The Amazing Race 2

The Amazing Race 2
The Amazing Race 2
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Season run March 11, 2002
– May 15, 2002
Filming dates January 7, 2002
– February 3, 2002
No. of episodes 11
Winning team Chris Luca & Alex Boylan
Continents visited 5
Countries visited 8
Cities visited 27
Distance traveled 52,000 miles
(83,684 kilometres)
No. of legs 13
All-Stars Oswald Mendez & Danny Jimenez
Season chronology
Previous The Amazing Race 1
Next The Amazing Race 3

The Amazing Race 2 is the second installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race 2 featured 11 teams of two with a pre-existing relationship in a race around the world. It premiered on March 11, 2002 and ended on May 15, 2002.

Childhood friends Chris Luca and Alex Boylan won this edition of the race.

The complete season was released on DVD, January 24, 2011, exclusively on via their CreateSpace program.



Development and Filming

The second season of The Amazing Race traveled 52,000 miles in 28 days, spanning 5 continents and 8 different countries. Filming occurred between January and February 2002. The new countries visited on the race were Brazil, Namibia, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. Also, the race visited South America and Oceania for the first time.

The route markers were changed to Yellow and Red from Yellow and White of the last season. Also, the cluebox made its debut. Starting in this season, host Phil Keoghan stood at the pit stop on every leg. He welcomed all arriving teams instead of merely welcoming (and dismissing) the last team to arrive.

Cyndi (of Russell and Cyndi)[1] stated that there was confusion about the vehicle replacement rules in Leg 2, where the racers were given a note stating that if their designated jeep broke down, the racers themselves would have to pay for repairs and wait for it to be fixed. Blake and Paige, however, were provided with a new vehicle when the original jeep they were driving broke down, which allowed them to beat Hope and Norm in a race for second-to-last place to the Pit Stop, allowing Blake and Paige to stay in the race, moving on to eventually become one of the season's final 3 teams, while Hope and Norm were eliminated. Henceforth, from Season 3 onward, the rules have stated that teams would always receive a replacement vehicle if the one they had broke down or became unsafe to drive through no fault of their own, but they also would not be given any time credit for the unfortunate situation.

During Leg 13, the final leg, no Detour clue was shown. As no team is shown onscreen reading the Snow Cat instructions at Trapper's Creek, it is speculated that all teams simply chose the same Detour option here, and the other choice was edited out.[2] At the end of Leg 13, Tara & Wil had the lead but Tara was passed by Chris & Alex in a foot race[3] with less than 40 yards to go. This marked the closest finish in The Amazing Race history.

A short video clip from the Detour of Leg 8 was later shown in The Amazing Race All-Stars. It was shown when Oswald and Danny were performing a task while wearing a dragon's-head costume in Macau, as they recalled similarities between the Detour in Hong Kong and the one they were currently performing in Macau.


Eleven teams participated in the second season of The Amazing Race, the cast featured twins, a mother & daughter duo, siblings, grandmothers, pastors, and childhood friends. Oswald and Danny were selected to race in The Amazing Race All-Stars where they won 3 legs (Leg Numbers 4, 8, and 10). They found a friendly letter from Blake & Paige during the mail-sorting roadblock on Leg 4. In the 8th leg, they went for the Fast Forward with Uchenna & Joyce when there an Intersection and came in 1st Place. The second Fast Forward was in Leg 10. In the 12th leg, they were "Marked for Elimination" and since they already arrived in last place, they were the 8th team eliminated without being issued the 30 minute penalty which also happened to Dustin & Kandice in The Amazing Race 10 in the 11th leg.

The season featured Heloísa Pinheiro, the real-life "Girl from Ipanema" as the woman on the "Beach" Detour option in the first Brazil leg.

Chris got married while Alex participated in a project called "Around the World For Free", where he travels around the world starting with no money, and relies on the generosity and hospitality of locals to continue on.[4]

Gary was an editor on The Amazing Race 5.

Blake later founded TOMS Shoes, a footwear company that donates a pair of shoes to needy children for every pair sold.

There has been some confusion over the spelling of Deidre's name. In the first few eipsodes, including the one they actually raced on, it was spelled both on-screen and in the opening as Deidre. However, starting with the third episode, the opening spells her name Diedre.


This season had two official sponsors; American Airlines and Royal Caribbean International. These two sponsors provided the prizes that were sometimes awarded to teams that arrived in first place.


The following teams participated in the Race, with their relationships at the time of filming. 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
1ƒ 2 3ƒ 4 5ƒ 6 7 8ƒ 9 10 11 12 13
Chris & Alex Lifelong Friends 6th 2nd 7th 7th3 1st 6th 2nd 2nd 1stƒ 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st Chris 5, Alex 6
Tara & Wil Separated Couple 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 5th 3rd 4th 3rd 2nd 1stƒ 1st4 2nd Tara 4, Wil 7
Blake & Paige Brother/Sister 4th 9th 5th 4th 4th 3rd 5th 5th 2nd 1stƒ 2nd 1st 3rd Blake 8, Paige 3
Oswald & Danny Best Friends 8th 7th 1st 1stƒ 6th 4th 4th 1st 4th 4th 4th Oswald 6, Danny 3
Gary & Dave Former Roommates 9th 5th 3rd 2nd3 5th 2nd 1stƒ 3rd 5th Gary 2, Dave 5
Mary & Peach Sisters 7th 4th 4th 5th 2nd 1st 6th2 Mary 3, Peach 2
Cyndi & Russell Pastors/Married Parents 2nd 6th 8th 6th 7th Cyndi 1, Russell 3
Shola & Doyin Twin Brothers 3rd 1stƒ 5th 8th2 Shola 0, Doyin 1
Peggy & Claire Grandmothers 10th 8th 9th1,2 Peggy 0, Claire 1
Hope & Norm Married Parents 4th 10th Hope 0, Norm 1
Deidre & Hillary Mother/Daughter 11th Deidre 0, Hillary 0
  • A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
  • An underlined blue team placement indicates that the team was the last to arrive at a pit stop in a non-elimination leg of the race.
  • A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue. If placed next to a leg number, this indicates that the Fast Forward was available for that leg but not used.
  1. ^ Peggy & Claire left the Pit Start in Foz do Iguaçu over 37 minutes late because they missed their departure time. This did not affect their overall placement in Leg 3.
  2. ^a b c Peggy & Claire, Shola & Doyin, and Mary & Peach had each fallen so far behind the other teams in their respective elimination legs that they ended up not completing all the tasks set out for them. Instead, they were instructed to go directly to their respective Pit Stops, where they were each eliminated.
  3. a b Gary & Dave initially arrived 2nd, but were penalized 42 minutes for speeding, and consequently they departed in 3rd place for the next leg. Chris & Alex received the same penalty as Gary & Dave, but since they were departing in last place, this did not affect their placement.
  4. ^ Tara & Wil initially arrived 2nd, but were given a 1 minute credit due to a minor production difficulty that caused them a slight delay. Thus they were tied with Blake & Paige for 1st place as a result and also received the first place prize.

Episode title quotes

Starting with this season, episode titles are taken from quotes made by the racers in each episode. Quotes are sometimes altered slightly for humorous effect.

  1. "The World Is Waiting: Go!" – Phil Keoghan
  2. "Help Me, I'm American!" – Blake
  3. "My Alarm Clock Didn't Go Off!" – Claire
  4. "This Game Is About Minutes" – Shola
  5. "Welcome To The World Of Being Human" – Mary
  6. "I'm Gonna Take His Girl" – Alex
  7. "I'm Gonna Throw Up On Phil's Shoes" – Oswald
  8. "I'm Not a Miner! No, You're An Idiot!" – Wil/Tara
  9. "Ready To Lose Our Lives" – Oswald
  10. "It's Hammer Time" – Chris
  11. "Follow That Plane!" – Wil


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

  • Leg 1 - A vacation to Hawaii provided by American Airlines Vacations.
  • Leg 8 - A seven day cruise on Royal Caribbean
  • Leg 9 - A vacation to Cancún provided by American Airlines Vacations.
  • Leg 10 - A vacation to Puerto Rico provided by American Airlines Vacations.
  • Leg 11 - A vacation to Los Cabos provided by American Airlines Vacations.
  • Leg 12 - A vacation to London and Paris provided by American Airlines Vacations. Due to a production error, which caused a delay of 1 minute, this prize was awarded to the 1st and 2nd place teams of this leg.
  • Leg 13 - $1,000,000

Race summary

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

Leg 1 (United States → Brazil)

In Rio de Janeiro, teams traveled to Sugarloaf Mountain where they found the race's first Detour.

The Detour on this leg was Mountain or Beach. In Mountain, teams rappelled 590 ft (180 m) down Sugarloaf Mountain. When they were done, they would immediately find their next clue. In Beach, teams had to take the gondola back to the ground and proceed to Ipanema Beach to find the woman who inspired the song "The Girl from Ipanema" (Heloísa Pinheiro) on the beach using only a photo. If the woman was found, she would give them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • On Paqueta Island, teams had to find a big tree known as "Fat Maria" and follow the local custom to kiss the tree.
  • At the Lido Hotel, teams had to sign-up of one of three boats leaving the next morning.

Leg 2 (Brazil)

Iguaçu Falls was the site of the first Roadblock of this race.

In this Fast Forward, one team member had to play volleyball and score of 10 points against a team of locals who could only use their feet on Copacabana Beach. Teams, however, were permitted to use their hands. Once completed, the team would win the Fast Forward. The Detour on this leg was Freak Out or Seek Out. In Freak Out, teams had to hang glide from the mountain to the beach below with a local instructor. When they landed on the beach, they would get their next clue. In Seek Out, teams had to find metal detectors on the same beach and had to look for the next clue. The Roadblock was for one team member to use a map and ride a speedboat into Iguaçu falls. They had to spot the flag at the top of a rocky structure near the falls and follow the marked path to the clue.

Additional task
  • At the start of the leg, teams were given a feather and had to take it to the Samba Club. They then had to match the feather to one of the dancers' headdresses. When they find her, she will give them their next clue.

Leg 3 (Brazil → South Africa)

Teams traveled to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, to take part in a Fast Forward task that ultimately was not used for broadcast.

The Detour on this leg was Dance or Deliver. In Dance, teams had to wear a costume and had to sing and dance with a local troupe until they made R25 in tips. The troupe leader would take the money and give them their next clue. In Deliver, teams had to carry fish from a boat and transfer it to some scales. Once they weighed in with 125 kg (280 lb), the fish monger would give them their next clue. The Roadblock was for one team member to buy a box of Epsom salts and a Smiley (sheep's head). They would then deliver them as an offering to a healer called Ndaba Sangoma who would then give them a bitter potion to drink.

Additional task
  • At Robben Island, teams had to find Section B Cell 5, which was Nelson Mandela's prison cell, to get their next clue.

Leg 4 (South Africa → Namibia)

The Swakopmund Lighthouse was the site of a Fast Forward clue.

In this Fast Forward, teams had to search the Swakopmund Hotel grounds and find the pool to retrieve the Fast Forward Award floating inside. Teams were told to look "Where the railway tracks used to run", as the Swakopmund Hotel used to be a railway station. The Detour on this leg was Slide or Stride. In Slide, teams had to slide down the steep side of the dune and find the route marker at the bottom. In Stride, teams had to walk down the other side of the dune, following a path of flags. In the Roadblock, one team member had to use bargaining skills and buy five wood animal carvings (lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard and elephant). Finally, they had to bring all five woodcarvings to the bushmen who would exchange a giant giraffe for them, which the clue was attached to. They had to bring the giant giraffe to the pit stop.

Additional tasks
  • At Cape Aviation Business Centre, teams had to sign up for one of two charter flights to Walvis Bay, Namibia at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.
  • At Swakopmund Lighthouse, teams had to find 4x4 vehicles in a nearby lot. Once spotted, they could run to the lot and pick a wehicle and their next clue. They are accompanied by a local driver who, for a safety reasons, would take over the wheel during the night.
  • At the General Dealer, teams had to go inside and ask for the postcard of the day for the next clue.

Leg 5 (Namibia → Thailand)

Teams traveled to the Erawan Shrine, where they discovered that they were to perform a Detour.

The Detour on this leg was Confusion Now or Confusion Later. In Confusion Now, teams needed to find a specific water taxi dock and then take one to a bird market. Once there, they would release a cage full of sparrows for their good karma. In Confusion Later, teams had to take a taxi to Chinatown in Charoen Krung Soi 21, where they had to purchase a car. Teams had to figure out that the car is made from paper and then burn it at Lee Ti Biew shrine.For this Roadblock, one team member had to wear a mask and venture into into a cave full of bats to retrieve their next clue.

Leg 6 (Thailand)

Tasks in Northern Thailand region featuring the Asian elephant for this leg.

The Detour of this leg was Boat or Beast. In Boat, teams had to travel down the river using a bamboo raft with long poles. In Beast, teams had to ride on the back of a elephant down a path next to the river. The Roadblock was for one team member to wash chalk markings off an elephant; decorations used in religious ceremonies. When the judge was satisfied they would get their next clue.

Leg 7 (Thailand → Hong Kong)

In Hong Kong, teams traveled to the Central Plaza where they had to search the skyline for the Star Ferry Pier.

The Detour on this leg was Wishing Tree or Herbal Tea. In Wishing tree, teams had to drive 18 miles (29 km) to a special wishing tree. Once there, they needed to write a wish on a scroll and throw it on the tree's branches. In Herbal tea, teams walked to a herbal shop in a marketplace on Saigon Street. Once there, they had to drink a cup of foul tasting tea that cures fatigue. The Fast Forward was for one team member to search the basement of the Wong Tai Sin Temple. Once there, they had to search for a woman named Amelia Chow who would give one team member a face reading and the other a palm reading. They would then win the Fast Forward. The Roadblock was for one team member to climb to the top of a crane and use the controls to move 2,000 lb (910 kg) shipping container off of a truck and onto the ground. When the task is done and the crane is moved back to its original position, the other team member may get the next clue from the side of the shipping container.

Additional task
  • At Central Plaza, teams used binoculars to search for the green and white colors of the Star Ferry terminal. Teams were told to find a "green and white star".

Leg 8 (Hong Kong → Australia)

The Murray House in Hong Kong was the location of the beginning of another Detour clue.

The Detour on this leg was Dragon or Lion. In Dragon, teams had to row a dragon boat, usually suited for twelve people, through a short, marked, 600m course. In Lion, teams had to carry a two person ceremonial lion through a long crowded market and down stairs. In the Fast Forward teams had to find Po Lin Monastery in Ngong Ping and then had to climb 268 steps to the Tian Tan Buddha and find the clue. The Roadblock required one team member to follow a series of clues written in Australian slang. Team members had to find the surfie in the lairy daks (flashy shorts) at Martin Place, the anklebiter riding a bicycle around Archibald Fountain at Hyde Park, the Sheila (female, usually single and probably good looking) in the Aussie cozzie (swim suit) near Captain Cook Statue in Hyde Park and the bushie (country person who resides in the bush) in Circular Quay.

Leg 9 (Australia)

Teams visited the Sydney Harbour Bridge, where they climbed to its summit to receive their next clue.

The Fast Forward was for one team to go to Harry's Cafe de Wheels in Woolloomooloo. Once there, one team member had to eat one of Harry's famous meat pies. The Detour on this leg was Cool Down or Heat Up. In Cool Down, teams had to find a particular Coober Pedy mine called Opal Quest. Then they had to search through a pile of dirt for an opal. Finally, they had bring it back to the miner sitting on the surface. If they found a real opal, the miner would give them their next clue. In Heat Up, teams played three holes of golf on a hot desert golf course called Cooper Pedy Golf Club. They are given a map and only one ball and would be playing at temperatures as high of 130 °F. The Roadblock was for one team member to play a game using a traditional hunting tool known as a boomerang. A player would stand inside the circle and then throw it outside the circle. If the boomerang was thrown correctly it would land back in or on the circle. If successful, they would receive their next clue.

Additional task
  • At the BridgeClimb Sydney, teams had to sign up for a climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to receive their next clue.
  • Upon arriving in Adelaide, teams had to sign-up for one of three charter flights to Coober Pedy.

Leg 10 (Australia → New Zealand)

In the Quick Jump Detour task, teams had to bungee jump 450 feet off the Nevis Highwire Platform.

The Fast Forward was to take a speedboat down the narrow Shotover River at Arthurs Point and find a flag to win the Fast Forward. The Detour on this leg was Quick Jump or Long Hike. In Quick Jump, teams had take a bungee jump 450 feet (140 m) down to the clue at the bottom of the canyon. In Long Hike, teams had to hike down a long trail to the bottom of the canyon. The Roadblock was for one team member to enter a pen full of sheep and separate the 3 black sheep from 22 white sheep. When finished, both team members could head straight to the pit stop.

Additional task
  • After leaving the pit stop, teams hitched a ride on a road train, which transported them and their vehicles to Glendambo.
  • In Glendambo, teams had to sign-up for either a 10.30am or 11.15am flight to the nearest airport in Adelaide.

Leg 11 (New Zealand)

The Waitomo Caves were the location of the Detour in this leg.

The Fast Forward had to run down Mount Tarawera's loose rock walls in what is known as a scree run. Once in the mouth of the dormant volcano they would find the clue box. The Detour on this leg was Drop or Climb. In Drop, teams had to descend 350 feet (110 m) into a cavern known as The Lost World and then walk to the clue located on Jesus Rock. In Climb, teams had to climb down a 100 feet (30 m) ladder into the cavern and walk to the clue at the same rock. The Roadblock was for one team member to ride an ATV and navigate through a challenging off-road course with difficult terrain. They would then pick up a clue on the beach.

Leg 12 (New Zealand → United States)

Teams traveled to the island of Molokini in Hawaii to perform a Roadblock.

The Detour on this leg was Bike or Walk. In Bike, teams had to ride bicycles and search through a large pineapple field to find a single pineapple that has been painted red. In Walk, teams may walk on foot through the same field to find one of four pineapples painted yellow. In either case, once the teams found the right pineapple, they could open it to get their next clue. In the Roadblock one team member had to snorkel near Molokini island and find one of three yellow cases underwater. If they could open it up, they could retrieve a clue sealed inside.

Leg 13 (United States)

San Francisco, California, was the race's final destination city.

The Roadblock was for one team member to use any of the tools picked up from the hardware store (see additional tasks) to retrieve a frozen clue from inside a large globe of ice.

Additional tasks
  • At Trapper Creek, teams had to spend the night in an igloo to receive their next clue.
  • Also at Trapper Creek, one team member must drive a Snow Cat across a frozen lake. This was suspected to be one of the two Detour choices.
  • At Homesteader's Hardware Store, teams had to pick up some tools and a propane tank to get the next clue.


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