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The Amazing Race 8

The Amazing Race 8
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The Amazing Race: Family Edition logo
Presented byPhil Keoghan
No. of teams10
WinnersNick, Alex, Megan and
No. of legs11
Distance traveled11,000 mi (18,000 km)
No. of episodes11
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 27 -
December 13, 2005
Additional information
Filming datesJuly 7, 2005 - July 31, 2005
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The Amazing Race 8 (also known as The Amazing Race: Family Edition) was the eighth installment of the American reality television show The Amazing Race. Previous installments of The Amazing Race featured pairs of adults with a pre-existing relationship but The Amazing Race 8 featured ten families of four and allowed the participation of minors as young as eight years old. Filming ran from July 7, 2005 to July 31, 2005. The show premiered on Tuesday, September 27, 2005, and concluded on Tuesday, December 13, 2005.

Siblings Nick, Alex, Megan, and Tommy Linz were the winners of this season. This is the last of four consecutive seasons in which the winning teams consisted of at least one man and one woman. At 19 and 21 years of age respectively, Tommy and Megan became the youngest male and female to win the US series (Starr Spangler of Season 13 later equaled Megan's record).

A DVD set of this season was released on October 23, 2012, via's CreateSpace program.


Development and filming

The Starting Line of The Amazing Race: Family Edition was at Empire - Fulton Ferry State Park close to the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.

The eighth season of The Amazing Race spanned 11,000 miles (18,000 km), the shortest route of the series.[] This Race placed less emphasis on international travel as numerous legs were contained within the continental United States, and all Race locations were inside North America. Panama and Costa Rica were countries included in the race for the first time. Filming took place between July 7, 2005 and July 31, 2005.[1][2]

Route markers were colored yellow and white with black lining, similar to the yellow and white route markers of Season one (and in contrast to the yellow and red markers used in all other seasons). As with The Amazing Race 7, the winners of this season were revealed in an online betting scandal before the airing of the final episode.[3]

For this Race, the supplied credit card covered not only airfare but also gasoline. Previously, gasoline had to be purchased with the supplied cash. The rule change was made necessary by the fact that most of the transportation takes place in automobiles rather than airplanes.[]

The limits on individual Roadblock attempts, found in Season six and seven, were lifted for this season. Furthermore, some Roadblocks in this edition required the participation of two team members. Also, for the first time since Season five, a mid-race leg (specifically, Leg 4) was aired as not having a Roadblock.

During Leg 1, Renee Rogers fell at the Starting Line and suffered a concussion. The Rogers Family did not realize the severity of the injury until they had gone to a hospital after being eliminated from the Race during the next leg.[4]

During Leg 6, at Poás Volcano, the clue envelope appeared to contain Fast Forward instructions; however, this was not mentioned or described, since either no team took advantage or plans for the task fell through. The Fast Forward in Leg 5 was introduced as the only one in the Race as the show was televised. An online source claims that the task was simply not used, and all references were excised in editing.[5]

According to an interview with Wally Bransen on RFF Radio, Hurricane Emily forced producers to cancel a leg in Belize, giving teams an extra day off in Costa Rica after Leg 6.[]


In March 2005, host Phil Keoghan toured several cities in the United States (Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Los Angeles) to scout contestants for the race. Final casting interviews took place in Las Vegas.

The full list of families that participated the Race (with their relationships) follow, in alphabetical order:

  • Aiello - Tony, Kevin, Matt, and David; father- and sons-in-law
  • Black - Reggie, Kim, Kenneth, and Austin; father, mother, and sons
  • Bransen - Walter "Wally", Elizabeth "Beth", Lauren, and Lindsay; father and daughters
  • Gaghan - Bill, Tammy, Billy, and Carissa; father, mother, son, and daughter
  • Godlewski - Michelle, Sharon, Christine, and Tricia; sisters
  • Linz - Nick, Alex, Megan, and Tommy; brothers and sister
  • Paolo - Tony, Marion, DJ, and Brian; father, mother, and sons
  • Rogers - Denny, Renee, Brittney, and Brock; father, mother, daughter, and son
  • Schroeder - Mark, Char, Stassi, and Hunter; father, step-mother, daughter, and son
  • Weaver - Linda, Rebecca, Rachel, and Rolly; widowed mother, daughters, and son

Kevin O'Connor and Drew Feinberg from Season 1 made a cameo appearance during the first leg of the Race, handing out clues to teams in New York City at a hot dog stand.

Linda Weaver's husband, Roy, a track safety worker, was killed in an accident when he was run over by a race car at Daytona International Speedway in 2004. She reluctantly participated in two challenges directly related to racing. One was a go-kart race in Arizona, and the other involved traveling around Talladega Superspeedway on a party bike.

Billy and Carissa Gaghan wrote introductions for My Ox is Broken, a book about The Amazing Race.[6]

Stassi Schroeder later appeared in the Oxygen reality series Queen Bees and finished in 7th place.[7] Schroeder later appeared on the Bravo reality series Vanderpump Rules as a part of that cast.

Renee Rogers died on November 24, 2013, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, at the age of 51.[8]

This is one of the three seasons (among the first ten) that 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:

Family Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks
1 2 3 41 5 6?2 7 8 9 103 114
Linz Family Siblings 9th 2nd 2nd 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st> 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st
Bransen Family Dad and Daughters 7th 6th 1st 1st 3rd 3rd 5th 4th 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd
Weaver Family Widow and Kids 3rd 1st 5th 5th 2nd 5th< 2nd 3rd 4th< 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd
Sisters 1st 3rd 4th 4th 6th 4th 1st 1st 3rd 4th 4th
Paolo Family Dad, Mom and Kids 6th 8th 6th 2nd 1st? 1st> 4th 5th
Gaghan Family Dad, Mom and Kids 2nd 7th 7th 6th 5th 6th
5th 4th 3rd 7th
Aiello Family Father and Sons-in-Law 8th 5th 8th
Rogers Family Dad, Mom and Kids 4th 9th
Black Family Dad, Mom and Kids 10th
  • 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 and belongings (except for passports and the clothes on their back) for the remainder of the Race. In addition, they were not allotted money for the next leg.
  • A green ? 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 leg number indicates that there was no mandatory rest period at the Pit Stop and all teams were ordered to continue racing. An underlined team placement indicates that the team came in last on a "continue racing" leg and was ordered to continue racing.
  • A yellow > indicates that the team chose to use the Yield; < indicates the team who received it.
  • Italicized results indicate the position of the team at the midpoint of a double-leg at the overnight rest point in the Final 3.
  1. ^ An additional task in Leg 4 was presented to teams as a Roadblock but was aired as a miscellaneous task. This task is included in the Roadblock tally because every team was shown having a particular member performing it.
  2. ^ The Fast Forward in Leg 6 was unaired.
  3. ^ Leg 10 is a double-length leg. It featured a Virtual Pit Stop, and had two Detours and two Roadblocks shown over two episodes.
  4. ^ Leg 11 is also a double-length leg, but combined with two Detours and two Roadblocks shown over two hour finale episode. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams were at the leg's halfway point.
  5. ^ The Weaver Family was not shown performing the Roadblock on air, as the Linz and Bransen Families had already crossed the Finish Line. The interview after the Race with the family revealed that Rebecca was the team member who did the Roadblock. This is included in the Roadblock count.

Episode title quotes

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

  1. "Go, Mommy, Go! We Can Beat Them!" - Billy Gaghan
  2. "How Do We Know We Aren't Going to Get Shot?" - Carissa Gaghan
  3. "I Don't Kiss I Make Out" - Stassi Schroeder
  4. "Think Like An Office Chair" - Rachel Weaver
  5. "We're Getting Out of the Country, Girls" - Tommy Linz
  6. "I'm Sick of Doing Stuff I Can't Do" - Linda Weaver
  7. "You Look Ridiculous" - Phil Keoghan[a]
  8. "How's That Face Feel?" - Megan Linz
  9. "Don't Talk To Me Like I Was An Animal Or Something" - Christine Godlewski
  10. "The Family Christmas Card" - Wally Bransen
  11. "25 Days, 50 Cities, And More Than 600 Consecutive Hours Together as a Family" - Phil Keoghan


Individual prizes were awarded to the first family to complete each leg, with trips provided by Travelocity. The prizes were:

Race summary

Route map

Leg 1 (New York -> New Jersey -> Pennsylvania)

In the Amish community within Pennsylvania, one of the Detour choices was a buggy course.

Airdate: September 27, 2005

The first Detour of the Race was a choice between Build It or Buggy It. In Build It, teams needed to use a set of provided materials to construct a functioning scale model of a watermill. Once assembled, they then used two buckets of water to power the mill and prove their work to receive their next clue. In Buggy It, two members from each team had to pull a traditional Amish buggy along a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) course while the other two rode inside to receive their next clue after completing the course.

Additional tasks
  • At the Starting Line, teams grabbed their clue on top of their luggage and were instructed to pick a GMC Yukon XL to drive themselves to Eastern Mountain Sports in SoHo. They then had to pick up camping gear for the Race (four sleeping bags, four camping mats, four headlamps and one tent) and obtain their next clue from the store cashier.
  • From Eastern Mountain Sports, teams had to find a "frank" on a 91st street between Park and Lexington, where Kevin & Drew from the first season posing as hot dog vendors would hand out the next clue.
  • At Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania, teams had to recreate George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River by choosing a rowboat to cross the Delaware River into Washington Crossing State Park in New Jersey. Once across, they had to retrieve a 13-star flag, then row back to the Pennsylvania shore and observe a flag-folding ceremony to get their next clue.
  • At Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park, teams had to pitch a tent as quickly as possible. Once the tent was assembled and an Eagle Scout approved their work, they would be given a pass to one of three 30-minute intervals to leave the next morning, at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., or 11:00 a.m.
  • After the Detour, teams were instructed to head to the Pit Stop at the Rohrer Family Farm in Lancaster by looking for the blue silos along Blue Rock Road.

Leg 2 (Pennsylvania -> Washington, D.C. -> Virginia)

The Detours on this leg featured tasks about the American Civil War (the pictured reenactment is in Danville, Illinois)

Airdate: October 4, 2005

For this Roadblock, one team member had to search for one of ten spies among 50 people carrying an identical briefcase around the Tidal Basin. To identify the spy, he or she had to whisper a code phrase, "The sky is blue", but only a spy would respond with the countersign phrase, "The sea is green", and the spy swapped briefcases with the tem member, where they would fine their next clue upon opening the briefcase. This task would be featured in Season 22 as a Switchback.

The Detour at Welbourne Manor was a choice between Heat of the Battle and Heat of the Night. In Heat of the Battle, teams took part in a full-scale American Civil War reenactment and had to use stretchers to transport five wounded soldiers off the battlefield to a surgical tent, where they received the next clue. In Heat of the Night, teams had to take a barrel of oil and a keg of kerosene to a workstation, where they had to fill 20 oil lamps. Once done, they must light all of the lamps and take them to the quartermaster to receive the next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Shoe House Road, one team member had to search the perimeter of the giant shoe to get their next clue.
  • At the Capitol Reflecting Pool, teams were instructed to find a limousine parked on 3rd Street and search for an unseen contact who would give them a briefcase, which they must take to the Tidal Basin.
  • After the Detour, each team had to grab a Civil War flag to bring to the nearby Pit Stop.

Leg 3 (Virginia -> South Carolina -> Alabama)

In Huntsville, teams visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Airdate: October 11, 2005

For this Detour, teams had to choose between Forrest Gump or Muddy Waters. In Forrest Gump, teams had to drive 7 miles (11 km) to Wando Shrimp Co. in Mount Pleasant, and hop onto a shrimp boat. They then had to use their hands to de-head 200 pounds (91 kg) of shrimp to receive their next clue. In Muddy Waters, teams had to drive 37 miles (60 km) to Ridgeville and find the Ridgeville Mud Run. Once there, teams drove a 4x4 SUV one lap through a mud obstacle course, including a 400-foot (120 m) gully filled with mud, to receive their next clue. If they got stuck, they would have to wait to be towed out and restart the course.

In the first special Roadblock of the Race, two team members had to ride in a centrifuge with a gravity speed of 3.2g. Once the pair endured the g-force, they would get their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Upon arrival in Charleston, teams had to choose a GMC Yukon XL and drive themselves to The Battery to find their next clue at the gazebo.
  • After the Detour, teams were instructed to go to the Charleston Visitor Center to sign-up for one of two charter buses to a mystery destination. The first bus departed at 3:00 p.m. and the second bus two hours later. These buses transported the teams to Huntsville.
  • After the Roadblock, teams walked almost one mile (1.6 km) to the nearby Rocket Park. Upon arrival, teams had to enter the space mission, search for the computers near Saturn V, and login to their AOL account to receive a video clue from Phil, instructing them to travel by foot to the Pit Stop at Space Shuttle Pathfinder.

Leg 4 (Alabama -> Mississippi -> Louisiana)

Teams rode one complete lap at the Talladega Superspeedway on a party bike on their visit to Alabama.

Airdate: October 18, 2005

There was a Roadblock on this leg that required one team member to climb to the top of the World's Largest Office Chair to receive their next clue; however, this was aired as a miscellaneous task.

The Detour was a choice between Work or Play. In Work, teams first had to don flannel clothing then use a two-person handsaw to cut four slices off a log, 12 inches (300 mm) in diameter, to receive their next clue from a lumberjack. In Play, teams had to don traditional New Orleans clothing, then make their way by canoe to a riverboat where they played a game of blackjack against a professional dealer. To win a round, the hand of each team member must have a combined total of more than the dealer's hand after the dealer stays at 17, or go bust (go over 21). When the team won three rounds, the dealer would give them their clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, teams had to search the indoor museum to find their next clue, which sent teams to the Talladega Superspeedway, where teams had to choose a party bike to complete one lap around the track. Once they completed the 2.6-mile (4.2 km) course, an official would give them their next clue.
  • After finishing their lap, teams had to find "Southern Colonel" in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, which they had to figure out was a mobile home dealership. Upon arrival, teams had to search through 37 mobile homes for one of three departure times for the next morning: 7:20 a.m., 7:40 a.m., or 8:00 a.m. They then had an overnight rest in the mobile home.
  • The next morning, teams found a clue on their marked cars which instructed them to drive to Richland and find a BP gas station to receive their next clue from a clerk named Les. Teams then had to drive to the "Pelican State", which they must figure out was Louisiana, where they found their next clue at Fairview-Riverside State Park in Madisonville.
  • After the Detour, teams had to drive themselves across the longest bridge on Lake Pontchartrain to the state's largest city of New Orleans. They must then park their car on Esplanade Avenue and search for the Pit Stop, Preservation Hall, in the French Quarter.

Leg 5 (Louisiana -> Panama)

The Pit Stop for this leg of the Race was located at the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal.

Airdate: October 25, 2005

For the only aired Fast Forward on the Race, one team had to find a crane at the Pacific side of Panama Canal, on Pier 14 in Balboa. Once there, the family must split into pairs to perform a tandem bungee jump, 140 feet (43 m) above sea level. Once all members completed the drop, they would win the Fast Forward award.

The Detour was a choice between Rhythm or Coos. In Rhythm, teams traveled to Casco Viejo (English: Old Quarter) to collect four musical instruments: a saxophone (from Teatro Nacional de Panamá), a trumpet (from Escuela Simón Bolívar), a conga drum (from Casa Góngora) and a trombone (from Instituto Nacional de Cultura). Once they retrieved all the instruments, they had to deliver them by foot to Take Five Jazz and Wine where the band leader would hand them their next clue. In Coos, teams traveled to El Parque Metropolitan, where they had to use binoculars to search the rainforest canopy for wooden replicas of five local bird species from a provided bird identification card. Once a bird was found, they had to circle the correct species on the card. When they had five correct circles, they presented the card to the bird expert to get their next clue. However, if they circled the wrong birds, they would have to repeat the task.

For this Roadblock, one team member to had to play baseball against a local little-league champion inside Estadio Juan Demóstenes Arosemena. If they got a base hit or home run, the umpire would give them their next clue. But if a player failed after three pitches, they would have to go back to the end of the line to try again.

Additional task
  • At the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gamboa, teams would board a boat to Barro Colorado Island and had to search for a scientist named Ricardo Diaz, who would give them their next clue. After finding Ricardo Diaz, teams had to return to Gamboa by boat and find a red devil bus, known locally as a diablo rojo, their means of transportation for the rest of the leg.

Leg 6 (Panama -> Costa Rica)

Poás Volcano National Park in Costa Rica was visited in this leg.

Airdate: November 1, 2005

In this Roadblock, one team member had to search through an 800-pound (360 kg) pile of coffee beans to find the one red bean that they had to give to the plantation manager for their next clue.

The Detour was a choice between Relic or Ripe. In Relic, teams traveled to a nearby rainforest within Manuel Antonio National Park, where they had to search for four Mayan relics on six road bridges. Once they delivered each of these relics to an archaeologist, they would receive the next clue. In Ripe, teams traveled to the Frutas Selectas del Tropico banana plantation, where they had to gather 15 bushels of bananas and load them onto hanging tracks. Teams then had to use a local pulling-system to haul the fruit to the distribution center. Once delivered, the foreman would give them their next clue.

There was an unaired Fast Forward during this leg, as teams were seen holding a Fast Forward at Poás Volcano National Park. However, this Fast Forward was unaired, and further details are unknown.

Additional tasks
  • At Tica Bus Terminal, teams had to pull a departure time on one of two charter buses to San José, Costa Rica, leaving thirty minutes apart at 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
  • Once in San José, teams had to choose a marked vehicle at Parqueo Publico Adrian and drive themselves to Poás Volcano National Park to find their next clue.
  • At the Roca Loca Surf Shop, teams had to find a man named Xavier to receive their next clue.

Leg 7 (Costa Rica -> Arizona)

La Iglesia de Metal in Grecia was the location of the Detour clue on this leg.

Airdate: November 8, 2005

The Detour was a choice between Brush or Barrel. In Brush, teams had to travel 10 miles (16 km) to Taller Eloy Alfaro in Sarchí. Once there, they must choose two partially painted cartwheels, and use the provided pattern to fill-in the missing section. When they finished decorating the wheel and the artist approved their work, they would receive their clue. In Barrel, teams traveled 10 miles (16 km) to a Sugarcane factory called Ingenio La Argentina, where they had to load a tractor with one tonne (0.98 long tons; 1.1 short tons) of harvested sugarcane, then transport it 6 miles (9.7 km) to the rum factory Fabrica Nacional de Licores. Once the sugarcane was delivered, they had to search a warehouse to find a marked barrel-rack hidden among dozens of rum barrels to receive their next clue.

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to drive a racing go-kart at Bondurant SuperKart School for 50 laps of the race track. Once they successfully completed all the laps, they received their next clue.

Additional task
  • At the start of the leg, teams traveled by foot to Playa Maracas, where one team member had to swim to a buoy to get their next clue.

Leg 8 (Arizona)

In Page, Arizona, teams visited Glen Canyon Dam to find the Detour clue. Beside the dam, the Colorado River is shown (foreground).

Airdate: November 8, 2005

In this leg's Roadblock, teams traveled to Fighter Combat International at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. One team member had to fly in a fighter plane and, following the pilot's direction, perform a 360-degree loop. Once the loop was completed, they would land and get their next clue.

The Detour was a choice between Bearing or Bailing. For both Detours options, the teams traveled by motorized raft to Horseshoe Bend along the Colorado River. In Bearing, teams had to choose one of five color-coded card with unique compass bearing. They then followed the bearing to the next card and repeated the process until they obtained four cards. Once teams had all four cards, they could exchange them for the next clue. In Bailing, teams had to use their hands and provided tools to bail water out of a submerged boat until it was light enough to carry. Once the boat had been carried ashore and across a line in the sand, teams would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Glen Canyon Dam, teams had to choose a guide that would take them to their next clue atop the dam.
  • After the Detour, teams were directed to Antelope Point where they would head down a path to Lake Powell and race on motorboats to their Pit Stop, a marked houseboat.

Leg 9 (Arizona -> Utah)

While in Utah, teams encountered a Roadblock involving pool ski jump at the Utah Olympic Park.

Airdate: November 22, 2005

The Detour was a choice between Ride Down or Drop Down. In Ride Down, teams had to choose bikes and ride a 6-mile (9.7 km) course down the mountain, then to Bull Canyon to retrieve their next clue. In Drop Down, teams completed a two-stage rappel, totalling 270 feet (82 m), to reach Bull Canyon and their next clue.

For the Roadblock, one team member was required to put on skis and descend a 60-foot (18 m) ski-jump training ramp into an Olympic pool to get their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At John Ford's Point, two team members from each family to take a helicopter to Elephant Butte, where they could retrieve the next clue from the summit. The helicopter could take two families at a time.
  • After the Detour, teams were instructed to travel to Green River, and find Green River State Park for an overnight rest. Teams received departure times 15 minutes apart, determined by the order of their arrival.
  • The next day, teams found their clues on marked GMC Yukon vehicles, directing them to Heber City to find Bart the Bear, who had the next clue in his mouth.

Leg 10 (Utah -> Wyoming -> Montana)

At Yellowstone National Park, teams had to wait for the eruption of Old Faithful before receiving their next clue.

Airdate: November 29, 2005

The Detour, at the Heber Valley Railway, was a choice between Spike It or Steam It. In Spike It, teams used historic materials and tools to complete a 20-foot (6.1 m) section of railway track. In Steam It, teams used buckets to fill the tender of a steam locomotive with nearly 400 pounds (180 kg) of coal. In both Detours, teams would need to get their work approved by a railway engineer before receiving their next clue.

The first Roadblock required two team members mounted horses and took six cattle from a holding pen, herding them a quarter-mile (400 m) into a corral. Once completed, the cowboy would give them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Park City High School, teams chose a pilot and helped to inflate a hot air balloon. They then flew across the Utah countryside. After landing, teams would receive their next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams had to travel to the Tree of Utah at Bonneville Salt Flats and search the grounds for their next clue.
  • At Bear Lake Rendezvous Beach in Garden City, teams had to spend the night. They received departure times 15 minutes apart, depending on their arrival order.
  • After completing the Roadblock, the clue written on a manuscript was "I'm old, I'm faithful". Teams had to figure out that the next location was Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park. Teams had to wait for the geyser to erupt before a fireman gave them their next clue.
One side of the Detour involved teams building a teepee.

Airdate: December 6, 2005

At the second Detour, teams had a choice between Pioneer Spirit or Native Tradition. In Pioneer Spirit, teams had to attach four wheels to a covered wagon, hook up a team of horses, and drive along a quarter-mile (400 m) course. In Native Tradition, teams had to use traditional materials and tools to build a teepee.

In the second Roadblock, two team members chose a colored flag and attached it to a Buick Lucerne golf cart. They then drove to the Red Lodge Mountain golf course and searched for balls the same color as their flag. Once the task was completed, the golf pro would give them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Turtle Ranch, teams had to find a marked SUV that would take them to their next clue.
  • After completing the Detour, teams were given the clue "Do you know the hotel named after Buffalo Bill's daughter?" The teams had to figure out that refers to Irma, and went to the Irma Hotel. Upon entering the hotel, teams had to dress in period clothing and take a picture with a Buffalo Bill impersonator. Once the photo developed, he would give them their next clue.
  • At Red Lodge Mountain Golf Course, teams had to find the "Tenth Tee" to retrieve their next clue.

Leg 11 (Montana -> Canada -> New York)

Teams spent the double-length leg in Canada by visiting the Montreal Biosphere, which hosted Expo 67 (top), and continued on to the CN Tower, the [then] tallest freestanding tower in the world, in Toronto (bottom).

Airdate: December 13, 2005

The first Detour of the double-leg was a choice between Slide It or Roll It. In Slide It, teams traveled to Glenfinnan Rink at McGill University to participate in the sport of curling. Each team member glided a granite stone 120 feet (37 m) down the ice to the house target. Once a team member got a stone into the house or touched the house with a total of 4 targets, they would receive their next clue. In Roll It, teams traveled to Morgan Arboretum and had to use lumberjack tools to roll four wooden logs along the 100-foot (30 m) course in order to receive their next clue from the lumberjack.

In the leg's first Roadblock, teams traveled to La Porte J at Trapezium, where one team member had to successfully complete a flying trapeze maneuver known as a "catch" in order to receive their clue.

The final Detour of the Race was a choice between Ship or Shoe. In Ship, teams sailed across Toronto Harbour from Queens Quay to the schooner Kajama. One team member climbed 100 feet (30 m) to the top of the mast to retrieve a nautical flag. Once they retrieved the flag, the captain would hand them their next clue. In Shoe, teams traveled to Bata Shoe Museum, where they would choose a pair of shoes; when they found a woman wearing a matching shoe among 100 women standing in the museum, they would receive their next clue.

For the final Roadblock of the Race, one team member had to assemble a 71 piece giant jigsaw puzzle map of Central and North America (excluding the Caribbean). Once the puzzle was completed, teams were allowed to go to the Finish Line.

Additional tasks
  • At the Square-Victoria Metro Station, teams had to enter the Underground City and search the passageways to find the basement of the Centre CDP building to find their next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams were told to head to "American Pavilion" in which Montreal hosted Expo 67. They had to figure out that the next destination was Montreal Biosphere. Once there, teams had to climb to the 5th floor and get the next clue.
  • From Olympic Park, teams had to ride on a golf cart to the Olympic Stadium and enter through the one door large enough to drive through. Once arriving, teams had to search through 56,000 stadium seats for one of three charter flights to the mystery destination, with departure times the following morning at 5:45 a.m., 5:50 a.m., and 5:55 a.m. It was revealed to viewers that teams would be flying to Toronto.
  • Upon arriving in Toronto, teams had to find a clue on a marked GMC Yukon XL and made their way to the CN Tower. Once there, teams had to take an elevator to the observation deck at 1,122 feet (342 m). They then used binoculars to look for the next clue marker at Polson Pier.
  • At Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours on the Canadian side of Niagara Gorge, teams had to choose a jet boat from the boat ramp and take a ride up the gorge. Once there, teams had to grab their next clue from a buoy.
Final Amazing Challenge
  • After the Race ended, CBS hosted the "Final Amazing Challenge" on the official website where the second and third place teams, Bransen and Weaver families, respectively, would compete for a GMC Yukon XL. Using the completed map from the final Roadblock, teams ran out to clue boxes to retrieve cutouts, each representing tasks they performed on the race, and placed them on the associated part of the map. This was repeated for twelve cutouts; the first family to complete the task would win the challenge.

Critical Response

Fans, critics, and racers were lukewarm over the format changes implemented in this edition of The Amazing Race. The main issues were the lack of international travel and watered-down challenges tailored to families. The expanded cast also made it more difficult to develop individual story lines. Entertainment Weekly commented that "Half the fun of The Amazing Race has always been watching the inter- and intra-couple bickering that goes with being chronically late and lost in a foreign land. Seeing parents yell at their children in exotic New Jersey? Not so fun".[9]USA Today shared similar opinions, adding that "the idea of being trapped in the back seat for a forced cross-country family drive comes closer to a nightmare relived than a dream come true."[10] Racers were also disappointed that they did not have a chance to travel to more exotic locations, in one episode Marion Paolo commented "Why are we going to Phoenix, Arizona for? I want to go to New Zealand!" - a statement that also summed up the general opinion of the season.

In hindsight, the production team has admitted that the concept of a Family Edition "looked good on paper" but failed in execution, since child racers limited foreign travel for that season. Creators Bertram Van Munster and Jonathan Littman doubt that the family format will be revived in the future.[11]


Canadian ratings

Order Episode Viewers (millions) Rank
1 "Go Mommy Go We Can Beat Them" 2.62 #5[12]
2 "How Do We Know We Arent Going to Get Shot?" 2.34 #4
3 "I Dont Kiss, I Make Out" 2.30 #4
4 "Think Like An Office Chair" 2.65 #5
5 "Were Getting Out of the Country, Girls" 2.14 #5
6 "Im Sick of Doing Stuff I Can't Do" 2.14 #5
7 "You Look Ridiculous" 2.12 #8
8 "Hows That Face Feel" 2.20 #7
9 "Dont Talk To Me Like I Was An Animal Or Something" 1.97 #9
10 "The Family Christmas Card" 2.25 #5
11 "25 Days 50 Cities And More Than 600 Consecutive Hours Together as a Family" 2.66 #1


  1. ^ This double-length episode corresponds with legs 7 and 8. The second half's title quote is "I Don't Roll with the Punches, I Punch" from Tommy Linz.
  2. ^ The Bransen Family won this.


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  2. ^ Dehnart, Andy (July 28, 2005). "Rumor suggests "softened," North America-contained Amazing Race 8 may get "canned"". reality blurred. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "'The Amazing Race Family Edition' winners leaked via online betting?". Reality TV World. September 25, 2005. Retrieved 2019.
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  5. ^ "TAR Timeline: When, Where, What, and How - TWoP Forums - Page 74.733333333333". Archived from the original on 2012-07-17. Retrieved .
  6. ^ " - My Ox is Broken!". Retrieved 2006.
  7. ^ Hesse, Monica (2008-07-11). "Queen Bees: Do You Catch More Eyes With Honey?". Washington Post. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Rhonda Reneé Rogers Obituary". 2013-11-26. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Ross, Dalton (October 14, 2005). "What's wrong with The Amazing Race?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2005.
  10. ^ Bianco, Robert (October 25, 2005). "Amazing Race is not family friendly". USA Today. Retrieved 2005.
  11. ^ "Amazing Race 10 Teams Announced". Retrieved 2006.
  12. ^ "Top Programs - Total Canada (English): September 26 - October 2, 2005" (PDF).[dead link]

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