The Amazing Race 13

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The Amazing Race 13
Season Run September 28 – December 7, 2008
Filming dates April 22 – May 14, 2008
No. of Episodes 11
Winning team Nick & Emily "Starr" Spangler
Season Stats
Continents visited 5
Countries visited 8
Cities visited 18
No. of legs 11
Distance traveled 40,000 mi (64,000 km)
Season chronology
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The Amazing Race 13 is the 13th installment of the reality television competition series The Amazing Race. It featured 11 teams of two, each with a preexisting relationship, in a race around the world.

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

Siblings Nick and Emily "Starr" Spangler were the winners of this race. Excluding the Family Edition, "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.

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 lasted for 23 days as contestants traveled over 40,000 miles (64,000 km). The teams raced in eight different countries, including Bolivia, Cambodia and Kazakhstan for the first time, as well as 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 only the second Race to circumnavigate the world westward (The Amazing Race 10 was the first, and followed by later seasons).

This was the first Race in which an eliminated team was absent from the Finish Line to cheer on the final 3 teams, as Dallas (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 him and his mother to join their fellow racers at the finish line.[8] Starr 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 Starr and Dallas – who competed on opposing teams – have been long-distance dating for six months since the show completed taping.[8][10]

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 also the first season in the show's history not to use a U-Turn after its first incarnation since Season 12.


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 pair of fraternity brothers, a team of married hippies, southern belles, businesswomen divorcees and a retired NFL player hoping to reconnect with his estranged wife while on the Race.[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 Race cast after the first All-Stars edition that was not represented in The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business and the second All-Stars edition.

Winner Starr Spangler was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader prior to the race,[14] while 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 provided a location map to viewers of where the Race would be traveling prior to the start of the season.[17]


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 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 4th 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 3rd2 4th 3rd 5th Terence 3, Sarah 4
Kelly & Christy Divorcees 5th 7th 8th 3rd 5th 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. During this time, Kelly & Christy were able to check in and Mark & Bill were eliminated before the 30 minutes elapsed.
  2. ^ Terence & Sarah initially arrived 3rd, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for speeding and was issued at the start of the next leg. They thus departed 5th in the next leg.
  3. ^ Andrew & Dan initially arrived 4th, but took a taxi to the Pit Stop instead of going on foot as stated on the clue. Instead of waiting out a 30-minute penalty, Phil told them to go back to the end of the Detour and walk back to the Pit Stop. This did not affect their placement.
  4. ^ Ken & Tina initially arrived 3rd but 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 for taking 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, Phil came to the Rizhskaya Station and eliminated them while they were still performing the Ride the Lines Detour.

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

Elimination Station[edit]

The first five teams eliminated were sequestered at a villa in Acapulco, Mexico to await the finale. Subsequent eliminated teams telephoned the villa 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 on the final three teams as they crossed the Finish Line, with the exception of Toni & Dallas, who were still 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 first. They expressed their disappointment for being eliminated so early but were also appreciative of their surroundings and grateful that they could live in the lap of luxury in the villa.
  • After Leg 2, Anthony & Stephanie were the second team eliminated and sent to the villa. Anita & Arthur were surprised but excited that it was them and Anthony & Stephanie felt welcomed by Anita & Arthur and felt less depressed over their own elimination. Over a meal, they predicted that Terence & Sarah will win the race. The two teams then went out of the villa and 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 their story on how they were eliminated, they found Mexican wrestling masks in their room in the villa. The 3 teams were later brought, at night, to a luchadore exhibition where Anthony & Stephanie had a lack of interest and left earlier 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 all 4 teams went into town and Anthony, Stephanie and Bill did a bungee jump as the others watched on.
  • After Leg 5, Aja & Ty were the fifth team eliminated and sent to the villa. But before they arrived, the first 4 eliminated teams went to the market and then prepared their own lunch to celebrate the arrival of the fifth team. The teams were surprised that it was Aja & Ty, who filled them in on what has happened in the race. After the meal, Anthony did not offer to help clean up, leaving Stephanie embarrassed. Meanwhile, Ty feels awkward to not be on the race and predicts that Andrew & Dan will be the next team eliminated or maybe wrong .
  • 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 in during the wee hours of Acapulco where the first five eliminated teams awaited their call. They recalled their horrifying "Holi Festival" Roadblock experience and gave them an update on what had happened on the race.
  • After Leg 8, Terence & Sarah were the seventh team eliminated. Before the phone call, the eliminated teams went to "La Quebrada" to see cliff divers jumping down to the sea. After that, they gave opinions on who will be eliminated next. Most of them thought it was Andrew & Dan. They were all shocked when Terence & Sarah called in as several teams were rooting for them.
  • Leg 9 was a non-elimination leg. While Aja & Ty have a minor tiff with each other, Marisa & Brooke struggle to make toast. Anthony starts 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 soon.
  • 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 & 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 site, where they reunited with Kelly & 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 Salvador, Brazil, teams visited the Elevador Lacerda (foreground) for the Soft Way Down Detour task and the Forte de São Marcelo (background) as the first Pit Stop of this season.

Airdate: September 28, 2008

At the starting line of The Amazing Race 13, which took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, teams opened their first clues and were given to their first destination city of the Race: Salvador, Brazil. The clue informed to head themselves to Los Angeles International Airport with only six teams in the American Airlines flight, while the five teams in the United Airlines flight leaving three hours behind the first flight.

Upon arrival in the city of Salvador, teams had to head to o Rei do Pernil Sandwich Shop and they had to become baristas and choose a traditional vending cart to Praça da Sé and deliver it to a man named Indio in order to receive their next clue. The clue instructed teams to 19º Batalhão de Caçadores Military Base. Once there, teams had to receive three departure times for the following morning where they spent overnight on a mosquito net.

The next day, teams received their clue and instructing them to Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco and picked up the Detour clue, a choice of 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?). Teams would receive their next clue by answering correctly; if they answered incorrectly, they had to climb the staircase again. The correct answer was 53. In Soft Way Down, teams had to go to the top of the Elevador Lacerda (an outdoor elevator) and climb down a 240 feet (73 m) cargo net on a street below with only three teams may go on a net in the same time to receive their next clue. The clues after the Detour instructed them to head to the Pit Stop at Forte de São Marcelo.

Leg 2 (Brazil)[edit]

During the Beach It Detour, teams traveled to Pecém Beach and rode a traditional Brazilian sailboat known as a Jangada.

Airdate: October 5, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams were told to travel to the city in Fortaleza. Upon arrival, they had to head to Cumbuco and made their way to Praia do Cumbuco, once there, teams had to ride a dune buggy along the beach to Barraca do Manoel in Cauípe for their next clue and they encountered for the Detour. Teams have 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 by placing logs underneath it to roll it along 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 a specific ID number for a shipping container that held their next clue.

The clue teams received from the Detour directed them to Parque de Vaquejada and searched for their next clue, the Roadblock, asking "Who's calm and laid-back?". One team member had to find the name of their next destination hidden amongst several advertisements painted along on a 600 feet (200 yd) wall depicts the name located of their next destination. If they chose the right advertisement, a painter would give them their next clue, informing them to travel to Cidade da Criança, as were they figure out for the Pit Stop.

Leg 3 (Brazil → Bolivia)[edit]

Upon arriving in La Paz, teams spent the night in front of the statue of Simón Bolívar.

Airdate: October 12, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams were told they were heading next to La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia. Upon arrival, they had to head to the statue of Simón Bolívar and had to spend overnight, for newspaper would be delivered on the following morning. The newspaper were told to find the scour classified ads hidden on their next clue, telling them to head to Narvaez Hat Shop in Plaza Murillo where they had to buy a traditional bowler hat called a bombin to get their next clue. Teams were advised to hold on to their hat for the rest of the leg.

The clue was discovered for the Detour, teams given 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 where they needed to gather and lead a marching band through the city to a band leader at la Plaza Abaroa where they could exchange the band members for their next clue. In Bumpy Ride, teams had to make their way on foot to Mercado de las Brujas where they had to ride a traditional wooden bicycle down the steep cobblestone streets to La Plaza Abaroa to receive their next clue.

Once the teams arrived in Plaza Abaroa, they found the U-Turn board and no one chose to use it. Teams opened their next clue and instructed them to Los Titanes Del Ring in El Alto and searched their next clue, the Roadblock, asking "Who's ready to pick a fight?". One team member had to learn six wrestling moves from luchadoras called the Fighting Cholitas (cholitas luchadoras). After performing these moves in the ring, they were given their next clue. If they failed at performing the move, they had to go back and train with the Fighting Cholita again before returning to the ring. The clue sent teams to the Pit Stop at Mirador el Monticulo.

Leg 4 (Bolivia → New Zealand)[edit]

The Roadblock in Auckland required teams to search among hundreds of haka dancing Māori warriors to find one whose tā moko facial tattoo matched a pattern on a card they were given.

Airdate: October 19, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams were informed they were head to the city of Auckland, New Zealand. Upon arrival, they were told to head to Gulf Harbour and where teams had to untie a large Gordian Knot to retrieve their next clue from inside. The clue contained a Fast Forward and the team required to climb the mast of Sky Tower to retrieve a Travelocity Roaming Gnome from the top of the tower. Once completed, the team would win the Fast Forward and received a helicopter ride to the Pit Stop.

Other teams had to head to Mount Eden to find their next clue, the Roadblock that asked "Who has an eye for detail?". One team member had to correctly match the tā moko tattoo on a Māori warrior's face with one depicted in their clue, amongst several hundred performing the traditional haka dance. If they got a wrong match, the warrior would take the image away and they would have to start again. The clue directed teams to CityLife Hotel and they had to use binoculars to spot one of eight Travelocity Roaming Gnomes hidden around the city. They then had to retrieve one of them and would find their next clue on the bottom of its base.

The clue that was found at the bottom of the gnome instructed them to Kiwi 360 in Te Puke and search for their next clue, which is for the Detour: a choice between Matter of Time or Matter of Skill. In Matter of Time, teams had to drive to the Kiwi Orchard Farm and use their feet to crush a vat of kiwifruit to produce 12 quarts of juice, and each member had to drink a glass of juice. Once completed, they would receive their next clue. In Matter of Skill, teams had to drive to Blokart Heaven and assemble two Blokarts, each team member had to complete three laps around a track. Once all laps completed, the track official would receive their next clue. The clues teams received from the Detour and instructed them to Summerhill Recreational Farm in Tauranga, the Pit Stop for this leg.

Leg 5 (New Zealand → Cambodia)[edit]

In this leg's Roadblock, teams traveled to Angkor Wat where they had to search for a specific chamber in the temple that produced echoes in a particular way.

Airdate: October 26, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to head next to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Upon arrival, they had to travel to Phlau Ben Lane and find a roadside Gas Station. Once there, teams had to fill a truck with 25 liters (6.6 U.S. gal) of diesel fuel and then ride the truck to Siem Reap Harbor on Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Teams then rode a marked boat to the boat stop Kho Andeth for their next clue.

At Kho Andeth, the clue was discovered for the Detour, teams given a choice of 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 and retrieve two full baskets of fish from underwater and return them to the Siem Reap Harbor to receive their next clue.

The clues from the Detour instructed teams to travel to Angkor Wat to find their next clue, which is the Roadblock, asked "Who has better sense of direction?". One team member had to search an elusive room called Prassat Kok Troung and find an echo chamber. 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 displaying their next clue on the reverse. The clue told teams where to go to the Pit Stop at Bayon Temple.

Leg 6 (Cambodia → India)[edit]

For the Roadblock in Delhi, one team member had to paint an environmentally friendly natural gas-powered auto-rickshaw green.

Airdate: November 2, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams were headed next to Delhi, India. Upon arrival, they had to head to Moonlight Motors and find their next clue, the Roadblock that asked "Who's got an artistic flair?". One team member had to repaint black portions of an auto rickshaw green, to show that the tuk tuks had switched to using natural gas as fuel. To paint it green, the team member had to cover up all of the glass and wheels of the tuk tuk before spray painting with an interior of newspaper. When they finished painting, they would receive their next clue.

The clue directed the teams to The Ambassador Hotel in the capital of New Delhi, searching their next clue: the Detour. Where teams had a choice of between Launder Money or Launder Clothes. In Launder Money, teams had to make a traditional Indian wedding necklace by stapling 10 notes to the necklace that added up to 780, and then find their way to find the newlywed couple in the banquet hall under the chaotic crowds 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. The clues after the Detour instructing teams to head to Bahá'í House at the Pit Stop.

Leg 7 (India)[edit]

This leg's Roadblock had team members finding "The Amazing Race"-marked envelopes amongst a colored powder throwing Holi celebration (pictured celebration is in Pushkar, Rajasthan).

Airdate: November 9, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams were headed to Deshbandu Apartments and opened their Roadblock clue, where they asked, "Who's ready for a colorful experience?". One team member had to find an envelope marked "The Amazing Race" among several marked "Try Again" raised on ladders amongst celebrators of Holi, the Festival of Colours, while being bombarded with the traditional colored dyes and water. Once they found the right envelope, it may contains the next clue. The clue received instructing them to Charity Birds Hospital at Jain Mandir in the section of Old Delhi where teams had to search the bird cages to find the next clue.

At the hospital, teams were encountered both Speed Bump and Detour. For the Speed Bump, Ken & Tina had to serve holy water to hundreds of Sikhs at the Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib at Chandni Chowk until they satisfied the waiting crowd before they could continue to the Detour, a choice between Bleary Eyed and Teary Eyed. In Bleary Eyed, teams had to follow a series of power lines, keeping mark of the numbered tags hanging from the power lines in Nai Sarak Street. They then reported these numbers to a power company official and plugged in a musical Ganesh statue to receive their next clue in New India Stationers in Chawri Bazar. In Teary Eyed, teams had to find a store named Ram Bhandar in a spice market and transport 40-pound (18 kg) bags of chili peppers to a location a quarter of a mile away in Shwan Kumar and Sons and then grind them into chili powder with a mortar and pestle to receive their next clue. The clues after the Detour sent them to the Pit Stop at Humayun's Tomb.

Leg 8 (India → Kazakhstan)[edit]

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

Airdate: November 16, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams were told to next travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Upon arrival, they had to travel by taxi to Alel Agro Chicken Factory in the outskirts of the city and search the grounds for the next clue. The Fast Forward where teams had to travel to Alasha Restaurant and would join on a traditional Kazakh feast, where they had to eat a serving of a fat from the rear end of sheep known as korduk. When both team members finished eating their serving, they would win the Fast Forward.

Other teams must face the Roadblock, asking them "Who's feeling peckish?". One team member had to enter a marked chicken shack andsearch among 30,000 chickens for one of seven golden eggs to get their next clue. The clue instructed teams to search a giant crane truck and travel to Kok Tobe Arch on a foothills of Tien Shan Mountains, and upon arrival, teams would follow the marked path from a trained golden eagle belonging to Mongol Warriors. When the Warrior had to wait their next clue.

The clue turned out to be for the Detour, given the teams a choice of Play Like Mad or Act Like Fools. In Play Like Mad, teams had travel to the State Museum of National Musical Instruments and learn to play a traditional folk tune on the dombra and the shang-kobuz which they then play for locals and earn tips totaling 200 (approximately equivalent to US$1.50) in a park to receive their next clue. In Act Like Fools, teams had to put on a two-person cow costume at the Almaty State Puppet Theater and travel across town to a milk stand where they had to drink an entire glass of milk. At the bottom of the glass was the name of their next destination – the Zelyoni Bazar (Green Market), where they had to find the meat section to receive their next clue, keeping the costume's head with them to the Pit Stop. Teams who chose this Detour were required to take the dombra or cow costume with them to the Pit Stop at Old Square.

Leg 9 (Kazakhstan → Russia)[edit]

Upon arriving in Moscow, teams visited the Dormition Cathedral in Krutitsy where had to pay respects in an Eastern Orthodox candle lighting ceremony.

Airdate: November 23, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams were headed next to Moscow, the capital of Russia. Upon arrival, they had to head to Krutitsy and searched Dormition Cathedral where teams had to light 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 the monastery's religious customs.

The clue received teams made their way to Kolosok Camp in Tatarintsevo and picked up their next clue, the Detour. a choice between Boots or Borscht, both of which required that the teams dress in a Russian military uniform, including traditional foot socks. In Boots, teams had to learn a Russian parade march. When they were going to ready, they had to fall in line and perform on one full lap in a routine properly along with a drill team. If the performance is satisfied, the drill master would receive their next clue. In Borscht, teams traveled to a nearby tent and had to wear chef's hat and apron, serve 75 soldiers a bowl of borscht each to receive their next clue. There was a U-Turn according to post-race interviews, stated that it didn't use for this leg.[11]

The clue teams received after the Detour where instructed them to Zhukovsky Bakery in Zhukovsky for the Roadblock, asking "Who has a strong back?". One team member had to carry fifty 55-pound (25 kg) bags of flour and deliver into a bakery and lay them down on the floor to receive their next clue from the baker. The clue informed them to direct to Neskuchniy Garden for the Pit Stop.

Leg 10 (Russia)[edit]

The infamous main entrance of VDNKh Park in Moscow, served as the Pit Stop of the Race.

Airdate: November 30, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams were told head to Severnoye Tushino Park where they had to search the submarine and find the sonar room amongst the crew members for the actor who appeared in the film The Hunt for Red October who would receive their next clue.

The clue were told out to travel to Fallen Monument Park, known in the show as "Graveyard of the Fallen Monuments" to look with the next clue, the Roadblock and teams asked "Who's good at solving mysteries, literally?". 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 in Arbat Street. The numbers of Lenin and Stalin statues were to be the tens and ones digits, respectively, of a number that they then 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 their teammate and next clue would be waiting.

The clue received instructing teams to Sokolniki Park and they had to search for a woman with a Shetland Pony to receive their next clue, encountering the Speed Bump and the Detour. For their Speed Bump, Andrew & Dan had to learn and then perform a traditional Russian dance to the satisfaction of the choreographer before they could continue the Detour, teams had 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 samosa from a marked snack stand. The wrapper then directed them to go 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 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 directed them to Rizhskaya Station where their key would open up a locker. At the end of both Detours, teams received a photo of the VDNKh Metro Station and were told to search the grounds of the station to find their next clue. The clue sent teams to travel by foot to VDNKh Park, the Pit Stop for this leg.

Leg 11 (Russia → United States)[edit]

Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon was the finish line for The Amazing Race 13.

Airdate: December 7, 2008

At the start of the leg, teams were given their next clue for their final destination city: Portland, Oregon. Upon arrival, they had to travel to Tilikum Retreat Center in Newberg and picked up their Detour clue, given them a choice of High & Dry or Low & Wet. In High & Dry, teams had to climb up a tree to a certain height where they had to balance themselves on a log and then jump off the end to each grab a half of their next clue. In Low & Wet, teams participated in a logrolling tradition, where they had to make their way on foot on logs floating on a river a distance of 800 feet until they reached an island to retrieve their next clue.

The clues teams after the Detour instructed them to head to Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks. Once there, teams had to take a zipline from the bridge to a nearby island below. On the island, teams then did a memory challenge involving the previous ten legs. Teams were faced with a board with spaces numbered 1–10, each corresponding to a leg of the race. They were required to remove the covers from the spaces one at a time, in numerical order, to reveal the symbol of a Roadblock, Detour, Route Info, or Pit Stop, then search through a field of 150 identical clue boxes – each of which contained a picture depicting a task or location from the Race – for a picture depicting that specific task or location from that leg, they were then required to insert the picture into the space on the board, where a green light on top of the space indicated that the picture was the correct one, and absence of a green light indicated they had to try again, the correct answers were:

Once all 10 spaces were correctly filled in, teams were allowed to retrieve the next clue from the parking lot.

The clue received instructing them to Portland Building and teams were required to search for a green dinosaur statue located in the Standard Building, adjacent to the Portland building, where the next clue box was located, informing them to send to Alder Street cart pod, where teams had to search for the food cart selling ethnic food of the country of the last Pit Stop (Russia), where the proprietor would hand them the next clue.

The clue received directing teams to the place where "the magic is in the hole", and left it to the teams to decipher that this was a reference to Voodoo Doughnut, where they received their final clue, sending them to the Finish Line at Pittock Mansion.


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


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