Ernie & Cindy

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Ernie & Cindy
Ernie & Cindy
The Amazing Race 19
Relationship Engaged
Finishing Position 1st
Legs Completed 12
Legs Won 3
Average Position 2.83
Roadblock Count Ernie 7, Cindy 6
Countries raced Flag of Taiwan.svg Flag of Indonesia.svg Flag of Thailand.svg Flag of Malawi (2010-2012).svg Flag of Denmark.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Netherlands.svg Flag of Panama.svg Flag of the United States.svg

Ernest "Ernie" Halvorsen and Cindy Chiang are an engaged couple who competed on The Amazing Race 19. They are both from Chicago, Illinois. During the race, they came in first for three legs and became the third team to receive and use the Express Pass. In the final leg, they beat fellow competitors Jeremy & Sandy and Amani & Marcus to become the 19th winners of The Amazing Race, finishing in 1st.

Ernie & Cindy later appeared on the final leg of The Amazing Race 29, handing out clues in their hometown of Chicago.

Before The Race

Before embarking on the race, Ernie was employed as a Project Manager at a printing press firm while Cindy worked as a Brand Manager.

Cindy disclosed during the race that she and Ernie met in a bar.

Season 19

Race Summary

Leg 1 (United States → Taiwan)

  • Roadblock.png Cindy: Listen to a man with a heavy accent recite a proverb, then properly relay it to a judge.
  • PitStop.png 1st

Ernie & Cindy were the 6th team to complete the starting line task, and made it onto the first flight to Taipei alongside 7 other teams. They figured out where to go in the Ximending Commercial District, and raced ahead of Jeremy & Sandy at the Roadblock to take first place. From there, they sailed through the dragon boat challenge and arrived at the Pit Stop in 1st, claiming the Express Pass.

Leg 2 (Taiwan → Indonesia)

  • Roadblock.png Cindy: Rappel into a cave, find a Javanese mask, and climb out using a bamboo ladder.
  • Detour.png Be a Ticket Taker: Work as Motorcycle parking attendants and make Rp 15,000.
  • PitStop.png Arrived 1st, turned away for not donating all money at the orphanage - 4th

In Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Ernie & Cindy began the Roadblock in 2nd but slipped to 3rd at the end of it. However, they were soon able to catch the leaders and restore themselves to 1st place. They were one of eight teams to incorrectly complete their final challenge of the leg and subsequently lost three places to finish the leg in 4th.

Leg 3 (Indonesia)

  • Detour.png Grass Fed: Deliver two full bags of grass and two sheep to a farm.
  • Roadblock.png Ernie: Count the amount of different poses of Buddha statues at Borobudur.
  • PitStop.png 5th

Leg 4 (Indonesia → Thailand)

  • Detour.png Beach Preparation: Properly set up a beach set of chairs and umbrellas.
  • Roadblock.png Ernie: Rock climb up a cliff to a bird's nest with a clue.
  • PitStop.png 5th

Leg 5 (Thailand)

  • Roadblock.png Cindy: Follow music to find a waterfall pool, and search the murky depths for a bundle.
  • Roadblock.png Ernie: Properly reconstruct the shrine that was taken down and collected earlier.
  • PitStop.png 3rd

Leg 6 (Thailand → Malawi)

  • Roadblock.png Ernie: Transport ten 200lbs bags of tobacco and stack them.
  • Detour.png All Sewn Up: Use sewing machines to properly complete a customer's suit.
  • PitStop.png 5th

Leg 7 (Malawi)

  • Roadblock.png Cindy: Use a bicycle to deliver a customer carrying fish to an address.
  • Detour.png Dugout: Paddle a traditional dugout canoe to a buoy and then return to shore. - TAR-Express Pass Card.png Skipped
  • PitStop.png 2ndε

Leg 8 (Malawi → Denmark)

  • Roadblock.png Ernie: Learn a complex three-part Danish dance.
  • Detour.png All Churned Out: Use a churn to make six sticks of butter.
  • U-Turn.png Used the Double U-Turn on Bill & Cathi.
  • PitStop.png 1st

Leg 9 (Denmark → Germany → Belgium)

  • Roadblock.png Cindy: Memorize a poem, use a map attached to a bike's wheel to travel to a theatre, then recite the poem with dramatics.
  • Detour.png Bodybuilding Pose-down: Wear bikinis and posing oil and perform a series of bodybuilding poses, earning a 12 from judges.
  • PitStop.png 2nd

Leg 10 (Belgium)

  • Roadblock.png Ernie: Complete three high-speed driving stunts.
  • Detour.png Waffle: Properly make and decorate 18 different Belgium waffles.
  • PitStop.png 3rd

Leg 11 (Belgium → Netherlands → Panama)

  • Roadblock.png Cindy: Traverse a tightrope between two tall towers.
  • Detour.png Sole: Properly make a pair of sandals for a customer.
  • PitStop.png 2nd

Leg 12 (Panama → United States)

  • Roadblock.png Ernie: Type out the next clue on a typewriter with the "1" key missing, substituting a "l".
  • PitStop.png Finish Line - 1st

After The Race

Ernie & Cindy married in a private Chicago ceremony on March 13, 2012.

External Links

Ernie on Twitter: @ernie_halvo

Cindy on Twitter: @CindyCHalvo

Official Website:

The Amazing Race 19
Legs 123456789101112
Countries United StatesTaiwanIndonesiaThailandMalawiDenmarkGermanyBelgiumNetherlandsPanama
Teams Amani & MarcusAndy & TommyBill & CathiErnie & CindyEthan & JennaJeremy & SandyJustin & JenniferKaylani & LisaLaurence & ZacLiz & MarieRon & Bill