The Amazing Race 2

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The Amazing Race 2
Season run March 11, 2002
– May 15, 2002
Filming dates January 7, 2002
– February 3, 2002
No. of episodes 11
Winning team Chris Luca & Alex Boylan
Continents visited 5
Countries visited 8
Cities visited 27
Distance traveled 52,000 miles (84,000 km)
No. of legs 13
All-Stars Oswald Mendez & Danny Jimenez
Season Chronology
Season 1 ◄ Chronology ► Season 3

The Amazing Race 2 is the second installment of the American reality television show The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race 2 features eleven teams of two with a pre-existing relationship in a race around the world. It premiered on March 11, 2002 and ended on May 15, 2002.

Childhood friends Chris Luca and Alex Boylan won this edition of the race.

In 2011, the complete season was released on DVD exclusively on via its CreateSpace program. The DVD was previously released as a 5 disc package in two volumes, but was later reissued as a one-piece, 3-disc set.


Development and Filming[edit]

The second edition of The Amazing Race traveled 52,000 miles (84,000 km) miles in 28 days, spanning 5 continents and 8 different countries. Filming occurred between January and February 2002. The Race visited the countries of Brazil, Namibia, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the continents of South America and Oceania for the first time. This is the only season (excluding The Amazing Race 8, which traveled only in North America) to not travel to Europe.

This edition marked the debuts of several Race traditions. The color scheme for all route markers and flags was changed to yellow and red after the previous season's yellow and white. In addition, host Phil Keoghan and a local greeter welcomed all teams arriving at the Pit Stop at the end of each leg; previously, Keoghan appeared only to greet (and usually eliminate) the last-place team.

Contestant Cyndi Kalenberg[1] claimed that there was confusion about the vehicle replacement rules in Leg 2, in which the racers were informed that if their designated jeep broke down, the racers themselves would have to pay for repairs and wait for it to be fixed. Blake and Paige, however, were provided with a new vehicle when their jeep broke down; this helped them beat Hope and Norm in a race for second-to-last place to the Pit Stop, allowing Blake and Paige to stay in the race while Hope and Norm were eliminated. Since the next season, Race policy is that a team will receive a replacement if a production-provided vehicle breaks down or becomes unsafe to drive through no fault of the team, though the team will not be given any time credit for the situation.

Towards the end of the final leg, Chris and Alex passed Tara (and later Wil) in a foot race to the finish line.[2] This marks the closest finish in the American edition of The Amazing Race; the second season of the Latin American version ended with the winning team besting the second-place team by just a few yards.


Eleven teams participated in the second season of The Amazing Race. The cast featured twins, a mother & daughter duo, siblings, grandmothers, pastors, and childhood friends.

Oswald and Danny were selected to race in The Amazing Race All-Stars among a cast of returning teams from the first ten seasons.

The season featured Heloísa Pinheiro, the real-life "Girl from Ipanema", as the woman teams were to find on the "Beach" Detour option in the first leg.

Alex Boylan went on to create and host the first season of Around the World For Free, in which he journeyed around the world with no money to his name, relying on the generosity and hospitality of locals to continue on.[3]

Gary Rosen later returned to The Amazing Race, working as a story producer for the 5th season

Blake Mycoskie went on to found TOMS Shoes, a footwear company that donates a pair of shoes to needy children for every pair sold.


This season had two official sponsors; American Airlines and Royal Caribbean International. These two sponsors provided the prizes that were sometimes awarded to teams that arrived in first place.


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 performed
1 2 3ƒ 4 5ƒ 6ƒ 7 8ƒ 9 10 11 12 13
Chris & Alex Lifelong Friends 6th 2nd 7th 7th6 1st 6th 2nd 2nd 1stƒ 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st Chris 5, Alex 6
Tara & Wil Separated Couple 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 5th 3rd 4th7 3rd 2nd 1stƒ 1st8 2nd Tara 4, Wil 7
Blake & Paige Brother/Sister 4th2 9th 5th3 4th 4th 3rd 5th 5th7 2nd 1stƒ 2nd 1st 3rd Blake 8, Paige 3
Oswald & Danny Best Friends 8th 7th 1st 1stƒ 6th 4th 4th 1st 4th 4th 4th Oswald 6, Danny 3
Gary & Dave Former Roommates 9th 5th 3rd 3rd6 5th 2nd 1stƒ 3rd 5th Gary 2, Dave 5
Mary & Peach Sisters 7th 4th 4th 5th 2nd 1st 6th5 Mary 3, Peach 2
Cyndi & Russell Pastors/Married Parents 2nd 6th 8th 6th 7th Cyndi 1, Russell 3
Shola & Doyin Twins 3rd 1stƒ 5th3 8th5 Shola 0, Doyin 1
Peggy & Claire Grandmothers 10th 8th 9th4,5 Peggy 0, Claire 1
Hope & Norm Married Parents 4th2 10th Hope 0, Norm 1
Deidre1 & Hillary Mother/Daughter 11th Deidre 0, Hillary 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. ^ There is ambiguity over the spelling of Deidre's name. In the first two episodes, the opening and on-screen graphics show her name as "Deidre". Beginning with the third episode, the opening shows her name as "Diedre".
  2. ^a b Blake & Paige and Hope & Norm both agreed to a 4th place tie after both teams stepped on the Pit Stop mat at the same time.
  3. ^a b Blake & Paige and Shola & Doyin both agreed to a 5th place tie after both teams stepped on the Pit Stop mat at the same time.
  4. ^ Peggy & Claire left the Pit Start in Foz do Iguaçu over 37 minutes late because they overslept and missed their departure time. This did not affect their overall placement in Leg 3.
  5. ^a b c In their respective elimination legs, Peggy & Claire, Shola & Doyin, and Mary & Peach were all well behind on the course when all other teams checked in. Instead of being allowed to complete all tasks left in the leg, they were each instructed to go directly to the Pit Stop for elimination.
  6. ^a b Gary & Dave initially arrived 2nd, and Chris & Alex arrived 7th, but they were each issued a retroactive 42-minute penalty for speeding during the leg. Both teams served their penalties before beginning the next leg; this dropped Gary & Dave to 3rd to depart, while Chris & Alex remained in 7th.
  7. ^a b Wil and Blake both incorrectly performed the Roadblock with their partners and had to completely re-do the Roadblock before getting their next clue.
  8. ^ Tara & Wil initially arrived 2nd, but were given a 1-minute credit due to a minor production difficulty. They were declared to have tied for first with Blake & Paige, and were also given the prize for winning the leg as a result.

Episode title quotes[edit]

Starting with this season, episode titles are taken from quotes made by the racers in each episode. Quotes are sometimes altered slightly for humorous effect.

  1. "The World Is Waiting: Go!" – Phil Keoghan
  2. "Help Me, I'm American!" – Blake
  3. "My Alarm Clock Didn't Go Off!" – Claire
  4. "This Game Is About Minutes" – Shola
  5. "Welcome To The World Of Being Human" – Mary
  6. "I'm Gonna Take His Girl" – Alex
  7. "I'm Gonna Throw Up On Phil's Shoes" – Oswald
  8. "I'm Not a Miner! No, You're An Idiot!" – Wil/Tara
  9. "Ready To Lose Our Lives" – Oswald
  10. "It's Hammer Time" – Chris
  11. "Follow That Plane!" – Wil


Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete certain legs.

  • Leg 1 - A vacation to Hawaii provided by American Airlines Vacations.
  • Leg 8 - A seven day cruise on Royal Caribbean
  • Leg 9 - A vacation to Cancún provided by American Airlines Vacations.
  • Leg 10 - A vacation to Puerto Rico provided by American Airlines Vacations.
  • Leg 11 - A vacation to Los Cabos provided by American Airlines Vacations.
  • Leg 12 - A vacation to London and Paris provided by American Airlines Vacations.
  • Leg 13 - $1,000,000

Race summary[edit]

Route map
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 → Brazil)[edit]

In Rio de Janeiro, teams traveled to Sugarloaf Mountain where they found the race's first Detour.

Airdate: March 11, 2002

The Detour on this leg was Mountain or Beach. In Mountain, teams rappelled 590 ft (180 m) down Sugarloaf Mountain. When they were done, they would immediately find their next clue. In Beach, teams had to take the gondola back to the ground and proceed to Ipanema Beach to find the woman who inspired the song "The Girl from Ipanema" (Heloísa Pinheiro) with only a photo as a means of identification. Once the woman was found, she would give them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • On Paqueta Island, teams had to find a big tree known as "Fat Maria" and follow the local custom of kissing the tree for good luck to receive the next clue.
  • At the Lido Hotel, teams had to sign up for one of four boats leaving the next morning, each leaving 45 minutes behind the previous one.

Leg 2 (Brazil)[edit]

Iguaçu Falls was the site of the first Roadblock of this race.

Airdate: March 13, 2002

To win the Fast Forward, one team had to go to Copacabana Beach and score ten points in a game of volleyball against a team of locals who could only use their feet (Teams, however, were permitted to use their hands). The Detour on this leg was Freak Out or Seek Out. In Freak Out, teams had to hang glide with a local instructor from the mountain to the beach below. When both teammates landed on the beach, they would get their next clue. In Seek Out, teams had to find metal detectors on the same beach and use it to find the next clue buried somewhere along a 1.5 mile stretch of sand. For the Roadblock, one team member had to ride a speedboat into Iguaçu falls, using a map to guide its pilot. They had to spot the flag at the top of a rocky structure near the falls and then follow the marked path to the clue.

Additional task
  • At the start of the leg, teams were given a feather along with instructions to take it to the Samba Club. They then had to match the feather to one of the dancers' headdresses. When they found the correct dancer, she would give them their next clue.

Leg 3 (Brazil → South Africa)[edit]

In Cape Town, teams traveled to Robben Island, where famous prisoner and former President Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

Airdate: March 20, 2002

For this leg's Fast Forward, teams had to find the Mooiberge Strawberry Field and look inside a "Zebra," (actually a large zebra-shaped scarecrow) to find the clue.[4] The Detour on this leg was Dance or Deliver. In Dance, teams had to put on a costume and sing and dance with a local troupe until they made R25 in tips. Once done, the troupe leader would take the money and give them their next clue. In Deliver, teams had to carry fish from a boat and transfer it to some scales. Once they transferred 125 kg (276 lb) of fish, the fish monger would give them their next clue. For the Roadblock, one team member had to search through Langa to buy a box of Epsom salts and a "Smiley" (sheep's head). They would then deliver them as an offering to a healer, who would then make them a bitter potion to drink for the next clue.

Additional task
  • At Robben Island, teams had to find Section B Cell 5 (famous as Nelson Mandela's prison cell) to get their next clue.

Leg 4 (South Africa → Namibia)[edit]

The Swakopmund Lighthouse in Swakopmund, was the site of a Fast Forward clue.

Airdate: March 27, 2002

In the Fast Forward, teams had to search the Swakopmund Hotel grounds and find the pool to retrieve the Fast Forward clue floating inside. Teams were told to look "Where the railway tracks used to run", as the Swakopmund Hotel used to be a railway station. The Detour on this leg was Slide or Stride. In Slide, teams had to slide down the steep side of a dune to the route marker at the bottom. In Stride, teams had to walk down the other side of the dune, following a path of flags. In the Roadblock, one team member had to buy five wood animal carvings (lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard and elephant). Once done, they had to bring all five woodcarvings to a bushman, who would exchange a large giraffe carving with the clue attached. The teams had to bring the giant giraffe to the Pit Stop.

Additional tasks
  • At Cape Aviation Business Centre, teams had to sign up for one of two charter flights to Walvis Bay, Namibia.
  • At Swakopmund Lighthouse, teams had to find 4x4 vehicles in a nearby lot. Once spotted, they could run to the lot and pick a vehicle and their next clue. They are accompanied by a local driver who, for safety reasons, would take over the wheel at dusk.
  • At the General Dealer, teams had to go inside and ask for the "postcard of the day" for the next clue.

Leg 5 (Namibia → Thailand)[edit]

Upon arriving in Bangkok, teams traveled to the Erawan Shrine, where they discovered that they were to perform a Detour.

Airdate: April 3, 2002

In the Fast Forward, teams had to find the Amulet Market at Wat Ratchanadda, where one of them would have to have their head shaved, a Bhuddist tradition.[5] The Detour on this leg was Confusion Now or Confusion Later. In Confusion Now, teams needed to find a specific water taxi dock and take the correct one to a bird market. Once there, they would simply release a cage full of sparrows for good karma. In Confusion Later, teams had to take a taxi to Chinatown in Charoen Krung Soi 21, where they had to purchase a car to burn at Lee Ti Biew shrine. Teams had to figure out that the car they needed was one of the small paper cars sold at booths near the shrine. For the Roadblock, one team member had to put on a mask and venture into a cave full of bats to retrieve their next clue.

Leg 6 (Thailand)[edit]

A few tasks of this leg in Northern Thailand involved Asian elephants.

Airdate: April 10, 2002

The Detour of this leg was Boat or Beast. In Boat, teams had to travel down the river using a bamboo raft with long poles. In Beast, teams had to ride on the back of an elephant down a path next to the river. The Roadblock required one team member to wash chalk decorations from a religious ceremony off an elephant. When the elephant master was satisfied, they would get their next clue.

Leg 7 (Thailand → Hong Kong, China)[edit]

In Hong Kong, teams traveled to the Central Plaza where they had to search the skyline for the Star Ferry Pier.

Airdate: April 17, 2002

The Detour on this leg was Wishing Tree or Herbal Tea. In Wishing tree, teams had to drive 18 miles (29 km) to a special wishing tree. Once there, they needed to write a wish on a scroll and throw it into the tree's branches. In Herbal Tea, teams walked to a herbal shop in a marketplace on Saigon Street. Once there, they had to drink a cup of foul-tasting tea. To win the Fast Forward, a team needed to search the basement of the Wong Tai Sin Temple for a fortune teller who would give one team member a face reading and the other a palm reading. The Roadblock required one team member to climb to the top of a crane and use the controls to move 2,000 lb (910 kg) shipping container off of a truck and onto the ground, then return the crane to its original position. Once done, the other team member was allowed to get the next clue from the side of the shipping container.

Additional task
  • At Central Plaza, teams used binoculars to search for a "green and white star" (the logo of the Star Ferry terminal) to find their next destination.

Leg 8 (Hong Kong, China → Australia)[edit]

The Murray House in Hong Kong was the location of the beginning of another Detour clue.

Airdate: April 24, 2002

The Detour on this leg was Dragon or Lion. In Dragon, teams had to row a dragon boat, usually suited for twelve people, through a short, marked, 600m course. In Lion, teams had to carry a two person ceremonial lion 2,400m, through narrow markets and steep stairs. In the Fast Forward teams had to find Po Lin Monastery and then had to climb 268 steps to the Tian Tan Buddha, where they would find the clue. The Roadblock required one team member to follow a series of clues written in Australian slang. The team members had to find the surfie (surfer) in the lairy daks (flashy shorts) at Martin Place, the anklebiter (child) riding a bicycle around Archibald Fountain at Hyde Park, the Sheila (woman, usually single and attractive) in the Aussie cozzie (swim suit) near Captain Cook Statue in Hyde Park and the bushie (country person who resides in the Australian Outback) in Circular Quay.

Leg 9 (Australia)[edit]

Teams visited the Sydney Harbour Bridge, where they climbed to its summit to receive their next clue.

Airdate: April 24, 2002

The Fast Forward required one team to go to Harry's Cafe de Wheels, where both team members had to eat a meat pie. The Detour on this leg was Cool Down or Heat Up. In Cool Down, teams had to find the Opal Quest mine in Coober Pedy and search within for a pile of dirt that hid an opal. Once found, the team could return to the surface to show the judge and collect their next clue. In Heat Up, teams played three holes of golf on a hot desert golf course where the holes criss-cross with each other. They were given a map and only one ball and would be playing at temperatures as high of 130 °F. The Roadblock require one team member to stand inside a circle and throw a boomerang in such a way that it would leave, return to, and land within the circle.

Additional task
  • At the BridgeClimb Sydney, teams had to sign up for a climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to receive their next clue.
  • Upon arriving in Adelaide, teams had to sign-up for one of three charter flights to Coober Pedy.

Leg 10 (Australia → New Zealand)[edit]

In the Quick Jump Detour task, teams had to bungee jump 450 feet (140 m) off the Nevis Highwire Platform.

Airdate: May 1, 2002

To win the Fast Forward, one team had to take a speedboat down the Shotover River and find a flag. The Detour on this leg was Quick Jump or Long Hike. In Quick Jump, teams had take a tandem bungee jump 450 feet (140 m) down to the clue at the bottom of the canyon. In Long Hike, teams had to hike down a long trail to the bottom of the canyon. The Roadblock required one team member to enter a pen full of sheep and separate the three black sheep from 22 white sheep. When finished, both team members could head straight to the nearby Pit Stop.

Additional task
  • After leaving the Pit Stop, teams hitched a ride on a road train, which transported them and their vehicles to Glendambo.
  • In Glendambo, teams had to sign up for either a 10:30am or 11:15am flight to the nearest airport in Adelaide.

Leg 11 (New Zealand)[edit]

The Waitomo Caves in New Zealand's North Island, was the location of the Detour in this leg.

Airdate: May 8, 2002

To win the Fast Forward, one team had to perform a "scree run" — run down Mount Tarawera's loose rock walls to the mouth of the dormant volcano. The Detour on this leg was Drop or Climb. In Drop, teams had to descend 350 feet (110 m) into a cavern known as "The Lost World" and then walk a short distance to the clue located on Jesus Rock. In Climb, teams had to climb down a 100 feet (30 m) ladder into the cavern and then walk for much longer to the clue at the same rock. The Roadblock required one team member to ride an ATV through a challenging off-road course with difficult terrain, collecting the clue at the end of the course.

Leg 12 (New Zealand → United States)[edit]

Teams traveled to the island of Molokini in Hawaii to perform a Roadblock.

Airdate: May 15, 2002

The Detour on this leg was Bike or Walk. In Bike, teams had to search the large pineapple field to find the one and only single plastic, red pineapple. In Walk, teams searched the same field on foot to find one of four yellow plastic pineapples . In either case, once the teams found the right pineapple, they could open it to get their next clue. In the Roadblock one team member had to snorkel near Molokini island and find one of three yellow cases chained underwater. Once they were able to open it, they could retrieve the clue sealed inside.

Leg 13 (United States)[edit]

Fort Baker in Sausalito hosted the finish line of The Amazing Race 2.

Airdate: May 15, 2002

The Roadblock required one team member to use any of the tools picked up from the hardware store (see additional tasks) including a hammer, chisel, drill and flamethrower to retrieve the clue frozen inside a large globe of ice.

Additional tasks
  • At Trapper Creek, teams had to spend the night in an igloo before receiving the next clue. In the morning, the teams would have to put on snowshoes and hike through the woods to their next clue.
  • Leaving Trapper Creek, one team member had to drive a Snowcat across a frozen lake.
  • At Homesteader's Hardware Store, teams had to pick up some tools and a propane tank along with the next clue.


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