The Amazing Race 1

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The Amazing Race 1
The Amazing Race logo
Season run September 5, 2001
– December 13, 2001
Filming dates March 8, 2001
– April 8, 2001
No. of episodes 13
Winning team Rob Frisbee & Brennan Swain
Continents visited 4
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 24
Distance traveled 35,000 miles (56,000 km)
No. of legs 13
All-Stars Joe Baldassare & Bill Bartek,
Kevin O'Connor & Drew Feinberg
Season Chronology
Chronology ► Season 2

The Amazing Race 1 (originally broadcast under the name The Amazing Race) is the first season of the American reality television series The Amazing Race. It was broadcast for the first time on September 5, 2001, and ended on December 13, 2001, on American television.

Lawyers and best friends Rob Frisbee and Brennan Swain were the winners of the inaugural Race.

The complete season set, featuring commentary from four of the teams, was released on DVD in September 2005.


Development and filming[edit]

The first season of The Amazing Race traveled 35,000 miles (56,000 km) in 39 days, spanning 4 continents and 9 different countries. The season was hit with multiple filming delays, including an airport strike in Rome and a sandstorm in Tunisia, the latter of which forced teams to begin leg 6 in Gabès, rather than the original Saharan desert Pit Stop.

Other aspects of filming were unique to the first season of the series. Host Phil Keoghan handed out clues at the beginning of some legs and only greeted the last-place team at each Pit Stop; all other teams were greeted and informed of their placements by local representatives. Each leg's Pit Stop mat featured a localized design; subsequent seasons have used a single mat design throughout the entire race.

During Leg 5, Paul and Amie got lost in the Sahara desert after trying numerous routes; they found the desert oasis Pit Stop by luck, unknowingly skipping the roadblock and final route marker.

Amazing Race courses are planned so that the final three teams will all reach the finish line. However, Joe and Bill were so far behind that they could not catch up and did not finish the race. When they were still completing Leg 12 (which aired alongside Leg 13 in final episode), 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.


Eleven teams participated in the first season of The Amazing Race, ranging from best friends to couples, and a mother and daughter duo. Kevin and Drew made an appearance in Season 8, handing out clues from a hot dog stand in New York City. They also returned, along with Joe and Bill, to participate in the All-Stars edition among a cast of returning teams from seasons 1-10.

Margaretta Groark died on October 26, 2008, after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 67.[1]

Nancy Hoyt died on December 8, 2011, after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, at the age of 56.[2]


Season 1 was not particularly a ratings success, though it was co-directed by Michael Bay. The series premiered six days prior to the September 11 attacks, after which interest in foreign travel waned and viewership fell correspondingly. The show was further hindered by the lack of media coverage and promotion as networks focused on news stories and more patriotic programming. Additionally, the show premiered and competed in the same time slot as with NBC's short-lived Lost, another reality show with a similar premise.[3] The show did just well enough to earn a second season, which aired the following spring.


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 due to inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks Performed1
1 2 3 4ƒ 5ƒ 6ƒ 7 8ƒ 9 10ƒ 11 12 13
Rob & Brennan Lawyers/Best Friends 1stƒ 3rd 3rd 6th 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st Rob 5, Brennan 7
Frank & Margarita Separated Parents 3rd 4th 2nd 4th 5th 1st6 1stƒ 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd Frank 9, Margarita 3
Joe & Bill Life Partners 2nd 2nd 4th 1st 2nd 2nd6 2nd 4th 4thƒ 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd9 Joe 7, Bill 4
Kevin & Drew Fraternity Brothers 9th 5th 1stƒ 2nd 1st 4th 4th 1st 3rd 3rd 4th Kevin 5, Drew 5
Nancy & Emily Mother/Daughter 10th 7th 8th 3rd 3rd 5th 5th 5th 5th8 Nancy 2, Emily 7
Lenny & Karyn Dating 4th 9th 7th 7th 6th 6th7 6th Lenny 2, Karyn 5
Paul & Amie Engaged 8th 6th 6th 5th4 7th5 Paul 3, Amie 1
Dave & Margaretta Grandparents 7th2 8th3 5th 8th Dave 2, Margaretta 1
Pat & Brenda Working Moms 5th 1stƒ 9th Pat 1, Brenda 0
Kim & Leslie Teachers/Roommates 6th 10th Kim 2, Leslie 0
Matt & Ana Married 11th Matt 0, Ana 0
  • A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
  • An underlined blue team placement indicates that the team was the last to arrive at a Pit Stop in a non-elimination leg of the race.
  • A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue. If placed next to a leg number, this indicates that the Fast Forward was available for that leg but not used.
  1. ^ Leg 1 featured an un-aired Roadblock that was only partially shown in the DVD release. Pat & Brenda and Matt & Ana were not shown completing this Roadblock.
  2. ^ Dave & Margaretta initially were checked in at the Pit Stop in 7th, but they were retroactively penalized for not completing the Detour correctly. They served their penalty before the start of the next leg, dropping them to 8th to depart.
  3. ^ Dave & Margaretta initially were checked in at the Pit Stop in 6th, but they were retroactively penalized for not completing the Roadblock correctly. This Roadblock is not included in their Roadblock count because neither Dave nor Margaretta completed it properly. They served their penalty before the start of the next leg, dropping them to 8th to depart.
  4. ^ Paul & Amie checked in 5th at the end of the Leg, but were 4th to depart on the next leg after being awarded a time credit due to production difficulties.
  5. ^ Paul & Amie arrived at the Pit Stop by chance after getting lost and unknowingly skipping the Roadblock. However, since they were already in last place, they were eliminated without being assessed the 4-hour penalty.
  6. ^a b Frank & Margarita and Joe & Bill initially arrived 1st and 2nd, respectively, but were each issued a 30-minute penalty for failing to follow a clue correctly. The penalty did not affect their placements.
  7. ^ Lenny & Karyn were granted a time credit for production difficulties. This did not affect their placement.
  8. ^ Nancy & Emily initially arrived 4th, but were issued a 24-hour penalty for failing to complete either Detour option after getting lost and taking a cab to the Roadblock. Joe & Bill checked in during the penalty time, causing Nancy & Emily to fall to last place and resulting in their elimination.
  9. ^ Joe & Bill had fallen so far behind that they were unable to complete the final leg. When Joe & Bill departed from Takosha Lodge in Alaska and reached the last Detour, they were informed that the race was over.

Episode titles[edit]

The episode titles are:

  1. The Race Begins
  2. Divide And Conquer
  3. Home For Some
  4. Colossal Showdown
  5. Desert Storm
  6. Whatever It Takes To Win
  7. Triumph And Loss
  8. Competition To The Fullest
  9. The Unexpected Twist
  10. To The Physical And Mental Limit
  11. Fight To The Last Minute
  12. Race To The Finish - Part 1
  13. Race To The Finish - Part 2

Race summary[edit]

Route map, the green dot represents both the starting line and the finish line
Destinations Legenda lotnisko.svg Air travel   Legenda kolej.svg Rail travel   Legenda prom.svg Water travel   Bus-logo.svg Bus travel
Route Markers Detour icon.svg Detour   Roadblock icon.svg Roadblock   Fast Forward icon.svg Fast Forward   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → South Africa → Zambia)[edit]

Victoria Falls was the first ever location visited in the entire series

Airdate: September 5, 2001

In the first Fast Forward of the race, teams had to hike down a steep slope to the Boiling Pot on the Zambezi River. The very first Detour of the entire series had teams choosing between Air and Land. In Air, teams had to take a zipline across the gorge and then experience a 54-meter gorge swing. In Land, teams had to take a long hike down the rim of the gorge to receive the next clue. An unaired Roadblock (available as a bonus feature on the DVD set) required one team member to cook an ostrich egg, after which both team members were required to eat it.

Leg 2 (Zambia → France)[edit]

Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France was the second Pit Stop of The Amazing Race 1

Airdate: September 19, 2001[Note 1]

In this leg's Fast Forward, a team had to whitewater raft along the treacherous rapids of the Zambezi River with Bundu Adventures. They then had to locate the Fast Forward clue. In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Near and Far. In Near, teams went to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to photograph three hard to find animals from a list. In Far, teams had to go to Chobe National Park to photograph a single elephant. In the first aired Roadblock of the series, one team member had to take the stairway up to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and use a 10 coin to operate a telescope. The teammate had to search the Parisian skyline using the telescope to spot the team's next destination, marked with a Race flag.

Additional task
  • At Mukuni village, Teams take part in a traditional welcome ceremony for honored guests. The ceremony involved meeting the village chief (who would spit on them) as well as viewing and participating a tribal dance. Teams then gave the village chief the photographs they took during the Detour, and in return received a miniature of the Eiffel Tower as the only clue to their next destination.

Leg 3 (France)[edit]

After leaving Paris, teams ended the leg in Les Baux de Provence.

Airdate: September 26, 2001

In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Tough Climb and Easy Walk. In Tough Climb, teams must travel to Notre Dame de Paris and had to climb up the 297 steps of the cathedral and ring Quasimodo's bell. In Easy Walk, teams had to find a statue of a cat sitting beside a Foucault pendulum. Teams were not told that there are two Foucault pendulums in Paris; only the one at the Panthéon is next to such a statue (the other is located at the Museum of Arts and Crafts). In this leg's Fast Forward, teams had to find an obscure tea shop called Mariage Frères and ask for a specific tea. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to walk through the sewers of Paris to the Place du Châtelet, two blocks away.

Additional task
  • At the Hôtel de Ville, teams must find a man dressed in blue suit standing across from the hotel to receive the Roadblock clue.

Leg 4 (France → Tunisia)[edit]

Amphitheater of Thysdrus in El Djem, the site of this leg's Roadblock, where one team member was to light a torch and find the pit of death

Airdate: October 3, 2001

In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Full Body Brew and Full Body Massage. In Full Body Brew, teams had to find a coffee shop in Bab Bhar marketplace using only a picture for reference. In Full Body Massage, teams, with the help of a map, had to find a massage parlor and sit through a 20 minute massage. The unused Fast Forward told teams to go fishing for it on board the Kinsa in the port of Sidi Bou Said.[4] In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to navigate the amphitheater and light a torch to find the pit of death. Then, they had to take a sword dangling above the pit and bring it to the Pit Stop. Then, the teams had to slide the sword into the sheath to finish the leg.

Additional tasks
  • At the beginning of the leg, teams received an small, unidentified flag of Tunisia and instructions to travel by boat from Marseille to the country represented by the flag. They also received a picture of the man they had to find when they arrived at their destination.
  • After the detour, teams received a lighter marked with a picture of the Amphitheater of Thysdrus in El Djem and the words "Go Here".

Leg 5 (Tunisia)[edit]

Ksar Hadada was the location for a Listening Detour in this leg

Airdate: October 10, 2001

In this leg's Detour, teams had to choice between Listening and Puzzling. In Puzzling, teams had to solve a simple Tunisian dice game at the hard-to-find Ksar Ouled Soltane. In Listening, teams had to find the well-known Ksar Hadada. They then had to use a supplied walkie talkie to find another one hidden somewhere in the labyrinth of caves. The Fast Forward was to use a map that had an arrow pointing to a location to find a cave and take a picture of something inside.[5] In this leg's Roadblock, one team member rode a camel led by the other team member across the Sahara Desert and use a compass to guide them through a set of directions to find a route marker in the middle of the desert.

Additional task
  • At the start of the leg, teams received a picture of a Globe monument and instructions to find Tataouine.

Leg 6 (Tunisia → Italy)[edit]

Rome's famous Colosseum was visited on this leg of the Race

Airdate: October 17, 2001

During the Pit Stop, word of sandstorm in Sahara forced the teams to move to Gabès to start the leg. In this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Foot and Hoof. In Foot, teams had to find a large statue of a foot at Palazzo dei Conservatori. The foot statue was well-known, and the picture teams received contained the entire statue. In Hoof, teams were given a partial picture of another statue that is not as well known. The statue was a horse at Altare della Patria, but teams only received a picture of its hoof. However, if teams completed Hoof instead of Foot, they would find taxis waiting for them. In this leg's unused Fast Forward, teams were instructed to find "the keys to the arms of St. Peter" in Vatican City. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to drive a small Italian car to the town square of Sant'Agata Bolognese, the leg's Pit Stop, using a map written entirely in Italian. The other team member received a free ride in a sports car traveling at 180 miles/per hour.

Additional task
  • At the Palace Hotel in Tunis, teams received a picture of a spot marked near the Colosseum.

Leg 7 (Italy → India)[edit]

The Red Fort in Delhi, where teams received a Roadblock clue

Airdate: October 24, 2001

In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Glide and Ride. In Glide, teams took a glider ride with a professional glider. One team member rode in the gilder while the other rode in the towing plane, the prior also being treated to a surprise nose-dive. Once completed, the team would receive a free taxi ride to the train station. In Ride, teams had to ride bikes 8 kilometers and follow a street map to find the next clue. In this leg's Fast Forward, one team had to find Castello Estense and ride a boat through its moat to find a clue hidden in the wall. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to hire a rickshaw and find a shopkeeper in the Red Fort Market. The shopkeeper would show the team member a blue box containing a replica of the Taj Mahal. However, the clue he gave them merely told the teams to find the Taj Khema Hotel (which is located near the Taj Mahal).

Leg 8 (India)[edit]

Agra's famous Taj Mahal was visited during the leg

Airdate: October 31, 2001

There was an unused Fast Forward that had teams traveling to Jantar Mantar to climb 22 or 33 steps.[6] In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Elephant and Rowboat. In Elephant, teams had to find a holy man inside the Amber Fort and had to ride an elephant up a steep path to reach him. In Rowboat, teams had to find a holy man at the Jal Mahal palace by using a row boat to get to him. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member to find a canister of clues somewhere in the labyrinth of the Karni Mata Temple, a temple devoted to the worship of rats, which are sacred to locals and free to roam around. The teams had to find the clue in a clay pot within the temple, wearing only their socks

Leg 9 (India → Thailand)[edit]

Teams received their detour clue at the Temple of Dawn in Bangkok

Airdate: November 14, 2001

For the leg's Fast Forward, teams had to go to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Teams were then required to play a traditional Buddhist Game that utilized the 108 urns alongside the giant reclining Buddha. They had to choose a bowl of coins and attempt to drop exactly one coin in every urn. If the bowl they choose did not contain exactly 108 coins, they had to choose another bowl to play the game again. The first team to complete this task would win the Fast Forward. In the Detour, teams had to choose between Public and Private. For both Detours, teams had to find transportation to Kanchanaburi. In Public, teams had to go to a local bus station and board a bus leaving every 15 minutes, using their own money. In Private, teams had to find a free private vehicle within a specified area with a license plate number as the only means of identification. In the Roadblock, one team member had to dress like a Monk and walk through a pit of tigers to retrieve the clue.

Leg 10 (Thailand)[edit]

Teams traveled to Railay Beach, another location in this leg

Airdate: November 21, 2001

In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Hike and Climb. In Hike, teams had to travel on a long path to find their next clue. In Climb, teams had to take a difficult rock climb up Thaiwand Wall to find their next clue. After either Detour option, teams then rappelled down into a boat. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to paddle a kayak with their team member and their luggage down a river in search of a route flag. Once the flag was spotted, the team member would climb into a nearby cave at Tham Hua Kalok to get the next clue along with snorkeling gear. The unaired and unable to be used Fast Forward was to climb 1,200 steps at Wat Tum Sua (tiger cave temple) to get the clue..[7]

Additional tasks
  • Once the teams arrived at King's Climbing, they had to put on special rock climbing gear, then hike half a mile through tropical jungle to reach Thaiwand Wall.
  • After completing the Detour, the teams had to hike back down to a lower section of the rock wall, then rappel into a boat to continue.
  • After the Roadblock, either team member could paddle back to Sea, Land and Trek. Then, teams had to hire a boat and find a route marker bobbing in the water 4 miles (6.4 km) from the mainland. Once they found the route marker near Chicken Island, they had to put on the snorkel gear they collected at the Roadblock and dive in the water to get their next clue.

Leg 11 (Thailand → China)[edit]

The Temple of Heaven alongside Tiantan Park in Beijing was the 11th Pit Stop and final elimination point of the Race

Airdate: November 28, 2001

This leg's detour had teams choosing between Volley and Rally. In Volley, teams had to score five points in a game of ping pong against a local champion at a nearby community center. In Rally, teams took three common forms of local transportation used throughout China. First, teams had travel by Bus to Hu Jia Lou. Next, teams had to ride a motorcycle taxi to Liu Jia Yao. Finally, teams had to a ride a Chinese Bicycle Taxi to Quan Xin Yuan Restaurant. When they get there successfully, teams would get their next clue. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to eat the food bought at the Beijing Food Market (see additional task below). The unaired and unable to be used Fast Forward was to travel to the Forbidden City.[8]

Additional tasks

Leg 12 (China → United States)[edit]

Upon arrival at the Great Wall of China, teams receive the detour clue along Jūyōng Pass

Airdate: December 5, 2001

In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Flat and Steep. Both tasks had teams walking along the Great Wall of China to find their clue. In Flat, the path to the clue would be much longer, but level. In Steep, teams were to take a much shorter, but extremely steep and difficult path to the next clue. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to climb an ice wall and retrieve information from the glacier.

Additional tasks
  • At the Tiantan Park, teams had to use a marked map and find kite flyers who were flying kites that had their next clue.
  • After spending the night at the Bed and Breakfast in Scotty Lake, one team member had bounce on an Alaskan tapestry until they spotted the next route marker. Once at the Route Marker, teams would get their next clue.
  • At Mile Marker 131 along Parks Highway in Denali State Park, teams had to leave their vehicles behind and ride a snowmobile to the Pit Stop.

Leg 13 (United States)[edit]

The Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Park in the New York borough of Queens hosted the finish line of the inaugural season of The Amazing Race

Airdate: December 13, 2001

In the final Detour, teams chose between Dog Power and Horsepower. In Dog Power, teams rode dog sleds 11 miles (18 km) to their next clue. In Horsepower, teams used much faster snowmobiles to ride 30 miles (48 km) to the next clue. In the final Roadblock, one team member had to strip down to their underwear or a bathing suit and plunge into the freezing waters of Fish Lake, completely submerge their heads, and then swim to their next clue.


USA ratings[edit]

Order Episode Rating/Share
1 "The Race Begins" 5.1[9] 11.80 N/A
6 "Whatever It Takes to Win" 3.6/9 8.37 N/A
7 "Triumph and Loss" 4.0/10[10] 9.17 N/A
13 "Race To The Finish - Part 2" 6.0[11] 13.65 #20


  1. ^ The episode was originally scheduled to air on September 12, 2001, but CBS postponed its airing to focus on news coverage regarding the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.


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