared on HBO's The Comeback starring Lisa Kudrow.
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Charla & Mirna (Season 5) were featured in recap on various episodes of The Soup on E!.
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Colin & Christie (Season 5) were expected to be on the All Stars edition (Season 11), but they didn't make it because Christie was pregnant.
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Charla & Mirna (Season 5) were selected to race in The Amazing Race All-Stars (Season 11).
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In Season 6, the Race saw its first marriage proposal. At the Pit Stop of the penultimate leg, Aaron proposed to Hayden. She accepted.
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Season 6 featured many Olympic themed challenges such as water polo, track and field, swimming, and archery. The race also visited past Olympic cities including Oslo, Stockholm, and Berlin. This was due to the fact that the race was filmed during the same time as the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
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Kris & Jon (Season 6) tie up with Kelly & Jon (Season 4) in reaching the highest position (2nd) without using the Fast Forward or Yield (the Bransen Family of Season 8 would later accomplish this feat as well). Also, unlike Jon & Kelly, they never came in last in any predetermined non-elimination leg (Kelly & Jon came in last twice, the Bransen Family, once).
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Season 6 had the most co-ed teams ever to compete in one season. There were 8 co-ed teams (7 couples, 1 father/daughter team), 1 male team and 2 female teams.
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Seven new countries were visited in Season 6: Iceland, Norway, Sweden (the Race's first trip to Scandinavia), Senegal, Hungary, as well as the French island of Corsica, Ethiopia, and Sri Lanka.
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Adam & Rebecca (Season 6) began each of the final four legs of the race as the last team to leave the pit stop. Three times, they had been the second-to-last team of the previous elimination leg, and once they had finished last in the previous non-elimination leg.
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Models Freddy and Kendra (Season 6) knew other models from previous editions of the race: Derek and Drew from Season 3 and Kelly and Jon from Season 4. Freddy and Kendra actually used the same backpacks that Jon and Kelly used in Season 4.
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CBS Early Show hosts Harry Smith and Dave Price ran the first leg of the race in Season 6 (USA-Iceland) with the actual teams. This was for a special segment on their morning show.
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A smaller Yield sign debuted in the sixth series and has been used ever since. The first Yield sign, box and hourglass holder was tied to a post. From then, the Yield sign and the features had a stand.
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Lena and Kristy (Season 6) were the first team to be eliminated by way of not being able to complete a roadblock (but not giving up); Phil told Lena and Kristy that the last team had checked in over 2 hours previous, and Lena still had not found the clue after rolling out 100 hay bales over the course of 8 hours.
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Season 6 featured 36-hour pit stops in Stockholm, Sweden (after Lena & Kristy were eliminated at the farm on the night); Budapest, Hungary; Ethiopia and Xi'an, China.
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Season 6 (Leg 2) featured the first task ever on The Amazing Race that required inter-team cooperation. The ten teams had to split themselves into two groups of five, each of which had to row a Viking boat across a fjord to a marked dock with a clue box. The next time teams had to work together didn't come until the tenth season, when a twist called an "Intersection" required two teams to work together.
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In Leg 8 (Season 6), the check-in mat was a tan colored mat made of cloth with a map of the world shown in black, instead of green.
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In Leg 8 (Season 6), Freddy & Kendra became the first team to be Yielded and still finish the leg ahead of the team that Yielded them (Adam & Rebecca - due to Adam going the wrong direction to perform a Roadblock). This has since been accomplished by Joseph & Monica of Season 9 (beating BJ & Tyler - due to a 3-way footrace), and again by Lyn & Karlyn of Season 10 (beating Dustin & Kandice - due to driving past the Detour).
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In Leg 9 (Season 6), Adam and Rebecca arrived at the pit stop in second, but they forgot to swim in the pool. This dropped them to 4th.
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In Leg 11(Season 6) , Hayden & Aaron arrived third, in front of Adam and Rebecca, but were eliminated because they had taken a four hour time penalty for not completing the roadblock. Both Rebecca and Hayden almost had to quit the roadblock because the last gondola down the mountain was about to leave. The task was to search approximately 3,000 locks and find the one that opened with a key they were given. At the last moment, as Hayden & Aaron were about to quit, Rebecca opened her lock.
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The trains that carried the teams in Sri Lanka (Season 6) and the town of Galle were heavily damaged by the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
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Kristy (of Lena and Kristy / Season 6) appeared in Disney's made for TV movie "Read It And Weep" as soap star Cadyn Christopher.
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After an unprecedented level of bickering, with a particularly controversial episode showing Jonathan shove Victoria in temper; married couple Jonathan Baker and Victoria Fuller (Season 6) appeared on a Dr Phil special to try and improve their marriage. A subsequent appearance on the show Fear Factor in which Victoria attacked fellow contestant Jon "Johnny Fairplay" Dalton (of Survivor: Pearl Islands Panama) and Jonathan attacked the host Joe Rogan, resulting in their premature departure from the show, served to illustrate that their relationship remains fiery.
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Starting with Season 7, a change was made to the non-elimination leg penalty. In addition to being stripped of all their money and receiving no allowance for the next leg of the race, teams were forced to surrender all of their possessions, except for their passports and the clothes they were wearing, for the remainder of the race. (This penalty came to be referred to as "mugging" by fans.) They were also no longer allowed to beg for money prior to the start of the next leg (after the next leg started, they can beg for money). The racers could also receive or buy clothing or toiletries from other teams.
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Season 7 featured the first mother/son team.
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Season 7 was the first edition to not strictly circumnavigate the world (by crossing the International Date Line exactly once); once teams traveled as far east as India, they returned to the United States traveling westward through Europe and the Caribbean. However, the route does approach that of a Great Circle on the globe.
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Brian Smith (Season 7) appeared in a Heineken commercial with Jennifer Aniston.
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Joyce Robinson (Seasons 7 & 11) previously appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Ensign Gates, a background character who piloted the Enterprise.
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Meredith and Gretchen (Season 7) were officially the oldest couple in the history of The Amazing Race to make it to the top four teams. If they had made the top three, they would have beaten Teri and Ian from Season 3 as the oldest couple to make the final.
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In Season 7, Travelocity replaced previous show regular sponsors American Airlines Vacations and Royal Caribbean International. Besides trips, the company also provided a special prize of $20,000 in vacation money, won by Ron & Kelly (in a new random-prizing system) on Leg 9 after matching the marking on the bottom of a gnome.
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Since the rule change in Season 5, which stipulates that last-placed teams in non-elimination legs were forced to surrender all collected money, would not be given any on the subsequent leg, and needed to start the next leg with zero dollars to their name, Uchenna & Joyce (Season 7) were the first to win the race after surrendering all money.
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Five previously unvisited countries were visited Season 7: Peru, Chile, Botswana, Turkey, and Jamaica, as well as Puerto Rico (the Race's first visit to the Caribbean islands).
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Uchenna and Joyce (Season 7) were originally scheduled to appear on Season 6. They were sequestered in Santa Monica, California at the beginning of that race, but were cut at the last minute before the race began in Chicago.
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Season 7 had 36-hour pit stops in Botswana (Leg 7); Jodhpur, India (Leg 8); Istanbul, Turkey (Leg 9) and London, United Kingdom
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Debbie and Bianca (Season 7) are the first female team in Amazing Race history to finish first in the first leg, matched only by the Godlewski sisters from season eight. They are also only the second female team to finish first in any leg of any season without use of the Fast Forward, the first being Mary and Peach in Season Two.
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In Leg 1, Rob and Amber's (Season 7) taxi stalled on the way to the pit stop, causing them to fall from first place to third.
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Season 7's Leg 3 featured a difficult Roadblock in which players had to eat four pounds of meat and organs. An unprecedented four players actually quit the food eating task: Rob, Meredith, Deana, and Patrick. Although it was not shown on television, Patrick initially quit on the Roadblock but shortly after changed his mind and successfully completed it.
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On Season 7's Leg 3, Debbie was the only female to complete the meat eating Roadblock.
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Debbie and Bianca (Season 7) fell 4 hours behind the other teams (except for Susan and Patrick) at the beginning of Leg 3, by driving in the wrong direction for two hours.
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Deana (Season 7) had the best score on the Leg 4 roadblock, completing the course in 33 seconds.
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In Season 7, a cameraman suffered minor injuries when Brian and Greg's Land Rover flipped as they were driving from the Roadblock to the Detour on the Leg 6 of the race.
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Host Phil Keoghan greeted teams at a race mat halfway through Leg 8 (Season 7) to hand them their next clue, marking the first time in the history of The Amazing Race that teams have stepped on a mat marker to be handed their next clue. Previously, teams only received route information stored in boxes or from locals after completing a task.
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Near the end of Leg 8, Lynn & Alex (Season 7) mistakenly went to Umaid Bhawan Palace which proved too costly and they were eliminated.
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In a radio interview after Season 7, Uchenna and Joyce said that they won the race by 45 minutes, even though Rob and Amber were 7 minutes ahead of them at the first Miami cluebox at Rickenbacker Causeway.
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Season 7's Rob and Amber's marriage in the Bahamas was aired on a CBS television special two weeks after the finale.
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Uchenna and Joyce (Season 7) appeared on a special episode of the Style Network's series How Do I Look?, where Joyce was given a makeover at the suggestion of Uchenna.
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Ray and Deana (Season 7) married after the race. They eventually had their first child, a daughter they named Reagan.
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Ron & Kelly (Season 7) broke up. Kelly is now married.
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The Amazing Race 8 differed from previous installments of The Amazing Race in that instead of pairs of adults with a pre-existing relationship, this race featured families of four and allows the participation of minors as young as the age of 8. The Race returned to the original teams of two adults for The Amazing Race 9. In addition to also having easier challenges, the Race also placed less emphasis on international travel as numerous legs were contained within the continental United States, and no race locations were outside North America.
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At the age of 9, Carissa Gaghan (Season 8) is the youngest person to make that far in the race making it to Leg 6 and to be in the final 6 teams
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At the age of 12, Billy Gaghan (Season 8) is the youngest person to ever complete a roadblock.
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At the age of 14, Rolly Weaver (Season 8) is the youngest person to ever win a leg and to make it to the Final Three.
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At the age of 16, Brian Paolo (Season 8) is the youngest person to ever complete a Fast Forward and win more than one leg.
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At age 19, Tommy Linz (Season 8) is the youngest person to win the $1,000,000 on The Amazing Race.
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12 of the 40 participants in Season 8 were younger than 21, the minimum age for every other Race, at the time of taping.
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The Aiello Family (Season 8) was the only family in which none of the team members shared a blood relation.
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The Weaver Family (Season 8) was the only team in Race history to be Yielded more than once.
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Season 8 involved the most cities (50), with the previous record being 40 in season three.
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At only ten teams, Season 8 had the smallest number of teams to compete in the race, other seasons having eleven or twelve; at forty total team members this is the most people ever to compete in one season.
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Season 8 Route Markers were colored yellow, white, & black, similar to the yellow & white Route Markers of Season 1 (and in contrast to the yellow & red of all other seasons).
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In Australia, the 9th Season was shown before Season 8 in early 2006. This series was premiered on Thursday the 9th of November at 9:30pm on the Seven Network.
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The Season 8 Race still managed to visit two previously unvisited countries, Panama and Costa Rica. These were also the Race's first visits to Central America.
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Brittney Rogers (Season 8), a former Miss Louisiana USA (2003), also appeared on a special Miss USA edition of Fear Factor, where she won $50,000. She gave half to charity.
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For the Season 8 race, the supplied credit card covered not only airfare, but also gasoline. Previously, gasoline had to be purchased with the supplied cash. The rule change was made necessary by the fact that most of the transportation takes place in cars rather than airplanes.
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The limits on individual Roadblock attempts, found in seasons 6 and 7, did not apply to this season. Furthermore, some roadblocks in this edition required the participation of two team members. Also, for the first time since season 5, a mid-race leg (4) was aired without a Roadblock.
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In Leg 1, Renee Rogers fell at the starting line and suffered a concussion. The Rogers family didn't realize the severity of the injury until they had gone to a hospital after being eliminated from the race.
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In Leg 4, The Paolo family, after finishing a task involving partybikes, rode on their vehicle and saw a thunderstorm associated with the remnants of Hurricane Dennis outside Talladega Superspeedway.
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At the end of Leg 4, the Schroeder family (Season 8) was eliminated in New Orleans, marking the first time a team had been eliminated in their hometown. One month after the end of the race, their home was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Schroeder family evacuated their New Orleans home and stayed with the Rogers family in Shreveport, Louisiana for a short period of time. The Schroeder home was seriously damaged and was being rebuilt at the time of the show's airing.
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In Leg 6 (Season 8), at Poás Volcano, the clue envelope appeared to contain Fast Forward instructions; however, this was not mentioned or described, perhaps because no team took advantage, or because plans for the task fell through. The Fast Forward in Leg 5 was introduced as the only one in the race when the show was televised. An online source claims that the task was simply not used, and all references were excised.
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According to an interview with Wally Bransen (Season 8) on RFFRadio, Hurricane Emily forced producers to cancel a leg in Belize. Teams had an extra day off in Costa Rica after Leg 6.
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Also in Leg 9, the Weaver Family (Season 8) became the first team to be Yielded twice in the race, once by the Paolo Family and once by the Linz Family.
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Michelle, Sharon, Christine and Tricia Godlewski (Season 8) are the first team to come last in the midpoint and the end of the superleg (Leg 10) and got eliminated.
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The Season 8 final episode consisted of a single, double-length leg (Leg 11), with no Pit Stop.
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Linda Weaver (Season 8) wore a t-shirt with the name "Chris" on it for many legs of the race. Contrary to popular belief, Chris was not the name of her late husband, but her fiancé.
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In a RFF Radio podcast interview with Wally Bransen (Season 8), he said that the Linzs beat them to the finish mat by one or two minutes in the final leg therefore making it the third closest finish ever. The Weavers finished in third place an "hour or two" later.
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After the Linz family were named the official winners of Season 8, it was revealed that the Bransen and Weaver Families would compete in the "Final Amazing Challenge". The two families would race back and forth between the last roadblock of the race (a map of North and Central America) and a set of 12 clueboxes, each of which contained an icon, representing something the families did on the race. The object of the challenge was to race (as a family) out to the clueboxes, get the icons one at a time, and then place them on the appropriate place on the map. Whichever team finished this challenge first would win a brand new GMC Yukon XL, the same vehicle that had been used on the race. The Bransen family won the challenge and the vehicle.
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Fans, critics, and racers were lukewarm over the format changes implemented in Family edition of The Amazing Race. The main issues were the lack of international travel and watered down challenges tailored to families. The expanded cast also made it more difficult to develop individual story lines. Entertainment Weekly commented that "Half the fun of The Amazing Race has always been watching the inter and intra-couple bickering that goes with being chronologically late and lost in a foreign land. Seeing parents yell at their children in exotic New Jersey? Not so fun". USA Today shared similar opinions, adding that "the idea of being trapped in the back seat for a forced cross-country family drive comes closer to a nightmare relived than a dream come true." Racers were also disappointed that they did not have a chance to travel to more exotic locations; in one episode Marion Paolo commented "Why are we going to Phoenix, Arizona for? I want to go to New Zealand!", a statement that also summed up the general opinion of the season. In hindsight, the production team has admitted that the concept of a Family Edition "looked good on paper" but failed in execution, since child racers limited foreign travel for that season. Creators Bert Van Munster and Jonathan Littman doubt that the family format will be revived in the future.
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BJ & Tyler (Season 9) were the first team to win the race and finish first in the final elimination leg. BJ & Tyler are also the first team to win the final three legs of the race.
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BJ & Tyler (Season 9) are the second team to ever win three consecutive legs. The first team to do it was Colin & Christie in Season 5.
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BJ & Tyler (Season 9) are the only team to have finished last in two non-elimination legs after the rule change in Season 5, where last-placed teams must forfeit all of their money, as well as the rule change in Season 7, which required non-eliminated teams to surrender all possessions save their passports and "the clothes on their backs." Similarly, they are only the second team to win the race after finishing last, post-rule change; the first team to accomplish the same feat was Uchenna & Joyce (Season 7).
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Season 9 featured the oldest team (Fran & Barry) to win a leg.
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The Season 9 race was the first one to start and end at the same location, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, near Denver. Other races have started and ended in the same city (Season 1 in New York City and Season 6 in Chicago), but the location of the start and stop lines have been in different parts of the city.
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Comically suggestive "bonding" photos of Eric & Jeremy and BJ & Tyler surfaced on the Internet shortly after the Season 9 premiere. The photos featured all four men at a party (presumably held while BJ & Tyler visited Eric & Jeremy in Florida before the season aired) posing shirtless and sometimes in suggestive, homoerotic positions. These photographs fueled speculation amongst Internet fans that both teams lasted towards the end of the race together or at least were eliminated close after one another. The former proved true, as BJ & Tyler and Eric & Jeremy placed first and second, respectively. In a post-race interview for CBS Internet talk show The Finish Line, Eric revealed that the photos were just a practical joke.
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In the final 3 legs of the Season 9 Race, the order teams arrived at the Pit Stop were exactly the same.
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In Season 9, three new countries got their first visit from the Race: Greece, Oman, and Japan, as well as the Sicily region of Italy.
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Brazil was the first (and only) country to host two premiere legs for two different races. Season 2 the first destination was in Rio De Janeiro. Season 9's first destination was in São Paulo.
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The Season 9's first leg pit stop was inside Estadio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho, but teams began the second leg outside the stadium.
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The Season 9 second leg's pit stop lasted an extended 36 hours.
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The Season 9 third leg is double-length, broadcast over episodes 3 and 4. This is the earliest a double leg has appeared and was the first to include international travel over the middle portion.
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On Leg 4, Danielle & Dani (Season 9) became the first team to be both Yielded and eliminated in the same leg of the race. However, it was not the Yield that first-handedly eliminated them: the hourglass stopped before Ray and Yolanda actually overtook them, but Dani struggled at the Roadblock and they were eliminated. In an interview, Danielle & Dani said that the Yield was about 30 minutes long and they arrived at the Pit Stop only a few minutes after Ray and Yolanda.
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On Leg 4, BJ and Tyler (Season 9) wore "Bowling Mom" t-shirts, in homage to Linda and Karen in Season 5.
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On Leg 7, Fran & Barry (season 9) became the oldest couple at the age of 61 & 63 to win a leg, beating out Teri & Ian who were 49 & 50 respectively in Season 3.
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The Leg 7 (Season 9) Pit Stop lasted 24 hours, rather than the usual 12 hours or 36 hours. This situation may have been due to the fact that the show's producers didn't want racers cluttering up the airport waiting 12 hours for the only direct flight to Perth, Australia via Dubai.
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Since the introduction of the non-elimination penalties in Season 5, BJ & Tyler (Season 9) are the first team in Race history to receive the penalty twice. BJ & Tyler also became the first team to use the Yield and come in last on the same leg.
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In Leg 8 (Season 9), Eric and Jeremy questioned the intelligence of BJ & Tyler's choice of Detours by saying that they thought "they were supposed to be smart; didn't they go to Harvard and Stanford?" BJ did graduate from Harvard, but Tyler went to the University of California at Santa Cruz. Eric and Jeremy's comment is quite revealing though, since Tyler achieved some media attention in 1999 for his failed political-style "campaign" to be admitted to Stanford ("They'll Try Anything" Stanford Alumni Magazine). It is somewhat surprising that Eric and Jeremy could have learned about Tyler's connection to Stanford without remembering and relishing that Tyler was not admitted.
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Eric (Season 9) canceled taxi reservations for Ray/Yolanda and BJ/Tyler early in Leg 9 but the team received no penalty. Joseph was standing with Jeremy as Eric called to cancel and said "That'll give us a good head start," leading some viewers to speculate that he was involved. Eric & Jeremy later stated that they almost were given a penalty for the incident, but since everyone got a taxi anyway and Eric & Jeremy got on a taxi last, it was not assessed.
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Although it seemed BJ & Tyler and Joseph & Monica were in a race for who would get to use the Yield in Leg 9 (Season 9), BJ & Tyler revealed on RFF Reality TV Podcast that Joseph & Monica had earlier lost their envelope containing their 'courtesy of' sticker, and thus lost their power to use any future Yields.
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In The Roadblock of Leg 9 (Season 9), one camera was dropped off of the plane with each racer and another was tied to the parachute.
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Season 9 marked the third visit (after seasons 1 and 2) to Bangkok, the only foreign city thus far to be visited that many times.
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The Pit Stop for Leg 11 (Season 9) was aboard a swan boat on Lake Yamanaka but Leg 12 started from the dock on-shore.
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Leg 11 (Season 9) was a 36 hour Pit Stop. During their time at the Pit Stop, teams were able to go on rides at the amusement park they had just visited.
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On Leg 12, Eric and Jeremy (Season 9) were seen getting in a taxi at Hillside Park in Anchorage, Alaska when the task was completed at Kincaid Park, on the other side of the city.
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Season 9 is the first edition of the race to finish exactly where it started.
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Clues for Season 9 contained the national flags of the countries visited; teams were eventually required to arrange these flags for the final Roadblock.
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When Phil introduced the final Roadblock in Season 9, he was standing between the flags of Canada and Antigua and Barbuda when he was speaking. Canada and Antigua and Barbuda (particularly Antigua) were two countries in which Phil spent a portion of his life. In a second scene of Phil at the Roadblock, he was standing in front of the New Zealand flag, an obvious homage to his native country.
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Ray proposed to Yolanda on the CBS Early Show on the morning after the Season 9 finale. While it was a total shock to her, Yolanda enthusiastically accepted.
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On "The Finish Line", Eric (Season 9) announced that he was dating Danielle and had planned to move to New York to be closer to her.
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Joseph and Monica (Seaon 9) got married not longer after their season ended.
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Eric and Danielle (Season 9) were selected to race in The Amazing Race All-Stars (Season 11), and are the only All-Stars team that had not previously been on the same team.
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Two new rules were made for the Season 10 installment of the race: The Intersection was introduced, a task where two teams were required to work together until otherwise instructed. If no other team was available when one team read the Intersection clue, they were required to wait for another team to show up before proceeding. The Intersection was also in conjunction with a Fast Forward, with the first team pairing to win to earn the Fast Forward for both teams; Instead of the previous money and baggage penalties for coming in last place, the last place team in a non-elimination leg became Marked for Elimination meaning that unless they place first in the following leg, they receive a 30 minute penalty at the mat, possibly allowing teams finishing behind them to overtake them in the final placings for that leg.
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Season 10 was the first season to feature two Asian American teams: Erwin & Godwin (Korean American) and Vipul & Arti (Indian American). Kathy (Filipina American) from Season 3 was until this season the only Asian American contestant in Show history. This is also the first season to feature an African American Muslim team (Bilal & Sa'eed), an amputee (Sarah Reinertsen of Peter & Sarah, who has an artificial leg), and the race's first open lesbian (Lauren Marcoccio of Duke & Lauren).
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The Season 10 Starting Line was in Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington, the same exact place where the Finish Line of Season 3 was.
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Season 10 was the first season to (nearly) circumnavigate the globe in a generally westward fashion, crossing the Pacific Ocean in the first leg and crossing the Atlantic on the final leg. Most other seasons (with the exception of Season 7 and Season 8) transversed the globe in a generally eastward direction; the first legs of these races had teams crossing the Atlantic Ocean or staying on the North America/South America landmass, and then crossing the Pacific on the final legs.
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Dustin-Leigh Konzelman and Kandice Pelletier (Season 10) are former Miss America contestants. Konzelman held the title Miss California 2005 and Pelletier was Miss New York 2005. The beauty queens are two among seven former pageant contestants to compete on The Amazing Race. One other Amazing Race competitor, Kelly McCorkle (Miss South Carolina 2002) of Season 7, has competed in Miss America.
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Season 10 was the third season to feature 12 teams, the other two being Season 3 and Season 4.
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Season 10 was the first season in which two teams were eliminated in the same leg. In the first leg, Bilal & Sa'eed were eliminated after arriving last at the Meridian Gate in order to secure a departure time the next morning. (They were eliminated just 40 minutes after the TV debut). Vipul & Arti were eliminated after arriving last at the pit stop at the Great Wall of China.
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Bilal & Sa'eed (Season 10) are the first team in Race history to never perform a Detour task.
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Sarah (Season 10) reported in a post-race interview on "The Finish Line" that because of the Roadblock in the first leg a single team member could do a maximum of 7 Roadblocks instead of the usual 6 (as has been in place from Season 6). This rule was never mentioned on the show, although Karlyn performed 7 aired Roadblocks.
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In season 10, a Fast Forward was offered in conjunction with the Intersection in Leg 8. Mary reported in a post-race interview on "The Finish Line" that a team could use a Fast Forward for a second time (in this case with a team that had not used a Fast Forward earlier in the race). In previous seasons, teams were allowed to use only one Fast Forward during the entire race.
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Rob & Kimberly (Season 10) hold the record for most consecutive finishes in the same position. They placed 3rd six times in a row.
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Season 10 is the first time in the history of the Race that an all-female team, Lyn & Karlyn, made it into the final three. It is also the first time in the history of the Race that the final three was composed of all three possible gender combinations - two men (Tyler & James), a man and a woman (Rob & Kimberly), and two women (Lyn & Karlyn).
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Season 10 marked the first time wherein the final three never came in last in a non-elimination leg.
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Lyn & Karlyn (Season 10) is the first team to make it to the final three without finishing first place in any leg.
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In Season 10, for the first time ever, the winning team was allowed to contact their families at the finish line and tell them they had won. In previous seasons, the winning team had to wait until their families actually saw them win on television.
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Six new countries got their first visits from the Season 10 Race: Mongolia, Kuwait, Mauritius, Madagascar, Finland, and Ukraine. Additionally, Spain was visited and presented with tasks as well as holding a Pit Stop for the first time. The only other time the Race visited Spain was in Season 3 when it was used as a lay-over.
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Season 10 was the first season to have teams revisit the exact same locations as previous racers had been in seeking their clues. This happened in three places: Leg 2 at Juyongguan Pass outside Beijing, China, first clue to start the leg. This location was also used by Season 1 in Leg 12 for a detour; Leg 12 at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, route clue. The Eiffel Tower was also used as a Roadblock in Leg 2 of Season 1; Leg 12 at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, Detour. In Leg 3 of Season 1 teams also went here to receive their clues after visiting La Grande Roue.
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Tyler Denk and James Branaman (Season 10) were close friends of Survivor: Panama winner, Aras Baskauskas.
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A Roadblock was performed in Leg 1 of Season 10. This is the first time a Roadblock has been aired in the first leg of a season (Season 1 had an ostrich egg eating Roadblock, but it was only shown as an extra feature on the DVD).
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In Leg 2 of Season 10, Peter and Sarah switched their Detour task twice. This is the first time a team has switched Detours twice and still finished first in the same leg.
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In Leg 3 and Leg 4 of Season 10 (Vietnam), all route markers were white and yellow instead of red and yellow. This was done because the flag of the vanquished South Vietnam also consisted of red and yellow stripes. This is similar to Season 3's Leg 11 in which the teams traveled through Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang, however, the route markers were made solid yellow in that season.
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In Vietnam (Season 10), teams were not allowed to ride on motorbikes for safety reasons.
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At the beginning of Leg 3 (Season 10), teams were not given any money and were not permitted either to beg for money or to sell items. Instead, they had to earn money in the Roadblock.
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At the beginning of Leg 4 (Season 10), teams received 588,000 Dong VND (approximately USD $37) at the start of the leg. This was the first time in Race history the cash distribution was made in a currency in other than US dollars.
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In Leg 6, Peter & Sarah (Season 10), already in last, upon arrival at the Detour, received a clue instructing them to go directly to the Pit Stop. This has not been done to a team since Andre & Damon of Season 3. Additionally, Peter & Sarah were not received by a greeter at the Pit Stop. This is the first time since Pat & Brenda of Season 1 that a team has been eliminated without a greeter at the end of the leg.
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While no Roadblock was shown for Leg 7, a Roadblock clue is clearly visible in Dustin and Kandice's hands in one of the stills for the Season 10 episode on the show's website.
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In Leg 7 (Season 10), 5 out of the six teams remaining, changed their detour option.
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The prize for Leg 10 (Season 10) was given to the team that selected the "good luck charm" earlier in the leg that happened to match the one worn by the greeter at the pit stop. Unlike most former luck prizes, however, this one was awarded to the winners of the leg (Tyler & James).
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As of Leg 11, The Amazing Race 10 became the season with the most eating challenges. (Fish Eyeballs in China, Cow Lips in Madagascar and Camel Meat in Morocco)
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Season 10 marked the third time a team that has been Yielded has placed ahead of the team that had Yielded them. In Leg 10 Dustin and Kandice Yielded Lyn and Karlyn. However, Lyn and Karlyn placed 2nd while Dustin and Kandice came in last. In Season 6, Freddy and Kendra placed ahead of Adam and Rebecca after being Yielded by them and in Season 9, Joseph and Monica placed ahead of BJ and Tyler after being Yielded by them.
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In Leg 12 (Season 10), teams flew to Paris, France, for their intermediate destination - the first time in the history of the race an intermediate destination was outside the United States or Canada.
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The Finish Line for the Season 10 Race was located in Garrison, New York. This is only the second time in the history of the race it was not held in a major U.S. city. The first occurrence was in Season 8 where it was held in Lewiston, New York.
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David and Mary (Season 10) appeared on The View. David revealed that he had originally auditioned for Survivor. The couple also received gifts from the show, including vacations, a Ford Explorer, and a new house
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Just prior to returning to New York City for the Season 10 post-race interview circuit, Lyn's house was ransacked
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David and Mary (Season 10) were selected to race in The Amazing Race All-Stars. They finished 9th.
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In Australia, All-Stars (Season 11) is airing before Season 10, which means that viewers in Australia have no clue who Dustin & Kandice or David & Mary are.
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The Roadblock of Leg 4 of All-Stars (Season 11) required the racers to search through a pile of letters for one addressed to them, written by a racer from their original season. While Kandice searches through the pile of letters, she jokingly asks, "What if it's from 'Bama?", a reference to their rivals Lyn and Karlyn from Season 10. When they open the letter and find out it's from Lyn, they state that Lyn was the more friendly of the two. This statement was followed by a video clip from Season 10 of Karlyn yelling at Dustin & Kandice at an airport ticket counter.
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Tom & Terry (Season 10) arrived 2nd in Leg 3, but were assessed a 30 minute time penalty for traveling on motorbikes, which were prohibited to the racers for safety reasons.
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In the finale of Season 10, when flying to Paris, Rob & Kimberly and Tyler & James chose to fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, while Lyn & Karlyn chose to fly to Orly Airport. When flying to New York, while the other two teams managed to take the earlier flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport, Lyn & Karlyn took the remaining flight to Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. Since the time difference between the two flights was too great, footage of Lyn & Karlyn completing tasks in New York City was not aired.
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Uchenna & Joyce (Season 7) are the only previous season winners to compete on All-Stars (Season 11).
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Eric & Danielle (Season 9) are the only All-Stars (Season 11) who did not previously race together as a team on their season, though they did race against each other's respective teams; they met during the race and later started dating.
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The Amazing Race: All-Stars is the first season without a parent/child team.
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Charla & Mirna and Danielle are the only All-Stars who did not have a first place finish on any leg in their previous seasons.
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Kevin and Drew are the only all-stars to have appeared on more than two seasons of the Amazing Race (aside from Season 11, they had raced in Season 1 and had a cameo appearance in Season 8).
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Phil Keoghan was asked to submit a list of 15 teams that he thought should return. Ten of them were chosen. The one he didn't choose was Eric & Danielle. He said, "I didn't think of that new combination, which actually is a really good one."
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Rob & Amber are the first team to place first in the first three consecutive legs of a Race, and the third team to place first three legs in a row. In addition, they set a career record of 7 legs won and were the earliest eliminated team to have won more than two legs.
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Flo and Drew (Season 3), who met and became a couple during the race, were asked to compete as All Stars. They declined because Flo felt the race brought out "the worst" in her and because she didn't want to do the race without Zach (her original partner).
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As of Leg 4 (Season 11), Danielle became the first person to finish higher than their original race. As of Leg 8 Charla & Mirna became the first team to finish higher than their original race.
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In Leg 1 (Season 11), Mary wore a shirt saying "Missing" in reference to their allies The Cho Brothers (Erwin & Godwin) from Season 10. Later on, in Leg 2, David wore a shirt saying "Lost" with a picture of Phil on it; these same shirts had also been worn by Erwin & Godwin.
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By the end of Leg 2 (Season 11), seven of the teams had finished in the same position as in the previous leg. This was the first time this had happened to so many teams.
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Although the show's website mentions that in Leg 3 (Season 11), two teams (Uchenna & Joyce and Rob & Amber) attempted the 40-foot climb part of the Detour and switched tasks, the switch isn't aired in the episode.
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In The Amazing Race: All-Stars, Charla & Mirna came in first on Leg 6 in Tanzania. Ironically, this was the same country that they were eliminated in when racing in Season 5.
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As of Leg 8 (Season 11), Danielle is the only All-Star to never place first in a leg. Charla and Mirna did not place first in their original season, but managed to place first in Legs 5 and 6 in this season.
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While teams have left the Pit Stop on the next leg prior to all teams arriving from the previous leg, the differential between Leg 7 and Leg 8 (Season 11) was the first time that this situation has been explicitly noted by the show; this is due to these two legs being shown as a double-length episode. The prior legs Leg 6 and Leg 7 also had the same occurrence but was not noted by the show.
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In The Amazing Race: All-Stars, Leg 6, for the first time since its introduction, there was no "location indicator" at the pit stop due to the fact that the pit stop location had to be changed mid-leg.
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Episode 11 marks the first time the Yield is used by a team in retaliation for a previous Yield by another team.
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Marshall and Lance were the first team in Amazing Race history to not only quit the race, but also be physically unable to reach the Pit Stop.
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Season 5 is the first time the Yield concept is introduced. A Yield is a placemat and marker where a leading team can force a lagging team to stop for a set amount of time.
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In the eighth episode, the Dubai leg, there was a Roadblock that involved buying nuts but it was edited out of actual airing. Pictures of the task can be found in the official website, however.
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In the finale episode, specifically the final leg where they were in Canada, there was a task where the final three teams had to find a clothing store in Banff and acquire jacket and caps. There is also a Roadblock where they have to build a tepee. Both these tasks were edited out of airing due to time constraints. Photos of both tasks can be found in the official website.
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Meredith and Gretchen, aged 69 and 66 respectively, are the oldest team ever to have ever made it into the final four teams.
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Episode titles are taken from quotes made by the racers with the exception of the final episode:
  • 1. Courteous? This is a Race! - Megan


  • 2. The Whole Country Hates Me - Lynn


  • 3. Do You Need Some Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation? - Gretchen


  • 4. What a Gaucho You Are! - Gretchen


  • 5. I've Been Wanting a Face-Lift for a Long Time - Gretchen


  • 6. Houston, We Have an Elephant - Uchenna


  • 7. They Saved the Eyeball


  • 8. Mow 'Em Down Like Grass - Ron


  • 9. We Have a Bad Elephant - Gretchen


  • 10. We Got a Gnome! We Got a Gnome! - Joyce


  • 11. The Devil Made Me Do It - Kelly


  • 12. Five Continents, 25 Cities and More Than 40,000 Miles - Phil Kheogan


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Flo and Zach are the first coed team to win the Amazing Race.
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Jill Aquilino originally applied with her brother for the first season of The Amazing Race.
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Rob and Brennan were the first male team to win the Amazing Race.
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Nick and Starr of Season 13 now hold the record for the most legs won with seven. This surpasses Colin and Christie of Season 5 who previously had six.
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John Keoghan, Phil Keoghan's father, was the local greeter at the Te Puke Pit Stop in New Zealand in Season 13.
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Season 10 introduced the Intersection.
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Season 12 introduced the Speed Bump and the U-Turn.
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Season One's opening credits is the only one that has Phil Keoghan summarizing the rules of the show.
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Season 10 showed the very first double elimination.
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At the age of 50, Margie from Season 14 is the oldest contestant to cross the finish line. Her son Luke was the first deaf person to cross the finish line and also compete in the race.
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Ronald and Christina of Season 13 are the highest finishing parent-child team in the race's history. They finished second.
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Season 14 is the first season where the Fast Forward was not used in any of the legs.
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To date, only two parent-child teams have crossed the finish line. They are: Ronald and Christina of Season 13 and Margie and Luke of Season 14.
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Tammy and Victor of Season 14 are the first Asian team to win the race. They are the third brother and sister team to win. The first being The Linz Family of Season 8 and the second being Nick and Starr of Season 13.
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Dan and Jordan Pious' victory in TAR16 was unprecedented for three reasons: they were the first winning team to consist of either two male siblings (previous winning sibling teams were mixed-gender), one gay and one straight member, and two Jewish members (while there had been previous gay, straight, and Jewish winners at different times, their partners were either the same sexual orientation or different religion from them).
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While the TAR2 storyline had Tara and Wil as an estranged married couple looking to see if they could reunite, it was revealed after the game that they had actually gotten an official divorce before the game. Wil, however, told interviewers that both his interest in patching things up with Tara and his annoyance at her race-long romance with Alex Boylan were genuine.
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Tammy and Victor Ji on TAR14 were the first winning Asian-American team.
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Zev Glassenberg, who competed with Justin Kanew on TAR15 and TAR18 (Unfinished Business) is the first Racer who has Asperger's Syndrome.
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When Eric and Lisa Paskel competed on TAR15, they became the 1st team ever to be eliminated at the starting line (on a task involving Japanese license plates) and they then elected to skip the standard sequester mini-vacation that teams who've been knocked out generally do. For that reason, they were not one of the teams gathered at the final Pit Stop when the top 3 teams arrived.
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Several noted TAR spoiler sites said that Hall of Fame basketball player Karl Malone was going to compete with his wife on TAR19. Malone did not participate, but the general info about a retired professional athlete from Louisiana and his wife was correct: the actual team was retired NFL tight end Marcus Pollard and his wife Amani.
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Nat (of TAR17's Nat and Kat) is the first Type I diabetic to win the race.
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This season marks the first major change to race rules. In response to criticisms regarding team members who don't perform any of the Roadblock tasks, the producers changed the Roadblock rules. Now, no one team member may perform more than six Roadblocks. Teams must now choose carefully who will do the Roadblock.
Season 3 featured the first father/son team (Dennis & Andrew).
Lyn and Karlyn from Season 10 are the first all female team to reach the Final Three
Season 2: Three countries (South Africa, Thailand, and China) visited in the Season 1 were visited once again, as well as Alaska. New countries visited included Brazil, Namibia, Australia, and New Zealand. This was also the first season to visit the continents of South America and Oceania.
Three reality show alumni were part of Season 7: Engaged couple Amber and Rob Mariano both appeared on Survivor. Brian appeared on a Christmas episode of Fear Factor.
Chip and Kim were the first ever non-Caucasian team to win "The Amazing Race".
Karen and Linda are the first all-female team to make it to the final four.
Chip and Kim were the first African-American team to win the Amazing Race.
Doctors and best friends Nat and Kat made Amazing Race history in Season 17 by becoming the first all-female team to win the race.

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