The Amazing Race 30
|The Amazing Race 30|
|Presented by||Phil Keoghan|
|Winners||Cody Nickson & Jessica Graf|
|No. of legs||12|
|Distance traveled||29,000 mi (47,000 km)|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original release||January 3 –|
February 21, 2018
|Filming dates||October 1, 2017 – October 24, 2017|
The Amazing Race 30 is the thirtieth installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. It features eleven teams of two in a race around the world for a US$1 million grand prize. The season premiered on January 3, 2018, airing in CBS's Wednesday 8:00 pm EST time slot for a month before moving to the 9:00 pm slot from February 7 due to the premiere of Celebrity Big Brother. The 2-hour season finale aired on February 21, 2018.
- 1 Production and filming
- 2 Results
- 3 Episode title quotes
- 4 Prizes
- 5 Race summary
- 5.1 Leg 1 (United States → Iceland)
- 5.2 Leg 2 (Iceland → Belgium)
- 5.3 Leg 3 (Belgium → Morocco)
- 5.4 Leg 4 (Morocco → France)
- 5.5 Leg 5 (France)
- 5.6 Leg 6 (France → Czech Republic)
- 5.7 Leg 7 (Czech Republic → Zimbabwe)
- 5.8 Leg 8 (Zimbabwe)
- 5.9 Leg 9 (Zimbabwe → Bahrain)
- 5.10 Leg 10 (Bahrain → Thailand)
- 5.11 Leg 11 (Thailand → Hong Kong, China)
- 5.12 Leg 12 (Hong Kong, China → United States)
- 6 Ratings
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Production and filming
As seen before in seasons 25 and 27, the show's website announced they would begin filming on October 1, 2017, at Washington Square Park in New York City, and invited fans to join them as they saw the new teams off.
This season introduced "Head-to-Head" competitions, pitting two teams directly against one another, to the original Race. Such competitions already appeared in several international versions of the show (Latin American, Israeli, Norwegian, Philippine, Chinese, and Canadian). Additionally for the first time, teams swapped partners with another team and ran most of a leg with them instead.
This was the first season to not feature any Express Pass since its inception in The Amazing Race 17. It was also the first season not to start or finish in Southern California since The Amazing Race 11.
This season has the fewest episodes than any other U.S. series, only eight episodes. For four weeks during the season's eight-week run, two Legs each aired as one, 2-hour episode. Normally a 12-leg season has either 12 episodes for each leg, or 11 episodes with only one 2-hour special episode (usually the first or the final episode).
This season of the Race featured a first-time visit to Bahrain.
While the team of Big Brother houseguests Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson from the recently concluded Season 19 was announced earlier, the full cast of 11 teams of two was revealed on December 7, 2017. Among these include former NBA players Cedric Ceballos and Shawn Marion, IndyCar racers Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi, freestyle skiers Kristi Leskinen and Jen Hudak, and competitive eaters Joey Chestnut and Tim Janus.
As announced by CBS, the following teams participated in the Race. Each team is listed with the unique hashtag team name that the show's graphics use to identify them.
|Team||Relationship||Team Name||Position (by leg)||Roadblocks|
|Cody & Jessica||Dating Reality Stars||Team Big Brother||2nd||1st||5th||2nd||6th||6th⊃||5th||5th⊂||4th||2nd||2nd||1st||Cody 6, Jessica 3|
|Henry & Evan||Dating Debaters||Team Yale||3rd||8th||1st||6th||4th||3rd||3rd||4th⋐||3rd||4th||1st||2nd||Henry 4, Evan 5|
|Kristi & Jen||Professional Skiers||Team Extreme||1st||3rd||3rd||3rd||2nd||1st||5th||2nd||2nd||3rd||3rd||3rd||Kristi 5, Jen 4|
|Alex & Conor||IndyCar Drivers||Team IndyCar||5th||5th||2nd||1st||5th||4th||1st||3rd⋑||1st||1st||4th6||Alex 4, Conor 4|
|Lucas & Brittany||Dating→Engaged Lifeguards3||Team Ocean Rescue||7th||6th||8th||8th||1st||5th||1st||1st⊃||5th5||Lucas 3, Brittany 3|
|Eric & Daniel||Twins||The Firefighters||8th||9th||7th||7th||3rd||2nd||3rd||6th||Eric 3, Daniel 3|
|Trevor & Chris||Dating Violinists||Team Well Strung||4th||4th||4th||5th||7th||7th⊂||Trevor 3, Chris 3|
|Joey & Tim||Competitive Eaters||Team Chomp||6th||7th||6th||4th||8th||Joey 2, Tim 3|
|Cedric & Shawn||Former NBA Players||Team Slam Dunk||9th1||2nd||9th||9th−||Cedric 2, Shawn 2|
|April & Sarah||Goat Yoga Moms||Team Goat Yoga||10th||10th−||April 0, Sarah 2|
|Dessie & Kayla||Models||The Ring Girls||11th2||Dessie 1, Kayla 0|
- A red team placement means the team was eliminated.
- An orange + next to a leg number indicates that there was a Head-to-Head on that leg of the Race, while an orange − indicates the team that lost the final Head-to-Head and was eliminated.
- A brown ⊃ or a cyan ⋑ indicates that the team chose to use one of the two U-Turns in a Double U-Turn, while a ⊂ or ⋐ indicates the team who received it; ⋐⋑ around a leg number indicates that only one of the two available U-Turns was used.
- 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 that 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.
- ^ Cedric & Shawn initially arrived 8th, but were issued a 30-minute penalty upon reaching the Pit Stop because Cedric provided illegal assistance at the Roadblock. Eric & Daniel checked in during their penalty time, dropping Cedric & Shawn to 9th.
- ^ April & Sarah and Dessie & Kayla arrived at the mat nearly simultaneously. Because Dessie was the last person to physically step on the mat, Dessie & Kayla were eliminated.
- ^ At the Leg 5 Pit Stop, after coming in first, Lucas proposed to Brittany. She accepted, and they were engaged for the rest of the Race.
- ^ Teams had to swap partners for a duration of the leg. Cody paired with Jen, Jessica paired with Kristi, Lucas paired with Conor, Brittany paired with Alex, Henry paired with Eric, and Evan paired with Daniel. Because of this, in order to check in at the Pit Stop, the teams had to be paired with their original partner. Cody & Jen arrived 1st, Brittany & Alex arrived 2nd, Lucas & Conor arrived 3rd, Daniel & Evan arrived 4th, Eric & Henry arrived 5th, and Jessica & Kristi arrived last. Teams swapped back to their original partners once both partners checked in.
- ^ Lucas realized that he lost his passport while on a connecting flight from Zimbabwe to Bahrain; they did not arrive in Bahrain until many hours after all the other teams had already checked in at the Pit Stop. When Lucas & Brittany arrived at the Dhow Shipyard, Phil met them to inform them of their elimination.
- ^ After all the other teams had already checked in at the Pit Stop, while Alex & Conor were still at Lan Kwai Fong, Phil went to see them to inform them of their elimination.
Episode title quotes
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
- "You're a Champion, Prove It" – Cedric
- "You're the Best French Fry Ever" – Trevor
- "It's Gonna Be a Fragrant Day" – Trevor
- "Gotta Put Your Sole Into it" – Eric
- "The Claws Are Out" – Evan
- "All's Fair in Love and War" – Brittany
- "The First Rule of Amazing Race Club" – Conor
- "It's Just a Million Dollars, No Pressure" – Jessica
The prize for each leg was awarded to the first place team for that leg. Trips were provided by Travelocity. The prizes were:
- Leg 1: A trip for two to Santorini, Greece
- Leg 2: US$2,500 each
- Leg 3: A trip for two to Zurich, Switzerland
- Leg 4: US$5,000 each
- Leg 5: A trip for two to Bali, Indonesia
- Leg 6: A trip for two to Perth, Australia
- Leg 7: None[a]
- Leg 8: A trip for two to Saint Lucia
- Leg 9: US$7,500 each
- Leg 10: A trip for two to Curaçao
- Leg 11: None
- Leg 12: US$1,000,000
|Destinations||Air travel Rail travel Water travel Bus travel|
|Route Markers||Detour Roadblock Fast Forward U-Turn Speed Bump Pit Stop|
Leg 1 (United States → Iceland)
Airdate: January 3, 2018
- New York City, New York, United States (Washington Square Park) (Starting Line)
- New York City (John F. Kennedy International Airport) to Reykjavík, Iceland (Keflavík International Airport)
- Borgarbyggð (Geitárgljúfur ‹See Tfd›(in German))
- Mosfellsbær (Esjumelar)
- Reykjavík (Ingólfstorg (in Icelandic))
- Reykjavík (Reykjavíkurtjörn – Iðnaðarmannahúsið (in Icelandic))
For the first Roadblock of the Race, one team member had to ride an off-road buggy driven by a professional driver in the foothills of Mount Esja. Without taking notes, the team member had to memorize 11 Icelandic letters placed along the riverbed, and was left to notice that each letter had a number denoting its order in the solution. They then had to arrange tiles with those letters in the correct order to spell out the location of their next destination: Ingólfstorg. Once they arranged all the letters in the proper order, they would receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- When teams arrived at the Geitárgljùfur, one team member had to pull themselves along a zip-line high above Geitá river's canyon until they could retrieve a flag of Iceland suspended from the line. After grabbing the flag, their partner would pull them back to the canyon's edge. When they reunited, they could exchange the flag for their next clue.
- At Ingólfstorg, teams had to find a group of strongmen. When they did, CrossFit Games champion Katrín Davíðsdóttir would ask teams two questions about two national tonics: "What do Icelanders call the drink known as 'Black Death'?" (Brennivín) and "What is Þorskalýsi?" (cod liver oil). When teams were able to provide the correct answers, they would be given a shot of each tonic. When one team member drank a shot of Brennivín and the other drank a shot of Þorskalýsi, they would receive their next clue.
- Additional note
- At the starting line, after Phil Keoghan said "Go," teams had to find their first clue below the waterline of the park's fountain before making their way to John F. Kennedy International Airport, where the first seven teams would receive tickets for the first flight to Iceland.
Leg 2 (Iceland → Belgium)
Airdate: January 10, 2018
- Reykjavík (Keflavík International Airport) to Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol)
- Amsterdam (Schiphol Airport railway station) to Antwerp, Belgium (Antwerpen-Centraal railway station)
- Antwerp (Paleis op de Meir ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch) – The Chocolate Line)
- Antwerp (Willemdok ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch))
- Antwerp (Plantin-Moretus Museum or Diamond Quarter – ADC Building)
- Antwerp (Grote Markt) (Head-to-Head)
In this leg's Roadblock, teams had to make their way to Antwerp's waterfront to find the "SkyClimb," a crane with four suspended rope ladders. There, one team member had to climb 100 feet (30 m) to the top of a free hanging ladder while a crane raised teams upwards to retrieve the next clue before the ride ended.
The first Detour of the Race was a choice of Old Print or Diamond Glint. In Old Print, teams made their way to the Plantin-Moretus Museum. Once there, teams had to arrange type pieces following the example of a provided clue keeping in mind that the type pieces needed to be arranged in a mirror image of their clue. They then had to carry their template to be printed using a printing press. If the printed paper's message matched the provided clue exactly, they would be given the message as their next clue. In Diamond Glint, teams must travel to the ADC Building within the Antwerp diamond district. Once there, teams had to evaluate three diamonds based on their carat, color, and clarity. After weighing and measuring the diamonds and establishing a base rate, teams had to find any imperfections and discolorations and deduct from their values accordingly based on a provided formula. When teams correctly calculated the total value of all three diamonds and added the value to the price of an unfinished necklace, they would receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- Due to limited availability of flights, teams were given a set of pre-arranged flights to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and from there they would need to take a train to Antwerp.
- After arriving in Antwerp, teams made their way to The Chocolate Line where a chocolatier named Stan would hand them their next clue.
- After the Detour, teams were given a clue, written in Dutch, that required teams to "go to a large public place where you will find the city hall and Silvius Brabo". This clue directed them to the Grote Markt.
- At the Grote Markt, teams encountered the first Head-to-Head of the Race, in which two teams competed against each other in a "Frietrace." After both members of both teams donned French fry costumes, each team had to nominate one member to run an obstacle course. While running the course, each participant had to push a dolly with eight bags of frites. Bags of frites that fell off had to be replaced before continuing. A team could immediately check in at the nearby Pit Stop after winning a heat, while the losing team had to wait until the next team arrived. Unlike Roadblocks, losing teams could alternate racers between heats. The team to lose the final heat was eliminated from the Race.
Leg 3 (Belgium → Morocco)
Airdate: January 17, 2018
- Antwerp (Antwerpen-Centraal Railway Station) to Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Schiphol Airport railway station)
- Amsterdam (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol) to Tangier, Morocco (Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport)
- Tangier (Medina Fish Port)
- Tangier (Kisariate Jbala Souk)
- Tangier (American Legation Museum, Kasbah Museum ‹See Tfd›(in German) and Tele Boutique)
- Tangier (Grand Socco or Restaurant Mamounia Palace)
- Tangier (Moulay Hafid Palace ‹See Tfd›(in French))
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to navigate the streets and rooftops of Tangier similar to a scene from The Bourne Ultimatum. They first made their way to the roof of the American Legation Museum, where the Travelocity Roaming Gnome would zip-line over the city to another rooftop. Team members had to navigate the city's narrow streets to find the roof where the Roaming Gnome landed. When they found the gnome, they were instructed to travel to the Kasbah Museum, where they would perform the same task. After finding the gnome for a second time, team members were instructed to find a payphone at a Tele Boutique. Once there, team members had to use the coins in the gnome's pouch to operate the phone and would listen to the Arabic phrase for Good Morning, Sabah al-khair (صباح الخير). After reiterating this phrase to the shopkeeper, he would hand them their next clue. They could only open their clue once they had reunited with their partner back in the Kisariate Jbala Souk.
This leg's Detour was a choice between Drop it Off and Shake it Off. In Drop it Off, teams had to travel to a food wholesalers' truck within Grand Socco and pick up crates of squash, chickens, and oranges. Dragging their crates along the ground, they had to deliver specified items to three locations (squash to Bab Kasbah, chickens to Marhaba Palace Restaurant, and oranges to Bab el-Assa), where they would receive a receipt stamped with one of the three words in the name of the Pit Stop. Once they completed all three deliveries, teams could exchange the receipts for the clue directing them to the Pit Stop. In Shake it Off, teams had to travel to the Manounia Palace Restaurant and put on traditional belly dancing attire. They then had to dance among the dancers and musicians in the restaurant while searching for the three words in the name of the Pit Stop. Once they gave the three correct words to the waiter (in any order), he would hand them the clue directing them to the Pit Stop.
- Additional tasks
- In the city's fishing port, teams had to find a marked crate of fish and transfer the fish into a basket. Following an example, teams had to arrange all the fish with their heads facing outwards. When teams filled the basket to the fisherman's satisfaction, they would receive their next clue.
- After completing the fish basket task, teams made their way on foot into the Medina quarter and find the Kisariate Jbala Souk where they would greet a merchant with the Arabic greeting of As-salām Alaykum (السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ). They would then receive their next clue and a Travelocity Roaming Gnome.
Leg 4 (Morocco → France)
Airdate: January 24, 2018
- Tangier (Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport) to Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France (Nice Côte d'Azur Airport)
- Saint-Tropez (Sailing School Water Company De Saint-Tropez)
- Saint-Tropez (La Tarte Tropézienne or Sandales Tropéziennes)
- Saint-Tropez (Place des Lices) (Head-to-Head)
For their Speed Bump, Cedric & Shawn had to stack a set of fifteen Optimist dinghies in numerical order. When they correctly stacked the dinghies, they could continue racing.
In this leg's Roadblock, one member had to attach a sail to an Optimist dinghy, then sail across the bay without being given any prior lessons, and with the boat's rudder removed. Team members had to sail their boat to a set of two buoys, each containing one half of their next clue. If they could grab the two clue halves, they could return to the shore to reunite with their partner and open their next clue.
This leg's Detour was a choice between Bread or Tread. In Bread, teams made their way to La Tarte Tropézienne where they would meet a baker who would show them how to make a baguette. Then, teams had to form 50 baguettes from 30 pounds (14 kg) of dough. When they shaped all 50 baguettes to the satisfaction of the baker, they would receive their next clue. In Tread, teams made their way to Sandales Tropéziennes, where each of them had to make a Tropezienne sandal. When teams successfully made their sandals, they would receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- In this leg's Head-to-Head at Place des Lices, two teams competed in a game of pétanque. With one team using black metal balls and the other white, each team member would roll three boules to try to get it as close as possible to a smaller ball on the field known as a jack. Once all team members had taken their turns, the team whose ball was closest to the jack was the winner and could check in at the Pit Stop. The team that lost the final game was eliminated from the Race.
Leg 5 (France)
Airdate: January 24, 2018
- Les Baux-de-Provence (Château des Baux)
- Maussane-les-Alpilles (Café de la Fontaine)
- Arles (Arles Amphitheatre or Pont Van Gogh)
- Les Baux-de-Provence (Hotel Benvengudo)
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to correctly build a trebuchet from supplied parts following an example. For the duration of the task, the non-participating team member would be held in a stockade. If the soldier was satisfied with their trebuchet, they would receive their next clue.
This leg's Detour was a choice between Full of Bull or Colorful. In Full of Bull, teams had to check satchels on 100 artificial bulls scattered around the stands of the Arles Amphitheatre to find a total of three ribbons, one in each of the colors of the French flag: one blue, one white, and one red. Once they found all three, they could exchange them with the bullfighter in the ring for their next clue. In Colorful, teams traveled to the recreated Pont Van Gogh. There, they found a replica of one of Vincent van Gogh's paintings of the original Langlois Bridge at Arles, which was actually an elaborate sliding puzzle, requiring them to slide elements of the painting in a specific sequence in order to unlock the easel and retrieve their clue inside.
- Additional task
- At Café de la Fontaine, teams had to find a patron drinking red wine who would give them their next clue.
Leg 6 (France → Czech Republic)
Airdate: January 31, 2018
- Arles (Église Notre Dame de la Major ‹See Tfd›(in French))
- Marseille (Marseille Provence Airport) to Prague, Czech Republic (Prague Václav Havel Airport)
- Prague (Rudolfinum)
- Prague (Staropramen Brewery and Náplavka – Fidelio ‹See Tfd›(in Czech) or Charles University)
- Prague (Andělská Lázeň Beer Spa)
- Prague (Stará Čistírna Odpadních Vod)
- Prague (Romantický Hotel U Raka) (Unaired)
- Prague (Letenské Park)
During the Pit Stop, all teams were moved to the ancient fortification behind Notre Dame de la Major back in Arles to begin this leg of the Race. This leg's Detour was a choice between This and That; unlike a normal Detour, teams were only provided the names and locations of the Detour tasks, and would only learn about the task once they arrived at the task location. In This, teams traveled to the Staropramen Brewery, where they had to properly re-stack a pallet of empty beer kegs, searching for the one keg that was full. They then had to tap the keg and properly pour a mug to the satisfaction of the brewmaster. Once approved, they finally had to navigate the streets of Prague transporting the keg on a hand truck to Vltava and find Fidelio, leaving them to figure out that Vltava is the name of the river flowing through Prague and "Fidelio" was the name of a floating vessel ‹See Tfd›(in Czech) docked along Náplavka Riverbank. After successfully delivering the keg, they would receive their next clue from the captain. In That, teams traveled to the astronomy hall at Charles University, where they had to listen to two lecturers in English, one debating that the Earth is round, and the other that it is flat. Without taking any notes, they had to pass an oral exam by answering these questions: (1) What is the distance in miles that Copernicus calculated between the earth and the sun? (3,391,000 miles); (2) What is the name of the second lecturer? (Professor Bergler); (3) Which planet did Copernicus say was the second farthest from the sun? (Jupiter); (4) What is the law which causes objects to disappear as they move away from us? (Law of perspective); (5) Question not shown (blue); (6) Up to how many miles away can a lighthouse be seen? (40 miles); (7) What year did Copernicus publish his astronomical model? (1543); (8) Is the earth round or flat? (round). Once they answer every question correctly, the professor would hand them their next clue.
The leg's Roadblock was a switchback to Season 15, where one team member had to enter a room filled with hundreds of ringing telephones and search for the eight that had a person on the other end of the line. A voice from each phone would give the team member one word of a Franz Kafka quote, "The meaning of life is that it stops". Without taking notes, team members had to memorize the eight words, then write them in the correct order on a provided form. If they were correct, the inspector would hand them their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- At the start of the leg, teams were provided a smartphone with the Travelocity app to book their flight to Prague.
- After the Detour, teams traveled to Andělská Lázeň Beer Spa to receive their next clue from patrons bathing in beer.
Leg 7 (Czech Republic → Zimbabwe)
Airdate: February 7, 2018
- Prague (Prague Václav Havel Airport) to Harare, Zimbabwe (Harare International Airport)
- Harare (Harare Station) to Marondera (Marondera Train Station)
- Marondera (Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservatory) (Overnight Rest & Partner Swap)
- Marondera (Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservatory – Imire Lake)
- Marondera (Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservatory – Lookout Tower)
- Marondera (Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservatory – Savannah Plains Overlook)
This leg's Detour was a choice between Rhino Track and Bush Whack. In Rhino Track, teams had to ride horses with a guide along a marked path through the reserve, along the way spotting and collecting eight pieces of evidence left behind by poachers in designated locations. Once all eight were collected, they returned to the starting point to receive a map of the reserve with photographs of the locations. They had to correctly place all eight items on the map matching their respective locations to receive their next clue. In Bush Whack, teams had to drive an off-road vehicle along a marked course to pick up supplies, including a full canteen of water, at a designated point. The course then continued through two mud bogs, which they had to wade through to determine the best point at which to cross, then attempt to drive the vehicle through the bogs without getting stuck. Once through, they arrived at a ranger station, where they had to dig up an empty canteen and bury the full one they picked up earlier in its place. Once returning to the starting point, they received their next clue. Only three stations were available for either Detour option.
- Additional tasks
- Upon arrival at Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservatory's bush camp, teams had to properly set up a provided safari tent in which to spend the night. They were then woken up by Phil Keoghan at 4:00 am, who explained that for the remainder of this leg, they would choose another team to switch partners with, in the same order their tents were approved.
- The newly formed teams then had to paddle a makeshift raft around Imire Lake to spot their next clue, which was in a pair of canteens hung in a tree. When they found the canteens, they would paddle to their next destination.
- Additional note
- At the Pit Stop, teams had to wait for their original partners to arrive and reunite with them before they could check in.
Leg 8 (Zimbabwe)
Airdate: February 7, 2018
- Harare (Khan Fabrics, Haberdashery and Sports)
- Harare (Eastgate Mall or Magaba Tyres and Cameron Hardware)
- Harare (Harare Gardens)
- Harare (First Street Pedestrian Mall)
This leg's Detour was a choice between Handle with Care and Just Get it There. In Handle with Care, teams traveled to Eastgate Mall, where they made their way to the mail room. Once there, they received a total of seven large packages to carry and deliver to various businesses around the mall. After delivering each, they were given outgoing mail to return to the mail room. Once all the deliveries were complete, they would receive their next clue. In Just Get it There, teams had to locate Magaba Tyres to pick up one small tire and one large truck tire. Then, teams had to roll them through the market onto the back of a waiting marked truck parked near Cameron Hardware to receive their next clue.
- Additional task
- At Harare Gardens, teams had to choose a vocal coach who would teach them the pronunciation of the Shona language lyrics of the Four Brothers song "Pasi Pano Pane Zviedzo". They then had to perform the song on stage accompanied by a band with the correct pronunciation and rhythm while dancing to the beat to receive their next clue.
Leg 9 (Zimbabwe → Bahrain)
Airdate: February 14, 2018
- Harare (Africa Unity Square)
- Harare (Harare International Airport) to Muharraq, Bahrain (Bahrain International Airport)
- Muharraq (Dhow Shipyard)
- Manama (Bahrain Bay) (Unaired)
- Muharraq (Hussein Mohammad Showaiter Sweets)
- A'ali (Delmon Pottery Industry)
- Zallaq (Bahrain Endurance Village)
- Al-Hafirah (Tree of Life)
During the Pit Stop, all teams were moved to the nearby Africa Unity Square to begin this leg of the Race.
- Additional tasks
- Upon arrival in Bahrain, teams traveled to the Dhow Shipyard, where they had to carry and place a total of 300 pounds (140 kg) of timber onto a balance scale to receive their next clue.
- At Hussein Mohammad Showaiter Sweets, teams asked for the "King of Halwa". They discovered that it referred to a type of local jelly dessert, and each team member received a sample to finish for their next clue.
- At Delmon Pottery Industry, teams chose a pouch containing ten various small items to memorize. They then had to search inside hundreds of clay pots around the shop for the matching items and bring pots back to the starting point, one at a time, to be verified. Once all the matching items were collected, they received a pot to break open containing their next clue.
- At Bahrain Endurance Village, teams had to choose a camel herder, who would show them how to milk a camel. One team member then had to collect enough milk to fill a glass while their partner kept the camel calm in order to receive their next clue.
- Additional note
- In an unaired task at Bahrain Bay, team members were asked three questions and without consulting each other had to answer to whom the question applied. The three questions were: (1) Who has carried the most weight in the Race?; (2) Who is the first to quit on a task? (3) Who knows their partner best? Team members had to answer these questions with one member standing on a plank on a boat floating on the sea. If the answers did not match, then the person on the plank had to dive into the bay and teams would start over. When teams matched all three answers, they would receive their next clue.
Leg 10 (Bahrain → Thailand)
Airdate: February 14, 2018
- Muharraq (Arad Walkway – Falcon Statue)
- Muharraq (Bahrain International Airport) to Chiang Mai, Thailand (Chiang Mai International Airport)
- Chiang Mai (Royal Park Ratchaphruek)
- Chiang Mai (Patara Elephant Farm or Baan Kaew Rice Field)
- Chiang Mai (Original Khum Khantoke Restaurant)
- Chiang Mai (Wat Chedi Luang)
During the Pit Stop, all teams were moved to the Falcon Statue around the Arad Walkway in Muharraq to begin this leg of the Race. This leg's Detour was a choice between Size It or Seize It. In Size It, teams had to travel to Patara Elephant Farm, where they would calculate the height and weight measurements of an elephant while in the presence of her calf. If the veterinarian deemed their measurements to be correct, they would ride their elephant along a trail and feed it to get their next clue. In Seize It, teams had to catch 20 bullfrogs in a flooded rice paddy to receive their next clue.
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to consume three cooked scorpions and a bullfrog. For the duration of the task, the non-participating team member would have to stand with live scorpions crawling on them. Once the team member finished eating, they received their next clue.
- Additional task
- Upon arriving in Chiang Mai, teams were told to find white elephants at Royal Park Ratchaphruek, which turned out to be a series of statues, to find their next clue. Once teams found the elephant statues, they would find a garland attached to one; they then had to find one of four women with an umbrella in the vicinity of the garden who would accept the garland and exchange it for their next clue.
- Additional note
- For this leg, teams had to choose a provided songthaew to serve as their transportation.
Leg 11 (Thailand → Hong Kong, China)
Airdate: February 21, 2018
- Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai International Airport) to Chep Lap Kok, Hong Kong , China (Hong Kong International Airport)
- Central and Western District (Victoria Peak – Lions Pavilion ‹See Tfd›(in Chinese))
- Southern District (Aberdeen Promenade)
- Southern District (Aberdeen Floating Village or Ap Lei Chau Main Street – Jin Bao Seafood Restaurant)
- Central and Western District (Central Pier #4)
- Central and Western District (Lan Kwai Fong)
- Wan Chai District (Intersection of Johnston Road and Wan Chai Road)
For their Speed Bump, Henry & Evan had to light and place flameless candles into 40 hung paper lanterns before they could continue racing. This leg's Detour was a choice between Hairy Crab or Grub Grab. In Hairy Crab, teams had to properly wrap and pack 50 live hairy crabs in a basket, while subjected to simulated typhoon conditions, to receive their next clue. In Grub Grab, one team member had to take 8 restaurant orders in Cantonese, then relay it to their partner in the kitchen, who had to figure out the corresponding dishes, which were labeled phonetically. Once all the patrons were served correctly, they received their next clue.
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to suit up in protective equipment and smash a pile of old electronics with a baseball bat to find two that contained half of a clue. Once they received both halves, they then splattered a gallon of paint over the pile to create a work of "rage art". Meanwhile, the non-participating team member was handcuffed to a briefcase.
- Additional tasks
- Upon arriving in Hong Kong, teams traveled to Victoria Peak, where they had their picture taken overlooking the Hong Kong skyline. After their photograph was printed, teams would be given the photograph and their next clue.
- After completing the Roadblock, teams had to search the streets of Lan Kwai Fong for three signs depicting things seen in previous legs of the Race and left them to recall the numbers of the legs where those things were seen (the Washington Square Arch from Leg 1, a fez hat from Leg 3, and a bull from Leg 5). These numbers corresponded to the combination to open the briefcase still handcuffed to the wrist of the team member who did not perform the Roadblock. The correct order of numbers was different for each briefcase. Inside the briefcase was the key to the handcuffs and the location of the Pit Stop: the intersection of Johnston Road and Wan Chai Road.
Leg 12 (Hong Kong, China → United States)
Airdate: February 21, 2018
- Chep Lap Kok (Hong Kong International Airport) to San Francisco, California, United States (San Francisco International Airport)
- San Francisco (AT&T Park – "Say Hey Kid" Statue)
- San Francisco (McCovey Cove)
- San Francisco (San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge)
- San Francisco (Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company)
- San Francisco (San Francisco City Hall) (Unaired)
- Alameda (USS Hornet)
In the final Roadblock of the Race, one team member had to use jumars to pull themselves up 200 feet (61 m) to the top of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge center anchorage. They then had to enter the structure and put on a harness and covered with bright lights before free falling from a plank to receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- The clue received at the Pit Stop instructed teams that when they arrived in San Francisco, they had to travel to the "'Say Hey Kid' statue", leaving them to figure out that this was a reference to the statue of former San Francisco Giants player Willie Mays outside AT&T Park.
- At AT&T Park, teams had to paddle kayaks around McCovey Cove and find three numbered baseballs corresponding to the digits in the number of career home runs hit by Willie Mays, leaving them to figure out the correct number (660), while Giants mascot Lou Seal threw more balls into the water from the ballpark. Once they had the correct numbers, they would receive their next clue from an umpire.
- The clue received from the Roadblock was a rebus that left teams to figure out they had to travel to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company. There, they had to properly make 102 fortune cookies, 51 per team member. Once approved, they received a giant fortune cookie to break open for their next clue.
- On the USS Hornet, teams had to choose a fuselage of a large model airplane on the flight deck, then search the entire aircraft carrier for twelve parts of matching color (two propellers, four wings, four horizontal stabilizers, and two vertical stabilizers) with which to complete the model. Each part had different pictures depicting something encountered on a leg of the Race. After finding all twelve parts, the team member who did not perform the Roadblock had to assemble the airplane with the correct combination of six parts (one propeller, two wings, two horizontal stabilizers, and one vertical stabilizer) that would fit correctly on the fuselage and represent all 12 legs without duplication (solution below). Once approved, the team member had to push the airplane to their partner, and the team could proceed to the Finish Line at the opposite end of the flight deck.
Leg # Flag Country Associated thing 1 Iceland Off-road helmet 2 Belgium French fry 3 Morocco Fish 4 France Rudder 5 France Knight 6 Czech Republic Magnifying glass 7 Zimbabwe Canteen 8 Zimbabwe Microphone 9 Bahrain Scale 10 Thailand Elephant 11 Hong Kong Handcuff 12 United States Oar
- Additional note
- During the flight to San Francisco, the final 3 teams received a free upgrade to business class.
|1||"You're a Champion, Prove It"||January 3, 2018||1.6/6||7.33||0.4||1.47||2.0||8.80|||
|2||"You're the Best French Fry Ever"||January 10, 2018||1.4/5||6.98||0.5||N/A||1.9||N/A|||
|3||"It's Gonna Be a Fragrant Day"||January 17, 2018||1.5/6||6.89||0.4||1.41||1.9||8.30|||
|4/5||"Gotta Put Your Sole Into it"||January 24, 2018||1.2/5||6.17||0.4||1.40||1.6||7.57|||
|6||"The Claws Are Out"||January 31, 2018||1.3/5||6.54||0.4||1.40||1.7||7.98|||
|7/8||"All's Fair in Love and War"||February 7, 2018||1.1/4||5.07||0.6||2.18||1.7||7.25|||
|9/10||"The First Rule of Amazing Race Club"||February 14, 2018||0.9/3||4.12||0.5||1.85||1.4||5.96|||
|11/12||"It's Just a Million Dollars, No Pressure"||February 21, 2018||0.9/3||4.34||0.4||1.68||1.3||6.02|||
- Episodes 9 & 10, "The First Rule of Amazing Race Club", aired during the opening week of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
- No prize was mentioned as awarded to the first place team on this leg because of the partner swap. Instead, teams were told to immediately continue racing.
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