sixth edition of THE AMAZING RACE began in downtown Chicago as
Teams made their way to Reykjavic, Iceland. After a major mistake,
best friends Meredith & Maria fell way behind in a drive across
the beautiful, rural Icelandic landscape, but caught up when Teams
camped overnight on a glacier. At the Detour, most Teams chose
to scale a wall of sheer ice, but high school buddies Avi &
Joe struggled when opting to search for a buoy in an expansive
lagoon. While dating actors Hayden & Aaron claimed first place,
Avi & Joe made a critical error when pulling into the wrong
entrance at the Pit Stop, resulting in their elimination.
Cruising in speedboats along the shores of Lake Michigan, eleven
Teams of two people arrived at Buckingham Fountain in downtown
Chicago, where host Phil Keoghan welcomed them for the start
of THE AMAZING RACE. After informing the Teams that there would
be four non-elimination legs over the course of the Race, Phil
signaled the start, and Teams raced to their bags, where they
learned they would be flying to Iceland on one of three flights,
all landing within five minutes of each other. Taking the Blue
Line train to O'Hare Airport, father and daughter Gus &
Hera decided to team up with Hayden & Aaron and Joe &
Avi in a secret alliance, hoping to bump off other Teams, especially
married entrepreneurs Jonathan & Victoria because, according
to Gus, Jonathan is "a pain in the ass." Almost immediately,
the new alliance found themselves in peril as their chosen flight
to Iceland through Boston, scheduled to land first, was delayed.
Gus commented, "It's disconcerting that we thought we were
ahead and now we're behind."
in Reykjavic, Iceland in first place, dating models Freddy &
Kendra, sisters Lena & Kristy, grandparents Don & Mary
Jean, and Meredith & Maria took marked vehicles to begin
a 130-mile drive to Seljalandsfoss waterfall to find their next
clue behind a torrent of water. As the four Teams sped along
the rural highway on a chilly early morning, the second and
third planes landed, carrying the remaining Teams. Hayden &
Aaron took an early lead in the second pack of seven Teams,
while alliance mates Gus & Hera and Avi & Joe fell into
last place. Soon, however, Gus & Hera and Avi &Joe caught
up to Hayden & Aaron. Hayden was happy, but commented, "The
problem with these alliances is that I feel like I'm worrying
about four other people. This is a race. We're in it for us."
Cruising in the front of the pack, Freddy & Kendra, followed
by Lena & Kristy, made a critical error by driving past
Seljalandsfoss waterfall and continuing on to another waterfall.
Realizing their mistake and turning around, a frustrated Kristy
remarked, "This is exactly what we told ourselves not to
do, and that is to follow people." A disappointed Freddy
said, "We went from first to last like that." The
alliance of Gus & Hera, Hayden & Aaron and Avi &
Joe capitalized on Freddy & Kendra's and Lena & Kristy's
mistake by arriving at Seljalandsfoss waterfall in first place,
while Meredith & Maria also drove past it, convinced that
Avi & Joe made a wrong turn. As the three Teams began traversed
the steep landscape to the clue box behind the waterfall, the
athletic married pro wrestlers Lori & Bolo pulled in and
caught up to the alliance.
their clues, the four Teams discovered they needed to drive
over 260 miles to Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull. Once
there, Teams must sign up for a glacier shuttle to take them
10 miles to the glacier's edge and their next clue. On the road
to Vatnajokull, Hayden & Aaron passed Meredith & Maria,
who were still looking for Seljalandsfoss, and signaled for
the friends to follow them. A gleeful Aaron said, "Hopefully
they'll follow us all the way to the glacier."
all Teams, save the hopelessly lost Meredith & Maria, found
their clue at the waterfall and headed to the glacier. The best
friends only discovered their mistake when, at a gas station,
they spoke to formerly dating couple Adam & Rebecca, who
informed Meredith & Maria that the waterfall was an hour
and a half in the opposite direction. Now squarely in last place,
Meredith exclaimed, "I'm just nauseous that we're in this
a road race that included many passes on the rural highway,
Teams arrived at Vatnajokull and ran to sign up for a charter
to the glacier's edge. Sliding into the first shuttle were Hayden
& Aaron, Lori & Bolo and Lena & Kristy. Having been
passed on the road, long-distance dating couple Kris & Jon
had to settle for the second shuttle with Avi & Joe and
Adam & Rebecca. After losing their way and bickering incessantly,
Jonathan & Victoria boarded the third shuttle with Gus &
Hera and Freddy & Kendra. Don & Mary Jean had the fourth
shuttle all to themselves, and Meredith & Maria took a fifth
shuttle, still well behind the other Teams.
at the imposing glacier's edge, Lori & Bolo, now in first
place, opened their next clue instructing them to choose a marked
snowmobile and drive it two and a half miles across the glacier
to a camp, where they must spend the night. Once there, Teams
must search the tents for shuttle times leaving the glacier
the next morning. There were four times available: 10 am, 10:30
am, 11 am and 11:30 am.
a wild ride across the glacier, Lori & Bolo and Lena &
Kristy arrived at the camp tied for first. Lori & Bolo quickly
claimed the 10 am shuttle, while Lena & Kristy grabbed a
10:30 am ticket without looking further. The sisters' mistake
allowed Hayden & Aaron to grab the remaining 10 am ticket.
Filling out the 10:30 am shuttle with Lena & Kristy were
Kris & Jon and Avi & Joe. Freddy & Kendra, Adam
& Rebecca and Jonathan & Victoria took seats on the
11 am shuttle, while Gus & Hera and Don & Mary Jean
resigned themselves to the 11:30 am with Meredith & Maria,
who had finally caught up with the other Teams.
most Teams used the down time to relax and mingle, Jonathan
& Victoria fought over their disappointing 11 am shuttle
time. Jonathan insisted that Victoria needed to step up her
game, prompting her to retort, "Maybe you should have taken
someone else." Jonathan replied, "Maybe I should have."
The next morning, Lori & Bolo and Hayden & Aaron took
the first shuttle back to their marked cars, where they opened
clues instructing them to drive over 20 miles to find the next
Route Marker at Glacier Ice Beach. As the remaining Teams took
their shuttle down from the glacier and began their drive, Hayden
& Aaron and Lori & Bolo reached Glacier Ice Beach. Winning
a footrace to the clue box, Hayden & Aaron ripped open their
clue to find their first Detour.
Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its pros and
cons. In this Detour, Teams had to choose between Ice Climb
and Ice Search. Teams choosing Ice Climb must travel 35 miles,
don special gear, trek across a glacier and, using ice axes,
climb the face of a steep ice wall. Climbing the wall would
be scary, but Teams could finish quickly. Teams opting for Ice
Search must travel a short distance to a glacial lagoon, choose
a boat and driver and search among thousands of icebergs for
a buoy containing their next clue. There was nothing scary about
the task, but searching the seven-square-mile lagoon could take
a long time.
Lori & Bolo and Hayden & Aaron opted for Ice Climb,
each convinced they could beat the other up the glacial wall.
As the two Teams drove to the glacier, Lena & Kristy and
Kris & Jon chose the Ice Climb as well, while Avi &
Joe felt the Ice Search, being considerably closer, would be
the better task.
Avi & Joe boarded their boat to search the vast lagoon,
Hayden & Aaron and Lori & Bolo arrived at the glacier
to begin their climb. It was ladies first as Hayden and Lori
battled each other in their ascent up the sheer ice wall. After
the women finished neck and neck, Aaron and Bolo began to climb.
The race was close, but Bolo eventually pulled ahead and the
married pro wrestlers opened their next clue, which instructed
them to drive 200 miles to the Blue Lagoon, the Pit Stop for
this leg of the Race.
Hayden & Aaron and Lori & Bolo began their drive to
the Pit Stop, Avi & Joe continued to search the lagoon for
the buoy containing their clue. Meanwhile, Jonathan & Victoria
also selected Ice Search, while Adam & Rebecca and Freddy
& Kendra headed to Ice Climb. While Avi & Joe began
to show signs of frustration, Jonathan & Victoria quickly
found the buoy and headed to the Pit Stop, as did Lena &
Kristy and Kris & Jon after completing the Ice Climb. The
endless lagoon with no buoy in sight caused Joe to quip, "Avi,
we're morons." With Don & Mary Jean and Meredith &
Maria driving to the Ice Climb and Gus & Hera taking a boat
in the lagoon, Avi & Joe finally found the buoy and started
the journey to the Pit Stop. As Gus & Hera spotted the buoy,
Don & Mary Jean found themselves in a last-place tie with
Meredith & Maria after both Teams completed the Ice Climb.
all Teams en route to the Pit Stop, several pairs began to show
cracks in their relationship. After starting with a sizable
lead, Lori & Bolo got lost, prompting a fight when Lori
criticized Bolo's navigational skills. An angered Bolo snapped,
"You don't know when to shut up!" Jonathan & Victoria
continued bickering over directions until a local pointed them
toward the correct path. While most Teams chose to take the
main highway to the Blue Lagoon, Avi & Joe opted for smaller
back roads, a more direct route, in hopes of making up time.
into the Blue Lagoon, Hayden & Aaron ran along the rocky
path to where Phil waited next to the clear blue water. Stepping
onto the mat in first place, Hayden & Aaron were rewarded
with a trip to beautiful Hawaii, compliments of American Airlines'
website, AA.com. On their victory, Hayden remarked, "We're
so pumped up right now. We're thrilled for what's to come."
Kris & Jon and Lena & Kristy finished in second and
third place respectively, Adam & Rebecca encountered a major
setback when they filled their diesel engine vehicle with gasoline.
Realizing the mistake before driving off, the stunned pair had
to wait while the mechanic drained their gas tank. This error
forced the couple to the back of the pack with Don & Mary
Jean and Meredith & Maria.
As Freddy & Kendra, Jonathan & Victoria and Lori &
Bolo arrived at the Pit Stop in the fourth through sixth positions,
the race to avoid elimination kicked into high gear. With Gus
& Hera and Avi & Joe pulling into the Blue Lagoon parking
area, Adam & Rebecca, Don & Mary Jean and Meredith &
Maria jostled for position on the highway, knowing a footrace
would determine their fates. In the end, however, those three
Teams would not be battling to avoid elimination because Gus
& Hera and Avi & Joe realized they were in the wrong
parking lot when they saw the flags in the far distance across
the alliance partners Avi & Joe and Gus & Hera raced
to the Pit Stop, Adam & Rebecca took seventh place in a
photo finish with Meredith & Maria and Don & Mary Jean,
who finished in eighth and ninth place, respectively. Ultimately,
Gus & Hera edged out Avi & Joe for tenth place. Stepping
onto the mat in last place, Avi & Joe became the first Team
eliminated from THE AMAZING RACE. On his experience, Joe remarked,
"We did things that just were inconceivable for me to do.
THE AMAZING RACE showed me you can do anything." Avi added,
"This is definitely one of the best experiences of my life
on this Race. I got to do it with my best friend."