|TAR Design Challenge V|
|Season run||February 26, 2014
– May 8, 2014
|Filming dates||November 26, 2013
– December 20, 2013
|No. of episodes||12|
|Winning team||Nicky & Kim|
|No. of legs||12|
The Amazing Race Design Challenge V is a season of the popular reality television show The Amazing Race, in which the race course was designed by RFF user 'gamerfan09'. The Amazing Race 25 ("Unfinished Business 2.0") featured twelve teams of two – each returning from a previous edition for the first time since Season 19 – and marking the first time the Race was back to 12 teams of two – in a race around the world for a second chance at a $1 million prize. The season premiered on November 21, 2013, racing across six continents for the second time in the show's history. Baseball Wives Nicky Getz & Kim Dejesus were the winners of the Race.
Development and filming
The race began filming on November 12, 2013, travelling across five continents in twelve legs. This season of the race included first ever visits to Vatican City, Colombia, Barbados, Laos, and Qatar. The race once again used the Double Express Pass twist for this season, however a new twist came into play. The Hazard, previously seen only in The Amazing Race 19, would return for this season with a twist. The last team to finish the Starting Line Task would immediately receive a Speed Bump in the first leg of the Race, then, at the next three legs, the team would have to complete a Hazard. Exes Tim & Marie were the first victims of this twist. Also, in the first leg of the Race, for the first time in the show's history, teams were not told which airport had the faster flight in the first leg of the Race, leaving teams at their mercy to go to either Fort Worth International Airport or Houston International Airport for the first flight. Also, the Yield made it's reappearance in the Race, being seen on the fourth leg of the Race, in a revised "Double Yield" form. The "double elimination leg" twist from Season 19 was also brought back as Leg 2 in Laos.
The 25th season of The Amazing Race has been subtitled "Unfinished Business 2.0", and features eleven fan-favorite returning teams from previous seasons for a second chance to win the million dollar prize. Keoghan described all the contestants as teams that "came so close to winning but for one reason or another just didn't quite make it over the finish line in first place". It has been heavily speculated by fans that this immediate returning teams season is because of the dismal ratings of the previous twenty-fourth season, which has been heavily panned by critics and fans alike for having three of the teams repeating the Race for the third time, putting teams with only a second chance at a high disadvantage. The previous season of the Race also had many fans of the Race angry with the eliminations of Joey & Meghan, Natalie & Nadiya, and Mark & Mallory, leaving them to brand the season "Cowturds Riggage" a term used for the Cowboys Jet & Cord to return for a third time. The returning teams, their prior race placements, and their "Reasons For Returning" are:
- From Season 19:
- Kaylani Paliotta and Lisa Tilley, Former Vegas Showgirls, 9th place; In an intense footrace to the mat in Indonesia, Kaylani and Lisa did not let their taxi driver go, causing them valuable minutes.
- Liz and Marie Canavan, Twins, 8th place; Liz & Marie failed to exchange Indonesian money to Thai money in Thailand, dropping them to no usable funds at all for the rest of the leg, costing them the Race.
- Bill and Cathi Alden, Grandparents, 5th place; Bill & Cathi struggled through the Detour in Belgium, causing the other teams to have a lead they could not overcome, and getting lost on the way to the Pit Stop caused them the Race.
- From Season 20:
- Joey "Fitness" and Danny, Trainer and Club Promoter/Friends, 7th place; Joey "Fitness" and Danny failed to beat Rachel & Dave at the Azerbaijan Fast Forward, dropping them to last place.
- Vanessa Macias and Ralph Kelley, Formerly Dating Divorcees, 4th place; Vanessa struggled at the Japan Roadblock due to her broken ankle.
- From Season 21:
- Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz, On/Off Dating Divorcees, 5th place; They were U-Turned by Jaymes & James in Amsterdam, due to a plan formulated by twins Natalie & Nadiya Anderson, which trapped them as the only team U-Turned, costing their elimination.
- Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis, Chippendale Dancers and Best Friends, 2nd place; in the final leg, Jaymes struggled at the final Roadblock, despite them being in the lead up until then, which cost them the Race.
- From Season 22:
- Pamela Sung and Winnie Chien, Best Friends, 7th place; Pam & Winnie struggled at the Detour in Botswana, and one last fatal mistake sealed their fate.
- Max and Katie Bichler, Married, 2nd place; During the First Roadblock in Washington DC, Max struggled at the Roadblock, costing winners Bates & Anthony to have a lead that Max & Katie could not overcome.
- From Season 23:
- Tim Wiyininger & Danny Merkey, Oil Field Workers and Friends, 7th place; Tim struggled with the singing Roadblock in Vienna, dropping them to last place.
- Nicky Getz & Kim Dejesus, Baseball Wives and Friends, 6th place; Eliminated after they were U-Turned by Tim & Marie in Abu Dhabi.
- Tim Sweeny & Marie "Reebs" Marzocchi, Exes, 2nd place; During the Roadblock in Alaska, Dating Couple Jason & Amy overtook them, causing a lead that Tim & Marie could not overcome.
|Team||Relationship||Position (by leg)||Roadblocks
|Nicky & Kim||Baseball Wives||12th1||10th||9th||8th||8th||7thə6||6th||1stƒ||2nd⊃||2nd||1st||1st||Nicky 6, Kim 6|
|Bill & Cathi||Grandparents||1st||5th||2nd||4th||4thƐ5||2nd||3rd||6th⊂⋑||1stƒ||4th||3rd||2nd||Bill 6, Cathi 6|
|Tim & Marie||Exes||10thн||9thн||8thн||6thн<||1st||1stƒ||1st||3rd||5th⊂⋑||3rd||2nd||3rd||Tim 6, Marie 6|
|Vanessa & Ralph||Formerly Dating Divorcees||7th||6th||3rd||1st||2nd||6th||7th||5th⊃||3rd||1st||4th||Vanessa 5, Ralph 6|
|Pam & Winnie||Best Friends||11th||2nd||6th||3rd>||5th||4th||5th||2nd||4th||5th||Pam 5, Winnie 5|
|Joey "Fitness" & Danny||Trainer/Club Promoter||3rd||7th||4th||2nd||7th||5th||4th||4th||6th⋐7||Joey 4, Danny 5|
|Liz & Marie||Twins||2nd||3rd||1st||5th>||3rd||3rd||2nd||7th⋐||Liz 6, Marie 2|
|Max & Katie||Married||6th||8th||7th||7th||6th||8th||Max 4, Katie 3|
|Jaymes & James||Chippendales||9th||4th||5th||9th<||Jaymes 3, James 3|
|Kaylani & Lisa||Former Vegas Showgirls||4th||1st||10th4||Kaylani 2, Lisa 1|
|Abbie & Ryan||Dating On/Off Divorcees||5th||11th3||Abbie 1, Ryan 1|
|Tim & Danny||Oil Field Workers||8th||12th||Tim 2, Danny 0|
- A red team placement means the team was eliminated.
- A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward.
- A purple Ɛ indicates that the team decided to use the Express Pass on that leg.
- A magenta ə indicates the team had previously been given the second Express Pass and used it on that leg.
- An underlined blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg & had to perform a Speed Bump in the next leg of the race.
- A orange н indicates that the team was penalized for finishing last in the Starting Line task and would have to perform a Hazard in that leg of the Race.
- A brown ⊃ or a cyan ⋑ indicates that the team chose to use one of the two U-Turns in a Double U-Turn; brown ⊂ or cyan ⋐ indicates the team who received it.
- A yellow > indicates that the team chose to use one of the Yields in a Double Yield; < indicates the team who received it; <> around the leg number indicates that the Yield for that leg was available 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. The first place team was still awarded a prize for that leg.
- ^ In Leg 1, Nicky & Kim initially arrived in 5th place, but they had taken a four hour penalty for failing to complete the Roadblock. During their penalty, all the other teams checked in, dropping them to last, but since it was a Keep on Racing leg, they were not eliminated and were given their next clue.
- ^ Leg 2 was a Double Elimination leg, where the last two teams to check in were eliminated.
- ^ In Leg 2, Abbie & Ryan initially arrived in 9th place, but they took a taxi to the Active Route Info instead of by Tuk-Tuk, causing them a 30 minute penalty. Max & Katie & Nicky & Kim checked in during their penalty time, dropping them to 11th place, and since the leg was a Double Elimination Leg, they were eliminated from the Race.
- ^ In Leg 3, Kaylani & Lisa failed to complete the Roadblock. Hours after all the other teams checked in, Phil went to the Roadblock location and eliminated them.
- ^ Bill & Cathi elected to use their Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 5.
- ^ Nicky & Kim elected to use their Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 6.
- ^ In Leg 9, Joey & Danny initially arrived in 6th place, but they had delivered three wheels of cheese to the Pit Stop, instead of four. While they ran back to get the cheese, Tim & Marie checked in, dropping them to last place.
- ^ Leg 12 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who did not complete the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
Episode title quotesEdit
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
- "Damn That's A Cold Ass Donkey!" - Lisa (of Kaylani & Lisa) (South Korea)
- "Hasta La Vista Baby"- Marie (of Tim & Marie) (Laos)
- "We're in the Country of Manila" - Liz (of Liz & Marie) (Philippines)
- "We Just Discovered A Unicorn" - Katie (of Max & Katie) (Qatar)
- "I Just Saw My Mom In Fifty Years" - Pam (of Pam & Winnie) (Egypt)
- "My Nut Is Getting Too Heavy" - Danny (of Joey & Danny) (Seychelles)
- "I'm Not Getting On That Pole" - Cathi (of Bill & Cathi) (Italy)
- "May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor" - Vanessa (of Vanessa & Ralph) (Vatican City)
- "Swiss Cheese With A Nice Slice Of Revenge" - Nicky (of Nicky & Kim) (Switzerland)
- "We're the Pirates of the Carribean From Disneyland" - Tim (of Tim & Marie) (Barbados)
- "Colombian Jeep Massacre" - Ralph (of Vanessa & Ralph) (Colombia)
- "The Bunnies Will Leap To Victory" - Kim (of Nicky & Kim) (New York City)
The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg. Trips are sponsored by Travelocity.
- Leg 1 – Two Express Passes – an item that can be used on the race to skip any one task of the team's choosing. The winning team keeps one for themselves but must relinquish the second to another team before the end of the fifth leg of the race. And 5,000 dollars worth of Samsung Merchandise for BOTH team members.
- Leg 2 – One Ford Montero 2014 for each team member.
- Leg 3 – A trip for two to Delhi, India
- Leg 4 – 5,000 USD each and a sneak peek and studio tour of production in Hawaii for the movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One.
- Leg 5 – A trip for two to Tokyo, Japan
- Leg 6 – A trip for two to Melbourne, Australia
- Leg 7 – A trip for two to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Leg 8 – A trip for two to Warsaw, Poland
- Leg 9 – A trip for two to Bora Bora
- Leg 10 – 10,000 USD each
- Leg 11 – A trip for two to Paris, France
- Leg 12 – 1,000,000 USD
Leg 1 (USA → South Korea)Edit
- Houston, Texas, United States (Houston Astrodome) (Starting Line)
- Houston (Fort Worth International Airport or Dallas International Airport) to Incheon, South Korea (Incheon International Airport)
- Incheon (Kimchi World)
- Incheon (Nanji Campsite)
- Seoul (NTOK Theatre or Samsung Electronics)
- Seoul (Tapgol Park)
- Seoul (Seoul Tower) (Teddy Bear Museum)
- Seoul (Seoul Tower) (Seoul Tower Observation Deck)
For completing the Starting Line Task last, Tim & Marie had to face a Speed Bump involving the national food of Korea- Kimchi. They had to learn then make a bowl of Kimchi and eat it to be allowed to continue Racing.
The first Detour of the Race had teams choose between Straight to the Past or Back to the Future. In Straight to the Past, teams had to watch a Korean Opera performance known as a Pansori. During the performance, they must observe the two singers and their fans. After the four minute long show, they will be given one minute to search outside the theatre and grab the two fans used in the performance, repeating the watch if they fail. Upon grabbing the correct fans, they must learn how to drum in sync with the performance. Once they go onstage and drum on beat, they will receive their next clue. In Back to the Future, teams had to immerse themselves in two Korean modern things. [Samsung Electronics and Korean Pop (KPOP)] Teams had to arrange 40 Samsung Galaxy S4s, each with 6 seconds of the music video Gentleman by KPOP singer PSY, so that if played from left to right, the whole music video will play. Once the order is correct, they will receive their next clue.
In the first Roadblock of the Race, one team member experienced a ritual of the Samjinnal, a Korean festival welcoming Spring, which just happens to be Archery. The team member must first learn how to use a bow and arrow. After hitting three targets of varying distance, they had to ride a horse down a path and hit a target with their team picture on it to receive their next clue.
- At the Starting Line, teams had to ride one thing Texas is known for (Mechanical Bulls) for a combined time of three minutes. Once teams hit the four minute mark, a bell will ding. They then had to run to the timer board, where four numbers will be shown. Then, they had to unlock the briefcase on top of their bags which contained their first clue.
- In Houston, teams were not told what airport had the fastest flight. They had to choose between Fort Worth International Airport or Houston International Airport to board a flight.
- At the Nanji Campsite, Teams had to dress up in a Hanbok, traditional Korean clothes, and drink a cup of tea to receive their next clue. They then had to wear the Hanbok for the remainder of the leg.
- At the Teddy Bear Museum at Seoul Tower, Teams had to search for the Three Kingdoms Teddy Bear Exhibit. Then, without taking notes, they must go back to the entrance and clothe and arrange the teddy bears and recreate the diorama exactly. While at first this task seems excruciatingly hard, teams may elect to go all the way back to the exhibit and take a look, at the expense of their teddy bears being mis arranged upon their return.
Leg 2 (South Korea → Laos)Edit
- South Korea (Incheon International Airport) to Vientiane, Laos (Vientiane International Airport)
- Vientiane (Vientiane International School)
- Vientiane (Chao Anuovong National Stadium)
- Luang Prabang, Laos (Town Entrance)
- Ban Naxon, Laos (Fireworks Festival)
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to correctly take part in the Boun Bang Fay festival, one of Laos's famous Buddhist Traditions, where rockets were launched in the air to call the gods to release rain. First, the team member had to search the grounds for a marked shack. Then, inside the shack, they would have to learn how to make a rocket, then make one themselves. Then they must run back to the main launching area and launch their rocket successfully to receive their next clue. If their rocket fails, they must go all the way back to the shack and try again. For the Hazard in this leg of the Race, Tim & Marie had to learn how to write "The Amazing Race" in Lao language to be allowed to continue Racing.
- From the beginning to the middle of the leg, teams had to take a tuk-tuk to their destinations.
- At the Chao Anuovong National Stadium, teams had to play the sport Kataw, a form of volleyball native to Laos with a twist: It is played with feet instead of hands. Once teams beat the locals by three points in a game of Kataw, they would receive a car key which would open their brand new 2014 Ford Montero outside the stadium with their next clue.
- In Luang Prabang, teams had to take a local and an elephant, one of Laos's National Animals. Then, following the local through a marked path, filled with mud, road, swamps, and rivers, they must bring the local and the elephant home. Once they successfully take the local home, they must then clean the elephant to receive their next clue.
Leg 3 (Laos → Philippines)Edit
- Vientiane (Vientiane International Airport) to Manila, Philippines (Ninoy Aquino International Airport)
- Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport Bus Terminal) to Baguio, Philippines (Joy Bus Station)
- Baguio (Session Road)
- Baguio (Hydro Falls)
- Baguio (Ifugao Woodcarver's Village)
- Baguio (DC Flower Shop)
- Baguio (Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral)
- Baguio (The Manor at Camp John Hay)
The leg's Detour was a choice between Fire or Water. In Fire, teams had to prepare a lechon, a Filipino delicacy, which is basically a whole roasted pig. Teams had to first clean out a pig and prepare it for cooking. Then, they had to skewer the pig with a stick and carry it to a cooking area. Teams must then roast the pig over an open fire while being surrounded by locals of the Ifugao tribe singing and dancing. Once the pig is cooked to perfection, they will receive their next clue. In Water, teams had to use the old way of fetching water by the Ifugao tribe, by a wooden bucket tied to their head. Carrying the buckets on their heads and going to a nearby waterfall, teams had to collect water in the buckets then go all the way back to their starting point and fill up a large pot. Once teams fill up the pot, they must boil the water then throw in ten pounds of vegetables to receive their next clue.
In the Hazard, Tim & Marie both had to get an Ifugao tribal tattoo on one of their arms to be allowed to continue racing.
The leg's Roadblock involved one team member taking part in the Flores de Mayo, a Flower Festival dedicated to Saint Helena. Fully dressed in white, they must pick up a basket of flowers and follow a short 5-minute parade of little girls making their way through seven churches, leaving a flower at each church’s altar. Once the parade is over, the team member must make a flower arrangement in the shape of a cross using the same exact flowers used in the parade. If the flowers are correct, they will receive their next clue. If they are wrong, they must pick up a new basket of flowers and try the task from the very beginning.
- At Hydro Falls, teams had to river trek all the way to their next destination, the Ifugao Woodcarver's Village.
- After the Roadblock, teams had to take a jeepney and drive a full church choir to the Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral to receive their next clue.
Leg 4 (Philippines → Qatar)Edit
- Baguio, Philippines (Joy Bus Station) to Manila, Philippines (Ninoy Aquino International Airport)
- Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) to Doha, Qatar (Doha International Airport)
- Doha (Souq Waqif)
- Doha (The Sheraton)
- Doha (Doha Zoo)
- Doha (Khor Al Udeid Beach)
- Doha (The Corniche)
In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to perform the Ardha, a traditional Qatari dance involving swords. Wielding a sword that teams picked up from the previous destination, the team member had to learn how to perform an elaborate sword dance routine. Once they performed the routine succssfully, they will receive their next clue.
For the final Hazard of the Race, Tim & Marie had to search through the giant crowd at the market for three locals wearing Ghitras (Desert Scarves Used in Doha). Once they have the three locals, one wearing a white one (meaning unity), one red and white (patriotism) and a black and white (freedom), they will be allowed to continue racing.
This leg's Detour was a choice between Make It or Break It. In Make It, teams must successfully put together a dhow, the national boat of Qatar. Once they assemble the dhow and can successfully row it a short distance without the dhow breaking or the team falling, they will receive their next clue. In Break It, Teams must learch through five dhows filled with clams. Then, breaking each clam they want to check, they must find five pearls to receive their next clue.
- At Souq Waqif, teams had to pick up a sword then deliver it to The Sheraton to receive their next clue.
- At the Doha Zoo, Teams had to guide an Oryx, the national animal of Qatar, through a marked desert path searching for water, following the Oryx. Once teams found a well, they must draw up the bucket of water to find their next clue.
Leg 5 (Qatar → Egypt)Edit
- Doha (Doha International Airport) to Cairo, Egypt (Split Airport)
- Cairo (Muhammad Ali Mosque)
- Cairo (Al Qaala Citadel)
- Giza (Giza Fish Market or Egyptian Museum of Antiquities)
- Giza (Khafre Pyramids)
- Giza (Great Pyramids of Giza)
In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to participate in the Sufi, a ceremonial dance practiced by the Dervishes, dating all the way back to the 12th century of Egypt. First, the team member must learn the correct speeds of spinning and hand gestures. Then, once they perform the dance for an exhausting and dizzying minute, they will receive their next clue. However, there is always an Islam prayer lasting 5 minutes before each spin attempt, so teams must spin well or wait 5 more minutes.
The leg's Detour was a choice between Fisherman's Catch and Historian's Match. In Fisherman's Catch, teams must take part in the main livelihood of Egypt, fish. Teams must search through the market for a marked stall. Then, picking up a total of two buckets of fish, they must arrange a stall exactly the same as an example, sorting the fish out by hand. Once done, they must sell 2 dollars worth of fish to receive a bowl of fish soup with their next clue at the bottom of the bowl. In Historian's Match, teams must grab a polaroid camera and a list on a table of five Egyptian Artifacts. Then, they must search the whole museum for the items on their list, which are all on different floors of the museum, taking pictures as they go. They must then arrange them according to their date of discovery to receive a Khet, a traditional Egyptian torch, which they must use to burn a marked rope which will drop their next clue.
- Inside the Khafre Pyramids, teams had to mummify a "corpse". Following the instructions of a scientist, teams had to remove all of the "corpse's internal organs" and place them into jars, finally wrapping up the "corpse" and placing it in a tomb to receive their next clue.
- After the Active Route Info, teams had to pick up the mummy and jars and transport them by camel to the Pit Stop.
Leg 6 (Egypt → Seychelles)Edit
- Cairo (Cairo International Airport) to Victoria, Seychelles (Victoria International Airport)
- Victoria (Morne Seychellois)
- Victoria (Kenwyn House)
- Victoria (Port of Victoria) to La Digue (La Digue Docks)
- La Digue (Streets of La Digue)
- La Digue (La Digue Docks) to Praslin Island (Anse Lazio)
- Praslin Island (Vallee de Mai)
- Praslin Island (Black Pearl Ocean Farm)
In the first Fast Forward of the Race, one team had to search and listen for the Gardiner’s Seychelles Frog, one of the smallest frogs in the world native to Seychelles. Hiking up and down a short hill and searching for this minute creature, they must successfully find a frog to win the Fast Forward clue next to the frog.
For their Speed Bump, Nicky & Kim had to successfully decorate a wedding car with flowers and streamers for a bride and groom. Once their car was approved, they would be allowed to continue racing.
The leg's Detour was a choice between Weaved in Love or Blinded with Hate. In Weaved in Love, teams had to weave a basket also known as a Kapatya, using only coconuts and their bare hands. Once their basket can hold five pounds of various fruits and vegetables, they will receive their next clue. In Blinded with Hate, Teams had to play a Seychellois game of courtship called ’Roul pomme d’amour’, which is played by the male rolling a tomato down a large table and the female catching it, showing interest to her suitor. However, teams will play with a twist, with the "female" team member being blindfolded. Once teams successfully complete ten consecutive catches, they will receive their next clue.
In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to go Ox racing. Wearing protective gear and handling a running Ox, they would also have to keep together a total of ten pots inside their carriage. If their Ox wins the race, AND they do not break more than three pots, they will receive their next clue.
- At Vallee de Mai, teams had to search for the "Coco de Mer", a giant nut native to the island of Praslin in Seychelles. Once there, they must carry the giant 50 pound nut and plant it in the plant nursery to receive their next clue.
Leg 7 (Seychelles → Italy)Edit
- Victoria (Victoria International Airport) to Rome, Italy (Leonardo da Vinci International Airport)
- Rome (Shamrock Pub)
- Rome (Via Cavour Streets)
- Rome (Pavilion Beach)
- Rome (Menaglio Ocarinas or The Panthenon)
- Rome (La Sapienza)
In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to take part in the Battle of the Oranges, an Italian festival which has a mock battle of the Revolution..... but with oranges. Searching through the street for a Beretto Frigio ( a red hat which represent protection) while locals throw oranges at them, they must find the red hat to receive their next clue.
The leg's Detour was a choice between Ocarina of Time or Comedy of Mime. In Ocarina of Time, teams had to listen to a short composition of an Ocarina, an Italian musical instrument. Then, searching a pile of different kinds of ocarinas, they had to find a distinct one that could play the composition they heard to receive their next clue. In Comedy of Mime, teams had to walk through three Italian mimes guarding a cluebox. Analyzing each mime's actions and figuring out their problems, they must provide the correct responses for all three mimes so they can pass and open the box to receive their next clue.
- At Shamrock Pub, teams had to go snail racing. Choosing a snail which will race against seven other snails, their snail had to cross the finish line in the top 3 to receive their next clue.
- At Pavilion Beach, teams had to take part in a Medieval Italy contest known as the greasy pole. With a greased pole suspended ten feet above water, team members, alternating turns, must make their way across a narrow pole and grab the flag at the edge of the pole to receive their next clue.
Leg 8 (Italy → Vatican City)Edit
- Rome (Villa Borghese Gardens)
- Vatican City (Sistine Chapel)
- Vatican City (Stanze di Rafaello or Ristorante Dei Musei Vaticani)
- Vatican City (Cupola Di San Pietro)
- Vatican City (Saint Peter's Square)
- Vatican City (Saint Peter's Basilica)
In the second Fast Forward of the Race, one team had to go inside the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Then, given ten short pictures of people painted in certain portions of the giant ceiling filled with paintings, the team must correctly locate the ten people then count all the people in their respective painted panels. Once they have the correct count, they will win the Fast Forward.
The leg's Detour was a choice between Sing Your Heart Out or Eat Your Soul In. In Sing Your Heart Out, teams had to join a group of Christmas Carolers and earn a total of 30 Euros to receive their next clue. In Eat Your Soul In, teams must correctly set up an Italian Christmas dinner known as "The Feast of the Seven Fishes". Setting up a formal table setting, they must then go to a nearby restaurant. Then, surrounded with over a hundred dishes labeled entirely in Italian, they must pick up seven fish dishes and set up the table with the dishes. Once all their seven dishes are correct, they will receive their next clue. If even one of their dishes are not fish, they must go all the way back to the restaurant and try again.
The leg's Roadblock required one team member to correctly assemble a Christian Nativity Scene. They must pick up heavy 20 pound statues of the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the three Magi, and the animals. Then, they must correctly place the statues following a marked example as well as decorating them with props. Once their scene is set up, and with all the details verified correct, they will receive their next clue.
For their Speed Bump, Vanessa and Ralph had to pet and groom a wolf, Italy's unofficial national animal, to receive their next clue.
- Upon arriving in Vatican City, teams took transport by horse and carriage for the rest of the leg.
- At the Villa Borghese Gardens, teams had to search the large garden maze for a Swiss guard roaming around the maze who will give them their next clue.
- At Cupola di San Pietro, teams had to walk the tiring 330 step staircase to get to the U-Turn board, and their next clue.
Leg 9 (Vatican City → Switzerland)Edit
- Vatican City (Roma Termini) to Rome (Fiumencio Airport)
- Rome (Fiumencio Airport) to Zurich, Switzerland (Zurich Airport)
- Zurich (Belvoir Park)
- Zurich (Freieckgasse or Almend II and III)
- Zurich (Schützenhaus Albisgütli)
- Zurich (Uetliberg)
- Zurich (Uto Kulm)
In the final Fast Forward of the Race, one team had to successfully learn a Swiss invented sport, Bobsledding! Once they successfully man their bobsled one round across a track in under five minutes, they will win the Fast Forward.
The Detour in this leg of the Race had teams choose between Hell and Snow or Heaven and Eggs. In Hell and Snow, teams must successfully pick up a giant snowman-like structure named a Böög. They must then transport the heavy 80 kg structure on foot to Sechseläuten-Platz. Then, they must light up the Böög. Once the Böög head explodes, which is a Swiss Spring Tradition, they will receive their next clue. In Heaven and Eggs, teams must participate in a wacky "egg race", which is a Swiss Winter Tradition. First, they must dress up as two characters "Pfarrer and Stachpalmer", then, assign one team member as a catcher and one as a thrower. Finally, when the race starts, the catcher must pick up one egg at a time each from 30 heaps of sawdust and throw them to the catcher, while following the wacky instructions every 5 eggs, such as transporting them while bouncing on a space hopper and many more. Once teams win the egg race, they will receive their next clue. But if more than half of their eggs fall, they must go all the way back to the start of the course and try again.
In this Roadblock, one team member must taste 10 distinct types of fondue with different flavors, dipping bread in before tasting the fondue. But with only twenty pieces of bread per team, they must conserve their bread in tasting or suffer a five minute wait. Then, searching a room with approximately 100 tags of fondue, correctly label the fondues they tasted. Finally, they must eat all their remaining bread dipped in the fondue to receive their next clue.
- After the Detour, teams received two cowbells with a picture of a place on it. Teams had to determine that they had to go to the Schützenhaus Albisgütli restaurant to receive their next clue.
- At Uetliberg, teams had to place their Detour cowbells on two cows and then transport the two cows and four wheels of cheese up the mountain to the Pit Stop.
Leg 10 (Switzerland → Barbados)Edit
- Zurich (Zurich Airport) to Bridgetown, Barbados (Grantley Adams International Airport)
- Bridgetown (Andrew's Sugar Factory)
- Bridgetown (Baxter's Road)
- Bridgetown (The Boatyard)
- Bridgetown (Pamir or Jolly Roger 1)
- Bridgetown (Harrison's Cave)
- Bridgetown (Parliament Building)
In the leg's Roadblock, one team member had to search through mountains upon mountains of white sugar, in which Barbados was once the leading producer of, to find their next clue inside a mound of brown sugar.
The leg's Detour was a choice between In the Wreck or On the Deck. In the Wreck required teams to go deep sea diving into a pirate ship, searching the sunken ship for a treasure chest which contains their next clue. On the Deck required teams to use swords and "breach" a ship with a group of "pirates", faux-swordfighting their way to the engine room of the giant ship, where they will find their next clue inside the ship's burner.
- In Baxter's Road, teams had to win a game of Warri, a variation of Mancala invented by Barbados, against the local children to receive two pirate dogs as well as their next clue, which is a pirate map.
- Teams had to walk their dogs on foot to The Boatyard.
- Teams had to row a catamaran to the ship of their Detour choice.
- In Harrison's Cave, teams had to listen for a Tuk Band and follow the music to receive their next clue.
Leg 11 (Barbados → Colombia)Edit
- Barbados (Bridgetown International Airport) to Bogota, Colombia (El Dorado International Airport)
- Bogota (La Candelaria)
- Bogota (Bolivar Square)
- Bogota (Luis Angel Aragno Library)
- Bogota (La Granja or Salsa Bar)
- Bogota (Mount Monserrate)
The Roadblock on this leg of the Race had one team member go undercover as the Colombian Revolutionary Spy Policarpa Salavarrieta. Dressed up as a maid, they must roam around the tiny houses in La Candelaria, offering help to locals while listening in for a quote recited by Policarpa: ("¡Pueblo indolente! ¡Cuan diversa sería hoy vuestra suerte si conocieseis el precio de la libertad!” )("Insolent people! How different would you be if you knew the true price of freedom!”). Once they had the right local, they must recite it together with the local to a member of the Revolution outside to receive their next clue.
The Detour was a choice between Chicken Chasin' or Salsa Dancin'. In Chicken Chasin' , teams had to chase the "Polio Maligno" (Evil Chicken), which is part of Colombian Folklore. In a giant chicken coop with more than a hundred chickens, they had to catch "Polio Maligno" (chicken marked with a Race Flag) to receive their next clue. In Salsa Dancin', teams had to eat a very spicy Colombian salsa known as "Salsa de Aji Picante". Then, with the spicyness still fresh in their toungues, they must salsa dance with the locals for three exhausting minutes. If their dancing is approved by the locals, they must then find the same exact bowl of salsa they ate and serve it to receive their next clue. If they had the wrong bowl of salsa, teams had to repeat this Detour from the beginning.
- At Bolivar Square, teams participated in an event in the Yipao, an annual Colombian festival dedicated to jeeps, one of Colombia's most used forms of transportation. In this task, teams had to load up a jeep with boxes of coffee (a Colombian national produce), weighing a total of 1,800 kg. Then, with the weight causing half of the jeep to be up in the air and the other half firmly on the ground, they must successfully drive their jeep through a marked path, along with successfully spinning the Jeep on certain parts of the path. Once teams successfully drive through the marked path without any of the coffee falling, they will receive their next clue.
Leg 12 (Colombia → USA)Edit
- Bogota (El Dorado International Airport) to New York City, New York, United States (John F. Kennedy International Airport)
- New York (Marvel Entertainment, LLC)
- Broadway (Carnegie Hall)
- Broadway (Ed Sullivan Theatre)
- Broadway (Ellen's Stardust Diner)
- Manhattan (FedEx Office Print and Ship Center)
- Manhattan (Central Park)
- Manhattan (Rockefeller Center Skating Rink)
- Manhattan (Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree)
- The Bronx (New York Botanical Center)
- The Bronx (Yankee Stadium) (Finish Line)
The first Roadblock of this leg required one team member to take part in a Broadway Musical: Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. Dressed up as Spider-Man, the team member would have to rehearse, then perform a stunt: Swing across the audience and fight "Green Goblin" by shooting him with webs! Once they land a direct hit, they will receive their next clue. In the Final Roadblock of the Race, one team member had to successfully participate in the New York Christmas Train Show. Looking at a giant train track, teams must successfully route a train track from the 11 countries they had visited in the Race on a map, laying down tracks marked Roadblock and Detour in each country, and placing a track containing the flag of the country to bridge the gaps for each leg. If teams had won a Fast Forward, they would automatically have pieces in the designated leg. If teams had encountered a Speed Bump, Hazard, U-Turn, or Yield they would have to place a miniature sign of it beside their country piece. Once teams correctly assemble their giant train track and make their train go around the track successfully, they will receive their final clue.
- At Marvel Entertainment, teams were given a Spider-Man comicbook which led them to Carnegie Hall.
- At the Ed Sullivan theatre, teams had to participate in acclaimed talk show host Ellen Degeneres's famous game on the show named Know or Go. Both team members will be suspended on platforms, then they must beat a member of the audience. Once the audience member falls or if any team member is the last one standing, they will receive their next clue. If more than one team is there, it will be one member of two different teams vs an audience member or all three teams with one member battling it out.
- After finishing the game show task, teams were instructed by Ellen to "Drop By My Place In Broadway." Teams then had to realize that they had to go to Ellen's restaurant in Broadway, Ellen's Stardust Diner to receive their next clue.
- At Ellen's Stardust Diner, teams, wearing rollerskates, had to serve a total of 50 dishes of Pastrami to receive their next clue.
- At the Rockefeller Center Skating Rink, teams had to successfully perform three jumps in figure skating (A Toe Loop Jump, A Salchow Jump, and A Loop Jump) to receive their next clue.
- At the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, teams had to pick up a gift under the christmas tree which contains their next clue.
- At FedEx, teams had to open up a cargo container filled with various kinds of stuffed animals. Then, figuring out the 11 animals they saw on the Race, arrange them on a small podium by order and what task they represented. (Either Roadblock, a Detour side, or an Active Route Info.) (Speed Bumps, Hazards and Fast Forwards DO NOT count. Teams who have won a Fast Forward WILL have an animal in their spot.) While there are many kinds of possible answers, only one combination is right. Once their order is correct, they will receive their next clue.
- After the task at FedEx, teams were given two bronze monkey. Teams then had to figure out they were going to the Delacorte Clock in Central Park, where the same exact monkeys are, to receive their next clue.
- At the Delacorte Clock, teams had to figure out the time the song playing would change, following a simple math formula. Once they have the right time, the clock maintainer will give them their next clue.
- After finishing the final Roadblock, teams were given a note: "You started the Race in one, now end it in one right here in the Bronx!". Teams then had to figure out that since they began the Race in Houston Astrodome (A Stadium), they had to make their way to the most known stadium in the Bronx, and the Finish Line, Yankee Stadium.