The Amazing Race 19

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The Amazing Race 19
Season Run September 25 – December 11, 2011
Filming dates June 18[1] – July 10, 2011
No. of Episodes 12
Presenter Phil Keoghan
Winning team Ernie Halvorsen & Cindy Chiang
Season Stats
Continents visited 4
Countries visited 10
Cities visited 20[2]
Distance traveled 35,000 mi (56,000 km)
Season chronology
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The Amazing Race 19 is the nineteenth installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race 19 features eleven teams of two, each with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world.[3] The 19th season premiered on September 25, 2011.[4]

The nineteenth season started on Sunday, September 25, 2011. It aired on CBS in the United States on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The season finale aired on December 11, 2011. The show is hosted by Phil Keoghan.

Engaged couple Ernie Halvorsen and Cindy Chiang were the winners of The Amazing Race 19.

The complete season was released on DVD on October 7, 2015, via's CreateSpace program.[5]


Development and filming[edit]

Hacienda Heights's Hsi Lai Temple was the site of the starting line for this season of the Race, where teams participated in a task searching through several oil-paper umbrellas.

This season of the Race traveled a little over 35,000 miles (56,000 km) to 20 cities and across four continents.[2] Filming started on June 18, 2011, with teams seen leaving Los Angeles International Airport and heading to Taiwan.[1] The starting line was located at the Hsi Lai Temple in the foothills of Hacienda Heights, California. As with the previous season, racers had a task they had to perform before receiving tickets to their first destination.[2] American film crews were also spotted in Hillerød, Denmark, and were suspected to be there for The Amazing Race; marking the first time the Race had visited Denmark.[6] Besides Denmark, this season also included first time visits to Malawi, Belgium, and Indonesia.[7]

Two new game elements were introduced in this season. Leg 1 introduced the Hazard, a penalty that one team incurs for being the last team to finish the starting-line task. According to Keoghan, the Hazard was added to "test people's mental strength out of the gate", and claims it had a "rolling effect" throughout the rest of the Race.[8] Leg 2 was the first time in which two teams were eliminated at the Pit Stop (In Season 10, two teams were eliminated during the first leg, but not both at the Pit Stop. In Season 15, two teams were eliminated after the first episode).[7]

During the first leg, racer Kaylani lost her passport at a gas station while en route from Hsi Lai Temple to Los Angeles International Airport. She and teammate Lisa returned to the station to search for the passport but could not find it, and opted to proceed to the airport in the hope that another racer had picked it up. The camera crew accompanying the team had seen the dropped passport, but could not tell Kaylani or Lisa or otherwise act on it; instead they informed the producers of the situation. The producers prepared to conduct an impromptu elimination and host Phil Keoghan rushed to the airport. The passport was found by two bystanders who had previously helped another team at the gas station; after posting about the incident on Twitter, a fan of the show advised them to take the passport to the airport, and they were able to return it to Kaylani before her scheduled flight.[9]


Most of the contestants of the 19th season at the season finale "TARCon" event in New York City. Pictured are (left to right, back row): Marcus Pollard, Amani Pollard, Laurence Sunderland, Liz Canavan, Marie Canavan, Ron Zeitz, Bill Smith, Jeremy Cline, (front row) winner Cindy Chiang, winner Ernie Halvorsen, Kaylani Paliotta, Jennifer Young, Sandy Draghi.

Applications for the 19th season were due on January 4, 2011. Semi-finalist interviews and the final casting interviews took place in Los Angeles in March 2011.

The cast included: former Survivor winners and dating couple Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca; Zac Sunderland, the first person under 18 to sail solo around the world, and his father Laurence;[1] retired NFL player Marcus Pollard with his wife Amani; and former Olympic snowboarders Andy Finch and Tommy Czeschin.[7]

Winners Ernie and Cindy were married on March 10, 2012; the teams of: Ron and Bill, Kaylani and Lisa, Liz and Marie, Justin and Jennifer, Laurence and Zac, Amani and Marcus, and Jeremy and Sandy were in the wedding party. The newlyweds traveled to Fiji for their honeymoon, on a trip they won on Leg 8 of the Race. They later appeared in The Amazing Race 29 in which they handed tickets to the final three teams to enter Wrigley Field.

This is one of the seasons that is not represented in the cast of The Amazing Race: All-Stars.

One of the competitors, Bill Alden, died on June 10, 2016, at the age of 69 from pancreatic cancer.[10]


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 22 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ernie & Cindy Engaged 1st 4th 5th 5th 3rd 5th 2ndε6 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st Ernie 7, Cindy 6
Jeremy & Sandy Dating 2nd 6th 3rd 3rd 7th 3rd 6th 5th 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd Jeremy 6, Sandy 7
Amani & Marcus Married 5th 9th 6th 6th 1st 7th 4th 4th 1st 4th 3rd 3rd Amani 6, Marcus 7
Andy & Tommy Pro Snowboarders 7th 1st 1st 1st 5th 1st 1st 3rd 4th 1st 4th Andy 6, Tommy 6
Bill & Cathi Grandparents 11th 7th 7th 7th 2nd 6th5 3rd 2nd
5th 5th Bill 6, Cathi 5
Laurence & Zac Father/Son Adventurers 6th 2nd 2nd4 4th 6th 4th 5th7 6th Laurence 4, Zac 5
Justin & Jennifer Siblings 3rd 8th 4th 2nd 4th 2nd5 7th Justin 4, Jennifer 4
Liz & Marie Twins 10th 5th 8th 8th 8th Liz 2, Marie 4
Kaylani & Lisa Former Vegas Showgirls 9thн1 3rd 9th Kaylani 1, Lisa 2
Ethan & Jenna Dating 4th 10th3 Ethan 2, Jenna 0
Ron & Bill Domestic Partners 8th 11th3 Ron 1, Bill 1
  • A red team placement means the team was eliminated.
  • A purple ε indicates that the team decided to use the Express Pass on that leg.
  • An orange н indicates that the team was penalized for finishing last in the Starting Line task and would have to perform the Hazard.
  • 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 during the next leg of the race.
  • A brown ⊃ or a cyan ⋑ indicates that the team chose to use one of the two U-Turns in a Double U-Turn; or indicates the team who received it; ⋐⋑ around a leg number indicates that only one of the two available U-Turns was used;
    indicates that the team was U-Turned, but they used the second U-Turn on another team.
  • An underlined leg number indicates that there was no mandatory rest period at the Pit Stop and all teams were ordered to continue racing, although the first place team was still awarded a prize for that leg. An underlined team placement indicates that the team came in last on a "continue racing" leg, was ordered to continue racing, and didn't have to do a Speed Bump in the next leg.
  1. ^ Kaylani performed the Hazard task.
  2. ^ Eight of the 11 teams arrived at the Pit Stop without donating all of their money at the 'Aisyiyah Orphanage (see below), and had to go back and donate the rest of their money before being allowed to check in. The initial placements for all teams are as follows (the three boldfaced teams were not turned back):
    1st: Ernie and Cindy; 2nd: Liz and Marie; 3rd: Bill and Cathi; 4th: Andy and Tommy; 5th: Jeremy and Sandy; 6th: Justin and Jennifer; 7th: Amani and Marcus; 8th: Laurence and Zac; 9th: Ethan and Jenna; 10th: Kaylani and Lisa; 11th: Ron and Bill
  3. ^a b Leg 2 was a double-elimination leg. The last two teams to be checked in at the Pit Stop will both be eliminated from The Amazing Race.
  4. ^ Laurence and Zac initially arrived 1st, but were issued a 15-minute penalty for using more than the allowed number of buckets at the Grass Fed Detour (see below). During this time, Andy and Tommy checked in for a 1st-place finish, dropping Laurence and Zac to 2nd.
  5. a b Justin and Jennifer and Bill and Cathi initially arrived in 1st and 3rd, respectively, but did not pay the truck drivers who helped them to the Pit Stop. They were required to turn back and pay their drivers, ultimately dropping them to 2nd and 6th, respectively.
  6. ^ Ernie and Cindy used the Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 7.
  7. ^ Laurence and Zac used their U-Turn power on Amani and Marcus. However, Amani and Marcus had already passed them and were not affected by the U-Turn.

Episode title quotes[edit]

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.[11]

  1. "Kindness of Strangers" – Kaylani
  2. "The Sprint of Our Life" – Sandy
  3. "Don't Lay Down on Me Now!" – Marcus
  4. "This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess" – Bill (of Bill & Cathi)
  5. "I Feel Like I'm in the Circus" – Jennifer
  6. "We Love Your Country Already; It Is Very Spacious" – Cathi
  7. "Move Goat" – Marcus
  8. "Super Shady" – Cindy
  9. "It's Speedo Time" – Tommy
  10. "Release the Brake!" – Marcus' driving instructor (non-racer)
  11. "We Are Charlie Chaplin" – Tommy
  12. "Go Out and Get It Done" – Marcus


The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg.

Race summary[edit]

The route of the 19th Amazing 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   TAR Exclamation icon.svg Hazard   U-Turn icon.svg U-Turn   Speed Bump icon.svg Speed Bump   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → Taiwan)[edit]

While in Taipei, teams participated in a dragon boat race along the Keelung River.

Airdate: September 25, 2011

At the first Roadblock of the Race, one team member had to find a nearby payphone and called a particular phone number. The person on the other end gave the racer one of Confucius's proverbs ("In all things success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure."). Without writing it down, they had to repeat the proverb verbatim to a temple monk. Once they got the proverb right, they received their next clue. If they were incorrect, they had to call the number, again, and make another attempt.

The Hazard task required Kaylani and Lisa to travel to the Core Pacific City Mall, where one of them had to perform an indoor bungee jump before they could receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Starting Line, teams had to search through several hundred oil-paper umbrellas for one that had the correct set of letters ("TAI) printed on it. When combined twice with their clue of six other letters ("WANPEI") it revealed the name of their first destination: Taipei, Taiwan. Once they presented Phil with the correct umbrella, he gave them keys to one of 11 Ford Explorers parked outside the temple. The last team to complete the task was penalized with the Hazard.
    • The first eight teams to arrive at the airport were booked on an earlier flight from Los Angeles to Taipei; the remaining three teams were booked on a second flight on another airline that departed twenty minutes later.
  • At the Ximending Commercial District, teams were told to "look up" for their next clue, and were left to figure out that their clue was displayed on an electronic billboard in Chinese: 台北孔廟 (Taipei Confucius Temple).
  • At the Dajia Riverside Park, teams joined a dragon boat team. One team member kept pace by beating a drum, while the other team member joined the paddling crew on the Keelung River. Once they made it through the course, they received their next clue.

Leg 2 (Taiwan → Indonesia)[edit]

In Yogyakarta, teams had to find the Pit Stop, the Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat (top), from just the Sultan's coat of arms (bottom).

Airdate: October 2, 2011

Bill and Cathi encountered their Speed Bump, and had to untangle a rope until they had enough length to reach a karabiner across a field before they could continue with the Roadblock. One team member had to descend 160 feet (49 m) into Goa Jomblang to search for a traditional Javanese mask and a dagger known as a kris. Once they located them, they had to scale up a bamboo ladder to the top before delivering them to the chieftain in exchange for their next clue.

This Leg's Detour was a choice between Shake Your Money Maker or Be a Ticket Taker, both of which took place back in the city of Yogyakarta. In Shake Your Money Maker, teams had to dress up in costumes with one team member dancing in the streets while the other played a gamelan in order earn Rp 30,000 (US$3.40). In Be a Ticket Taker, teams had to go to the Mal Malioboro and work as motorbike parking attendants in order to earn Rp 15,000 (US$1.70) and then turn in their ticket book.

Additional tasks
  • After each Detour, teams traveled to the Aisyiyah Orphanage, home to those orphaned by the 2010 eruptions of Mount Merapi, where they had to donate the money they earned during the Detour in exchange for their next clue. A small sign at the orphanage also directed teams to donate all of the money in their possession. Teams that did not donate all of their money were not allowed to check in at the Pit Stop until they doubled back and donated it.
  • At the orphanage, teams received a coat of arms from the children and had to figure out that it belonged to the Sultan and that the Pit Stop was at his palace: the Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat.

Leg 3 (Indonesia)[edit]

In this Leg's Roadblock, teams traveled to the Borobudur temple where they had to count the number of statues of the Dhyani Buddhas based on how the statues' hands are positioned.

Airdate: October 9, 2011

In this Leg's Detour, teams chose between Rice Field and Grass Fed. In Rice Field, teams carried lunch to rice paddy workers, and while the workers ate their lunch, they planted 300 rice seedlings. Once complete, they were given their next clue by one of the rice field workers. In Grass Fed, teams had to fill two bags with freshly cut grass and then pick up two sheep from a shed. After delivering the grass and sheep to a farm, they had to retrieve six buckets of water from a well to fill a trough for the sheep; teams were only allowed to use two buckets at a time. Once the trough was full, and the farmer was satisfied with their work, they obtained their next clue.

In the Roadblock, one racer had to walk around the top tier of Borobudur in a clockwise direction, counting the statues of the Five Dhyani Buddhas, while also paying attention to the mudra depicted on the statues (only four of the six kinds of statues were involved in the task). The racer had to provide the correct numbers of Buddhas by mudra, including a demonstration of each. There were: seventeen Amitābhas with the dhyana mudra; seventeen Amoghasiddhis with the abhaya mudra; seventeen Akshobhyas with the bhumisparsa mudra; and eighteen Ratnasambhavas with the vara mudra), in order to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Teams had to join a series of re-enacters of the Dutch colonial-era Bicycle Guard and ride omafiets (bicycles} with their group from the Kraton through the streets of Yogyakarta to Fort Vredeburg in order to obtain their next clue.
  • Before being allowed onto Borobudur, teams had to go to the international entrance where they were given batik sarongs to put on. They then walked up to the top of the temple, where they received their next clue.

Leg 4 (Indonesia → Thailand)[edit]

Teams finished this leg of the race in Thailand's traditional floating village of Koh Panyi.

Airdate: October 16, 2011

This Leg's Detour was a choice between Coral Reconstruction and Beach Preparation, tasks designed to give back to Thailand following the 2004 tsunami. In each task, teams rode on speedboats to Khai Nai Island. In Coral Reconstruction, teams built a coral nursery out of pipes. Once complete, they used a kayak to take the nursery and several coral fragments out to a buoy where they had to set the nursery on the ocean floor, then set the coral fragments into the nursery. Once complete, a marine biologist gave them their next clue. In Beach Preparation, teams had to set up a series of twenty beach chairs and ten umbrellas marked with a specific symbol given in their clue. Once the chairs and umbrellas were set up to the beach club owner's satisfaction they received their next clue.

In this Leg's Roadblock, teams traveled to Koh Yao Noi Island, Ko Yao District, where one team member climbed the island's sheer rock wall until they reached a bird's nest that held their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • The clue given to teams following the Detour was a compass and medallion; teams were instructed to travel north for thirteen minutes until they reached the island as shown on the medallion: Soap Island.
  • After the roadblock, teams were given a map of the Phang Nga Province, and a compass, and were instructed to lead their boat captain to the Pit Stop at Koh Panyi.

Leg 5 (Thailand)[edit]

For the second of two Roadblocks on this Leg, teams had to reassemble a spirit house that they originally disassembled before the Roadblock.

Airdate: October 23, 2011

For this leg's Speed Bump, Liz and Marie had to clean up elephant dung and wash an elephant before they could ride one to the Roadblock. At the first Roadblock, one team member searched for a man playing a traditional Thai flute. They then had to search the water around him for a bundle that contained a ceramic carp with their clue inside.

At the second Roadblock, the team member that sat out the first Roadblock had to rebuild the spirit house they picked up after the first Roadblock (see the additional tasks below). Upon assembling it correctly, a monk gave them a bag of food and their next clue.

Additional note
  • While in Phuket on this Leg, teams traveled by songthaew.
Additional tasks
  • To reach their first clue in the Ton Pariwat Wildlife Conservation Area, teams rode on elephants up the Khlong Song Phraek River to the location of the first Roadblock.
  • After the first Roadblock, teams traveled to a nearby store where they had to take apart a traditional spirit house which they then delivered to the Wat Chanathikaram.
  • At the Bangkok Noi Canal, teams had to feed fish at the canal using the food from the second Roadblock before they could receive their next clue.

Leg 6 (Thailand → Malawi)[edit]

For the Roadblock in Lilongwe, teams moved about 200-pound (91 kg) bales of dried tobacco in a local warehouse; tobacco is one of Malawi's top agricultural exports.

Airdate: October 30, 2011

At the Roadblock, one team member had to put on a workman's uniform and transport ten 200-pound (91 kg) bales of tobacco leaves through a tobacco warehouse to a drop-off zone in another part of the warehouse, using only a hand-cart that could carry one bag at a time. Once completed, teams received their next clue.

In this Leg's Detour, teams chose between All Sewn Up and Not Grown Up. In All Sewn Up, teams went to the White Horse De-Sign Tailor Shop in the old market and picked a customer. They then used a manual sewing machines to finish the customer's suit in order to obtain their next clue. In Not Grown Up, teams headed to Lilongwe LEA School where they had to use materials provided (cardboard boxes, nails, string, and bottle caps) to build toy trucks. Once it was properly constructed, the headmistress gave the truck to a student who tested it out before the team received their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the R-K Furniture Shop, teams had to transport two handcrafted wooden beds to Kumbali Village, and then carry the beds to the Pit Stop mat. They were to be allowed to ask the shop owner to call a truck for them. Teams used the beds for an overnight stay at the village.

Leg 7 (Malawi)[edit]

For one of the Detour tasks, teams raced dugout canoes on Lake Malawi.

Airdate: November 6, 2011

For this leg's Speed Bump, Amani and Marcus had to solve a sliding puzzle that depicted the flag of Malawi[a] before they could continue racing and catch up with the other teams.

At this Leg's Roadblock, one team member used a bicycle taxi known as a kabaza to take a customer carrying fish to one of three different destinations written on a board tied to the fish. After they dropped off their customer at their required address, they headed back to the bus station to trade in their earnings of MK100 (approximately US$0.66) to the kabaza dispatcher to obtain the next clue.

The Detour on Lake Malawi was a choice between Dugout and Lugout. In Dugout, teams participated in the annual Lake Malawi Dugout Canoe Race, and had to use the traditional canoes to paddle out to some drummers on the lake and then paddle back to shore to obtain their clue from a local fisherman. In Lugout, teams had to wade to a ferryboat on the lake and unload passengers and cargo from it by carrying them to shore. They had to unload two boxes of cabbage, two bundles of sugar cane, two bundles of brooms, one chair, one fan, and eight passengers – all of whom expected to stay dry – before they received their clue from the boat's porter.

Leg 8 (Malawi → Denmark)[edit]

Upon arriving in Copenhagen, teams had to climb to the top of the Church of Our Saviour's tower to search for their next clue.

Airdate: November 13, 2011

At this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to dress in period costume and learn a complex three-part dance from an instructor. Once the Countess was pleased with their dance, they received their next clue.

This Leg's Detour was a choice between All Hopped Up and All Churned Out. In All Hopped Up, teams had to lay out a proper rabbit show jumping course. They then had to pick a rabbit and each team member ran it through the course without knocking over any of the obstacles. Once complete, the animal handler gave them their next clue. In All Churned Out, teams had to make six sticks of butter by using a traditional butter churn to churn fresh cream, then stamp out the sticks using a special mold. Once complete, the dairymaid checked their work, and gave them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • On arriving in Copenhagen, teams had to choose a marked Ford Focus and drive to the Church of Our Saviour.
  • After climbing to the top of the Church of Our Saviour, teams had to search for two clues on the top of the tower. The first was a flag on the tower that said "Borg Slot" and the other was a banner on a nearby building that said "Frederiks". These led teams to their next location: Frederiksborg Palace in Hillerød.

Leg 9 (Denmark → Germany → Belgium)[edit]

Teams visited Legoland Billund where they rode the Pirate Carousel teacups while building their next clue out of Lego bricks.

Airdate: November 20, 2011

For this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to memorize a poem on the base of the statue of Hans Christian Andersen on Andersens Boulevard, and then use a map on a provided bicycle's wheel to navigate to the Teatermuseet i Hofteatret where they had to recite the poem verbatim and with dramatic flair in order to receive their next clue. If they failed, they had to return to the statue and recite the poem again.

At Concert Noble, teams had to compete in a bodybuilding competition in honor of Jean-Claude Van Damme (famous for "The Muscles from Brussels"). Racers had to put on bikinis, cover their bodies in posing oil, and then learn a series of bodybuilding poses. They then used the poses in a routine performed in front of three judges for a score of twelve points. Although this task was originally planned as a Bodybuilding Pose Detour and the changed to miscellaneous task, this left the other Detour option unknown to viewers.[13]

Additional tasks
  • At Legoland Billund, teams had to find the Pirate Carousel (a teacups ride), where they received a box containing a puzzle made of Lego bricks. While on the ride, they had to assemble the puzzle to reveal their next destination: the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof in Hamburg, Germany. Teams could work on the puzzle only while the ride was in motion; they had to raise their hands when the ride stopped.

Leg 10 (Belgium)[edit]

Both Detour choices in Ghent paid tributes to what Belgium's world known for; either canal rafting (left) or baking its traditional waffles (right).

Airdate: November 27, 2011

For this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to test drive a Ford Mustang. Teams first had to accelerate to 100 mph (160 km/h) and then brake at a designated spot. They then had to go through a slalom course within sixteen seconds, and finish the test drive by performing two victory doughnuts before they received their next clue.

This Leg's Detour was a choice between Water and Waffle. In Water, teams used materials provided (pontoons, rope, and wood) to build a raft to search the Lieve canal (in Dutch) for the two halves of their next clue. In Waffle, teams had to build a waffle stand and then bake and decorate eighteen Belgian waffles to the chef's satisfaction before receiving their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the leg, teams had to choose a marked Ford Fiesta and drive themselves to Ford Proving Grounds in Lommel to get their next clue.
  • At Muur van Geraardsbergen, teams released one hundred homing pigeons and then were given an address where the pigeons were flying. Once there, teams were able to retrieve their next clue from one of the pigeons.
  • After receiving the clue at Muur van Geraardsbergen, teams had to decipher the photo on the clue, and figure out their next location was at Atomium, the Pit Stop for this leg.

Leg 11 (Belgium → Netherlands → Panama)[edit]

The ruins of historic Panamá Viejo in Panama City, served as the Pit Stop for this leg of the Race.

Airdate: December 4, 2011

At this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to cross a tightrope between the San Francisco Bay Towers, 35 stories high and 65 feet (20 m) across. The racer picked up their clue on the other tower, and then made the trip back to the first tower before they could continue.

This leg's Detour was a choice between Filet and Sole. In Filet, teams traveled to Panama's largest fish market, El Mercado de Mariscos, where they had to deliver fish to different marked stalls throughout the market Each stall only accepted a certain kind of fish up to a certain weight. Once they were done with their deliveries, the fishmonger gave them their next clue. In Sole, teams traveled to the Salsipuedes Market where they had to find a sandals stall and use one piece of leather each to make the sole and strapping for a pair of sandals for a customer. Once they were done with the sandals and the cobbler was pleased with their work, teams received their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Before leaving Brussels, teams had to dress up as the two bumbling detective characters from the popular Belgian The Adventures of Tintin comics, and figure out one of the three names ("Thomson and Thompson", "Dupond and Dupont", or "Johnson and Johnston") by which the characters are known in Belgium. Then, using a photo given to them with the clue, teams had to find a man dressed as Tintin standing in front of the Tintin mural at the Stockel/Stokkel metro station and tell him any one of the name variations of the characters they were dressed as in order to receive their next clue.
  • On arriving at Parara Puru, teams signed up for one of four times to receive a temporary tattoo the next morning within 15-minute intervals, starting at 7:00 a.m. The tattoo would eventually give them their next location: the San Francisco Bay Towers in Panama City.
  • After the Roadblock, teams were given a riddle to search for a man underneath the rooster, directing them to the statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps in the Plaza de Francia.
  • At Cathedral Square, teams had to find pollera dresses and necklaces from a group of tamborito dancers, They then had to find an image shown on the necklace with a name shown on the dress to reveal their next destination, Panamá Viejo, the Pit Stop for this leg.

Leg 12 (Panama → United States)[edit]

Atlanta's historic Swan House was the Finish Line for the 19th Amazing Race.

Airdate: December 11, 2011

The final Roadblock required one team member to type out the team's next clue using a Remington typewriter to duplicate an example message. The duplicate had to be perfectly straight and neat, with no mistakes. Additionally, the typewriters used for the task did not have a key for the number 1; racers were left to figure out that they had to use the key for the lower-case letter l as a substitute.

Additional tasks
  • At FlightSafety International, teams had to pick a flight instructor who taught them how to operate a Learjet flight simulator. They then had to successfully complete a simulated landing at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport from an altitude of 2,500 feet (760 m) in order to obtain the next clue.
  • The clue from FlightSafety International instructed teams to go to "the residence formerly known as 'The Dump'", leaving them to figure out that this was a reference to the house of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind.
  • On completing the Roadblock, teams had to deduce that the series of three numbers on the clue were a homage to Hank Aaron: 44 (his uniform number), 715 (the number of home runs he hit to break the Major League Baseball home run record) and 74 (the year in which he broke the record). Teams had to figure out that they were to go to Turner Field.
  • At Turner Field teams had to use a large vertical map and rock climbing gear to map out the Race course from start to finish by looping a rope through a series of carabiners on the map, each representing a specific country (Germany and the Netherlands were not required in the solution). One team member worked on the map while his or her teammate gave help from the ground. Teams were not allowed to use notes while working on the task, and the countries on the map were unlabeled. Once the map was looped completely, they received their final clue.


US Ratings[edit]

# Airdate Episode Rating Share Rating/Share Viewers Rank Rank Rank Rank
Households 18–49 (millions) Timeslot
1 September 25, 2011 "Kindness of Strangers" 6.1[14] 9 3.0/07 10.18[15] 2 3 <#25[16] <#25
2 October 2, 2011 "The Sprint of Our Life" 6.4[17] 10 3.2/07 10.87[18] 2 2 24[19] 24
3 October 9, 2011 "Don't Lay Down on Me Now!" 6.7[20] 10 2.8/07 9.62[21] 2 2 <25[22] <25
4 October 16, 2011 "This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess" 5.5[23] 8 2.7/06 9.21[24] 2 3 <30[25] <25
5 October 23, 2011 "I Feel Like I'm in the Circus" 5.9 9 2.7/07 9.60[23] 4 4 <30 <25
6 October 30, 2011 "We Love Your Country Already; It Is Very Spacious" 6.8 10 3.0/07 11.01[26] 2 3 24[27] <25
7 November 6, 2011 "Move Goat" 6.0[28] 9 2.7/06 9.73[29] 3 4 <25 <25
8 November 13, 2011 "Super Shady" 6.1 9 2.7/06 10.27[28] 3 4 25 <25
9 November 20, 2011 "It's Speedo Time" 6.1[30] 9 2.8/07 10.24[31] 3 3 27 <25
10 November 27, 2011 "Release the Brake!" 6.0 9 2.9/06 10.15[32] 2 2 18 17
11 December 4, 2011 "We Are Charlie Chaplin" 5.7[33] 8 2.7/06 9.59[34] 3 3 22 23
12 December 11, 2011 "Go Out and Get It Done" 7.0 10 3.3/07 11.72[35] 2 2 15 13
  • Episode 9, "It's Speedo Time", went up against the 2011 American Music Awards.
  • Episode 12, "Go Out and Get It Done", the season finale, began airing at 8:42pm ET due to an NFL Overrun and scored season highs in viewers and all demos.[35]

Canadian Ratings[edit]

Canadian broadcaster CTV also aired The Amazing Race on Sundays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, Central, & Atlantic (9:00 p.m. Pacific & Mountain).

# Airdate Episode Viewers
1 September 25, 2011 "Kindness of Strangers" 2.871 4[36]
2 October 2, 2011 "The Sprint of Our Life" 2.483 2[37]
3 October 9, 2011 "Don't Lay Down on Me Now!" 1.930 9[38]
4 October 16, 2011 "This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess" 2.684 2[39]
5 October 23, 2011 "I Feel Like I'm in the Circus" 2.608 2[40]
6 October 30, 2011 "We Love Your Country Already; It Is Very Spacious" 2.224 6[41]
7 November 6, 2011 "Move Goat" 2.421 2[42]
8 November 13, 2011 "Super Shady" 2.275 5[43]
9 November 20, 2011 "It's Speedo Time" 1.880 10[44]
10 November 27, 2011 "Release the Brake!" 2.242 6[45]
11 December 4, 2011 "We Are Charlie Chaplin" 2.491 2[46]
12 December 11, 2011 "Go Out and Get It Done" 2.485 3[47]


  1. ^ At the time of filming, the flag of Malawi was the 2010–2012 design featuring a full white sun. The design has since changed.


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