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BJ & Tyler
Team Profile
Members Brian Jeffrey "BJ" Averell
Tyler MacNiven
Age 26 (BJ)
25 (Tyler)
Hometown Los Angeles, CA (BJ)
San Francisco, CA (Tyler)
Relation Best friends
Occupation Online Tutor (BJ)
Filmmaker (Tyler)

The Amazing Race 9

Legs Competed 12
Placement 1st

Brian Jeffrey "BJ" Averell and Tyler MacNiven are a team of Best Friends on the 9th season of The Amazing Race. They are commonly known as "The Hippies" and are one of the most positive and fun teams to ever run the race.


BJ & Tyler are bohemian best buds who first met four years ago during the Semester at Sea program, where they shared the experience of sailing around the world. One of their most memorable moments was starting a dance party in the streets of downtown Guilin, China, which turned into a mass gathering of hundreds of Chinese men. They have been friends ever since, whether bouncing on trampolines at Burning Man or spontaneously swimming in the San Francisco Bay.

BJ is a graduate of Harvard University, while Tyler graduated from UC Santa Cruz after completing two semesters abroad—one in Hungary, the other in South Africa. Both have traveled the world extensively and speak several languages including Spanish and Japanese.

Both BJ and Tyler share a love of adventure, travel, and good times. After graduating from college, BJ moved to California to pursue surfing, karate and frisbee. Meanwhile, Tyler fell in love with a Japanese girl and decided to impress her by walking the 2000-mile length of Japan.

Their primary motivation for taking part in THE AMAZING RACE is to share in the adventure of racing around the world, meeting new people and, of course, winning $1 million.

The Amazing Race 9Edit

Race HistoryEdit

BJ & Tyler's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Motor Heads / Rotor Heads No Roadblock 2 of 11
2 2 Brazil Press It / Climb It BJ 1 of 10
3 3 Brazil → Russia → Germany Scrub / Scour Tyler 4 of 9 [1]
4 Break It / Slap It BJ 2 of 9
5 4 Germany → Italy Foundry / Laundry Tyler 1 of 8
6 5 Italy Big Fish / Little Fish BJ 2 of 7
7 6 Italy → Greece Herculean Effort / It's All Greek to Me Tyler 5 of 6 [2]
8 7 Greece → Oman Camel / Watchtower BJ 5 of 5
9 8 Oman → Australia Sand / Sea Tyler 3 of 5
10 9 Australia Dry / Wet BJ 4 of 4>
11 10 Australia → Thailand Used Fast Forward 1 of 4
12 11 Thailand → Japan Maiden / Messenger Tyler 1 of 3
12 Japan → United States Drill It / Deliver It BJ 1 of 3
Average 3.08
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team finished in last place and was supposed to be eliminated, but used the Save pass
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

1: Leg 3 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.
2: BJ & Tyler initially arrived 5th, but were issued a 15-minute penalty for taking a bus instead of a train all the way to the Isthmos Train Station. Their placement was not affected.


Post-Race LifeEdit

  • Along with Chip & Kim, BJ and Tyler were frustrated by the lack of contact from CBS regarding a possible invite for The Amazing Race: All-Stars.[1]
  • featured them for a 'National Best Friend Day' celebration slideshow in 2015.[2]


  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (05/18/2006): "Team Hippie Takes Amazing Race 9"
  • Jenn Basler at RealityNewsOnline (05/23/2006): "This Interview is the Most James Bond Interview We’ve Ever Had!”
  • Rochell D. Thomas at TV Guide Online (05/24/2006): "Amazing Hippies Make Bucks, Not War!"
  • Jane Knoerle at The Almanac (05/24/2006): "Tyler MacNiven and partner win $1 million on Amazing Race"
  • TARflies interview (05/31/2006): "Hip, Hip(pie), Hooray!"
  • Rob at RRF Radio (06/07/2006): "BJ & Tyler Interview - Reality TV Podcast #53"

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