The Amazing Race 13

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Amazing Race 13
Presented byPhil Keoghan
WinnersNicholas "Nick" Spangler and Emily "Starr" Spangler
No. of legs11
Distance traveled40,000 mi (64,000 km)
No. of episodes11
Original releaseSeptember 28 –
December 7, 2008
Additional information
Filming datesApril 22, 2008 – May 14, 2008
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 12
Next →
Season 14

The Amazing Race 13 is the thirteenth 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.

The 13th season was part of the fall lineup for the 2008–09 season. It aired Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT from September 28, 2008 until the season finale on December 7, 2008.[1][2]

Siblings Nicholas "Nick" Spangler and Emily "Starr" Spangler were the winners of this Race. Excluding the Family Edition of season 8, "Starr" remains the youngest person ever to win The Amazing Race, at age 21. Nick and Starr are also the first team of siblings to win the competition, with the exception of the winners of the Family Edition.

A DVD for this season was released on April 8, 2014, through Amazon's CreateSpace program.


Development and filming[edit]

The Race's Starting Line was at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the neighborhood of University Park in Los Angeles.

The Amazing Race 13 spanned 40,000 miles (64,000 km) in 23 days and visited eight different countries. This included the series' first visits to Bolivia, Cambodia and Kazakhstan, and return visits to Brazil, New Zealand, India, and Russia, with the finish line in Portland, Oregon. CBS had originally planned to only air one installment of The Amazing Race (season 12) in the 2007–08 season, but due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, CBS ordered a 13th installment as a replacement for programs affected by the strike.[3] CBS greenlit the 13th installment on December 9, 2007.[4] Race locations were scouted in January 2008 and filming took place between April and May 2008.[5][6][7]

This is the second season with a course that circumnavigated the world westward (The Amazing Race 10 was the first and would be followed by later seasons).

This was the first season in which an eliminated team was absent from the Finish Line, where teams normally cheer on the finalists, as Dallas Imbimbo (of Toni & Dallas) had misplaced his passport and the team's money in Russia on the penultimate leg.[8] This had been hinted at in promotional materials aired before the Race began, where CBS revealed that one team made "an unprecedented mistake that ultimately prohibit[ed] them from joining their fellow Racers at the finish line."[9] In a post-race interview, Dallas revealed that the loss of the passport and money was partly caused by the changing of a microphone battery by production. The passport was eventually turned in at the U.S. Embassy in Russia, but it was still too late for Dallas and his mother to join their fellow racers at the Finish Line.[8] Emily "Starr" Spangler revealed in a post-race interview that Toni and Dallas joined the other racers in Portland, Oregon at a party the night following the end of the Race.[10]

Post-race interviews revealed that Emily "Starr" Spangler and Dallas Imbimbo – who competed on opposing teams – had been long-distance dating for six months, since the show completed taping.[8][10]

Andrew Lappitt & Daniel "Dan" Honig (of Andrew & Dan) stated in a post-race interview that the second U-Turn was available on Leg 9 but it was not used by any teams, thus it was not aired in the show.[11] This was the first season in which racers did not use an available U-Turn (a Race feature introduced in the previous season). In addition, while the editing of the finale strongly suggested that Andrew & Dan were so far behind that they were simply sent directly to the Finish Line after Nick and Starr won the Race, it was later confirmed that they did finish the tasks on the leg before arriving 3rd, coming in around 20 minutes after Ken & Tina finished 2nd.


Applications for The Amazing Race 13 were due on November 27, 2007. Semi-finalist interviews were held in December 2007 and January 2008 and final casting interviews took place in February 2008, in Los Angeles.

The cast featured a team of fraternity brothers, married hippies, southern belles, businesswomen divorcees, and a retired NFL player hoping to reconnect with his estranged wife.[12]

The show also featured John Keoghan, host Phil Keoghan's father, as the local greeter at Te Puke in Keoghan's native New Zealand.[13]

This is the only cast after the first All-Stars edition that was not represented in The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business or the second All-Stars edition.

Winner Emily "Starr" Spangler was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader prior to the Race,[14] while Nicholas "Nick" Spangler recently opened on Broadway in the musical The Book of Mormon.[15]


CBS heavily promoted the new season, including placing advertising on the top of three hangar buildings at Los Angeles International Airport prior to the premiere.[16] Unlike other seasons, CBS revealed a location map of where the Race would be traveling prior to the start of the season.[17]


The following teams participated in the season, 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 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Nick & Starr Siblings 1st 6th 6th 5th 1st 1st 1st 1stƒ 3rd 1st 1st Nick 5, Starr 3
Ken & Tina Separated 2nd 1st 1st 1stƒ 3rd 6th 4th 3rd 2nd 3rd4 2nd Ken 4, Tina 4
Andrew & Dan Frat Boys 7th 8th 7th 6th 6th 5th 5th 4th3 4th 2nd 3rd Andrew 6, Dan 3
Toni & Dallas Mother/Son 6th 5th 2nd 4th 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 4th5 Toni 4, Dallas 5
Terence & Sarah Newly Dating 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 5th2 4th 3rd 5th Terence 3, Sarah 4
Kelly & Christy Divorcees 5th 7th 8th 3rd 4th 2nd 6th Kelly 3, Christy 3
Aja & Ty Dating Long Distance 8th 4th 5th 7th 7th Aja 2, Ty 2
Marisa & Brooke Southern Belles 10th 9th 4th 8th Marisa 2, Brooke 1
Mark & Bill Best Friends 4th 2nd 9th1 Mark 1, Bill 1
Anthony & Stephanie Dating 9th 10th Anthony 1, Stephanie 0
Anita & Arthur Married Beekeepers 11th Anita 0, Arthur 0
  • A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
  • A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast forward clue.
  • 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 task in the following leg.
  • A brown ⊃ means the team chose to use a U-Turn; indicates the team who received it; ⊂⊃ around a leg number indicates a leg where the U-Turn was available but not used.
  1. ^ Mark & Bill initially arrived 8th, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking a taxi instead of going on foot to the Bumpy Ride Detour as the clue specifically instructed. Kelly & Christy checked-in during their penalty time, dropping Mark & Bill to last place and resulting in their elimination.
  2. ^ Terence & Sarah initially arrived 3rd, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for speeding. They served their penalty at the start of the next leg, therefore departing at the Pit Start 5th.
  3. ^ Andrew & Dan initially arrived 4th, but took a taxi to the Pit Stop instead of going on foot as stated on the clue. They were required to go back to the end of the Detour and walk back to the Pit Stop to correct the mistakes. This did not affect their placement.
  4. ^ Ken & Tina initially arrived 3rd, but they had missed the clue directing them to the Pit Stop, having arrived there by chance while searching for the clue. They were required to retrieve the missed clue at the end of the Detour and return to the Pit Stop. This did not affect their placement.
  5. ^ Toni & Dallas were initially denied their clue at the Detour starting point, as they had taken the Metro instead of a taxi, and the lady with a Shetland Pony required them to go back to the end of the Roadblock and return to the Detour starting point via taxi. Later, when all the other teams had checked-in at the Pit Stop, while Toni & Dallas were still performing the Ride the Lines Detour, Phil came to Rizhskaya Station to inform them of their elimination.

Episode title quotes[edit]

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers:[18]

  1. "Bees Are Much Calmer Than All This!" – Anita
  2. "Do You Like American Candy?" – Marisa
  3. "Did You Push My Sports Bra Off the Ledge?" – Christy
  4. "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?" – Marisa
  5. "Do It Like a Madman" – Dan
  6. "Please Hold While I Singe My Skull" – Christy
  7. "My Nose Is on Fire" – Sarah
  8. "I'm Like an Angry Cow" – Terence
  9. "That Is Studly" – Andrew
  10. "You're Gonna Get Me Killed" – Tina
  11. "You Look Like Peter Pan" – Starr


The prize for each leg was awarded to the first place team for that leg. All trips are sponsored by Travelocity. The prizes were:

Elimination Station[edit]

The first five teams eliminated were sequestered at a villa in Acapulco, Mexico to await the finale. Subsequently eliminated teams telephoned to inform the teams at the villa of their elimination, but continued to run the Race as decoys to throw off spoilers to the final outcome of the Race. The sequestered teams met up with the decoy teams in the final destination city, to cheer the final three teams at the Finish Line. (The exception was Toni & Dallas, who were stuck in Russia after their elimination due to the loss of Dallas' passport.)

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, Anita & Arthur were the first team eliminated and sent to the villa. They expressed their disappointment for being eliminated so early but were also appreciative of their surroundings.
  • After Leg 2, Anthony & Stephanie were the second team eliminated and sent to the villa. Anita and Arthur were surprised but excited that it was them, and Anthony and Stephanie felt welcomed and less depressed over their elimination. Over a meal, they predicted that Terence & Sarah would win the Race. The two teams then enjoyed the sights and sounds of Acapulco.
  • After Leg 3, Mark & Bill were the third team eliminated and sent to the villa. They were glad that the two teams there were shocked and saddened to hear that they were eliminated. As they retold how they were eliminated, they found Mexican wrestling masks in their room. The six were later brought, at night, to a luchadore exhibition where Anthony and Stephanie had a lack of interest and left to roam the streets instead.
  • After Leg 4, Marisa & Brooke were the fourth team eliminated and sent to the villa. They were excited on how lavish the villa was. They then discussed what happened in New Zealand before they all went into town and Anthony, Stephanie, and Bill did a bungee jump.
  • After Leg 5, Aja & Ty were the fifth team eliminated and sent to the villa. Before they arrived, the others went to the market and prepared a celebratory lunch. The teams were surprised that it was Aja & Ty, who brought news about the Race. After the meal, Anthony did not offer to help clean, leaving Stephanie embarrassed. Meanwhile, Ty felt awkward and predicted that Andrew & Dan would be the next team eliminated.
  • Leg 6 was a non-elimination leg. The five eliminated teams went to the beach where they encountered a weird individual who staged a "performance" for the teams in the ocean. There were mixed reactions from the teams with Anita being thrilled and filled with admiration while Ty was having difficulty understanding the different lifestyle of the people in Mexico.
  • After Leg 7, Kelly & Christy were the sixth team eliminated. They called the villa during the early hours in Acapulco, and recalled their horrifying "Holi Festival" Roadblock experience and gave them an update on the Race.
  • After Leg 8, Terence & Sarah were the seventh team eliminated. Before their phone call, the eliminated teams went to La Quebrada to watch cliff divers. After that, they gave opinions on who would be eliminated next. Most of them thought it would be Andrew & Dan. They were all shocked when Terence & Sarah called, as several were rooting for them.
  • Leg 9 was a non-elimination leg. While Aja and Ty had a minor tiff with each other, Marisa and Brooke struggled to make toast. Anthony started complaining about how slow time is passing in the villa. All in all, most of the sequestered teams reveal that they are missing home and are eager to return to their normal lives. Most of them wanted to see either Toni & Dallas or Ken & Tina win the Race.
  • After Leg 10, Toni & Dallas were the eighth and final team to be eliminated. The first five eliminated teams packed-up to head for the finish line location. As they packed to leave the villa, each team recalled their experience with each other at the villa and expressed their excitement for returning home.
  • Leg 11 was the final leg of The Amazing Race 13. The five sequestered teams arrived in Portland, Oregon, where they checked into a hotel and were reunited with Terence and Sarah. Toni and Dallas then called the six teams at the hotel, breaking the news that they had been eliminated and would most likely not be joining them at the finish line due to their passport mishap. The teams then went to the finish line, where they reunited with Kelly and Christy, and some of the teams again expressed who they wanted to win. Nick & Starr express their joy and disbelief at winning the Race, while Ken & Tina express their disappointment but vow to make their marriage work. Andrew & Dan express their elation at making it to third place.

Race summary[edit]

The route of the Race (at the time of the filming)
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   U-Turn icon.svg U-Turn   Speed Bump icon.svg Speed Bump   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → Brazil)[edit]

In the Historic Center district of Salvador, teams visited the Elevador Lacerda (left) for one side of Detour task and the Forte de São Marcelo (center right) for the Pit Stop.

Airdate: September 28, 2008

The first Detour of the Race was a choice between Hard Way Up or Soft Way Down. In Hard Way Up, teams emulated a religious ceremony by climbing the Escadaria do Passo on their hands and knees. At the top, teams were asked a mystery question- "How many stairs have you climbed?"; if teams gave the correct answer of 53, they could receive their next clue; otherwise, they had to climb the staircase again. In Soft Way Down, teams had to go to the top of the Elevador Lacerda (an outdoor elevator) and climb down a 240-foot (73 m) cargo net to receive their next clue. Only three teams were permitted on a net at the same time.

Additional tasks
  • Upon arrival in Salvador, teams had to head to O Rei do Pernil sandwich shop and become baristas. They had to choose a traditional vending cart, take it to Praça da Sé, and deliver it to a man named Indio in order to receive their next clue.
  • At the 19th Batalhão de Caçadores (19th Hunters Battalion) Military Base, teams had to sign up for one of three departure times for the following morning and had spend the night under a mosquito net.
Additional note
  • Right after the Race began, teams made their way to Los Angeles International Airport to reserve one of two flights to Salvador, Brazil. The first six teams would depart on the first flight via American Airlines, while the remaining five teams departed three-hours later on the second flight via United Airlines.

Leg 2 (Brazil)[edit]

For part of the Detour, teams traveled to Pecém Beach and moved a traditional Brazilian sailboat known as a Jangada.

Airdate: October 5, 2008

The Detour for this leg was a choice between Beach It or Docket. In Beach It, teams had to travel to Pecém Beach and move a traditional Brazilian sailboat known as a jangada. This was accomplished by placing logs underneath it to roll the boat into an inlet, in order to receive their next clue. In Docket, teams had to travel to nearby Port of Pecem and search in a computer database for the specific ID number to a shipping container that held their next clue.

The first Roadblock of the Race required one team member to find the name of their next destination, hidden amongst several advertisements painted along a 600-foot (180 m) wall. If they chose the correct destination, a painter would hand them their next clue.

Additional task
  • At Praia do Cumbuco, teams had to ride a dune buggy along the beach to Barraca do Manoel in Cauípe for their next clue.

Leg 3 (Brazil → Bolivia)[edit]

Teams finished the leg in Bolivia at Mirador el Monticulo, which overlooks the mountainous city of La Paz.

Airdate: October 12, 2008

During the Pit Stop, all teams were moved to Praia de Iracema to begin this leg of the Race. The Detour for this leg was a choice between Musical March or Bumpy Ride. In Musical March, teams had to make their way on foot to three plazas (Plaza del Estudiante, Plaza Bolivia and Plaza Isabela la Católica), several blocks apart, gathering the members of a marching band. When they lead them to Plaza Abaroa, a band leader would give them their next clue. In Bumpy Ride, teams had to make their way on foot to Mercado de las Brujas (the Witches' Market), where they had to ride a traditional wooden bicycle, down the steep cobblestone streets to Plaza Abaroa to receive their next clue.

For this Roadblock, one team member had to learn six wrestling moves from luchadoras called the Fighting Cholitas (cholitas luchadoras). After successfully performing these moves in the ring, they were given their next clue. If they made a misstep, they had to get additional training from the Fighting Cholita before they could try again.

Additional tasks
  • Upon arrival at La Paz, teams had to head to the statue of Simón Bolívar, where they spent the night. The next morning, newspapers were delivered and teams searched the classified ads for their next clue.
  • At the Narvaez Hat Shop in Plaza Murillo, teams had to buy a traditional bowler hat called a bombin to get their next clue, and were advised to hold onto their hat for the rest of the leg.

Leg 4 (Bolivia → New Zealand)[edit]

In Auckland, teams participated in a Roadblock at Mount Eden to search among hundreds of dancing Māori warriors for one with a specific tā moko facial tattoo.

Airdate: October 19, 2008

The first Fast Forward of the Race required one team to climb the mast of Sky Tower and retrieve a Travelocity roaming gnome from the top. If successful, the team would win the Fast Forward award and would take a helicopter ride to the Pit Stop.

Other teams had to make their way Mount Eden to find their Roadblock clue, which one team member had to search among several hundred Māori warriors, who were performing the traditional haka dance, for one whose tā moko face tattoo matched the pattern depicted in their clue. If they got a wrong match, the warrior would take the image away and the racer would have to start over with a new pattern. If they got the correct match, they would receive their next clue.

The Detour for this leg was a choice between Matter of Time or Matter of Skill. In Matter of Time, teams had to drive to the Kiwi Orchard Farm. There, teams had to use their feet to crush a vat of kiwifruit to produce 12 US quarts (11,000 ml) of juice. Each team member had to drink a glass of juice to receive their next clue. In Matter of Skill, teams had to drive to Blokart Heaven. There, teams have to assemble two Blokarts, and each team member had to complete three laps around a track. Once they were complete, the track official would give them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Gulf Harbour, teams had to untie a large Gordian Knot to retrieve a clue from inside.
  • At the roof of CityLife Hotel, teams had to use binoculars to spot one of eight Travelocity roaming gnomes hidden around Auckland. They then had to retrieve one of them and find their next clue on the bottom of its base. Teams had to keep the gnome with them for the duration of the leg.

Leg 5 (New Zealand → Cambodia)[edit]

In the famous Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap, teams searched for a chamber inside that produced specific echoes.

Airdate: October 26, 2008

The Detour was a choice between Village Life or Village Work. In Village Life, teams had to retrieve a set of toy teeth from a dentist, a doll from a tailor, and a basketball from a floating basketball court. Each team member had to score a basket before returning all the items they had collected to the Siem Reap Harbor, where they would receive their next clue. In Village Work, teams had to go into Tonlé Sap. There, teams have to retrieve two full baskets of fish from the water and return them to the Siem Reap Harbor to receive their next clue.

In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to search for an echo chamber within an elusive room called Prassat Kok Troung. Once there, they had to stand in a specific spot and thump their chest in such a way as to make an echo sound in the room. They could then pick up a stone frieze, which displayed their next clue on the reverse.

Additional task
  • Upon arriving at Siem Reap, teams have to travel to Phlau Ben Lane and find a roadside gas station, where they had to fill a truck with 25 liters (6.6 U.S. gal) of diesel fuel. They would then ride the truck to Siem Reap Harbor on Tonlé Sap. There, teams rode a marked boat to the floating restaurant Kho Andeth for their next clue.

Leg 6 (Cambodia → India)[edit]

For the Roadblock in Delhi, one team member had to paint an auto-rickshaw green.

Airdate: November 2, 2008

The leg's Roadblock required one team member to repaint black portions of an auto-rickshaw green, to show that the tuk tuk had switched to using natural gas as fuel. The team member had to cover all of the glass and wheels of the tuk tuk with newspaper before using green spray-paint. When they finished painting, they would receive their next clue.

The Detour was a choice between Launder Money or Launder Clothes. In Launder Money, teams had to make a traditional Indian wedding necklace by stapling 10 Indian rupee bank notes to the necklace that added up to 780. They then had to find the newlywed couple in the crowded banquet hall and present them the necklace to receive their next clue. In Launder Clothes, teams had to use a traditional charcoal iron to press 20 pieces of clothing in order to receive their next clue from a laundry woman.

Leg 7 (India)[edit]

Teams ended the second leg in Delhi around the tomb of Isa Khan at the historic Humayun's Tomb, which served as the Pit Stop of this leg of the Race.

Airdate: November 9, 2008

For this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to climb one of three ladders to find a suspended envelope that had "The Amazing Race" printed on it among several others that said "Try Again", amid celebrators of Holi, the Festival of Colours, who would bombarded them with the traditional colored dyes and water.

For this leg's Speed Bump, Ken & Tina had to serve holy water to hundreds of Sikhs at the Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib at Chandni Chowk. Once they satisfied the waiting crowd, they could proceed on to the Detour.

The leg's Detour was a choice between Bleary Eyed and Teary Eyed. In Bleary Eyed, teams had to follow a series of power lines on Nai Sarak Street, keeping mark of the numbered tags. They would then report these numbers to a power company official and if they were correct, would plug in a musical Ganesh statue to receive their next clue. In Teary Eyed, teams had to search a spice market for a store named Ram Bhandar. There, teams would be given 40-pound (18 kg) bags of chili peppers, then transport them a quarter of a mile (400 m) to Shwan Kumar and Sons and grind them into chili powder with a mortar and pestle to receive their next clue.

Additional task
  • At the Charity Birds Hospital at Jain Mandir, teams had to search among the bird cages for the next clue.

Leg 8 (India → Kazakhstan)[edit]

At the Kok Tobe Arch, teams received their next clue from a trained golden eagle.

Airdate: November 16, 2008

For this Fast Forward, teams made their way to Alasha Restaurant and joined in a traditional Kazakh feast, by eating a serving of a sheep fat known as korduk. When both team members finished eating their serving, they would win the Fast Forward award.

Other teams had to take the Roadblock at Alel Agro Chicken Factory, where one team member had to search among 30,000 chickens for one of seven golden eggs, which they could be traded for their next clue.

The leg's Detour was a choice between Play Like Mad or Act Like Fools. In Play Like Mad, teams travelled to the Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments (referred to as State Museum of National Musical Instruments). There, teams would learn to play a traditional folk tune on the dombra and the shang-kobuz. They then had to go to a park and perform for locals to earn tips totalling 200 (approximately US$1.50) to receive their next clue. In Act Like Fools, teams made their way to the Almaty State Puppet Theater. There, teams put on a two-person cow costume and travel across town to a milk stand to drink a glass of milk. At the bottom of the glass was the name of their next destination: the Zelyoniy Bazaar, where they had to find the meat section to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • After completing the Roadblock, teams have to search a giant crane truck and travel to Kok Tobe Arch. There, at the foothills of the Tien Shan Mountains, teams would follow the marked path to a Mongol Warrior, who used a trained golden eagle to deliver their next clue.
  • Depending on whichever Detour they chose, teams were required to take with them either the dombra or the cow costume to the Pit Stop at Old Square (known today as Astana Square).

Leg 9 (Kazakhstan → Russia)[edit]

Upon arrival in Moscow, teams visited the Dormition Cathedral in Krutitsy, where they paid respects in an Eastern Orthodox candle-lighting ceremony.

Airdate: November 23, 2008

The leg's Detour was a choice of Boots or Borscht. For both Detours, teams were required to dress in a Russian military uniform, including traditional foot socks. In Boots, teams had to learn a Russian parade march, then they had to fall in line and perform one full lap with a drill team. If they performed the dance to the drill master's standard, they received their next clue. In Borscht, teams travelled to a nearby tent. There, teams would put on a chef's hat and apron, and served each of 75 soldiers a bowl of borscht to receive their next clue.

The Roadblock for this leg required one team member to transfer 50 55-pound (25 kg) bags of flour and deliver them to a bakery by laying them down on the floor to receive their next clue from the baker.

Additional task
  • At Dormition Cathedral in Krutitsy, teams took part in an Eastern Orthodox candle ceremony before they could receive their next clue. (All women were required to don headscarves prior to entering the monastery as per religious custom.)

Leg 10 (Russia)[edit]

Teams finished the second leg in Moscow in front of VDNKh Park's Central Pavilion, which overlooks Propylaea, the central gate entrance.

Airdate: November 30, 2008

For the Roadblock, one team member had to count the number of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin statues in the park, then proceed to an antique book shop named Bukinist on Arbat Street. The numbers of Lenin and Stalin statues were to be the tens and ones digits of a number that they had to tell the bookstore manager; if incorrect, a 10-minute penalty would be issued before another guess could be made. If correct, the team member would receive a copy of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, and flip to the page of the correct answer (62) to find a clue about their next destination – Bulgakov's old flat – where they could reunite with the teammate, and get their next clue.

For this leg's Speed Bump, Andrew & Dan were required to learn and perform a traditional Russian dance to the satisfaction of a choreographer before they could continue racing.

The Detour was a choice between Ride the Rails or Ride the Lines. In Ride the Rails, teams had to travel by the Moscow Metro from Sokolniki to Ulitsa 1905 Goda, where they could pick up a samsa from a marked snack stand. The wrapper will direct teams to Kitay-Gorod and give the samosa to a babushka near the statue of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Slavyanskaya Square, who would give them a postcard directing teams to VDNKh Park station, where they would find their next clue. In Ride the Lines, teams had to travel by trolleybus from Sokolniki to Krasnoselskaya Station to find a key maker, who would give them a key. The keytag would direct teams to Rizhskaya Station, where their key would open up a locker with a postcard directing teams to VDNKh Park station, where they would find their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Severnoye Tushino Park, teams have to search the submarine and find the Sonar room. Among the crew members, teams had to find an actor, who appeared in the film The Hunt for Red October and would give them their next clue.
  • After traveling to Sokolniki Park by taxi, teams had to search for a woman with a Shetland Pony to receive their next clue.
  • The clue after the Detour instructed teams to travel by foot to the Pit Stop at the main entrance of VDNKh Park.

Leg 11 (Russia → United States)[edit]

The final leg in Oregon included a final memory task which took place around Cascade Locks and Canal; including the Bridge of the Gods and its nearby Thunder Island.

Airdate: December 7, 2008

The final Detour of the Race was a choice of High & Dry or Low & Wet. In High & Dry, each team member had to climb 30 feet (9.1 m) up a tree, where they had to balance themselves on a log and then jump off to each grab half of their next clue. In Low & Wet, teams participated in a logrolling tradition, where they had to walk across floating logs a distance of 850 feet (260 m) to a river island to retrieve their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • The clue after the Detour instructed teams to travel to Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks. There, teams had to take a zipline from the bridge, along the Columbia River, to the nearby Thunder Island. On the island, teams then undertook a memory challenge involving the previous ten legs. Given an answer board with spaces numbered for the first ten legs, they removed covers one at a time, revealing a symbol of a Roadblock, Detour, Route Info, or Pit Stop. Teams will then have to search through 150 identical clue boxes to find a picture depicting that task or location from that leg. When they retrieved a picture and placed it on the board in the corresponding position, a green light would indicate it was correct and they could move on to the next; otherwise they had to try again. The correct answers were:
Leg Country Symbol Location
1 Brazil Brazil Route Info O Rei do Pernil
2 Brazil Brazil Detour Barraca d Manoel
3 Bolivia Bolivia Roadblock Los Titanes del Ring
4 New Zealand New Zealand Pit Stop Summerhill Recreational Farm
5 Cambodia Cambodia Roadblock Angkor Wat
6 India India Route Info The Ambassador Hotel
7 India India Detour Nai Sarak
8 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Pit Stop Old Square
9 Russia Russia Route Info Krutitsy
10 Russia Russia Roadblock Fallen Monument Park
Once all 10 spaces were correct, teams were allowed to retrieve the next clue from the parking lot.
  • At Portland Building, teams searched for a green dinosaur statue located in the adjacent Standard Building. The clue near the dinosaur would send teams to the Alder Street cart pod, where teams had to search for the food cart selling ethnic food from the country of the last Pit Stop (Russia), where the proprietor would hand them the next clue.
  • The clue after the Food Cart task instructed teams to travel to the place where "the magic is in the hole" and left them to deduce phrase as a reference to Voodoo Doughnut, where teams would find their final clue.


US Nielsen ratings[edit]

# Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
1 "Bees are Much Calmer Than All This" 6.0 9 10.29
2 "Do You Like American Candy?" 6.6 10 3.2/7 10.78
3 "Did You Push My Sports Bra Off the Ledge?" 5.6 9 2.8/7 9.17
4 "I Wonder if They Like Blondes in New Zealand" 5.8 9 3.0/7 9.67
5 "Do It Like a Madman" 5.8 9 2.9/7 9.71
6 "Please Hold While I Singe My Skull" 5.9 9 2.8/7 9.76
7 "My Nose is on Fire" 7.1 11 3.3/8 11.68
8 "I'm Like an Angry Cow" 7.3 11 3.4/8 12.25
9 "That is Studly" 6.0 9 2.7/6 10.13
10 "You're Gonna Get Me Killed" 7.1 10 3.6/8 11.60
11 "You Look Like Peter Pan" 6.2 9 3.1/7 10.57

Canadian ratings[edit]

# Episode Viewers
1 "Bees are Much Calmer Than All This" 1.89 #8[19]
2 "Do You Like American Candy?" 1.84 #5
3 "Did You Push My Sports Bra Off the Ledge?" 1.48 #11
4 "I Wonder if They Like Blondes in New Zealand" 1.67 #7
5 "Do It Like a Madman" 1.74 #10
6 "Please Hold While I Singe My Skull" 1.70 #8
7 "My Nose is on Fire" 1.85 #8
8 "I'm Like an Angry Cow" 1.67 #11
9 "That is Studly" 1.72 #9
10 "You're Gonna Get Me Killed" 1.86 #9
11 "You Look Like Peter Pan" 2.14 #3


  1. ^ "CBS Announces New 2008–2009 Primetime Schedule". Futon Critic. May 14, 2008. Retrieved May 14, 2008.
  2. ^ "CBS Announces 2008–2009 Premiere Dates". Futon Critic. June 26, 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
  3. ^ Levin, Gary (November 8, 2007). "Writers' strike has networks adding, subtracting". USA Today. Retrieved November 10, 2007.
  4. ^ Adalian, Josef (December 9, 2007). "Amazing Race still running". Variety. Retrieved May 16, 2008.
  5. ^ Harper, Rebecca (January 5, 2008). "Amazing Emmy winner rides in for breakfast". Stuff. Retrieved January 8, 2008.
  6. ^ "The Amazing Race 13 – Application Procedure and Eligibility Requirements" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 17, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  7. ^ "The Amazing Race 13 – Application Form" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 17, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  8. ^ a b c Dehnart, Andy (December 2, 2008). "Dallas is dating Starr, missed the finale because of lost passport, which was returned". reality blurred. Retrieved December 8, 2008.
  9. ^ "CBS reveals the identities of The Amazing Race's thirteenth season cast". Realitytvworld. August 19, 2008. Retrieved August 20, 2008.
  10. ^ a b Bracchitta, John (December 8, 2008). "Exclusive: Nick and Starr Spangler dish about their The Amazing Race win". Reality TV World. Retrieved December 9, 2008.
  11. ^ Woodruff, Teeuwynn (December 11, 2008). ""We Were the Only Team to Complete Every Detour and Every Roadblock on the Race!" RealityNewsOnline's Exclusive Interview with The Amazing Race 13's Finalists Dan & Andrew". Reality News Online. Archived from the original on December 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  12. ^ "Meet the new teams on The Amazing Race". Associated Press. Archived from the original on August 22, 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2008.
  13. ^ "Amazing Race adds family touch in NZ". Otago Daily Times. October 20, 2008. Retrieved October 20, 2008.
  14. ^ "Starr Spangler in the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Calendar". December 11, 2008. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  15. ^ "Book Club! Celebs Keep the Faith at Opening Night of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Mormon Musical". Retrieved March 26, 2010.
  16. ^ Schneider, Michael (September 16, 2008). "CBS getting physical with ads". Variety. Retrieved September 17, 2008.
  17. ^ Serpe, Gina (September 26, 2008). "Amazing Race Route Revealed". E!. Retrieved September 26, 2008.
  18. ^ "The Amazing Race Episode Title from CBS Schedule". Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved September 14, 2008.
  19. ^ "Top Programs – Total Canada (English), September 22–28, 2008" (PDF). BBM Nielsen. Retrieved 2008. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)[dead link]

External links[edit]