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The Amazing Race (U.S. TV series)


The Amazing Race is an American multiple Primetime Emmy Award-winning reality game show in which teams of two or four race around the world against other teams, with the first-place team winning $1,000,000. As the original version of the Amazing Race franchise, the CBS program has been running since 2001 and has completed thirteen seasons, with the thirteenth ending on December 7, 2008. The show was created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, who, along with Jonathan Littman, serve as executive producers. The show is produced by Earthview Inc. (headed by Doganieri and van Munster), Bruckheimer Television for CBS Paramount Television and ABC Studios (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company). The series is hosted by veteran New Zealand television personality, Phil Keoghan.

The series has won all six of the Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program awarded since the category was created in 2003. Although it has had several prime time time slots, the program has averaged about 10 million viewers per season.

The original idea for The Amazing Race began as a bet between current producers Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, with van Munster challenging Doganieri to develop a concept for a TV show in less than five minutes while both were attending a trade convention. With Doganieri's suggestion of a race around the world, the two refined the concept and sold it to CBS.

The present form of The Amazing Race, for the most part, has not changed from the first season. The race utilizes progressive elimination: the last team to arrive at a designated checkpoint (Pit Stop) leaves the game. The race starts in a US city. Teams must then follow clues and instructions and make their way to checkpoints in places around the world, eventually racing back to the finish line in the US. Along the way they perform tasks that represent the culture of the present country or city. Tasks include Detours (an option between two tasks of various difficulty) and Roadblocks (a task that can be done by only one member of a team); additionally, other optional markers, if reached first, can provide a team with a Fast Forward (allowing a team to skip remaining tasks and go to the checkpoint), a Yield (the ability to delay another team for a short amount of time) or a U-Turn (the ability to force another team to do the other detour they didn't choose). Teams race with limited possessions and are given a fixed amount of money for all travel purposes save for airline tickets, which are paid for by production-issued credit cards.

The production of The Amazing Race is an extremely difficult aspect, given that unlike other reality TV shows, the show continues to move about the world all the time. Despite such difficulties, the show has been nominated twenty times for Primetime Emmy Awards, winning ten times.

Production will scope out several locations for the race and will send people to investigate potential tasks and activities to be performed in the tasks. Production also must work with the local governments to acquire filming rights and allowances for the race. Most of the tasks are attempted by production to determine the difficulty and timing with each task as well as to determine how to shoot that task.

Teams are selected through a multi-step interview process, usually starting with country-wide interviews at a few major cities. Once teams have been selected, teams are given a list of countries that they will need to apply for visas for. To avoid spoiling too much of the race, this list includes more countries than are planned to be visited, so that teams cannot plan on where they will be visiting.

For clothing, teams are generally asked to plan for coordinating clothes, at least in the first few legs, to help with team identity and differentiation. Some teams have taken it upon themselves to procure custom clothes with their personal team moniker or names (examples include Joe & Bill from Season 1, Ken & Gerard and Aaron & Arianne from Season 3, Marshall & Lance and Linda & Karen from Season 5, Joseph & Monica from Season 9, and Erwin & Godwin from Season 10), though these are not required.

A few days before the race, teams and last minute replacements are flown into the same city (usually not the same as the actual start city) and sequestered in a hotel. Teams are not to interact with other teams during this time, as to allow intra-team relationships to develop in-race. Teams are asked to prepare their bags for the race, and production verifies the contents, removing any items prohibited by the race. On the day before or the day of the race, teams are then flown to the actual starting city and to the start line.

Prior to actually starting the race, teams are asked to take off by foot from the starting line several times in order to get several shots of the teams both in close-up and while racing away.

Each team is accompanied by a two-person camera crew (camera operator/sound mixer), who must stay with the team at all times, except at Pit Stops and during certain Detours or Roadblocks. The crews rotate between teams at Pit Stops to avoid any possible favoritism that may develop between a team and its crew. The camera crew must be able to ride with the team when they take transportation such as cabs or planes. Even though the program shows teams asking for only two tickets, they actually have to purchase four tickets to account for the camera crew; what usually happens is that teams first ask the agents for four tickets, and then the camera crew re-shoots the request, this time only asking for two.

Similarly, the camera crew will often ask teams to redo certain actions during a leg in order to get a better camera angle (such as getting into and out of taxis), or to adjust the wireless microphones that each team member is wearing. These events can lead to "production difficulties", which are usually credited to the team when they reach the Pit Stop.

Many Detours and Roadblocks use special cameras to get more dramatic shots of the racers as they complete the task, such as helmet-mounted cameras for climbing, rappelling, and sky-diving stunts. The producers may also use helicopters and high overhead cranes to get wide-area camera footage when appropriate. There are also special camera crews known as 'Zone' cameras that are used near clue boxes, Detours, and Roadblocks, which take over for the team's assigned camera crew in order to get more dramatic shots.

If a team should engage with a non-Race participant, they will need to have the camera crew get the consent of that person to be used on camera via agreement forms. Footage of people that have not consented is either not used, or is used with the person's face pixelized out.

The production team tends to arrive in a country a day or a half-day before the racers themselves arrive; however, there have been times that the lead production crew, including Phil Keoghan, has flown along with the racers into that country. While the teams are racing, production sets up shots of Phil describing the various tasks, and then prepares for the arrival at the Pit Stop. In a few cases, production had barely arrived just before the teams started to arrive at the Pit Stop.

While in a country, the various production crews keep apprised of the status of each team in order to prepare the location for the arrivals. For example, clue boxes are only set up minutes before the first team arrives to prevent non-racers from getting involved or stealing clues. Additionally, any obvious penalties or missed tasks are relayed to the Pit Stop crew so that Phil can inform teams appropriately of these. Once teams have arrived at the Pit Stop, production checks with each camera crew to identify if any additional penalties or time credits are necessary.

When teams check in, they are usually requested to move to the lodging area for the Pit Stop, though during Season 1 this usually did not occur, as teams can be seen hanging around the Pit Stop to greet the other teams as they arrived. The eliminated team usually gets a chance to say goodbye to the remaining racers. Teams eliminated early in the race are then flown to a common location known as "Sequesterville" where teams are allowed to relax and sight-see (though with restrictions), until they are then flown to the final city for the very end of the Race. The 4th, 5th, and 6th place teams do not necessarily go to Sequesterville; instead, they may either accompany production through the last few legs and meet up with the rest of the eliminated teams at the finish line (in order to cut down on travel costs), or they may be asked to perform "decoy runs", usually flying into the final city or a different city with a camera crew, a day or so before the final three teams arrive, in order to throw off potential spoilers for the final teams.

The finish line is usually located in an isolated spot, and planned so that teams will arrive mid-day during a weekday, or early on a Saturday or Sunday, in order to reduce the amount of potential sightings of the final teams.

All teams are compensated for the time missed from their jobs, though the amount is undisclosed and confidential. As with most reality TV shows, teams are not allowed to reveal their performance on the race until the episode with their elimination has aired (or, in the case of the final three teams, until after the season finale), with an exception in Season 10 when Tyler and James got to call their families after they had won and when Eric got to call Jeremy after winning The Amazing Race: All Stars. Even after their elimination episode has aired, teams are not allowed to reveal any events, eliminations, or the ultimate winners of the race. In the past, eliminated teams have typically been asked to appear for an interview on The Early Show on CBS on the day after the airing of their elimination episode, though this practice has been hit-or-miss in later seasons.

Each episode is worked on by a separate team of editors as soon as the race starts; as such, there are usually no story arcs unless they develop naturally over the course of the season (for example, the dislike of most of the teams in Season 1 towards Joe and Bill, or the so-called Six Pack/Backpack alliance between David and Mary, Lyn and Karlyn, and Erwin and Godwin in Season 10).

Complete tasks have been known to be cut from an episode, usually due to the lack of impact on race standings for that task. Roadblocks are most commonly edited out should teams depart in the same order as they arrive, though evidence for these Roadblocks can be found from footage still shown, interviews with racers, or from spoiler information. For example, teams arriving in Mauritius for a kayaking Roadblock in Season 10 were recorded by vacationers and posted to the Internet shortly afterwards, but the entire Roadblock was removed from the episode that aired. In another case, in the first leg in Poland in Season 11, Joe and Bill confirmed that a Roadblock involving rowing across a pond to the Pit Stop was edited out. An ostrich egg-eating Roadblock was edited from the first episode in Season 1 but included as part of the extras in the DVD release. In order to keep continuity with clues, editors will combine sound bites from multiple clue-readings to mask the missing task.

The opening credits for the first season used a combination of pictures of locations in the race and teams, both posing as well as performing tasks during the race. However, many fans were able to identify the elimination order simply based on these task shots. Since then, the introduction sequence has used only a combination of location shots from both the current race as well as past races, and only teams posing at their residence or home city, reducing the amount of spoiler content within the introduction.

In two instances of the race, a natural disaster occurred in an area after the race was filmed going through it, but prior to the first episode of the season airing; specifically the 2004 tsunami which struck Sri Lanka during Season 6, and Hurricane Katrina which struck New Orleans during Season 8. In the latter case, one of the teams racing, the Schroeder family, lost their home in the disaster. In both cases, the episodes which included race legs within these areas were preceded by a message, read by Phil, which addressed the situation and expressed solidarity with the people in the affected regions.

Note a: This count only includes countries that fielded actual route markers, challenges or finish mats. Airport stopovers such as Bahrain, Czech Republic, Denmark, and Qatar are not counted or listed. Note b: Including Alaska, Guam, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Note c: Including Corsica. Note d: Including Sicily.

Note e: Including Zanzibar. Note f: Including Hong Kong and Macau. Note g: Including Sabah.

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of The Amazing Race on CBS.

During its first 4 seasons, even with extensive critical praise, the show faced low Nielsen Ratings, facing cancellation a number of times. Reportedly, it was saved by calls to CBS President Les Moonves from celebrity fans including Sarah Jessica Parker. Thanks to word-of-mouth and the Emmy wins, popularity of The Amazing Race surged in 2005, making it one of the most-watched reality shows on the air.

A temporary setback struck The Amazing Race after a Family Edition that aired later that year was not received warmly by viewers, which resulted in lowered viewership. This spilled over to Season 9 where it experienced dismaying ratings of only an average of 9.1 million viewers per episode, a drop from 13 million just 2 seasons ago in Season 7. The timeslot changing for Season 9 was also attributed to the drop in ratings.

Starting with the tenth season, which moved the show to Sunday nights, The Amazing Race has seen further increases in its numbers. It is believed that part of this increase is due to "sports overruns" (football, basketball, or golf) that result from games played earlier on Sunday pushing the airtime for The Amazing Race back by some amount on the East Coast along with other CBS programming. As a result, seasons 10-12 had a boosted average of 11 million viewers each, with season 12 having almost an average of 12 million viewers per episode despite airing 2 episodes at sub 10 million viewers during the holiday season and airing another episode worth 9 million viewers during a semi-final football game.

With 13 seasons and an upcoming fourteenth season, The Amazing Race is one of the longest-running reality series in the United States, among which only Survivor, The Real World, and Road Rules have aired more seasons.

The Amazing Race has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program each year since the creation of the award in 2003 against other, more popular reality TV shows such as Survivor and American Idol that have also been nominated each year. The show has also been nominated and won several times for technical production (Creative Arts) Emmy awards, for Cinematography and Picture Editing for Non-Fiction programs, whereas it has only been nominated for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing for Non-Fiction programs. The show has been nominated in the same five categories for three years consecutively, a trend which continued with the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards.

The production staff of The Amazing Race has been nominated each year since 2004 for the Producers Guild of America's Golden Laurel award for Television Producer of a Non-Fiction Program, and won this award in 2005.

Bert Van Munster was nominated for the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs award for The Amazing Race in 2005 and 2006, and won this award in 2007.

Due to its favorable portrayal of gay couples, The Amazing Race has been nominated in 2004 and 2006 for, but not won, the GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Reality Program.

In October 2005, CBS optioned The Amazing Race for franchising to other countries.

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The Amazing Race

The eleven All-Star teams of the 11th season of The Amazing Race are given final instructions at the starting line (Miami, Florida) of the Race by host Keoghan

The Amazing Race, sometimes referred to as TAR, is a reality television game show in which teams of two people (except for The Amazing Race 8, which had teams of four people), who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other teams. Contestants strive to arrive first at "pit stops" at the end of each leg of the race to win prizes and avoid coming last, which carries the possibility of elimination or a significant disadvantage in the following leg. Contestants travel to and within multiple countries in a variety of transportation modes, including planes, taxis, rental cars, trains, buses and boats. The clues in each leg point the teams to the next destination or direct them to perform a task, either together or by a single member. These challenges are related in some manner to the country or culture where they are located. Teams are progressively eliminated until three are left; at that point, the team that arrives first in the final leg is awarded a large cash grand prize, usually one million U.S. dollars.

Created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, the original series has aired in the United States since 2001 and has earned seven Primetime Emmy Awards, including all six "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program" awards that have been given. Emmy-award-winning New Zealand television personality Phil Keoghan has been the host of the show since its inception. Hollywood mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been TAR's main producer. The show has branched out to include a number of international versions following a similar format.

Each of the 11 or 12 teams (10 on some versions) on The Amazing Race is composed of two individuals who have some type of relationship to each other. The exception in the series so far has been Season 8, which was a family edition of the race that featured teams of four.

The teams represent a wide demographic of different ages, races, sexual orientations, and relationships. Relationships have included long-time married couples, siblings (including twins), parent/child (including grandfather/grandson), friends (roommates, fraternity brothers, platonic friends, high school friends, lifelong friends etc.), romantic partners (both heterosexual and homosexual), and couples who are separated or were formerly dating.

The various relationship dynamics between the team members under the stress of competition is one focus of the show. Teammates must race the entire race together: they cannot split up (except when instructed to do so by a clue, albeit temporarily) or continue on without each other. If one teammate becomes injured and is unable to finish the race, the team must forfeit (for example, Marshall & Lance during Season 5). Both teammates must also arrive at each Pit Stop together in order to check in.

Many aspects of the production — casting, promos, premieres, and Phil's discussions with eliminated teams — make heavy emphasis upon the effects of the race on relationships.

Originally, the race required team members to have a preexisting relationship and to have known one another for at least three years. In addition, racers from different teams could not have previous acquaintances with one another. This provided preexisting intra-team relationships to film and broadcast, without complications of preexisting inter-team relationships.

Generally, however, teams members have had long personal histories, and only with each other.

At the beginning of each leg of the race, each team receives an allowance of cash with their first clue. During the race, all expenses (food, transportation, lodging, attraction admission, supplies) must be purchased from this allowance. The exception to this is the purchase of airline tickets (and, in Season 8, gasoline), which the teams pay for using a credit card supplied to them by the show. Any money left over after a leg of the race can be used on subsequent legs. While previous seasons have allowed teams to use the credit card for phone and online reservations, teams in Season 12 could only use the credit card to pay for tickets in person, though they are not prevented from determining optimal flights by other means.

This money is usually given in U.S. dollars regardless of the current location of the race. The one exception was leg four of Season 10 in Vietnam, where money was given in local currency. The amount varies from leg to leg, ranging from no money to hundreds of dollars. (In Season 1, 10, and 12, teams were allocated zero dollars during one of the legs, and in Season 4, teams were given only one dollar for each of the final two legs.) On Leg 3 (Mongolia-Vietnam) of Season 10, teams had to earn their money for that leg by selling flowers in the Roadblock.

From Season 5 to Season 9, teams were penalized for finishing last on a non-elimination leg. Teams were forced to surrender all collected money, and would not be given any to start the subsequent leg.

If a team spends all of their money or has it taken away in a non-elimination round, they may try to get more money in any way that doesn't violate the local laws. This includes borrowing money from other teams, begging from locals or selling their possessions. One rule that was clarified in Season 7 is that teams may not beg for money at United States airports. Further, on Leg 3 (Mongolia-Vietnam) of Season 10, teams were not permitted to beg for or sell items in exchange for money.

Teams have reported on the existence of an emergency fund of approximately US$200 that is carried by their crew and can only be used in extreme circumstances, but generally not as a means to pay for any activity related to the Race. However, the exact amount is not known, nor are the exact circumstances when it can be used.

Route Markers are the flags that mark the places where teams must go. Most Route Markers are attached to the boxes that contain clue envelopes, but some may mark the place where the teams must go in order to complete tasks.

Route Info clues instruct the teams where to go next. The clue usually only provides the name of the team's next destination; it is up to the teams to figure out how to get there. However, the clue may make specifications about how the teams have to travel. For example, the very first clue of the race specifies which flights teams may take. In addition, teams may be required to take public transportation, drive a marked car or other vehicle, or walk, according to the clue's instructions.

The Route Info clues can instruct teams to go to several types of locations, including a specific location in another city or country, another location within the team's present city, the Pit Stop of the leg, or the Finish Line of the race.

In the first season, the clue box contained exactly the same number of clues as teams racing, so a team was able to guess how many teams were behind them. In subsequent seasons, the clue box has included a variable number of clues (placed by spotters near each clue box just prior to racers arriving at the box) so that a team usually cannot determine its present standing by counting the remaining clues. Unless instructed, teams are not allowed to take more than one clue from a given clue box and are penalized for doing so.

Each Route Info clue is placed in a letter-sized yellow envelope with a tear strip (coining the phrase "rip 'n read" for the process of opening the clue and reading it). The Route Info itself is printed on a vertical half of standard letter-size paper, and placed in a vertical-fold folder contained in the envelope. Additional printed instructions for the task, which are generally not made aware to the viewer, are also contained in this folder. Teams are generally required to keep all Route Info envelopes, folders, and papers throughout the leg, surrendering them at the next Pit Stop. Some of the clues may require teams to take a number or time for priority and may cause fights in the race, eg. Season 6, at Budapest, a couple of teams fought over number 1 and resulted in the stand being toppled by many teams.

A Detour presents the team with a decision between two tasks, "each with its own pros and cons", as described by host Keoghan. Teams are given several details about both tasks, but may need to travel a short distance by foot or car to the different task locations. One task is typically less physically demanding but is tedious or requires some amount of time or thinking to complete, while the other is usually a more physically demanding or frightening option that, depending on the team's ability, may take less time to complete. The decision on which task to attempt lies solely with the team. A team may choose to switch tasks as many times as they wish with no penalty other than the time lost in attempting the tasks and traveling between task locations. Because of this freedom to choose between tasks, the penalty for not completing either task is significant (see Penalties and time credits).

In the first three seasons, a Detour preceded a Roadblock in every leg. In more recent seasons, however, the order in which these tasks have occurred has varied with each leg. Although there has been little change to the Detour format over thirteen seasons, the only unique Detour arrangement thus far has been the first Detour in Season 5, where failure to complete one option (based solely on luck at gambling) required the team to complete the second, more physical task.

A Detour has been in every leg in every race but twice, which came in the each of the opening legs of Season 12 and Season 14.

The U-Turn, introduced in Season 12, is similar in format to the Yield; however, it is always placed immediately after a Detour. When there was going to be a U-Turn, the teams would find the message "Caution, U-Turn Ahead" in their clue. The penalty differs from the Yield in that the affected team loses no specific amount of time, but instead they must complete the Detour task which they did not just previously complete (hence, they must complete both detours). In implementation, it is quite similar to the Yield, having a large sign where the team choosing to apply the penalty places a large picture of the affected team, above a smaller picture of themselves; as well, no team may use the U-Turn more than once in the full Race. In both seasons since the U-Turn was introduced, it was indicated there would be a total of two U-Turns through the entire race. It is possible for a team to use their U-Turn power against a team that has already passed the U-Turn marker, effectively wasting it, as no team pictures are removed from the U-Turn marker, preventing a team to determine their placement in the leg. Similar to the Yield, teams that lose their "Courtesy Of" picture during the course of the Race lose their power to use the U-Turn. Unlike the Yield, there are no priority numbers to take out should two or more teams want to U-Turn a team. This caused somewhat of a confusion in Season 12, when Kynt & Vyxsin, at the time in 4th place, tried to U-Turn Nicolas & Donald, a team that was actually ahead of them, instead of the only team behind them, Nathan & Jennifer.

A Roadblock is a task that only one team member may perform, except in season 8 of the American edition, in which some road blocks required two team members to complete the task. Before heading into a Roadblock, teams read a vague clue about the task to come, e.g., "Who's really hungry?" (for an exotic food-eating challenge), or "Who wants to get down and dirty?" (for a very muddy task). Often, a team may figure out the specific task by observing their surroundings, using common sense, or even seeing other teams already performing the Roadblock task. Based only on the vague clue and any observations of their surroundings and/or other teams, they must decide which team member would be best suited to complete it before reading the rest of the task description. Once a choice has been made, the teammates cannot switch roles. For the first three seasons of the race, Roadblocks came after a Detour in every leg.

Unless the clue indicates otherwise, the other teammate(s) cannot assist in the task though they may verbally offer advice and encouragement, usually standing in a designated area off to the side. In a select few Roadblocks, the team member that did not opt to do it may be required to participate; for example, in Season 1, one Roadblock required the selected team member to ride a camel, while the other team member was forced to walk along aside it to the next clue box. A similar arrangement occurred in the final Roadblock in Season 10, where while the selected member sky dived out of a plane, the other member was treated to a surprise nosedive of the plane itself after the start of the sky dive. The participating team members from other teams are able to help each other, however, unless otherwise indicated by the clue.

A Roadblock is featured (although, in some episodes, not aired) in every leg except the first one. In Season 1, even the first leg had a Roadblock, but it was not originally aired; it was, however, included as an extra in the DVD release. Season 10 became the first season to have and air a Roadblock on Leg 1. Seasons 12 and 14 also had a Roadblock on Leg 1.

Beginning in Season 6, each team member may complete a maximum of only six Roadblocks throughout the entire race. Since there are normally twelve Roadblocks in the Race, this rule forces each team to split the Roadblocks equally between the two members (unless a team uses a Fast Forward to skip one Roadblock, in which case the split can be 6-5, if they somehow manage to get two Fast Forwards like Danny and Oswald did in Season 11, the split can possibly be 6-4). In contrast, Season 5's final three teams featured three male-female teams that split the Roadblocks 9-1 or 8-1 (not including unaired Roadblocks), with the male member of the team taking the load; many speculate that it was for this reason that the six-Roadblock rule was introduced in Season 6. The six-Roadblock limit was dropped for only Season 8; additionally, that season's four-member-team format required some Roadblocks to be completed by two people. Season 10 had 13 Roadblocks; therefore, the maximum for each team member was increased to seven. While this Roadblock rule has not been specifically mentioned in some later seasons, team behavior and statements (such as Danielle in All-Stars commenting that "Every Road Block that is designed for a guy, I am doing.") imply that it still applies.

The Fast Forward allows the team that receives it to skip all remaining tasks on that leg of the race and proceed directly to the Pit Stop. To receive the Fast Forward, the team must be the first team to perform and complete the task described on the Fast Forward clue. The clue is found along with a regular clue at one of the Route Markers.

In one case during Season 7, where teams are grabbing a marker for priority for the very first Fast Forward award, up to 11 markers were visible, meaning that teams should be aware as to who's still in the race or not.

Only one team may use each Fast Forward. Any team that is beaten to the Fast Forward will have wasted their time and must go back and pick up where they left off. Also, prior to Season 10, each team was allowed to use only one Fast Forward during the whole race, requiring teams to decide when it was most advantageous to use it. With the introduction of the Intersection route marker (see below) in Season 10, a team can claim two Fast Forwards in a single race, one while part of a grouped team during an Intersection, and another as a single team.

Originally, Fast Forwards were offered in every leg of the race (provided that there was as least one team left that had not used one), except for the final two legs. Starting in Season 5, the number of Fast Forwards was reduced to two on the entire race. In the event a Fast Forward was not attempted by any team on a leg, the task involved was not shown, though clue envelopes with the green Fast Forward marker can usually be spotted by the viewers.

A Fast Forward usually results in the team arriving at the Pit Stop first, but does not guarantee it. In the history of the show, two teams who earned a Fast Forward still arrived last at the Pit Stop. In Season 1, Joe & Bill won the Fast Forward but still arrived last (but were not eliminated due to a penalty received by Nancy & Emily). After winning the Fast Forward on Leg 3 (Mexico-United Kingdom) of Season 3, Dennis & Andrew were still eliminated due to their late arrival into England. Similarly, NFL wives Monica and Sheree of Season 4 earned the Fast Forward but only placed 4th in the first leg (behind a three-way tie for first). On Leg 8 of Season 10, Tyler & James and Rob & Kimberly both won the Fast Forward as a result of the Intersection, the first time two teams have ever won the Fast Forward on the same leg. They, however, arrived second and third respectively behind Dustin & Kandice, becoming only the second and third teams ever to place neither first nor last after winning a Fast Forward. Chip & Kim of Season 5, Freddy & Kendra of Season 6, Eric and Danielle of Season 11, the Linz siblings of Season 8, and TK and Rachel of Season 12 are the only teams to have won the entire Race without using a Fast Forward.

The Yield, which was introduced in Season 5, allows any one team to force another team to stop racing for a predetermined amount of time. From Season 6 onwards, when there was going to be a Yield, the teams would find the message "Caution, Yield Ahead" in their clue, similar to the U-turn. To cause an opponent to yield, a team places the picture of the team they wish to yield onto the Yield sign (found near one of the Route Markers). When the yielded team arrives at the Yield mat, they must turn over an hourglass found on the Yield sign and wait for all the sand to drain before they can continue racing. It is suggested that this generally takes around 30 minutes. Each team gets an envelope with their 'courtesy of' sticker at the start of the race (which goes on the bottom-right corner of the Yield sign), and if a team's envelope goes missing, that team loses all power of using any future Yields. Teams like Linda & Karen (Season 5) and Joseph & Monica (Season 9) could not use the Yield, since they had each lost their envelope throughout the course of their respective Races.

Each team is required to stop at the Yield station, and state aloud whether or not they were yielded by another team, and (if the Yield wasn't already played) whether or not they choose to yield any of the teams behind them. In the early use of the Yield, teams were required to remove a numbered marker as well when they performed this act, likely for the purpose of deciding team priority in the event of a dispute (like the numbered tags at some Roadblocks and other tasks where teams could only proceed one at a time). The Yield sticker only shows the teams picture and their names, so teams can't use the yield power twice by using their Yield and U-Turn stickers. It is possible for a team to use their Yield power against a team that has already passed the Yield marker or an eliminated team, effectively wasting it, as no team pictures are removed from the Yield marker. This is evident in Season 6 where Freddy and Kendra were going through the team stickers and saw Avi and Joe's sticker (an eliminated team) to search for Adam and Rebecca's sticker.

In Season 5, when the Yield was first introduced, the sign was larger than in the subsequent series of the Yield. Teams weren't aware from the clues whether or not there was a Yield ahead. In addition, the teams didn't have to pull a number for priority, only when two or more teams were fighting to choose whether to yield a team or not. This happened only once, when Chip and Kim grabbed a number to reserve the option of yielding Kami and Karli, whom Chip and Kim knew were fast approaching. However, when they realized they were the last two teams, rules changed so that all teams were aware of their positions.

Like the U-turn, each team may use only one Yield during the game, and only one team may use each Yield. However, a team may be yielded multiple times by various other teams. From Season 6 to Season 8, the number of Yields totaled three in the entire race, instead of one on every leg. However; in Leg 5 or 6 of Season 7, Lynn and Alex had their 'courtesy of sticker in their lap as if there was a yield ahead. Also, says that there's one yield on each leg of the race. So, it's unknown if there were any unaired yields that were used. Like with Fast Forwards, Yields that are present in the race, but aren't used and have no effect on the outcome, may not be aired or mentioned. For example, Season 8 mentioned only having two Yields available on the entire race, but a third Yield on Leg 1 (New York-Pennsylvania) went unaired and unmentioned. In season 9, the show mentioned only two yields as well, but Lisa & Joni said at one point in Leg 1(São Paulo, Brazil) "Can we still yield anyone?" so it's possible that was an unused; unaired yield in Leg 1. In Season 10, despite saying that there are two Yields in the entire race, only one of them was aired and was used. In All-Stars, only two Yields were present in the entire race. Season 12 was the first not to have any Yields since introduced and is replaced by the U-Turn. The Amazing Race Asia, however, continues to have Yields even though it has introduced the U-Turn.

The Intersection, introduced in Season 10, requires each team to pair up with one other team and perform all tasks and make decisions together until further notice. Should there be no other teams present when a given team arrives at the Intersection route marker, they must wait there until another team arrives, though they do not have to partner with that team and can opt to wait for another team instead. Teams are free to choose their partner team if multiple teams are present. In both occasions that it has been present, it has also included a Fast Forward, which is allowed to be claimed by one full group of two teams working together, regardless if either team has already claimed their Fast Forward; furthermore, teams that claim a Fast Forward during an Intersection are free to claim a non-Intersected Fast Forward if one is available after that point. It is not yet known what the rules are when an Intersection appears in conjunction with a Yield, Roadblock, Speed Bump, or the U-Turn. Alternatively, the teams were given a usual Detour choice selection with its introduction.

Each leg of The Amazing Race normally consists of an initial route marker, typically instructing the team to travel to a different location, and then a series of 2 or more route markers, including one Detour and one Roadblock, at that new location, with a final route marker directing the teams to the check-in mat at the Pit Stop. Teams are required to complete each task in order. Otherwise, teams are free to use any waiting time (due to travel or hours of operation) as they desire within the scope of the Race rules. However, all activities (food, drink, transportation, and lodging) must be paid for using only the accumulated money they have been given through the Race. Teams will commonly sleep outdoors in front of a task location that is closed until the next day unless the production team has provided sleeping arrangements for the teams.

When teams arrive at the Pit Stop, all members must all step on the check-in mat — the official finish line for that leg — in front of Keoghan and a local greeter that represents the country they are presently in (except in Season 1 where Keoghan only greeted the last team to arrive). In Season 1, check-in mats for Pit Stops were representative of local cultures. In Season 2 and Season 3, they were black with a yellow and red border. Beginning in Season 4, they would feature an ornately decorated world map. The only time in which this mat was not used (other than in Season 8) was in Season 6's leg 8 (France - Ethiopia), which had a woven mat symbolic of a local culture. In Season 8 the mats were black with a yellow and white border. The finish line mats are an elevated red carpet with the logo of The Amazing Race enlarged on it.

If the team has incurred any penalties or failed to complete a task, Keoghan will tell the team their arrival position (e.g. "You're the third team to arrive") but instead of checking them in will ask the team to step off and wait out the penalty, or that they need to return to the missed task. Otherwise, Keoghan will inform the team of their status as "Team Number --". The last team to be checked in at the Pit Stop is eliminated, barring any penalties, or unless that leg of the race is one of the predetermined non-elimination legs. These eliminations themselves have now earned the name "Philimination" in the Amazing Race fan community, a portmanteau of the host's name and the word "elimination".

Prior to Season 5, multiple teams were allowed to arrive at the mat at the same time, creating a tie, and allowing them to leave the mat at the same time for the next leg. After the 3-way tie in the Leg 1 (USA-Italy) of Season 4 in which each team received the prize, a new rule was put into place to eliminate ties. If two or more teams reach the mat at the same time, the order that the teams arrived is determined, with the official check-in time for the other teams being 1 minute after the first team for the second team, 2 minutes after the first team for the third team, and so on. This was really shown in Season 12 Leg 3 when there was a five way tie to the mat. In Season 7, there was an exception to this rule in leg 3, Brian & Greg and Ron & Kelly checked in and departed together at the same time. This happened again in leg 8, where Ron & Kelly and Rob & Amber checked in departed the next leg at the same time. This time difference rule appears to have been removed as of Season 11, as two teams checked in for first place for one leg and left for the next at the same time; however, there was only one prize to be given for finishing first, requiring the teams to determine which team received it.

In some legs, the first team to arrive wins a prize such as a vacation or cruise, which they receive after that particular season has aired on TV. In Seasons 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11, prizes were given to the winners of every leg. In Season 7, different types of rewards such as cash and automobiles were handed out; at least two legs, however, did not have a prize awarded. The winners of the third leg in Season 8 won free gasoline for life, from BP and ARCO (specifically, $1200 of gasoline a year for 50 years, which is $60,000 per winner).

Pit Stops are the final destination in each leg of the race, and where all non-eliminated teams go after checking in at the mat. Each Pit Stop is a mandatory rest period which allows teams to "eat, sleep, and mingle" with each other; earlier seasons showed some of these periods of rest for the racers, but has not been used as much in later seasons. The production staff provides lodging (from simple accommodations as tents or cots to complete hotel service) and food free-of-charge to the teams at the Pit Stops (food during the legs must be purchased with the money the teams receive). During the Pit Stop, teams are also interviewed to provide commentary and voice-overs for the completed leg. While teams are restricted to where they can go, teams are free to use the remaining time for any purpose as they see fit. During Pit Stops, racers are sometimes required to relinquish Race-provided material from the previous legs, including clues, maps, and additional instructions.

Teams depart for the next leg of the race at the time they arrived plus twelve hours. While a team arriving at 12:00 p.m. will depart at 12:00 a.m., the total amount of rest time may be more than twelve hours, in which case the pit stop will be extended by 24 hour increments—such as one day and twelve hours (36 hours). In latter seasons, some Pit Stops have been between 12 and 24 hours, presumably for safety reasons so that teams are not driving themselves during night hours, to keep teams from hanging around in an airport for a long time, or to prevent teams from accessing earlier flights that could disrupt filming. The exact Pit Stop times are never reported by the show, but have been determined by fans using a combination of flight information, screen captures, and show information. The longest known Pit Stop occurred in Season 1, where the Pit Stop in Tunisia lasted 60 hours due to a sandstorm that also forced production to relocate the Pit Stop. Teams are responsible for being ready for the next leg when they are scheduled to leave; no credit is given if a team misses their scheduled departure (Peggy & Claire in Season 2, Andre & Damon in Season 3).

Season 6 introduced the first double-length leg shown over two episodes. The televised episode ended with a 'To Be Continued' message instead of a Pit Stop. The second half of the leg featured a second Detour and second Roadblock. Seasons 7, 8 and 9 each had a double-length leg with teams meeting Keoghan on the usual Pit Stop mat at the halfway point, only to have him hand them the next clue instead of checking them in. In Season 10, the double-length did not involve meeting Keoghan, but rather teams were informed to "KEEP RACING!!!" in their next route marker. In addition, the 2-hour finale of Season 8 took place over a double-length leg similar to Season 6's. Generally, the clues leading up to these longer legs are easy to identify because the teams will read a clue like "Go find Phil at the mat" instead of "Check into the next Pit Stop." While there was no set rest period between the two parts of these legs, there usually is some point for the teams to eat, rest and recover prior to the second set of tasks, either due to waiting for hours of operation with provided accommodations or a long train or plane ride.

Each race has a number of predetermined non-elimination legs, in which the last team to check in at the Pit Stop is not eliminated and is allowed to continue on the race. Racers are not told in advance which legs are non-elimination legs. In Seasons 1, 2 and 3 the clue preceding the Pit Stop ended with the statement, "The last team to check in will be eliminated", except in non-elimination legs. In Season 4, the clue preceding the Pit Stop ended with the statement "The last team to check in will be eliminated" in the first few legs, and then just a statement of the next Pit Stop would be announced without the warning of elimination after the seventh leg, elimination or non-elimination. On Season 5, the clues varied between "The last team to check in will be eliminated" and "may be eliminated." Particularly legs where it was definitely an elimination ended with will be eliminated. Beginning in Season 6, the statement "The last team to check in may be eliminated" has been used on every leg with the exception of the first.

Up through Season 4, teams received no penalty for finishing last in a non-elimination leg.

From Seasons 5 to 9, a penalty was given to the team arriving last at a Pit Stop in a non-elimination leg. These teams were required to turn over all the money they accumulated throughout the race and had to begin the next leg with zero dollars to their name, meaning they did not receive the money given to the other teams at the start of the leg and could not collect money during the Pit Stop. Teams generally begged from locals or even from other teams during the Pit Stop to rebuild their cash reserves.

From Seasons 7 to 9, the penalty for arriving last during a non-elimination leg became more severe. In addition to being stripped of all their money and starting the next leg without an allowance, teams were forced to surrender all their possessions, except for their passports and the clothes they were wearing, for the remainder of the Race. This often resulted in teams who believe they are coming in last checking in at the Pit Stop wearing every single article of clothing on the chance that it was a non-elimination leg, making for a rather comical sight in some cases (a notable example being the Paolo Family in Season 8 donning their underwear then realizing that they still had a chance to beat the Bransen Family; conversely, Brian and Greg in Season 7 believed they would come in last, and opted to take all of their clothes off; they did come in last, and were eliminated).

In Seasons 10 & All-Stars, the only penalty for teams arriving in last place on a non-elimination leg was that they became marked for elimination. They needed to arrive at the next Pit Stop in first place or else they would receive a 30-minute penalty and have to wait that long before they can officially check in.

Starting from season 12, the penalty for coming in last on non-elimination legs was changed once more. Those teams were required to complete an additional task called a "Speed Bump". This task occurs somewhere in the leg after the non-elimination leg. The Speed Bump task is marked with a sign similar to the Yield or U-Turn placed just before a route marker in the leg it occurs on, and has a picture of the team that must complete the task on the sign as the other teams are racing. The team must retrieve both the normal marker clue and the Speed Bump clue, and then must proceed to complete the Speed Bump task first before they can continue racing.

Season 10 introduced the first surprise elimination, when the last team to arrive at a checkpoint midway through the first leg was eliminated on the spot. At the end of the leg, there was a normal elimination at the mat, making it the first season ever that two teams were eliminated in the same leg.

Three teams compete in the last leg of the race. This first part of the leg includes intermediate destination(s) where the teams must travel to complete a series of tasks (Alaska, United States Seasons 1, 2, and 9; Hawaii, United States, Seasons 3, 4, 6 and 11; Calgary, Canada, Season 5; Puerto Rico, United States, Season 7; Montreal and Toronto, Canada, Season 8; Paris, France, Season 10). The second part of the leg has teams traveling to a final destination, usually located in a major U.S. city. Starting from Season 12, the final three teams were told to fly directly to their final city. Remaining teams must complete one or more tasks before receiving the clue directing them to the Finish Line. At the finish line, host Phil Keoghan and all the eliminated teams wait for the remaining teams to arrive.

The first team to reach the finish line wins the race and the top cash prize, which varies depending on the version of the show. All other teams win lesser amounts of money on a sliding scale based on their finishing order.

Ideally, all three remaining teams arrive at the finish line within a reasonable amount of time. On occasion, the third place team has fallen so far behind the other two teams that they cannot finish the race in a timely manner. In this case, after the other two teams finish, they are informed that the race is over at their next Route Marker (Joe and Bill, Season 1; David and Jeff, Season 4).

Most penalties and time credits are applied when the team arrives at the Pit Stop, regardless of where the penalty occurred during the leg; Phil will ask the team to step off to the side and wait out their penalty while other teams may check-in before them. The only exception to this rule is the four-hour penalty that occurs by quitting a Roadblock; this penalty is applied immediately after a team decides to quit, and starts when the next team arrives at the Roadblock (Rob & Amber exploited this exception in Season 7 to stay in the race). Penalties may be assessed after a leg and applied to the start time for the next leg but otherwise do not affect placement of the teams and thus aren't shown, though they can usually be inferred. Only in the case where a penalty affects team placement will the post-assessment of a penalty be shown (such as with Heather and Eve in Season 3).

The production of The Amazing Race is a challenge due to its premise being a race around the world. Among the difficult duties that producers face, scoping out locations, designing tasks, selecting teams, and planning logistics for the entire course are the most important to accomplish in pre-production. During the Race, the camera crews need to keep up with the movement of the teams and the host. And when the footage for the entire season has been filmed and edited, team members and crew are responsible for not leaking any spoilers that may hint at locations, events, or outcomes of the Race.

The show is broadcast on CBS in the United States.

Through its efforts, the American version has received many accolades, including Primetime Emmy Awards and nominations in categories for audio and video production and editing.

The original version of The Amazing Race is the American version, which debuted on CBS in September 2001. In October 2005, CBS optioned The Amazing Race for franchising to other countries. Buena Vista International Television-Asia Pacific (BVITV-AP) and Sony Pictures Television International's AXN Asia announced an Asian edition of the race, billed as The Amazing Race Asia, that same month. Applications ran from February to the end of March 2006. Filming was begun in June. Its first season premiered on November 9, 2006 and concluded on February 1, 2007. Two more seasons were made since then.

During 2005, AXN Central Europe announced a version of the show to be called The Amazing Race Central Europe. Applications are closed with the submission of 2,500 applicants, with filming expected to have occurred in 2006 and broadcast from September 2006. The show has yet to air and has been pulled from AXN's website, fueling rumors of cancellation.

In addition, a South-American independent production company announced in late 2006 that it would be producing a Brazilian version in 2007, to be called The Amazing Race: A Corrida Milionária, and to be aired in a purchased time slot in the Brazilian network RedeTV!. Applications were open from January until July, and filming occurred during August and September. The first season premiered on October 13, 2007 and concluded on January 5, 2008.

On April 8, 2008, Israeli TV network Reshet had announced plans to produce the local version of the show, known as HaMerotz LaMillion (The Race to the Million in English). It will be shot across Asia and premiered in February 5, 2009.

On October 15, 2008, a Latin American version of the show was announced by the Discovery Channel Latin America in association with Disney. The show is to be filmed in early 2009 for broadcast late in that year across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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The Amazing Race 3

Dunnotar Castle was the site of the Scottish Highland Games Roadblock and the third Pit Stop in The Amazing Race 3

The Amazing Race 3 was the third installment of the reality television show, The Amazing Race. It premiered on October 2, 2002 and ended on December 18, 2002.

Filming began on August 9, 2002 and finished on September 7, 2002.

In 2003, this installment of the race won the inaugural Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality/Competition Program".

Note 1: Andre & Damon arrived 7th, but since they didn't follow the donkey route correctly, they were penalized 78 minutes and started the next leg in 9th. They then overslept an extra three minutes at the start of the next leg. Note 2: Heather & Eve arrived 1st, but they didn't follow the last clue (they traveled by taxi to the Pit Stop instead of on foot) and therefore received a 37 minute penalty. This caused all the other teams to pass them, and they were eliminated. Note 3: Derek & Drew arrived 3rd, but they forgot to pick up the clue containing the Roadblock which caused them to fall to last place and were eliminated. Note 4: It was unknown whether Michael & Kathy had performed the Roadblock in Leg 5. Note 5: An additional task in Leg 10 was presented to teams as a Roadblock but was aired as a miscellaneous task. This task is not included in the tally even though every team was shown having a particular member performing it.

Titles for episodes are often taken from quotes made by the racers. The quotes are sometimes slightly changed for humorous effect.

Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete a leg.

The Detour on this leg was Wings or Ropes. In Wings teams skydived 10,000 ft (3,000 m) with an instructor. In Ropes teams use a rope to climb to the top of a 300 ft. building. The Fast Forward was to travel to a cave and look for their clue. Then they must climb up the cave for their clue.

The Detour on this leg was Horsepower or Manpower. In Horsepower teams searched a large area on a waverunner for the clue. In Manpower teams searched a small area in kayaks for the clue. The Fast Forward was to climb a 100 ft (30 m) pole then hanging by their feet swing around the pole to the bottom. The Roadblock was to swim with a family of dolphins to find the next clue at the bottom of the lagoon.

The Detour on this leg was Punt or Bike. In Punt teams rowed a boat called a punt 1-mile (1.6 km) down the River Cam. In Bike teams rode a bicycle on a marked 6-mile (9.7 km) course through Cambridge. The Fast Forward was to maneuver a tank through a battlefield obstacle course in 90 seconds. The Roadblock was to compete in three traditional Scottish games: Caber toss, Bell throw and shotput.

The Detour on this leg was Old School or New School. In Old School teams load a barrel of wine on to a boat, help row it across then deliver it. In New School teams load crates of wine on to a truck and deliver them to three different restaurants. The Roadblock was to block one penalty kick from a teenage soccer star.

The Detour on this leg was Ropes or Slopes. In Ropes teams take a shuttle bus to the cliffs then rappel 300 ft (91 m) to the bottom. In Slopes teams walked down sloping trails to the bottom. The Roadblock was to go to an ancient market and search through 25 vats of foul smelling dye for their next clue.

The Detour on this leg was Now You See It or Now You Don't. In Now You See It teams take a horse to a flag they could see and dig for a clue painted on pottery. In Now You Don't teams take a sandbike to a flag they couldn't see and make a rubbing of the clue etched on a stone. The Fast Forward was to look through a carpet shop for a mat with the Fast Forward emblem on it. The Roadblock was to help a food vendor set up and sell 5 bowls of escargot.

The Detour on this leg was Sled or Skate. In Sled teams take a bobsled down an Olympic bobsled track with a team of bobsledders. In Skate teams would go on a skating rally around an Olympic ice rink with a pair of skaters. The Fast Forward was to attract the attention of a surfer surfing on the river. The Roadblock was to descend 230 ft (70 m) on a rescue cable from a gondola.

Note *: While most teams performed the entire leg into and back out of Austria, Flo & Zach took that leg's Fast Forward clue (located in Munich) and thus stayed in Germany.

The Detour of this leg was Count the Money or Run the Numbers. In Count the Money, teams had to count a large amount of Swiss currency inside a jar. In Run the Numbers teams had to run around Zürich to find three different numbers by various means. Both detour options gave the same number, which was used as a combination to open a safe containing the next clue. The Roadblock was to relive the story of William Tell: shoot an apple off a mannequin child's head with a crossbow.

The Detour on this leg was Extreme Swiss or Very Swiss. In Extreme Swiss teams had to walk on a narrow red bridge then bungee jump 620 ft (190 m) from it. In Very Swiss teams searched through Swiss bells on the necks of sheep for keys to unlock a box with their next clue. The Fast Forward was to eat enough of a wheel of cheese sliced into cubes to reveal the clue underneath it. The Roadblock was to assemble a Swiss army bike from a pile of parts with a completed bike as a reference.

The Detour on this leg was Dry or Wet. In Dry teams drive to Choa Chu Kang and they searched several streets, all with similar names, for a particular building. Once inside, they would need to locate a room containing Singaporean TV star Phua Chu Kang. However, the elevators in the building didn't stop at all floors, making it more difficult for teams to find the room. In Wet teams drive to Singapore Zoo and they needed to find the manatee enclosure at the Zoo and swim through the pool to get the clue on the other side. After the Detour, one team member also had to retrieve a clue from the middle of the Fountain of Wealth - this was broadcast as a miscellaneous task, but was presented to teams as a Roadblock.

The Detour on this leg was Easy Buy or Hard Sell. In Easy Buy teams hired a sampan to search a floating market for a vendor who sells water coconuts. In Hard Sell teams carried a fruit filled shoulder basket and sell $2.50, or 40,000 dong, worth of fruit. The Roadblock was to drive the other team member in cyclos through a marked path, over a ferry and to the pitstop.

The Detour on this leg was Basket Boats or Basket Bikes. In Basket Boats teams take a basket boat across the river to the clue box. In Basket Bike teams took a bike laden with shrimp baskets and travel 1-mile (1.6 km) down the road to the clue box. The Roadblock was to use a fishing platform to raise a net out of the water with the clue dangling underneath.

The Detour on this leg was Quick Drop or Slow Walk. In Quick Drop teams took a 160 ft (49 m) tandem drop to Wailua Falls then teams swim to shore and follow flags to behind the waterfall. In Slow Walk teams take a marked trail to the falls. The Roadblock was to spin animal faces on a totem pole to show the chronological order they appeared in the race.

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The Amazing Race Asia

Countries that The Amazing Race Asia has visited are shown in color.

The Amazing Race Asia is a reality game show based on the American series, The Amazing Race.

On 17 October 2005, CBS gave other countries the chance to franchise The Amazing Race. The Asian cable TV network AXN Asia was among the first to acquire the rights to produce a version for its territories. The show is produced by Australian television production company ActiveTV, for AXN, in association with Buena Vista International Television-Asia Pacific (BVITV-AP). The host for the show is Singapore based Chinese-American actor Allan Wu.

The third season premiered on September 11, 2008 and ended on November 20, 2008.

Each of ten teams on The Amazing Race Asia is composed of two individuals who have some type of relationship to each other. Only 30 participants joined as of now in every The Amazing Race Asia seasons, the fewest number of people to have started in The Amazing Race franchise.

The participants are all required to be able to communicate in English, despite various languages around Asia. The contestants chosen to appear are from various Asian countries and not limited to one country of origin. Participating countries include all citizens of the continent of Asia except the Middle East as well as non-Asian workers who are living in Asia for a long period of time. From Season 2 onwards, Japanese residents are able to participate, having been ineligible for Season 1.

As usual, at the beginning of each leg of the race, each team receives an allowance of cash with their first clue (exception for those who were penalised due to being last in a non-elimination leg), with the cash usually in U.S. dollars. Any money left over after a leg of the race can be used on subsequent legs. The exception to this is the purchase of airline tickets, which the teams pay for using a credit card supplied to them by the show. Also, in The Amazing Race Asia, the route markers are also colored yellow and red with the exception in the second leg of Season 3, when the route markers were colored yellow and white to avoid confusion with the flag of South Vietnam, similar to US's Season 10.

For the Asian edition, teams will not depart immediately from starting city. Instead, they remain in the starting city during the first leg entirely (Season 1) or in part (Seasons 2 and 3) depending on the clues. For the second season, teams needed to perform an additional task within the vicinity of the starting location. There were no pre-arranged flights for leaving for the first overseas country; every team can book a flight as they wish. The exception was in Season 1, in which all teams were required to take AirAsia flights, as the said airline was a Race sponsor.

All route information and clues in The Amazing Race Asia are adopted from the original American version. Season 2 introduces the Intersection marker, while Season 3 introduces the U-Turn marker. Generally, both formats are similar, but a few differences still can be seen in the race.

Like in the Roadblock, teams can generally perform the task without a time limit; however, if the tasks require the teams to form a queue, generally the clues will state that teams must perform within a predefined amount of time. If a team fails to do the task within the time limit, that team will lose their turn and will be required to let the next team try.

For Season 1, the first Fast Forward was available in the second leg, not the traditional middle of the race. Only one Fast Forward was offered during Seasons 2 and 3, while not included as part of an Intersection marker. Also for the Yield, it was an option on two consecutive legs in Season 1.

In Season 3, both the Yield and the U-Turn were seen in separate legs (the U-Turn replaced the Yield in the 12th season of American version) and since a team can use each once during the Race, it is therefore possible for a single team to use their U-Turn power even if they have already used their Yield power in a prior leg (Geoff and Tisha, Season 3).

So far, all the tasks are not censored during the show.

Zabrina & Joe Jer were the only team who did not use any Fast Forward or Yield option but still won the entire race.

Basically the structure of the race is similar in both versions of the show. As the teams travel to different locations by following the route information, performing some various tasks, and checking in at the Pit Stop.

Teams normally complete all tasks and check in at the Pit Stop before they are eliminated. Occasionally, on an elimination leg, if all other teams have checked in and the last team is very far behind, Route Markers may instruct them to go directly to the Pit Stop without completing the rest of the leg. Exceptions implemented in The Amazing Race Asia are: the teams unable to get to the next Route Marker because they have to do some task to earn it while all other teams already checked in or the location of a task is closed beyond the hours of operation. In this case, teams will be led by the production staff to the Pit Stop and be eliminated by Wu or Wu himself coming out to the team's current location to announce their elimination there. (Brett & Kinaryosih, Sophie & Aurelia, Season 2; Mai & Oliver, Season 3).

In some legs, the first teams to arrive win prizes, usually from the show's sponsors. Season 3 is the first season to award prizes in every leg of the Race.

The Amazing Race Asia also has one leg known as a "superleg," where the clues tell teams to "Find Allan Wu." This kind of clue showed up in Season 2, but Wu erroneously referred to his location as a "Pit Stop." This kind of leg did not show up in Season 3.

Also, the clue which directs a team to the Finish Line mentions it not as such but as a "Final Pit Stop." Instead of having an elevated red carpet with The Amazing Race logo enlarged on it as is used in the American edition, the Finish Line consists only of a regular check-in mat for the final three teams.

Each race has a number of predetermined non-elimination legs, in which the last team to arrive at the Pit Stop is not eliminated and is allowed to continue on the race. In Season 1, the clues directing teams to Pit Stops sometimes replace the 'may' in the traditional clue phrasing "the last team to arrive may be eliminated" with "the last team to arrive will be eliminated," pointing to a certain elimination point. In Season 2, all clues directing teams to a Pit Stop other than in the penultimate leg have always used may be. In later seasons of the American version, clues directing to a Pit Stop other than in the first leg always used may be.

In the first two seasons, the first leg was a non-elimination leg. The first leg of every season of the American version has never been non-elimination.

For Season 1, the last team to arrive was required to surrender all their cash and are not allowed to acquire any money prior to the start of the next leg, similar to the penalty used in Season 6 of the American version. However, unlike Seasons 7 to 9, teams are not required to give up their belongings.

For Seasons 2 and 3, two non-elimination penalties were in use. Supposedly, the last team to arrive will incur a 30-minute time penalty for the next leg unless they arrive first at the next Pit Stop, also known as being marked for elimination, similar to the rules in Season 10 and All-Stars of the American version. However, the penalty in Season 1 is also used in one non-elimination leg, to avoid the possibility that the teams will have to survive again after the time penalty in case another non-elimination leg comes into play.

Most of the rules and penalties are adopted directly from the American edition; but in some of cases, the Asian version has been seen to have a unique set of additional rules.

As of the third season, The Amazing Race Asia has visited 19 countries and has visited 4 continents but not the Americas. Countries in bold have not been visited in the original American edition as of time of filming.

Season 1 has seen a greater use of time penalties. While time penalties were generally served prior to the team being allowed to check in to the Pit Stop (therefore possibly pushing them down the ranking lists and opening them to a possible last place finish and certain elimination, as was the case with Sahil & Prashant in Leg 5, Season 1), controversy has arisen over the fact that some time penalties are served at the beginning of the next leg.

This was the case with Andy & Laura, who departed the Chard Farm Winery Pit Stop in Queenstown at the start of Leg 7 with a 92-minute time penalty as a result of Andy's speeding in Leg 6. Had this 92-minute penalty been applied prior to Andy & Laura being allowed to check into the Pit Stop at the end of Leg 6, it would have pushed them into last place and certain elimination. Melody & Sharon, who were eliminated in that leg of the Race revealed in a press interview that they were really shocked that this 'speeding rule' did not apply at the Pit Stop, despite having learnt how the rules could be applied.

Despite the success of the first season, many fans criticised that teams didn't always "self-drive" to their next destination. Fans also criticised the fact that teams were always clumped in the same flight. This was according to an interview with Wu. The second season promised to tackle these issues.

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