The Amazing Race (2001– )
It is 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. 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.
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.
After the race ended, Emily and Brennan started dating each other, but broke up after a few months in early 2002.
Frank and Margarita, who were separated parents, initially reconciled. However, they have since divorced and Frank has remarried.
Lenny and Karyn broke up due to their differences.
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.
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.
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.
Season 7 had 36-hour pit stops in Botswana (Leg 7); Jodhpur, India (Leg 8); Istanbul, Turkey (Leg 9) and London, United Kingdom There were also two 24 hour Pit Stops, after Leg 9 in Sepilok, Malaysia and after Leg 11 in Brisbane, Australia.
In Season 9, the Pit Stop in Leg 7 lasted 24 hours as 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. Leg 11 was a 36 hour Pit Stop and teams were able to go on rides at the amusement park they had just visited.
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.
2) 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. In addition, host Phil Keoghan greeted only the last team to check in at each pit stop. In future seasons, he would greet all teams at the end of each leg.
3) Route marker flags were yellow and white. 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.
4) Clue boxes tended to represent the culture of the local pit stop. For example, the clue boxes in Zambia were a bamboo cylinder.
5) In every single leg of Season 1, the detour always came before the roadblock.
She 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.
- Featured the first father/daughter team, cousins team, female twins team, and a competitor with dwarfism.
- The first (and so far only season) to visit all six inhabited continents.
- No time penalties or time credits were issued to any team (as seen broadcast).
- First contestant (Alison Irwin) from a previously aired reality show to take part in this race.
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.
In Leg 6, the colleagues 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. In the same leg, their car had a handicap sticker from the state of California.
In addition, 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.
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.
In the final leg in Canada, there was a task where the 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 were found in the official website.
Gary (Season 2) was a story editor during Season 5. Erika (Season 5) was a casting producer with the show in the mid-2000s.
Along with fellow Season 5 team Chip & Kim, they all appeared on Bravo TV's Battle of the Network Reality Stars.
BJ & Tyler 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).
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.
At the beginning of Leg 4, 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.
When teams flew to Paris, France, for their intermediate destination, it was the first time in the history of the race an intermediate destination was outside the United States or Canada.
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 clue-box at Rickenbacker Causeway.
In response to criticisms regarding team members (particularly females on co-ed teams) who didn't perform any of the Roadblock tasks, the producers changed the Roadblock rules starting in Season 6. Now, no one team member may perform more than six Roadblocks. Teams would have to choose carefully who would do the Roadblock.
This was modified again in Season 9 when the limit was increased to a maximum of seven. It changed again in season 18 as team members could not complete more than five Roadblocks prior to the final leg. The final changes occurred in Season 24 as the rules such that up through leg 10 individual racers were limited to performing a maximum of 6 Roadblocks, but the final 3 Roadblocks on legs 11 and 12 were not subject to the limit.
Lyn & Karlyn were the first all female team to reach the Final Three and the first team to make it to the final three without finishing first place in any leg.
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.
In Leg 7, they 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 Leg 12, they switched their Detour task twice in Vietnam. This was the first time a team has switched Detours twice in the race.