The Amazing Race 28

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The Amazing Race 28
Season run February 12 (2016-02-12) – May 13, 2016 (2016-05-13)
Filming dates November 15 (2015-11-15) – December 6, 2015 (2015-12-06)
No. of episodes 12
Presenter Phil Keoghan
Winning team Dana Alexa & Matt Steffanina
Season statistics
Continents visited 4
Countries visited 10
Cities visited 15
Distance traveled 27,000 mi (43,000 km)
Season chronology
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The Amazing Race 28 is the twenty-eighth U.S. season of the reality television show The Amazing Race. The season premiered on February 12, 2016. In this installment, it featured 11 teams of two with notable social media personalities (or at least one pair to team up with a non-notable internet celebrity) in a race around the world for a $1 million grand prize.[1][2]

"Engaged dancers" Dana Alexa and Matt Steffanina were the winners of this season of The Amazing Race.

Production and filming[edit]

Development[edit]

The 28th season of The Amazing Race started filming on November 15, 2015, where Phil greeted teams at their first destination, the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City.

Filming of The Amazing Race 28 began on November 15, 2015, with host Phil Keoghan broadcasting each team's arrival at the first clue location, the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City, via live-streaming on social media. Unlike previous seasons, the race began in the teams' hometowns rather than at a traditional starting line.[1][3]

This season spanned 18 cities and 10 countries over 27,000 miles (43,000 km).[4] Racers were reported near Cartagena, Colombia on November 19, 2015.[5] Filming of the show was also reported near Tbilisi, Georgia; Narikala fortress; Rustaveli Theater and The Bridge of Peace; and Jvari monastery in Mtskheta on November 27, 2015. This season marked the first time that the show visited Armenia, Colombia and Georgia.[4][6][7]

Cast[edit]

The cast consisted of Internet celebrities and their relatives and friends. Most of the cast had achieved prior fame through social media platforms including YouTube, Vine and Instagram.[8]

  • YouTubers and friends Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl
  • Dating YouTubers and Rooster Teeth hosts Burnie Burns and Ashley Jenkins
  • YouTubers, Clevver hosts and best friends Erin Robinson and Joslyn Davis
  • Vine personality Cole LaBrant and mother Sheri LaBrant
  • Vine personality Zach King and wife Rachel King
  • Engaged YouTubers and choreographers Dana Alexa and Matt Steffanina
  • Instagram models and friends Jessica VerSteeg and Miss Florida USA Brittany Oldehoff
  • Viral video star Marty Cobb and daughter Hagan Parkman
  • YouTuber Blair Fowler and father Scott Fowler
  • Vine personalities and brothers Cameron Benson and Darius Benson
  • YouTuber and professional frisbee player Brodie Smith and teammate Kurt Gibson

Keoghan stated that the use of social media stars was considered a "social experiment" attempting to bridge the gap between long-time fans of the show and younger viewers who may not have been born when the show first aired in 2001. Keoghan stated that bringing in contestants that younger viewers may be more familiar with, particularly when promoted over social media, generated interest in earlier seasons of the show.[9] Executive producer Bertram van Munster stated that the use of social media stars was also something suggested by CBS, due to the fact that CBS wanted to see the show to gain more involvement with social media.[10]

Bondi Rescue star Anthony "Harries" Carroll made a cameo appearance in the second Indonesia leg at Nusa Ceningan.[11]

Results[edit]

The following teams participated in the Race, each listed along with their relationships as announced by CBS.[8]

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks
1 2 31 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Dana & Matt Engaged Choreographers 1st 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st Dana 7, Matt 7
Sheri & Cole Mother/Son 9th 8th 6th2 7th 7th 7th 5th 6th 3rd 4th 3rd 2nd Sheri 7, Cole 7
Tyler & Korey Best Friends 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 6th 6th 3rd4 1st 1st 1st 3rd Tyler 7, Korey 7
Burnie & Ashley Dating Gamers 6th 3rd 3rd 4th 6th 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd5 4th Burnie 6, Ashley 6
Brodie & Kurt Pro Frisbee Players 5th 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 1stε3 5th 5th Brodie 5, Kurt 6
Zach & Rachel Newlyweds 3rd 6th 9th 5th 5th 3rd 1st 4th 6th Zach 6, Rachel 4
Scott & Blair Father/Daughter 11th 9th 8th 8th 4th 5th 7th Scott 4, Blair 3
Erin & Joslyn Best Friends 10th 5th 7th 6th 8th Erin 3, Joslyn 2
Brittany & Jessica Instagram Models 7th 7th 5th 9th Brittany 2, Jessica 2
Darius & Cameron Brothers 4th 10th 10th Darius 2, Cameron 1
Marty & Hagan Mother/Daughter 8th 11th Marty 1, Hagan 1
  • Red team placement indicates the team was eliminated.
  • A purple ε indicates the team decided to use the Express Pass on that leg.
  • An underlined blue placement indicates the team came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump during the next leg of the race.
  • An underlined leg number indicates there was no mandatory rest period at the Pit Stop, and all teams were ordered to continue racing. An underlined team placement indicates that the team came in last on a "continue racing" leg and was ordered to continue racing.
  • 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;
    indicates that the team was U-Turned, but they used the second U-Turn on another team; and around a leg number indicates that the Double U-Turn was available for that leg but not used.
  1. ^ There was a U-turn/Double U-turn on this leg. However, it was unused and unaired.[12]
  2. ^ Sheri & Cole initially arrived 6th, but were issued a penalty because Cole grabbed four mochilas of two matching pairs, as the clue stated only three pairs of mochilas. However, this did not affect their placement, and it was unaired.[13]
  3. ^ Brodie & Kurt used their Express Pass to bypass the Roadblock on Leg 8. Before using the Express Pass, Brodie chose to perform the Roadblock; this is reflected in the total Roadblock count.
  4. ^ Tyler & Korey initially arrived 3rd, but were issued a 30 minute penalty for following a taxi. However, this did not affect their placement, and it was unaired. [14]
  5. ^ Burnie & Ashley used their U-Turn power on Tyler & Korey; however, they had already passed the U-Turn point and were therefore unaffected by it.

Episode title quotes[edit]

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.[15]

  1. "I Should’ve Been a Boy Scout" – Blair
  2. "You Look Like Gollum" – Burnie
  3. "Bros Being Jocks" – Tyler
  4. "Get It Trending" – Tyler
  5. "We’re Only Doing Freaky Stuff Today" – Brodie
  6. "Let The Good Times Roll" – Brodie
  7. "Welcome To Bloody Fingers 101" – Brodie
  8. "I Have a Wedgie and a Half" – Dana
  9. "Salt That Sand!" – Brodie
  10. "Monkey Dance!" – clue for the Monkey task
  11. "That's Money, Honey" – Korey
  12. "The Only First That Matters" – Cole

Prizes[edit]

The prize for each leg was awarded to the first place team for that leg. Trips were provided by Travelocity. The prizes were:

  1. ^ The Express Pass is an item that can be used before the ninth leg of the race to skip any one task of the team's choosing.

Race summary[edit]

Race route and countries visited during this season[4]
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   U-Turn icon.svg U-Turn   Speed Bump icon.svg Speed Bump   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → Mexico)[edit]

Airdate: February 12, 2016[18]

One side of the Detour in Mexico City had teams get in touch with the local Mariachi band (pictured is in Guadalajara).

The Race's first Detour was a choice between Mariachi Madness or Great Bulls of Fire. In Mariachi Madness, teams had to search among 350 Mariachi performers at Plaza Garibaldi for one who was faking their performance. They would then have to take the performer to a judge. If they were correct, they would get their next clue. If they were wrong, they would have to try again. In Great Bulls of Fire, teams had to assemble a torito (a papier-mâché bull) as part of a fireworks display. Once they had the approval of a judge, they had to light it up to get their next clue.

In the Race's first Roadblock, one team member had to search through the nearby caves and find thirteen pieces of a Teotihuacano mask. However, not all the pieces that were there were for the same mask, so teams had to correctly figure out the right pieces. Once they properly assembled their mask, they would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks

  • Instead of a traditional Starting Line, teams received a video message from Phil Keoghan in their homes informing them that the Race had already begun. Teams would then have to fly to Mexico City, Mexico and make their way to the Monumento a la Revolución to receive their first clue.
  • After the Detour, teams were instructed to go to the Cuevos de Parque Tematico Tialocan in Teotihuacan and pick one of three departure times for the next morning. Four teams would depart at 7:30 am, four at 7:40 am, and three at 7:50 am.

Leg 2 (Mexico → Colombia)[edit]

In this leg's Roadblock, teams had to search for an emerald, Colombia's most prized gems, inside the mud bath atop El Totumo volcano.

Airdate: February 19, 2016[20]

In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to climb into the mud bath atop the El Totumo volcano and completely submerge themselves in the mud. Inside the mud bath were several satchels containing gemstones, with the team member being required to find an emerald. They had to wash the emerald before giving it to a judge, who would direct them to swim to their next clue, which was in a clue box in a nearby lagoon.

In this Speed Bump, Scott & Blair had to help local fishermen haul a large dragnet out of the water. Once done, they had to collect all the fish captured before they could continue racing.

The leg's Detour was a choice between Pop-Up or Parrilla. In Pop-Up, teams had to properly assemble a shelter with wood and tarp using provided materials and following a marked example. Once it was built to the judge's approval, they had to guide a car into the shelter, after which the driver would give them their next clue. In Parrilla, teams had to properly cook three fish dishes on a parrilla grill. Once their dishes were approved, they had to serve them to nearby locals to get their next clue.

Additional tasks

  • Before the Detour, teams had to go to Manzanillo del Mar and look for a juice stand named Terraza Melló Farándula Jugos Naturales. Once there, they had to find some locals playing dominoes who would give them their next clue.

Leg 3 (Colombia)[edit]

The third leg's Roadblock in Colombia focused on exploring the streets of Cartagena's historical district.

Airdate: February 26, 2016[21]

  • Cartagena (Plaza de San Diego)
  • Cartagena (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas)
  • Detour: Tickets or Tejo Cartagena (Avenida el Lago or Restaurante y Cancha de Tejo Ciracari) Double U-Turn: Not used or aired
  • Cartagena (Museo Naval del Caribe – Calle San Juan de Dios) Roadblock: "Who's left holding the bag?"
  • Cartagena (Baluarte de Santiago) Pit Stop: Leg 3

The leg's Detour was a choice between Tickets or Tejo. In Tickets, teams worked as bus conductors on a Cartagena transit bus and had to attract enough passengers to earn at least COL$20,000 (approximately US$5.98). They could then trade their money for their next clue. In Tejo, teams played tejo, a traditional Colombian sport which involves hitting gunpowder-loaded targets with a stone disc. Once teams hit three targets, they would receive their next clue.

In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to pick a mochila (a traditional Colombian knapsack) and search for other marked vendors. Once they found two exact matches of their artisan bag out of hundreds on display, they could trade them for their next clue.

Additional Tasks

  • At the beginning of the leg, teams were instructed to go to Plaza de San Diego and search for a group of pollera dancers who would give them their next clue.
  • At Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, teams had to search through the catacombs to find their next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams were told to head to Calle San Juan de Dios at the exterior of Museo Naval do Caribe and find the local mochila vendor to receive their next clue.

Leg 4 (Colombia → Switzerland → France)[edit]

While in Geneva, the Roadblock focused on finding ten flags of the United Nations founding members at Palace of Nations.

Airdate: March 4, 2016[22]

The leg's Detour was a choice between Work Bench or Bench Work. In Work Bench, teams had to assemble a Swiss Army knife from twenty-seven individual pieces. When the knife was correctly built, they would receive their next clue. In Bench Work, teams had to travel to Promenade de la Treille where they had to determine how many people could sit on the longest wooden bench in the world. Teammates had to measure by sitting next to each other, alternating down the entire length of the bench, using a local newspaper as a spacing reference. If their answer was within the correct range of 190–197, they would receive their next clue. But if they were incorrect, they had to try measuring it again.

In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to identify 10 flags from a group of 193, representing 10 of the founding members of the United Nations: Belarus, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Turkey, and Uruguay. They had to arrange the ten flags in order using a board for reference, and present the correct flags to a judge to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks

  • After receiving their clue at Jet d'Eau, teams were instructed to go to Chocolats Rohr and pick up a number, which would determine their order of departure the next morning.
  • After the roadblock, teams were told to travel by train to Chamonix, France and search for the Pit Stop at Place du Triangle de l'Amitié.

Leg 5 (France)[edit]

The Mont Blanc massif and the Argentière Glacier served as backdrop for this leg's tasks.

Airdate: March 11, 2016[23]

The leg's Detour was a choice between Dynamite and Campsite. In Dynamite, teams had to collect two dynamite sticks, commonly used for avalanche prevention. They then had to traverse down a mountain via ferrata and deliver their dynamite, along with baguettes, to the mountaineer. Once they finished their delivery, the mountaineer would drop dynamite down the mountain and give them their next clue. In Campsite, teams had to pitch a tent following a marked example. They then had to build a protective snow wall beside the tent. Once their tent setting was deemed correct, they would receive their next clue.

The leg's Roadblock required one team member to ascend via gondola to Planpraz. They would then take a running jump and perform a tandem paragliding ride 7,000 feet (2,100 m) on the side of the Aiguilles Rouges. Teams, however, were only permitted to run one at a time, and if they failed to take off they would have to try again. Once flying, they had to spot a yeti waving a French flag. Upon landing, they would be asked which country's flag they saw. If they answered "France", they would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks

  • At the beginning of the leg, teams were told to find a marked Dacia Duster SUV with a specific French license plate on a nearby street to find their next clue.
  • After teams found their car, they had to instruct their driver to head to Les Grands Montets Gondola Station to receive their next clue.
  • At the Gondola Station, teams had to ascend via gondola to the summit of Les Grands Montets, in the Mont Blanc massif mountain range.
  • At the mountain range, one team member had to traverse a suspension line and grab their next clue from the other side.

Leg 6 (France → Armenia)[edit]

While at Armenia, teams paid a visit to Yerevan's famous cascade.

Airdate: April 1, 2016[24]

The leg's Detour was a choice between Bread or Thread. In Bread, teams traveled to Parvana Bakery where they had to roll out dough and bake 15 traditional pieces of bread called lavash using a tonir (Armenian underground oven). Once they had baked 15 pieces of lavash to the satisfaction of the baker, they would receive their next clue. In Thread, teams traveled to Megerian Carpet Factory where they had to make a row of 200 stitches on an Armenian carpet following a pattern. Once they finished their stitches, they would receive their next clue.

In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to choose a Lada VAZ-2101 taxi from the roadside along with a driver. They would then direct the taxi onto a ramp and use tools to properly perform an oil change to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks

  • At the Yerevan Opera Theatre, teams were treated to a Sabre Dance performance while they had to search for their next clue inside the theatre. They had to realise that the janitor cleaning the theatre had the clue.
  • After getting their clue from the Theatre, teams were told to go to the Yerevan Cascade and climb 500 of its steps to get their next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams were told to travel to Republic Square and choose a bus that would take them to the town of Hatsavan near Mount Ararat. Once there, they would receive their next clue.

Leg 7 (Armenia → Georgia)[edit]

Teams finished this double-length leg of the race at the new Rike Park of Tbilisi along the banks of Kura River.

Airdate: April 8, 2016[24]

The leg's Detour was a choice between Clean or String. In Clean, teams had to travel to Iago's Winery (located at Chardakhi). Once there, teams had to wash out on an enormous traditional kvevri clay pot buried in the ground. Once the clay pot was completely clean to the satisfaction of the winery owner, they would receive their next clue. In String, teams had to travel to Arsekidzis 15 and thread five strings of twenty hazelnuts to make a traditional churchkhela (a sausage-shaped candy). Teams then had to dip them into a pot and glaze them, then hang them up to dry. Once all five strings were approved, they received their next clue.

In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to join the Georgian ballet and perform a demanding, fast-paced routine. First, they had to choose an instructor to watch the dance and learn the steps properly. They then had to perform the dance on stage with members of the Georgian National Ballet. Once their performance was approved, the choreographer would give them their next clue.

Additional tasks

  • At the start of the leg, teams were told to travel by overnight train across the Armenian border to Tbilisi, Georgia. Once there, they had to make their way to Freedom Square and find the Saint George Statue to receive their next clue.
  • After finding the clue at the Saint George Statue, teams had to head to Narikala Fortress and ride a gondola down. They then had to go to the Jvari Monastery to receive their next clue.

Leg 8 (Georgia → United Arab Emirates)[edit]

The Detour in Dubai had teams compete against racing camels.

Airdate: April 15, 2016[24]

The leg's Detour was a choice between Races and Oasis. In Races, teams traveled to Dubai Camel Race Track. There, they used bicycles to race against racing camels (which can reach speeds of up to 40 mph (64 km/h)) on a 1.2 mile (2 km) straight course. If the teams finished ahead of the camels, they would receive their next clue. If they failed, they would be given an advantage for their next attempt. In Oasis, teams had to lead four camels across a marked path through the desert to a Bedouin camp, where they would be offered traditional regag bread and camel milk along with their next clue.

In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to put on a diving helmet and walk through an aquarium containing sharks, manta rays, and other sea creatures to retrieve a canister containing a puzzle. Once out of the aquarium, they had to solve the puzzle, which involved floating letters, to spell out R-A-C-E. Once all four letters were in place, they received their next clue.

Additional tasks

  • Upon arriving in Dubai, teams had to take a marked Mitsubishi Pajero SUV and drive themselves to a Bedouin camp in the Margham desert.
  • At the Bedouin camp, teams would be greeted with a traditional nose-to-nose greeting for male racers and given their next clue with a Travelocity Roaming Gnome.
  • After the Roadblock, teams had to slide down the Poseidon's Revenge waterslide at the Aquaventure water park (which featured a recall from season 15) to receive their next clue.

Leg 9 (United Arab Emirates → Indonesia)[edit]

Upon arriving in Indonesia, teams visited Pura Tanah Lot, a Balinese temple, to perform rituals.

Airdate: April 22, 2016[24]

In this Speed Bump, Sheri & Cole had to go to Goa Lawah Temple and find a marked food cart. There, they had to prepare and sell ten bowls of a traditional Indonesian meatball dish known as bakso. Once they had Rp10,000, they would then have to each finish a bowl of bakso before they continued the race.

In the leg's first Roadblock, one team member had to take part in salt harvesting. They had to collect seawater in two baskets on a bamboo pole and shake out the water onto a bed of volcanic sand to make it evaporate. Once they received approval, they would then have to go to a work station and scrape enough crystallized salt from a brine to fill four plastic bags. Once their salt was approved, they received their next clue.

In the leg's second Roadblock, the team member who did not perform the first Roadblock had to participate in the annual Bali Kite Festival. They had to properly assemble a 30 foot (9.1 m) traditional kite; once their kite was approved, they had to fly it along the beach with a team of kite enthusiasts to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks

  • Upon arriving in Bali, teams had to make their way to Tanah Lot and pick up one of three departure times. Two teams would depart at 6:15 am, two more at 6:30 am, and the last two at 6:45 am.
  • The next morning, teams had to deliver a religious offering known as a gebogan on their heads to Enjung Galuh Temple (known as Pura Karang Bolong). Once there, they would then trade the gebogans for two live pythons to carry around their necks. Once they delivered their snakes to the Snake Temple, they would receive their next clue.
  • After the Roadblock, teams were told to go to Semawang Beach. There, they had to paddle an outrigger canoe to a traditional pinisi sailing ship, which was the Pit Stop for the leg.

Leg 10 (Indonesia)[edit]

One of the Detour tasks in Nusa Lembongan involving teams harvesting seaweed.

Airdate: April 29, 2016[25]

  • Boat: Nusa Penida (Gamat Bay)
  • Boat: Nusa Lembongan (Hai Tide Beach Resort – Mushroom Beach)
  • Nusa Lembongan (Pura Puseh)
  • Detour: Haul or Harvest Nusa Lembongan (Lembongan–Ceningan Bridge or Seaweed Farm)
  • Nusa Lembongan (Warung Sunrise) Double U-Turn: Tyler & Korey U-Turned Kurt & Brodie and Burnie & Ashley attempted to U-Turn Tyler & Korey
  • Nusa Lembongan (Hai Tide Beach Resort – Pande Curly Paddleboard Shop)
  • Roadblock: "Who's feeling blue?" Boat: Nusa Ceningan (Blue Lagoon)
  • Boat: Denpasar (Bajra Sandhi Monument) Pit Stop: Leg 10

During the Pit Stop, all teams were transported on a Pinisi from Semawang Beach to a shore near Nusa Penida to start the leg. The Detour in this leg was a choice between Haul or Harvest. In Haul, teams had to carry a total of fifty coconuts and four live chickens across a congested suspension bridge, from Nusa Ceningan to Nusa Lembongan, and load the coconuts into a delivery truck and the chickens into baskets. Once all of them were delivered, the vendor would give them their next clue. In Harvest, teams had to propel a canoe through a marked course, where they would collect enough seaweed to completely cover a tarp on the beach. Once they covered the tarp, the farmer would give them their next clue.

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to ride a jet ski from Pande Curly Paddleboard Shop to Blue Lagoon, where they would then climb a ladder to the top of a four-story high cliff. Here, they would be loosened up in a Pilates session with Bondi Rescue lifeguard Anthony "Harries" Carroll before jumping 40 feet (12 m) to the sea below to get their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the leg, teams took a boat to Gamat Bay on the island of Nusa Penida. There, they had to dive to search for their clue inside one of three clueboxes near the corals on the ocean floor.
  • After picking up the clue, teams took a high-speed boat to Mushroom Beach at Hai Tide Beach Resort, Nusa Lembongan, then used the provided pickup taxis.
  • Before entering the Pura Puseh's stairway, teams had to wear sarongs on their waist and follow a dancer dressed as a monkey up some stairs, who would then give them their next clue.
  • Following the Roadblock, teams took a boat to the shore of Bali Island and a taxi to the Pit Stop.

Leg 11 (Indonesia → China)[edit]

The Shenzhen Library Terrace (which overlooks the Civic Center) in Shenzhen, China, served as the Pit Stop for the penultimate leg of the race.

Airdate: May 6, 2016[24]

During the Pit Stop, all teams were moved to Pura Dalem Semawa for this leg of the race. In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to search the grounds of Window of the World (a park containing 130 replicas of world landmarks) for six specific landmarks that were the answers to riddles given in the clue: (1) "The Sphinx is guardian of these ancient structures of Giza" (Pyramids of Egypt); (2) "You could watch reenactments of famous battles here" (Colosseum); (3) "This palace is actually a mausoleum framed by 4 minarets" (Taj Mahal); (4) "Quasimodo rang the bell of this French Gothic cathedral in Victor Hugo's classic novel" (Notre Dame); (5) "This statue has the head of a lion and the body of a fish" (Merlions of Singapore); (6) "You can see the Pope give mass at this Vatican City square" (St. Peter's Square). At each monument, they had to retrieve a self-sticking photo and paste it on their provided passport. Once they had all six stamps, they had to show the passport to a park official. If all six photos were correct, teams received their next clue.

The leg's Detour was a choice between Commuter Cycle or Master of Arts. In Commuter Cycle, teams had to dress in business attire and practice riding self-balancing unicycles. Once they felt they could ride them without falling, they had to complete a course down a busy street while holding a briefcase and a coffee cup. Upon completing the course, they would be given the combination to the briefcase which contained their next clue. In Master of Arts, teams had to search for a plaza filled with painters at the Dafen Oil Painting Village for one who held a marked paintbrush. The painter would lead them to a shop where they found disassembled pieces of art. After bringing the pieces of art to another shop, they then had to properly install the artwork using hammer and nails to hang it on a wall. Once the art was properly assembled to the satisfaction of the judge, they received their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Upon arriving in Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, teams had to go to the top floor of the departure hall to find their next clue.
  • After picking up the clue at the airport, teams were instructed to find the "Eiffel Tower" at Window of the World and to travel by bus and train and scale the replica to get their next clue.
  • After the Roadblock, teams had to travel to Lychee Park and search for the Moon Bridge to find the Detour clue.
  • After the Detour, teams received a photo of a building, leaving them to figure out that this was the Shenzhen Civic Center. From there, they had to search the grounds for the Pit Stop.

Leg 12 (China → United States)[edit]

The final Roadblock of the race paid tribute of California's wine industry in Santa Barbara.

Airdate: May 13, 2016[24]

In the first Roadblock of the leg, one team member had to choose a safety instructor then make their way to the penthouse above Angelus Plaza. There, while being tethered from a rappel line, they had to perform a giant leap from a height of 130 feet (40 m) to grab their next clue which was hanging in mid-air. If they failed, they had to rappel to the ground and try again, but with each failed attempt the clue would be moved closer.

The Final Roadblock had to be performed by the team member who did not do the previous Roadblock. They had to arrange letters and hashtags on a series of wine barrel lids, spelling the names of cities in the order visited on the race. Then, they must hang them with the hashtags on the barrels in chronological order:

Hashtag City
#MuseoSoumaya Mexico City
#WalledCity Cartagena
#JetStream Geneva
#MontBlanc Chamonix
#12thCapital Yerevan
#PeaceBridge Tbilisi
#WaterSlide Dubai
#GatewayToBali Denpasar
#ParametricDesign Shenzhen

Once the hashtags and the cities were in the right place with the proper spelling, they would receive their final clue.

Additional tasks
  • After completing the first Roadblock, teams took a helicopter to Santa Barbara.
  • At Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, teams had to take a marked dinghy into the harbor and find the Theresa Ann boat. A fisherman aboard the boat would give them their next clue.
  • At Gibraltar Rock, teams had to take part in synchronized mountaineering. While one team member traversed horizontally across a suspended line to grab one half of the clue, this would cause their partner to descend down the face of the cliff to pick up the other half. Once returned to safety, teams had to join the two halves to read their next clue.
  • After finishing the second Roadblock, teams were instructed to search the grounds for the Finish Line.
Additional note
  • During the flight from Guangzhou to Los Angeles, the final three teams all received a free upgrade to business class on the direct flight home to the United States.

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
Ref
1 "I Should’ve Been a Boy Scout" February 12, 2016 (2016-02-12) 1.3/5 6.09 N/A N/A N/A N/A [26]
2 "You Look Like Gollum" February 19, 2016 (2016-02-19) 1.1/4 5.82 N/A N/A N/A N/A [27]
3 "Bros Being Jocks" February 26, 2016 (2016-02-26) 1.1/4 5.69 0.7 N/A 1.8 N/A [28][29]
4 "Get It Trending" March 4, 2016 (2016-03-04) 1.1/4 5.79 N/A N/A N/A N/A [30]
5 "We’re Only Doing Freaky Stuff Today" March 11, 2016 (2016-03-11) 1.0/4 5.45 0.6 N/A 1.6 N/A [31][32]
6 "Let The Good Times Roll" April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01) 1.1/5 5.83 N/A N/A N/A N/A [33]
7 "Welcome To Bloody Fingers 101" April 8, 2016 (2016-04-08) 1.1/5 5.51 N/A N/A N/A N/A [34]
8 "I Have a Wedgie and a Half" April 15, 2016 (2016-04-15) 1.0/4 5.47 N/A N/A N/A N/A [35]
9 "Salt That Sand!" April 22, 2016 (2016-04-22) 1.0/4 5.43 N/A N/A N/A N/A [36]
10 "Monkey Dance!" April 29, 2016 (2016-04-29) 0.9/4 5.44 0.6 N/A 1.5 N/A [37][38]
11 "That's Money, Honey" May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06) 0.9/4 5.19 0.6 N/A 1.5 N/A [39][40]
12 "The Only First That Matters" May 13, 2016 (2016-05-13) 1.1/4 5.93 N/A N/A N/A N/A [41]

Canadian ratings[edit]

Canadian broadcaster CTV also aired The Amazing Race on Fridays. Episodes aired at 8:00 pm Eastern and Central (9:00 pm Pacific, Mountain and Atlantic).

Canadian DVR ratings are included in Numeris's count.

No. Air date Episode Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Week)
Ref
1 February 12, 2016 (2016-02-12) "I Should’ve Been a Boy Scout" 1.615 13 [42]
2 February 19, 2016 (2016-02-19) "You Look Like Gollum" 1.612 13 [43]
3 February 26, 2016 (2016-02-26) "Bros Being Jocks" 1.448 18 [44]
4 March 4, 2016 (2016-03-04) "Get It Trending" 1.564 13 [45]
5 March 11, 2016 (2016-03-11) "We’re Only Doing Freaky Stuff Today" 1.443 11 [46]
6 April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01) "Let The Good Times Roll" 1.477 15 [47]
7 April 8, 2016 (2016-04-08) "Welcome To Bloody Fingers 101" 1.325 19 [48]
8 April 15, 2016 (2016-04-15) "I Have a Wedgie and a Half" 1.639 9 [49]
9 April 22, 2016 (2016-04-22) "Salt That Sand!" 1.445 17 [50]
10 April 29, 2016 (2016-04-29) "Monkey Dance!" 1.389 17 [51]
11 May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06) "That's Money, Honey" 1.454 15 [52]
12 May 13, 2016 (2016-05-13) "The Only First That Matters" 1.601 9 [53]

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