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Bonds will be forged, tested, and strained, as eleven teams of two, joined by family or relationship, follow a path of twists and turns in a frenetic race around the world for $1 million.

Who will be the first to cross the finish line?

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Phil Keoghan
Creator: Bertram van Munster, Elise Doganieri
EP: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Hayma Screech Washington
Packager: Jerry Bruckheimer TV, Worldrace Productions, Amazing Race Productions
Airs: Sundays at 8p ET on CBS


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Bees Are Much Calmer Than All This!
September 28

Bonds will be forged... Will will be tested... Patience will be strained... and foreign languages will be screwed up beyond repair. In a moment, eleven two-man teams will jet out around the world for a shot at a million dollars! Who'll come up short? Who'll go the distance?

Time to begin this, the 13th running of the Amazing Race!

As we speak, classic cars are transporting the teams to the starting line, and speaking of which, here are the teams that will be the subject of the next few weeks. (C-Note: in grand and glorious Wolvie tradition, we've given them cute nicknames as well)...

Toni & Dallas (Team My Mom's Kid): a mother-son team from Northern California. She's a single mom. He's her son.
Nick & Starr (The Wonder Not-Twins): brother-sister team from New York and Texas. They both know what they want... and usually get it.
Ken & Tina (The Estranged Spouses): separated spouses from Tampa. He played seven years in the NFL. He's basically on a race to save his marriage.
Aja & Ty (The Booty Callers): they've been dating long distance for a while now. They see their distance as strength, and they don't take their time together for granted.
Marisa & Brooke (The Southern Belles): friends from South Carolina. They say they're very classy, into fashion, and like baking cupcakes.
Andrew & Dan (Team Kappa Epsilon Gamma): frat boys from Phoenix. Three words... Parties... Girls... Booze.
Anthony & Stephanie (Hollywood Swingers): this LA couple has been dating four years. Stephanie's looking for a ring. Anthony's... still not too sure about that.
Anita & Arthur (Hippie Beekeepers): married apiarists from Oregon. They say they're strong and they have the ability to get it done.
Kelly & Christy (The Divorced Women's Club): recently divorced friends from Texas. They think that their failed marriages give them the strength to do whatever they put their minds to.
Terence & Sarah (Sex & The City): He's a free-spirit. She's a workaholic.
Mark & Bill (Comic Book Geeks): these comic-book readin', t-shirt wearin', Guitar Heroin' geeks wear the term like a badge of honor.

Because you haven't seen this in a while, here's a refresher of the rules, some of which may OR may not come into play.

These will be the bulk of the Race. Teams must find Route Markers (red-and-yellow flags) which will give them info to the NEXT Route Marker. Eventually, this will lead them to a PIT STOP where they must rest for 12 hours...and, for the most part, the team that arrives last will be eliminated. These have to be followed to the letter, lest teams be incurred a penalty for non-compliance.
A choice between two different tasks, each with its own pros and cons. Both team members must decide to do one of the tasks. If they cannot do their chosen task, they MUST do the other. One task MUST be completed before the next ROUTE INFO is handed out.
Only one team member does this task. They're given a SMALL clue as to what's involved, but they cannot read the details until they decide which one will do it. No one member of a team may do more than six ROAD BLOCKs during the whole Race.
There is only one FAST FORWARD in the entire Race. If the team chooses to perform it and do so, they can go straight to the PIT STOP and bypass all other tasks. A team can only use one FAST FORWARD during the entire Race, so they have to decide when it's best to utilize it.
On each leg of the Race (or so says the official site), a YIELD is placed. A team may use this to make another team stop for a pre-determined amount of time (denoted by an hourglass) before they can continue. Any team can be YIELDed any number of times, but a team may only utilize a YIELD once during the course of the Race.
A team who finishes last in a non-elimination leg must complete a SPEED BUMP, one additional task during the next leg. That task must be completed before moving on. And you don’t know when it’s coming.
A U-TURN is found at the end of a Detour. Teams can use the U-TURN to slow down the progress of another team by having them perform the Detour task that they didn't perform. Teams can U-TURN only once in the entire Race, AND there are only three of them along the course, so they must decide whether or not it is in their best interests to use it.

STARTING LINE – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA

The 11 teams are being driven in classic cars to a place of Olympic proportions, where the Games have been held TWICE. When Phil gives the signal, they will race to their bags, pick up their first clue, and be on their way. There are 11 legs in the 13th Race, eight of which are elimination stops. Whoever arrives at the Pit Stop last at one of these will be sent home. The players will receive cash at the beginning of each leg to cover expenses except for tickets which are already paid for (and no upgrading to business class).

And as always, the first team to cross the finish line will win ONE... MILLION... DOLLARS.

I think I’ll turn this over to Phil now.

“The world is waiting for you.

"Good luck...

"Travel safe...


And a quick jog up the stairs to the waiting bags and Benzes... and Amazing Race 13 is officially ON!


Take one of the marked cars and drive yourself to LAX to hop a flight to Brazil. You may only travel on one of two flights: American 252 or United 843. Retrieve your tickets at the marked counters.

Upon landing, proceed by taxi to O Rei Do Pernil. There you will find your next clue.

And Nick & Starr are the first to peel out. Terence & Sarah, in second, are heading on side routes, having been through LA traffic once or twice before. Some of the teams are on 110 South. Anita & Arthur got a bit of a slow start, but they're finally on their way.

And the carpool lane... useful. Aja & Ty hop into first and are first to the airport.

Nick & Starr are hoping to be adopted by "mom and dad" (Ken & Tina).

Now it's a race to the American counter. The MARKED American counter. (C-Note: Now I've been to the AA counter at LAX... it's not that hard to find).

On the American Airlines flight (first to leave)
1) Ken & Tina
2) Mark & Bill
3) Terence & Sarah
4) Nick & Starr
5) Aja & Ty
6) Kelly & Christy

This flight is due to arrive three hours before the other one. And that flight is oversold. Which means it's time to race to the United counter.

Meanwhile, Nick & Starr team up with Ken & Tina in a "loose alliance".

On the United Airlines flight (second to leave)
1) Toni & Dallas
2) Andrew & Dan
3) Anita & Arthur
4) Marisa & Brooke
5) Anthony & Stephanie

All of the teams are on their way.

American: LAX - Rio de Janeiro - Salvador (delayed!)
United: LAX - Sao Paulo - Salvador


Even with the delay, the American flight is the first in Salvador. After a few teams forget how to say "Quickly!" in Portuguese, Mark & Bill are the first team to find...


Choose one local vending cart and wheel it through the streets of Salvador to Praça da Sé. Deliver your cart to Indio, who will hand you your next clue.

And Mark & Bill can't get the thing started without knocking over a few snacks. The rest of the American crew turn up to "drive the worst shopping cart in the world".

They soon deliver their goodies to a funicular, where... something's happening, almost.

Terence & Sarah are the first to reach Indio with all of their snacks intact, so they get this...

TRAVEL BY TAXI TO 19 BATALHAO DE CAZADORES, a military base where you will sleep overnight under mosquito nets.

Once there, you will also have to sign in to receive one of three departure times: 9a, 9:30a, and 9:45a. First come, first served!

Nick & Starr are in front of Kenny & Tina... so much for the loose alliance.

Terence & Sarah are first at the base, and they pick up the 9a departure time.

Meanwhile, the second flight arrives on time, and the five teams head to the sandwich shop, and then to Indio.

9a: Terence & Sarah, Nick & Starr, Mark & Bill, Ken & Tina
9:30a: Aja & Ty, Kelly & Christy, Andrew & Dan
9:45a: Anita & Arthur, Marisa & Brooke, Toni & Dallas, Anthony & Stephanie

Overnight, the teams finally get some rest. Starr thinks Dallas is the most attractive guy on the Race. Meanwhile, Sarah is conversing with the other teams, much to Terence's dismay.

The next morning comes and with it, this clue...


Pelourinho is the historic center of Salvador. Once there, you will have to locate a church that houses your next clue.

Terence & Sarah's cab are the first to head to  Pelourinho. Meanwhile, Ken breaks out his secret weapon... a whistle. Sarah thinks that this is a popularity contest, but Terence thinks that, hey, he doesn't care whether or not people like him.

But they are the first to the church (on time, no less). Mark & Bill are second. But can they find the clue? Ah, there it is.

HARD WAY UP: Make your way to Escadaria do Paso and make a spiritual pledge by climbing the entire stone staircase on your hands and knees. Then answer the mystery question posed by the samba drum player. If they answer it correctly, they will be handed their next clue. If they are wrong, they'll have to walk round the streets to the bottom and start again.

SOFT WAY DOWN: Make your way to Elevador Lacerda and climb down a precarious cargo net 240 feet above the street. Only three teams may be on the cargo net at any one time. First come, first served. Used the marked doors to access the service stairs.

Nick & Starr choose the soft way down, an experience they call "creepy." "Mom & Dad" are next, though Tina is scared of heights. Mark & Bill are third down the cargo net, so the rest of the teams are going to have to wait it out.

Nick & Starr make it down first and are first to hear these magic words... "Make your way to the Pit Stop!"


Make your way to Porte Sao Marcello, a floating battlement and the Pit Stop for this leg of the Race.

WARNING: The last team to check in will be eliminated!

Here on out, it's a good old fashioned foot race. Foot and boat, anyway.

Back at the net, Terence & Sarah pass the breaking Mark & Bill.

Nick & Starr meet Phil and a local club footballer, where they hear another set of magic words...

"Nick & Starr... you're team number ONE!" As the winners of this leg of the Race, they've won a trip to Belize. Very nice. They think their relationship and the push & pull will turn into power in this Race.

Ken & Tina are not too far behind for second place lock-ins.

The second set of travelers find the church at Pelourinho. Andrew & Dan head to the stairs. And it seems like they're the only ones there. The mystery question: how many steps have you climbed? Correct answer: ... not 40. Try again.

Terence & Sarah are team #3. Mark & Bill are at #4. Kelly & Christy are #5. Toni & Dallas... sixth.

The frat boys are finally getting to count the steps. Correct answer: 53.

The Hippies finally finish the climb down. Now it's a matter of who'll get to see "Philski" first... It's Andrew & Dan (seventh) and Aja & Ty (eighth). Anthony & Stephanie are ninth, while Marisa & Brooke are tenth...

... which just leaves the hippies. Anita & Arthur are the last team to arrive. They gave it all they had, and that's the most important thing... Most important thing to Arthur... just doing this. Unfortunately, they can do this no longer.

After Leg 1: USA to Brazil
1) Nick & Starr - trip to Belize
2) Ken & Tina
3) Terence & Sarah
4) Mark & Bill
5) Kelly & Christy
6) Toni & Dallas
7) Andrew & Dan
8) Aja & Ty
9) Anthony & Stephanie
10) Marisa & Brooke
ELIMINATED) Anita & Arthur