The Amazing Race 19

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The Amazing Race 19
Season run September 25, 2011
– December 11, 2011
Filming dates June 18, 2011[1]
– July 10, 2011
No. of episodes 12
Winning team Ernie Halvorsen & Cindy Chiang
Continents visited 4
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 20[2]
Distance traveled 35,000 miles (56,000 km)
Season Chronology
Season 18 ◄ Chronology ► Season 20

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

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

The complete season was released on DVD on September 8, 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) across 20 cities and four continents.[2] Filming started on June 18, 2011, with teams seen leaving Los Angeles International Airport and heading to Taiwan.[1] As with the previous season, the starting line, which was located at the Hsi Lai Temple in the foothills of Hacienda Heights, California, had a unique task that the Racers 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 for The Amazing Race; marking the first time the Race has visited Denmark.[6] Along with Denmark, this season marked other 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 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 that it has 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; they instead 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 their 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 were held sometime in March 2011 and the final casting interviews took place in Los Angeles around 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 & Bill, Kaylani & Lisa, Liz & Marie, Justin & Jennifer, Laurence & Zac, Amani & Marcus and Jeremy & 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.

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


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. The first place team was still awarded a prize for that leg, but the last place team 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 & Cindy; 2nd: Liz & Marie; 3rd: Bill & Cathi; 4th: Andy & Tommy; 5th: Jeremy & Sandy; 6th: Justin & Jennifer; 7th: Amani & Marcus; 8th: Laurence & Zac; 9th: Ethan & Jenna; 10th: Kaylani & Lisa; 11th: Ron & 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 & 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 & Tommy checked in for a 1st-place finish, dropping Laurence & Zac to 2nd.
  5. a b Justin & Jennifer and Bill & 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 & Cindy used the Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 7.
  7. ^ Laurence & Zac used their U-Turn power on Amani & Marcus. However, Amani & 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.[10]

  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]

In Taipei, teams raced dragon boats on the Keelung River in Dajia Riverside Park to receive their next clue.

Airdate: September 25, 2011

At the starting line of The Amazing Race 19 in Hsi Lai Temple, teams had to search through several hundred oil-paper umbrellas for one that had the correct set of letters printed on it ("TAI") that when combined twice with their clue of six other letters ("WANPEI") would reveal 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 clue where it received that 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 20 minutes later.

Upon arriving in Taipei, teams took a bus to Ximending Commercial District, and they were told to look up the billboard with yellow and red balloons 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) for the Roadblock, asking "Confucious says 'Who's ready to play telephone?'". One team member had to find a nearby payphone where they had to call a particular phone number. The person on the other end would give 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, he or she would then have to repeat the proverb verbatim to a temple monk. Once they got the proverb right, they would receive their next clue. If they were incorrect, they had to call the number, again, and make another attempt.

After finished last in the starting line challenge, Kaylani and Lisa must take the Hazard task and they required 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. The clue received after the Roadblock where teams sent them to Dajia Riverside Park and they took part in a dragon boat race team. One team member kept pace by beating a drum, while the other team member joined the paddling crew along Keelung River. Once they made it through the course, they would receive their next clue. The clue directed teams to Martrys' Shrine for the Pit Stop.

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

At the start of the leg, teams were told to travel to Yogyakarta, Indonesia with an inform of the Double Elimination at the end of the leg. They must travel first by plane to Jakarta, and then headed to Yogyakarta. Upon arrival, teams made their way to Bukit Indah Restaurant & Hotel. In an unaired segment of the Race, teams would pick up a key and they were then split into two groups based on the key that they picked, with one group leaving the hotel twenty minutes later than the other to receive their next clue.[11]

The clue sent teams to Goa Jomblang in Semanu where they picked up their next clue. For Bill & Cathi, where they encountered the Speed Bump, they had to untangle a rope until they had enough length to reach a karabiner across a field before they could continue with the Roadblock, and the teams asked "Who's ready to spelunk?". One team member had to descend down 160 feet (49 m) into the cave where they had to search for a traditional Javanese mask and a traditional dagger known as a kris. Once they picked them, they have to scale up to a bamboo ladder at the top before delivering to the chieftain and exchange them for their next clue.

The clue that received where teams turned out for the Detour taking back in the city of Yogyakarta. A choice of Shake Your Money Maker or Be a Ticket Taker. 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) to receive their next clue. 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.

After completing both Detours, 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. This led teams where received a coat of arms from the children and left them to figure out that it belonged to the Sultan and that the Pit Stop was at his palace, the Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat. 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 the money.

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

Teams began the leg in Kraton and they 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 receive their next clue.

The clue where teams found out they headed to Lesehan Restaurant for the Detour: a choice of 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 would be 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 then 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 would receive their next clue.

The clue teams received at the Detour where they headed to the 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Indonesia, Borobudur. Before being allowed to enter to 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 would receive their next clue, which was for the Roadblock, and asking "Who's prepared to follow the path to Buddha?". One team member 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 in the statues (only four of the six kinds of statues were involved in the task). The racer would have to give the correct numbers of Buddhas by mudra, including a demonstration of each (17 Amitābhas with the dhyana mudra, 17 Amoghasiddhis with the abhaya mudra, 17 Akshobhyas with the bhumisparsa mudra, and 18 Ratnasambhavas with the vara mudra), in order to receive their next clue. Telling them to walk by foot to a Pit Stop nearby.

Leg 4 (Indonesia → Thailand)[edit]

The floating village of Koh Panyi, Thailand, was the site of the fourth Pit Stop of this edition of The Amazing Race.

Airdate: October 16, 2011

At the start of the leg, teams were informed to travel to their next destination: Phuket, Thailand. Upon arrival, teams headed to Nonthasak Marine and must wait their next clue for the following morning.

The clue where it received and they found out was for the beach-related Detour: a choice y 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 would give them their next clue. In Beach Preparation, teams would have to set up a series of 20 beach chairs and 10 umbrellas marked with a specific symbol given in their clue. Once the chairs and umbrellas were set up to the beach club owner's approval, they would receive their next clue.

The clues were given teams after the Detour was a compass and medallion, and instructed them to travel north 13 minutes until they reached the island shown on the medallion, Soap Island. Once they arrived in Soap Island, they received a clue on the island.

The clue turned out for the Roadblock, teams traveled to Koh Yao Noi Island, Ko Yao District, asking "Who wants to be the king of the hill?". One team member climbed the island's sheer rock wall until they reached a bird's nest that held their next clue. This led teams gave a map of the Phang Nga Province and a compass and were instructed to lead their boats to the island of Koh Panyi for the Pit Stop.

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

The leg began where teams headed to Ton Pariwat Wildlife Conservation Area and Anda Adventures in Song Phreak by songthaew for the Phuket leg. Upon arriving in Wildlife Conservation Area, teams rode on elephants up the Khlong Song Phraek River for the next clue. For Liz & Marie, however, they were encountered the Speed Bump and had clean up elephant dung and wash an elephant before they could ride one to the first Roadblock, asking "Who wants to hear some water music?". 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.

The clue received and teams traveled to a nearby store where they had to take apart a traditional spirit house which they then delivered to the Wat Chanathikaram for the second Roadblock. The team member that sat out the first Roadblock had to rebuild the spirit house they picked up during the first Roadblock. Upon assembling it exactly, a monk would give them a bag of food and their next clue.

This clue sent teams to travel by bus to the Thai national capital of Bangkok. Upon arrival, they headed to Bangkok Noi District and searched the canal at Wat Suwannaram Worawihan where they had to feed fish through the canal used from the second Roadblock before they received their next clue, sending the teams to M.R. Kukrit's House for the Pit Stop.

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 start of the leg, teams were informed to travel to their next destination: Lilongwe, Malawi. Upon arrival, they headed to Limbe Tobacco and find Warehouse Gate 7 for the Roadblock, asking "Who's ready to put up bale?". One team member had to put on a workman's uniform and transport ten 200-pound (91 kg) bales of tobacco leaves through the 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 complete, teams would receive their next clue.

The clue received directing teams to the Memorial Tower for the next clue, which is for the Detour: a choice 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 would have to use manual sewing machines to finish the customer's suit in order to receive their next clue. In Not Grown Up, teams headed to Lilongwe LEA School where teams had to use provided materials (cardboard boxes, nails, string, and bottle caps) to build toy trucks. Once it was properly constructed, the headmistress would give the truck to a student who tested it out before the team would receive their next clue.

The Detour clue where teams received and headed to R-K Furniture Shop searched their next clue, they had to transport two handcrafted wooden beds to Kumbali Village, and then carry the beds to the Pit Stop mat. They would be allowed to ask the shop owner to call a truck for them. Teams would use these beds for an overnight stay at Kumbali Village for the Pit Stop.

Leg 7 (Malawi)[edit]

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

Airdate: November 6, 2011

The leg began where teams headed by bus to Salima, and upon arrival with the next clue from a crowded people on the bus depot. For Amani & Marcus, where they encounter their Speed Bump, they had to solve a slide puzzle that depicted the flag of Malawi[a] before they could participate in the Roadblock, and teams asked "Who's more fare minded?". 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 to 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 for their next clue.

The clue they eventually discovered was the Detour on Lake Malawi: 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 out on the lake and then paddle back to shore to receive their clue from a local fisherman. In Lugout, teams had to wade to a ferryboat on the lake and unload passengers and cargo from the ferry by carrying it 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.

The clues teams received directed them to Jamaica Shop, where they found the U-Turn stand. Laurence & Zac had only chose to U-Turn Amani & Marcus, unaware that Amani & Marcus were already passed the U-Turn. The clue after the U-Turn where teams had to travel to Sunbird Livingstonia Beach for the Pit Stop.

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 the start of the leg, teams were informed to travel their next destination: Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon arrival, they headed to Church of Our Saviour where they 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". This would lead teams to their next location: Frederiksborg Palace in Hillerød.

Upon arriving at the palace, teams picked up their next clue, which it was for the Roadblock, where they asked "Who's ready to take a few steps back in time?". 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 would receive their next clue. The clue directed the teams to Frilandsmuseet in Kongens Lyngby.

Upon arrival, they found the Detour clue, the 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 have each team member run it through the course without knocking over any of the obstacles. Once complete, the animal handler would give 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 would check their work, then give them their next clue.

The clues after the Detour told the teams were heading to Kastrup Windmill to find the U-Turn stand, Ernie & Cindy chose to U-Turn Bill & Cathi, while Bill & Cathi chose to U-Turn Laurence & Zac. The clue after the U-Turn where teams sent them to Havet Ship back in Copenhagen for the Pit Stop.

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

At the start of the leg, teams traveled to the statue of Hans Christian Andersen at Andersens Boulevard where they encountered Roadblock, asking "Who's ready to take a fairy tale ride?". One team member had to memorize a poem on the base of the statue of Hans Christian Andersen, and then use a map on a provided bicycle's wheel to navigate themselves to the Teatermuseet i Hofteatret where they would have to recite the poem verbatim and with dramatic flair in order to receive their next clue. Otherwise if fail, they must return to the statue and recited the poem again.

The Roadblock clue where teams headed to Legoland Billund in Billund and they 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. Upon arrival, they picked up their next clue and must take a train to Brussels, Belgium.

When teams arrived in Brussels, they had to head to European Parliament Building and picked up their next clue. The clue where it found out featured a Detour,[12] but all of the teams chose the task called Bodybuilding Pose; this was changed to an additional task in post-production, leaving the other Detour option unknown to viewers. For Bodybuilding Pose, teams made their way to the Concert Noble in Brussels and competed in a bodybuilding competition in honor of Jean-Claude Van Damme, who is famously known as "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 that they performed in front of three judges. If the judges gave them a combined score of 12 or better, teams would receive their next clue, sending the teams to Parc Elisabeth for the Pit Stop. However, teams were being ordered to continue racing because Phil gave them their next clue.

Leg 10 (Belgium)[edit]

The Detour in Ghent had racers either rafting along the Lieve canal (left) or baking Belgian waffles (right).

Airdate: November 27, 2011

The clue received at the Pit Stop and teams instructed to head to Ford Proving Grounds in Lommel for this Roadblock, asking "Who wants to play with the ponies?". 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 16 seconds, and they finished the test drive by performing two victory doughnuts before they received their next clue.

The clue received the teams directed them to Burgstraat in Ghent for the Detour: a choice between Water and Waffle. In Water, teams used provided materials (pontoons, rope, and wood) to build a raft to search the Lieve canal (Dutch) for two halves to their next clue. In Waffle, teams had to build a waffle stand and then bake and decorate 18 Belgian waffles to the chef's satisfaction before receiving their next clue.

The clues they received at the Detour where sent them to Muur van Geraardsbergen and they released 100 homing pigeons and then were given an address to chase the pigeons to. Once there, teams would be able to retrieve a small photograph from the pigeons depicting as their next clue leaving it to figure out the location of that photograph was Atomium in Brussels for the Pit Stop.

Leg 11 (Belgium → Panama)[edit]

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

Airdate: December 4, 2011

At the start of the leg, 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.

The clue they were received that were headed to Panama City, Panama. They must take a train to Amsterdam and fly to Panama City. Upon arrival, they had to head to Chagres National Park and searched Puerto El Corotu where they took a boat from Chagres River to Parara Puru. At the arrival, they signed up for one of four times to receives a temporary tattoo for the next morning.

The tattoos were eventually given the teams on their next location, San Francisco Bay Towers in Panama City and picked up the clue, which was for the Roadblock, asking "Who wants to walk on rarefied air?". One team member had to cross a tightrope between the towers, 35 stories tall and 65 feet (20 m) across. The racer would pick up a clue on the other tower, and then make a trip back to the first tower before they could continue. The clue where it received and 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 in Casco Viejo.

The clue teams received were found out was for Detour: the 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 of which only accepted a certain kind of fish, and only up to a certain weight of that fish. Once they were done with their deliveries, the fishmonger would give them their next clue. In Sole, teams traveled to the Salsipuedes Market where they had to find a sandals stall where they had to 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 would receive their next clue.

The Detour clues where teams sent them at Cathedral Square where they had to find these traditional pollera dresses and necklaces of a group of tamborito dancers. They must find an image shown from the necklace and the name shown from the dress until figure out 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

At the start of the leg, teams were informed that they were headed to their final destination city: Atlanta, Georgia. Upon arrival, they had to head to FlightSafety International where they had to pick a flight instructor who would teach 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 receive the next clue.

The clue received teams that instructed 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, which was for the final Roadblock that asked, "Who gives a damn?". One team member to type out the team's next clue by 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.

The clue where it typed after the Roadblock, teams had to deduce that a series of three numbers included in the clue were references to Hank Aaron: respectively, his uniform number (44), the number of home runs he hit to break the Major League Baseball home run record (715), and the year in which he broke the record ('74). They were also left to figure out that this meant that their next destination was Turner Field, specifically the location in its parking lot where Aaron's 715th home run is commemorated (the site of the former Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium). At the baseball 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 they visited (Germany was excluded despite being a named location in the race). 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. Teams received their final clue and sending them to Swan House, the site of the Finish Line.


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[13] 9 3.0/07 10.18[14] 2 3 <#25[15] <#25
2 October 2, 2011 "The Sprint of Our Life" 6.4[16] 10 3.2/07 10.87[17] 2 2 24[18] 24
3 October 9, 2011 "Don't Lay Down on Me Now!" 6.7[19] 10 2.8/07 9.62[20] 2 2 <25[21] <25
4 October 16, 2011 "This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess" 5.5[22] 8 2.7/06 9.21[23] 2 3 <30[24] <25
5 October 23, 2011 "I Feel Like I'm in the Circus" 5.9 9 2.7/07 9.60[22] 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[25] 2 3 24[26] <25
7 November 6, 2011 "Move Goat" 6.0[27] 9 2.7/06 9.73[28] 3 4 <25 <25
8 November 13, 2011 "Super Shady" 6.1 9 2.7/06 10.27[27] 3 4 25 <25
9 November 20, 2011 "It's Speedo Time" 6.1[29] 9 2.8/07 10.24[30] 3 3 27 <25
10 November 27, 2011 "Release the Brake!" 6.0 9 2.9/06 10.15[31] 2 2 18 17
11 December 4, 2011 "We Are Charlie Chaplin" 5.7[32] 8 2.7/06 9.59[33] 3 3 22 23
12 December 11, 2011 "Go Out and Get It Done" 7.0 10 3.3/07 11.72[34] 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.[34]

Canadian Ratings[edit]

Canadian broadcaster CTV also airs 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[35]
2 October 2, 2011 "The Sprint of Our Life" 2.483 2[36]
3 October 9, 2011 "Don't Lay Down on Me Now!" 1.930 9[37]
4 October 16, 2011 "This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess" 2.684 2[38]
5 October 23, 2011 "I Feel Like I'm in the Circus" 2.608 2[39]
6 October 30, 2011 "We Love Your Country Already; It Is Very Spacious" 2.224 6[40]
7 November 6, 2011 "Move Goat" 2.421 2[41]
8 November 13, 2011 "Super Shady" 2.275 5[42]
9 November 20, 2011 "It's Speedo Time" 1.880 10[43]
10 November 27, 2011 "Release the Brake!" 2.242 6[44]
11 December 4, 2011 "We Are Charlie Chaplin" 2.491 2[45]
12 December 11, 2011 "Go Out and Get It Done" 2.485 3[46]


  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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