The Amazing Race 23

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The Amazing Race 23 is the twenty-third installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. It features eleven teams of two, each with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world.

The season premiered on September 29, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.


Development and filming

The season was renewed on March 27, 2013 for the 2013-14 TV season. A revised opening credits sequence and on screen clue information graphics were developed for this season.

The season spanned through four continents and nine countries, including Chile, Norway, and the United Arab Emirates. The Double Express Pass, introduced in the previous season, returned – in which the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop on the first leg received two Express Passes, one for themselves and one to give to any other team.


Applications for The Amazing Race 23 were closed on April 26, 2013.

The cast includes former Houston Texans players Chester Pitts and Ephraim Salaam, the wives of baseball players Chris Getz of the Kansas City Royals and David DeJesus of the Tampa Bay Rays, a pair of LA Kings Ice Crew maintenance workers, former Miss Rhode Island USA beauty queen Amy Diaz, former Minor League Baseball player and sports agent Tim Sweeney, and a pair of theater performers from the stage comedy The Queen of Bingo.


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:

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Chester & Ephraim Former NFL Teammates 4th 1st Chester 2, Ephraim 1
Leo & Jamal Cousins 7th 2nd Leo 2, Jamal 1
Brandon & Adam Childhood Friends 10th 3rd Brandon 1, Adam 2
Nicole & Travis Married ER Doctors 2nd 4th Nicole 2, Travis 1
Jason & Amy Dating 8th 5th Jason 1, Amy 2
Tim & Danny Best Friends 9th 6th Tim 1, Danny 2
Ally & Ashley NHL Ice Crew 6th 7th Ally 1, Ashley 2
Tim & Marie Exes 1st 8th Tim 1, Marie 2
Nicky & Kim Baseball Wives 5th 9th Nicky 2, Kim 1
Rowan & Shane Theater Performers 3rd Rowan 2, Shane 1
Hoskote & Naina Father/Daughter Hoskote 1, Naina 1
  • A team placement means the team was eliminated.
  • A indicates that the team decided to use the first Express Pass on that leg; if next to a leg number, it indicates that the team with the first Express Pass was eliminated on that Leg without ever having used it. A indicates the team had previously been given the second Express Pass and used it on that leg.

  1. ^ Leg 1 featured two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who did not choose the first Roadblock (the racer who paraglided rather than directed the taxi) was required to do the second one.
  2. ^ Nicole & Travis initially arrived 1st, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking a taxi to the Pit Stop when the clue stated that teams had to go on foot. Tim & Marie checked in during the penalty, dropping Nicole & Travis to 2nd.
  3. ^ Leo & Jamal initially arrived 1st, but could not check in because they did not fully pay their cab fare. When they returned to the cab to pay their fare, Chester & Ephraim checked in; dropping Leo & Jamal to 2nd.

Episode title quotes

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.

  1. "We're Not in Oklahoma No More" – Tim
  2. "Zip It, Bingo" – Marie
  3. "King Arthur Style" –
  4. "Beards in the Wind" –


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.
  • Leg 2 - A trip for two to the Turks and Caicos Islands

Race summary

Leg 1 (United States → Chile)

Airdate: September 29, 2013

  • Santa Clarita, California, United States (Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio) (Starting Line)
  • Los Angeles (Los Angeles International Airport) to Iquique, Chile (Diego Aracena International Airport)
  • Alto Hospicio (Zona de Parapentes)
  • Iquique (Muelle Prat )
  • Iquique (Teatro Municipal de Iquique )
For the first Roadblock of the race, one team member had to direct their taxi to follow their partner, who was paragliding from Alto Hospicio down to Huayquique Beach. Once teams reunited on the beach, the glide master would give them their next clue. For the second Roadblock, the team member that paraglided in the previous Roadblock had to collect five fish from one of three boats by reaching them on a rowboat. The three fishing boats each had a limited number of fish, so if a boat ran out of fish racers would have to find one of the other boats to get the remaining fish. Once they brought the five fish back to the docks, the fishmonger would give them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the starting line, teams needed to choose a Ford C-Max vehicle and use the Ford Sync system to make a phone call to reveal their first destination: Iquique, Chile. In the message from Javier, their contact in Chile, they were informed that the first flight had a limited number of seats.
  • Upon arrival in Iquique, teams had to look for Javier in Alto Hospicio to receive their next clue.

Leg 2 (Chile)

Airdate: October 6, 2013

  • Iquique (Museo Coberta Esmeralda)
  • Atacama Desert (Irlanda Salt Mines)
  • Tarapacá Salt Flat
  • Iquique (Terminal Rodoviario) to Santiago (Terminal San Borja)
  • Santiago (Plaza de Armas)
  • San José de Maipo (Cascada de las Animas)
In this Leg's Detour, teams chose between Brining and Mining. Both Detours required teams to bike down to the Tarapacá salt flats. In Brining, teams had to carry bags of salt and dump them into a pool, pouring in enough salt that would allow them to comfortably float on the surface and read the local newspaper. Once the salt miner believed they were fully relaxed, he would give teams their next clue. In Mining, the teams had to use pick axes and sledgehammers to open halite boulders until they found one that contained their next clue. In the Roadblock, one team member had to take on the role of a lustrabota, a Chilean shoeshiner. After shining a customer's shoes, the racer had to put the cart and set up back together properly for transport back to the storage depot six blocks away where they would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Museo Coberta Esmeralda, the teams had to repeat to the officer on deck a famous quote ("¡Al abordaje, muchachos!") uttered by Arturo Prat, the ship's last captain, at the Battle of Iquique, in order to receive their next clue.

Future legs

Leg 3 (Chile → Portugal)
Airdate: October 13, 2013

  • Lisbon, Portugal
Leg 4 (Portugal → Norway)
Airdate: October 20, 2013

  • Lofoten, Norway


U.S. Nielsen ratings

# Airdate Episode Rating Share Rating/Share Viewers Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 September 29, 2013 "We're Not in Oklahoma No More" 5.4 8 2.0/5 8.62 #2 #4 <#25 <#25
2 October 6, 2013 "Zip It, Bingo"
3 October 13, 2013 "King Arthur Style"
4 October 20, 2013 "Beards in the Wind"
  • Episode 2, "Zip It, Bingo", aired at 8:44 p.m. Eastern / 7:44 p.m. Central due to the NFL on CBS.

Canadian ratings

Canadian broadcaster CTV also airs The Amazing Race on Sundays. Episodes air at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Central; 9:00 p.m. Pacific, Mountain and Atlantic.

# Airdate Episode Viewers
1 September 29, 2013 "We're Not in Oklahoma No More" 2.377 6
2 October 6, 2013 "Zip It, Bingo"
3 October 13, 2013 "King Arthur Style"
4 October 20, 2013 "Beards in the Wind"

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