The Amazing Race 16

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The Amazing Race 16
Season run February 14 – May 9, 2010
Filming dates November 28[1] – December 20, 2009
No. of episodes 12
Presenter Phil Keoghan
Winning team Daniel "Dan" & Jordan Pious
Season statistics
Continents visited 5
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 24
No. of legs 12
Distance traveled 40,000 mi (64,000 km)
Season chronology
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The Amazing Race 16 is the sixteenth 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 sixteenth cycle started on Sunday, February 14, 2010. It aired on CBS in the United States on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with the season finale on May 9, 2010, and in Canada, the show premiered on the A-Channel, not CTV (due to the 2010 Winter Olympics), but it returned to CTV after the Winter Olympics concluded.[2] The show was again hosted by Phil Keoghan.

Brothers Daniel "Dan" and Jordan Pious were the winners of this Race.

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


Development and filming[edit]

The mountainous Chilean town of Valparaíso was the first destination in the 16th season of The Amazing Race after teams started off at Vista Hermosa Natural Park in Los Angeles.

The sixteenth season spanned 40,000 miles (64,000 km) across five continents and nine countries, including Chile, Argentina, Germany, Singapore, China and for the first time, Seychelles.[3][4]

Racers were observed leaving Los Angeles International Airport on November 28, 2009.[1] For the third time, teams had to use public transportation to make their way from the Starting Line to the airport. Teams had also done so in seasons 1 and 6.

Racers were reported checking into a Pit Stop in Puerto Varas, Chile on December 2.[5] Filming of the show has also been reported in Bariloche, Argentina, and continuing on to Germany[6] and production crews were reported to be seen around Singapore, particularly in the Bugis area and the Singapore Flyer.[7]

In the third episode, which aired on February 28, 2010 and featured the contestants departing Chile, Phil Keoghan acknowledged the February 27, 2010 massive earthquake in Chile in a special opening.[8]

Leg 4 featured an Intersection for the first time since Season 11. Also for the first time since the Intersection was introduced, teams did a Roadblock together, where one person from each of the intersected teams had to work together to complete the Roadblock. This is also the first time since Season 8 that two racers worked together to complete a Roadblock, and the first time in its history that an Intersection occurred on a different leg than Leg 8.

In Leg 8, Jet and Cord were the first team since the inception of the Speed Bump in Season 12 to finish in first place on a leg in which they had to complete a Speed Bump.

Leg 9 was the first time that a U-Turn warning had been in the team's first clue, due to the fact the team taking the Fast Forward option would have skipped the Detour and the U-Turn point. Also, this was the first time that a Fast Forward and a U-Turn have been present in the same leg, although this was previously done on the Israeli edition of the race HaMerotz LaMillion.

At the end of the episode for Leg 10, the death of He Pingping was acknowledged. He appeared giving out clues to the teams after the first Roadblock. That leg was also the first single-length leg ever on the Race to have two Roadblocks (Each team member had to complete one of the Roadblocks). The next leg featured Bao Xishun, the world's tallest man at the time, as the greeter at the Pit Stop in Shanghai.


Applications were originally due on July 10, 2009, but the deadline was later extended. Semi-finalist interviews were held sometime in August 2009 and the final casting interviews took place in Los Angeles around September and October 2009. Filming took place around November and December 2009.[9]

Notable cast members include Big Brother 11 houseguests Jordan Lloyd and Jeff Schroeder, 2007 Miss South Carolina Teen USA Caite Upton, professional bull rider Cord McCoy, and Cleveland Indians third-base coach Steve Smith. Caite, 20, was the youngest contestant in the show's history (excluding the Family Edition); while Jody Kelly, 71, was the oldest contestant in the show's history. Other racers included cowboys, detectives, a lesbian couple, high school sweethearts, attorney moms, and the show's first Asian married couple.

This 16th series also marked the first appearance of Allan Wu, host of The Amazing Race Asia and China Rush, in the US version of the series.

Jet & Cord raced again in The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business among a cast made up of returning teams from seasons 12–17. They later raced again in The Amazing Race: All Stars among a cast made up of returning teams from seasons 14–23.


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

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Dan & Jordan Brothers 8th2 8th 6th 6th 4th 5th 2nd 5th 1stƒ 3rd 3rd 1st Dan 6, Jordan 5
Jet & Cord Brothers/Cowboys 3rd 1st 1st 4th+ 3rd 4th 6th8 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd Jet 6, Cord 6
Brent & Caite Dating Models 7th1 4th 7th4 7th~ 6th5 6th7 3rd 4th 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd Brent 7, Caite 5
Louie & Michael Detectives 9th 9th 8th 1st+ 1st 1st 4th 3rd 4th 4th 4th Louie 6, Michael 5
Carol & Brandy Dating 6th 3rd 3rd 5th 5th 2nd 5th 2nd 5th Carol 4, Brandy 4
Steve & Allie Father/Daughter 4th 7th 2nd 2nd^ 2nd 3rd 1st 6th Steve 4, Allie 3
Jordan & Jeff Newly Dating 1st 6th 5th 8th~ 7th 7th Jordan 2, Jeff 3
Joe & Heidi Married 5th 2nd 4th 3rd^ 8th6 Joe 2, Heidi 2
Monique & Shawne Moms/Attorneys 2nd 5th 9th Monique 1, Shawne 2
Jody & Shannon Grandmother/Granddaughter 10th 10th Jody 1, Shannon 1
Dana & Adrian High School Sweethearts 11th3 Dana 0, Adrian 13
  • 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.
  • Matching colored symbols (pink +, teal ^, magenta –, and olive ~) indicate teams who worked together during part of the leg as a result of an Intersection.
  • A brown ⊃ means the team chose to use a U-Turn; indicates the team who received it.
  1. ^ Brent & Caite initially arrived 2nd, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for going on foot instead of taking the funicular from the Roadblock as instructed in their clue. Five teams checked-in during their penalty time, dropping them to 7th.
  2. ^ Dan & Jordan initially arrived 4th, but were issued a 15-minute penalty for losing a paintbrush during the additional task; Four teams (including Brent & Caite) checked-in during the penalty time, dropping Dan & Jordan to 8th.
  3. ^ Dana & Adrian failed to complete the Roadblock in Leg 1. After Adrian's second attempt and after all other teams had already checked in at the Pit Stop, Phil came out to the Roadblock location to inform them of their elimination.
  4. ^ Brent & Caite were left at the Pit Start for 3 hours and 5 minutes in Puerto Varas because both had to be treated for dehydration at the emergency room in a local hospital, and they departed last instead of 4th at Leg 3.
  5. ^ Brent & Caite initially arrived 6th, but had missed the clue at the U-Turn, having arrived at their additional task by chance. They had to backtrack to the U-Turn to receive their clue. This did not affect their placement.
  6. ^ Joe & Heidi failed to complete the second Detour task (In the Trenches) that they had to do as a result of being U-Turned. After all of the other teams had already checked in at the Pit Stop, Phil came out to their location to inform them of their elimination.
  7. ^ Brent & Caite initially arrived 3rd, but did not complete the Detour, having arrived at the Pit Stop accidentally by chance after following Carol & Brandy. They had to backtrack to complete the Detour. Three teams checked-in while they went back, dropping Brent & Caite to 6th.
  8. ^ Jet & Cord initially arrived 5th, but did not retrieve the clue giving directions to the Pit Stop after completing the Roadblock. They had to backtrack to retrieve the clue. Carol & Brandy checked in during this time, dropping Jet & Cord to last place; however they were not eliminated as Phil notified that this leg was non-elimination.

Episode title quotes[edit]

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.[10]

  1. "Nanna Is Kickin' Your Butt" – Michael
  2. "When the Cow Kicked Me in the Head" – Jody
  3. "Run Like Scalded Dogs!" – Jet
  4. "We Are No Longer in the Bible Belt" – Jet
  5. "I Think We're Fighting the Germans, Right?" – Michael
  6. "Cathy Drone?" – Dan
  7. "Anonymous?" – Brent
  8. "You're Like Jason Bourne, Right?" – Michael
  9. "Dumb Did Us In" – Brandy
  10. "I Feel Like I'm in, Like, Sicily" – Brent
  11. "They Don't Even Understand Their Own Language" – Brent
  12. "Huger than Huge" – Dan


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

  • Leg 1 – A trip for two to Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Leg 2 – A pair of sailboats
  • Leg 3 – A trip for two to Patagonia
  • Leg 4 – Two $5,000 pre-loaded Discover Cards
  • Leg 5 – Two 55" HD TVs
  • Leg 6 – A trip for two to Cancun, Mexico
  • Leg 7 – A dinner on the beach on Praslin, Seychelles, massages, all the 7-Up the team could drink (at the Pit Stop), and $7,000 for each team member
  • Leg 8 – A trip for two to Maui, Hawaii
  • Leg 9 – A pair of motorcycles
  • Leg 10 – A trip for two to Alaska.
  • Leg 11 – A trip for two to the Spanish coast.
  • Leg 12 – $1,000,000

Elimination Station[edit]

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

  • After Leg 1, Dana & Adrian were the first team eliminated and sent to the villa. They expressed their disappointment after Adrian's second attempt failed during the Roadblock task. Adrian is terribly afraid of heights and he wanted to kiss Dana to reaffirm their relationship. They discussed their marriage, had a tour on a beach, and saw big whales in the ocean.
  • After Leg 2, Jody & Shannon were the second team eliminated and sent to the villa. Jody voiced her regrets that she did the Roadblock instead of Shannon. Adrian was surprised to hear that Jody had not hoped or expected to win the race, but Shannon still insisted that they could have done it. The teams were treated to an elemental spa with treatments based on fire, earth, water, and air.
  • After Leg 3, Monique & Shawne were the third team eliminated and sent to the villa. All the previous eliminated teams were shocked to see Monique & Shawne, and Monique & Shawne were saddened at missing their daughters' birthdays. The next day, the teams went to Las Juantas Y Los Veranos to learn how to make tequila, which included Adrian cutting open a blue agave which took him about 6 minutes and 9 seconds.
  • Leg 4 was a non-elimination leg, hence no new teams were sent to the villa. The 3 eliminated teams bonded at the villa while Shannon was writing in her journal. Monique and Shawne suggested bringing Shannon to the beach, after which all the teams went. Shawne was given a leg and foot massage, while Shannon got her hair beaded, and Monique shared with Shannon how to win the Mexican guys by doing some eye action.
  • After Leg 5, Joe & Heidi were the fourth team eliminated and sent to the villa. They arrived while Adrian and Shannon were playing a game of table tennis. Jody & Shannon expressed their surprise and disappointment at seeing Joe & Heidi arrive, while Adrian was glad to have another man at the villa. Joe & Heidi expressed their frustration and explained how they arrived at the conclusion that Louie & Michael had Blind U-Turned them. Later, the teams went into town to do some shopping. Joe tried to bargain with a store owner over the price of some jewelry for Heidi, which offended the owner.
  • After Leg 6, Jordan & Jeff were the fifth team eliminated and sent to the villa. All the teams at the villa sat down for a meal and as Jordan & Jeff arrive at the villa, they explained the circumstances that led to their elimination. They believed that Louie & Michael would be in the top 3, and Joe again shared his disdain for Louie & Michael in a confessional. Jeff expressed his bitterness at having been evicted from Big Brother and now eliminated from The Amazing Race as he compares Elimination Station and Big Brother and Jury House. However, Jordan feels satisfied from being in Elimination Station. The teams later went on a snorkeling trip. While on the trip, Monique & Shawne suffered from seasickness, and Heidi helped Adrian become comfortable in the water. The snorkeling trip also helped ease Jeff's bitterness at being eliminated.
  • Leg 7 was a non-elimination leg, hence no new teams were sent to the villa. At the pool, Adrian, Jeff and Joe discussed how Louie & Michael U-Turned Joe & Heidi, which turned out to be because the detectives disliked them due to personal reasons. After that, the eliminated teams watched an exciting Mexican dance, and many of the racers joined in the dance while others watched. Jody also performed a solo by playing the drum, which impressed Shannon. Later in the day, Joe shared with Heidi the main reason why Louie and Michael U-Turned them. Lastly, Heidi added that if Joe were to meet Louie and Michael, he would confront them about it and how it affected the outcome of the race.
  • After Leg 8, Steve & Allie were the sixth team eliminated. It was 2:00 in the morning, and the eliminated teams gathered to find out who they think is the next team eliminated. Steve and Allie called the villa and Monique picked up the phone. Everyone was surprised and disappointed to hear about that Steve & Allie were eliminated, especially Shannon who was sad to hear about it. Joe then asked Steve about Louie & Michael's current situation in the race, then Steve told Joe that his team was too strong and was a threat, which resulted in the U-Turn. Steve shared that it was bad decisions and a bad cab that resulted in their elimination. Steve also noted that either Jet & Cord or Louie & Michael will win the race.
  • After Leg 9, Carol & Brandy were the seventh team eliminated. When Carol & Brandy called the villa early in the morning, the other eliminated teams were shocked and disappointed to hear about they were eliminated, especially Shannon who wanted to see an all-girl team win. Carol & Brandy talked about the U-Turn and their dislike for Brent & Caite that led to their elimination. In response, Jordan said that Carol & Brandy were probably just too jealous of Caite's beauty. Adrian, however, agreed with Carol & Brandy that the U-Turn was a foolish move by the dating models, and that it should have been used on either Jet & Cord or Louie & Michael. That evening, the eliminated racers got to watch a Mexican wrestling match in an outdoor coliseum. Jordan got to escort a wrestler to the ring, and Adrian, the most enthusiastic fan of the group, bought a wrestling mask as a souvenir.
  • Leg 10 was a non-elimination leg, hence no new teams were sent to the villa. Jordan & Jeff talk with Dana and Adrian about how to strengthen their relationship. Then, all the teams at Elimination Station are shown packing their bags and guessing where the final Leg will take place and then they were leaving the villa and fly to End City.
  • After Leg 11, Louie & Michael were the eighth and final team eliminated. Elimination Station showed the five eliminated teams arriving at the End City in San Francisco, California. After arriving in San Francisco, the teams checked into a hotel, settled into their rooms, and awaited the phone call from the eighth team eliminated. Monique & Shawne are happy to see the end of the race and to know who they think is going to win. Dana said that Joe & Heidi were hoping that Louie & Michael are not in the Final Three because of their dislike for them after being U-Turned. Louie & Michael called into the hotel, and the eliminated teams were shocked and disappointed to hear about Louie & Michael being eliminated. Joe asked Louie & Michael if they still felt that they had used the U-Turn correctly. Michael told him that they had because he thought Joe & Heidi would be very tough to beat once the Race route reached Asia. Adrian said that Joe & Heidi's wishes came true, but despite Louie and Michael being eliminated, Joe was still not satisfied. Jeff told Joe that Louie & Michael U-Turned Joe & Heidi because of personal reasons, which led to harsh words between Joe and Jeff.
  • Leg 12 was the final leg of The Amazing Race 16. Elimination Station showed the Finish Line that takes place in Candlestick Park. All the eliminated teams were happy to find out which team do they think will win $1,000,000 as Steve & Allie, Carol & Brandy, and Louie & Michael reunited with the other eliminated teams at the Finish Line. Shannon noticed that the Final Three teams are: Dan & Jordan, Brent & Caite, and Jet & Cord. Dana said that it's anybody's race. All the eliminated teams were waiting to find out who they think will cross the Finish Line first and win the $1,000,000. They find out that Dan & Jordan were the first team to cross the Finish Line and win the $1 million; Jet & Cord came in 2nd and Brent & Caite came in 3rd. Teams expressed their opinions about the final three teams at the Finish Line along with their joys and disappointments about the race, and the learning experiences they could draw from it.

Race summary[edit]

The Route of the Race.
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   Intersection icon.svg Intersection
U-Turn icon.svg U-Turn   Speed Bump icon.svg Speed Bump   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → Chile)[edit]

In order to travel throughout the mountainous town of Valparaíso, teams rode its various funicular railways between tasks, including Ascensor Artillería.

Airdate: February 14, 2010

The first Roadblock of the Race required one team member to cross a tightrope the length of a football field (360 ft or 110 m) suspended 120 feet (37 m) above the ground to the end of the valley until they received their next clue.

Additional note
  • Teams were required to use public transportation when making their way to Los Angeles International Airport. The first three teams would receive tickets one hour ahead of the second flight. However, due to mechanical failure on that flight, they were re-booked with the remaining teams on the second flight.
Additional tasks
  • After the Roadblock, teams had to take a funicular down the mountain to find their next clue.
  • At Paseo Templeman, teams picked up painting supplies (4 paint cans, paint brushes, and a ladder) and had to find a group of house painters next to a house matching the color of their paint. Once at the house, they had to finish painting a portion of the house to receive their next clue.

Leg 2 (Chile)[edit]

In this Leg, teams traveled throughout the Los Lagos Region of Chile, known for its lakes and the Osorno volcano.

Airdate: February 21, 2010

The first Detour of the race had teams to choose between Llama Adoration and Condor Consternation. In Llama Adoration, teams traveled to a farm where they had to dress a llama by placing a blanket on its back and a scarf around its neck. In Condor Consternation, teams traveled to a beach where they donned special shoes resembling birds' feet and used a hang glider-like condor costume to glide out to a clue in the water.

In the leg's Roadblock, teams had to collect several ingredients used to make kuchen. The ingredients for this desert that team members had to collect were a plate of butter, a bowl of sugar, a bag of flour, a baker's dozen of eggs from the hen house, and a cup of milk straight from a cow. Once the ingredients were collected, team members had to give them to the baker to receive a serving of kuchen and their next clue.

Leg 3 (Chile → Argentina)[edit]

Tasks featured on this leg related to gauchos and other aspects of Argentine equestrianism.

Airdate: February 28, 2010

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to choose a station and use a lasso to rope a target 18 feet (5.5 m) away and pull it towards them to receive their next clue.

The Detour was a choice between Horse Sense and Horse Power. In Horse Sense, teams were given a set of directions by a gunslinger and – using only a stationary compass as a navigational aid – had to find a bag of loot buried in a field. They then had to deliver the bag to the lead bandit, and if the markings on their bag matched the coordinates given to them, he would give the team a coin with the name of the Pit Stop location on it as their next clue. In Horse Power, teams went down to a polo field and – using a wooden practice horse – had to get a goal within 9 strokes and received the trophy with the name of the Pit Stop location on its base as their next clue.

Additional task
  • At El Boliche Viejo, teams had to win a game of five-card stud against the Travelocity Roaming Gnome to receive the gnome which had their next clue on the bottom of its base. Teams had to keep the gnome with them for the duration of the leg.

Leg 4 (Argentina → Germany)[edit]

Teams finished this leg of the race at Beatles-Platz, paying tributes to Hamburg's important role in The Beatles' early history.

Airdate: March 7, 2010

At the Intersection, teams had to join with one other team to complete tasks and make decisions together until further notice.

In this special Roadblock, one team member from each of the intersected teams had to take the S-Bahn to the Port of Hamburg and complete a 150-foot (46 m) tandem bungee jump from a bungee crane. After the Roadblock, teams were no longer Intersected.

The Detour for this Leg was a choice between Soccer or Sauerkraut. In Soccer, teams made their way to Adolf-Jäger-Kampfbahn Stadium and had to successfully kick a ball from the penalty mark (12 yd or 11 m) through 5 targets located in the goal to receive their next clue. In Sauerkraut, teams had to travel to a restaurant called Alt Hamburger Bürgerhaus and eat a plate of sauerkraut while a band played a song called the "Sauerkraut Polka". Teams had to finish the plate before the end of the song in order to receive their clue. If the song ended first, they had to start over with a new plate of sauerkraut.

Additional task
  • At the Haifischbar, each team had to drink a boot of beer to receive their next clue.

Leg 5 (Germany → France)[edit]

During the Detour, teams were "attacked" by a pilot in the Red Baron's Fokker Dr.I in an historical reenactment of trench warfare during World War I.

Airdate: March 14, 2010

During the Pit Stop, all teams boarded a bus and traveled from Hamburg to an unknown destination, revealed to viewers to be Les Monthairons, to begin the leg.

For the Speed Bump, Jordan & Jeff had to reinforce a trench wall using a series of branches before they could proceed to complete the Detour.

The Detour was a choice between In the Trenches or Under Fire. For both tasks, teams dressed up as World War I-era American soldiers, known as Doughboys. In the Trenches, teams traveled through trenches to a telegraph where they had to decipher a message in Morse code –"We will prevail. Vive la France."– and then presented their deciphered message to the French sergeant. In Under Fire, teams crawled under barbed wire 100 feet to receive a message –"The war is over. Vive la liberté."– from a man in a foxhole. They then crawled back through the barbed wire to present the message to the sergeant. Before either task was completed and the teams received their clue, the message they received was sent to "headquarters" via carrier pigeon.

Additional tasks
  • At the Boulangerie Defontaine, teams had to buy a fresh baguette that contained their next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams were required to head south down a road to find the U-Turn and their next clue.
  • Upon arriving at Church of Massiges, teams changed out of their Doughboy gear into turn of the 20th century French bicycling gear (including a fake moustache) and rode on antique bicycles, in the manner of the first Tour de France, along a 4-mile (6.4 km) course to the Pit Stop.

Leg 6 (France)[edit]

This leg's tasks paid tributes to France's champagne industry in Champagne-Ardenne, home of prestigious champagne houses.

Airdate: March 21, 2010

In this Roadblock, one team member had to rappel 100 feet (30 m) into the chalk cellars of the winery of Leclerc Briant to search for a bottle of champagne specially marked with a small yellow and red striped flag on the bottom amongst the riddling racks. After finding the bottle, the team member returned to the surface to use the traditional sabrage technique to open the bottle, the force of which propelled their next clue out.

The Detour was a choice between Tower or Terra. In Tower, teams had to stack 680 champagne coupes into a 15-level pyramid with only one coupe on the top level, then pour the entire contents of a magnum of Taittinger champagne onto the top of the pyramid – all without breaking any of the glasses – in order to receive their next clue. In Terra, teams searched the 1-square-kilometre (250-acre) winter-barren Taittinger vineyards for a cluster of wine grapes marked with the race flag. After finding the grapes, they returned it to the harvest foreman for their next clue.

Additional task
  • At the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims, teams had to look for a woman playing a musical saw to receive their next clue: a cork from a bottle of Leclerc Briant.

Leg 7 (France → Seychelles)[edit]

While in Seychelles, teams took part for one of the Detours to use a banana to lure a 100-year-old and 500-pound (230 kg) Aldabra Giant Tortoise.

Airdate: March 28, 2010

This leg's Detour was Turtle Toddle or Ox Trot. In Turtle Toddle, teams had to use a banana to lure a 500-pound (230 kg), 100-year-old Aldabra Giant Tortoise across a marked path on a lawn. Once it was across the finish line, teams had to deliver a bunch of bananas to a fruit merchant 1.5 miles (2.4 km) away to receive their next clue. In Ox Trot, teams had to pull a cart to a clearing and load a pile of coconuts into it. Then, after an ox was hitched to their cart, teams had to deliver their coconuts to the same fruit merchant to receive their clue. If they forgot or lost any of the coconuts, teams had to retrieve them before being allowed to continue.

In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to dive into the ocean to retrieve one of seven bottles tied to a platform in the water to reveal inside.

Additional task
  • Upon arrival in Mahé, teams had to find a marked kiosk and take a number. The first 3 teams were on the first helicopters, leaving around the same time, to La Digue. The last three departed for La Digue on three helicopters an hour later.
  • After finishing the Detour, teams chose a marked boat and were taken out to a buoy near St. Pierre Island. Once there, the captain gave them their next clue.
  • After finishing the Roadblock, teams were taken off the shore of Praslin where they had to swim to shore. Once ashore, teams emptied the contents of their bottle revealing a puzzle map that when completed would lead them to their treasure: the Pit Stop at the Paradise Sun Hotel.

Leg 8 (Seychelles → Malaysia)[edit]

Teams ended this leg of the race at the Pinang Peranakan Mansion in Penang's capital city of George Town.

Airdate: April 4, 2010

In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Buddhist Tradition or Chinese Custom. In Buddhist Tradition, teams traveled to the Tien Kong Than Temple and carried a series of joss sticks to the top of the temple. After arranging them in the proper order, teams lit them and received their next clue. In Chinese Custom, teams traveled to the Esplanade in George Town, where they participated in the Chinese New Year tradition of balancing large flags on their foreheads and then running across the esplanade. After both team members made it across the esplanade without letting the flag fall, they received their next clue.

For this leg's Speed Bump, Jet & Cord traveled to the Tropical Spice Garden to find a woman crushing spices for tea. Then by smell, they had to pick the right prepared tea and serve it to a guru sitting on a swing. Once the guru finished drinking the tea, they could proceed to the Roadblock.

The Roadblock required one team member to prepare a traditional Hindu offering called a float by first breaking open several coconuts in order to find one that had colored flesh. They then built the float and gave it to the waiting Gurukkal who sent it out to sea and then gave teams their next clue.

Additional note
  • Before leaving Seychelles, teams took a boat to the island of Mahé which is scheduled for 2:00 am.

Leg 9 (Malaysia → Singapore)[edit]

The only Fast Forward of this season of The Amazing Race took place at the Singapore Flyer, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world at that time.

Airdate: April 11, 2010

In the race's only Fast Forward, one team made their way to the Singapore Flyer where they would have to climb out of one observation pod at the top of the 541-foot (165 m) Ferris wheel and then cross a ladder to the next pod over where their next clue directing them to the Pit Stop was being held.

The leg's Detour was a choice between Pounding The Drums and Pounding The Pavement. In Pounding The Drums, teams traveled to Speakers' Corner and learned a complex drum routine for a lion dance performance. Once they had played it to their young instructor's approval, they then performed the routine with a lion dance troupe on a nearby stage for their next clue. In Pounding The Pavement, teams traveled to an open area in Rochor Road where they had to gather supplies – chairs, an umbrella, a loaf of bread, wafers, and 10 boxes of ice cream – and then find a marked ice cream cart to sell 25 Singapore-style ice cream sandwiches for S$1 a piece to receive their next clue.

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to inspect an anchor chain by counting the number of links in the chain, while dealing with the noise created by the other workers at the port and announcements being read through a loudspeaker. When they gave the right number (521) on a clipboard to the dock manager, they would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, teams had to find Allan Wu, host of The Amazing Race Asia, who would give them their next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams were instructed to find the U-Turn and their next clue at the intersection of their "last pit stop city" (Penang) and Orchard Road. This clue sent them to Istana Park, located at the intersection of Penang Road and Orchard Road.
  • At Sentosa, teams rode the MegaZip, a 1,476-foot (450 m) long zip-line. After unharnessing from the MegaZip, teams received their next clue.

Leg 10 (Singapore → China)[edit]

Upon arriving in Shanghai, teams visited the water town of Zhujiajiao in Qingpu District.

Airdate: April 25, 2010

In the first Roadblock on this leg, one team member had to follow a demonstration by a local noodlemaker to make 1 kg (2.2 lb) of la mian noodles. When they were done, He Pingping, the world's shortest man, gave them their next clue. (He Pingping died about three months after the episode was filmed and one month before it aired on American television. The episode concluded with a brief shot of his photo and the message "In Memory of He Pingping".)

The second Roadblock on this leg required the team member who sat out the first Roadblock to put together a 96-piece puzzle and then give the puzzle to a group of fans in the bleachers. If the puzzle was put together correctly, the other side of the puzzle would give a seat number where the team would find their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • In Zhujiajiao, teams traveled on foot to a boat dock which would take them to their next clue and the first Roadblock.
  • In Shanghai's fashion district Taikang Lu, teams entered a fashion studio where they were given a sketch of an outfit. They then had to choose the correct pieces of clothing that were described in the sketch and give them to a fashion model to put on. If they chose the right clothing and accessories, the fashion designer would give them their next clue.

Leg 11 (China)[edit]

In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to count the statues in the Longhua Temple's Arhat Hall.

Airdate: May 2, 2010

For this leg's Speed Bump, Louie & Michael were required to participate in a good luck ritual by throwing coins into a large incense burner on the Longhua Temple grounds. Once both got one coin each into the top opening of the incense burner, they could proceed onto the Roadblock.

In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member entered Longhua Temple's Arhat Hall to count all of the golden statues in the room, most of which were statues of the Gautama Buddha. If they got the right number (523), they would receive their next clue. If their guess is not right, they would have to wait 10 minutes before making their next guess.

The Detour was a choice between Pork Chops and Pork Dumplings. In Pork Chops, teams must enter an art stone store and look through several hundred special stone stamps called chops for the two that had a pig on the bottom and one of each of their names in order to receive their clue from the shop owner. In Pork Dumplings, teams traveled to Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant and delivered 10 orders of xiaolongbao across the market. Once they were done with the deliveries, they would received their clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the leg, teams were told to go to the Garden Bridge, that was referred to the Waibaidu Bridge.
  • After the roadblock, teams took a motorcycle to their next destination Yuyuan Garden.
  1. ^ Teams were prohibited to travel by taxi from Garden Bridge to the Longhua Temple.

Leg 12 (China → United States)[edit]

For the final Roadblock on The Amazing Race 16, teams visited the famous Coit Tower in San Francisco's Telegraph Hill, which one team member had to climb up from the outside.

Airdate: May 9, 2010

The final Roadblock of the race required one team member to use an ascender to reach the top archways of Coit Tower to get their next clue before being lowered back to the ground.

Additional tasks
  • After receiving the clue at Battery Godfrey, teams had to solve a riddle that would lead them to their next route marker: Coit Tower.
  • At the Letterman Digital Arts Center, one team member had to put on a motion capture suit while their partner directed their avatar through a virtual course, all based on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. After getting through the two levels of the course, the directing partner would be able to copy down their next clue through figuring out how to read it off the computer screen which directed them to the Tonga Room.
  • Upon arriving at the Tonga Room, teams were instructed to take a trunk to their next location: the Great American Music Hall.
  • At the Great American Music Hall, teams opened the trunk from the Tonga Room. Inside were psychedelic posters of the teams that had been eliminated in each leg during the Race being put in the correct order of elimination (with three posters for the non-elimination legs) according to the legs visited in the chronological order:
Leg Pit Stop Team Eliminated
1 Valparaíso Dana & Adrian
2 Puerto Varas Jody & Shannon
3 San Carlos de Bariloche Monique & Shawne
4 Hamburg Non-elimination
5 Wargemoulin-Hurlus Joe & Heidi
6 Épernay Jordan & Jeff
7 Praslin Non-elimination
8 Penang Steve & Allie
9 Singapore Carol & Brandy
10 Shanghai Non-elimination
11 Louie & Michael
12 Finale
Once teams put in a correct order, they could receive their final clue from a roadie.
  • The final clue at the Great American Music Hall was a portion of the "Jack Be Nimble" nursery rhyme; teams were left to figure out that the missing word "candlestick" referred to the location of the Finish Line: Candlestick Park.


No episode aired on April 18, 2010 due to CBS's broadcast of the Academy of Country Music Awards and CTV's broadcast of the Juno Awards.

US ratings[edit]

# Airdate Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
1 February 14, 2010 "Nanna Is Kickin' Your Butt" 5.1 8 2.8/7 9.07 1 1
2 February 21, 2010 "When the Cow Kicked Me in the Head" 5.2 8 2.9/7 9.11 1 1
3 February 28, 2010 "Run Like Scalded Dogs!" 5.8 9 3.2/8 10.24 2 4
4 March 7, 2010 "We Are No Longer in the Bible Belt" 4.5 7 2.6/7 8.05 2 4[12]
5 March 14, 2010 "I Think We're Fighting the Germans, Right?" 5.8 10 3.0/9 10.10 1 3[13]
6 March 21, 2010 "Cathy Drone?" 6.9 11 3.8/9 11.99 1 4[14]
7 March 28, 2010 "Anonymous?" 7.2 11 3.9/10 12.73 1 3[15]
8 April 4, 2010 "You're Like Jason Bourne, Right?" 5.2 9 2.7/8 9.14 1 3[16]
9 April 11, 2010 "Dumb Did Us In" 6.9 11 3.4/10 11.88 1 3
10 April 25, 2010 "I Feel Like I'm in, Like, Sicily" 6.3 10 3.2/9 10.69[17] 1 3
11 May 2, 2010 "They Don't Even Understand Their Own Language" 6.0 10 3.0/9 10.29[18] 1 3
12 May 9, 2010 "Huger Than Huge" 6.0 11 2.9/9 10.63 1 3[19]
  • Episode 1, "Nanna Is Kickin' Your Butt" aired on Valentine's Day.
  • Episode 4, "We Are No Longer In The Bible Belt" had a considerably low number of viewers, most likely because it aired on the same night as the 82nd Academy Awards.
  • Episode 7, "Anonymous?" had the most viewers and adults 25–54 rating since the November 4, 2007, episode of The Amazing Race 12, as well as the best numbers in adults 18–49 since the January 6, 2008, episode of the same season.
  • Episode 8, "You're like Jason Bourne, right?" aired on Easter Sunday.
  • Episode 12, "Huger Than Huge", the season finale, aired on Mother's Day. The show was down nearly two million viewers compared to the season 15 finale and was the lowest rated finale since season 4.[20]

Canadian ratings[edit]

Canadian broadcaster CTV also airs The Amazing Race on Sundays at 8pm, the first three episodes were aired on A-Channel. When the show returned to the said network, episode four aired an hour earlier than its normal start time due to the network's broadcast of the 82nd Academy Awards.

# Airdate Episode Viewers
1 February 14, 2010 "Nanna Is Kickin' Your Butt" N/A <#30[21]
2 February 21, 2010 "When the Cow Kicked Me in the Head" 0.90 #16[22]
3 February 28, 2010 "Run Like Scalded Dogs!" 0.88 #13[23]
4 March 7, 2010 "We Are No Longer in the Bible Belt" 1.44 #21[24]
5 March 14, 2010 "I Think We're Fighting the Germans, Right?" 2.53 #4[25]
6 March 21, 2010 "Cathy Drone?" 2.00 #7[26]
7 March 28, 2010 "Anonymous?" 2.47 #4[27]
8 April 4, 2010 "You're Like Jason Bourne, Right?" 2.08 #6[28]
9 April 11, 2010 "Dumb Did Us In" 2.29 #7[29]
10 April 25, 2010 "I Feel Like I'm in, Like, Sicily" 2.18 #5[30]
11 May 2, 2010 "They Don't Even Understand Their Own Language" 2.51 #3[31]
12 May 9, 2010 "Huger Than Huge" 2.58 #3[32]


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