The Amazing Race 6
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|The Amazing Race 6|
|Season run||November 16, 2004 – February 8, 2005|
|Filming dates||August 13 – September 12, 2004|
|No. of episodes||12 (13 including recap)|
|Winning team||Freddy Holliday & Kendra Bentley|
|Distance traveled||40,000 miles (64,000 km)|
|No. of legs||12|
The Amazing Race 6 is the sixth installment of the reality television series The Amazing Race. It premiered on November 16, 2004, and concluded on February 8, 2005. It featured 11 teams of two, with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world.
Engaged couple Freddy Holliday & Kendra Bentley were the winners of this Race.
A DVD for this season was released on April 24, 2012, via Amazon.com's CreateSpace program.
- 1 Production
- 2 Results
- 3 Episode title quotes
- 4 Prizes
- 5 Race summary
- 5.1 Leg 1 (United States → Iceland)
- 5.2 Leg 2 (Iceland → Norway)
- 5.3 Leg 3 (Norway → Sweden)
- 5.4 Leg 4 (Sweden → Senegal)
- 5.5 Leg 5 (Senegal → Germany)
- 5.6 Leg 6 (Germany → Hungary)
- 5.7 Leg 7 (Hungary → France)
- 5.8 Leg 8 (France → Ethiopia)
- 5.9 Leg 9 (Ethiopia → Sri Lanka)
- 5.10 Leg 10 (Sri Lanka → China)
- 5.11 Leg 11 (China)
- 5.12 Leg 12 (China → United States)
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Development and filming
In May 2004, CBS ordered the sixth installment of the show, despite the fact that The Amazing Race 5 had not yet aired. The early renewal was likely due to the success of the changes made in Season 5. CBS also delayed the airing of Season 6 until late in the fall and moved it out of its proposed Saturday timeslot, to create a "cool down" period between races, in the hopes that this would help continue the newfound ratings success.
The Amazing Race 6 spanned a total of 40,000 miles (64,000 km) over four continents in 10 countries in 30 days. Filming began on August 13, 2004, and finished on September 12, 2004. The race made its first trip to seven countries: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, and Senegal.
This marked the first season in which team members were forced to complete an equal number of Roadblock tasks. No team member was permitted to complete more than six Roadblocks on the entire race. Throughout the season, Phil Keoghan verbally stated this rule when introducing each leg's Roadblock. While the rule has remained in all subsequent seasons (except the Family Edition), Keoghan eventually stopped reciting it in each episode.
This season featured many Olympic themed challenges such as water polo, track and field, swimming, and archery. The race also visited past Olympic cities including Oslo, Stockholm, and Berlin. This was likely a result of the 2004 Summer Olympics taking place in Athens, Greece while the race was being filmed.
A task in Leg 2 of the race marked the first time teams were required to work with each other. The ten teams had to split themselves into two groups of five, each of which had to row a Viking boat across a fjord to a marked dock with a clue box.
During Leg 5, one of the show's most controversial moments occurred at the Pit Stop when Jonathan, angry at his wife Victoria for picking up his bag during a footrace to the mat, shoved her. He was modestly rebuked by Phil Keoghan at the mat. They later appeared on a Dr. Phil special to try to improve their marriage. Later, in a celebrity version of the show Fear Factor, Victoria attacked contestant Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton (of Survivor: Pearl Islands), and Jonathan attacked the host Joe Rogan. These incidents resulted in their expulsion from the show.
Leg 6 was originally planned as two separate legs with the first leg being a non-elimination point (with the losing team being stripped of their money), but combined into one after producers realized that begging was prohibited in Hungary.
This season featured a visit to Sri Lanka, where filming occurred just a few weeks before the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The episodes aired after the earthquake had devastated the nation and all of the sights and locations the teams had visited. A special message was inserted at the beginning of the episodes featuring Sri Lanka, dedicating them to the victims and to those helping the recovery.
Post-game interviews suggested that Kris & Jon were less than a minute behind winners Freddy and Kendra before a train held them up at a railway crossing. At thefishbowl.com, Bolo suggested that Kris & Jon were only 30–40 seconds behind Freddy & Kendra to the finish. At RealityReel, Kristy said that "Right after Freddy & Kendra started running, literally within 30 seconds or a minute later the train came, and Kris & Jon arrived. Otherwise, it would have come down to a neck to neck race." This would be the Race's second closest finish ever, after Season 2.
The Amazing Race 15 revisited the infamous hay bales Roadblock of Leg 3 in The Amazing Race Switchback.
Applications for The Amazing Race 6 were due on April 13, 2004. Semi-finalist interviews were held sometime in May 2004 and final casting interviews were selected at Los Angeles in June 2004.
This season's cast included married professional wrestlers, dating actors, Jewish high school buddies, engaged models, and a team of married entrepreneurs. Subsequent to the race:
- Freddy & Kendra got married on May 27, 2005 and had two boys named Jaxson and Brycen
- Hayden & Aaron got married on April 21, 2007; Kristy was a bridesmaid, and Kris and Jon were present among the guests; on December 7, 2008, Hayden & Aaron had a daughter named Kaiya Rachel, who was born with a birth defect that showed improvement as of February 2009
- Jonathan & Victoria had a daughter, Trease, who was born in October 2006; they ended up divorcing in 2010
- Victoria had a cameo appearance on Whose Line is it Anyway?
- Rebecca Cardon was in the reality show Kill Reality, had a part in an ultra-low-budget short named Nice Pants, appeared on the Bravo reality series Work Out
Don & Mary Jean were chosen for the race after an open casting call in San Diego. Early Show hosts Harry Smith and Dave Price ran the first leg of the race (United States-Iceland) with the actual teams, as part of a special segment on their morning show.
This is one of the three seasons was not represented in The Amazing Race: All-Stars.
The following teams participated in the Race, each listed along with their placements in each leg and relationships as identified by the program. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television, owing to the inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:
|Team||Relationship||Position (by leg)||Roadblocks Performed|
|Freddy & Kendra||Engaged Models||4th||7th1||6th||5th||1st||1st||6th||2nd||4th<||3rd||2nd>||2nd||1st||Freddy 6, Kendra 6|
|Kris & Jon||Dating Long Distance||2nd||1st||2nd||1st||4th||5th||2nd||4th||3rd||1st||3rd||1st||2nd||Kris 6, Jon 6|
|Adam & Rebecca||Formerly Dating||7th||6th||5th||6th||6th||6th||5th||1stƒ||5th>||4th||4th<||3rd||3rd||Adam 6, Rebecca 5|
|Hayden & Aaron||Dating Actors||1st||4th||1st||4th||3rd||4th||4th||6th||1st||2nd||1st||4th5||Hayden 55, Aaron 6|
|Lori & Bolo||Married Pro Wrestlers||6th||5th||7th||3rd||7th||7th||1stƒ||3rd||2nd||5th||Lori 5, Bolo 3|
|Jonathan & Victoria||Married Entrepreneurs||5th||2nd||4th||2nd||2nd||3rd||3rd||5th||6th||Jonathan 4, Victoria 4|
|Gus & Hera||Father/Daughter||10th||3rd||3rd||7th||5th||2nd||7th||Gus 3, Hera 3|
|Don & Mary Jean||Grandparents||9th||8th2||8th||8th||8th||Don 2, Mary Jean 2|
|Lena & Kristy||Sisters||3rd||9th||9th3||Lena 13, Kristy 1|
|Meredith & Maria||Best Friends||8th||10th||Meredith 0, Maria 1|
|Avi & Joe||High School Buddies||11th||Avi 0, Joe 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. The teams were forced to relinquish all of their money. In addition, they were not allotted money for the next leg and were not allowed to collect money until the next leg started for them.
- A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue.
- A yellow > indicates that the team chose to use the Yield; < indicates the team who received it. A <> around a leg number indicates there was a Yield available but not used.
- Italicized results indicate the position of the team at the midpoint of a two-episode leg.
- ^ Freddy & Kendra initially arrived 6th, but they were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking an extra clue after the Viking ship task, stated to take only one clue from the cluebox per each team. Adam & Rebecca and Don & Mary Jean checked in during their penalty time, dropping them to 8th. But due to Don & Mary Jean's retroactive penalty (see Note 2), they moved up to 7th place.
- ^ Don & Mary Jean had arrived in 7th place in Leg 2, but they mistakenly drove the car that belonged to Adam & Rebecca. They left in 8th place at the beginning of Leg 3 after they were issued a 30-minute penalty, while Freddy & Kendra now departed in 7th place. The departure position is reflected in the Results table.
- ^ Lena & Kristy failed to complete the Roadblock in Leg 3. After more than 2 hours passed since the last team checked in at the mat and over 10 hours of searching, Phil came out to the Roadblock location and eliminated them.
- ^ Leg 6 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the Net Klub Internet Kafé, the leg's halfway point. The leg's Fast Forward was offered after the halfway mark, and thus permitted Lori & Bolo to skip only the second set of challenges.
- ^ Hayden & Aaron initially arrived 3rd, just ahead of Adam & Rebecca, but were issued a 4-hour penalty for quitting the Roadblock. Both Rebecca and Hayden almost had to quit the Roadblock because the last gondola down the mountain was about to leave; however, at the time Rebecca opened her lock and successfully completed the Roadblock, they checked in during the penalty time, thereby dropping Hayden & Aaron to last place; which resulted in their elimination. At the Pit Stop, however, Aaron proposed to Hayden, who accepted.
Episode title quotes
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
- "The Game's Afoot" – Gus
- "I'm Not His Wife, He Doesn't Need to Scream At Me" – Meredith
- "Counting Bears Is Not Rocket Science" – Don
- "What If It Isn't Sanitary" – Kendra
- "Quit Following Us" – Jonathan
- "They Should Probably Have Some Counseling" – Kris
- "Phil Is A Choo-Choo Charlie" (recap) – Kristy
- "One of You, I'm Gonna Break in Half" – Freddy
- "Tell My Mom I Love Her" – Adam
- "Are There Instructions on Donkey Handling?" – Rebecca
- "It Always Comes Down to Details" – Kris
- "You Deal With This Before I Hyperventilate" – Hayden
- "4 Continents, 24 Cities, 40,000 Miles" – Phil Keoghan
Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete each leg.
- Leg 1 - A vacation to Hawaii, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 2 - A seven-night cruise in Alaska, courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.
- Leg 3 - A seven night cruise vacation to the Mexican Riviera provided by Royal Caribbean International.
- Leg 4 - A seven-night cruise vacation to the Western Caribbean provided by Royal Caribbean International.
- Leg 5 - A vacation to Mexico, compliments of American Airlines website, AA.com.
- Leg 6 - A vacation to Europe, compliments of American Airlines website, AA.com.
- Leg 7 - A vacation to the Caribbean, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 8 - A vacation to Mexico, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 9 - A vacation to Europe, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 10 - A vacation to Hawaii, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 11 - A vacation to the Caribbean, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 12 - $1,000,000
|Destinations||Air travel Rail travel Water travel Bus travel|
|Route Markers||Detour Roadblock Fast Forward Yield Pit Stop|
Leg 1 (United States → Iceland)
Airdate: November 16, 2004
- Chicago, Illinois, United States (Buckingham Fountain) (Starting Line)
- Chicago (O'Hare International Airport) to Reykjavík, Iceland (Keflavík International Airport)
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Vatnajökull (Overnight rest)
- Jökulsárlón (Breiðamerkursandur)
- Grindavík (Blue Lagoon)
The sixth season of The Amazing Race started at Buckingham Fountain in Chicago where the teams were instructed to take the train to O'Hare International Airport and fly to Reykjavik, Iceland on one of three available flights arriving 5 minutes within each other. (Note: some of these arrival times changed due to bad weather.) Once in Iceland, teams found their next clue in a marked car and were which directed to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
Behind the waterfall was the next clue, which told the teams to drive to the base of Vatnajökull glacier where teams had to sign up for a shuttle bus tp take them 10 miles (16 km) to the Glacier's Edge for their next clue with each shuttle taking up to 3 teams. Upon arriving at Glacier's Edge, teams chose a marked snowmobile and drove 2.5 miles (4.0 km) across the glacier to a camp. Once there, teams had to choose a tent for shuttle departure times for the next morning.
The next morning, teams took shuttle buses back down the glacier according to their departure times and received their next clue. From thete, teams drove to Glacier Ice Beach in Jökulsárlón. On the beach they found the first Detour; a choice between Ice Climb or Ice Search. In Ice Climb, teams traveled 35 miles (56 km) to a marked bay and used special gear to climb the face of a steep ice wall to reach the clue at the top. In Ice Search, teams had travel to a nearby glacial lagoon to use a boat and (accompanied by a driver) search the 7 miles (11 km) lagoon among thousands of icebergs for an orange buoy containing their next clue. After the Detour, teams to drove to the first Pit Stop, the Blue Lagoon in Grindavík.
Leg 2 (Iceland → Norway)
Airdate: November 23, 2004
- Reykjavík (Keflavík International Airport) to Oslo, Norway (Oslo Airport, Gardermoen)
- Holmenkollen, Oslo (Holmenkollen ski jump)
- Brandbu (Raukr Viking Village) (Overnight Rest)
- Hønefoss (Train Station) to Voss (Train Station)
- Voss (Bridge)
- Voss (Nesheimstunet)
At the start of the leg, the teams were instructed to fly to Oslo, Norway. Once they arrived, they drove to the Holmenkollen ski jump where they found the first Roadblock, asking "Who's ready to perform an Olympian feat?" For this Roadblock, one team member had to climb to the top of the ski jump, then ride a zipline 1,000 feet (300 m) to the bottom in order to receive their next clue. After the Roadblock, teams drove to the Viking Village for their next clue and an overnight rest.
The next morning, the ten teams split into two groups and had to row across a fjord to their next clue. Once across the fjord, teams were then instructed to take a train to Voss and then drive to a marked bridge.
At the bridge was the next Detour, a choice between Endurance or Accuracy. In Endurance, teams had to roller ski downhill on a 1.75-mile (2.82 km) course to receive their next clue. In Accuracy, teams had to successfully complete three games traditionally played by the Vikings. First, they had to throw sticks to knock over a circle of eight logs called kubbs before knocking over the king in the center. After knocking over the king, one team member had to throw an axe into a tree trunk target and make it stick. Once the axe stuck, the other team member had to shoot an arrow into a target 30 feet (9.1 m) away to get their next clue. After the Detour, teams then drove to the next Pit Stop at the Nesheimstunet Farm.
Leg 3 (Norway → Sweden)
Airdate: November 30, 2004
- Voss (Train Station) to Oslo (Oslo Central Station)
- Oslo (Oslo Central Station) to Stockholm, Sweden (Bus Station)
- Stockholm (Nordic Sea Hotel – Ice Bar)
- Stockholm (Kungens Kurva, World's Largest IKEA)
- Stockholm (Stockholm Central Station) to Häggvik (Swedish) (Häggvik Station)
- Sollentuna (Bögs Gård Farm)
- Häggvik (Häggvik Station) to Stockholm (Stockholm Central Station)
- Stockholm (af Chapman)
At the start of the leg, the teams took a train from Voss to Oslo, then a bus to Stockholm, Sweden. Upon arriving in Sweden, the teams headed to the Ice Bar at the Nordic Sea Hotel. To receive their next clue from this nightclub made entirely of ice, one team member had to slide a shot glass made of ice across the bar onto a target at the end. Only one team member had to get the target to receive their clue. If both glasses missed the target, the teams had to go to the back of the line before trying again.
From the club, teams headed to the largest IKEA in the world at Kungens Kurva and search the store for their next clue. At the IKEA was the Detour, a choice between Count It or Build It. In Count It, teams had to count the number of pots, pans, and stuffed animals in three large bins. If they gave the correct number (2,304) to the supervisor, he would give them their clue; otherwise, they had to count again. In Build It, teams had to assemble a desk using all of the provided parts and an instruction manual. Once the desk was properly assembled according to a supervisor, the team would receive their next clue.
After the Detour, the teams were instructed to take a train to Häggvik, then ride a tandem bicycle 2 miles to their next clue at a farm. At the farm, they found the first Yield (which went unused) and the next Roadblock, asking "Who's got hay fever?" For this Roadblock, one team member had to unroll bales of hay and search to find their next clue hidden inside. Out of the 270 bales, only 20 had clues. This task was later revisited in The Amazing Race 15 as a Switchback. After the Roadblock, the teams were instructed to ride their tendem bicycle to the Häggvik Train Station and ride a train back to Stockholm to find the next Pit Stop: the af Chapman.
Leg 4 (Sweden → Senegal)
Airdate: December 7, 2004
- Stockholm (Town Hall Tower)
- Stockholm (Stockholm-Arlanda Airport) to Dakar, Senegal (Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport)
- Dakar (Bel Aire Cemetery)
- Kayar (Vieux Ngom Carpenter Shop)
- Lac Rose (Salt Mounds)
- Goree Island
At the start of the leg, the teams were directed to the top of Stockholm City Hall for their next clue. From there, the teams had to fly to the African city of Dakar, Senegal. Upon arrival, they found their next clue just outside the airport. There, teams were given a poem and was told to go to its author's grave. They had to figure out that it was by former Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor whose grave was at the Bel Aire Cemetery.
From the cemetery, teams were directed to a marked carpenter's shop in Kayar. At the shop was the next Detour, a choice between Stack 'Em Up or Pull 'Em Up. In Stack 'Em Up, teams entered a fish-stacking area where they had to stack enough of fish to properly cover a drying table. Once the table was properly covered, the fisherwoman would hand them their next clue. In Pull 'Em Up, teams traveled out on fishing boats and used traditional fishing gear to catch four fish. Once they caught the fish, they had to bring them to a bounty man onshore, who would give them their next clue.
After the Detour, teams took taxis to the Lac Rose Salt Mounds where they found the Roadblock, asking "Who wants to bathe in rose water?" For this Roadblock, one team member had to use the traditional tools provided to harvest enough salt from the bed of Lac Rose to fill a 25-US-gallon (95 L) basket. Once the basket on shore was completely filled, a supervisor would hand them their next clue. After the Roadblock, teams to took a ferry to Ile de Goree where they would find the next Pit Stop.
Leg 5 (Senegal → Germany)
Airdate: December 14, 2004
- Goree Island (Slave House)
- Goree Island to Dakar
- Dakar (Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport) to Berlin, Germany (Berlin Tegel Airport)
- to Warschauer Straße, Berlin (Berlin Warschauer Straße station)
- Berlin (East Side Gallery)
- Berlin (Broken Chain Sculpture)
- Berlin (Brauhaus Spandau bar or Zitadelle)
- Berlin (Teufelsberg)
- Berlin (Brandenburg Gate)
At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to the well known Slave House and read a poem recounting the events of slavery on the island. Afterwards, they laid a single rose at the historic archway known as the Door of No Return as a tribute to African slavery before being given their next clue.
Teams then took the ferry back to the mainland, then flew to Berlin, Germany. Upon arrival, teams took the train to the East Side Gallery and had to search the stretch of the former Berlin Wall for the clue box. From the wall, they made their way to the Broken Chain Sculpture across the street from a partially destroyed church. At the church they found the Detour, a choice between Beer or Brats. In Beer, teams traveled to the Brauhaus Spandau bar, where each team member had to search the tables at the crowded bar for five coasters bearing his or her teams' name and picture. They then had to trade two full steins of beer to the patron in exchange for each coaster. Once both team members collected all five of each coaster, they would receive their next clue. In Brats, teams traveled to Zitadelle where they had to use a hand-operated sausage maker to create one rope of five 7-inch (18 cm) bratwursts in order to receive their next clue.
After the Detour, teams made their way to the base of Teufelsberg (Devil's Mountain) where they found the Roadblock, asking "Who feels the need for speed?" For the Roadblock, one team member had to climb at the top of Teufelsberg and complete a soap box derby course in 37 seconds or less to reeive the next clue. After the Roadblock, teams were instructed to choose a marked car, drive themselves to a marked parking area, and run on foot to the next Pit Stop: the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
Leg 6 (Germany → Hungary)
Airdates: December 21, 2004 & January 4, 2005
- Berlin (Checkpoint Charlie)
- Berlin (Olympic Stadium)
- Berlin (Berlin Tegel Airport) to Budapest, Hungary (Budapest Ferihegy International Airport)
- Eger (Eger Castle)
- Eger (Railway Station) to Budapest (Budapest Keleti railway station)
- Budapest (Net Klub Internet Kafé) (Halfway Point)
- Budapest (Heritage Rail Museum)
- Budapest (Buda Castle)
- Budapest (Margit Island – Hajos Alfred Nemzeti Sportuszoda)
- Budapest (Gundel Restaurant)
- Budapest (Fisherman's Bastion)
At the start of the leg, teams made their way to Checkpoint Charlie - a former crossing point of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. Once there, the teams traveled to the Olympic Stadium, where they found the first Roadblock, asking "Who's ready to be stretched to the limit?" For this Roadblock, one team member was strapped into a "hot rocket bungee" and launched 200 feet (61 m) in the air. After returning to the ground, the jump master handed them their next clue. (Note: the teams had to sign in prior to the jump to determine the order). After the Roadblock, teams had to fly from Berlin to Budapest, Hungary.
Upon arriving in Budapest, teams had to search for a marked Trabant car and drive to Eger Castle in Eger. At the castle was the first Detour, a choice between Catapult Crash or Cannonball Run. In Catapult Crash, teams had to use a catapult to hurl a watermelon 150 feet (46 m) onto a wooden target to retrieve the clue hidden within. In Cannonball Run, teams had to push a cannon up a hill to the castle courtyard, then carry 55 4-pound (1.8 kg) cannonballs and stack them into a pyramid next to the cannon to receive their next clue. From there, teams took the train back to Budapest and took a taxi to the Net Klub Internet Kafé, ending the first part of the leg.
At the start of the second part of the leg at the café, teams logged onto their AOL accounts with a wireless laptop and received a clue via e-mail. The online clue instructed teams to take a taxi to the Heritage Rail Museum, then pick a number in order to ride a draisine down the tracks at speeds up to 50 miles per hour to get their next clue. The next clue contained the first of two Fast Forwards on the Race. To claim the first Fast Forward award, one team had to travel to Buda Castle, descend through a cavernous labyrinth and partake in the legend of vampires by drinking a goblet of pig's blood, recalling when Transylvania was part of Hungary.
The other teams had to take taxis to Margaret Island on the Danube River and travel to the Nemzeti Sportuszoda. Here, teams found the second Detour, a choice between Swim or Paddle. In Swim, teams made their way to an Olympic-sized swimming pool and participated in a game of water polo. Working together, they had to score a goal against a top Hungarian water polo player to receive the next clue. In Paddle, teams inflated a raft with a hand pump and paddled across the Danube River to a flag on the other side in order to receive their next clue.
After the Detour, the teams had to take a taxi to the Gundel Restaurant and found the second Roadblock, asking "Who's ready to spice up their life?" For this Roadblock, one team member had to eat a 24-ounce bowl of a traditional Hungarian spicy soup. Once the bowl was finished, they'd get their next clue. After the Roadblock, teams were directed to the next Pit Stop: the Fisherman's Bastion.
Leg 7 (Hungary → France)
Airdate: January 11, 2005
- Budapest (Promontor Borudvar)
- Budapest (Budapest Ferihegy International Airport) to Ajaccio, Corsica, France (Ajaccio - Campo dell'Oro Airport)
- Ajaccio (Napoleon's Birthplace)
- Calvi (Camp Raffalli)
- Zilia (Winery)
- L'Île-Rousse (La Pietra)
At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to find the Promontor Borudvar winery and follow the marked path towards the 14,000 gallon wine cask where their next clue was located. They were then told to fly to the French island of Corsica. Upon arrival to its capital city of Ajaccio, they made their way to the Napoleon's birthplace, to find the next clue in the room where he was born.
At the house was the second Fast Forward of the Race. To claim this Fast Forward award was presented, one team must locate a harbor in Ajaccio and don old-style diving suits weighing more than 100 pounds (45 kg) each to walk across the ocean floor to a lobster trap and retrieve the award.
The other teams chose a marked car and drove to Camp Raffalli in Calvi where they found the Detour, a choice between Climb Up or Fly Behind. In Climb Up, teams had to use a mechanical ascender to climb a 45-foot (14 m) rock wall. Once at the top, they had to receive a medal from French legionnaire on the terrace and proceed to rappel 75 feet (23 m) down to receive their next clue. In Fly Behind, teams had to choose a Zodiac boat and direct the driver to search among 25 buoys for one of 12 with a clue attached with one member in the boat and the other trailing behind on a raft.
After the Detour, teams drove to a winery in the village of Zilia where they found the Roadblock, asking "Who's ready to have a barrel of fun?" For this Roadblock, one team member had to stomp 55 pounds (25 kg) of grapes with their feet in order to squeeze enough juice to fill five wine bottles. Then, they had to drink a glass of their juice to receive the next clue. After the Roadblock, teams then drove to the next Pit Stop: a red rock peak known as La Pietra in L'Île-Rousse.
Leg 8 (France → Ethiopia)
Airdate: January 18, 2005
- Calvi to Nice, (Ferry Terminal)
- Nice (City Garden – Statue of Albert I)
- Nice (Nice Côte d'Azur Airport) to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport)
- Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport) to Lalibela (Lalibela Airport)
- Lalibela (Lewz Village)
- Lalibela (St. George's Church)
- Lalibela (Lookout)
At the start of the leg, teams boarded a ferry to Nice, then made their way to the city gardens and found their clue at a bust of Albert I. From there, teams were instructed to fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Upon arrival, teams searched for a marked airline counter to sign up for one of two charter flight to Lalibela with each flight carrying three teams. Once in Lalibela, teams found their next clue on the windshields of marked vans outside the airport. Teams must then direct the provided driver to the marked overlook of Lewz Village.
At the outlook was the next Detour, a choice between Raise the Roof or Mud the Hut. In Raise the Roof, teams mist assist a group of locals carrying the roof two-thirds of a mile (1,100 m) and place it on top of a house. Once the roof is on, one team member would then place a jug on the roof to receive their next clue. In Mud the Hut, teams had to use a plaster made of dirt, water, and straw to cover an entire wall of a traditional Ethiopian house to receive their next clue. After the Detour, teams then delivered two donkeys from a marked pen to a farmer 3 miles (4.8 km) away near St. George's Church to receive the next clue.
After passing the second Yield, the teams found the next Roadblock, which asked "Who has an eye for detail?" For this Roadblock, one team member must enter the 850-year-old church to receive a pendant from the head priest. The team member then had to search among hundreds of worshipers standing outside for one with a matching pendant to receive the next clue from the worshiper. After the Roadblock, teams then traveled approximately 1 mile on foot to the next Pit Stop: the Lalibela Lookout.
Leg 9 (Ethiopia → Sri Lanka)
Airdate: January 25, 2005
- Lalibela (Lalibela Airport) to Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport)
- Addis Ababa (Addis Ababa Stadium)
- Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport) to Colombo, Sri Lanka (Bandaranaike International Airport)
- Colombo (Fort Railway Station) to Galle (Galle Railway Station)
- Galle (Fort Galle)
- Galle (Coconut plantation or Elephant polo field)
- Galle (Bus Station) to Kandy
- Kandy (Kandyan Art Association) (Overnight Rest)
- Kandy (Temple of the Tooth)
- Kandy (Bus Station) to Dambulla (Bus Station)
- Sigiriya (Lion Rock)
- Sigiriya (Hotel Sigiriya)
At the start the leg, teams made their way to Lalibela Airport to sign up for one of two charter flights to Addis Ababa leaving 30 minutes apart with 3 teams on the first flight. Once in Addis Ababa, they searched for the Addis Ababa Stadium and found their next clue. At the stadium, teams had to choose two locals runners to complete a 4-man relay on the tracks with to receive their next clue.
After finishing the relay, teams then flew to Colombo, Sri Lanka and then took the train to the city of Galle. Once there, they took tuk-tuks to Fort Galle where they found the Detour, a choice between Tree Trunks or Elephant Trunks. In Tree Trunks, teams traveled 2 miles (3.2 km) by tuk-tuk to a coconut plantation. Once there, each person had to climb to the top of a 50-foot (15 m) tree to retrieve a jug filled with tree sap which each person must pour the sap into a container to receive the next clue. In Elephant Trunks, teams traveled 2.5 miles (4.0 km) by tuk-tuk to an elephant polo field, where each team member had to ride an elephant down the length of the field, hitting a polo ball around a large pole and score a goal in order to receive their next clue.
After the Detour, teams took a bus to the city of Kandy and made their way to the Kandyan Art Association. Once there, they purchased an offering which they must exchange at the nearby Temple of the Tooth for their clue. From there, teams took another bus to Dambulla, then a tuktuk to the Lion Rock in the ancient city of Sigiriya where they found their next clue.
At Lion Rock, teams found the Roadblock, asking "Who's got strong legs and keen eyes?" For this Roadblock, one team member had to ascend more than 1,000 steps to the top of Lion Rock. Once at the top, the racer then used binoculars to scan the jungle from a vantage point 600 feet (180 m) above the ground for a flag near the pool at the Hotel Sigiriya. Once found, the teams proceeded to the hotel and swim the length of the pool before checking in at the nearby Pit Stop.
Leg 10 (Sri Lanka → China)
Airdate: February 1, 2005
- Colombo (Bandaranaike International Airport) to Shanghai, China (Shanghai Pudong International Airport)
- Shanghai (Yuyuan Garden)
- Shanghai (Huaneng Union Tower)
- Shanghai (HuaXia Bank Tower)
- Huangpu District, Shanghai (People's Heroes Monument)
- Shanghai (End of Jiangpu Road)
- Shanghai (Peace Hotel South)
At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to fly to Shanghai, China. Upon arrival, they had to make their way to the Yuyuan Gardens and search the grounds for their next clue. Teams then took taxis from the gardens to Yincheng Road and searched the area for Huaneng Union Tower for their next clue.
After passing the third Yield, teams found the next Roadblock, saying "The HuaXia Bank Tower is 40 stories high - but someone has to wash it!!!" For this Roadblock, one team member must wash a window on the exterior of the HuaXia Bank Tower 40 stories above the ground to reveal a hidden message. Once they understood the message, they had to lower themselves to the ground and repeat the message to the supervisor, who would hand them their next clue.
After the Roadblock, teams made their way to the Monument to the People's Heroes on The Bund. Once there, they had to find a group of Tai Chi performers and search for one of four masters holding their clue.
From there, teams took a taxi to the end of Jiang Pu Road, where teams found the Detour, a choice between Bricks or Ice. In Bricks, teams had to use a traditional device to transport 300 clay bricks off a barge while balancing on a narrow wood plank. From there, they had to stack the bricks on a wooden pallet to receive their clue. In Ice, teams had to load two 220-pound (100 kg) blocks of ice onto the back of flatbed tricycles and deliver them to a fish market four blocks away. Once there, they would have to break them into smaller pieces and place them into a tub to receive the next clue. After the Detour, teams had to take a taxi to the Pit Stop: the roof of the Peace Hotel South.
Leg 11 (China)
Airdate: February 8, 2005
- Shanghai (Shanghai Railway Station) to Xi'an (Xi'an Railway Station)
- Xi'an (Drum Tower)
- Xi'an (BYD Auto Factory or Xi'an Tang Du Factory)
- Xi'an (Terra Cotta Warriors Museum – Pit 1)
- Huayin (Mount Hua – North Peak)
- Xi'an (Xi'an City Wall – South Gate)
At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to take a train to city of Xi'an. Once there, they took taxis to Drum Tower to find their next clue. At the tower was the next Detour, a choice between Spray or Scroll. In Spray, teams traveled 34 miles (55 km) to a car factory, put on uniforms, and used spray paint to paint the shell of a Chinese-made car to receive the next clue. In Scroll, teams traveled 31 miles (50 km) to a textile factory and searched through 10 bolts of fabric with a light table to find and cut out the two Chinese characters stamped within two of the 10 bolts to receive the next clue.
After the Detour, teams made their way to the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum and find the viewing platform of pit 1 to reach the next clue. From there, teams were directed to the North Peak of Mount Hua which they had to reach using a shuttle bus to reach the base of the mountain, then a gondola to the upper platform.
At the peak, teams found the Roadblock, asking "Which of you is more methodical?" For this Roadblock, one team member to use a provided key to search 3,000 locks for the one padlock that that key would open. Teams were required to complete the task before the last gondola's departure at 7:00 p.m. After the Roadblock, the teams made to the next Pit Stop: the South Gate of the Xi'an Wall.
Leg 12 (China → United States)
Airdate: February 8, 2005
- Xi'an (Xi'an Xianyang International Airport) to Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (Honolulu International Airport)
- Honolulu (Puu Ualakaa State Park)
- Honolulu (Hilo Hattie or Lokahi Canoe Club)
- Honolulu (Kamaka Air)
- Kaneohe (Kaneohe Bay)
- Honolulu (Honolulu International Airport) to Chicago, Illinois (O'Hare International Airport)
- Chicago (Chicago Water Tower)
- Chicago (Gino's East)
- Chicago (Ping Tom Memorial Park)
At the start of the final leg, teams flew to Honolulu, Hawaii, but were required to book their flights at a travel agency before proceeding to the airport. Once in Hawaii, they then drove to Puu Ualakaa State Park and found their next clue on the marked lookout point.
On the point was the final Detour, a choice between Outfits or Out-riggers. In Outfits, teams traveled 10 miles (16 km) to a tropical clothing distributor and searched racks filled with 165,000 articles of clothing for the match of a provided mannequin to receive their next clue. In Out-riggers, teams had to drive 6 miles (9.7 km) to a canoe club and, with the help of a provided assistant, paddle an outrigger canoe down a course over 2 miles (3.2 km) long to receive their next clue.
After the Detour, teams drove to Kamaka Air and found the final Roadblock, asking "Who's ready for an ocean drive?" For this Roadblock, one team member must skydive 11,000 feet (3,400 m) in tandem with an instructor onto a sandbar in the middle of Kaneohe Bay where their next clue waited.
After the Roadblock, teams took the boat back to shore and flew to their final destination city: Chicago, Illinois. Upon arrival, teams took the train to the Chicago Water Tower. FRom there, they were then instructed to take a taxi to Gino's East Pizzeria where each person had to eat two slices of a deep dish pizza to receive their final clue, directing teams to the Finish Line at Ping Tom Memorial Park.
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