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The Amazing Race 17 is the seventeenth installment of the American reality television show The Amazing Race. This season featured 11 teams of two, with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world.[1]

The Amazing Race 17
Presented byPhil Keoghan
WinnersNatalie "Nat" Strand & Katherine "Kat" Chang
No. of legs12
Distance traveled32,000 mi (51,000 km)
No. of episodes12
Original releaseSeptember 26 –
December 12, 2010
Additional information
Filming datesMay 26, 2010 – June 15, 2010
Season chronology
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Season 18

The seventeenth cycle started on Sunday, September 26, 2010. It aired on CBS in the United States with a special 90-minute premiere, then returned to its normal hour-long format the following week on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT The season finale was on December 12, 2010. The show was again hosted by Phil Keoghan.

This was the final season filmed and broadcast in Standard Definition.[2]

Anesthesiologists Natalie "Nat" Strand and Katherine "Kat" Chang were the winners of the Race and were the first all-female team to win the American edition of the competition.[a]

The season was released by CBS DVD on November 4, 2014, in a DVD set including all episodes and the accompanying Elimination Station web series. It was only made available through online purchase, manufactured by's CreateSpace.


Development and filmingEdit

CBS renewed the 17th edition of The Amazing Race on January 25, 2010.[3] The season premiered on September 26, 2010, with a special 90-minute episode. The show returned to its regular hour-long format the following week.[4]

This season spanned 32,000 miles (51,000 km) while racing across four continents with first-time visits to Ghana and Bangladesh. Also for the first time in the show's history, teams crossed the Arctic Circle.[5]

The Race's Starting Line was at the Eastern Point Lighthouse near the Yacht Club in Gloucester, Massachusetts, making this the first season since the 11th season to start in a city other than Los Angeles.

Filming began on May 26, 2010, with the Starting Line at the Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, Massachusetts,[6] making this the first season since The Amazing Race All-Stars to start in a city other than Los Angeles. It ended on June 15, 2010, with the finish line in Los Angeles, California.

Prior to the Race's broadcast, CBS posted a short preview video clip from an episode on the Internet, showing Brook & Claire competing at a watermelon launching challenge using an elastic slingshot. The clip showed Claire, working the slingshot, being hit in the face full-on with a watermelon after it failed to launch correctly, leaving her momentarily stunned but otherwise not seriously injured.[7] The clip spread virally on the Internet.[7][8][9]

Phil Keoghan began both the season and the video background segments of the contestants standing on the grass mall of Castle Hill in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Two new game elements were introduced in Season 17. The first was the Express Pass, which was awarded to the team who finished first on the first Leg. The Pass allowed the team to skip any Detour, Roadblock or Route Marker task before Leg 8. Dating couple Jill & Thomas won the Express Pass, which they later used to bypass the Beds Detour on Leg 4. Another new element was the Double U-Turn, where two teams are allowed to use U-Turns in a single leg. Jill& Thomas U-Turned Brook and Claire, while Nat and Kat U-Turned Chad and Stephanie.

During the Leg 3 Pit Stop in Ghana, teams helped renovate the school they visited during the leg.


Applications were due on February 4, 2010. Semi-finalist interviews were held in March 2010, and the final casting interviews took place in Los Angeles around March 2010.[10] From there, eleven teams were selected as contestants and filming took place approximately from May to June 2010.

The cast included a team of home shopping hosts, Internet entertainer Kevin Wu – popularly known as "KevJumba" – and his father Michael, Ivy League a cappella singers, and a birth mother and daughter who recently reunited following an adoption over twenty years earlier.[5] This was the first season without a married couple. There were three beauty queens competing: Mallory Ervin, who competed in Miss America 2010, where she placed fourth runner-up; Brook Roberts, who competed in Miss America 2005; and Stephanie Smith, who was Miss South Carolina USA 2009.

Four all-female teams were cast this season, a record for the American edition, which had previously only cast as many as three in the sixteen prior seasons.

Chad Waltrip proposed to Stephanie Smith during the course of the Race; they were married on November 20, 2010.[11]

Gary and Mallory raced once again in The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business among a cast of returning teams from seasons 12–17. Mallory also returned on the second All-Star edition racing with Mark from Season 20 to replace an ill Bopper.


The following teams participated in the Race, each listed along with their placements in each leg and relationships as identified by the program. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television, owing to the inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Nat & Kat Doctors 2nd 7th 8th 1st 1stƒ 4th 1st 5th 3rd 1st 3rd 1st Nat 6, Kat 5
Brook & Claire Home Shopping Hosts 4th 1st 6th 3rd 5th 2nd 2nd4 4th 4th 3rd 2nd10 2nd Brook 7, Claire 5
Jill & Thomas Dating 1st 5th 7th 5thε2 3rd 1st 5th 2nd7 1st 2nd 1st 3rd Jill 5, Thomas 7
Nick & Vicki Dating 10th 8th 5th 6th 6th 7th3 3rd 3rd 2nd 4th9 4th11 Nick 6, Vicki 5
Chad & Stephanie Newly Dating→Engaged6 8th 4th 3rd 7th 7th 5th 6th5 1st 5th Chad 5, Stephanie 4
Gary & Mallory Father/Daughter 6th 9th 2nd 2nd 2nd 6th 4th 6th8 Gary 4, Mallory 4
Michael & Kevin Father/Son 7th 3rd 9th 4th 4th 3rd 7th5 Michael 3, Kevin 4
Katie & Rachel Beach Volleyball Partners 5th 2nd 4th 8th 8th Katie 3, Rachel 2
Connor & Jonathan Ivy League A Cappella Singers 3rd 6th 1st 9th Connor 4, Jonathan 0
Andie & Jenna Birth Mom/Daughter 9th 10th Andie 0, Jenna 2
Ron & Tony Best Friends 11th1 Ron 1, Tony 0
  • A red team placement means the team was eliminated.
  • A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward.
  • A purple ε indicates that the team decided to use the Express Pass on that leg.
  • An underlined blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump in the next leg of the Race whereas an underlined and italicized blue placement signifies that there was no Speed Bump on the next Leg due to a production error (see below).
  • A brown ⊃ or a cyan ⋑ indicates that the team chose to use one of the two U-Turns in a Double U-Turn; or indicates the team who received it.
  1. ^ Ron & Tony were issued a penalty for an unspecified amount of time for quitting the coracle task; however, since Ron and Tony checked-in at the Pit Stop last, they were eliminated without the penalty being issued.
  2. ^ Jill & Thomas used the Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 4.
  3. ^ While Nick & Vicki came in last in a non-elimination leg, they did not face a Speed Bump in the following leg. Post-race interviews revealed that the Speed Bump was waived, and that everyone's placement in that leg was equalized at the Detour, in compensation for various production difficulties in the previous leg affecting all of the teams.[12] One of the problems involved the judge at the Classical Music Detour who made erroneous calls causing teams (Nick & Vicki in particular) to spend more time at the task than they needed to.
  4. ^ Brook & Claire (who were currently 2nd at the time) initially followed Michael & Kevin by taking a taxi from the Tower to the Church of the Savior on Blood when the clue instructed them to travel on foot. Upon realising the mistake from Claire, Brook immediately instructed the driver to turn back to the tower in order for them to correct their mistakes. This did not affect their placement.
  5. ^a b Chad & Stephanie arrived without their bags having failed to pay the taxi that drove them to the Pit Stop. They were required to return to their taxi, pay their fare, and retrieve their bags before being allowed to check in. During this time, Michael & Kevin arrived in 6th, but were issued two 30-minute penalties totaling 1-hour (one for hiring a taxi to lead them from Bank Bridge to 1 Vladimirsky Prospekt Tower, and another for taking a taxi from the Tower to the Church of the Savior on Blood, both of which were explicitly prohibited by two clues). Chad & Stephanie returned during Michael & Kevin's penalty time, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking a taxi to Church of the Savior on Blood when the clue instructed them to travel on foot. At that time they were the only two teams left to check in at that point, and since Michael & Kevin had more than 30 minutes remaining on their penalty time, Chad & Stephanie were allowed to check-in immediately for a 6th-place finish, with their 30-minute penalty time to be assessed at the start of the next leg; Michael & Kevin were then fell to last place, which resulted in their elimination.
  6. ^ Chad & Stephanie left the Pit Start in Saint Petersburg over 2 hours late because they accidentally overslept. This did not affect their departure placement since they were the last to depart. Later, on the same leg, Chad proposed to Stephanie, who accepted. Their relationship title was changed from "Newly Dating" to "Engaged".
  7. ^ Jill & Thomas initially arrived 1st, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for paying a taxi driver to lead them to the Pit Stop, which was explicitly prohibited in the clue. Chad & Stephanie checked-in during their penalty time, dropping Jill & Thomas to 2nd.
  8. ^ Gary & Mallory were issued a 30-minute penalty for possessing and using maps, which was explicitly prohibited in the clue; however, since Gary & Mallory checked in at the Pit Stop last, they were eliminated without the penalty being issued.
  9. ^ Nick & Vicki elect to forfeit the Detour because they were too exhausted to continue. They arrived at the Pit Stop last, but were notified that it was a non-elimination leg. The 6-hour penalty they would have taken from the Detour was instead applied to their starting time in Leg 11.
  10. ^ Brook & Claire initially arrived 1st, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking a taxi to their Detour location when the clue instructed teams to travel either on foot or take the subway. Jill & Thomas checked in during their penalty time, dropping Brook & Claire to 2nd.
  11. ^ By the time Nick & Vicki made it to the Seung-il Bridge in Cheorwon, all the other teams had already checked in at the Pit Stop and it had become too dark for them to safely perform some of the tasks, after they fell behind all the other teams due to the penalty issued at the start of the leg (see note 9). During the broadcast of the leg, they were only shown performing the Speed Bump (which was not described by Phil) and then immediately checking in at the Pit Stop for elimination. In interviews after the episode was broadcast, they revealed that they did the Detour as well.[13][14]

Episode title quotesEdit

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers. However, many of the cited websites do not use episode titles, including the network CBS.[15]

  1. "They Don't Call It The Amazing Race For Nothin!" – Brook
  2. "A Kiss Saves the Day" – Brook
  3. "In Phil We Trust" – Connor
  4. "We Should Have Brought Gloves and Butt Pads" – Kevin
  5. "Tastes Like a Million Dollars" – Kat
  6. "Run, Babushka, Run" – Vicki
  7. "I Want to Be in the Circus, That's Where I Belong" – Brook
  8. "Ali Baba in a Suit" – Nick
  9. "There's a Lot of Nuts and Bullets" – Jill
  10. "I Hate Chinese Food" – Vicki
  11. "I'm Surrounded by Ninjas" – Brook
  12. "Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race"[16]Nat


The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg. All trips are sponsored by Travelocity.

  • Leg 1 – The Express Pass – an item that can be used on the Race to skip any one task of the team's choosing up until Leg 8.
  • Leg 2 – A trip for two to Hawaii.
  • Leg 3 – $5,000 for each team member.
  • Leg 4 – A trip for two to Belize.
  • Leg 5 – A trip for two to Costa Rica.
  • Leg 6 – A trip for two to São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Leg 7 – $5,000 for each team member.
  • Leg 8 – A trip for two to Belize.
  • Leg 9 – $15,000 Discover gift card.
  • Leg 10 – A trip for two to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Leg 11 – A trip for two to Iguazu Falls, Argentina.
  • Leg 12 – $1,000,000

Elimination StationEdit

After elimination, the first five eliminated teams were sequestered at a villa in Cancun, Mexico, to await the finale. CBS posted short videos on its website after each episode aired in the Pacific Time Zone to show the eliminated teams interacting at the villa.

  • After Leg 1, Ron & Tony were the first team eliminated and were sent to the villa. They expressed their disappointment at being the first team eliminated but decided to make the most of their situation. After they settled into the villa, they decided to go kayaking, remarking how much easier it was compared to the coracle that they unsuccessfully manned during the Race. Afterward, Ron & Tony sat by the pool and tried to predict who would be the first to join them in the villa; they agreed that it could be anyone.
  • After Leg 2, Andie & Jenna were the second team eliminated and were sent to the villa. Ron and Tony welcomed them, glad to finally have another team at the villa to keep them company. Andie and Jenna revealed that they had only recently met, which shocked and moved both Ron and Tony. Andie and Jenna talked at length about their relationship over dinner with Ron & Tony, with Andie revealing the circumstances surrounding Jenna's adoption, and that she has ten other children.
  • Leg 3 was a non-elimination leg; hence, no new teams were sent to the villa. Ron & Tony gave Andie & Jenna salsa dancing lessons. Afterward, Andie & Jenna sat by the pool and discussed their relationship.
  • After Leg 4, Connor & Jonathan were the third team eliminated and were sent to the villa. Prior to their arrival, the eliminated teams went on a whale shark watching excursion, but after Andie & Jenna became seasick from the rough waves, everyone returned to the villa without seeing any. Later, Connor & Jonathan arrived and shared the song they sang for Phil when they were eliminated. Connor & Jonathan then recounted what happened on their last leg, claiming that the remaining teams were starting to become more cutthroat – news which disappointed Andie & Jenna.
  • After Leg 5, Katie & Rachel were the fourth team eliminated and were sent to the villa. Before their arrival, the three eliminated teams went to Kings Bath, where legend holds that the King bathed his children. Afterward, the three teams speculated on who would show up next, wanting another "fun" team to join them in the villa. Katie and Rachel arrived and immediately expressed how angry and disappointed they were to be eliminated, ignoring the other eliminated teams' attempts to console them. This irritated Ron & Tony, who claimed that Katie & Rachel's bitter attitudes were bringing a negative energy to the house. Later, Katie & Rachel admitted that they did enter the villa in a foul mood, but did not regret anything they had said, further bemoaning the fact that they had lost the Race.
  • Leg 6 was a non-elimination leg; hence, no new teams were sent to the villa. The group played a game of water volleyball together in the villa's pool. Afterward, they went to the beach. Katie & Rachel, still bitter about being eliminated, said that they did not want one of the remaining all-female teams to win the Race, since they had wanted to be the first all-female winners.
  • After Leg 7, Michael & Kevin were the fifth team eliminated and were sent to the villa. After the other teams went snorkeling during the day, Katie & Rachel continued to state that they wanted an all-female team (specifically Brook & Claire) to be eliminated next, as they still were upset that they would not be the first all-female team to win; the two girls were disappointed when they saw Michael & Kevin arrive. Kevin stated his disappointment at their elimination because of an hour-long penalty, while Michael joked that he was glad to finally be done with the stresses of racing. While alone, Kevin continued to say he wished they had not been eliminated so they could have potentially gone to Asia (specifically China where they would have had a linguistic advantage), but Michael told him to just drop the issue. The next day, the eliminated teams visited Punta Sur, where Katie & Rachel spoke with Michael & Kevin about their elimination. Michael told the group that none of them should dwell on losing the Race, and that it should be a learning experience on how to accept even the biggest disappointments in life.
  • After Leg 8, Gary & Mallory were the sixth team eliminated. The teams gathered around a phone, waiting for a call to see who was eliminated. Before the call, Jenna stated that she and Rachel had dreams the previous night that either Gary & Mallory or Brook & Claire were eliminated. Katie & Rachel stated, again, that they wanted Brook & Claire to be eliminated. Everyone was surprised when Gary & Mallory called, and told the teams that it was the hardest leg ever, and that they traveled for 16 hours and ended up losing to Nat & Kat with minutes to spare. After the call, the teams continued to comment on Katie & Rachel's obsession that an all-female team should not win the Race this season. The next day, the eliminated teams went down to the docks to pick up an amberjack and then cook it in the traditional Mayan Tikin Xic style. Once the food was prepared, Andie told everyone that it reminded her of home and being with family, and that the eliminated teams were her substitute family, and Connor joked that she was their substitute birth mom. Later, Ron & Tony spoke with Andie about her relationship with Jenna, and Andie said that whatever Jenna wanted to do from this point on was fine with her.
  • After Leg 9, Chad & Stephanie were the seventh team eliminated. Connor & Jonathan spoke about how they felt the fact that they did not attend their graduation at Princeton makes it better that they did not have the transition from college student into adulthood. Later, the eliminated teams went to Alux, an underground restaurant inside a natural cavern, and Jenna had everyone around the table say what they learned from their time on the Race.
  • Leg 10 was a non-elimination leg, but this Elimination Station featured eliminated teams waiting for the phone call with Chad & Stephanie calling the villa after their elimination in Leg 9. They told the other teams how being U-Turned by Nat & Kat had led to their elimination, and then shared the news about their engagement. Ron joked with them by asking if the elimination affected their engagement. The eliminated teams discussed who they wanted in the Top 3, with Nat & Kat and Brook & Claire both mentioned. Jokes were made about Katie & Rachel's dislike that an all-female team might win and that it was not going to be them. Later, all the eliminated teams packed up and prepared for their flight to the final destination city. Michael finally admitted to Kevin that if he were more confident in himself, they might have been able to go farther in the Race. Andie & Jenna were glad that they would be returning home soon, and Jenna expressed how she felt about her relationship with her biological mother. As the eliminated teams left he villa, all of them speculated on what the final destination would be, with guesses ranging from somewhere in Arizona to Seattle to New York City.
  • After Leg 11, Nick & Vicki were the eighth and final team eliminated. Elimination Station showed the five eliminated teams arriving at the final destination in Los Angeles, California. After arriving in Los Angeles, the teams checked into a hotel, settled into their rooms, and awaited the phone call from the eighth team eliminated. Ron commented that he and Tony were in their home city; Kevin commented that there would be a lot of interesting things to do in Los Angeles, while also saying to his father what it would be like if they were still racing; and Andie and Jenna discussed how their future relationship would develop. Later, the teams gathered to get the call from the field to learn that Nick & Vicki had been eliminated. Vicki mentioned how she had gotten sick in the previous leg and their penalty had contributed to their loss. Nick said that he believed that Jill & Thomas would win the Race, as they had been coming in first lately, but Vicki said that she thought Nat & Kat would win. The eliminated teams joked that Rachel would physically attack either Brook & Claire or Nat & Kat if they came across the finish line first; although Rachel said she was no longer upset that an all-female team could win this season.
  • Leg 12 was the final leg of The Amazing Race 17. Elimination Station showed the Finish Line that took place in Greystone Mansion. Gary & Mallory, Chad & Stephanie, and Nick & Vicki reunited with the other eliminated teams. Andie asked to see Stephanie's engagement ring, and she told the others that they had finished in first place that leg and won a trip to Belize for their honeymoon. Tony led the eliminated teams in a dance before waiting for the remaining teams to cross the finish line. All the eliminated teams were waiting to find out who would cross the Finish Line first and win $1,000,000. When they found out that Nat & Kat crossed the finish line first and won $1,000,000, everyone congratulated them on being the first all-female team to win. Rachel, although still upset that she and Katie were not that team, said she was still happy for their win. The teams then greeted Brook & Claire as they crossed the finish line in 2nd Place, with everyone noting that the top two teams were both female teams. When Jill & Thomas finally crossed the finish line in 3rd Place, Thomas conceded that even though he and Jill were top competitors, Nat & Kat and Brook & Claire were truly the top two teams. Teams expressed their opinions about the final three teams at the Finish Line along with their joys and disappointments about the Race, and the learning experiences they could draw from it.

Race summaryEdit

The Route of the Race (Complete Route Map).
Destinations   Air travel     Rail travel     Water travel     Bus travel
Route Markers   Detour     Roadblock     Fast Forward     U-Turn     Speed Bump     Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → United Kingdom)Edit

The famous prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in England served as the first destination of The Amazing Race 17.

Airdate: September 26, 2010

In the first Roadblock of the Race, one team member had to travel on horseback to a tournament area and use a giant slingshot to launch a watermelon towards a suit of armor standing 50 feet (15 m) away. Once they had knocked the armor over, the team member had to find a court jester, who would give them the next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Upon arrival in London, teams had to drive to Stonehenge in Amesbury to pick up their clue and solve a riddle ("Find the castle that is the opposite of Nor'easter.") to discover that their next route marker was Eastnor Castle. Once at the castle, teams had to climb a ladder on an exterior wall of the castle while peasants standing atop the wall taunted and poured dirty water on them. Once they scaled the wall, they had to retrieve a medieval flag and then use a coracle to cross the castle's moat to bring the flag to a knight in shining armor with the same colors as their flag, who would give them their next clue.
  • After completing the Roadblock, teams were instructed to search the castle grounds for the Pit Stop.
Additional note
  • Right after the Race began, teams made their way to Logan International Airport to reserve one of two flights to London, England. The first three teams would board the first flight, while all the other teams departed a half-hour later on the second flight.

Leg 2 (United Kingdom → Ghana)Edit

The Check Out Detour task showed the Ga custom of having coffins designed after the deceased's job in life.

Airdate: October 3, 2010

For this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to sell sunglasses to make GH₵15 (approx. US$10), and each pair could not be sold for less than GH₵3. Once they earned enough money, they received their next clue.

The first Detour of the Race was a choice between Tune In or Check Out. In Tune In, teams had to travel to Adom Electronics and pick up a television antenna setup, bring it to a marked house, and set it up to the customer's preference. Once the television set picked up a proper signal, the house owner would give them their next clue. In Check Out, teams had to bring a fantasy coffin from Emmanuel's Woodshop to a showroom across town to retrieve their next clue.

Leg 3 (Ghana)Edit

In the Language Arts Detour, teams had to find a set of eight adinkra symbols (as carved at the Calabash stamps in Ntonso, Ghana) in a massive puzzle akin to a word search.

Airdate: October 10, 2010

  • Jamestown (Akotoku Boxing Academy)  
  • Dodowa (Supply Depot)
  • Dodowa (Asebi D/A Primary School)  
  • Doryumu (Home of Awusa Ntso)  

For this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to perform a boxing workout. After first wrapping their hands properly, the team member had to punch a punching bag and then jump rope for 60 seconds on each exercise without stopping. When they completed the workout, their boxing trainer would give them their next clue.

The Detour in this leg was a choice between Bicycle Parts or Language Arts. In Bicycle Parts, both team members had to use a stick to roll a bicycle wheel's rim down the length of a soccer field and back without touching the rim with their hands or letting it fall over. Once they completed their two passes, one of the school children would give them their next clue. In Language Arts, teams chose a proverb with eight highlighted phrases that corresponded to a series of eight Adinkra symbols. Using a nearby decoder key, teams had to locate the eight symbols in a massive word search-like puzzle. Once they circled the correct set of Adinkra symbols, one of the school children would give them their next clue.

Additional task
  • At the Supply Depot in Dodowa, teams had to load up two wheelbarrows with building supplies and deliver them to the Asebi D/A Primary School. Once at the school, teams had to join a geography class studying a map of Africa. While the children located other nations in Africa, teams had to correctly locate Ghana on the map in order to receive their next clue from the students.

Leg 4 (Ghana → Sweden)Edit

Teams traveled to the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, located north of the Arctic Circle, where Michael and Kevin sat on ice chairs for their Speed Bump.

Airdate: October 17, 2010

For this leg's Speed Bump, Michael & Kevin were required to sit on chairs made of ice in the Icehotel for 10 minutes before they could take their next clue and continue racing.

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to choose a sled dog team and hitch the team to a summer training sled. They then had to take the dogs on a course to a hunter's camp, collect five different flags along the way, trade the flags for fur pelts at the end, and bring the pelts back to the lodge for their next clue. They would have to take a penalty lap around the camp for each missed flag in order to obtain the pelts.

The Detour for this leg was a choice between Sleds or Beds. In Sleds, teams had to use TechSleds to race down a mountain course in less than one minute and 58 seconds to receive their next clue. If teams failed to reach the end before the allotted time, they would have to repeat the run. In Beds, teams had to build a traditional Sami dwelling known as a goahti and furnish the inside with furs and a fire pit. A Sami elder would give teams their next clue when the goahti was built and furnished to their satisfaction.

Additional tasks
  • Due to limited availability of flights from Accra, teams were given tickets on a flight to Kiruna via Frankfurt, Germany but were under no obligation to use them.
  • At the Icehotel, teams had to find the storage room and pick up a block of ice. Teams had to figure out that their next location was etched on their block of ice (Swedish: Pietaras Järvivägen Fjellborgs Vid Väkkäräjärvi, lit. Fjellborg's Lodge in Poikkijärvi) in order to obtain their next clue.

Leg 5 (Sweden → Norway)Edit

The Roadblock in Norway required teams to rappel down and then ascend the Skjomen Bridge.

Airdate: October 24, 2010

In the only available Fast Forward of the Race, teams had to drive themselves to the Stornaustet[17] immersive restaurant in Vidrek to participate in a traditional Christmas ritual. Unbeknownst to the teams, they would have eat an entire serving of smalahove, a dish made of a boiled sheep's head, between the two of them to claim the Fast Forward.

The Roadblock required one team member to rappel off the Skjomen Bridge and then signal for one of two waiting boats to give them their next clue. After retrieving the clue from the boat, the team member had to use a mechanical ascender to return to the bridge deck.

The Detour was a choice of Bike or Boat. In Bike, teams had to ride a bicycle along a course to a sign, where combinations of numbers and colors were shown. Teams then had to memorize the combination of the color that matched the color on their bicycle lock, return to the starting point, and then use the combination to unlock their next clue. In Boat, teams had to use a map for reference to navigate a fishing trawler to a specific location. They then had to deliver two cod and a chainsaw to a summer lodge to receive their next clue.

Additional task
  • Upon arrival in Narvik, teams had to find the Fagernesfjellet Mountain, where they had to ride the gondola to the top of the mountain to receive their next clue.

Leg 6 (Norway → Russia)Edit

Upon arrival in Saint Petersburg, teams had to find Russian Rostral Columns on the spit of Vasilievsky Island to find their clue.

Airdate: October 31, 2010

The Detour was a choice between Classical Music and Classic Cinema. In Classical Music, teams traveled to Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace and listened to three different compositions (Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, and Tchaikovsky's Troika) playing on three numbered gramaphones. They then entered a music hall full of pianists playing several different compositions and had to take a copy of the sheet music from the pianist playing one of the three compositions. Once the correct compositions were placed in the correct order, a maestro would give them their next clue. In Classic Cinema, teams traveled to Lenfilm and searched through several hundred filmstrips until they found one matching the film playing in the theatre (Sergei Eisenstein's October). When they showed the correct filmstrip to the projectionist, he would give the teams their next clue.

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to dress up like a babushka, pick up a sack of 50 potatoes, and fill a wheelbarrow with cow manure. A babushka would then show them how to properly plant the potatoes. Once the potatoes were planted, they would receive their next clue from a babushka.

Additional tasks

Leg 7 (Russia)Edit

While in Saint Petersburg, teams participated in a "Russian mystery" task where they were brought to the city's famous landmarks, including the Church of the Savior on Blood.

Airdate: November 7, 2010

The circus-inspired Detour tasks were Circus Band and Circus Clown. In Circus Band, team members had to learn a Russian folk song (Ivan Larionov's Kalinka) on the accordion. Once they played the song correctly, the band leader would give them their next clue. In Circus Clown, teams had to learn plate spinning and get ten plates to spin simultaneously for ten seconds without falling to receive their clue from a clown.

For the Roadblock of this leg, one team member had to clear three gorodki pin formations by tossing a wooden bat to receive their next clue. After two attempts at a formation, the pins would be reset.

Additional task
  • After completing the Detour, teams began a "Russian mystery" task. The first clue was to find the canal bridge guarded by four creatures with golden wings, Bank Bridge, where the next clue told teams to head on foot without a taxi leading them to the tower at 1 Vladimirsky Prospekt. At the top of the tower, only one team member from two teams at most were allowed to look around for a clue to the next location - a figurine of the Church of the Savior on Blood. After locating the figurine, teams then had to walk to the church to get their next clue, which said, "What am I? Peter the Great is buried inside me. The writer Dostoevsky was imprisoned within me. Find me and then search for the Gorodki Courts." Teams had to figure out that their next destination was the Peter and Paul Fortress, where their next clue was located.

Leg 8 (Russia → Oman)Edit

Teams ended this leg of the Race in Oman's Sultanate Palace, the Al Alam Palace, in the center of Muscat.

Airdate: November 14, 2010

During the Pit Stop, teams were moved to the nearby Senate Square in front of the Bronze Horseman statue to begin this leg of the Race.

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to rappel 500 feet (150 m) down the side of the mountain to a field of hundreds of oil lamps, a handful of which held Aladdin's magic ring. Once they found the lamp with the ring, they had to exchange it for their next clue.

The Detour in this leg was a choice between Water Table and Wedding Table. In Water Table, teams have to pump water from a well to fill a water truck and then direct the truck's driver to deliver the water to their assigned house in the neighborhood of Aswat Al Eid. After delivering the water, the customer would give them their next clue. In Wedding Table, teams had to travel to an Arab market and purchase 25 chickens and several other ingredients needed to prepare a traditional Omani dish, maqbous. Once the dish was complete, they have to serve the dish to a bride and groom for their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Upon arrival in Muscat, teams made their way to the Burj Al Mubkharah in Riyam Park, where teams were given small silver ingots with three separate times that would determine when teams would climb the fort's watchtower the following morning.
  • The clue at the watchtower instructed teams to drive themselves to the highest point of Oman, Jebel Shams. At the base of the mountain, a safety driver would take teams to their next clue.
  • At Muttrah Souq, teams had to find a frankincense vendor and then search the marketplace for "Ali Baba" to trade the frankincense for their next clue.

Leg 9 (Oman → Bangladesh)Edit

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Rickshaw Capital of the world, teams had to use cycle rickshaws for travel and had to build one for the Roadblock.

Airdate: November 21, 2010

The Detour for this leg was a choice between Balanced Meal or Balanced Bricks. In Balanced Meal, teams had to pick up 30 filled tiffin carriers and take them by boat to a cargo ship in the harbor. After lifting the carriers onto the ship, teams had to bring ten empty carriers back to shore, where they could exchange them for the next clue. In Balanced Bricks, teams had to unload bricks from a supply barge and carry them in baskets on top of their heads to a nearby shop. Once they delivered 100 intact bricks, the shop manager would give them their next clue.

The Roadblock for the leg required one team member to properly assemble a cycle rickshaw using the parts provided in order to receive their clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Sundarban Square Supermarket, teams had to search for a marked sugarcane stall. There, teams had to press sugarcane to collect enough sugarcane juice to fill a glass, and one team member would have to drink all of the juice to receive the next clue.
  • After completing the Detour, teams were instructed to go on foot to Sadarghat, where they would find a new U-Turn twist (Double U-Turn). Teams then had to travel by cycle rickshaw to Nazira Bazaar for their next clue.

Leg 10 (Bangladesh → Hong Kong, China)Edit

In Hong Kong, teams visited the memorial statue of martial artist and film star Bruce Lee on the Avenue of Stars.

Airdate: November 28, 2010

For this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to use chopsticks to search among several plates of food on a buffet for one of five pieces of fake food normally used for display. Team members had to eat any real food they picked up. Once they found the fake food, they would receive their next clue from a chef.

The Detour was a choice between Ding Ding and Sampan. In Ding Ding, teams had to ride the Hong Kong Tramways, colloquially known as the "Ding Ding", between Arsenal Street and Causeway Bay Tram Terminus, while looking for three signs (reading "Pit Stop", "Statue", and "Square") that, when combined, would reveal the location of the Pit Stop. In Sampan, teams went to the Jumbo Kingdom's dock and took a pair of budgerigars in a birdcage on a sampan. Then they had to search along the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelters for a boat with the registration number matching the number on their birdcage. When found, teams could then trade the birdcage for the location of the Pit Stop: Statue Square.

Additional task

Leg 11 (Hong Kong, China → South Korea)Edit

One of the Detour choices in Seoul paid tributes to South Korea's successful short track speed skating campaign at Winter Olympics.

Airdate: December 5, 2010

During the Pit Stop, all teams were moved to Conrad Hong Kong and began the leg in front of the hotel's entrance. For the leg's Speed Bump, Nick & Vicki had to clean a M109 Self-Propelled Howitzers; however, this task was not described by Phil on-air because they fell much further behind the other teams due to the previous leg.

For this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to pick a headband and then search among two hundred soldiers practicing taekwondo for the one wearing a matching headband. Once they found the right soldier, the soldier would break open a wooden board that contained the next clue. If not, the soldier would take their headband, and team members had to retrieve another headband.

The leg's Detour was a choice between Full Throttle or Full Bottle. For both Detour options, teams were instructed to travel by subway or by foot to the specified location. In Full Throttle, teams traveled to the Mokdong Ice Rink. There, teams had to put on short track speed skating suits and complete a two-person skating relay of 24 laps around the rink before they were given their next clue. In Full Bottle, teams traveled to Namdaemun Market. There, teams had to put on delivery uniforms and then deliver six large glass jars of ginseng roots to a holistic wellness store without breaking any of them. When they were done, both team members had to finish a bottle of ginseng tonic before they could receive their next clue.

Additional tasks

Leg 12 (South Korea → United States)Edit

At the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, teams participated in a Roadblock where they had to decorate the theme float (similar to the one pictured) for the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Airdate: December 12, 2010

The final Roadblock of the Race required one team member to decorate three sections of the theme float for the Tournament of Roses Parade by gluing chrysanthemums to one section, placing roses in special vials of water and then placing them in a section of the float, and then covering a giant cardboard rose with finely ground straw in compliance with the "natural materials" requirement as stated in the rules for decorating the floats. When they completed the float sections correctly, the floral director would tell them that they could obtain their next clue from 2009 Rose Queen Courtney Lee.

Additional tasks
  • At Pier J at the Port of Long Beach, teams rode an elevator to the top of one of the pier's gantry cranes, where they received their clue. They were then dropped from the crane on a tandem bungee swing over the water. Once teams were on the pier they could read their clue, which informed them that they would be riding a helicopter to a surprise destination: the Rose Bowl.
  • The clue after the Roadblock was presented to teams as three riddles to solve: (1) I am Sancho Panza's master (Don Quixote), (2) I am the place to hear The Symphony in the Glen (Griffith Park), (3) Monroe's Year of the Itch (The Seven Year Itch). Teams had to combine the answers to figure out their next destination was located at Quixote Studios' Stage 7 located in Griffith Park.
  • At Quixote Studios, teams were put in front of a large game show-like board that flashed videos of 48 people wearing different kinds of hats, 11 of which were the greeters that welcomed them to the Pit Stops. Teams had to use a control panel to pick the greeters and place them in the order they appeared during the Race. Once they had the correct individuals in the proper order, they would receive their final clue from game show host Bob Eubanks.


US RatingsEdit

# Airdate Episode Rating Share Rating/Share Viewers Rank Rank Rank Rank
Households 18–49 (millions) Timeslot
1 September 26, 2010 "They Don't Call It The Amazing Race For Nothin!" 6.3 10 3.7/9 11.54[18] #2 #2 #26
2 October 3, 2010 "A Kiss Saves the Day" 6.2 10 3.4/9 10.67[19] #2 #2 #28 #25
3 October 10, 2010 "In Phil We Trust" 6.9 11 3.8/9 11.99[20] #3 #3 #20 #13
4 October 17, 2010 "We Should Have Brought Gloves and Butt Pads" 6.3 10 3.5/9 10.94[21] #2 #2 #21 #21
5 October 24, 2010 "Tastes Like a Million Dollars" 6.7 10 3.4/8 11.42[22] #2 #2 #20 #19
6 October 31, 2010 "Run, Babushka, Run" 5.3 9 2.6/7 9.09[23] #3 #3 (<#25) (<#25)
7 November 7, 2010 "I Want to Be in the Circus, That's Where I Belong" 6.5 10 3.3/8 11.01[24] #20 #23
8 November 14, 2010 "Ali Baba in a Suit" 6.0 9 2.8/7 10.34[25] #2 #2
9 November 21, 2010 "There's a Lot of Nuts and Bullets" 6.2 9 3.0/7 10.59[25] #2 #2 #24
10 November 28, 2010 "I Hate Chinese Food" 6.3 10 3.1/8 11.07[26] #13 #17
11 December 5, 2010 "I'm Surrounded by Ninjas" 6.1 9[27] 3.1/8 10.34[28] #2 #2 #17 #14
12 December 12, 2010 "Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race" 7.0 11 3.7/9 12.12[29] #2 #2 #11 #10

Canadian RatingsEdit

Canadian broadcaster CTV also aired The Amazing Race on Sundays at 8pm Eastern, Central, & Atlantic (9pm Pacific & Mountain).

# Airdate Episode Viewers
1 September 26, 2010 "They Don't Call It The Amazing Race For Nothin!" 2.438 #8[30]
2 October 3, 2010 "A Kiss Saves the Day" 2.623 #3[31]
3 October 10, 2010 "In Phil We Trust" 2.301 #7[32]
4 October 17, 2010 "We Should Have Brought Gloves and Butt Pads" 2.989 #1[33]
5 October 24, 2010 "Tastes Like a Million Dollars" 2.723 #2[34]
6 October 31, 2010 "Run, Babushka, Run" 2.360 #6[35]
7 November 7, 2010 "I Want to Be in the Circus, That's Where I Belong" 2.674 #4[36]
8 November 14, 2010 "Ali Baba in a Suit" 2.791 #2[37]
9 November 21, 2010 "There's a Lot of Nuts and Bullets" 2.632 #3[38]
10 November 28, 2010 "I Hate Chinese Food" 2.506 #4[39]
11 December 5, 2010 "I'm Surrounded by Ninjas" 2.681 #1[40]
12 December 12, 2010 "Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race" 2.738 #1[41]


  1. ^ Before Nat & Kat's victory, the first season of The Amazing Race Asia, which premiered in 2006, was won by an all-female team consisting of Malaysian co-workers Joe Jer Tee & Zabrina Fernandez. The Brazilian version known as A Corrida Milionária was also won by an all-female team consisting of friends Patrícia & Sane.


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