The Amazing Race 6
|The Amazing Race 6|
|Presented by||Phil Keoghan|
|Winners||Freddy Holliday and Kendra Bentley|
|No. of legs||12|
|Distance traveled||40,000 mi (64,000 km)|
|No. of episodes||13 (including 1 recap)|
|Original release||November 16, 2004 –|
February 8, 2005
|Filming dates||August 13, 2004 – September 12, 2004|
The Amazing Race 6 was the sixth installment of the U.S. reality television series The Amazing Race. It premiered on November 16, 2004, and concluded on February 8, 2005. Season 6 featured 11 teams of two people, each with a pre-existing relationship, racing around the world.
Engaged couple Freddy Holliday and Kendra Bentley were the winners of this season.
A DVD for this season was released on April 24, 2012, via Amazon.com's CreateSpace program.
- 1 Production
- 2 Results
- 3 Episode title quotes
- 4 Prizes
- 5 Race summary
- 5.1 Leg 1 (United States → Iceland)
- 5.2 Leg 2 (Iceland → Norway)
- 5.3 Leg 3 (Norway → Sweden)
- 5.4 Leg 4 (Sweden → Senegal)
- 5.5 Leg 5 (Senegal → Germany)
- 5.6 Leg 6 (Germany → Hungary)
- 5.7 Leg 7 (Hungary → France)
- 5.8 Leg 8 (France → Ethiopia)
- 5.9 Leg 9 (Ethiopia → Sri Lanka)
- 5.10 Leg 10 (Sri Lanka → China)
- 5.11 Leg 11 (China)
- 5.12 Leg 12 (China → United States)
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Development and filming
In May 2004, CBS ordered the sixth installment of the show, despite the fact that The Amazing Race 5 had not yet aired. Early renewal was likely due to the success of the changes made in Season 5. CBS also delayed the airing of Season 6 until late in the fall and moved it out of its proposed Saturday time-slot, to create a "cool down" period between races, in the hopes that this would help continue the newfound ratings success.
The Amazing Race 6 spanned a total of 40,000 miles (64,000 km) over ten countries on four continents. The 30 days of filming began on August 13, 2004, and finished on September 12, 2004. The race made its first trip to seven countries: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, and Senegal.
This season was the first in which team members had to complete an equal number of Roadblock tasks. No team member was permitted to complete more than six Roadblocks on the entire race. Throughout the season, Phil Keoghan verbally stated this rule when introducing each leg's Roadblock. While the rule has remained in all subsequent seasons (except the Family Edition), Keoghan eventually stopped reciting it in each episode.
This season featured many Olympic-themed challenges such as water polo, track and field, swimming, and archery. The race also visited past Olympic cities including Oslo, Stockholm, and Berlin. This was likely a result of the 2004 Summer Olympics taking place in Athens, Greece, while the race was being filmed.
A task in the second leg of the race marked the first time teams were required to work with each other. The ten teams had to split themselves into two groups of five, each of which had to row a Viking boat across a fjord to a marked dock with a clue box.
During the fifth leg, one of the show's most controversial moments occurred at the Pit Stop when Jonathan, angry at his wife Victoria for picking up his bag during a footrace to the mat, shoved her. He was modestly rebuked by Phil Keoghan at the mat. They later appeared on a Dr. Phil special to try to improve their marriage. Later, in a celebrity version of Fear Factor, Victoria attacked contestant Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton (of Survivor: Pearl Islands), and Jonathan attacked host Joe Rogan – these incidents resulted in their expulsion from the show.
The sixth leg was originally planned as two separate legs with the first part being a non-elimination point (with the losing team being stripped of their money). These planned legs were combined into one after producers realized that begging was prohibited in Hungary.
This season featured a visit to Sri Lanka, where filming occurred just a few weeks before the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. The episodes aired after the earthquake had devastated the island nation and all of the sights and locations the teams had visited. A special message was inserted at the beginning of the episodes featuring Sri Lanka, dedicating them to the victims and to those helping the recovery.
Post-game interviews suggested that Kris & Jon were less than a minute behind winning team Freddy & Kendra before they were held back by a train at a railway crossing. At thefishbowl.com, Bolo suggested that Kris & Jon were only 30–40 seconds behind Freddy & Kendra to the finish. At RealityReel, Kristy said that "Right after Freddy & Kendra started running, literally within 30 seconds or a minute later the train came, and Kris & Jon arrived. Otherwise, it would have come down to a neck-to-neck race." This would be the Race's second closest finish ever, after Season 2.
Applications for The Amazing Race 6 were due on April 13, 2004. Semi-finalist interviews were held in May 2004 and final casting interviews were selected at Los Angeles in June 2004.
This season's cast included married professional wrestlers, dating actors, Jewish high school buddies, engaged models, and a team of married entrepreneurs. Subsequent to the race:
- Freddy and Kendra were married on May 27, 2005, and had two boys named Jaxson and Brycen. They have since divorced and Freddy has remarried.
- Hayden and Aaron were married on April 21, 2007; Kristy was a bridesmaid, and Kris and Jon were present among the guests. On December 7, 2008, Hayden and Aaron had a daughter named Kaiya Rachel, who was born with a birth defect that showed improvement as of February 2009.
- Jonathan and Victoria had a daughter, Trease, who was born in October 2006; they divorced in 2010.
- Victoria had a cameo appearance on Whose Line is it Anyway?
- Rebecca Cardon was in the reality show Kill Reality, had a part in an ultra-low-budget short named Nice Pants, and appeared on the Bravo reality series Work Out.
Don & Mary Jean were chosen for the race after an open casting call in San Diego. Early Show hosts Harry Smith and Dave Price ran the first leg of the race (United States – Iceland) with the actual teams, as part of a special segment on their morning show.
This is one of the three seasons (among the first ten) that was not represented in The Amazing Race: All-Stars. Although, Kris & Jon were considered.
The following teams participated in the race, each listed along with their placements in each leg and relationships as identified by the program. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television, owing to the inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:
|Team||Relationship||Position (by leg)||Roadblocks performed|
|Freddy & Kendra||Engaged Models||4th||7th1||6th||5th||1st||1st||6th||2nd||4th<||3rd||2nd>||2nd||1st||Freddy 6, Kendra 6|
|Kris & Jon||Dating Long Distance||2nd||1st||2nd||1st||4th||5th||2nd||4th||3rd||1st||3rd||1st||2nd||Kris 6, Jon 6|
|Adam & Rebecca||Formerly Dating||7th||6th||5th||6th||6th||6th||5th||1stƒ||5th>||4th||4th<||3rd||3rd||Adam 6, Rebecca 5|
|Hayden & Aaron||Dating Actors||1st||4th||1st||4th||3rd||4th||4th||6th||1st||2nd||1st||4th5||Hayden 55, Aaron 6|
|Lori & Bolo||Married Pro Wrestlers||6th||5th||7th||3rd||7th||7th||1stƒ||3rd||2nd||5th||Lori 5, Bolo 3|
|Jonathan & Victoria||Married Entrepreneurs||5th||2nd||4th||2nd||2nd||3rd||3rd||5th||6th||Jonathan 4, Victoria 4|
|Gus & Hera||Father/Daughter||10th||3rd||3rd||7th||5th||2nd||7th||Gus 3, Hera 3|
|Don & Mary Jean||Grandparents||9th||8th2||8th||8th||8th||Don 2, Mary Jean 2|
|Lena & Kristy||Sisters||3rd||9th||9th3||Lena 13, Kristy 1|
|Meredith & Maria||Best Friends||8th||10th||Meredith 0, Maria 1|
|Avi & Joe||High School Buddies||11th||Avi 0, Joe 0|
- A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
- An underlined blue team placement indicates that the team was the last to arrive at a pit stop in a non-elimination leg of the race. The teams were forced to relinquish all of their money. In addition, they were not allotted money for the next leg and were not allowed to collect money until the next leg started for them.
- A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue.
- A yellow > indicates that the team chose to use the Yield; < indicates the team who received it. A <> around a leg number indicates there was a Yield available but not used.
- Italicized results indicate the position of the team at the midpoint of a two-episode leg.
- ^ Freddy & Kendra initially arrived 6th, but they were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking an extra clue after the Viking ship task, which stated to take only one clue from the clue box per team. Adam & Rebecca and Don & Mary Jean checked-in during their penalty time, dropping them to 8th. But due to Don & Mary Jean's retroactive penalty (see Note 2), Freddy & Kendra moved up to 7th place.
- ^ Don & Mary Jean had arrived in 7th place in Leg 2, but they mistakenly drove the car that belonged to Adam & Rebecca. They left in 8th place at the beginning of Leg 3 after they were issued a 30-minute penalty, while Freddy & Kendra now departed in 7th place. The departure position is reflected in the Results table.
- ^ Lena & Kristy failed to complete the Roadblock in Leg 3. After over 10 hours of searching and two hours since all others teams had checked-in at the Pit Stop, Phil came out to the Roadblock location to inform them of their elimination.
- ^ Leg 6 was a double-length leg, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the Net Klub Internet Kafé, the leg's halfway point. The leg's Fast Forward was offered after the halfway mark, and thus permitted Lori & Bolo to skip only the second set of challenges.
- ^ Hayden & Aaron initially arrived 3rd, just ahead of Adam & Rebecca, but were issued a 4-hour penalty for quitting the Roadblock. Rebecca almost had to quit the Roadblock because the last gondola down the mountain was about to leave; however, Rebecca was able to find and open her lock on time to finish the Roadblock; Adam & Rebecca checked in during the penalty time, thereby dropping Hayden & Aaron to last place, which resulted in their elimination. At the Pit Stop, however, Aaron proposed to Hayden, who accepted.
Episode title quotes
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
- "The Game's Afoot" – Gus
- "I'm Not His Wife, He Doesn't Need to Scream At Me" – Meredith
- "Counting Bears Is Not Rocket Science" – Don
- "What If It Isn't Sanitary" – Kendra
- "Quit Following Us" – Jonathan
- "They Should Probably Have Some Counseling" – Kris[i]
- "Phil Is A Choo-Choo Charlie" (recap episode) – Kristy
- "One of You, I'm Gonna Break in Half" – Freddy[ii]
- "Tell My Mom I Love Her" – Adam
- "Are There Instructions on Donkey Handling?" – Rebecca
- "It Always Comes Down to Details" – Kris
- "You Deal With This Before I Hyperventilate" – Hayden
- "4 Continents, 24 Cities, 40,000 Miles" – Phil Keoghan[iii]
- Corresponds with the first half of leg 6.
- Corresponds with the second half of leg 6.
- Corresponds with legs 11 and 12.
Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete each leg:
- Leg 1 – a vacation to Hawaii, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com
- Leg 2 – a seven-night cruise in Alaska, courtesy of Royal Caribbean International
- Leg 3 – a seven night cruise vacation to the Mexican Riviera provided by Royal Caribbean International
- Leg 4 – a seven-night cruise vacation to the Western Caribbean provided by Royal Caribbean International
- Leg 5 – a vacation to Mexico, compliments of American Airlines website, AA.com
- Leg 6 – a vacation to Europe, compliments of American Airlines website, AA.com
- Leg 7 – a vacation to the Caribbean, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com
- Leg 8 – a vacation to Mexico, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com
- Leg 9 – a vacation to Europe, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com
- Leg 10 – a vacation to Hawaii, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com
- Leg 11 – a vacation to the Caribbean, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com
- Leg 12 – US$1,000,000
|Destinations||Air travel Rail travel Water travel Bus travel|
|Route Markers||Detour Roadblock Fast Forward Yield Pit Stop|
Leg 1 (United States → Iceland)
Airdate: November 16, 2004
- Chicago, Illinois, United States (Buckingham Fountain) (Starting Line)
- Chicago (O'Hare International Airport) to Reykjavík, Iceland (Keflavík International Airport)1
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Vatnajökull (Overnight rest)
- Jökulsárlón (Breiðamerkursandur)
- Grindavík (Blue Lagoon)
The first Detour of the race was a choice between Ice Climb or Ice Search. In Ice Climb, teams traveled 35 miles (56 km) to a marked bay and used special gear to climb the face of a steep ice wall to reach their next clue at the top. In Ice Search, teams had to travel to a nearby glacial lagoon to use a boat and (accompanied by a pilot) search the 7-mile (11 km) lagoon, scattered with thousands of icebergs, for an orange buoy containing their next clue.
- Additional task
- Upon arriving at Reykjavik, Iceland, teams picked up a marked car with their next clue in it.
- At the waterfalls in Seljalandsfoss, their clue told teams to drive to the base of Vatnajökull (Vatna Glacier). Teams then had to sign-up for a shuttle bus to take them 10 miles (16 km) to the glacier's edge for their next clue; each shuttle could take up to 3 teams. Upon arriving at the glacier's edge, teams chose a marked snowmobile and drove 2.5 miles (4.0 km) across the glacier to a camp. Once there, teams had to choose a tent and shuttle departure time for the following morning.
- Upon departure in the next morning, teams have to take shuttle buses back down the glacier and received their next clue, and told teams to drive to Glacier Ice Beach in Jökulsárlón for another clue.
- After the Detour, teams had to drive to the Blue Lagoon for the Pit Stop.
- ^ There were three available flights scheduled to arrive within 5 minutes of each other, but some of these arrival times was changed due to weather conditions.
Leg 2 (Iceland → Norway)
Airdate: November 23, 2004
- Reykjavík (Keflavík International Airport) to Oslo, Norway (Oslo Airport, Gardermoen)
- Oslo (Holmenkollen ski jump)
- Brandbu (Raukr Viking Village) (Overnight Rest)
- Hønefoss (Train Station) to Voss (Train Station)
- Voss (Bridge)
- Voss (Nesheimstunet)
For the race's first Roadblock, one team member had to climb to the top of the ski jump, then ride a zipline 1,000 feet (300 m) to the bottom to receive the next clue.
The Detour was a choice between Endurance or Accuracy. In Endurance, teams had to roller ski down a 1.75-mile (2.82 km) course to receive their next clue. In Accuracy, teams had to successfully complete three traditional Viking games. First, they had to throw sticks to knock over a circle of eight logs called kubbs before knocking over the king in the center. After knocking over the king, one team member had to throw an axe into a tree trunk target and make it stick. The other team member then had to shoot an arrow into a target 30 feet (9.1 m) away to get their next clue.
- Additional task
- After the Roadblock, teams drove to the Viking village at Brandbu for an overnight rest. When they depart, the ten teams would be split into two groups and each group had to row across a fjord to their next clue. Once across the fjord, teams were instructed to take a train to Voss and then drive to a marked bridge.
Leg 3 (Norway → Sweden)
Airdate: November 30, 2004
- Voss (Train Station) to Oslo (Oslo Central Station)
- Oslo (Oslo Central Station) to Stockholm, Sweden (Bus Station)
- Stockholm (Nordic Sea Hotel – Ice Bar)
- Stockholm (Kungens Kurva – IKEA)
- Stockholm (Stockholm Central Station) to Häggvik (in Swedish) (Häggvik Station)
- Sollentuna (Bögs Gård Farm)
- Häggvik (Häggvik Station) to Stockholm (Stockholm Central Station)
- Stockholm (af Chapman)
The Detour was a choice between Count It or Build It. In Count It, teams had to count the number of pots, pans, and stuffed animals in three large bins. If they gave the correct number (2,304) to the supervisor, he would give them their next clue. In Build It, teams had to assemble a desk using all of the provided parts and an instruction manual. Once the desk was properly assembled according to a supervisor, the team would receive their next clue.
For this Roadblock, one team member had to unroll through 270 hay bales to find one of 20 hay bales that had clues in it. This task was later revisited in Season 15 as a Switchback.
- Additional tasks
- Upon arriving at Stockholm, Sweden, teams make their way to Nordic Sea Hotel's Ice Bar, a nightclub made entirely of ice. There, team members slid ice shot glasses across the bar. If either hit a target at the end, they received their next clue; if both members misses, they had to go back to the end of the line and wait to try again.
- Their next clue told teams to make their way to the world's largest IKEA at Kungens Kurva and searched the store for their next clue.
- After the Detour, teams were instructed to take a train to Häggvik, then ride a tandem bicycle 2 miles (3.2 km) to encounter a Yield board and find their next clue at a farm.
- After the Roadblock, teams were instructed to ride their tandem bicycle back to the Häggvik Train Station, and ride a train to Stockholm to find the next Pit Stop at the af Chapman.
Leg 4 (Sweden → Senegal)
Airdate: December 7, 2004
- Stockholm (Town Hall Tower)
- Stockholm (Stockholm-Arlanda Airport) to Dakar, Senegal (Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport)
- Dakar (Bel Aire Cemetery)
- Kayar (Vieux Ngom Carpenter Shop)
- Lac Rose (Salt Mounds)
- Goree Island
The Detour was a choice between Stack 'Em Up or Pull 'Em Up. In Stack 'Em Up, teams had to stack enough fish to properly cover a drying table. Once the table was properly covered, the fisherwoman would hand them their next clue. In Pull 'Em Up, teams traveled on fishing boats and used traditional fishing gear to catch four fish. When they brought four fishes to a bounty man on the shore, he would give them their next clue.
For this Roadblock, one team member had to use the traditional tools provided to harvest enough salt from the bed of Lac Rose to fill a 25-US-gallon (95 L) basket. Once the basket on shore was completely filled, a supervisor would hand them their next clue.
- Additional task
- Upon arriving at Dakar, Senegal, teams have to search outside the airport for the next clue. Their clue given was a poem and told to go to its author's grave. Teams had to figure out that it was by former Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor, whose grave was at the Bel Aire Cemetery.
Leg 5 (Senegal → Germany)
Airdate: December 14, 2004
- Goree Island (House of Slaves)
- Goree Island to Dakar
- Dakar (Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport) to Berlin, Germany (Berlin Tegel Airport)
- to Warschauer Straße, Berlin (Berlin Warschauer Straße station)
- Berlin (East Side Gallery)
- Berlin (Broken Chain Sculpture)
- Berlin (Brauhaus Spandau bar(in German) or Zitadelle)
- Berlin (Teufelsberg)
- Berlin (Brandenburg Gate)
The Detour was a choice between Beer or Brats. In Beer, teams traveled to the Brauhaus Spandau bar, where each team member had to search the tables at the crowded bar for five coasters bearing his or her teams' name and picture. They then had to trade two full steins of beer to the patron in exchange for each coaster. Once both team members collected five of their coasters, they would receive their next clue. In Brats, teams traveled to Zitadelle where they had to use a hand-operated sausage-maker to create one rope of five 7-inch (18 cm) bratwursts in order to receive their next clue.
in this Roadblock, one team member had to climb to the top of Teufelsberg and complete a soap box derby course in 37 seconds or less to receive the next clue.
- Additional tasks
- At the House of Slaves, teams recite a poem recounting the events of slavery on Goree Island. Afterwards, they laid a single rose at the historic archway known as the Door of No Return as a tribute to African slave trade before being given their next clue.
- At the East Side Gallery, teams searched a stretch of the former Berlin Wall for the next clue. There, teams made their way to the Broken Chain Sculpture across the street from a partially destroyed church for another clue.
- After the Roadblock, teams were instructed to choose a marked car and drive themselves to a marked parking area. They then have to run on foot to the Pit Stop at the Brandenburg Gate.
Leg 6 (Germany → Hungary)
Airdates: December 21, 2004 & January 4, 2005
- Berlin (Checkpoint Charlie)
- Berlin (Olympic Stadium)
- Berlin (Berlin Tegel Airport) to Budapest, Hungary (Budapest Ferihegy International Airport)
- Eger (Eger Castle)
- Eger (Railway Station) to Budapest (Budapest Keleti railway station)
- Budapest (Net Klub Internet Kafé) (Halfway Point)
- Budapest (Heritage Rail Museum)
- Budapest (Buda Castle)
- Budapest (Margit Island – Hajos Alfred Nemzeti Sportuszoda)
- Budapest (Gundel Restaurant)
- Budapest (Fisherman's Bastion)
In the first Roadblock of the leg, one team member was strapped into a "hot rocket bungee" and launched 200 feet (61 m) in the air. After returning to the ground, the jump master will give them their next clue.
The leg's first Detour was a choice between Catapult Crash or Cannonball Run. In Catapult Crash, teams had to use a catapult to hurl a watermelon 150 feet (46 m) onto a wooden target to retrieve the clue hidden within. In Cannonball Run, teams had to push a cannon up a hill to the castle courtyard, then carry 55 4-pound (1.8 kg) cannonballs and stack them into a pyramid next to the cannon to receive their next clue.
The first Fast Forward offered in the race requires one team to travel to Buda Castle. There, teams descend through a cavernous labyrinth and partake in the legend of vampires by drinking a goblet of pig's blood, recalling when Transylvania was part of Hungary. Once they complete this, they could win the Fast Forward and could direct them to the Pit Stop.
The second Detour for the leg was a choice between Swim or Paddle. In Swim, teams made their way to an Olympic-sized swimming pool and participated in a game of water polo. Working together, they had to score a goal against a top Hungarian water polo player to receive the next clue. In Paddle, teams inflated a raft with a hand pump and paddled across the Danube River to a flag on the other side in order to receive their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- Before performing the first Roadblock, teams had to sign-up to determine the jump order for the task.
- Upon arriving in Budapest, teams had to search for a marked Trabant car and drive to Eger Castle in Eger.
- After the first Detour, teams took the train back to Budapest and took a taxi to the Net Klub Internet Kafé. On the broadcast of second episode, teams logged onto their AOL accounts with a wireless laptop and received a clue via e-mail.
- At the Heritage Rail Museum, teams pick a number in order to ride a draisine down the tracks at speeds up to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) to receive their next clue.
- Teams who chose not to go for the Fast Forward had to take taxis to Margaret Island on the Danube River and travel to the Nemzeti Sportuszoda.
Leg 7 (Hungary → France)
Airdate: January 11, 2005
- Budapest (Promontor Borudvar)
- Budapest (Budapest Ferihegy International Airport) to Ajaccio, Corsica, France (Ajaccio - Campo dell'Oro Airport)
- Ajaccio (Napoleon's Birthplace)
- Calvi (Camp Raffalli)
- Zilia (Winery)
- L'Île-Rousse (La Pietra)
For this Fast Forward, one team must locate a harbor in Ajaccio and don old-style diving suits, weighing more than 100 pounds (45 kg) each, to walk across the ocean floor to a lobster trap and find their Fast Forward clue in it.
The Detour was a choice between Climb Up or Fly Behind. In Climb Up, teams had to use a mechanical ascender to climb a 45-foot (14 m) rock wall. Once at the top, they received a medal from a French legionnaire on the terrace, and proceeded to rappel 75 feet (23 m) down to receive their next clue. In Fly Behind, teams had to choose a Zodiac boat and, with one member directing the pilot and the other trailing behind on a raft, search among 25 buoys for one of 12 with a clue attached.
For this Roadblock, one team member had to stomp 55 pounds (25 kg) of grapes with their feet in order to squeeze enough juice to fill five wine bottles. They then had to drink a glass of grape juice to receive the next clue.
- Additional tasks
- At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to find the Promontor Borudvar winery and follow the marked path towards the 14,000-US-gallon (53,000 l; 12,000 imp gal) wine cask where their next clue was located.
- Upon arrival to its capital city of Ajaccio, teams made their way to Napoleon's birthplace, and find the next clue in the room where he was born.
- Other teams not to go for the Fast Forward were required to choose a marked car and drove to Camp Raffalli in Calvi for the next clue.
Leg 8 (France → Ethiopia)
Airdate: January 18, 2005
- Calvi to Nice (Ferry Terminal)
- Nice (City Garden – Statue of Albert I)
- Nice (Nice Côte d'Azur Airport) to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport)
- Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport) to Lalibela (Lalibela Airport)
- Lalibela (Lewz Village)
- Lalibela (St. George's Church)
- Lalibela (Lookout)
The Detour was a choice between Raise the Roof or Mud the Hut. In Raise the Roof, teams assisted a group of locals carrying a roof two-thirds of a mile (1,100 m) and placed it on top of a house. Once the roof was on, one team member would then place a jug on the roof to receive their next clue. In Mud the Hut, teams had to use a plaster made of dirt, water, and straw to cover an entire wall of a traditional Ethiopian house to receive their next clue.
For this Roadblock, one team member must enter the 850-year-old church to receive a pendant from the head priest. There, a racer had to search among hundreds of worshipers standing outside for one with a matching pendant, which could be traded for their next clue.
- Additional tasks
- At the start of the leg, teams boarded a ferry to Nice, then made their way to the city gardens and found their clue at a bust of Albert I.
- Upon arrival at Addis Ababa, teams have to search the marked airline counter to sign-up for one of two charter flights to Lalibela, with each flight carrying three teams. Once in Lalibela, teams found their next clue on the windshields of marked vans outside the airport. Teams then directed the provided driver to take them to the marked overlook of Lewz Village.
- After the Detour, teams have to take two donkeys from a marked pen and delivered them to a farmer 3 miles (4.8 km) away, near St. George's Church, to receive the next clue. Teams would also find a Yield board at the end of the task.
- After the Roadblock, teams have to travel approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) on foot to the next Pit Stop at the Lalibela Lookout.
Leg 9 (Ethiopia → Sri Lanka)
Airdate: January 25, 2005
- Lalibela (Lalibela Airport) to Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport)
- Addis Ababa (Addis Ababa Stadium)
- Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport) to Colombo, Sri Lanka (Bandaranaike International Airport)
- Colombo (Fort Railway Station) to Galle (Galle Railway Station)
- Galle (Fort Galle)
- Galle (Coconut plantation or Mahinda College cricket field)
- Galle (Bus Station) to Kandy
- Kandy (Kandyan Art Association) (Overnight Rest)
- Kandy (Temple of the Tooth)
- Kandy (Bus Station) to Dambulla (Bus Station)
- Sigiriya (Lion Rock)
- Sigiriya (Hotel Sigiriya)
The Detour was a choice of two trunks, namely Tree Trunks or Elephant Trunks. In Tree Trunks, teams traveled 2 miles (3.2 km) by tuk-tuk to a coconut plantation. Once there, each person had to climb to the top of a 50-foot (15 m) tree to retrieve a jug filled with tree sap, which each person must pour into a container to receive the next clue. In Elephant Trunks, teams traveled 2.5 miles (4.0 km) by tuk-tuk to an elephant polo field, where each team member had to ride an elephant down the length of the field, hitting a polo ball around a large pole and scoring a goal in order to receive their next clue.
For this Roadblock, one team member had to ascend more than 1,000 steps to the top of Lion Rock. Once at the top, from a vantage point 600 feet (180 m) above the ground, the racer will use a pair of binoculars to look through the jungle for a flag near the pool at the Hotel Sigiriya. Once they locate the hotel, teams would then proceed to the hotel and swam the length of the pool before checking in at the Pit Stop.
- Additional tasks
- At the start the leg, teams returned to Lalibela Airport to sign-up for one of two charter flights to Addis Ababa, leaving 30 minutes apart with 3 teams on the first flight. Once in Addis Ababa, teams have to search for the Addis Ababa Stadium, and chose two locals runners with whom to complete a 4-man track relay to receive their next clue.
- Once at Galle, teams travel by tuk-tuks to Fort Galle for their next clue.
- At Kandyan Art Association in Kandy, teams had to purchase an offering which they exchanged at the nearby Temple of the Tooth for their clue.
- Upon arriving at Dambulla, teams then travel via tuktuk to the Lion Rock in the ancient city of Sigiriya for their next clue.
Leg 10 (Sri Lanka → China)
Airdate: February 1, 2005
- Colombo (Bandaranaike International Airport) to Shanghai, China (Shanghai Pudong International Airport)
- Shanghai (Yuyuan Garden)
- Shanghai (Huaneng Union Tower)
- Shanghai (HuaXia Bank Tower)
- Huangpu District, Shanghai (People's Heroes Monument)
- Shanghai (End of Jiangpu Road)
- Shanghai (Peace Hotel South)
The Roadblock said that "The HuaXia Bank Tower is 40 stories high – but someone has to wash it!!!": For this, one team member must wash a window on the exterior of the HuaXia Bank Tower, 40 stories above the ground, to reveal a hidden message. Once the team member understands the message, they had to lower themselves to the ground and repeat the message to the supervisor, who would hand them their next clue.
The Detour was a choice of Bricks or Ice. In Bricks, teams had to use a traditional device to transport 300 clay bricks off a barge while balancing on a narrow wooden plank. From there, they had to stack the bricks on a wooden pallet to receive their clue. In Ice, teams had to load two 220-pound (100 kg) blocks of ice onto the back of flatbed tricycles and deliver them to a fish market four blocks away. Once there, they would have to break them into smaller pieces and place them into a tub to receive the next clue.
- Additional tasks
- Once at Shanghai, teams have to search the ground at Yuyuan Gardens for their next clue.
- At Yincheng Road, teams have to search the Huaneng Union Tower where they will encounter the Yield board and their next clue.
- At the Monument to the People's Heroes on The Bund. Once there, they had to find a group of Tai Chi performers and search for one of four masters who is holding their next clue.
Leg 11 (China)
Airdate: February 8, 2005
- Shanghai (Shanghai Railway Station) to Xi'an (Xi'an Railway Station)
- Xi'an (Drum Tower)
- Xi'an (BYD Auto Factory or Xi'an Tang Du Factory)
- Xi'an (Terra Cotta Warriors Museum – Pit 1)
- Huayin (Mount Hua – North Peak)
- Xi'an (Xi'an City Wall – South Gate)
The Detour was a choice between Spray or Scroll. In Spray, teams traveled 34 miles (55 km) to a car factory, put on uniforms, and spray painted the shell of a Chinese-made car to receive the next clue. In Scroll, teams traveled 31 miles (50 km) to a textile factory and searched through 10 bolts of fabric with a light table. When they found and cut out the two Chinese characters stamped within 2 of the 10 bolts, they received the next clue.
In this Roadblock, one team member had to search among 3,000 padlocks for the one which would unlock the padlock using a provided key for the next clue. Teams have to complete the Roadblock before the last gondola's departure time at 7:00 p.m..
- Additional tasks
- At the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, teams have to find the viewing platform of pit 1 to locate their next clue.
- Teams were required to travel by shuttle bus and a gondola to the North Peak of Mount Hua.
Leg 12 (China → United States)
Airdate: February 8, 2005
- Xi'an (Xi'an Xianyang International Airport) to Honolulu, Hawaii, US (Honolulu International Airport)
- Honolulu (Puu Ualakaa State Park)
- Honolulu (Hilo Hattie or Lokahi Canoe Club)
- Honolulu (Kamaka Air)
- Kaneohe (Kaneohe Bay)
- Honolulu (Honolulu International Airport) to Chicago, Illinois (O'Hare International Airport)
- Chicago (Chicago Water Tower)
- Chicago (Gino's East)
- Chicago (Ping Tom Memorial Park)
The race's last Detour was a choice of Outfits or Out-riggers. In Outfits, teams traveled 10 miles (16 km) to a tropical clothing distributor and searched racks filled with 165,000 Aloha shirts for the match of a provided mannequin to receive their next clue. In Out-riggers, teams had to drive 6 miles (9.7 km) to a canoe club and, with the help of a provided assistant, paddle an outrigger canoe down a 2-mile (3.2 km) course to receive their next clue.
For the final Roadblock of the race, one team member have to tandem skydive with an instructor from 11,000 feet (3,400 m), landing on a sandbar in Kaneohe Bay, to get their next clue from there.
- Additional tasks
- Teams were required to book their flights at a travel agency before proceeding to Xi'an Xianyang International Airport in order to travel to Honolulu.
- Once at Honolulu, teams drive themselves to Puu Ualakaa State Park and find their next clue on the marked lookout point.
- Once at Chicago, teams have to take a train to the Chicago Water Tower. There, teams were then instructed to take a taxi to Gino's East Pizzeria where each person had to eat two slices of a deep dish pizza to receive the final clue.
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