The Amazing Race 1

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The Amazing Race 1
The Amazing Race 1
First Aired September 5 - December 13, 2001
Filmed March 5 - April 5, 2001
Episodes 13
Winners Rob Frisbee &
Brennan Swain
Continents Visited 4
Countries Visited 9
Cities Visited 24
Distance Traveled 35,000 miles (56,000km)
No. of Legs 13
All-Stars Joe Baldassaare &
Bill Bartek
,
Kevin O'Connor &
Drew Feinberg
Season Chronology
Season 1 ► Season 2
Legs
1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13

The Amazing Race 1 is the first installment of The Amazing Race. The season premiered on September 5, 2001. It aired on CBS in the United States on Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with the season finale on December 13, 2001.

Lawyers and Best Friends Rob & Brennan were the winners of The Amazing Race 1.

Contents

Production

This season of the Race traveled 35,000 miles (56,000 kilometres) across 24 cities and four continents. Filming started on March 5, 2001, and ended a month later on April 5. The Amazing Race 1 was hit with multiple filming delays, including an airport strike in Rome and a sandstorm in Tunisia, the latter of which caused a 60 hour pitstop, as opposed to the usual 12 or 36, and forced teams to begin leg 6 in Gabès, Tunisia rather than the original Saharan desert Pit Stop.

Other aspects of filming were unique to the first season of the series. Host Phil Keoghan handed out clues at the beginning of some legs and only greeted the last-place team at each Pit Stop; all other teams were greeted and informed of their placements by local representatives. Each leg's Pit Stop mat featured a localized design; subsequent seasons have used a single mat design throughout the entire race.

During Leg 5, Paul and Amie got lost in the Sahara desert after trying numerous routes; they found the desert oasis Pit Stop by luck, unknowingly skipping the roadblock and final route marker. Having arrived after all other teams, they were eliminated from the race.

Amazing Race courses are planned so that the final three teams will all reach the finish line. However, Joe and Bill were so far behind that they could not catch up and did not finish the race. Upon the start of Leg 13, they recieved a handwritten note that stated that the other two teams had crossed the finish line and that Rob & Brennan had won the race. When they were still completing Leg 12 (which aired alongside Leg 13 in final episode), Team Guido was required to have villagers bounce one teammate upwards by the use of an Alaskan tapestry. According to the DVD commentary, the tapestry broke under the weight the day before, so a trampoline had to be used instead.

Countries visited

Leg(s) Country Pit Stops
1, 12, 13 Flag of the United States.svg USA 2
1 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 0
1, 2 Flag of Zambia.svg Zambia 1
2, 3, 4 Flag of France.svg France 2
4, 5, 6 Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia 2
6, 7 Flag of Italy.svg Italy 1
7, 8, 9 Flag of India.svg India 2
9, 10, 11 Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand 2
11, 12 Flag of China.svg China 1

Cast

The cast of The Amazing Race 1 is as follows:

Dave & Margaretta
Frank & Margarita
Joe & Bill
Kevin & Drew
Kim & Leslie
Lenny & Karyn
Matt & Ana
Nancy & Emily
Pat & Brenda
Paul & Amie
Rob & Brennan

Results

Placements are listed in finishing order:

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks Performed1
1 2 3 4ƒ 5ƒ 6ƒ 7 8ƒ 9 10ƒ 11 12 13
Rob & Brennan Lawyers/Best Friends 1stƒ 3rd 3rd 6th 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st Rob 5, Brennan 7
Frank & Margarita Separated Parents 3rd 4th 2nd 4th 5th 1st6 1stƒ 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd Frank 8, Margarita 3
Joe & Bill Life Partners 2nd 2nd 4th 1st 2nd 2nd6 2nd 4th 4thƒ 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd9 Joe 6, Bill 4
Kevin & Drew Fraternity Brothers 9th 5th 1stƒ 2nd 1st 4th 4th 1st 3rd 3rd 4th Kevin 5, Drew 4
Nancy & Emily Mother/Daughter 10th 7th 8th 3rd 3rd 5th 5th 5th 5th8 Nancy 2, Emily 6
Lenny & Karyn Dating 4th 9th 7th 7th 6th 6th7 6th Lenny 2, Karyn 4
Paul & Amie Engaged 7th 6th 6th 4th4 7th5 Paul 2, Amie 1
Dave & Margaretta Grandparents 8th2 8th3 5th 8th Dave 2, Margaretta 0
Pat & Brenda Working Moms 5th 1stƒ 9th Pat 1, Brenda 0
Kim & Leslie Teachers/Roommates 6th 10th Kim 1, Leslie 0
Matt & Ana Married 11th Matt 0, Ana 0
  • A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
  • An underlined blue team placement indicates that the team was the last to arrive at a Pit Stop in a non-elimination leg of the race.
  • A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue. If placed next to a leg number, this indicates that the Fast Forward was available for that leg but not used.
  1. Leg 1 featured an un-aired Roadblock that was only partially shown in the DVD release. This is not included in the final Roadblock tallies.
  2. Dave & Margaretta initially were checked in at the Pit Stop in 7th, but they were retroactively penalized for not completing the Detour correctly. They served their penalty before the start of the next leg, dropping them to 8th to depart.
  3. Dave & Margaretta initially were checked in at the Pit Stop in 6th, but they were retroactively penalized for not completing the Roadblock correctly. This Roadblock is not included in their Roadblock count because neither Dave nor Margaretta completed it properly. They served their penalty before the start of the next leg, dropping them to 8th to depart.
  4. Paul & Amie initially arrived 5th, but were given a time credit because of a production difficulty, pushing them up to 4th.
  5. Paul & Amie arrived at the pit stop by chance after getting lost and unknowingly skipping the Roadblock. However, since they were already in last place, they were eliminated without being assessed the 4-hour penalty.
  6. Frank & Margarita and Joe & Bill initially arrived 1st and 2nd, respectively, but were each issued a 30-minute penalty for failing to follow a clue correctly. The penalty did not affect their placements.
  7. Lenny & Karyn were granted a time credit for production difficulties. This did not affect their placement.
  8. Nancy & Emily initially arrived 4th, but were issued a 24-hour penalty for failing to complete either Detour option. Joe & Bill checked in during Nancy & Emily's penalty time, causing them to fall to last place and be eliminated.
  9. Joe & Bill had fallen so far behind that they were unable to complete the final leg. When Joe & Bill departed from Takosha Lodge in Alaska and reached the first route marker, they were informed that the race was over.

Episode Titles

The episode titles are:

  1. The Race Begins
  2. Divide And Conquer
  3. Home For Some
  4. Colossal Showdown
  5. Desert Storm
  6. Whatever It Takes To Win
  7. Triumph And Loss
  8. Competition To The Fullest
  9. The Unexpected Twist
  10. To The Physical And Mental Limit
  11. Fight To The Last Minute
  12. Race To The Finish - Part 1
  13. Race To The Finish - Part 2

Race summary

The route of the 1st Amazing Race.

Leg 1 (United States → South Africa → Zambia)

Leg 2 (Zambia → France)

Leg 3 (France)

Leg 4 (France → Tunisia)

Leg 5 (Tunisia)

Leg 6 (Tunisia → Italy)

Leg 7 (Italy → India)

Leg 8 (India)

Leg 9 (India → Thailand)

Leg 10 (Thailand)

Leg 11 (Thailand → China)

Leg 12 (China → United States)

Leg 13 (United States)

Ratings

US Ratings

Order Episode Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
1 "The Race Begins" 5.1 11.80
6 "Whatever It Takes to Win" 3.6/9 8.37
7 "Triumph and Loss" 4.0/10 9.17
13 "Race To The Finish - Part 2" 6.0 13.65 #20

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