After 20 seasons, The Amazing Race is still changing up the game. The $1 million prize is no more, as the 11 teams will now trek around the world for $2 million instead. Pretty hefty sum, no? But there is a twist. The only team eligible to win the $2 million prize is the team that wins the first leg of the race. If they outrace the other 10 teams and win the final leg, their prize money will be doubled.
This season, the cast boasts a double amputee, professional monster truck drivers, a former rocker, Chippendale dancers and more! THE AMAZING RACE has won the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Reality-Competition Program” eight times in the past nine years. Teams will travel through three continents, nine countries and cover more than 25,000 miles, where they’ll be faced with a 10-story rappel in Los Angeles, frying an egg on their heads in Indonesia, working as “rat collectors” in Bangladesh and revisiting one of the Race’s most infamous Roadblocks in the Netherlands in this season’s “Switchback.”
Meet the cast below and let us know what you think! Be sure to join us here and in our forums throughout the season for discussion and post-elimination interviews!
Name: Natalie Anderson & Nadiya Anderson (Connection: Twin Sisters) Age: 26 Hometowns: Edgewater, N.J. Current occupation: Physical Therapy Student & Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace
Name: Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge (Connection: Life Partners) Age: 43 & 38 Hometowns: Sharon Springs, N.Y. Current occupations: Goat Farmer/Advertising Executive/Author
Name: Rob French & Kelley Carrington-French (Connection: Married) Age: 46 & 50 Hometowns: Boston, Ga. Current occupations: Professional Monster Truck Driver
Name: Trey Wier & Alexis “Lexi” Beerman (Connection: Dating) Age: 23 & 22 Hometowns: Austin, Texas & Dripping Springs, Texas Current occupations: Land Consultant/Former College Athlete & Clothing Designer
Name: James LoMenzo & Mark “Abba” Abbattista (Connection: Friends) Age: 53 & 45 Hometowns: Burbank, Calif. & Denver, CO Current occupations: Professional Musician & Entertainment Lawyer (James is a Former Band Member of White Lion and Megadeth)
Name: Abbie Ginsberg & Ryan Ganz (Connection: Dating Divorcees) Age: 31 & 35 Hometowns: Encinitas, Calif. & San Diego, Calif. Current occupations: Dance Instructor/Choreographer & Financial Service Company Owner
Name: Jaymes Vaughan & James Davis (Connection: Best Friends) Age: 30 & 27 Hometowns: Las Vegas, Nev. Current occupations: Chippendales MC
Name: Rob Scheer & Sheila Castle (Connection: Engaged) Age: 52 & 44 Hometowns: Ketchikan, Alaska & Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Current occupations: Lumberjack and Entrepreneur & Retail Manager
Name: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher (Connection: Best Friends) Age: 24 & 25 Hometown: St. Louis, Mo. & Chicago, Ill. Current occupations: Special Ed Teacher & Medical Device Sales
Name: Gary Wojnar & Will Chiola (Connection: Best Friends) Age: 52 & 53 Hometowns: Livonia, Mich. & Dearborn Heights, Mich. Current occupations: Substitute Teachers
Name: Amy Purdy (Double Amputee) & Daniel Gale (Connection: Dating on and off) Age: 32 & 36 Hometowns: Las Vegas, Nev. & Crested Butte, Colo. Current occupations: Motivational Speaker/Snowboarder & Executive Director