The Amazing Race 14

The Amazing Race 14
The Amazing Race 14
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Season run February 15, 2009
– May 10, 2009
Filming dates October 31, 2008[1]
– November 21, 2008
No. of episodes 12[2]
Winning team Tammy & Victor Jih
Continents visited 3
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 20
Distance traveled 40,000 miles
(64,372 kilometres)
No. of legs 11
Unfinished Business Jaime Edmondson & Cara Rosenthal,
Margie & Luke Adams,
Kisha & Jen Hoffman,
Mel & Mike White,
Amanda Blackledge & Kris Klicka
Season chronology
Previous The Amazing Race 13
Next The Amazing Race 15

The Amazing Race 14 is the fourteenth installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race 14 featured 11 teams of two, with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world.

The season premiered on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and aired on Sunday nights[3] with the season finale on May 10, 2009. The show is again hosted by Phil Keoghan.

Siblings Tammy and Victor Jih were the winners of the race, and were the first Asian American contestants to win the competition.



Development and filming

The Amazing Race 14 lasted for 22 days and traveled over 40,000 miles. The teams raced in nine countries, including Romania for the first time, as well as Switzerland, Germany, Austria, India, China, Thailand and Russia (Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk), with the finish line in Maui, Hawaii. In an interview, executive producer Bertram van Munster revealed that the teams took a 13-hour train ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and got into a Siberian snowstorm with below-zero temperatures.[2][4] He also revealed that the teams suffered extreme climates, intense Roadblocks and less time in airports, which added up to an exhausting course for the racers. In addition, CBS revealed the Race included the world's second tallest bungee jump, suffocating heat in India, and an Olympic-themed challenge that left the teams "gasping for air."[5]

The Race's route was updated via Google Earth, and according to Bertram van Munster, this season includes new graphics, a new opening sequence (consequently, the team videos preceding a team's close up are updated throughout the season to reflect tasks that have already been completed), and a tuneup in the musical score (still keeping the key in B flat minor),[4] as well as the use of a split screen to show several scenes at the same time. This season also changed its main team names and route info font from Microgramma to Bank Gothic.

Season 14 introduced a new twist to the U-Turn: the U-Turn in Leg 4 was a Blind U-Turn, in which the team electing to use it did so anonymously; other U-Turns (and the Yields that got replaced) required teams utilizing them to acknowledge their use to subsequent teams.

Leg 10 was a double-length leg, which was a surprise feature of every Race from Season 6 to Season 10 but had not been seen since. However, this double-length leg was the first where the double-length leg was revealed to the teams at a location that was explicitly called a Pit Stop, except teams were not warned of an elimination in the clue. In previous seasons, teams were either given some implicit reference to a Pit Stop, such as "go and meet Phil Keoghan at the mat" and were handed their next clue by Keoghan, or were given a clue to continue racing at a clue box where a clue directing teams to the Pit Stop would have been expected.

Mel & Mike confirmed in a post-race interview that there was an unaired, unused Fast Forward in Leg 7 that involved purchasing items for an orphanage using the team's own money.[6] This was the first season ever where no team took the Fast Forward option throughout the race.

The Maui finish line makes this the westernmost and southernmost finish line in Race history.


Applications were due on May 28, 2008. Semi-finalist interviews were held sometime in June 2008 and the final casting interviews were held in Los Angeles around late June or early July 2008. Scouting for locations was performed during August. Filming took place during November 2008.

One member of the cast, Luke Adams, is the first deaf contestant in the U.S. series; he relied on his mother Margie Adams to communicate in the race. (The Amazing Race Asia 2 winner Adrian Yap was the only other deaf Amazing Race contestant.)[7] Margie and Luke had originally applied to be on The Amazing Race 8 (along with two other family members), but ended up being one of the last families cut.[8] Mike White had originally been chosen to participate on The Amazing Race 13 with director Jon Kasdan, but the latter dropped out before filming. The show's casting director wanted White for Season 14 and he was ultimately paired with his father for the Race.[9]

Jamie & Cara became the 4th out of the 7 All-Female teams to date to make the final 3

Amanda & Kris, Mel & Mike, Kisha & Jen, Margie & Luke, and Jaime & Cara raced again in The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business among a cast made up of returning teams from seasons 12–17.

Amanda & Kris, Mel & Mike, Jamie & Cara and Margie & Luke became the first 4 teams eliminated from 11th through to 8th respectively. Whereas Kisha & Jen won that season and became the 2nd All-Female team to win the race (After best friends and Doctors Nat & Kat from The Amazing Race 17).


The following teams participated in the Race, with their relationships at the time of filming. Note this table does not necessarily reflect all content broadcast on television due to inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order.

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks performed
1 2 3 41 5 6 7ƒ2 8 9 106 11
Tammy & Victor Siblings/Lawyers 2nd 1st 8th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st Tammy 5, Victor 6
Jaime & Cara Former NFL Cheerleaders 7th 6th 7th 5th 3rd 5th 2nd 2nd 4th 1st 3rd 2nd Jaime 6, Cara 5
Margie & Luke Mother/Son 1st 4th 4th 4th 1st 4th 4th 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd Margie 5, Luke 6
Kisha & Jen Sisters 8th 7th 3rd 2nd 6th 3rd 5th 4th4 1st 4th 4th Kisha 5, Jen 5
Mark & Michael Brothers/Stuntmen 3rd 8th 5th 7th 5th 6th 3rd3 5th5 5th Mark 5, Michael 3
Mel & Mike Father/Son 4th 2nd 1st 6th 4th 2nd 6th Mel 3, Mike 3
Christie & Jodi Flight Attendants 10th 9th 6th 1st 7th 7th Christie 3, Jodi 3
Amanda & Kris Dating 5th 3rd 2nd 8th Amanda 1, Kris 3
Brad & Victoria Married 6th 5th 9th Brad 0, Victoria 3
Steve & Linda Married 9th 10th Steve 1, Linda 1
Preston & Jennifer Dating 11th Preston 1, Jennifer 0
  • A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
  • 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.
  • An underlined blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump task in the following leg.
  • Italicized results indicate the position of the team at the mid-point of a two-episode leg.
  • A brown ⊃ means the team chose to use a U-Turn; indicates the team who received it.
  1. ^ The U-Turn in Leg 4 was a Blind U-Turn; Margie & Luke did not have to reveal themselves to the other teams as having used the U-Turn.
  2. ^ The unused Fast Forward in Leg 7 was unaired, making Season 14 the first season not to air a Fast Forward.
  3. ^ Mark & Michael initially arrived 1st, but were issued two 30-minute penalties: one for intentionally tampering with the bike pumps at the 2 Miles Detour, and another for hiring a taxi to guide them through the task, which was explicitly prohibited in the clue. Two teams checked in during their penalty time, dropping Mark & Michael to 3rd.
  4. ^ Kisha & Jen initially arrived 3rd, but were not allowed to check in because they had left their travel documents and money at the location of the Roadblock; they were instructed to retrieve them before they could check in again. One team checked in while Kisha & Jen went back, dropping them to 4th; Mark & Michael also arrived during this time, but were unable to check in due to penalties accumulated during the leg (see note 5).
  5. ^ Mark & Michael initially arrived 4th, but were issued two 2-hour penalties, both for "using personal belongings to settle a bill" (they had bartered personal items to pay two taxi fares). With just over 3 hours of the penalty time remaining, Kisha & Jen returned to check in 4th. Mark & Michael, in last place at that point, were allowed to check in immediately after Kisha & Jen; however, they were notified the leg was non-elimination, and the remaining penalty would be accessed at the start of the next leg.
  6. ^ Leg 10 was a double length leg, with 2 Roadblocks and 2 Detours, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point. The U-Turn appeared after the second Detour.

Episode title quotes

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.[10]

  1. "Don't Let a Cheese Hit Me" – Mel
  2. "Your Target is Your Partner's Face" – Instructions for the "Austrian Folly" Detour option
  3. "I'm Not Wearing That Girl's Leotard!" – Luke
  4. "It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots" – Mike
  5. "She's a Little Scared of Stick, But I Think She'll Be OK!" – Victor
  6. "Alright Guys We're at War!" – Mark
  7. "Gorilla? Gorilla?? Gorilla???" – Victor
  8. "Rooting Around in People's Mouths Could Be Unpleasant" – Phil Keoghan
  9. "Our Parents Will Cry Themselves to Death" – Victor in Mandarin Chinese
  10. "Having a Baby's Gotta Be Easier Than This" – Cara
  11. "No More Mr. Nice Guy" - Victor[11]
  12. "This is How You Lose a Million Dollars" – Jaime


The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg. All trips are sponsored by Travelocity.

  • Leg 1 – A trip for two to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Leg 2 – A hybrid go-kart for each team member
  • Leg 3 – A trip for two to Costa Rica
  • Leg 4 – A motorcycle for each team member
  • Leg 5 – A trip for two to Saint Lucia
  • Leg 6 – An Ocean kayak for each team member
  • Leg 7 – A trip for two to Oahu, Hawaii
  • Leg 8 – A trip for two to the Inter Continental San Juan Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Leg 9 – A trip for two to Barbados
  • Leg 10 (Midpoint)6 – Jet skis (unaired)
  • Leg 10 (Pit Stop) – A trip for two to the Galápagos Islands
  • Leg 11 – $1,000,000

^6 Jaime revealed in a post-race interview that she and Cara were awarded jet skis for coming in first place (unaired).[12]

Elimination Station

After elimination, the first six teams eliminated were sequestered at a villa in Ko Samui, Thailand to await the finale. CBS posted short videos on its website after each episode aired in the Pacific time zone to show the eliminated teams interacting at the villa.

  • After Leg 1, Preston & Jennifer were the first team eliminated and were sent to the villa. They expressed their disappointment at being eliminated first and believed that Steve & Linda would be eliminated next. They also discussed who they believe are strong teams and got into an argument over the factors that led to their elimination.
  • After Leg 2, Steve & Linda were the second team eliminated and were sent to the villa. Steve openly complained about Preston & Jennifer refusing to form an alliance with him and Linda during the first leg, which irritated Preston. Later in the day, the two eliminated teams decided to take a trip to a local snake farm, and then went out to eat. They then predicted that either Christie & Jodi or Jaime & Cara would be the next team eliminated.
  • After Leg 3, Brad & Victoria were the third team eliminated and were sent to the villa. Their arrival surprised the other two eliminated teams. While recounting the events leading to her and Brad's elimination, Victoria broke down into tears. Tensions developed between Steve & Linda and Preston & Jennifer during the conversation, as Jennifer was perceived as an incessant talker, even interrupting Linda at one point. The next morning, the three eliminated teams visited a Buddhist temple, receiving a blessing of good luck from a monk.
  • After Leg 4, Amanda & Kris were the fourth team eliminated and were sent to the villa. They talked about what happened during the leg, erroneously deducing that it was either Christie & Jodi or Kisha & Jen who had U-Turned them. Afterward, the four eliminated teams went to the beach to celebrate Loy Krathong.
  • Leg 5 was a non-elimination leg, hence no new teams were sent to the villa. The eliminated teams received Thai massages and went ziplining.
  • After Leg 6, Christie & Jodi were the fifth team eliminated and were sent to the villa. They first told Amanda & Kris that it was Margie & Luke who U-Turned them, which came as a shock to everyone. Tension developed between Steve and the rest of the group, especially Preston & Jennifer. Steve accused the group of shunning him and Linda, leading to an argument.
  • After Leg 7, Mel & Mike were the sixth team eliminated and were sent to the villa. They expressed how the remaining teams on the race are becoming more competitive. Afterward, everyone went shopping at a nearby marketplace. Tension continued to grow between Preston & Jennifer when Preston became irritated with Jennifer over her buying another purse.
  • Leg 8 was a non-elimination leg, hence no new teams were eliminated. Due to their constant arguing, Preston & Jennifer chose to spend some time away from each other. The eliminated teams spent the day snorkeling and kayaking at an island.
  • After Leg 9, Mark & Michael were the seventh team eliminated. Before receiving a phone call from the latest team that was eliminated, the eliminated teams at the villa went on a safari, most notably riding an elephant. Afterward, Mark & Michael called the villa to inform the other teams of their elimination and told the teams at the villa of their time penalties that led to their elimination. All teams agreed that they wanted to see Jaime & Cara be eliminated next.
  • Leg 10 was a double-length leg, shown over two episodes. A new episode of Elimination Station was posted after each half aired:
    • After the first half, Elimination Station showed the sequestered teams on their last day at the Elimination Station, where the teams discussed their time together and who they wanted to see win the Race. As the eliminated teams packed for their trip to the End City, each of the teams further reminisced about their stay at the Elimination Station.
    • After the second half, Kisha & Jen were the eighth and final team eliminated. Elimination Station showed the six eliminated teams arriving at the End City in Maui, Hawaii. After arriving in Maui, the teams checked in to a hotel. Once they checked in, they swam and snorkeled at the beach, then returned to the hotel to await a phone call from the eighth team eliminated. The teams at the hotel were shocked and disappointed to hear about Kisha & Jen's elimination, especially Preston & Jennifer who wanted them to win. They told them about what went wrong during the second half of the leg and talked about having been U-Turned by Tammy & Victor. Kisha & Jen said they wanted to see either Jaime & Cara or Tammy & Victor win, despite having been U-Turned by the latter. Kisha & Jen then told the other eliminated teams that they would meet again at the Finish Line before hanging up. The eliminated teams then shared their thoughts about the upcoming final leg of the race, many of them expressing their shock over the fact that Jaime & Cara were one of the final three teams.
  • Leg 11 was the final leg of The Amazing Race 14. Mark & Michael and Kisha & Jen reunited with the other eliminated teams at the Finish Line. Many teams believed that Tammy & Victor would win the race, while Kisha & Jen expressed how Margie & Luke had gotten more tense with each other. Teams expressed their opinions about the final three teams at the Finish Line along with their joys and disappointments.

Race summary

The Route of the Race
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   U-turn.png U-Turn   F-Forward.png Fast Forward   Speedbump.png Speed Bump   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → Switzerland)

Verzasca Dam near Locarno in Ticino, Switzerland. In the first Roadblock of the Race, one team member had to bungee jump off the dam, the second-highest commercial bungee jump in the world.

In the leg's Roadblock, one member of the team had to bungee jump off the Verzasca Dam, the second highest commercial bungee in the world, at a height of 70 stories.

Additional notes
  • Teams had a choice to take a flight from Los Angeles to either Zürich or Milan and then take a train to Locarno, Switzerland. Six teams chose the flight to Zürich and five teams chose the flight to Milan.
Additional tasks
  • Upon arrival at the Church of Sant'Antonio, teams signed up for one of three departure times, all of which were the following morning. At the departure time, the priest gave them a picture similar to the one pictured at right, and teams were left to figure out that the picture was of the Verzasca Dam.
  • At Kleine Rugen Wiese, teams had to transport 200 pounds (91 kg) of cheese (four wheels) from a shed to the bottom of the hill using traditional Swiss cheese carriers. Once the cheese was stacked, they would get the next clue.
  • Upon arrival in Stechelberg, teams had to listen for the greeters' yodeling to locate the Pit Stop.

Leg 2 (Switzerland → Germany → Austria)

Teams had to drive from Bavaria, Germany, to Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg, Austria, the second Pit Stop of the race.

In the leg's Roadblock, one team member to paraglide down a mountain to a landing zone, where their partner was waiting. In the event of unfavorable winds, racers had a choice between waiting an undetermined amount of time for optimal weather conditions or taking a 60-minute hike down the mountain. In the leg's Detour, teams had to chose between Balancing Dolly or Austrian Folly. In Balancing Dolly, teams had to ride Segways over a 2-mile (3.2 km) stunt course. In Austrian Folly, team members had to throw Bavarian pies at their partner's face until they found one with cherry filling.

Additional tasks
  • At the Holzsäger, teams had to wait for the Tyrolean woodcutters to cut a piece of wood. Once teams had their wood, it would be stamped with their next clue.

Leg 3 (Austria → Romania)

Bran Castle, the fabled home of Dracula, overlooked a Detour task and the third Pit Stop of the race.

In the leg's Roadblock, one member of each team had to go through a series of moves for 3 gymnastics disciplines: the balance beam, the parallel bars, and floor exercises before receiving their next clue. In this leg's Detour, teams had to chose between Gypsy Moves or Vampire Remains. In Gypsy Moves, teams had to help a family of gypsies move from one camp to another by loading their belongings on a traditional horse-drawn cart and unloading them at another location. In Vampire Remains, teams had to drag a chained coffin to a field of stakes on the land of Bran Castle. Once there, they had to undo the chains of the coffin to find several antique frames which they then had to smash against stakes (i.e., impale, a reference to Vlad the Impaler) until they found one containing a flag that they could trade for their next clue.

Leg 4 (Romania → Russia)

Upon arriving in the city of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, teams were only given a 10 ruble bill and were told to head to the location featured on the banknote: the Krasnoyarsk Dam.

In this leg's Detour, teams had to chose between Stack or Construct. In Stack, teams had to stack wood into a large wall formation in front of an existing stack. If their wall collapsed into the existing one, they would have to rebuild both. In Construct, teams had to assemble a local-style window frame, then look for a house marked with a "Repairs Needed" sign and install the window there. In the leg's Roadblock, one team member to complete a lap on a bobsled roller coaster in under four minutes while looking for seven letters scattered around the track. They then had to arrange the letters correctly (CHEKHOV) in order to receive their next clue.

Additional task
  • Upon arriving in Krasnoyarsk, teams were only given a 10 Russian ruble note and were told that their first location was illustrated on the bill: the Krasnoyarsk Dam.

Leg 5 (Russia)

Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre was the fifth pit stop in the race.

In this leg's Detour was a choice between Russian Bride or Russian Snowplow. In Russian Bride, using Lada cars, teams took themselves to a Soviet-era apartment - apartment building 4 in Komsomolskaya Street, fetched one Russian bride and brought her to the Voznesensky Cathedral, where her groom was waiting. Once the team had a picture taken with the couple, the groom handed the team their next clue. In Russian Snowplow, with their Lada cars, teams headed to Stadium Spartak, where each team member took turns driving a snowplow through a marked lane while directed by their partner. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to choose two Russian marathon runners who would help them warm up, before he or she stripped down to his or her underwear to run a 1.4-mile (2.3 km) course toward the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, where their partner, who was transported there separately, would join them in heading to the Pit Stop.

Leg 6 (Russia → India)

Amber Fort, where teams performed the camel feeding Roadblock

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member tended to a herd of camels belonging to the Maharaja by using traditional tools to pile hay up to a marked line and fill a trough with water. In this leg's Detour, teams had to chose between Movers or Shakers. In Movers, teams headed to the Sanganeri Gate, chose two rickshaws loaded with barrels of hay and transported them 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the Zorawar Singh Gate. When they reached the Zorawar Singh Gate, they then had to search through the hay for a metal elephant charm which they could then trade for their next clue. In Shakers, teams should go to a junction (called Badi Chopar, intersection of Johari Bazar, Tripoli Bazar, Ramganz Bazar and Sireh Deori Bazar Roads) and dressed in traditional costumes and joined a local dance troupe to collect INR100 (around US$2) worth of tips. They then gave the money they earned to the band leader to receive their next clue. For this leg's Speed Bump, Christie & Jodi proceeded to Kala Hanuman Temple and had to decorate an elephant's face with various paints. If the mahout was satisfied with their work, they will be able to continue the Race.

Additional tasks
  • At the Sacred Tree at Dhula Village, teams were left to figure out that their next clue would be revealed to them by picking up one of two telephones and calling one of the four telephone numbers provided. The person on the line then told them the location of their next clue: Amber Fort.

Leg 7 (India → Thailand)

At the Phuket Zoo, teams had to participate in an elephant show

In this leg's Detour, teams had to chose between 100 Barrels or 2 Miles. In 100 Barrels, teams had to travel to Pae Yod, choose one of 6 fishing boats, fill 47 barrels with water, and load 53 on the upper deck. In 2 Miles, teams had to transport a rickshaw (with one team member sitting in it) 2 miles (3.2 km) from Wat Phutta Mongkhon Nimit to King Rama IX Park to find the next clue. Bike pumps were provided alongside the rickshaws in the event of a flat tire. An unaired Fast Forward involved going to a market and buying items for a local orphanage using the team's own cash resources. Once a team buys enough items, they will win the Fast Forward award. [6]

Additional tasks
  • At the start of the leg, teams were given a picture of a gorilla statue, and were left to figure that the statue was located in Phuket Zoo.
  • At Phuket Zoo, teams had to take a picture with Phuket Zoo's main mascot, Esso the tiger, then participate in an elephant show, which involved being lightly stepped and squatted on by elephants. When the elephant show concluded, the tiger handler would hand them their picture, which contained their next clue.
  • At Nguan Choon Tuan Herbs Shop, teams had to direct a shopkeeper to search through 99 boxes with herbs to find one of six that contained their next clue.

Leg 8 (Thailand)

Phaya Thai Palace was the site of the eighth Pit Stop of the race

In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to put a propeller on a traditional Thai long-tail boat properly in order to receive their next clue. In this leg's Detour, teams had to chose between Broken Teeth or Broken Record. In Broken Teeth, teams headed to the "Street of Happy Smiles" where they had to match five patients with their dentures, after which the teams would receive their clue. In Broken Record, teams had to travel to Bangkok's Chinatown at Yaowarat Road - Wat Samphantawong and choose a group of kathoeys and a "party taxi"; then they sang karaoke, entertaining the other travelers, as the taxi driver drove them 5 miles (8.0 km) through the Bangkok traffic to their next destination to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • After completing the Roadblock, teams had to navigate the waterways of Bangkok in the long-tail boat using the map provided to find the Peninsula Pier.

Leg 9 (Thailand → China)

Teams had to find Banyan Lake overlooking the Sun and Moon Pagodas of Guilin for their ninth Pit Stop of the race.

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to direct a cormorant to retrieve fish they had thrown in the river. Once they retrieved 10 of the fish, they received their next clue. For this leg's Speed Bump, Mark & Michael had to go to a stylish hair salon and then wash and dry the hair of two waiting women before they could continue. In this Detour, teams chose between Choreography or Calligraphy. In Choreography, teams had to perform a traditional dance routine. If their dance won the approval of two judges, they received their next clue. In Calligraphy, teams had to copy Chinese characters written by a calligrapher at four stations. Once the calligrapher was satisfied with the teams' calligraphy, he stamped their paper, and they proceeded to find the next station, which was named in the characters they had just copied. Once they had received all four stamps, they received their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Folded Brocade Mountains, in an unaired task, teams had to climb to the Peak of the Luminous Moon and strike the "Drums of Life" before receiving the clue to the hair salon.

Leg 10 (China)

The Drum Tower was the midpoint for this leg of the race in Beijing, China.
The Beijing National Stadium was the penultimate and the tenth Pit Stop of the race.

In this leg's first Roadblock, one team member had to drink a cup of Chinese medicinal tea, then endure a traditional therapeutic foot massage for 10 minutes. After the massage and another cup of tea, they would receive their next clue. In the case teams were unable to bear the painful part of the massage, they would tap one side of their chair and say "uncle" to signal the masseuse to stop. Doing so, however, would mean restarting the massage from the beginning. In this leg's first Detour, teams had to chose between Sync or Swim. In Sync, teams jumped off three-meter springboards and attempted to touch the water in unison. Teams had to score a five from the judges in order to obtain their next clue. In Swim, teams donned a pair of Speedo LZR Racer suits, the same type of suit worn by Michael Phelps in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, then teams had to swim eight lengths of the pool (400 meters) with each team member alternating after two lengths (100 meters). When they swam the whole eight lengths, they would receive their next clue (Phelps' world record time of 4:03.84 at the 400m individual medley from the 2008 Summer Olympics was shown for comparison, but teams were not required to beat it).

In the leg's second Detour, teams traveled to Huguang Guild Hall and had to chose between Beijing Opera or Chinese Waiter. In Beijing Opera, teams had to travel to the Huguang Huiguan Opera House; once there, they had to apply make-up onto each other exactly like the two models next to them. After approval, they had to go to the stage and bow to the master, who would hand them their next clue. In Chinese Waiter, teams had to travel to Huguang Huiguan restaurant; once there, they had to record four customer orders, spoken in Mandarin. Then, teams had to take their pad to a chef and pronounce the Mandarin orders correctly to have the chef prepare them. When teams served the plates to the customers, they would receive their next clue. In this leg's second Roadblock, one team member had to eat four fried Chinese delicacies: a grasshopper, beetle larvae, a scorpion, and a starfish. After they finished, they would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Beihai Street Mall, teams had to search its stores for a Travelocity gnome, which had their next clue on the bottom of its base.
  • Upon arriving at Gugong Xibei Jiao, teams had to locate electric bicycles and use them to transport themselves past the Forbidden City and cross Tiananmen Square to Dongdan Station where they would find their next clue.

Leg 11 (China → United States)

While in Maui, teams prepared puaʻa kālua, a pig roasted in the traditional kalua method.

The final Roadblock of the Race required one team member to search through a pile of more than 300 surfboards for eleven that displayed a picture depicting a task, location, or person related to the ten previous legs of the race—one from each of the first nine legs, and one from each half of the double leg (the remaining surfboards had pictures depicting unrelated objects, some of which were pictures showing tasks from previous seasons). Then they had to arrange the surfboards in a fence in chronological order of their appearance during the Race. When all eleven surfboards were displayed in the correct order, they would receive their final clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Beach Access 118, teams had to season a 145-pound (66 kg) pig with island flavoring, then carry it suspended on a bamboo pole 200 yards (180 m) along the beach to a Hawaiian luau. At the luau, they had to properly cover the pig for traditional kalua cooking to receive their next clue. This task was one of the two Detour choices on this leg, but since all teams chose to do the same Detour, it was shown as a miscellaneous task.
  • At McGregor Point, teams had to get on a personal water craft and ride one mile (1.6 km) along a marked path in search of a field of 100 buoys. They then had to search the buoys for one of four that had their next clue attached.
  • An unaired task before the Finish Line required teams to search for a statue.[14]


US Nielsen ratings

# Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
1 "Don't Let A Cheese Hit Me" 5.4 9 2.6/7[15] 9.20 #27
2 "Your Target Is Your Partner's Face" 4.4 7[16] 2.6/6[16] 7.81[16] #34
3 "I'm Not Wearing That Girl's Leotard" 6.6 11 3.0/8 10.60 #18
4 "It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots" 6.1 10 3.1/8 10.13 #28
5 "She’s a Little Scared of Stick, But I Think She’ll Be OK!" 5.9 10 3.1/8 10.33 #26
6 "Alright Guys, We're at War!" 7.2 11 3.2/8 12.42[17] #15
7 "Gorilla? Gorilla?? Gorilla???" 7.1 11 3.8/10 11.97 #12
8 "Rooting Around in People's Mouths Could Be Unpleasant" 6.2 10 2.9/8[18] 10.58 #18
9 "Our Parents Will Cry Themselves to Death" 6.1 10 N/A 10.31 #20
10 "Having a Baby's Gotta Be Easier Than This" 6.0 10 N/A 10.27 #17
11 "No More Mr. Nice Guy"[11] 6.8 9 2.0/7 10.84 #20
12 "This is How You Lose a Million Dollars" 7.6 10 N/A 12.49 #19

Canadian ratings

# Episode Viewers
1 "Don't Let A Cheese Hit Me" 1.959[19] #5[19]
2 "Your Target Is Your Partner's Face" 1.446[20] #15[20]
3 "I'm Not Wearing That Girl's Leotard" 2.000 #4
4 "It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots" 2.013 #4
5 "She’s a Little Scared of Stick, But I Think She’ll Be OK!" 1.868 #8
6 "Alright Guys, We're at War!" 1.943 #5
7 "Gorilla? Gorilla?? Gorilla???" 1.876 #5
8 "Rooting Around in People's Mouths Could Be Unpleasant" 1.559 #10
9 "Our Parents Will Cry Themselves to Death" 2.070 #6
10 "Having a Baby's Gotta Be Easier Than This" 2.178 #2
11 "No More Mr. Nice Guy"[11] 1.986 #5
12 "This is How You Lose a Million Dollars" 2.165 #4


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