The Amazing Race 7

The Amazing Race 7

Infobox Television Amazing Race
show_name = The Amazing Race 7
caption = The Amazing Race logo

first_aired = 2005-03-01
last_aired = 2005-05-10
filming_started = 2004-11-20
filming_ended = 2004-12-19
num_episodes = 11 (12 including recap)
countries_visited = 10
continents_visited = 5
cities_visited = 25
winning_team = Uchenna & Joyce
miles_traveled = 40000
number_legs = 12
previous_season = The Amazing Race 6
next_season = The Amazing Race 8

"The Amazing Race 7" was the seventh installment of the popular reality television show, "The Amazing Race". This installment ran from March 1, 2005 to May 10, 2005.


Development and Filming

Filming began on November 20, 2004 and finished on December 19, 2004.

In this edition of the race, a change was made to the non-elimination leg penalty. In addition to being stripped of all their money and receiving no allowance for the next leg of the race, teams were forced to surrender all of their possessions, except for their passports and the clothes they were wearing, for the remainder of the race. (This penalty came to be referred to as "mugging" by fans.) They were also no longer allowed to beg for money prior to the start of the next leg (after the next leg started, they can beg for money). The racers could also receive or buy clothing or toiletries from other teams.


In September 2005, Season 7 won a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program", the third consecutive award for the television series. Although Seasons 5 and 6 were also eligible, producers chose Season 7 since it was the most recent installment of the show.


The DVD for Season 7 was released on December 20, 2005.


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 broadcasted on television due to inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:

fnb|1Uchenna & Joyce arrived 3rd, but they didn't complete the Roadblock correctly and were forced to finish it. That mistake, however did not affect their placement.
fnb|2Meredith & Gretchen arrived 4th, but they missed their final clue which caused them to fall to 5th.
fnb|3Leg 8 was double-length with two detours and two roadblocks shown over two episodes. The users of the Fast Forward received it after the midpoint, and thus were only permitted to skip the second set of challenges. The yield appeared before the first roadblock.

*Red means the team was eliminated.
*An underlined Blue team's placement means the team was the last to arrive at the Pit Stop in a non-elimination leg of the race. They were forced to surrender all their money and possessions (except for their passports and clothes they were wearing) for the remainder of the race. The team did not receive any money at the beginning of the next leg and were not permitted to acquire money before the start of the next leg.
*Green ƒ team's placement means the team won the Fast Forward clue.
*A yellow > means that team chose to use the Yield; < indicates the team who received it; <> indicates a leg where the Yield was available but not used.

Episode title quotes

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.

#Courteous? This is a Race! &ndash; "Megan"
#The Whole Country Hates Me &ndash; "Lynn"
#Do You Need Some Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation? &ndash; "Gretchen"
#What A Gaucho You Are! &ndash; "Gretchen"
#I've Been Wanting A Face-Lift for A Long Time &ndash; "Gretchen"
#Houston, We Have An Elephant &ndash; "Uchenna"
#They Saved The Eyeball "(recap)" &ndash; "Gretchen"
#Mow 'Em Down Like Grass &ndash; "Ron"
#We Have A Bad Elephant &ndash; "Gretchen"
#We Got a Gnome! We Got a Gnome! &ndash; "Joyce"
#The Devil Made Me Do It &ndash; "Kelly"
#Five Continents, 25 Cities, And More Than 40,000 Miles &ndash; "Phil Keoghan"

Notable race events


*This was the first edition to not strictly circumnavigate the world (by crossing the International Date Line exactly once); once teams traveled as far east as India, they returned to the United States traveling westward through Europe and the Caribbean. However, the route does approach that of a great circle on the globe.
*Brian Smith appeared in a Heineken commercial with Jennifer Aniston. [ See video]
*Travelocity replaced previous show regular sponsors American Airlines Vacations and Royal Caribbean International. Besides trips, the company also provided a special prize of $20,000 in vacation money, won by Ron & Kelly (in a new random-prizing system) on Leg 9 after matching the marking on the bottom of a gnome.
*The winners were revealed in an online betting scandal, before the finale even aired. []


*Joyce Robinson (as Joyce Agu) previously appeared in as Ensign Gates, a background character who piloted the Enterprise.
*Three reality show alumni were part of this race. Engaged couple Amber and Rob Mariano both appeared on "Survivor". Brian appeared on a Christmas episode of "Fear Factor".
*45 potential teams for the race were sequestered at a hotel before the race began. Since teams were not allowed to speak to one another, brothers Brian and Greg originally contacted Heidi and Megan by sending them milk and cookies through a waiter.Fact|date=May 2007
*Uchenna and Joyce were originally scheduled to appear on Season 6. They were sequestered in Santa Monica, California at the beginning of that race, but were cut at the last minute before the race began in Chicago.


*In Leg 1, The last Route Marker before the first Pit Stop was in solid red.
*Leg 3 featured a difficult Roadblock in which players had to eat four pounds of meat and organs. An unprecedented four players actually quit the food eating task: Rob, Meredith, Deana, and Patrick. Rob actually convinced Deana and Meredith to take the four-hour penalty for not doing the task, even though it meant they would both join him and Amber in the waiting box and have to wait longer to finish the penalty; Phil Keoghan told Rob in amazement at the Pit Stop that "there are teams right now that are not moving at the Roadblock...because you convinced them not to." Although it was not shown on television, Patrick quit the Roadblock but later decided to complete it. On TV, Patrick was shown eating and finishing the meat. He never took the 4 hour penalty, and finished a few bites ahead of Debbie, therefore arriving at the pitstop before they did.
*In Leg 5, Gretchen fell in the caves, traversing the rough terrain within and injured her forehead, suffering a cut that required a suture.
*A cameraman suffered minor injuries when Brian and Greg's Land Rover flipped as they were driving from the Roadblock to the Detour on the Leg 6 of the race.
*Host Phil Keoghan greeted teams at a race mat halfway through Leg 8 to hand them their next clue, marking the first time in the history of The Amazing Race that teams have stepped on a mat marker to be handed their next clue. Previously, teams only received route information stored in boxes or from locals after completing a task.
*In Leg 8, Meredith broke three bones in his foot after it had been run over during the elephant Detour, and later by a tuk-tuk. However, he did not reveal his injury to production, because he feared that it would force him to leave the race.
*Near the end of Leg 8, Lynn & Alex mistakenly went to Umaid Bhawan Palace which proved too costly and they were eliminated.
*In Leg 12 of the race, teams had to fly between Montego Bay and San Juan, Puerto Rico. What producers did not show, however, was a connection in Miami. Because American Airlines does not operate non-stop flights between Montego Bay and San Juan, all three teams and their camera crew caught one of American Airlines' three daily Montego Bay-Miami flights and connected in Miami onto Miami-San Juan flights.
*Controversy has surrounded the final leg of the race: when Uchenna and Joyce arrived at the airport in San Juan, both Rob & Amber and Uchenna & Joyce were sold tickets for a flight leaving later than one whose gate was about to close. While Rob & Amber managed to get on this earlier departing flight, Uchenna and Joyce were shown by the gate as the boarding corridor between the gate exitway and airplane began to shut. After a commercial break, the boarding corridor reopened to the gate to pick up Uchenna and Joyce. No explanation was given as to why the gate reopened, which has led to widespread speculation about intervention by the production staff. [] [] . In the "Revisiting the Race" special feature on the Season 7 DVD, Uchenna, Rob, and Phil Keoghan deny the accusations of intervention by the production crew. Uchenna describes his experience with finding the same airline agent at the gate who had previously informed him that there was no earlier available flight. Rob describes Uchenna running around frantically trying to get onto the flight, which the final edited version of the show does not portray. Phil cites the fact that the decision to re-open the door rested solely with the pilot, and that intervention by the production crew would have resulted in someone leaking such information out.


*In a radio interview [] , Uchenna and Joyce said that they won the race by 45 minutes, even though Rob and Amber were 7 minutes ahead of them at the first Miami cluebox at Rickenbacker Causeway.
*Lynn & Alex got married in Ottawa, Ontario, sponsored by radio Hot 89.9. Amazing Race guests included Uchenna & Joyce, Gretchen, Susan & Patrick and Bianca & Debbie.
*Lynn & Alex appeared on "Real Gay", a "reunion" show of LBGT reality television participants (as did Chip from Season 4) which aired on Logo.
*Lynn & Alex regularly appear on Fox Reality's "Reality Remix" to discuss events on the current TAR season at the time. They also appeared on a Dr. Phil show and the Tyra Banks Show. They are regulars on the Adam Carolla Radio show and are also correspondents for The Insider on CBS.
*Rob and Amber's marriage in the Bahamas was aired on a CBS television special two weeks after the finale. Season 7 castmates Ray & Deana were in attendance, as well as husband and wife Amazing Race producers Betram van Munster and Elise Doganieri.
*Brian Smith, who participated in the race with his brother Greg, dated Jennifer Lyon, a contestant from .
*Uchenna and Joyce appeared on a special episode of the Style Network's series How Do I Look?, where Joyce was given a makeover at the suggestion of Uchenna.
*Ray and Deana married shortly after the race. People magazine covered the wedding and it was also filmed locally (Ohio). Many cast members were present including Rob & Amber, who were in the bridal party, Kelly, Susan, Chuck and Ryan, and Bianca. They eventually had their first child, a daughter they named Reagan.
*Uchenna & Joyce received bit parts in one episode of the soap opera "Guiding Light".
*Rob & Amber and Uchenna & Joyce were selected to race in "The Amazing Race All-Stars".
*Ron & Kelly broke up. Kelly is now married to Scott Parkinson and had a baby boy named Seth.
*Rob & Amber and Uchenna & Joyce each received a letter from Susan & Patrick as part of a Roadblock task in "All-Stars" (the letter to Uchenna & Joyce was friendly and positive, while the letter to Rob & Amber was very negative- ironically enough, Rob & Amber were eliminated on this leg). Ray and Deana also wrote to both teams but their largely encouraging letters were not found by the teams. A photo of Susan & Patrick from Season 7 was shown in the episode. Rob said in a post-race interview that he and Amber did not remember Patrick from the Race at all and had to look on the Internet to see who he was and why he hated them.
*Rob and Amber starred in their own reality show called "Rob & Amber: Against All Odds," which aired on the Fox Reality Network and followed Rob's short-lived attempt to become a professional poker player.
*Lynn & Alex, Brian & Greg, Rob & Amber and Uchenna & Joyce did commentary on the Season 7 DVD.


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

*Leg 1 - $10,000 cash for each racer.
*Leg 2 - A trip to Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas courtesy of Travelocity.
*Leg 4 - A trip to London courtesy of Travelocity.
*Leg 5 - Two Toyota RAV4 vehicles.
*Leg 7 - A trip to Monaco courtesy of Travelocity.
*Leg 9 - $20,000 shopping spree on and a four-star hotel room stay for the Pit Stop. Awarded to Ron and Kelly, who won a special gnome searching challenge. The prize was awarded to the team that had an airplane on the bottom of their gnome, regardless of them placing first or not.
*Leg 10 - A JVC home entertainment system for each racer.
*Leg 12 - $1,000,000

Race summary

Leg 1 (United States → Peru)

*Long Beach, California, USA flagicon|United States (Queen Mary Museum Ship) (Starting Point)
*Lima (Plaza de Armas)
*Ancón (Playa Hermosa)
*Huambutio (Virgen del Carmen Kiosk)
*Huambutio (Gorge) TAR clue|Detour|Rope A Llama or Rope A Basket
*Huambutio (Police Station)
*Písac (Marketplace)
*Cuzco ( [ Convento de La Merced] ) TAR clue|Pit Stop|1

The Detour had the choice between Rope a Llama or Rope a Basket. In Rope a Llama, teams had to lead llamas to a pen not far off. In Rope a Basket, teams had to carry a basket of alfalfa weighing 35 pounds two thirds of a mile to a store.

;Additional tasks

* At the Beach in Ancon, Teams must search sand piles for different departure times to next destination.
* At the Gorge in Huambutio, Teams had to take a zip line across the gorge, then take another zip line to the bottom.

Leg 2 (Peru → Chile)

*Arequipa (Shoe Shine Union) TAR clue|Roadblock|"Who loves shoes?"
*Santiago (Cerro San Cristóbal -Virgin Mary statue) TAR clue|Detour|Shop or Schlep
*Santiago (Cerro Santa Lucía - Neptune fountain) TAR clue|Pit Stop|2

The Roadblock had one member of each team shine 5 shoes. The Detour sported the choice between Shop or Schlep. In shop, teams had to buy 5 ingredients for a local chef. In Schlep, teams needed to cart 180 books to Chile's Library of Congress

Leg 3 (Chile → Argentina)

*Santiago (Paseo Bulnes)
*Mendoza, Argentina flagicon|Argentina (Puente Viejo, "old bridge") TAR clue|Yield|Not used) TAR clue|Detour|Paddle or Pedal
*Mendoza ( [ Camping Suizo] ) TAR clue|Roadblock|"Who's not a vegetarian?"
*Mendoza (Estancia San Isidro) TAR clue|Pit Stop|3

The detour featured the choice between Pedal or Paddle. In Paddle, teams had to raft convert|7|mi|km down a rough river. In Pedal, teams were told to pedal a bike convert|7|mi|km down a railroad track. The roadblock had one team member eating 4 pounds of a traditional Argentinian feast containing cow rib, pork sausage, blood sausage, cow intestine, cow udder, cow kidney, and part of a cow's saliva gland.

Leg 4 (Argentina)

*Lunlunta (cabaña La Guatana gaucho ranch) TAR clue|Roadblock|"Who's ready to horse around?"
*Buenos Aires (Plaza de la Fuerza Aerea - English Clock Tower)
*Buenos Aires (Estación Retiro)
*Tigre (Estación Tigre)
*Tigre (docks) TAR clue|Detour|Shipwreck or Island
*Vicente Casares ( [ La Martina Polo Ranch] ) TAR clue|Pit Stop|4

The Roadblock featured a traditional gaucho challenge consisting of barrel racing and then spearing a ring in under 40 seconds. The Detour had the choice of Shipwreck or Island. In shipwreck, teams had to find an old ship with only a 30 year old picture for a clue. Island required teams to find an island marked on the map up the San Antonio River.

Leg 5 (Argentina → South Africa)

*) TAR clue|Detour|Tunnels or Tribes
*Soweto (Orlando Power Station) TAR clue|Fast Forward|Walk across a Suspension Bridge
*Soweto (Gwangaranath Market) TAR clue|Roadblock|"Who likes to shop?"
*Soweto (Orlando Children's Home)
*Soweto (Ngakane Street) TAR clue|Pit Stop|5

The Fast Forward took teams to the Orlando Cooling Station and then walk across a suspension bridge convert|30|ft|m in the air. The Detour was a choice between [ Tunnels] or [ Tribes] . Tribes had teams returning 5 items to their respective tribes. Tunnels took teams underground to rappel down into a cave and make their way to the next clue. In the Roadblock, one team member had to shop for 5 items that were later to be delivered to a local children's shelter.

Leg 6 (South Africa → Botswana)

*Krugersdorp ( [ Rhino & Lion Game Reserve] )
*Francistown (Giant Aardvark) TAR clue|Roadblock|"Who's got good aim?"
*Xau Xarra (Cattle Post) TAR clue|Detour|Food or Water
*Makgadikgadi Pans [] TAR clue|Pit Stop|6

The Roadblock sent teams to do a traditional bushmen hunting activity (throwing a spear into a swinging bag). The Detour had the choice of Food or Water. Food featured teams pounding corn until it reached a specific line in the basket. In Water, teams had to fill 12 ostrich eggs with water from an underground spring.

;Additional task
* Upon the opening of Game Reserve, Teams must feed their lions with their meaty breakfast and teams get their next clue.

Leg 7 (Botswana)

*Sankuyo village TAR clue|Detour|Carry it or Milk it
*Khwai River TAR clue|Roadblock|"Who's ready for a real Roadblock?"
*Khwai River Lodge [] TAR clue|Pit Stop|7

The Detour had teams choose between Carry it or Milk it. In carry it, teams had to transport 3 items convert|75|yd away on their heads. Milk it had teams milking enough goats to fill a 10 oz cup. The Roadblock featured one member driving across a crocodile infested river crossing and then removing 2 logs knocked down by elephants

Leg 8 (Botswana → India)

*Lucknow, ( [ Bara Imambara] )
*Lucknow (Steel Emporium) TAR clue|Yield|Not used) TAR clue|Roadblock|"Who has a lot of patience?"
*Lucknow (Aishbagh Gas Station) TAR clue|Detour|Solid or Liquid
*Lucknow (Rooftop of Charbaugh Multistory Flats) "(Leg midpoint; teams are told this is not the Pit Stop and must continue.)"
*Lucknow (Lucknow Train Station)
*Jodhpur, Rajasthan (Train Station)
*Jodhpur ( [ Sardar Market] ) TAR clue|Detour|Trunk or Dunk (Temple behind the lake) TAR clue|Fast Forward|Shave heads
*Jodhpur (Deora Krishi Farm) TAR clue|Roadblock|"Who's ready to steer their team in the right direction?"
*Jodhpur (Jaswant Thada) TAR clue|Pit Stop|8

In the first Roadblock, one team member had to search among 600 metal boxes in order to find the next clue. Then the Detour had teams choosing between Solid or Liquid. Solid had teams chopping up 75 pounds of coal and then delivering it to a coal station. Liquid had teams searching a crowded office building for five pre-designated people which were on business cards the Teams had, and then giving them a cup of tea, along with their business card.

In the second part of the leg, there was a Fast Forward which had teams shaving their heads bald. The Detour had the choice between Trunk or Dunk. In Trunk, teams had to cart a convert|600|lb|abbr=on. elephant through the streets of Jodhpur. Dunk had teams going to a dying house to dye 20 sheets of fabric until they found the one with their clue on it. The Roadblock had one team member completing 2 laps in a cart driven by a camel.

Leg 9 (India → Turkey)

*Istanbul (Kız Kulesi)
*Üsküdar District, Istanbul (Galata Kulesi) TAR clue|Detour|Columns or Kilos
*Istanbul (Rumeli Hisari) TAR clue|Roadblock|"Is climbing your forté?"
*Istanbul (Rumeli Hisari, Lookout) TAR clue|Pit Stop|9

The Detour was either Columns or Kilos. In Columns, teams had to find 4 columns on a grid and then using the numbers found on the columns, unlock a padlocked box with their next clue inside. Kilos had teams weighing enough people on the street until they reached a total of 2500 kilos. The Roadblock had one team member climbing up an old fortress to retrieve a key for their next clue.

;Additional task
* At the Kız Kulesi, Teams must find one of four Travelocity Roaming Gnomes on the tower, each one has a marking on the bottom of gnome. Then, teams don't know that the team carrying the gnome with a plane marking on the bottom will receive a prize.

Leg 10 (Turkey → United Kingdom)

*Istanbul (Sirkeci Train Station)
*London (Abbey Road)
*London (London Eye) TAR clue|Detour|Brains or Brawn [1-2-3-4]
*London (Millennium Dome) TAR clue|Yield|Rob & Amber yielded Ron & Kelly) TAR clue|Roadblock|"Who's got the drive to go on?"
*London (Potters Fields Park) TAR clue|Pit Stop|10

The Detour on this leg was Brains or Brawn. In Brains teams take to the subway where they would solve 3 riddles which would take them to the Sherlock Holmes museum after solving correctly and find the right person, they would get their next clue. In Brawn teams transported five 160 pound boats from the lake to the storage area. The Roadblock was to drive a double decker bus through a marked course without hitting any cones. If they hit a cone, the bus driver would reset the double decker bus to the starting line.

;Additional task
* At the London Eye, teams must scan the city to try to find a road marker attached to a hotel where the next clue is located.

Leg 11 (United Kingdom → Jamaica)

*Port Antonio ( [ Frenchman's Cove] ) TAR clue|Roadblock|"How low can you go?"
*Port Antonio (Grant's Level High) TAR clue|Detour|Raft It or Build It
*Montego Bay ( [ Round Hill] ) TAR clue|Pit Stop|11

In the Roadblock, teams had to do the limbo to earn their departure; the lower they could do it, the earlier they would depart the next morning. The Detour on this leg was Raft It or Build It. In Raft It teams traveled convert|8|mi|km down the Rio Grande on Bamboo rafts with only a pole to steer. In Build It teams built bamboo rafts using all bits to sail across the river for their clue at the top of the river.

Leg 12 (Jamaica → United States)

*Lucea (Cool Breeze Onion Shack)
*Montego Bay ( [ Rose Hall] ) TAR clue|Detour|Pony Up or Tee It Up
*San Juan (Castillo de San Felipe del Morro Fort)
*Aguadilla (Abandoned Sugar Factory) TAR clue|Roadblock|"Who's ready to take the plunge?"
*Miami (Rickenbacker Causeway)
*Miami (Little Havana &ndash; El Rey de los Habanos)
*Fort Lauderdale ( [ Bonnet House] ) TAR clue|Pit Stop (Finish Line)

The Detour on this leg was Pony Up or Tee It Up. In Pony Up teams ride a horse into the ocean then hang onto its tail as it goes around buoys. In Tee It Up teams needed to hit a golfball into a convert|16|ft|m|sing=on area convert|140|yd away. The Roadblock was to jump off a convert|30|ft|m|abbr=on bridge and swim convert|90|yd.

;Additional task
* At the Onion shack, Teams must chop 50 onions to receive their next clue.

External links

* [ Official site]
* [ TARFlies Times (Season 7)]
* [ Uchenna and Joyce video interview (The Early Show)]
* [ Final Three video interview (The Early Show)]
* [ Uchenna and Joyce - Amazing Race Wiki]
* [ Ray & Deana's site]
* [ Ray's site]
* [ Rob and Amber - Amazing Race Wiki]

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