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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 History Edit

  • Leg 1: 2nd
    • Icon-Detour Rotor Head
    • Icon-PitStop: Arrived 2nd.
  • Leg 2: 1st
    • Icon-Roadblock : BJ
    • Icon-Detour Climb It
    • Icon-PitStop: Arrived 1st and won a trip for two from Travelocity to Tahiti.
  • Leg 3: (4th) 2nd
    • Icon-Roadblock : Tyler
    • Icon-Detour Scour
    • Icon-NonEliminationLeg→: Arrived to Phil in 4th and were told that the leg isn't over; kept racing.
    • Icon-Roadblock : BJ
    • Icon-Detour Break It
    • Icon-PitStop: Arrived 2nd while running backwards. BJ also called the greeter, who had a long white beard "Santa!"
  • Leg 4: 1st
    • Icon-Detour Laundry
    • Icon-Yield: Chose not to Yield
    • Icon-Roadblock : Tyler
    • Icon-PitStop: Arrived 1st and won a digital imaging package from Duracell.
  • Leg 5: 2nd
    • Icon-Detour Big Fish
    • Icon-Roadblock : BJ
    • Icon-PitStop: Arrived 2nd.
  • Leg 6: 5th (15-minute penalty)
    • Icon-Roadblock : Tyler
    • Icon-Detour Herculean Effort
    • Icon-PitStop: Arrived 5th, but because they took a bus to the Isthmos Train Station having gotten off the train at the Corinth Train Station, they were issued a 15-minute penalty. But Lake & Michelle did not arrive and their placement was not affected.
  • Leg 7: 5th (Non-elimination)
    • Icon-Detour Watchtower
    • Icon-Roadblock : BJ
    • The blazing heat took its toll on BJ, as he had no luck finding the meal under the sand mounds. All other teams passed the Hippies and headed to the Pit Stop.
    • Icon-PitStop: Arrived last, but were not eliminated.
  • Leg 8: 3rd
    • Icon-Detour Sand
    • Icon-Roadblock : Tyler
    • Icon-PitStop: Arrived 3rd.
  • Leg 9: 4th (Yielded Joseph & Monica; Non-elimination)
    • Icon-Yield: Yielded Joseph & Monica
    • Icon-Roadblock : BJ
    • Icon-Detour Wet
    • Got into a three-way footrace against Eric & Jeremy and Joseph & Monica.
    • BJ took a rocky path thinking it was a shortcut, which proved to be a mistake as he stumbled.
    • Icon-PitStop: BJ's error caused them to arrive last closely behind Joseph & Monica. But they were not eliminated because it was a non-elimination leg.
  • Leg 10: 1st (Fast Forward)
    • Icon-FastForward : Won the Fast Forward
    • Icon-PitStop: Arrived 1st, but they didn't have the golden gnome ticket. Still, they are one of the final three teams racing for $1,000,000.
  • Leg 11: 1st
    • Icon-Detour Messenger
    • Icon-Roadblock : Tyler
    • Icon-PitStop: Arrived 1st and won two T-Mobile Sidekicks, each with three years of free service.

BJ & Tyler winning The Amazing Race 9.

  • Leg 12: 1st
    • Icon-Detour Deliver It
    • Due to the inclement weather, they decided to switch.
    • Icon-Detour Drill It
    • Arrived 2nd at the Roadblock.
    • Icon-Roadblock : BJ
    • Finished the Roadblock 1st.
    • Icon-PitStop: Arrived 1st and are winners of The Amazing Race.




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