The Amazing Race 13 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The Amazing Race 13 is the 13th installment of the reality television competition series The Amazing Race. It featured 11 teams of two, each with a preexisting relationship, in a race around the world.
The 13th season was part of the fall line-up for 2008-09 season and premiered Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT starting on September 28, 2008 and the season finale aired on December 7, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Siblings Nick and Emily "Starr" Spangler were the winners of this race. Excluding the Family Edition, Starr remains the youngest person ever to win the Amazing Race, at age 21 during the race. Nick and Starr are also the first team of siblings to win the competition.
Development and filming
The Amazing Race 13 lasted for 23 days and traveled over miles. The teams raced in eight countries, including Boliva, Cambodia and Kazakhstan for the first time, as well as Brazil, New Zealand, India, and Russia, with the finish line in Portland, Oregon. CBS had originally planned to only air one installment of The Amazing Race (Season 12) in the 2007-08 season, but due to the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, CBS ordered a 13th installment as a replacement for programs affected by the strike. CBS greenlit the 13th installment on December 9, 2007. Race locations were scouted in January 2008 and filming took place between April and May 2008.
This is only the second Race to circumnavigate the world westward (The Amazing Race 10 was the first, and followed by later seasons).
This was the first Race in which an eliminated team was absent from the Finish Line to cheer on the final 3 teams, as Dallas (of Toni & Dallas) had misplaced his passport and the team's money in Russia on the penultimate leg. This had been hinted at in promotional materials aired before the Race began, where CBS revealed that one team made "an unprecedented mistake that ultimately prohibit[ed] them from joining their fellow Racers at the finish line." In a post-Race interview, Dallas revealed that the loss of the passport and money was partly caused by the changing of a microphone battery by production. The passport was eventually turned in to the U.S. Embassy in Russia, but it was still too late for him and his mother to join their fellow racers at the finish line. Starr revealed in a post-race interview that Toni and Dallas joined the other racers in Portland, Oregon at a party the night following the end of the race. This incident also happened separately on Season 15 (surprise elimination on leg 1 where one team was eliminated at the starting line and opted to quit the show instead, and passport mishaps on leg 4 where the 1st place team realized that one of their passports was missing and was eliminated before they could find it).
Post-race interviews revealed that Starr and Dallas - who competed on opposing teams - have been long-distance dating for six months since the show completed taping.
Andrew & Dan stated in a post-race interview that the second U-Turn was available on Leg 9 but it was not used by any teams, thus it was not aired in the show.
This was also the first season in the show's history not to use a U-Turn after its first incarnation since Season 12.
Applications for The Amazing Race 13 were due on November 27, 2007. Semi-finalist interviews were held in December 2007 and January 2008 and final casting interviews took place in February 2008, in Los Angeles, California.
The cast featured a pair of fraternity brothers, a team of married hippies, southern belles, businesswomen divorcees and a retired NFL player hoping to reconnect with his estranged wife while on the Race.
The show also featured John Keoghan, host Phil Keoghan's father, as the local greeter at Te Puke in Keoghan's native New Zealand.
Winner Nick Spangler recently opened on Broadway in the new musical The Book of Mormon.
CBS heavily promoted the new season, including placing advertising on the top of three hangar buildings at Los Angeles International Airport prior to the premiere. Unlike other seasons, CBS provided a location map to viewers of where the Race would be traveling prior to the start of the season.
The following teams participated in the Race, with their relationships at the time of filming. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television due to inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:
Position (by leg)
Nick & Starr
Nick 5, Starr 3
Ken & Tina
Ken 4, Tina 4
Andrew & Dan
Andrew 6, Dan 3
Toni & Dallas
Toni 4, Dallas 5
Terence & Sarah
Terence 3, Sarah 4
Kelly & Christy
Kelly 3, Christy 3
Aja & Ty
Dating Long Distance
Aja 2, Ty 2
Marisa & Brooke
Marisa 2, Brooke 1
Mark & Bill
Mark 1, Bill 1
Anthony & Stephanie
Anthony 1, Stephanie 0
Anita & Arthur
Anita 0, Arthur 0
A team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
An team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump task in the following leg.
A means the team chose to use a U-Turn; indicates the team who received it; around a leg number indicates a leg where the U-Turn was available but not used.
^ Kelly & Christy were not shown in the broadcast when they arrived at the clue box, which was at Pelourinho, but we did see them complete the Soft Way Down Detour while they were currently in 5th place.
^ Mark & Bill initially arrived 8th, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking a taxi instead of going on foot to Bumpy Ride the Detour. During this time, Kelly & Christy - the only team trailing them at that point - were able to check in and Mark & Bill were eliminated before the 30 minutes elapsed.
^ Nick & Starr initially arrived 5th at the Pit Stop, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for speeding. This did not affect their placement and was not in the broadcast.
^ Terence & Sarah initially arrived 3rd, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for speeding and was issued at the start of the next leg. They thus departed 5th in the next leg.
^ Andrew & Dan initially arrived 4th, but took a taxi to the Pit Stop instead of going on foot as stated on the clue. Instead of waiting out a 30-minute penalty, Phil told them to go back to the end of the Detour and walk back to the Pit Stop. This did not affect their placement.
^ Ken & Tina initially arrived 3rd but had missed the clue directing them to the Pit Stop, having arrived there by chance while searching for the clue. They were required to retrieve the missed clue at the end of the Detour and return to the Pit Stop. This did not affect their placement.
^ Toni & Dallas were initially denied their clue at the Detour starting point for taking the Metro instead of a taxi and the lady with a Shetland Pony required them to go back to the end of the Roadblock and return to the Detour starting point via taxi. Later, when all the other teams had checked in at the Pit Stop, Phil came to the Rizhskaya Station and eliminated them while they were still performing the Ride the Lines Detour.
Episode title quotes
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
"Bees Are Much Calmer Than All This!" - Anita
"Do You Like American Candy?" - Marisa
"Did You Push My Sports Bra Off the Ledge?" - Christy
"I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?" - Marisa
"Do It Like a Madman" - Dan
"Please Hold While I Singe My Skull" - Christy
"My Nose Is on Fire" - Sarah
"I"m Like an Angry Cow" - Terence
"That Is Studly" - Andrew
"You're Gonna Get Me Killed" - Tina
"You Look Like Peter Pan" - Starr
The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg. All trips are sponsored by Travelocity.
Leg 1 - A trip for two to Belize
Leg 2 - An off-road vehicle for each team member
Leg 3 - A trip for two to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Leg 4 - A trip for two to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during Carnaval
Leg 5 - A trip for two to St. John, US Virgin Islands
Leg 6 - An environmentally friendly electric car for each team member
Leg 7 - A trip for two to Kauai, Hawaii
Leg 8 - A 180-horsepower waverunner for each team member
Leg 9 - A trip for two to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Leg 10 - A trip for two to Anguilla
Leg 11 - $1,000,000
The first five teams eliminated were sequestered at a villa in Acapulco, Mexico to await the finale. Subsequent eliminated teams telephoned the villa to inform the teams at the villa of their elimination, but continued to run the race as decoys to throw off spoilers to the final outcome of the race. The sequestered teams met up with the decoy teams in the final destination city to cheer on the final three teams as they crossed the Finish Line, with the exception of Toni & Dallas, who were still stuck in Russia after their elimination due to the loss of Dallas' passport.
CBS posted short videos on its website after each episode aired in the Pacific Time Zone to show the eliminated teams interacting at the villa.
After Leg 1, Anita & Arthur were the first team eliminated and sent to the villa first. They expressed their disappointment for being eliminated so early but were also appreciative of their surroundings and grateful that they could live in the lap of luxury in the villa.
After Leg 2, Anthony & Stephanie were the second team eliminated and sent to the villa. Anita & Arthur were surprised but excited that it was them and Anthony & Stephanie felt welcomed by Anita & Arthur and felt less depressed over their own elimination. Over a meal, they predicted that Terence & Sarah will win the race. The two teams then went out of the villa and enjoyed the sights and sounds of Acapulco.
After Leg 3, Mark & Bill were the third team eliminated and sent to the villa. They were glad that the two teams there were shocked and saddened to hear that they were eliminated. As they retold their story on how they were eliminated, they found Mexican wrestling masks in their room in the villa. The 3 teams were later brought, at night, to a luchadore exhibition where Anthony & Stephanie had a lack of interest and left earlier to roam the streets instead.
After Leg 4, Marisa & Brooke were the fourth team eliminated and sent to the villa. They were excited on how lavish the villa was. They then discussed what happened in New Zealand before all 4 teams went into town and Anthony, Stephanie and Bill did a bungee jump as the others watched on.
After Leg 5, Aja & Ty were the fifth team eliminated and sent to the villa. But before they arrived, the first 4 eliminated teams went to the market and then prepared their own lunch to celebrate the arrival of the fifth team. The teams were surprised that it was Aja & Ty, who filled them in on what has happened in the race. After the meal, Anthony did not offer to help clean up, leaving Stephanie embarrassed. Meanwhile, Ty feels awkward to not be on the race and predicts that Andrew & Dan will be the next team eliminated or maybe wrong .
Leg 6 was a non-elimination leg. The five eliminated teams went to the beach where they encountered a weird individual who staged a "performance" for the teams in the ocean. There were mixed reactions from the teams with Anita being thrilled and filled with admiration while Ty was having difficulty understanding the different lifestyle of the people in Mexico.
After Leg 7, Kelly & Christy were the sixth team eliminated. They called in during the wee hours of Acapulco where the first five eliminated teams awaited their call. They recalled their horrifying "Holi Festival" Roadblock experience and gave them an update on what had happened on the race.
After Leg 8, Terence & Sarah were the seventh team eliminated. Before the phone call, the eliminated teams went to "La Quebrada" to see cliffdivers jumping down to the sea. After that, they gave opinions on who will be eliminated next. Most of them thought it was Andrew & Dan. They were all shocked when Terence & Sarah called in as several teams were rooting for them.
Leg 9 was a non-elimination leg. While Aja & Ty have a minor tiff with each other, Marisa & Brooke struggle to make toast. Anthony starts complaining about how slow time is passing in the Villa. All in all, most of the sequestered teams reveal that they are missing home and are eager to return to their normal lives. Most of them wanted to see either Toni & Dallas or Ken & Tina win the race.
After Leg 10, Toni & Dallas were the eighth and final team to be eliminated. The first five eliminated teams packed up to head for the Finish Line location. As they packed to leave the villa, each team recalled their experience with each other at the villa and expressed their excitement for returning home soon.
Leg 11 was the final leg of The Amazing Race 13. The five sequestered teams arrived in Portland, Oregon, where they checked in to a hotel and were reunited with Terence and Sarah. Toni & Dallas then called the six teams at the hotel, breaking the news that they had been eliminated and would most likely not be joining them at the Finish Line due to their passport mishap. The teams then went to the Finish Line site, where they reunited with Kelly & Christy, and some of the teams again expressed who they wanted to win. Nick & Starr express their joy and disbelief at winning the Race, while Ken & Tina express their disappointment but vow to make their marriage work. Andrew & Dan express their elation at making it to third place.
Leg 1 (United States → Brazil)
Airdate: September 28, 2008
Los Angeles, California, United States (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) (Starting Line)
Los Angeles (Los Angeles International Airport) to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport)
Salvador (o Rei do Pernil Sandwich Shop)
Salvador (Praça da Sé )
Salvador (19º Batalhão de Caçadores Military Base ) (Overnight Rest)
Salvador (Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco )
Salvador (Escadaria do Passo or Elevador Lacerda )
Salvador (Forte de São Marcelo )
In this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Hard Way Up or Soft Way Down. In Hard Way Up, teams emulated a religious ceremony by climbing the Escadaria do Passo on their hands and knees. At the top, teams were asked a mystery question (How many stairs have you climbed?). Teams would receive their next clue by answering correctly; if they answered incorrectly, they had to climb the staircase again. The correct answer was 53. In Soft Way Down, teams had to go to the top of the Elevador Lacerda (an outdoor elevator) and climb down a 240-foot-tall cargo net.
At o Rei do Pernil, teams had to wheel a traditional vending cart to Praça da Sé and deliver it to a man named Indio in order to receive their next clue.
At 19º Batalhão de Caçadores, teams may receive three departure times, all of which are in the following morning.
Leg 2 (Brazil)
Airdate: October 5, 2008
Salvador (Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport) to Fortaleza, Ceará (Pinto Martins International Airport)
Cumbuco, Caucaia (Praia do Cumbuco)
Cauípe, Caucaia (Barraca d Manoel)
Pecem (Pecém Beach or Port of Pecem)
Caucaia (Parque de Vaquejada Gera Arruda )
Fortaleza (Cidade da Criança)
In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Beach It or Docket. In Beach It, teams had to travel to Pecém Beach and move a traditional Brazilian sailboat known as a jangada by placing logs underneath it to roll it along into an inlet in order to receive their next clue. In Docket, teams had to travel to nearby Port of Pecem and search in a computer database for a specific ID number for a shipping container that held their next clue. In the first Roadblock of the Race, one team member had to find the name of their next destination hidden amongst several advertisements painted on the wall of the Parque de Vaquejada Gera Arruda. If they chose the right advertisement, a painter would give them their next clue.
At Praia do Cumbuco, teams rode a dune buggy along the beach to Barraca d Manoel.
Leg 3 (Brazil → Bolivia)
Airdate: October 12, 2008
Fortaleza (Pinto Martins International Airport) to La Paz, Bolivia (El Alto International Airport)
La Paz (Statue of Simón Bolívar) (overnight rest)
La Paz (Plaza Murillo - Narvaez Hat Shop)
La Paz (Three locations (see below) or Mercado de las Brujas)
La Paz (Plaza Abaroa)
El Alto (Los Titanes del Ring, El Multifuncional)
La Paz (Mirador el Monticulo)
In this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Musical March or Bumpy Ride. In Musical March, teams had to make their way on foot to three plazas (Plaza del Estudiante, Plaza Bolivia and Plaza Isabela la Católica) several blocks apart where they needed to gather and lead a marching band through the city to a band leader at la Plaza Abaroa where they could exchange the band members for their next clue. In Bumpy Ride, teams had to make their way on foot to Mercado de las Brujas where they had to ride a traditional wooden bicycle down the steep cobblestone streets to La Plaza Abaroa to receive their next clue. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to learn six wrestling moves from luchadoras called the Fighting Cholitas (cholitas luchadoras). After performing these moves in the ring, they were given their next clue. If they failed at performing the move, they had to go back and train with the Fighting Cholita again before returning to the ring.
At the statue of Simón Bolívar, teams had to get a newspaper and search it for their next clue.
At the hat shop, teams had to buy a traditional bowler hat called a bombin to get their next clue. Teams were advised to hold on to their hat so that they may hand it to their Fighting Cholita as a gift later in the Roadblock.
Leg 4 (Bolivia → New Zealand)
Airdate: October 19, 2008
La Paz (El Alto International Airport) to Auckland, New Zealand (Auckland Airport)
Rodney District, Auckland (Gulf Harbour)
Auckland (Sky Tower)
Auckland (Mount Eden)
Auckland (CityLife Hotel)
Te Puke, Bay of Plenty (Kiwi 360)
Tauranga (Summerhill Rec Farm)
The first Fast Forward of this season required a team to climb the mast of the Sky Tower to retrieve a Travelocity Roaming Gnome from the top of the tower. Once completed, the team would win the Fast Forward and received a helicopter ride to the Pit Stop. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to correctly match the t? moko tattoo on a M?ori warrior's face with one depicted in their clue, amongst several hundred performing the traditional haka dance. In this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Matter of Time or Matter of Skill. In Matter of Time, teams had to use their feet to crush a vat of kiwifruit to produce 12 quarts of juice, and each member had to drink a glass upon completion before receiving their next clue. In Matter of Skill, teams had to assemble two Blokarts, and each member had to complete three laps around a track before receiving their next clue.
At Gulf Harbour, teams had to untie a large "Gordian Knot" to get their next clue.
At the CityLife Hotel, teams had to use binoculars to spot one of eight Travelocity Roaming Gnomes hidden around the city. They then had to retrieve one of them and would find their next clue on the bottom of its base. Teams had to keep the Gnomes for the rest of the Leg and bring them to the Pit Stop.
Leg 5 (New Zealand → Cambodia)
Airdate: October 26, 2008
Auckland (Auckland Airport) to Siem Reap, Cambodia (Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport)
Siem Reap (Gas Station)
Siem Reap (Kho Andeth on Tonlé Sap)
Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
Siem Reap (Bayon)
In this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Village Life or Village Work. In Village Life, teams had to retrieve a set of toy teeth from a dentist, a doll from a tailor, and a basketball from a floating basketball court all on Tonlé Sap. Each team member had to score a basket before returning all the items they had collected to the Siem Reap Harbor where they would receive their next clue. In Village Work, teams had to go into Tonlé Sap and retrieve two full baskets of fish from underwater and return them to the Siem Reap Harbor to receive their next clue. In this leg's Roadblock, teams had to go into Angkor Wat and find an echo chamber where if they beat their chest, it would echo in the room. They could then pick up a stone frieze displaying their next clue on the reverse.
When first arriving in Siem Reap, teams had to fill a truck with of diesel fuel and then ride the truck to Siem Reap Harbor on Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Teams then rode a marked boat to the boat stop Kho Andeth for their next clue.
Leg 6 (Cambodia → India)
Airdate: November 2, 2008
Siem Reap (Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport) to Delhi, India (Indira Gandhi International Airport)
South Delhi (Moonlight Motors)
New Delhi (The Ambassador Hotel)
New Delhi (Bahá'í House)
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to repaint black portions of a auto rickshaw green, to show that the tuk tuks had switched to using natural gas as fuel. To paint it green, the team member had to cover up all of the glass and wheels of the tuk tuk before spray painting. In this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Launder Money or Launder Clothes. In Launder Money, teams had to make a traditional Indian wedding necklace by stapling 10 notes to the necklace that added up to 780, and then find their way to find the newlywed couple in the banquet hall under the chaotic crowds and present them the necklace to receive their next clue. In Launder Clothes, teams had to use a traditional charcoal iron to press 20 pieces of clothing in order to receive their next clue from a laundry woman.
Leg 7 (India)
Airdate: November 9, 2008
New Delhi (Deshbandhu Apartments)
Delhi (Charity Birds Hospital in Jain Mandir)
Delhi (Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib)
Delhi (Nai Sarak Street or Ram Bhandar and Shwan Kumar and Sons)
Delhi (Humayun's Tomb - Isa Khan's Tomb)
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to find an envelope marked "The Amazing Race" among several marked "Try Again" raised on ladders amongst celebrators of Holi, the Festival of Colours, while being bombarded with the traditional colored dyes and water. In this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Bleary Eyed and Teary Eyed. In Bleary Eyed, teams had to follow a series of power lines, keeping mark of the numbered tags hanging from the power lines in Nai Sarak Street. They then reported these numbers to a power company official and plugged in a musical Ganesh statue to receive their next clue in New India Stationers in Chawri Bazar. In Teary Eyed, teams had to find a store named Ram Bhandar in a spice market and transport bags of chili peppers to a location a quarter of a mile away in Shwan Kumar and Sons and then grind them into chili powder with a mortar and pestle to receive their next clue. This leg's Speed Bump task required Ken & Tina to serve holy water to hundreds of Sikhs at the Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib (at the site in the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi) until they satisfied the waiting crowd.
At the Charity Bird Hospital, teams had to search the bird cages to find the next clue.
Leg 8 (India → Kazakhstan)
Airdate: November 16, 2008
Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport) to Almaty, Kazakhstan (Almaty International Airport)
Almaty (Alasha Restaurant)
Almaty Oblysy (Alel' Agro Chicken Factory)
Almaty (Kok Tobe Arch)
Almaty (State Museum of National Musical Instruments or Almaty State Puppet Theater)
Almaty (Zelyonly Bazar's Meat Section)
Almaty (Old Square)
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member would search among 30,000 chickens for one of seven golden eggs to get their next clue. The last Fast Forward on leg had teams travel to the Alasha Restaurant and eat a serving of Korduk, a local Kazakh delicacy, which includes fat from the rear end of a sheep. In this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Play Like Mad or Act Like Fools. In Play Like Mad, teams had travel to the State Museum of National Musical Instruments and learn to play a traditional folk tune on the dombra and the shang-kobuz which they then play for locals and earn tips totaling 200? (approximately equivalent to US$1.50) in a park to receive their next clue. In Act Like Fools, teams had to put on a two-person cow costume at the Almaty State Puppet Theater and travel across town to a milk stand where they had to drink an entire glass of milk. At the bottom of the glass was the name of their next destination - the Zelyony Bazar (Green Market), where they had to find the meat section to receive their next clue, keeping the costume's head with them to the Pit Stop. Teams who chose this Detour were required to take the dombra or cow costume with them to the Pit Stop.
At Kok Tobe Arch, teams would receive their next clue from a trained Golden Eagle belonging to Mongol Warriors.
Leg 9 (Kazakhstan → Russia)
Airdate: November 23, 2008
Almaty (Almaty International Airport) to Moscow, Russia (Sheremetyevo International Airport)
Moscow (Krutitsy - Dormition Cathedral)
Tatarintsevo , Moscow Oblast (Kolosok Camp)
Zhukovsky, Moscow Oblast (Zhukovsky Bakery)
Moscow (Neskuchniy Garden)
In this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Boots or Borscht, both of which required that the teams dress in a Russian military uniform. In Boots, teams had to learn a Russian marching routine and perform the routine perfectly along with a drill team to receive their next clue. In Borscht, teams had to serve 75 soldiers a bowl of borscht each to receive their next clue. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to carry fifty bags of flour into a bakery and lay them down on the floor to receive their next clue from the baker.
At the Krutitsy Monastery, teams had to light a candle before they could receive their next clue. All women were required to don headscarves prior to entering the monastery as per the monastery's religious customs.
Leg 10 (Russia)
Airdate: November 30, 2008
Moscow (Severnoye Tushino Park - Submarine Komsomolets of Novosibirsk )
Moscow (Fallen Monument Park, Bukinist book store, Bulgakov's old flat)
Moscow (Sokolniki Park)
Moscow ( Four locations or Two locations (see below) to VDNKh Metro Station)
Moscow (VDNKh Park)
The final Roadblock required one team member to count the number of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin statues in the park, then proceed to an antique book shop named Bukinist in Arbat Street. The numbers of Lenin and Stalin statues were to be the tens and ones digits, respectively, of a number that they then had to tell the bookstore manager; if incorrect, a 10 minute penalty would be issued before another guess could be made. If correct, the team member would receive a copy of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, and flip to the page of the correct answer (62) to find a clue about their next destination - Bulgakov's old flat - where their teammate and next clue would be waiting. In this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Ride the Rails or Ride the Lines. In Ride the Rails, teams had to travel by the Moscow Metro from Sokolniki to Ulitsa 1905 Goda where they could pick up a samosa from a marked snack stand. The wrapper then directed them to go to Kitay-Gorod and give the samosa to a babushka near the statue of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Slavyanskaya Square who would give them their next clue. In Ride the Lines, teams had to travel by trolleybus from Sokolniki to Krasnoselskaya Station to find a key maker who would give them a key. The keytag directed them to Rizhskaya Station where their key would open up a locker. At the end of both Detours, teams received a photo of the VDNKh Metro Station and were told to search the grounds of the station to find their next clue. This leg's Speed Bump task required Andrew & Dan to learn, and then perform a traditional Russian dance to the satisfaction of the choreographer.
At Severnoye Tushino Park, Teams had to search the submarine amongst the crew members for the actor who appeared in the film The Hunt for Red October.
At Sokolniki Park, teams searched for a woman with a Shetland Pony to receive their next clue.
Leg 11 (Russia → United States)
Airdate: December 7, 2008
Moscow (Domodedovo International Airport) to Portland, Oregon, USA (Portland International Airport)
Newberg (Tilikum Retreat Center)
Cascade Locks (Bridge of the Gods)
Portland (Portland Building, then across to Standard Plaza Building)
Portland (Alder Street cart pod)
Portland (Voodoo Doughnut)
Portland (Pittock Mansion)
In this leg's Detour, teams chose from either High & Dry or Low & Wet. In High & Dry, teams had to climb up a tree to a certain height where they had to balance themselves on a log and then jump off the end to each grab a half of their next clue. In Low & Wet, teams had to make their way on foot on logs floating on a river, a distance of 800 feet and retrieve the clue from an island.
Teams took a zipline from the Bridge of the Gods to a nearby island below. At the island, teams then did a memory challenge involving the previous ten legs. Teams were faced with a board with spaces numbered 1-10, each corresponding to a leg of the race. They were required to remove the covers from the spaces one at a time, in numerical order, to reveal the symbol of a Roadblock, Detour, Route Info, or Pit Stop, then search through a field of 150 identical clue boxes - each of which contained a picture depicting a task or location from the Race - for a picture depicting that specific task or location from that leg (for example, Leg 1 revealed the Route Info symbol, so teams had to look for a picture depicting the coffee cart at o Rei do Pernil). They were then required to insert the picture into the space on the board, where a green light on top of the space indicated that the picture was the correct one, and absence of a green light indicated they had to try again. Once all 10 spaces were correctly filled in, teams were allowed to retrieve the next clue from the parking lot.
At the Portland Building, teams were required to search for a green dinosaur statue located in the Standard Building, adjacent to the Portland building, where the next clue box was located.
At the Alder Street cart pod, teams were required to search for the food cart selling ethnic food of the country of the last Pit Stop (Russia), where the proprietor would hand them the next clue.
The clue given at the Alder Street cart pod directed teams to the place where "the magic is in the hole", and left it to the teams to decipher that this was a reference to Voodoo Doughnut, where they received their final clue.