The Amazing Race 2 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The Amazing Race 2 is the second installment of the American reality television show The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race 2 features eleven teams of two with a pre-existing relationship in a race around the world. It premiered on March 11, 2002 and ended on May 15, 2002.
Childhood friends Chris Luca and Alex Boylan won this edition of the race.
In 2011, the complete season was released on DVD exclusively on Amazon.com via its CreateSpace program.
Development and Filming
The second edition of The Amazing Race traveled miles in 28 days, spanning 5 continents and 8 different countries. Filming occurred between January and February of 2002. The Race visited the countries of Brazil, Namibia, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the continents of South America and Oceania for the first time.
This edition marked the debuts of several Race traditions. The color scheme for all route markers and flags was changed to yellow and red after the previous season's yellow and white. In addition, host Phil Keoghan and a local greeter welcomed all teams arriving at the Pit Stop at the end of each leg; previously, Keoghan appeared only to greet (and usually eliminate) the last-place team.
Contestant Cyndi Kalenberg claimed that there was confusion about the vehicle replacement rules in Leg 2, in which the racers were informed that if their designated jeep broke down, the racers themselves would have to pay for repairs and wait for it to be fixed. Blake and Paige, however, were provided with a new vehicle when their jeep broke down; this helped them beat Hope and Norm in a race for second-to-last place to the Pit Stop, allowing Blake and Paige to stay in the race while Hope and Norm were eliminated. Since the next season, Race policy is that a team will receive a replacement if a production-provided vehicle breaks down or becomes unsafe to drive through no fault of the team, though the team will not be given any time credit for the situation.
Towards the end of the final leg, Chris and Alex passed Tara (and later Wil) in a foot race to the finish line. This marks the closest finish in the American edition ofThe Amazing Race; the second season of the Latin American version ended with the winning team besting the second-place team by just a few yards.
Eleven teams participated in the second season of The Amazing Race. The cast featured twins, a mother & daughter duo, siblings, grandmothers, pastors, and childhood friends.
The season featured Heloísa Pinheiro, the real-life "Girl from Ipanema", as the woman teams were to find on the "Beach" Detour option in the first leg.
Alex Boylan went on to create and host the first season of Around the World For Free, in which he journeyed around the world with no money to his name, relying on the generosity and hospitality of locals to continue on.
Gary Rosen later returned to The Amazing Race, working as a story producer for the 5th season
Blake Mycoskie went on to found TOMS Shoes, a footwear company that donates a pair of shoes to needy children for every pair sold.
This season had two official sponsors; American Airlines and Royal Caribbean International. These two sponsors provided the prizes that were sometimes awarded to teams that arrived in first place.
The following teams participated in the Race, each listed along with their placements in each leg and relationships as identified by the program. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television, owing to the inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:
Position (by leg)
Chris & Alex
Chris 5, Alex 6
Tara & Wil
Tara 4, Wil 7
Blake & Paige
Blake 8, Paige 3
Oswald 6, Danny 3
Gary & Dave
Gary 2, Dave 5
Mary & Peach
Mary 3, Peach 2
Cyndi & Russell
Cyndi 1, Russell 3
Shola & Doyin
Shola 0, Doyin 1
Peggy & Claire
Peggy 0, Claire 1
Hope & Norm
Hope 0, Norm 1
Deidre & Hillary
Deidre 0, Hillary 0
A team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
An team placement indicates that the team was the last to arrive at a Pit Stop in a non-elimination leg of the race.
A indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue. If placed next to a leg number, this indicates that the Fast Forward was available for that leg but not used.
^There is ambiguity over the spelling of Deidre's name. In the first two episodes, the opening and on-screen graphics show her name as "Deidre". Beginning with the third episode, the opening shows her name as "Diedre".
^Peggy & Claire left the Pit Start in Foz do Iguaçu over 37 minutes late because they overslept and missed their departure time. This did not affect their overall placement in Leg 3.
^Template:Note labelTemplate:Note labelTemplate:Note label In their respective elimination legs, Peggy & Claire, Shola & Doyin, and Mary & Peach were all well behind on the course when all other teams checked in. Instead of being allowed to complete all tasks left in the leg, they were each instructed to go directly to the Pit Stop for elimination.
Template:Note labelTemplate:Note label Gary & Dave initially arrived 2nd, and Chris & Alex arrived 7th, but they were each issued a retroactive 42-minute penalty for speeding during the leg. Both teams served their penalties before beginning the next leg; this dropped Gary & Dave to 3rd to depart, while Chris & Alex remained in 7th.
^Tara & Wil initially arrived 2nd, but were given a 1-minute credit due to a minor production difficulty. They were declared to have tied for first with Blake & Paige, and were also given the prize for winning the leg as a result.
Episode title quotes
Starting with this season, episode titles are taken from quotes made by the racers in each episode. Quotes are sometimes altered slightly for humorous effect.
"The World Is Waiting: Go!" - Phil Keoghan
"Help Me, I'm American!" - Blake
"My Alarm Clock Didn't Go Off!" - Claire
"This Game Is About Minutes" - Shola
"Welcome To The World Of Being Human" - Mary
"I'm Gonna Take His Girl" - Alex
"I'm Gonna Throw Up On Phil's Shoes" - Oswald
"I'm Not a Miner! No, You're An Idiot!" - Wil/Tara
"Ready To Lose Our Lives" - Oswald
"It's Hammer Time" - Chris
"Follow That Plane!" - Wil
Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete certain legs.
Leg 1 - A vacation to Hawaii provided by American Airlines Vacations.
Leg 8 - A seven day cruise on Royal Caribbean
Leg 9 - A vacation to Cancún provided by American Airlines Vacations.
Leg 10 - A vacation to Puerto Rico provided by American Airlines Vacations.
Leg 11 - A vacation to Los Cabos provided by American Airlines Vacations.
Leg 12 - A vacation to London and Paris provided by American Airlines Vacations.
Leg 13 - $1,000,000
Leg 1 (United States → Brazil)
Airdate: March 11, 2002
Pahrump, Nevada, United States (Starting line)
Las Vegas (McCarran International Airport) to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport)
Rio de Janeiro (Christ the Redeemer)
Paquetá Island (Fat Maria)
Paquetá Island (Lido Hotel - Ilha Tours)
Rio de Janeiro (Sugarloaf Mountain)
Rio de Janeiro (Tocorimé Yacht near Urca Beach)
The Detour on this leg was Mountain or Beach. In Mountain, teams rappelled down Sugarloaf Mountain. When they were done, they would immediately find their next clue. In Beach, teams had to take the gondola back to the ground and proceed to Ipanema Beach to find the woman who inspired the song "The Girl from Ipanema" (Heloísa Pinheiro) with only a photo as a means of identification. Once the woman was found, she would give them their next clue.
On Paqueta Island, teams had to find a big tree known as "Fat Maria" and follow the local custom by kissing the tree.
At the Lido Hotel, teams had to sign up for one of three boats leaving the next morning.
Leg 2 (Brazil)
Airdate: March 13, 2002
Barra da Tijuca (GRES Acadêmicos da Barra da Tijuca - Samba Club )
Rio de Janeiro (Copacabana Beach)
Rio de Janeiro (Pedra Bonita overlooking São Conrado beach)
Rio de Janeiro (Terminal Rodoviária Novo Rio) to Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná (Rodoviária Internacional de Foz do Iguaçu)
Foz do Iguaçu (Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, Iguaçu Falls - Macuco Safari Dock)
Foz do Iguaçu (Parque Nacional do Iguaçu - Jungle Camp)
To win the Fast Forward, one team had to go to Copacabana Beach and score ten points in a game of volleyball against a team of locals who could only use their feet (Teams, however, were permitted to use their hands). The Detour on this leg was Freak Out or Seek Out. In Freak Out, teams had to hang glide with a local instructor from the mountain to the beach below. When both teammates landed on the beach, they would get their next clue. In Seek Out, teams had to find metal detectors on the same beach and use it to find the next clue buried somewhere in the sand. For the Roadblock, one team member had to ride a speedboat into Iguaçu falls, using a map to guide its pilot. They had to spot the flag at the top of a rocky structure near the falls and then follow the marked path to the clue.
At the start of the leg, teams were given a feather along with instructions to take it to the Samba Club. They then had to match the feather to one of the dancers' headdresses. When they found the correct dancer, she would give them their next clue.
Leg 3 (Brazil → South Africa)
Airdate: March 20, 2002
Foz do Iguaçu (Foz do Iguaçu International Airport) to Cape Town, South Africa (Cape Town International Airport)
Cape Town (Nelson Mandela Gateway, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront) to Robben Island
Robben Island (Section B Cell 5)
Robben Island to Cape Town (Nelson Mandela Gateway, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront)
Stellenbosch (Mooiberge Strawberry Field)
Kalk Bay (Kalk Bay Harbour)
Kalk Bay (Kalk Bay Station) to Cape Town (Cape Town railway station)
Langa (Paradise Hair Salon, Zone 23)
Stellenbosch (Lanzerac Manor)
For this leg's Fast Forward, teams had to find the Mooiberge Strawberry Field and look inside a "Zebra," (actually a large zebra-shaped scarecrow) to find the clue. The Detour on this leg was Dance or Deliver. In Dance, teams had to put on a costume and sing and dance with a local troupe until they made R25 in tips. Once done, the troupe leader would take the money and give them their next clue. In Deliver, teams had to carry fish from a boat and transfer it to some scales. Once they transferred of fish, the fish monger would give them their next clue. For the Roadblock, one team member had to search through Langa to buy a box of Epsom salts and a "Smiley" (sheep's head). They would then deliver them as an offering to a healer, who would then give them a bitter potion to drink.
At Robben Island, teams had to find Section B Cell 5 (famous as Nelson Mandela's prison cell) to get their next clue.
Leg 4 (South Africa → Namibia)
Airdate: March 27, 2002
Cape Town (Cape Aviation Business Centre, Cape Town International Airport) to Walvis Bay, Namibia (Walvis Bay Airport)
Swakopmund (Swakopmund Lighthouse)
Swakopmund (Swakopmund Hotel)
Swakopmund (Matterhorn Sand Dune at D1984)
Spitzkoppe (General Dealer)
Spitzkoppe (Woodcarver's Market)
Near Windhoek (Amani Lodge)
In the Fast Forward, teams had to search the Swakopmund Hotel grounds and find the pool to retrieve the Fast Forward clue floating inside. Teams were told to look "Where the railway tracks used to run", as the Swakopmund Hotel used to be a railway station. The Detour on this leg was Slide or Stride. In Slide, teams had to slide down the steep side of a dune to the route marker at the bottom. In Stride, teams had to walk down the other side of the dune, following a path of flags. In the Roadblock, one team member had to buy five wood animal carvings (lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard and elephant). Once done, they had to bring all five woodcarvings to a bushman, who would exchange a large giraffe carving " to which the clue was attached " for them. The teams had to bring the giant giraffe to the Pit Stop.
At Cape Aviation Business Centre, teams had to sign up for one of two charter flights to Walvis Bay, Namibia.
At Swakopmund Lighthouse, teams had to find 4x4 vehicles in a nearby lot. Once spotted, they could run to the lot and pick a vehicle and their next clue. They are accompanied by a local driver who, for safety reasons, would take over the wheel at dusk.
At the General Dealer, teams had to go inside and ask for the "postcard of the day" for the next clue.
Leg 5 (Namibia → Thailand)
Airdate: April 3, 2002
Windhoek (Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport) to Bangkok, Thailand (Don Mueang International Airport)
Bangkok (BTS Skytrain - Siam Station to Erawan Shrine)
Bangkok (Wat Ratchanadda - Amulet Market)
Bangkok (Bird Market or Chinatown)
Bangkok (Sai Tai Mai) to Ratchaburi, Ratchaburi Province
Ratchaburi (Wat Kao Chong Phran)
Amphawa, Samut Songkhram Province (Ban Plai Pong Pang)
In the Fast Forward, teams had to find the Amulet Market at Wat Ratchanadda, where one of them would have to have their head shaved, a Bhuddist tradition. The Detour on this leg was Confusion Now or Confusion Later. In Confusion Now, teams needed to find a specific water taxi dock and then take one to a bird market. Once there, they would release a cage full of sparrows for good karma. In Confusion Later, teams had to take a taxi to Chinatown in Charoen Krung Soi 21, where they had to purchase a car to burn at Lee Ti Biew shrine. Teams had to figure out that the "car" they needed was one of the small paper cars sold at booths near the shrine. For the Roadblock, one team member had to put on a mask and venture into a cave full of bats to retrieve their next clue.
Leg 6 (Thailand)
Airdate: April 10, 2002
Bangkok (Pak Khlong Talad)
Bangkok (Hua Lam Phong Railway Station) to Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai Railway Station)
Chiang Mai (Old Bridge on Ban Muang Kut) (Maetang River Camp)
Chiang Mai Province (Mae Ping Village)
Chiang Mai Province (Karen Village)
The Detour of this leg was Boat or Beast. In Boat, teams had to travel down the river using a bamboo raft with long poles. In Beast, teams had to ride on the back of a elephant down a path next to the river. The Roadblock required one team member to wash chalk decorations from a religious ceremony off an elephant. When the judge was satisfied they would get their next clue.
Leg 7 (Thailand → Hong Kong, China)
Airdate: April 17, 2002
Chiang Mai (Seven Spires)
Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai International Airport) to Hong Kong , China (Hong Kong International Airport)
Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Central Plaza)
Wan Chai (Wong Tai Sin Temple)
Wan Chai (Star Ferry Pier, Central) to Tsim Sha Tsui (Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui)
Lam Tsuen (Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees) or Tsim Sha Tsui (Sang Sang Medicine Hall)
Kwai Chung (Hong Kong International Terminals Limited (HIT))
Victoria Harbour (On board the Duk Ling Chinese Junk)
The Detour on this leg was Wishing Tree or Herbal Tea. In Wishing tree, teams had to drive to a special wishing tree. Once there, they needed to write a wish on a scroll and throw it into the tree's branches. In Herbal Tea, teams walked to a herbal shop in a marketplace on Saigon Street. Once there, they had to drink a cup of foul-tasting tea. To win the Fast Forward, a team needed to search the basement of the Wong Tai Sin Temple for a fortune teller who would give one team member a face reading and the other a palm reading. The Roadblock required one team member to climb to the top of a crane and use the controls to move shipping container off of a truck and onto the ground, then return the crane to its original position. Once done, the other team member was allowed to get the next clue from the side of the shipping container.
At Central Plaza, teams used binoculars to search for a "green and white star" (the logo of the Star Ferry terminal) to find their next destination.
Leg 8 (Hong Kong, China → Australia)
Airdate: April 24, 2002
Victoria Harbour to Repulse Bay (Tin Hau Temple)
Ngong Ping (Po Lin Monastery)
Stanley (Murray House)
Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport) to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Sydney Airport)
Sydney (Sydney Opera House)
Sydney (Museum of Contemporary Art)
The Detour on this leg was Dragon or Lion. In Dragon, teams had to row a dragon boat, usually suited for twelve people, through a short, marked, 600m course. In Lion, teams had to carry a two person ceremonial lion through a long, crowded market and down stairs. In the Fast Forward teams had to find Po Lin Monastery and then had to climb 268 steps to the Tian Tan Buddha, where they would find the clue. The Roadblock required one team member to follow a series of clues written in Australian slang. The team members had to find the surfie (surfer) in the lairy daks (flashy shorts) at Martin Place, the anklebiter (child) riding a bicycle around Archibald Fountain at Hyde Park, the Sheila (woman, usually single and attractive) in the Aussie cozzie (swim suit) near Captain Cook Statue in Hyde Park and the bushie (country person who resides in the Australian Outback) in Circular Quay.
Leg 9 (Australia)
Airdate: April 24, 2002
Sydney (Sydney Harbour Bridge through BridgeClimb Sydney)
Woolloomooloo (Harry's Cafe de Wheels)
Sydney (Sydney Airport) to Adelaide, South Australia (Adelaide International Airport)
Adelaide (National Jet Systems Terminal)
Adelaide (Adelaide International Airport) to Coober Pedy (Coober Pedy Airport)
Coober Pedy (Metal Tree)
Coober Pedy (Opal Quest Mine or Cooper Pedy Golf Club)
Breakaways National Park (Lookout 2)
Breakaways National Park (Aboriginal Camp)
The Fast Forward required one team to go to Harry's Cafe de Wheels, where both team members had to eat a meat pie. The Detour on this leg was Cool Down or Heat Up. In Cool Down, teams had to find the Opal Quest mine in Coober Pedy and search within for a pile of dirt that hid an opal. Once found, the team could return to the surface to show the judge and collect their next clue. In Heat Up, teams played three holes of golf on a hot desert golf course. They are given a map and only one ball and would be playing at temperatures as high of 130 °F. The Roadblock require one team member to stand inside a circle and throw a boomerang in such a way that it would leave, return to, and land within the circle.
At the BridgeClimb Sydney, teams had to sign up for a climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to receive their next clue.
Upon arriving in Adelaide, teams had to sign-up for one of three charter flights to Coober Pedy.
Leg 10 (Australia → New Zealand)
Airdate: May 1, 2002
Adelaide (Adelaide International Airport) to Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand (Queenstown Airport)
To win the Fast Forward, one team had to take a speedboat down the Shotover River and find a flag. The Detour on this leg was Quick Jump or Long Hike. In Quick Jump, teams had take a tandem bungee jump down to the clue at the bottom of the canyon. In Long Hike, teams had to hike down a long trail to the bottom of the canyon. The Roadblock required one team member to enter a pen full of sheep and separate the three black sheep from 22 white sheep. When finished, both team members could head straight to the nearby Pit Stop.
After leaving the Pit Stop, teams hitched a ride on a road train, which transported them and their vehicles to Glendambo.
In Glendambo, teams had to sign up for either a 10:30am or 11:15am flight to the nearest airport in Adelaide.
Leg 11 (New Zealand)
Airdate: May 8, 2002
Picton, Marlborough (Interislander Picton Ferry Terminal) to Wellington (Interislander Wellington Ferry Terminal) via Interislander
Rotorua, Waikato (Maori Arts & Crafts Institute)
Rotorua (Mount Tarawera)
Waitomo Caves (The Lost World)
Woodhill, Auckland (4 Track Adventures)
Auckland (Ardmore Airport - Warbirds Hangar)
To win the Fast Forward, one team had to perform a "scree run" " run down Mount Tarawera's loose rock walls to the mouth of the dormant volcano. The Detour on this leg was Drop or Climb. In Drop, teams had to descend into a cavern known as "The Lost World" and then walk to the clue located on Jesus Rock. In Climb, teams had to climb down a ladder into the cavern and walk to the clue at the same rock. The Roadblock required one team member to ride an ATV through a challenging off-road course with difficult terrain, collecting the clue at the end of the course.
Leg 12 (New Zealand → United States)
Airdate: May 15, 2002
Auckland (Sir John Logan Campbell Monument)
Auckland (Auckland Airport) to Maui, Hawaii, USA (Kahului Airport)
Paia, Maui (old campus of Maui High School)
Maui (Pauwela Pineapple Field)
Maui (McGregor Point at Maalaea) to Molokini
Maui (Huialoha Church)
The Detour on this leg was Bike or Walk. In Bike, teams had to ride bicycles and search through a large pineapple field to find a single pineapple that has been painted red. In Walk, teams traveled on foot through the same field to find one of four pineapples painted yellow. In either case, once the teams found the right pineapple, they could open it to get their next clue. In the Roadblock one team member had to snorkel near Molokini island and find one of three yellow cases chained underwater. One they were able to open it, they could retrieve the clue sealed inside.
Leg 13 (United States)
Airdate: May 15, 2002
Maui (Queen Ka?ahumanu's Birthplace near Hana Bay)
Maui (Kahului Airport) to Anchorage, Alaska (Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport)
Anchorage (Rust's Flying Service)
Anchorage (Lake Hood Strip) to Trapper Creek (Overnight Rest)
Big Lake (Homesteader's Hardware Store)
Anchorage (Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport) to Oakland, California (Oakland International Airport)
San Francisco (Landmark #97, Atkinson-Esher House)
San Francisco (Municipal Pier)
Sausalito (Murray Circle on East Fort Baker)
The Roadblock required one team member to use any of the tools picked up from the hardware store (see additional tasks) to retrieve the clue frozen inside a large globe of ice.
At Trapper Creek, teams had to spend the night in an igloo before receiving the next clue.
Leaving Trapper Creek, one team member had to drive a Snowcat across a frozen lake.
At Homesteader's Hardware Store, teams had to pick up some tools and a propane tank along with the next clue.