The Amazing Race 30

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The Amazing Race 30 is the thirtieth installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. It features eleven teams of two in a race around the world for a US$1 million grand prize. The season premiered on January 3, 2018, airing in CBS's Wednesday 8:00 pm EST timeslot for a month before moving to the 9:00 pm slot from February 7 due to the premiere of Celebrity Big Brother.

Production and filming


As seen before in seasons 25 and 27, the show's website announced they would begin filming on October 1, 2017, at Washington Square Park in New York City, and invited fans to join them as they saw the new teams off.

This season introduced "Head-to-Head" competitions, pitting two teams directly against one another, to the original Race. Such competitions already appeared in several international versions of the show (Latin American, Israeli, Norwegian, Philippine, Chinese, and Canadian). Additionally for the first time, teams will swap partners.

The Race will make a first-time visit to Bahrain.


While the team of Big Brother houseguests Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson from the recently concluded Season 19 was announced earlier, the full cast of 11 teams of two was revealed on December 7, 2017. Among these include former NBA players Cedric Ceballos and Shawn Marion, IndyCar racers Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi, freestyle skiers Kristi Leskinen and Jen Hudak, and competitive eaters Joey Chestnut and Tim Janus.


As announced by CBS, the following teams participated in the race. Each team is listed with the unique hashtag team name that the show's graphics use to identify them.

Team Relationship Team Name Position (by leg) Roadblocks
1 2 3 4 5 ?6? 7 8 9 10 11 12
Lucas & Brittany Dating?Engaged Lifeguards Team Ocean Rescue 7th 6th 8th 8th 1st 5th 1st 1st Lucas 3, Brittany 3
Kristi & Jen Professional Skiers Team Extreme 1st 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 5th 2nd Kristi 3, Jen 3
Alex & Conor IndyCar Drivers Team IndyCar 5th 5th 2nd 1st 5th 4th 1st 3rd Alex 3, Conor 3
Henry & Evan Dating Debaters Team Yale 3rd 8th 1st 6th 4th 3rd 3rd 4th Henry 3, Evan 3
Cody & Jessica Dating Team Big Brother 2nd 1st 5th 2nd 6th 6th 5th 5th Cody 3, Jessica 3
Eric & Daniel Twins The Firefighters 8th 9th 7th 7th 3rd 2nd 3rd Eric 3, Daniel 3
Trevor & Chris Violinists Team Well Strung 4th 4th 4th 5th 7th Trevor 3, Chris 3
Joey & Tim Competitive Eaters Team Chomp 6th 7th 6th 4th Joey 2, Tim 3
Cedric & Shawn Former NBA Players Team Slam Dunk 9th 2nd 9th Cedric 2, Shawn 2
April & Sarah Goat Yoga Moms Team Goat Yoga 10th April 0, Sarah 2
Dessie & Kayla Models The Ring Girls Dessie 1, Kayla 0
  • A team placement means the team was eliminated.
  • An next to a leg number indicates that there was a Head-to-Head on that leg of the race, while an indicates the team that lost the final Head-to-Head and was eliminated.
  • A or a indicates that the team chose to use one of the two U-Turns in a Double U-Turn, while a or indicates the team who received it; around a leg number indicates that only one of the two available U-Turns was used.
  • An placement indicates the team came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump during the next leg of the race.
  • An underlined leg number indicates that there was no mandatory rest period at the Pit Stop and all teams were ordered to continue racing.

  1. ^Cedric & Shawn initially arrived 8th, but were issued a 30-minute penalty upon reaching the Pit Stop because Cedric provided illegal assistance at the Roadblock. Eric & Daniel checked in during their penalty time, dropping Cedric & Shawn to 9th.
  2. ^April & Sarah and Dessie & Kayla arrived at the mat nearly simultaneously. Because Dessie was the last person to physically step on the mat, Dessie & Kayla were eliminated.
  3. ^ At the Leg 5 Pit Stop, Lucas proposed to Brittany, who accepted.
  4. ^ Teams had to swap partners for a duration of the leg. Cody paired with Jen, Jessica paired with Kristi, Lucas paired with Conor, Brittany paired with Alex, Henry paired with Eric, and Evan paired with Daniel. Because of this, in order to check in at the Pit Stop, the teams had to be paired with their original partner. Cody & Jen arrived 1st, Brittany & Alex arrived 2nd, Lucas & Conor arrived 3rd, Daniel & Evan arrived 4th, Eric & Henry arrived 5th, and Jessica & Kristi arrived last. Teams swapped back to their original partners once they checked in.

Episode title quotes

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

  1. "You're a Champion, Prove It" – Cedric
  2. "You're the Best French Fry Ever" – Trevor
  3. "It's Gonna Be a Fragrant Day" – Trevor
  4. "Gotta Put Your Sole Into it" – Eric
  5. "The Claws are Out" – Evan
  6. "All's Fair in Love and War" – Brittany
  7. "The First Rule of Amazing Race Club" – Conor
  8. "It's Just a Million Dollars, No Pressure" –


The prize for each leg was awarded to the first place team for that leg. Trips were provided by Travelocity. The prizes were:

  • Leg 1: A trip for two to Santorini, Greece
  • Leg 2: each
  • Leg 3: A trip for two to Zurich, Switzerland
  • Leg 4: each
  • Leg 5: A trip for two to Bali, Indonesia
  • Leg 6: A trip for two to Perth, Australia
  • Leg 7: N/A
  • Leg 8: A trip for two to Saint Lucia

Race summary

Leg 1 (United States ? Iceland)

Airdate: January 3, 2018

  • New York City, New York, United States (Washington Square Park) (Starting Line)
  • New York City (John F. Kennedy International Airport) to Reykjavk, Iceland (Keflavk International Airport)
  • Borgarbygg (Geitrgljfur )
  • Mosfellsbr (Esjumelar)
  • Reykjavk (Inglfstorg )
  • Reykjavk (Reykjavkurtjrn - In Menningarhs )
For the first Roadblock of the Race, one team member had to ride an off-road buggy driven by a professional driver in the foothills of Mount Esja. Without taking notes, the team member had to memorize 11 Icelandic letters placed along the riverbed, and was left to notice that each letter had a number denoting its order in the solution. They then had to arrange tiles with those letters in the correct order to spell out the location of their next destination: Inglfstorg. Once they arranged all the letters in the proper order, they would receive their next clue.

Additional Tasks
  • When teams arrived at the Geitrgljfur, one team member had to pull themselves along a zip-line high above Geit river's canyon until they could retrieve a flag of Iceland suspended from the line. After grabbing the flag, their partner would pull them back to the canyon's edge. When they reunited, they could exchange the flag for their next clue.
  • At Inglfstorg, teams had to find a group of strongmen. When they did, CrossFit Games champion Katrn Davsdttir would ask teams two questions about two national tonics: "What do Icelanders call the drink known as 'Black Death'?" (Brennivn) and "What is orskalsi?" (cod liver oil). When teams were able to provide the correct answers, they would be given a shot of each tonic. When one team member drank a shot of Brennivn and the other drank a shot of orskalsi, they would receive their next clue.
  • At the starting line, after Phil Keoghan said "Go," teams had to find their first clue below the park's fountain before making their way to John F. Kennedy International Airport, where the first seven teams would receive tickets for the first flight to Iceland.

Leg 2 (Iceland ? Belgium)

Airdate: January 10, 2018

  • Reykjavk (Keflavk International Airport) to Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol)
  • Amsterdam (Schiphol Airport railway station) to Antwerp, Belgium (Antwerpen-Centraal railway station)
  • Antwerp (Paleis op de Meir - The Chocolate Line)
  • Antwerp (Willemdok )
  • Antwerp (Plantin-Moretus Museum or Diamond Quarter - ADC Building)
  • Antwerp (Grote Markt) (Head-to-Head)
In this leg's Roadblock, teams had to make their way to Antwerp's waterfront to find the "SkyClimb," a crane with four suspended rope ladders. There, one team member had to climb to the top of a free hanging ladder while a crane raised teams upwards to retrieve the next clue before the ride ended.

The first Detour of the race was a choice of Old Print or Diamond Glint. In Old Print, teams made their way to the Plantin-Moretus Museum. Once there, teams had to arrange type pieces following the example of a provided clue keeping in mind that the type pieces needed to be arranged in a mirror image of their clue. They then had to carry their template to be printed using a printing press. If the printed paper's message matched the provided clue exactly, they would be given the message as their next clue. In Diamond Glint, teams must travel to the ADC Building within the Antwerp diamond district. Once there, teams had to evaluate three diamonds based on their carat, color, and clarity. After weighing and measuring the diamonds and establishing a base rate, teams had to find any imperfections and discolorations and deduct from their values accordingly based on a provided formula. When teams correctly calculated the total value of all three diamonds and added the value to the price of an unfinished necklace, they would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Due to limited availability of flights, teams were given a set of pre-arranged flights to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and from there they would need to take a train to Antwerp.
  • After arriving in Antwerp, teams made their way to The Chocolate Line where a chocolatier named Stan would hand them their next clue.
  • After the Detour, teams were given a clue, written in Dutch, that required teams to "go to a large public place where you will find the city hall and Silvius Brabo". This clue directed them to the Grote Markt.
  • At the Grote Markt, teams encountered the first Head-to-Head of the Race, in which two teams competed against each other in a "Frietrace." After both members of both teams donned French fry costumes, each team had to nominate one member to run an obstacle course. While running the course, each participant had to push a dolly with eight bags of frites. Bags of frites that fell off had to be replaced before continuing. A team could immediately check in at the nearby Pit Stop after winning a heat, while the losing team had to wait until the next team arrived. Unlike Roadblocks, losing teams could alternate racers between heats. The team to lose the final heat was eliminated from the race.

Leg 3 (Belgium ? Morocco)

Airdate: January 17, 2018

  • Antwerp (Antwerpen-Centraal Railway Station) to Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Schiphol Airport railway station)
  • Amsterdam (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol) to Tangier, Morocco (Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport)
  • Tangier (Medina Fish Port)
  • Tangier (Kisariate Jbala Souk)
  • Tangier (American Legation Museum, Kasbah Museum and Tele Boutique)
  • Tangier (Grand Socco or Restaurant Mamounia Palace)
  • Tangier (Moulay Hafid Palace )
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to navigate the streets and rooftops of Tangier similar to a scene from The Bourne Ultimatum. They first made their way to the roof of the American Legation Museum, where the Travelocity Roaming Gnome would zip-line over the city to another rooftop. Team members had to navigate the city's narrow streets to find the roof where the Roaming Gnome landed. When they found the gnome, they were instructed to travel to the Kasbah Museum, where they would perform the same task. After finding the gnome for a second time, team members were instructed to find a payphone at a Tele Boutique. Once there, team members had to use the coins in the gnome's pouch to operate the phone and would listen to the Arabic phrase for Good Morning, Sabah al-khair (???? ?????). After reiterating this phrase to the shopkeeper, he would hand them their next clue. They could only open their clue once they had reunited with their partner back in the Kisariate Jbala Souk.

This leg's Detour was a choice between Drop it Off and Shake it Off. In Drop it Off, teams had to travel to a food wholesalers' truck within Grand Socco and pick up crates of squash, chickens, and oranges. Dragging their crates along the ground, they had to deliver specified items to three locations (squash to Bab Kasbah, chickens to Marhaba Palace Restaurant, and oranges to Bab el-Assa), where they would receive a receipt stamped with one of the three words in the name of the Pit Stop. Once they completed all three deliveries, teams could exchange the receipts for the clue directing them to the Pit Stop. In Shake it Off, teams had to travel to the Manounia Palace Restaurant and put on traditional belly dancing attire. They then had to dance among the dancers and musicians in the restaurant while searching for the three words in the name of the Pit Stop. Once they gave the three correct words to the waiter (in any order), he would hand them the clue directing them to the Pit Stop.

Additional Tasks
  • In the city's fishing port, teams had to find a marked crate of fish and transfer the fish into a basket. Following an example, teams had to arrange all the fish with their heads facing outwards. When teams filled the basket to the fisherman's satisfaction, they would receive their next clue.
  • After they competed stacking fish, teams made their way on foot into the Medina quarter and find the Kisariate Jbala Souk where they would greet a merchant with the Arabic greeting of As-sal?m Alaykum (?????????? ??????????). They would then receive their next clue and a Travelocity Roaming Gnome.

Leg 4 (Morocco ? France)

Airdate: January 24, 2018

  • Tangier (Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport) to Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cte d'Azur, France (Nice Cte d'Azur Airport)
  • Saint-Tropez (Sailing School Water Company De Saint-Tropez)
  • Saint-Tropez (La Tarte Tropzienne or Sandales Tropziennes)
  • Saint-Tropez (Place des Lices) (Head-to-Head)
For their Speed Bump, Cedric & Shawn had to stack set of fifteen Optimist dinghies in numerical order. When they correctly stacked the dinghies, they could continue racing.

In this leg's Roadblock, one member had to attach a sail to an Optimist dinghy, then sail across the bay without being given any prior lessons. Team members had to sail their boat to a set of two buoys, each containing one half of their next clue. If they could grab the two clue halves, they could return to the shore to reunite with their partner and open their next clue.

This leg's Detour was a choice between Bread or Tread. In Bread, teams made their way to La Tarte Tropzienne where they would meet a baker who would show them how to make a baguette. Then, teams had to form 50 baguettes from of dough. When they shaped all 50 baguettes to the satisfaction of the baker, they would receive their next clue. In Tread, teams made their way to Sandales Tropziennes, where each of them had to make a Tropezienne sandal. When teams successfully made their sandals, they would receive their next clue.

Additional Tasks
  • In this leg's Head-to-Head at Place des Lices, two teams competed in a game of ptanque. With one team using black metal balls and the other white, each team member would roll three boules to try to get it as close as possible to a smaller ball on the field known as a jack. Once all team members had taken their turns, the team whose ball was closest to the jack was the winner and could check in at the Pit Stop. The team that lost the final game was eliminated from the race.

Leg 5 (France)

Airdate: January 24, 2018

  • Les Baux-de-Provence (Chteau des Baux)
  • Maussane-les-Alpilles (Caf de la Fontaine)
  • Arles (Arles Amphitheatre or Pont Van Gogh)
  • Les Baux-de-Provence (Hotel Benvengudo)
In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to correctly build a trebuchet from supplied parts following an example. For the duration of the task, their partner would be held in a stockade. If the soldier was satisfied with their trebuchet, they would receive their next clue.

This leg's Detour was a choice between Full of Bull or Colorful. In Full of Bull, teams had to check satchels on 100 artificial bulls scattered around the stands of the Arles Amphitheatre to find a total of three ribbons, one in each of the colors of the French flag: one blue, one white, and one red. Once they found all three, they could exchange them with the bullfighter in the ring for their next clue. In Colorful, teams traveled to the recreated Pont Van Gogh. There, they found a replica of one of Vincent van Gogh's paintings of the original Langlois Bridge at Arles, which was actually an elaborate sliding puzzle, requiring them to slide elements of the painting in a specific sequence in order to unlock the easel and retrieve their clue inside.

Additional Tasks
  • At Caf de la Fontaine, teams had to find a patron drinking red wine who would give them their next clue.

Leg 6 (France ? Czech Republic)

Airdate: January 31, 2018

  • Marseille (Marseille Provence Airport) to Prague, Czech Republic (Prague Vclav Havel Airport)
  • Prague (Rudolfinum)
  • Prague (Staropramen Brewery and Vltava River - Fidelio or Charles University)
  • Prague (And?lsk Lze? Beer Spa)
  • Prague (Star ?istrna Odpadnch Vod)
  • Prague (Romantick Hotel U Raka) (Unaired)
  • Prague (Letensk Park)
This leg's Detour was a choice between This and That; unlike a normal Detour, teams were only provided the names and locations of the Detour tasks, and would only learn about the task once they arrived at the task location. In This, teams traveled to the Staropramen Brewery, where they had to properly re-stack a pallet of empty beer kegs, searching for the one keg that was full. They then had to tap the keg and properly pour a mug to the satisfaction of the brewmaster. Once approved, they finally had to navigate the streets of Prague transporting the keg on a hand truck to "Fidelio", leaving them to figure out that this was the name of a boat on the riverbank; they would then receive their next clue from the captain. In That, teams traveled to the astronomy hall at Charles University, where they had to listen to two lecturers, one debating that the Earth is round, and the other that it is flat. Without taking any notes, they had to pass an oral exam by answering these questions: (1) What is the distance in miles that Copernicus calculated between the earth and the sun? (3,391,000 miles); (2) What is the name of the second lecturer? (Professor Bergler); (3) Which planet did Copernicus say was the second farthest from the sun? (Jupiter); (4) What is the law which causes objects to disappear as they move away from us? (Law of perspective); (5) Question not shown (blue); (6) Up to how many miles away can a lighthouse be seen? (40 miles); (7) What year did Copernicus publish his astronomical model? (1543); (8) Is the earth round or flat? (round). Once they answer every question correctly, the professor would hand them their next clue.

The leg's Roadblock was a switchback to Season 15, where one team member had to enter a room filled with hundreds of ringing telephones and search for the eight that had a person on the other end of the line. A voice from each phone would give the team member one word of a Franz Kafka quote, "The meaning of life is that it stops". Without taking notes, team members had to memorize the eight words, then write them in the correct order on a provided form. If they were correct, the inspector would hand them their next clue.

Additional Tasks
  • After the Detour, teams traveled to And?lsk Lze? Beer Spa to receive their next clue from patrons bathing in beer.

Leg 7 (Czech Republic ? Zimbabwe)

Airdate: February 7, 2018

  • Prague (Prague Vclav Havel Airport) to Harare, Zimbabwe (Harare International Airport)
  • Harare (Harare Station) to Marondera (Marondera Train Station)
  • Marondera (Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservatory) (Overnight Rest & Partner Swap)
  • Marondera (Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservatory - Imire Lake)
  • Marondera (Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservatory - Lookout Tower)
  • Marondera (Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservatory - Savannah Plains Overlook)
This leg's Detour was a choice between Rhino Track and Bush Whack. In Rhino Track, teams had to ride horses with a guide along a marked path through the reserve, along the way spotting and collecting eight pieces of evidence left behind by poachers in designated locations. Once all eight were collected, they returned to the starting point to receive a map of the reserve with photographs of the locations. They had to correctly place all eight items on the map matching their respective locations to receive their next clue. In Bush Whack, teams had to drive an off-road vehicle along a marked course to pick up supplies, including a full canteen of water, at a designated point. The course then continued through two mud bogs, which they had to wade through to determine the best point at which to cross, then attempt to drive the vehicle through the bogs without getting stuck. Once through, they arrived at a ranger station, where they had to dig up an empty canteen and bury the full one they picked up earlier in its place. Once returning to the starting point, they received their next clue. Only three stations were available for either Detour option.

Additional Tasks
  • Upon arrival at Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservatory's bush camp, teams had to properly set up a provided safari tent in which to spend the night. They were then woken up by Phil Keoghan at 4:00 am, who explained that for the remainder of this leg, they would choose another team to switch partners with, in the same order their tents were approved.
  • The newly formed teams then had to paddle a makeshift raft around Imire Lake to spot their next clue, which was in a pair of canteens hung in a tree. When they found the canteens, they would paddle to their next destination.
Additional Notes
  • At the Pit Stop, teams had to wait for their original partners to arrive and reunite with them before they could check in.

Leg 8 (Zimbabwe)

Airdate: February 7, 2018

  • Harare (Khan Fabrics, Haberdashery and Sports )
  • Harare (Eastgate Mall or Magaba Tyres and Cameron Hardware)
  • Harare (Harare Gardens)
  • Harare (First Street Pedestrian Mall)
This leg's Detour was a choice between Handle with Care and Just Get it There. In Handle with Care, teams traveled to Eastgate Mall, where they made their way to the mail room. Once there, they received a total of seven large packages to carry and deliver to various businesses around the mall. After delivering each, they were given outgoing mail to return to the mail room. Once all the deliveries were complete, they would receive their next clue. In Just Get it There, teams had to locate Magaba Tyres to pick up one small tire and one large truck tire. Then, teams had to roll them through the market onto the back of a waiting marked truck parked near Cameron Hardware to receive their next clue.

Additional Tasks
  • At Harare Gardens, teams had to chose a vocal coach who would teach them the pronunciation of the Shona language lyrics of the Four Brothers song Pasi Pano Pane Zviedzo. They then had to perform the song on stage accompanied by a band with the correct pronunciation and rhythm while dancing to the beat to receive their next clue.

Future legs

Leg 9 (Zimbabwe ? Bahrain)
Airdate: February 14, 2018

  • Harare (Harare International Airport) to Manama, Bahrain (Bahrain International Airport)
Leg 10 (Bahrain ? Thailand)
Airdate: February 14, 2018

  • Manama (Bahrain International Airport) to Chiang Mai, Thailand (Chiang Mai International Airport)
Leg 11 (Thailand ? Hong Kong, China)
Airdate: February 21, 2018

  • Hong Kong , China
Leg 12 (Hong Kong, China ? United States)
Airdate: February 21, 2018

  • San Francisco, California, United States



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