The Amazing Race 5
|The Amazing Race 5|
|Presented by||Phil Keoghan|
|No. of teams||11|
|Winners||Chip & Kim McAllister|
|No. of legs||13|
|Distance traveled||72,000 mi (116,000 km)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original release||July 6 –|
September 21, 2004
|Filming dates||January 30 –|
February 27, 2004
The Amazing Race 5 is the fifth installment of the American reality television show The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race 5 featured 11 teams of two, with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world.
Development and filming
After the anemic ratings for The Amazing Race 4, CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves doubted whether the series would be renewed for another season. After much deliberation, CBS officially ordered a fifth installment of The Amazing Race in September 2003. Some observers cited the series' recent Emmy win as the factor behind its renewal. While CBS flirted with the idea of a fall premiere, it ultimately gave Season 5 a summer broadcast to create momentum for The Amazing Race 6 on the fall schedule.
This season introduced two major twists to The Amazing Race: the Yield and a non-elimination penalty. The Yield allowed one team to force another team to stop racing for a predetermined amount of time. The Yield was available on each leg (except the last two legs), though it was not presented on each episode. The non-elimination penalty meant teams finishing last on non-elimination legs were stripped of any money they had accumulated and received no money at the start of the next leg. This was also the first season to see the number of Fast Forwards reduced; only two were available in the entire season.
The Amazing Race 5 lasted 31–32 days and traveled 72,000 miles (116,000 km), which was the show's longest route yet, covering six continents (that was later matched by The Amazing Race 11) and twelve countries. The teams visited nine countries not previously seen on the show, including Uruguay, Argentina, Russia, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Philippines, and Canada. This is the first time the former Soviet Union and the Middle East were visited on The Amazing Race. Also, for the first time the final leg had an intermediate destination in a foreign country. This season visited 6 countries that uses English as an official language outside of the United States, the most in Race History, although only 6 legs were spent in the specified countries (not including the Family Edition, season 25 holds this record at 8 legs).
During pre-production, the producers moved a Dubai leg from the originally planned location of Istanbul, Turkey. The reason for this decision has not been disclosed due to terrorist bombings at the time. Istanbul was eventually visited on The Amazing Race 7. The producers also moved the Philippine legs from the planned Japan legs, but the nation was eventually visited on The Amazing Race 9.
The Zorb task in Leg 10 was filmed at a New Zealand farm owned by one of Keoghan's friends. Prior to the season, Keoghan had experienced rolling in the Zorb from his friend and insisted it would be a task on the show.
Marshall & Lance were the first team in Amazing Race history to quit following Marshall's knee injury during the Leg 6 Roadblock in Luxor, Egypt. When the team arrived at the final Roadblock site after all the other teams had left, the decision was made to give up rather than complete the frustrating 'needle in a haystack' digging task.
Two challenges were edited out of the program since they did not affect team placement. The first was a nut finding Roadblock in the markets of Dubai, and the second was a tipi building challenge in Banff, Alberta.
The show also featured Miss Uruguay Natalia Rodriguez Lassiy, who competed in Miss World 2003, as a greeter at the Uruguay Pit Stop, and Luli Arroyo, the daughter of then-Philippine president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the local greeter at the Manila Pit Stop.
Applications were due on October 8, 2003. Filming began on January 30, 2004, and finished on February 27, 2004.
Following two seasons that featured twelve teams, the contestant pool was reduced to eleven for this season. They included a military man, a dating widowed couple, female twins, a former Big Brother contestant, a team member with dwarfism, and a few beauty pageant queens.
Erika became a producer with the show and was on-hand during the Season 12 open casting call in Cabazon, California. Erika is credited with recruiting the show's first and second all-female winning teams, anesthesiologists Nat & Kat, the winners of Season 17, and sisters Kisha & Jen, who competed on Season 14 before winning Season 18.
Charla & Mirna returned to compete in The Amazing Race All-Stars among a cast of returning teams from seasons 1-10. Colin & Christie were also invited to participate in The Amazing Race All-Stars, but had to decline due to Christie's pregnancy. They later competed on the thirty-first season which aired in 2019.
Alison Irwin later appeared on Big Brother: All Stars and was the first person evicted. In 2005, Chip, Kim, Charla, and Mirna all competed on the Bravo reality series Battle of the Network Reality Stars, along with 28 other individuals from various reality series. Mirna was a member of the winning team.
The following teams participated in the season, each listed along with their placements in each leg and relationships as identified by the program. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television, owing to the inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:
|Team||Relationship||Position (by leg)||Roadblocks|
|Chip & Kim||Married Parents||8th2||8th||7th||1st||4th||2nd||1st||3rd||2nd||4th||1st>||2nd||1st||Chip 10, Kim 1|
|Colin & Christie||Dating||7th||6th||1st||2nd||1stƒ||1st||2nd||1st||1st||1st||4th<||3rd||2nd||Colin 9, Christie 1|
|Brandon & Nicole||Dating/Models||6th||1st||3rd||5th||3rd||4th||4th||2nd||5th||3rd||3rd||1st||3rd||Brandon 10, Nicole 1|
|Linda & Karen||Bowling Moms||3rd||4th||6th||6th||7th||6th||3rd||4th||3rd||2nd||2nd||4th||Linda 4, Karen 6|
|Kami & Karli||Twins||9th2||9th||5th||7th||6th||3rd||5th||5th||4th||5th||Kami 5, Karli 3|
|Charla & Mirna||Cousins||5th||2nd||2nd||4th||2nd||5th||6th||Charla 4, Mirna 2|
|Marshall & Lance||Brothers||2nd||7th||8th||3rd||5th||7th3||Marshall 1, Lance 4|
|Bob & Joyce||Internet Dating Couple||4th||5th||4th||8th||Bob 1, Joyce 2|
|Jim & Marsha||Military Dad & Daughter||10th||3rd||9th||Jim 1, Marsha 1|
|Alison & Donny||Dating||1st||10th||Alison 0, Donny 1|
|Dennis & Erika||Once Engaged||11th||Dennis 0, Erika 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. The teams were forced to relinquish all of their money and were not allotted money for the next leg.
- A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward. If placed next to a leg number, this indicates that the Fast Forward was available for that leg but not used.
- A yellow > indicates that the team chose to use the Yield; < indicates the team who received it; <> around the leg number indicates that the Yield for that leg was available but not used.
- ^ The Roadblock count does not include the results of the unaired Roadblock from Leg 8.
- ^a b Chip & Kim and Kami & Karli initially arrived 1st and 2nd, respectively, but they had missed the clue to the Detour, having simply arrived by chance at one of the two options (and successfully completed it). They had to go back and retrieve the clue before checking in. Seven teams checked in while they went back, respectively dropping them to 8th and 9th.
- ^ Marshall & Lance, exhausted, injured, working in the dark and already in last place, decided to quit The Amazing Race during the Roadblock. This marked the first time ever that host Phil Keoghan had to travel to a challenge location to eliminate a team still on the racecourse.
Episode title quotes
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
- "Clearly, I'm More Intelligent than You" – Alison
- "It Turned Ugly Just Now" – Kami
- "I Got Electrocuted" – Charla
- "Who Says Pageant Girls Don't Eat?" – Brandon
- "Are You Good at Puzzles?" – Brandon
- "Why Can't We Get a Camel?" – Marshall
- "Are You Sure This is Safe?" – Nicole
- "I'm Going to Jail" – Colin
- "If You're Going to Whine, Just Shut Up!" – Karen
- "If They're Screwing the Helmet to My Head, It Can't Be Good!" – Linda
- "It's Okay, Run Them Over!" – Christie
- "You've Just Made Me a Millionaire" – Chip
Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete certain legs. Trips were provided by American Airlines website AA.com.
- Leg 1 – A vacation to Hawaii.
- Leg 6 – A vacation to exotic Mexico.
- Leg 7 – A vacation to sunny Latin America.
- Leg 8 – A vacation to sunny Caribbean.
- Leg 9 – A vacation to exotic Mexico.
- Leg 10 – A vacation to Europe.
- Leg 11 – A vacation to Hawaii.
- Leg 12 – A vacation to sunny Caribbean.
- Leg 13 – US$1,000,000
|Destinations|| Air travel Rail travel Water travel Bus travel |
Helicopter travel Bicycle travel Gondola travel
|Route Markers||Detour Roadblock Fast Forward Yield Pit Stop|
|Icons placed after a location indicate the clue was picked up at this location,|
while icons placed before a location indicate that the clue was picked up at a prior location.
Leg 1 (United States → Uruguay)
Airdate: July 6, 2004
- Santa Monica, California, United States (Santa Monica Pier) (Starting Line)
- Los Angeles (Los Angeles International Airport) to Montevideo, Uruguay (Carrasco International Airport)
- Ciudad de la Costa (Carrasco International Airport) to Punta del Este (Punta del Este Bus Terminal (in Spanish))
- Punta del Este (The Hand in the Sand)
- Punta del Este (Punta del Este Port (in Spanish)) to Gorriti Island (Overnight Rest)
- Gorriti Island to Punta del Este (Punta del Este Port)
- Maldonado (José Francisco González Meat Warehouse)
- Punta del Este (Conrad Hotel (in Spanish))
- Punta Ballena (Casapueblo)
This season's first Detour was a choice between Zips or Chips. In Zips, teams had to ascend into a penthouse of the Conrad Hotel and travel by zip-line 210 feet (64 m) above the ground, then take a second zip line 18 stories down to the hotel pool to receive their next clue. In Chips, teams had to play roulette in the hotel casino with 20 chips and would receive their clue if they won a game. If they lost all of their chips, they would have to do the Zips task.
- Additional tasks
- At Los Angeles International Airport, teams had to book one of two flights to Montevideo, Uruguay. The first flight on American Airlines would carry four teams, the second flight on United Airlines would carry seven teams but would arrive twenty-five minutes earlier than the first flight.
- Once in Montevideo, teams had to travel by bus to Punta del Este to find their next clue at The Hand in the Sand.
- At Gorriti Island, teams had to search for three different tickets hidden on 11 trees for a 30-minute intervals, starting at 8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 9:00 a.m. the next day. Once teams claimed a ticket, they could not choose another one.
- At the José Francisco González Meat Warehouse, teams had to carry a 55-pound (25 kg) slab of meat 0.5 miles (0.80 km) from the meat warehouse and deliver it to a butcher at La Rosada Carniceria for their next clue.
Leg 2 (Uruguay → Argentina)
Airdate: July 13, 2004
- Montevideo (Shake Mega Disco)
- Colonia del Sacramento (Ferry Terminal) to Buenos Aires, Argentina (Avenida Antártida Argentina (in Spanish))
- Buenos Aires (Recoleta Cemetery – Grave of Evita Perón)
- Buenos Aires (Recoleta Cemetery and Plaza de las Naciones Unidas (in Spanish) – Floralis Genérica or Teatro Lola Membrives (in Spanish))
- San Antonio de Areco (La Estancia La Invernada)
- San Antonio de Areco (La Porteña)
This leg's Detour was a choice between Perro or Tango. In Perro, teams took on the extremely popular job of dog walking. They had to walk eight dogs on a one-mile (1.6 km) course that began outside the cemetery, while using a provided map to navigate past a series of three checkpoints to their final destination, Floralis Genérica to locate their next clue. In Tango, teams had to travel to Teatro Lola Membrives, which was filled with similar-looking tango dancers. Teams were given a photo of a tango dancer and had find the dancer who matched their photo to receive their next clue. If the teams gave the photo to the wrong dancer, the dancer would take it and they would have to get a new picture and try again.
In this season's first Roadblock, one team member had to play a game traditionally played by children on a ranch, ribbon roping. They had to enter a corral and attempt to remove a bandana from the neck of one of the calves to receive their next clue from a gaucho.
- Additional tasks
- At Shake Mega Disco, teams had to find a plastic ball on a dance floor filled with foam and rip the ball open to get the clue inside.
- Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, teams had to find the grave of former Argentine first lady Evita Perón, which they had to figure out was at Recoleta Cemetery, to find their next clue.
Leg 3 (Argentina)
Airdate: July 20, 2004
- Buenos Aires (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery) to San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia (San Carlos de Bariloche Airport)
- San Carlos de Bariloche (Civic Center (in Spanish))
- San Carlos de Bariloche (Del Turista Chocolate Factory)
- Villa Cerro Catedral (Villa Catedral to Cerro Catedral)
- Río Negro (Bahia Lopez)
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to search through 11,000 chocolates by biting into them until they found one of only 20 with a white center to receive their next clue from a factory worker.
This leg's Detour was a choice between Smooth Sailing or Rough Riding. In Smooth Sailing, each team member had to paraglide in tandem with an instructor off the edge of the hill. They would sail 5,000 feet (1,500 m) through the air and back down to the base of the mountain. When they successfully landed, the paraglider would get their next clue. In Rough Riding, each team had to ride a mountain bike six miles (9.7 km) through a rugged trail course down the mountain to receive their next clue.
- Additional task
- At the start of the leg, teams had to choose a marked car to drive themselves to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery to catch a domestic flight to San Carlos de Bariloche. Upon arrival, they made their way to the Civic Center and had to find the mayor, who would hand them their next clue.
Leg 4 (Argentina → Russia)
Airdate: July 27, 2004
- San Carlos de Bariloche (Bariloche Bus Station) to Buenos Aires (Retiro Bus Station)
- Buenos Aires (Ministro Pistarini International Airport) to Saint Petersburg, Russia (Pulkovo Airport)
- Saint Petersburg (Battleship Aurora)
- Saint Petersburg (SKA Hockey Rink or Anichkov Palace)
- Saint Petersburg (Senate Square – Bronze Horseman)
- Pushkin (Old Tower Restaurant)
- Pushkin (Catherine's Palace)
This leg's Detour was a choice between Block 5 Shots or Drink 1 Shot. In Block 5 Shots, teams had to travel to SKA hockey rink, dress up into a professional hockey gear, and step to the goal's position to block five slap shots by professional hockey players to receive their next clue from a coach. In Drink 1 Shot, teams had to travel to Anichkov Palace where they had to perform a cossack ritual. Each team member had to balance a shot glass of vodka on the blade of a saber and tilt the sword to their mouth to drink the vodka without even dropping the glass to receive their next clue.
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to eat one kilogram (2.2 lb) of caviar to receive their next clue from a waiter.
- Additional task
- After completing the Roadblock, teams would ride in a horse-drawn carriage to the Pit Stop at Catherine's Palace.
Leg 5 (Russia → Egypt)
Airdate: August 3, 2004
- Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo Railway Station) to Saint Petersburg (Vitebsky Rail Terminal)
- Saint Petersburg (Hermitage Museum)
- Saint Petersburg (Pulkovo Airport) to Cairo, Egypt (Cairo International Airport)
- Cairo (Tower of Cairo)
- Giza (Giza Pyramid Complex – Osiris Shaft)
- Giza (Khafre Pyramid Base)
- Giza (Sphinx)
In this season's first Fast Forward, one team had to go to the Pharaonic Village and find a marked sarcophagus that they had to transport through the village, across the Nile River on a ferry, and to a priest at a temple to win the Fast Forward award.
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to descend down a series of ladders into the depths of Osiris Shaft 140 feet (43 m) below sea level. Then, they retrieved a satchel containing a full puzzle pieces, which they had to carry back up the ladder to the surface and present to an Egyptologist to receive their next clue.
This leg's Detour was a choice between Rock & Roll or Hump & Ride. In Rock & Roll, teams had to use an ancient Egyptian technique of using round logs to move a sled carrying two rocks weighing approximately 600 pounds (270 kg) across an area the size of a football field to receive their next clue. In Hump & Ride, teams had to pick a pair of horses to lead camels laden with carpets one mile (1.6 km) to a merchant to receive their next clue. This task closed at 5:30 p.m.
- Additional task
- At the Hermitage Museum, teams had to find a curator by the painting of The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt with their next clue.
- After completing the Roadblock, teams had to use the puzzle pieces in the satchel collected from the Roadblock to build a puzzle on top of a marked area on a map to figure out their next destination. The puzzle had a missing piece which designated the location of their next clue at the base of the Pyramid of Khafre.
Leg 6 (Egypt)
Airdate: August 10, 2004
- Giza (Great Pyramid)
- Cairo (Old Cairo Airport) to Luxor (Luxor International Airport)
- Luxor (Karnak)
- Luxor (Nile River – Banana Island or Pigeon Farm)
- Luxor (Habu Temple)
- Luxor (West Nile Ferry Port) to Nile River (Crocodile Island (in Swedish))
This leg's Detour was a choice between Herd It or Haul It. In both Detour tasks, teams had to travel on traditional carriage known as a kalesh. In Herd It, teams had to travel to Banana Island and load ten goats into a sailboat and deliver them to a shepherd on the other side of the Nile River in exchange for their next clue. In Haul It, teams traveled three miles (4.8 km) to Pigeon Farm. Once there, teams had to use an ancient device to lift water from the Nile river and fill an urn. Then, teams had to transport the urn by donkey to a farmhouse and fill a cistern to a marked line to receive their next clue.
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to choose a large dig site and use archeological tools to dig in the sand until they unearthed a scarab, a beetle stone carving which is a part of Egyptian mythology, to receive their next clue from an archeologist.
- Additional task
- At the Great Pyramid, teams had to descend 350 feet (110 m) through a narrow shaft into a deep claustrophobic cavern known as the Creation Room inside the pyramid to find their next clue.
- Additional note
- Team could take a commercial flight or a charter flight that departed at 11:30 a.m. in order to travel to Luxor.
Leg 7 (Egypt → Kenya → Tanzania)
Airdate: August 17, 2004
- Luxor (Luxor International Airport) to Nairobi, Kenya (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport)
- Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Z. Boskovic Air Charters)
- Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (Kilimanjaro International Airport)
- Kilimanjaro (Bus Station) to Mto wa Mbu, Monduli
- Kibaoni (Kavishe Hotel)
- Lake Manyara National Park (Lake Manyara Lookout)
This leg's Detour was a choice between Buzzing or Busy. In Buzzing, teams had to travel by bicycle to a local honey farm. There, they had to put on beekeeper suits and work together to harvest two kilograms (4.4 lb) of honey from traditional African hives in order to receive their next clue. In Busy, teams have to find a specific shop, where they have to load two chairs onto a bicycle-driven cart. When the chairs were delivered to a specific address, the house owner would give teams a receipt. Teams then had to return to the shopkeeper and give him the receipt to get their clue.
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to crack open an ostrich egg and pour it into a wooden bowl. When the bowl was full, team members had to cook and then eat the egg, which is equal to two dozen chicken eggs, to receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- At the Z. Boskovic Air Charters, teams had to sign up for a charter flight to a mystery destination. The flights departed at 8:00 a.m., 8:45 a.m., and 9:30 a.m. and each flight carried two teams.
- After the Roadblock, teams rode a zip-line known as Flying Fox across a 230-foot (70 m) deep gorge to check-into the Pit Stop.
- Additional note
- Teams were provided tickets on two EgyptAir flights from Luxor to Cairo. The first flight departed at 7:00 a.m., and the second flight departed at 10:00 a.m.
Leg 8 (Tanzania → United Arab Emirates)
Airdate: August 24, 2004
- Kilimanjaro (Kilimanjaro International Airport) to Nairobi, Kenya (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport)
- Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Dubai International Airport)
- Dubai (Burj Al Arab – Helipad)
- Dubai (Bur Dubai Abra Station to Deira Abra Station)
- Dubai (Dubai Creek – Abdul Rahman's Dhow)
- Margham (Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – Margham Dunes)
- Margham (Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – Desert Oasis)
There was a Roadblock that involved the team member searching through many stalls for a particular kind of nut in a local market. After purchasing some and then delivering them to a dhow in the nearby harbor, they would receive their next clue. This task was unaired; however, Chip can be seen holding a Roadblock envelope when boarding the dhow in the episode.
This leg's Detour was a choice between Off Plane or Off Road. In Off Plane, teams had to travel to the Al Quwain Aero Club and tandem skydive 10,000 feet (3,000 m) with an instructor to a landing site 40 miles (64 km) in the Margham Dunes. When teams successfully landed, they would get their next clue. Each plane would only carry one team, and planes departed 45 minutes apart. In Off Road, teams had to travel directly to the Margham Dunes, where they had to drive a marked 4x4 over a six-mile (9.7 km) course through the desert ending at the skydiving landing site. If teams got stuck in the sand, they had to radio for help, which could take a long time.
- Additional tasks
- At Kilimanjaro International Airport, teams had to sign up for one of three designated charter flights to Nairobi. The flights departed at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. and each flight carried two teams. From Nairobi, teams had to book onward flights to Dubai.
- After completing the Detour, teams had to ride a camel and use a GPS navigation system program to guide them to the Pit Stop.
Leg 9 (United Arab Emirates → India)
Airdate: August 31, 2004
- Dubai (Wild Wadi Water Park – Jumeirah Sceirah)
- Dubai (Dubai International Airport) to Kolkata, India (Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport)
- Kolkata (Sahid Minar)
- Kolkata (Kripamayee Kali Temple)
- Garia (Globe Brick Factory)
- Garia (Garia Railway Station) to Kolkata (Sealdah Station)
- Kolkata (Lansdowne Road or Mallik Ghat Flower Market)
- Kolkata (Victoria Memorial)
In this season's second fast Forward, one team had to travel seven miles (11 km) to a Hindu temple and engage in a Hindu cleansing ritual, which they would discover was completely shaving both their heads, to win the Fast Forward award.
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to use a traditional Indian mold to make 20 mud bricks, ensuring that the molds were filled in the correct way so the bricks wouldn't fall apart, to the satisfaction of the factory worker to receive their next clue.
This leg's Detour was a choice between Heavy but Short or Light but Long. In Heavy but Short, teams had to travel over 10 miles (16 km) to Lansdowne Road to transport a taxi a half-mile to a local garage, where the owner would hand them their next clue. The taxis had no engines, so teams would have to push the taxi. In Light but Long, teams had to travel to Kolkata's largest flower market to find a particular stall and receive a garland, which they then had to release into the Ganges for good luck to receive their next clue.
- Additional task
- At the start of the leg, teams chose a marked vehicle and drove themselves to Wild Wadi Water Park. Upon arrival, both team members had to take a ride down to a free waterfall slide known as Jumeirah Sceirah in order to receive their next clue.
Leg 10 (India → New Zealand)
Airdate: September 7, 2004
- Kolkata (Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport) to Auckland, New Zealand (Auckland Airport)
- Rotorua (Rotorua Museum)
- Rotorua (Okere Falls or Hell's Gate)
- Paengaroa (Matapara Farms)
This leg's Detour was a choice between Clean or Dirty. In Clean, teams had to drive 13 miles (21 km) to Okere Falls to put on a protective gear and perform an adventure sport called river sledging on the Kaituna River. With the help of the two guides, teams had to complete a one-mile (1.6 km) course with only a small board, called a sledge for protection. At the end of the course, the instructor would give them their next clue. In Dirty, teams had to travel 10 miles (16 km) to Hell's Gate and search within the marked area of a bubbling hot mud pit for their next clue.
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to inflate a Zorb and ride it down a hillside. At the bottom of the hill, the rider had to walk the Zorb a short distance to cross a finish line, then get out and run to the Pit Stop with his or her teammate.
Leg 11 (New Zealand → Philippines)
Airdate: September 14, 2004
- Auckland (Westhaven Marina)
- Auckland (Auckland Harbour Bridge)
- Auckland (Auckland Airport) to Manila, Philippines (Ninoy Aquino International Airport)
- Imus (Malagueña Motors)
- Victoria (Field Behind Giant Duck)
- Pasay (Coconut Palace)
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had travel by boat to Auckland Harbour Bridge and climb a 75-foot (23 m) ladder to the girders beneath the roadway. From there, he or she had to walk along the girders until they retrieved the clue on the other side. They were then lowered to a waiting boat below.
This leg's Detour was a choice between Plow or Fowl. In Plow, teams had to choose a marked field and use an ox-drawn plow to till the soil, until the plow caught on a buried rope attached to a hidden clue. This side of the Detour was later revisited on Season 25 as a Switchback. In Fowl, teams had to work together and herd 1,000 ducks from one pen to another 50 yards (46 m) away to receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- At Westhaven Marina, teams had to find a yacht named Hydroflow and use the marked handles to lower their next clue.
- At Malagueña Motors, teams had to decorate a jeepney with all the provided items to receive their next clue. Teams would then be driven to their next destination in the jeepney they decorated.
Leg 12 (Philippines)
Airdate: September 21, 2004
- Manila (Luneta Park – José Rizal Monument)
- Pasay (A. Soriano Aviation)
- Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) to El Nido, Palawan (El Nido Airport)
- El Nido (El Nido Airport to El Nido Pier)
- El Nido (El Nido Pier to Bacuit Bay)
- El Nido (Pangulasian Island) (Task shown but not indicated as a Detour)
- El Nido (Lagen Wall)
- El Nido (Lagen Island)
In the one aired choice for the Detour, teams had to put on snorkel gear and search underwater for one of four giant clams containing their next clue. This Detour was shown as additional task.
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member to climb the 150-foot (46 m) Lagen Wall using an ascender, retrieve their next clue, and rappel down back.
- Additional tasks
- At A. Soriano Aviation, teams signed up for one of two charter flights to El Nido with each flight carrying two teams that would depart forty-five minutes apart at 10:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.
- Upon arrival in El Nido, teams took a marked jeepney to El Nido Pier and had to take a marked boat to a buoy to find their next clue, which instructed teams to use binoculars and search the shore of three islands for an island with the Philippine flag (the Czech Republic flag and Equatorial Guinea flag were on the other nearby islands) with their next clue. Teams could not ask a guide for help.
- After completing the Roadblock, teams had to paddle themselves in a kayak to the Pit Stop on Lagen Island.
Leg 13 (Philippines → Canada → United States)
Airdate: September 21, 2004
- El Nido (El Nido Airport) to Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport)
- Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) to Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Calgary International Airport)
- Banff (Shopping Center) (Unaired)
- Banff (Banff Springs Hotel) (Unaired)
- Banff National Park (Sunshine Village – Lookout Mountain)
- Calgary (Canada Olympic Park – Olympic Cauldron)
- Calgary (Canada Olympic Park – Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton Track or Downhill Course)
- Calgary (Calgary International Airport) to Dallas, Texas, United States (Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport)
- Fort Worth (Fort Worth Stockyards – Cowtown Cattlepen Maze)
- Dallas (Trammell Crow Park)
This season's final Detour was a choice between Slide or Ride. In Slide, teams had to travel to the top of the Olympic luge course, where they would hop into a two-man luge. They had to ride down the course at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) and complete the course in 34 seconds or less to receive their next clue. In Ride, teams had to ride mountain bikes through a snow-covered Olympic slalom ski course in three minutes or less to receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- At the start of the leg, teams had to take a charter flight from El Nido to Manila that departed at 6:30 a.m.
- At the Shopping Center in Banff, teams were given the choice of winter clothing (between a jacket and a pair of gloves). Whatever they chose, they were not allowed to wear the other one for the remainder of their duration in Canada. However, it was unaired.
- At the Lookout Mountain, teams had to hike up a 1,000-foot (300 m) snow slope to the Continental Divide to find their next clue.
- At the Fort Worth Stockyards, teams had to go into the giant maze to find four wooden boxes with their names on it, each containing a picture of a place previously visited on the season (for example, the Canada Olympic Park), using the four keys provided on their respective boards. Then they had to take the picture, find their way out of the maze, and place it on the board. They then had to repeat the process for the other two locations with pictures, one at a time, in numerical order. The fourth and last given key from the board would open a wooden box which contained another key that would unlock the glass box on the board, which contained their final clue. The broadcast only showed teams looking for one photograph of the Canada Olympic Park and then finding the box with the key.
The Amazing Race 5 received positive reviews. Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune called this season a "breakout success". In 2016, this season was ranked 1st out of the first 27 seasons by the Rob Has a Podcast Amazing Race correspondents. Kareem Gantt of Screen Rant called it "an otherwise near-perfect season." In 2021, Jane Andrews of Gossip Cop ranked this season as the show's 2nd best season. In 2022, Jason Shomer of Collider ranked this season among the show's top seven seasons.
U.S. Nielsen ratings
|1||"Clearly, I'm More Intelligent than You"||6.4||11||4.3/12||10.30|
|2||"It Turned Ugly Just Now"||6.4||11||N/A||10.50|
|3||"I Got Electrocuted"||6.9||12||4.6/13||11.11|
|12||"You've Just Made Me a Millionaire"||8.2||13||5.6/14||12.85|
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