Aaron & Arianne

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Aaron & Arianne
Aaron & Arianne
The Amazing Race 3
Relationship Lifelong Friends
Finishing Position 7th
Legs Completed 6
Legs Won 0
Average Position 5.17
Roadblock Count Aaron 3, Arianne 2
Countries raced Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of England.svg Flag of Scotland.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Morocco.svg

Aaron Goldschmidt and Arianne Udell are lifelong friends who competed on The Amazing Race 3. They are from New York City, New York. During Leg 5 of the race, they accidentally put unleaded fuel into their diesel trucks, causing them to break down at the side of the road. They survived this leg, but were hours behind. This led to them being eliminated on the next leg in 7th.


Race Summary

For more information on the tasks contained within each leg, click on the respective leg's header.

Leg 1 (United States → Mexico)

"We'll use our sex appeal to get what we need." – Aaron
Detour.png Wings: Perform a tandem skydive.
PitStop.png 3rd

Aaron & Arianne began their race in the middle of the pack, excited to begin their journey. After a quick drive to the airport, they are the fourth to receive tickets for the American Airlines flight, though Aaron is annoyed that Andre & Damon skipped past the queue markers. They are joined by the cop and firefighter on this flight, along with Heather & Eve, John Vito & Jill, Michael & Kathy, Flo & Zach and Dennis & Andrew. Once in Mexico City, they found a taxi who knew where they needed to go and told him it was an "emergency". They are the first team to reach the Angel of Independence and pick up their next clue. They find a policeman who identifies the location in Pablo's picture. Still in first place, they arrive at the plaza and look around for a bit before spotting Pablo and getting their next clue. They then find a local who directs them to the hotel and make their way there.

They arrive and sign up for the first charter bus, which also ends up carrying Flo & Zach, John Vito & Jill and Michael & Kathy. After the long bus ride, they arrive and pick up their Detour clue and immediately choose Wings. They are taken to the sky where they jump second after John Vito & Jill. Arianne leaps out of the plane first and Aaron follows behind her. Despite this, Aaron lands on the ground and watches as both Flo & Zach land, leaving him to wonder where Arianne is. She lands a short time later feeling rather dizzy. Her instructor tells Aaron that she was overwhelmed by the adrenaline and they had to deploy their parachute early. Regardless, they pick up their next clue and head out. They then head to the Pit Stop, where they arrive in 3rd place.

Leg 2 (Mexico)

"Girls gone wild!!" – Arianne
Detour.png Horsepower: Search a large radius for the next clue on wave-runners.
Roadblock.png Arianne: Dive for clue in a pool of dolphins.
PitStop.png 2nd

Departing at 1:11am, Aaron & Arianne meet up with Flo & Zach, who have been waiting for them, and both teams head out together. While on the road another pair of working teams, Michael & Kathy and John Vito & Jill catch up and fall in line behind them. As the drive continues on through the night, Aaron feels less and less confident with Zach's sense of direction. They are both rather concerned, as it seems Zach has led them all into the middle of nowhere. He gets even further frustrated when the four of them get stuck behind a slow-moving lumber truck. At long last Zach finds the pyramid, only for them to find they've all been beaten by Heather & Eve. Morning arrives and the six teams rush into the pyramid grounds at 7am. After grabbing the next clue, they head for the bus station. With only four minutes to spare, they get tickets on the 10am bus along with John Vito & Jill, Ken & Gerard, Flo & Zach, Michael & Kathy and Heather & Eve.

After the long ride to Cancún, they run out and grab a taxi. Since they're going to a marina, they presume that they will need to have their bathing suits on and so decide to save time by changing in the back seat of the taxi. This involves Arianne being topless, but she hardly cares and even laughs about the situation, even as the taxi driver looks back and chuckles. All six teams arrive at the Marina at the same time and grab the Detour clue. They decide to perform Horsepower, and Heather & Eve offer to work together with them on the task. Once on the water, they are a little intimidated by the massive size of the lagoon. They are briefly separated from the roommates but when the two teams meet up again, Arianne spots the clue. They return to shore, drive to the ferry dock, and get on the same ferry as Flo & Zach, Michael & Kathy and Heather & Eve.

On Cozumel, they rush to a taxi and are the first of the group to reach the Roadblock. Arianne decides to perform the task and is very excited when she learns that she gets to swim with dolphins. She jumps into the water and begins searching around. At first she can't find anything, but then spots a clue and grabs it. The same four teams catch a ferry back to the mainland and begin the drive to the Pit Stop. When they arrive, they learn that they are in 2nd place and vow to knock the twins out of the game.

Leg 3 (Mexico → England → Scotland)

"Our objective on this leg of the race was to pursue the twins, and here we are!" – Arianne
Detour.png Bike: Travel by tandem bike a long distance to the next clue.
Roadblock.png Aaron: Participate in the caber toss, hammer throw and shot put.
PitStop.png 4th

Departing at 4:43am, Aaron & Arianne set out more determined than ever to defeat the twins, Derek & Drew. With their teammates Heather & Eve and Michael & Kathy behind them, they set out. Along the way, Aaron pulls over to the side of the road so he can confirm with the other teams what their plan will be. Once at the airport, they join with Flo & Zach and proclaim that the 'twin hunt' has begun. They then begin to try to find tickets for all four teams together to Mexico City, which proves to be extremely difficult. The group splits, and Aaron & Arianne and Michael & Kathy get on a 7:55am flight to Mexico City, planning to get tickets through to London once there. They then both purchase tickets through Miami and Paris to reach London. However, their layover in Miami is only 40 minutes, and they have tickets but no seat assignments. They try to get help from airport workers, but are strangely told that there is no more space on the flight.

However, the airline decided to put them in business class seats instead without altering the price. Their plane is the second to land in London, and both teams get on a train to Cambridge. They unfortunately choose a more indirect train, which costs them some time, but they soon arrive at the Detour. They decide to perform Bike, seeing it as the much faster option. They finish the task at the same time as Michael & Kathy, and both teams grab their next clue. They head to the bus departure area, finding both Ken & Gerard and Derek & Drew waiting, and are later joined by the rest of the 'twin hunt' group.

After the long ride to Scotland, all six teams scramble to find taxis that can take them to Stonehaven. They are excited as their taxi overtakes the twins, putting them in the lead. Their taxi driver then takes a wrong turn, leading them and Flo & Zach the long way around. When they arrive, Aaron decides to perform the Roadblock. It only takes him a couple tries to complete the caber toss, but he has a little more difficulty with the hammer throw. He and Heather both complete it and move on to the Shot Put. Aaron makes his first throw by flinging it underhand. Not only does this really hurt his arm, but the throw is invalid and he must toss it again properly. He quickly finishes the task and the two rush off to the Pit Stop, but Aaron is rather winded and lets Flo & Zach pass him. They arrive at the Pit Stop in 4th place.

Leg 4 (Scotland → Portugal)

"I'm too short!!" – Arianne
Detour.png Old School: Use Portuguese longboat to deliver wine to one restaurant.
Roadblock.png Arianne: Block a shot from a young professional soccer player.
PitStop.png 8th

Departing at 11:00pm, Aaron & Arianne set off with their spirits high and their intent to catch the twins still fresh in their minds. Heather & Eve catch up with them as they both catch up to Flo & Zach. As the three teams walk along the road, they notice a tiny path leading down the hill. They decide to follow it, hoping it will lead to the harbour, and it does. This propels the group to the lead as they find the bottles and then find a phone booth. They make reservations on a flight from Aberdeen to Porto and also call for a large taxi. When they get to the airport, they happily reunite with John Vito & Jill. They all get on the same flight, as well as Derek & Drew and Ken & Gerard. The two teams of brothers split from the group while connecting through London and take a flight to Cologne, but the 'twin hunt' group choose not to pursue this as the layover is too tight. Later, Teri & Ian and Andre & Damon arrive in London and join up with them.

When they land in Porto, they are quick to call Ian out for yelling loudly in the airport terminal, calling him the definition of an 'ugly American'. They are the first of their flight group to reach the lodge and pick up the Detour. They decide to complete Old School as it's only one delivery and they will receive help. They quickly work together to load their barrel onto the boat, noting that Teri & Ian are right behind them. They take pride in crossing the river much faster than the parents, and quickly deliver their wine to the restaurant. They head to the train station, and all of the teams show up before the next train departs. They all travel together to Lisbon, and then it's a mad dash to get a taxi. Their driver tells them that he can take them the 'short way' to the stadium. This 'short way' turns out to be a massively poor decision as they are the last team to arrive at the stadium.

Arianne decides to perform the Roadblock, but immediately regrets her decision because of how short she is. She makes many attempts and begins to feel pessimistic, but Aaron encourages her and she finally makes a proper save. They are now deep in last place as they head for the Pit Stop, certain that they are finished. They ask for help from locals as they run through the streets. They even try to flag down passing vehicles to get better directions. The two never give up running, but it takes them quite a while to eventually find the Torre. They step onto the mat, and Phil tells them that they are in last place and have been eliminated. A few hours later, however, they are invited to a room in the tower along with Heather & Eve. It was discovered that the roommates did not walk to the tower, but instead took a taxi. A penalty is retroactively given to them, which drops the girls all the way to last place and bumps Aaron & Arianne up to 8th place, ultimately saving them from elimination.

Leg 5 (Portugal → Spain → Morocco)

"This li'l baby, she needs a nice batch of unleaded!" – Aaron
Detour.png Ropes: Rappel down Ursa Cliffs
Roadblock.png Aaron: Find clue in one of many smelly dye vats.
PitStop.png 7th

Departing at 2:54pm in 8th place, Aaron & Arianne immediately find a taxi to take them to their first destination. Their taxi driver is exceptionally quick and gets them to their destination so fast that they move all the way up to first place. They pick up the Detour clue and quickly decide to perform Ropes. When they travel to the cliffs they notice eight other vehicles waiting and realize that they are now in the lead. Arianne heads down the cliff first. She is a little nervous, but reaches the ground before the team behind them can start. Aaron then heads down alongside John Vito. Aaron has a little difficulty on the rappel, with his rope getting caught as he goes down. He is still rappelling when Jill begins her descent, though he manages to reach the bottom before her. Still in 1st place, they discover that they are off to Morocco. They get into their provided vehicle and begin the incredibly long drive.

As the sun sets and the journey lasts into the night, they need to stop and get fuel. They find a gas station and fill their vehicle with unleaded fuel. They get onto the highway again, but soon Aaron feels something unusual and believes that the truck is breaking down. He finds that the truck has no acceleration, and even the brakes don't seem to work right. The car dies completely, leaving them stranded on the side of the road. Aaron is incredibly frustrated and upset at this turn of events, leaving him in tears. He tries desperately to flag passing cars down for help, but is rather unsuccessful. Even Derek & Drew drive past them. Finally, a police car approaches them. The policeman contacts the vehicle's rental company and requests assistance from them. The vehicle is towed to a mechanic and fixed, though Aaron never learns that it broke down because he was meant to fill it with diesel fuel. At long last they reach the ferry port, but they learn that they missed the ferry to Tangier and will have to wait for the next one.

After the long ferry ride, they finally reach Morocco and head for the travel agency, where they are the only team to get on the third charter bus. From the sign up sheet, they notice that Michael & Kathy have not yet reached the travel agency, which gives them hope that they may not be in last place. Once in Fez, Aaron decides to perform the Roadblock and enters the smelly tannery. He is rather disgusted as he searches, but manages to find a clue. Aaron is still pessimistic and believing that they are in last, but when they arrive at the Pit Stop they learn that they are in 7th place and haven't been eliminated.

Leg 6 (Morocco)

"Our last team handshake!" – Aaron
Detour.png Now You Don't: Find a clue not visible from starting point using dune buggies.
Roadblock.png Aaron: Set up an escargot stand and sell five bowls for 5 Dinar each.
PitStop.png 7th - Eliminated

Though they survived it, the diesel incident from the last leg has put Aaron & Arianne about 90 minutes behind the 6th place team. Departing at 7:04am, Aaron asks a few locals for help in getting to Casablanca and they point him in the right direction. They stop at a gas station to pick up a map of Casablanca along the way. They eventually reach the mosque and pick up their next clue. Being so far behind, they decide that they are going to pursue the Fast Forward once they reach Marrakesh. They do not meet any other teams on their train to Marrakesh. Once they arrive, they make their way to a taxi and tell him to drive quickly to the carpet shop. When they arrive, they are taken inside by the owner and informed that the Fast Forward has already been taken. They are rather frustrated, but proceed to the Detour nonetheless. They still remain optimistic, believing that there will be some kind of bunching point later that will allow them to catch up.

Once at the oasis, they decide to complete Now You Don't and head off on their ATV. It is a wild ride through the desert and Arianne screams in both fright and excitement as they drive over the sand. Her screaming startles Aaron and causes them to drive into a small ditch. They correct this mistake and make their way to the end, where they make an etching of their next clue. They return and hop into a taxi, excited that they've made up some ground because of the next location not having opened until 4:45pm. Once they arrive at the cafe, Arianne requests that Aaron complete the Roadblock and he agrees. Night has fallen as he makes his way into the market, sets up his vendor station, and sells escargot to the locals. He is able to finish the task without much issue and then he and Arianne get into a taxi that takes them to the Pit Stop. Phil tells them that they are in last place and have been eliminated from the race, but they are not surprised in the least. They are happy that they had so much fun, met so many nice people, and never gave up.

The Amazing Race 3
Legs 12345678910111213
Countries United StatesMexicoUnited Kingdom (England, Scotland) • PortugalSpainMoroccoGermanyAustriaSwitzerlandMalaysiaSingaporeVietnam
Teams Aaron & ArianneAndre & DamonDennis & AndrewDerek & DrewFlo & ZachGina & SylviaHeather & EveJohn Vito & JillKen & GerardMichael & KathyTeri & IanTramel & Talicia
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