The Amazing Race 3

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The Amazing Race 3
Season run October 2 – December 18, 2002
Filming dates August 9 – September 7, 2002
No. of episodes 11
Winning team Flo Pesenti & Zach Behr
Continents visited 4
Countries visited 12
Cities visited 40
Distance traveled 41,000 miles (66,000 km)
No. of legs 13
All-Stars Teri & Ian Pollack,
John Vito Pietanza & Jill Aquilino
Season chronology
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The Amazing Race 3 is the third installment of the US reality television show, The Amazing Race. This season featured 12 teams of two people with a pre-existing relationship in a race around the world, making it the first season to have 12 teams as opposed to the usual 11. It premiered on October 2, 2002 and ended on December 18, 2002.

Friends Flo Pesenti and Zach Behr were the winners of this Race, with Flo becoming the first female winner in the race's history.


Development and filming[edit]

The starting line of The Amazing Race 3 place in Everglades National Park in Florida.

The third season of The Amazing Race spanned a total of 41,000 miles (66,000 km) across four continents and 12 countries. Unlike previous seasons, all of the twelve countries were newly visited to the show (one of the new countries, Spain, was not featured on television this season but would be visited again in The Amazing Race 10 ). Filming began on August 9, 2002 and finished on September 7, 2002.

During Leg 3, Dennis and Andrew (the first father/son team on the series) won the Fast Forward, yet were eliminated on the same leg—a first in the show's history. This would not happen again until Leg 10 of The Amazing Race 20, 17 seasons later. This team received headlines before the season began due to Dennis being a conservative Southern Baptist and Andrew an openly gay cheerleader. Andrew later returned to blog on's Return of the Racers for seasons 9, 10, and 11.[citation needed]

During Leg 4, Heather and Eve were the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop in Portugal, but they misread a clue that told them to walk to the Pit Stop rather than take a taxi. They proceeded to walk the rest of the way, but received a seven-minute time penalty for the advantage gained (the second team arrived seven minutes later), plus an additional 30 minutes. Since all of the other teams arrived at the Pit Stop less than 37 minutes afterward, Heather and Eve became the first team ever to arrive first at a Pit Stop yet still be eliminated. Heather and Eve later stated in interviews that one of the production crew traveling with them told them it was OK to take the cab, though production has stated that this is not true, and would be irrelevant in any case because the clues are not open to subjective directions.

During Leg 5, teams were required to drive marked vehicles more than 100 miles from Portugal to the port in Algeciras, Spain. Four of the eight teams incorrectly fueled their cars using unleaded gasoline instead of diesel, causing the cars to become inoperable. The four stricken teams handled the situation very differently: Teri and Ian recovered almost immediately when Ian borrowed a siphoning line from a gas station, drained the tank, and refilled with diesel; Flo and Zach oddly found an open repair shop in the middle of the night that fixed their vehicle; Aaron and Arianne called for a tow truck and were taken to a different repair place after a very long delay; and Kathy and Michael had the car brought back to the station, left it overnight, and became the last team to get underway with a fixed car (which contributed to their eventual elimination).

During Leg 6, Andre and Damon were officially detained when their taxi took them far out of the way in Morocco and they encountered a local official who wanted to seize their passports. Andre and Damon refused, and the show's security team had to come help them out of the situation.

Also during Leg 6, John Vito and Jill's car broke down. Per race rules, a new car was provided at their request, but no time credit is ever issued for this circumstance.

During the legs in Vietnam, all route markers were colored solid yellow instead of red and yellow. This was done to avoid confusion with the former South Vietnamese national flag, which is also red and yellow.

During post-race interviews for the premiere episode of All-Stars, Ian claimed that they were less than 2 minutes behind Flo & Zach at the finish line.[citation needed]


The cast of The Amazing Race 3 was increased to 12 teams and included soccer moms, law school graduates, a Vietnam War veteran, and a set of model twins. Jill and her brother F.T. originally applied for Season 1, but after F.T was killed in 9/11, John Vito and Jill applied in remembrance of him.[1]

John Vito and Jill subsequently hosted a show that promoted Singapore tourism.[2]

Teri and Ian, along with John Vito and Jill were selected to compete in The Amazing Race All-Stars among a cast of returning teams from seasons 1-10.

Zach later worked on NBC's production crew for the 2004 Summer Olympics.[3] He later married Elyse Steinberg in Hopewell Junction, New York and is now a camera operator for MTV.

Michael and Kathy got married in Italy and are now parents.

Aaron (of Aaron and Arianne) accidentally stumbled upon one of the pit stops of Season 6 while backpacking in Europe.

Flo and Drew got together romantically and dated for several years after the race ended. They declined to race in the All-Stars because Flo thought the race brought out the worst in her, and also because she did not want to do the race without Zach (who was not asked to join All Stars). Flo is now Dan Abrams's girlfriend and the couple announced in January 2012 that they were expecting their first child.[citation needed]

This season also featured Singaporean TV star Gurmit Singh, who handed the clues during the Leg 10 Detour. Miss Singapore Universe 2001 Jaime Teo also appeared as the local greeter in the Singapore leg.[4]


This season had four official sponsors, Royal Caribbean International, Kodak, American Express and T-Mobile. Royal Caribbean provided prizes in vacation tours to each team that arrived first at a Pit Stop.


In 2003, this series of The Amazing Race won the inaugural Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality/Competition Program.


The complete season was released on DVD on November 22, 2011, exclusively on via their CreateSpace program.


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

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks performed
1 2 3 4ƒ 5ƒ 6 7 8ƒ 9 106 11 12 13
Flo & Zach Friends 2nd 5th 3rd 2nd 4th3 2nd 1stƒ 2nd 5th 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st Flo 1, Zach 10
Teri & Ian Married Parents 9th 10th 9th 5th 6th 1stƒ 4th 3rd 4th 4th 1st 1st 2nd Teri 2, Ian 9
Ken & Gerard Brothers 1stƒ 6th 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 5th 4th 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd Ken 6, Gerard 6
Derek & Drew Twins/Models 11th 1stƒ 1st 3rd 3rd 4th 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 4th7 Derek 6, Drew 4
John Vito & Jill Dating 5th 7th 7th 6th 4th3 5th 3rd 5th 1stƒ 5th John Vito 5, Jill 3
Andre & Damon Cop & Fireman 7th1 8th 8th 4th 2nd 6th 6th5 Andre 2, Damon 3
Aaron & Arianne Lifelong Friends 3rd 2nd 4th 8th 7th 7th Aaron 3, Arianne 2
Michael & Kathy Long-Distance Dating 4th 4th 6th 7th 8th Michael 3, Kathy 04
Heather & Eve Law School Roommates 6th 3rd 5th 9th2 Heather 3, Eve 0
Dennis & Andrew Father/Son 8th 9th 10thƒ Dennis 0, Andrew 1
Tramel & Talicia Brother/Sister 10th 11th Tramel 1, Talicia 0
Gina & Sylvia Soccer Moms 12th Gina 0, Sylvia 0
  • A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
  • An underlined blue team placement indicates that the team was the last to arrive at a pit stop in a non-elimination leg of the race.
  • A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue. If placed next to a leg number, this indicates that the Fast Forward was available for that leg but not used.
  1. ^ Andre & Damon initially arrived 7th, but since they didn't follow the donkey route correctly, they were issued a 78-minute penalty and started the next leg in 9th. They then overslept an extra three minutes at the start of the next leg, while Dennis & Andrew and Teri & Ian are now departed 7th and 8th place.
  2. ^ Heather & Eve initially arrived 1st, but they took a taxi instead of traveling on foot to the Pit Stop as the clue had specified. However, they were returned along with the last team – Aaron & Arianne – and sat together with Phil. Heather & Eve were issued a 37-minute penalty. Aaron & Arianne were checked in and they were still in the Race, resulting in Heather & Eve being eliminated.
  3. a b Flo & Zach and John Vito & Jill both agreed to a 4th place tie after both teams stepped on the Pit Stop mat at the same time.
  4. ^ It is unknown whether Michael or Kathy performed the Roadblock in Leg 5. Their tally was not included.
  5. ^ During the leg, Andre & Damon had fallen so far behind that all the other teams had already checked into the Pit Stop before Andre & Damon even arrived at the Detour. When they finally reached the Route Marker, instead of performing the Detour, Andre & Damon were instructed to go directly to the Pit Stop, where they were eliminated.
  6. ^ An additional task in Leg 10 was presented to teams as a Roadblock but was aired as a miscellaneous task. This task is included in the Roadblock tally because every team was shown having a particular member performing it.
  7. ^ Derek & Drew initially arrived 3rd, but had inadvertently skipped the Roadblock due to them not having followed a marked path from its starting point. They were forced to backtrack and perform the Roadblock. As a result, Derek & Drew fell to last place and were eliminated.

Episode title quotes[edit]

Titles for episodes are often taken from quotes made by the racers. The quotes are sometimes slightly changed for humorous effect.

  1. "What If Our Parachute Doesn't Open?" – Eve
  2. "This Seems Like The Path Straight To Hell!" – Arianne
  3. "You Always Just Forget About Me!" – Flo
  4. "Did You See How I Stopped It? With My Face" – John Vito
  5. "What Happens If I Slip? Am I Just Hanging Off A Cliff?" – Flo
  6. "I’m a Much Better Liar Than You Are" – Flo
  7. "I’m Supposed To Be Indebted To Her For The Rest Of The Race?!" – Derek
  8. "This Is More Important Than Your Pants Falling Down!" – Ian
  9. "Why Did You Have To Take Your Pants Off?" – Flo
  10. "Don’t Try To Play The Moralist Now!" – Flo
  11. "They’re Slithering To The Finish Line Like The Rest Of Us!" – Ian


Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete a leg.

  • Leg 1 - A seven night Caribbean vacation on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas cruise ship.
  • Leg 5 - Two Kodak EasyShare digital cameras.
  • Leg 6 - Two Kodak EasyShare digital cameras.
  • Leg 7 - Two Kodak EasyShare digital cameras.
  • Leg 8 - Two Kodak EasyShare digital cameras.
  • Leg 9 - A seven night Caribbean vacation on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas cruise ship.
  • Leg 10 - A seven night European vacation on Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas cruise ship.
  • Leg 11 - A seven night European vacation on Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas cruise ship.
  • Leg 12 - A seven night Alaskan cruise vacation on Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas cruise ship.
  • Leg 13 - $1,000,000

Race summary[edit]

Route map
Destinations Legenda lotnisko.svg Air travel   Legenda kolej.svg Rail travel   Legenda prom.svg Water travel   Bus-logo.svg Bus travel
Route Markers Detour icon.svg Detour   Roadblock icon.svg Roadblock   Fast Forward icon.svg Fast Forward   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → Mexico)[edit]

The Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City was the first destination in The Amazing Race 3.

Airdate: October 2, 2002

The Fast Forward required a team to travel to Plaza Santo Domingo and search for one typist out of dozens who would have a "special message"; the Fast Forward award.

The Race's first Detour was a choice between Wings or Wheels. In Wings, teams had to board a plane, climb to an altitude of over 10,000 ft (3,000 m) and have each team member skydive in tandem with an instructor. When both team members landed, an instructor would give them their next clue. In Wheels, teams chose one of the donkey-drawn carts and, using a supplied map, directed a driver who speaks no English 7 mi (11 km) course through a Mexican village to receive the next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the starting line, host Phil Keoghan showed the first clue to the teams, who were told to choose a marked Mercedes-Benz M-Class and were instructed to drive themselves to Miami International Airport. They then had to book a flight to Mexico City, Mexico, their first destination, with two provided flights available. The first seven teams would be in the earlier flight, while the last five teams are on the second leaving 50 minutes later.
  • At Angel of Independence, teams received a picture of a man named Pablo and had to use the picture for reference in order to figure out that the clue's location is at Zócalo.
  • At Hotel De Cortes, teams had to find the desk for Mexi-Mini Charters and sign-up for one of three charter buses leaving the next morning to an unknown destination. The first four teams departed at 8:00 am, four more at 10:00 am, and the last four at 12:00 pm.
  • After completing the Detour, teams had to choose a marked van and drive themselves to Hacienda San Gabriel de las Palmas for the Pit Stop.

Leg 2 (Mexico)[edit]

The Roadblock in Cozumel at the Caribbean coast, team members had to swim with dolphins.

Airdate: October 9, 2002

The Fast Forward was also given at the start of the leg, requiring one team to travel to the Museum of Anthropology and find a group of performers called the Voladores of Papantla. Both team members then had to climb a 100 ft (30 m) pole and swing around the pole suspended on ropes to the ground to win the Fast Forward award.

This leg's Detour was a choice between Horse Power and Man Power. In Horse Power, teams used a WaveRunner and search a large lagoon for the clue that was floating on a buoy. In Man Power, teams used a kayak to search a much smaller lagoon for the clue, which was hanging from a tree.

For the Roadblock, one team member had to put on goggles, jump into the lagoon, and swim with a family of dolphins while searching for the next clue at the bottom.

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the leg, teams had to drive themselves to Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacán and climb all 248 steps to reach the clue at the top.
  • After the Detour, teams had to leave their watercrafts at Playa del Carmen and board a ferry from Calle 3 Sur to the island of Cozumel. From there, they had to travel to Chankanaab Park.

Leg 3 (Mexico → United Kingdom)[edit]

Dunnotar Castle in Stonehaven was both the location of the Roadblock and Pit Stop on this Leg of the Race.

Airdate: October 16, 2002

This leg's Fast Forward required one team to travel to the Duxford Imperial War Museum and maneuver a tank through a battlefield obstacle course (in 90 seconds or less) in order to win the award.

The Detour was a choice between Punt and Bike. In Punt, teams rowed a local boat called a punt with only a long pole and small paddle to navigate 1-mile (1.6 km) down the River Cam to receive the next clue. In Bike, teams rode a tandem bicycle along a marked 6-mile (9.7 km) course through Cambridge to receive the next clue. After either Detour, they retrieved the next clue from under a bridge.

For this Roadblock, one team member had to compete in three traditional Scottish games. First was the Caber toss, in which the player must throw a caber, make it topple, and have it land within designated lines. Second was the hammer throw, in which the player had to throw a hammer so it landed inside a box marked on the ground. Last was the shot put, requiring the player to overhand toss a heavy rock forward to the finish line. Once all the three games were finished, the teams would walk to the nearby castle to the Pit Stop.

Additional note
  • At Parker's Piece, teams take a charter bus to Aberdeen, Scotland for one of three departure buses leaving at 7:30 pm, 10:00 pm and 1:30 am the following day.

Leg 4 (United Kingdom → Portugal)[edit]

Torre de Belém in Lisbon was the site of fourth Pit Stop of this Leg of the Race.

Airdate: October 23, 2002

The Detour was a choice between Old School or New School. In Old School, teams loaded a barrel of port wine weighing more than 90 lb (41 kg) onto a traditional Portuguese boat, helped to row it across the Douro River, then delivered it to the O Muro restaurant to receive their next clue. In New School, teams loaded nine crates of wine bottles onto a marked trucks and drove them through the streets of Porto to three different restaurants: Chez Lapin, Retiro dos Carvalhos, and Café Majestic. In both options, teams had to get signatures from each restaurant to prove that they made the deliveries correctly in order to receive their next clue.

In the unused Fast Forward, teams had to complete a puzzle.[5]

For the Roadblock, one team member had to enter one of the soccer goals and block one penalty kick from a teenage Portuguese soccer player. Once the referee has determined that the goal was properly blocked, the team would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the leg, teams had to walk to Stonehaven Harbor and had to search the port to find the "message in a bottle" with next clue on the inside label of the bottle.
  • After the Roadblock, teams were told to travel by foot to the Pit Stop at Torre de Belém.

Leg 5 (Portugal → Spain → Morocco)[edit]

While in Morocco, teams involved in Moroccan infamous traditional dyeing industry.

Airdate: October 30, 2002

The Detour was a choice of Ropes or Slopes. In Ropes, teams had to take one of the shuttle buses to the Ursa cliffs and rappel 300 ft (91 m) down to the shore below to receive their next clue. In Slopes, teams hiked down a long, sloping trail to the shore below to receive the next clue.

For this leg's Roadblock, one team member had navigate through Dar Dbagh Chouara Tannery inside Fez's old city and search through 25 vats of foul-smelling dye in order to find their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the leg, the teams were instructed to find "the Westernmost Point of Continental Europe"—which refers to Cabo da Roca—as their next destination.
  • After completing the Detour, teams had to choose a marked Mitsubishi L200 truck and drive themselves to Algeciras, Spain, then catch a ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar to Tangier, Morocco.
  • Upon arrival in Tangier, teams had to find the Viajes Flandria travel agency and sign up for charter buses departing one hour apart to the city of Fez. No more than three teams were allowed on each bus.
  • After the Roadblock, teams choose a marked Toyota Land Cruiser and drove themselves to the Pit Stop at Borj Nord.

Leg 6 (Morocco)[edit]

In this leg's Roadblock in Marrakech, one team had to sell 5 bowls of escargot.

Airdate: November 13, 2002

This Fast Forward required both team members to look through piles of carpets in a Marrakech carpet shop to find the one with the Fast Forward design sewn into it to win the award.

The Detour was a choice between Now You See It and Now You Don't. In Now You See It, teams chose two horses and rode to a route marker that was visible from where they were. Once they reached it, they would dig for a clue painted on the inside of a clay pot, hidden in the marked square of sand. In Now You Don't, teams choose one sand bike and rode from a route marker that wasn't visible from where they were to a clue etched on a stone. Once there, they then made a rubbing of the clue onto a piece of paper.

For this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to team up with a local food vendor and help assemble their stall, then sell 5 bowls of escargot at a rate of MAD5 each (about 47 cents at the time) in order for the vendor to give them their next clue.

Additional task
  • After completing the Detour, they had to translate the clues written almost entirely in Arabic before moving on to the Café Glacier.

Leg 7 (Morocco → Germany & Austria)[edit]

Teams traveled to Friedensengel in Munich and had to find Kasperle to order to get their next clue.

Airdate: November 20, 2002

This Fast Forward required one team find a surfer riding on the curls of the Eisbach River in Munich. Once they found him, they had to attract his attention and meet up with him to claim the Fast Forward award.

The Detour was a choice between Sled and Skate. In Sled, teams, along with a team of professional bobsledders, took a bobsled down an Olympic bobsled track at speeds of 65 km/per hour in order to receive their next clue. In Skate, teams went to an Olympic ice rink and had to run a skating relay with a pair of professional ice skaters to receive their next clue.

For this Roadblock, one team member had to put on safety gear and slowly descend 230 ft (70 m) to the ground on a rescue cable to get their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Friedensengel, teams had to find a traditional children's puppet called Kasperle who would then hand them their next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams had to ride a gondola to Seegrube Station for their next clue, which was at the top of the mountain.
  • After the Roadblock, teams chose a marked Mercedes-Benz M-Class vehicle to drive themselves to the Pit Stop, which was a field near Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany.

Leg 8 (Germany → Switzerland)[edit]

While in Switzerland, teams visited the notorious Rheinfall for a clue.

Airdate: November 27, 2002

The Detour was a choice between Count the Money and Run the Numbers. In Count the Money, teams had to count a large amount of Swiss currency inside of a jar right next to the safe. In Run the Numbers, teams had to search the streets of Zürich as far as a mile away to find three different numbers: the number on the metal head statue on the intersection of Sihlstrasse and Bahnhofstrasse ,[6] the sum of the numbers on the north face of a clock on St. Peter's Church, and the number of trees in Lindenhof marked with red ribbons. When done correctly, they would find the combination to the safe (127850), which would open the safe that contained the next clue.

For this Roadblock, one team member had to relive the story of Swiss hero William Tell by using a crossbow to shoot an apple off a mannequin's head to receive their next clue. An instructor would load the crossbow after every attempt.

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the leg, teams traveled to Augustinerhof Farm and searched inside of a large haystack for their next clue.
  • At Rheinfall, they had to board a boat and spot the next route marker to find their clue.
  • At the Lindenhof, teams searched for a Swiss officer that would lead them into a marked Swiss vault where they found their next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams were instructed to travel by train to Grindelwald and find a route marker near the railway station. From there, they would get their next clue.

Leg 9 (Switzerland)[edit]

One side of the Detour in Switzerland's Valais region required teams to cross the suspended bridge of Niouc and then bungee jump.

Airdate: December 4, 2002

The Fast Forward required one team to find a cheese making cabin in Kandersteg and eat enough pieces of Swiss cheese from a massive wheel of cheese to completely reveal the Fast Forward award hidden underneath.

The Detour was a choice between Extreme Swiss and Very Swiss. In Extreme Swiss, each team member had to walk onto a narrow red bridge and take a 620 ft (190 m) jump, the largest bungee jump in Europe, into the gorge below to receive their next clue. In Very Swiss, teams had to drive 8 miles (13 km) to a farm and find a key inside a bell around the neck of a goat. However, only of 5 of the 75 goats had keys in them. When they found a key, they could receive their next clue.

For this Roadblock, one team member had to assemble a Swiss army bike from a pile of parts with an identical bike to use as a reference. Once an expert confirmed that the bike had been properly assembled, teams could ride both the assembled and reference bikes 3 miles (4.8 km) to the Basset Marina in Montreux.

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the leg, teams had to head to the Gletscherschlucht and venture into the gorge to find a key one of the marked Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars to receive their next clue.
  • After getting the next clue and once the car was unlocked, teams took a car train through the Alps, then drove to the Red Bridge to reach the next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams had the option to make one phone call to their family and friends back home using a T-Mobile phone, but they had to complete the call before heading their next destination: Château de Chillon in Veytaux at the banks of Lake Geneva.
  • At the Basset Marina, teams had to abandon their bikes and use a marked pedal-boat to reach the Pit Stop at Steamship Savoie on Lake Geneva.

Leg 10 (Switzerland → Malaysia → Singapore)[edit]

At the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, teams had to convince a local to take their photo. Their next clue was found on the back of the developed photograph.

Airdate: December 4, 2002

During the Pit Stop of the previous leg, the steamship sailed from Montreux to Lausanne where teams started the tenth leg.

The Detour was a choice between Dry and Wet. In Dry, teams drove to an apartment block in Choa Chu Kang. From there, they had to locate Unit #10-137, which contained Singaporean TV star Gurmit Singh (from the television series Phua Chu Kang) to get their next clue. However, the elevators in the building served only 3 floors (the 1st, 6th and 11th), the buildings were similar (identifiable only by the numbers), and the streets in the town had nearly identical names, making it difficult for teams to find the exact unit. This was made worse as the apartments in the target building were separated into multiple groups. In Wet, teams drove to the Singapore Zoo and had to find "Mermaids of the Sea", which actually meant the manatee enclosure. Once at the enclosure, they had to swim through the pool to receive the next clue.

After the Detour, teams were directed to Suntec City to fiind Fountain of Wealth. At the fountain, teams found the next Roadblock, which was shown on television as a miscellaneous task after the Detour with one team member retrieving a clue from the middle of the Fountain of Wealth.

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the leg, teams made their way to the Jet d'Eau in Geneva, where they received a flag representing their next destination country and were told to find the Petronas Twin Towers. Using this information, teams had to figure out that their next clue was in Kuala Lumpur.
  • At the Petronas Twin Towers, teams had to find a local and have them take their picture in front of the towers using a Kodak EasyShare Digital Camera. Once they walked 1 mile (1.6 km) through the streets to the Ampang Park Shopping Center, teams developed their pictures of the Towers to find the next clue printed on the back of the photo.
  • At the National Orchid Garden, teams had to search for "Margaret Thatcher" and figure out that the clue meant the type of flower, not the person.

Leg 11 (Singapore → Vietnam)[edit]

Cyclos were featured for this leg, as part of the country's predominantly form of transportation, particularly the Roadblock (the shown picture is in Hanoi).

Airdate: December 11, 2002

The Detour was a choice between Easy Buy or Hard Sell. Both choices took place at Mekong Delta in Cái Bè. In Easy Buy, teams chose a boat called a sampan and rode it into the floating market. Their goal was to look for the only vendor who sells water coconuts (called dừa nước in Vietnamese) and buy one at any price they could. In Hard Sell, teams chose a shoulder basket and carried fruit into the land market area and attempted to sell enough fruit to make 40,000₫ (dong VND - $2.50). After buying the coconut or rasing the money, teams brought the money or coconut back to one of the vendors who would verify their earnings and give them their next clue.

For this Roadblock, one team member had to drive a cyclo and transport their teammate through a marked course down the streets of the city and onto a ferry across the Saigon River. After reaching the end of the course, both teams members could drop off their cyclos and walk to the next Pit Stop at Café Thu Thiem.

Additional task
  • Upon arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, teams had to find the Bac Ho Statue in Rex Square to find the next clue.

Leg 12 (Vietnam)[edit]

The Imperial Palace in Huế was visited during this Leg.

Airdate: December 18, 2002

The Detour for this leg was a choice between Basket Boats and Basket Bikes. In Basket Boats, each team member had to cross a stretch of river in a round basket boat using only a single paddle each to reach the clue box on a nearby island. In Basket Bikes, each team member took a bicycle laden with dozens of shrimp baskets and had to ride them 1-mile (1.6 km) to receive the next clue.

For this Roadblock, one team member had to climb onto a Vietnamese fishing platform and use a wooden winch to raise a fishing net out of the water in order to receive the clue dangling underneath.

Additional tasks
  • Upon arriving in Huế, teams had to search the Hiển Lâm Các Pavilion inside the Imperial City to get their next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams were directed to a marked Boat Quay at Bach Dang Dock in the middle of Thu Bồn River in Hội An.

Leg 13 (Vietnam → United States)[edit]

Wailua Falls on the island of Kauai was the location of this season's final Detour.

Airdate: December 18, 2002

The final Detour of the Race was a choice between Quick Drop or Slow Walk. In Quick Drop, teams took a quick 160 ft (49 m) drop from the top of a waterfall on a zipline. They then had to swim to shore and follow the flags to a clue behind the waterfall, only a short distance away. In Slow Walk, teams walked down a much longer marked trail to the same clue box behind the falls.

The final Roadblock of the Race had one team member choose a totem pole and spin the animal faces so that they were aligned in chronological order based on the countries they visited for the race:

Country Animal
 Mexico Donkey
 Mexico Dolphin
 Morocco Horse
  Switzerland Goat
 Singapore Manatee

Once the animals were in the correct order, the mouth at the bottom of the pole opened to reveal the final clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the final leg, teams headed to Quang Minh Temple in Da Nang to find their next clue at the Buddha's feet.
  • Upon arrival in Honolulu, teams had to find Puaena Point and get a blessing from a traditional Hawaiian priest known as kahuna, who would give them the next clue afterward.
  • At Kerry Park, teams were instructed to travel by foot to the International Fountain at Seattle Center to get their next clue.


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