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Bopper & Mark

Bopper & Mark


Team Profile
Members William "Bopper" Minton
Mark Jackson
Age 41, 43 (Bopper)
45, 47 (Mark)
Hometown Manchester, KY
Relation Best Friends
Occupation Motorcycle mechanic (Bopper)
Former state inspector (Mark)

The Amazing Race 20

Legs Competed 10
Placement 5th

The Amazing Race: All-Stars (2014)

Legs Competed See Mark & Mallory
Placement See Mark & Mallory

William "Bopper" Minton and Mark Jackson are a team of Best Friends on the 20th season of The Amazing Race.

Friends from Kentucky, they quickly became the fan favorites of the season due to their humble demeanours, enthusiasm and strong friendship. They were so popular that even Phil Keoghan himself said that Bopper and Mark have made the "top three favorite teams of all time". They also had one of the most heartbreaking stories in the series, as they wanted to win the money to treat Bopper's sick daughter. They managed to run a fairly strong race, and were the only team to beat Rachel & Dave to the Pit Stop after Leg 5. Unfortunately Mark suffered during the Bollywood Dancing Roadblock in Leg 9 from dehydration and motion sickness, with Bopper urging him to stop from fear that he might have a heart attack. Though they were saved by non-elimination for the second time, they were so far behind that not even the Fast Forward was able to save them in the next leg and they finished 5th.

Though their fan favorite status brought them back for All-Stars, a medical check-up on the night before the Race began, showed that Bopper's pancreas was inflamed and the doctor told him he was unfit to run the Race. Many teams were heartbroken by this news, with Phil saying "it was one of the hardest thing things that I've had to do on a Race" during an interview. With Bopper's blessing, Mark raced with former contestant Mallory of Gary & Mallory, though they were eliminated in 10th Place.



  • Age: 41 (Season 20), 43 (All-Stars)
  • Hometown: Manchester, KY
  • Connection to Teammate: Best Friend
  • Current Occupation: Motorcycle Mechanic


  • Age: 45 (Season 20), 47 (All-Stars)
  • Hometown: Manchester, KY
  • Connection to Teammate: Best Friend
  • Current Occupation: Former State Inspector


Bopper has a daughter with respiratory problems. He hopes to use some of his winnings to pay for her treatment.

Season 20Edit

  • Leg 1: 9th
  • Leg 2: 3rd
  • Leg 3: 4th
  • Leg 4: 8th (Non-Elimination)
  • Leg 5: 6th
  • Leg 6: 3rd
  • Leg 7: 2nd
  • Leg 8: 1st
  • Leg 9: 5th (Non-Elimination)

Bopper & Mark were eliminated from the race in 5th Place despite winning the Fast Forward.

  • Leg 10: 5th (Fast forward) (Eliminated)

All-Stars (2014)Edit

See Mark & Mallory

Memorable MomentsEdit

Season 20Edit

  • Bopper and Mark had trouble booking a flight from Asuncion, Paraguay to Torino, Italy. Arriving significantly behind the other teams they came in last. Fellow contestants Art and JJ, who had come in first in that leg, had won ten thousand dollars and gave half of it to Bopper to help him pay for his daughter's medical bills. However, after they made this offer it was revealed that the leg was a non-elimination leg.
  • Mark struggled to learn a Bollywood dance in leg 9's Roadblock, causing them to arrive last but saved by a non-elimination leg.
  • Bopper and Mark had won the Fast Forward award during leg 10, but yet still got eliminated due to their much later departure time from the pit stop than the other teams'.
  • Bopper and Mark raced fellow contestants, Rachel and Dave the whole of leg 8 for first place and ended up getting ahead and winning, making them one of only three teams to win a leg in season 20. For coming in first, they won a trip for two to Hanalei Bey, Hawaii.

All-Stars (2014)Edit

  • A night before the race, Bopper suffered pancreatitis and had to be removed from the race. Mallory of Gary & Mallory from seasons 17 and 18 (who is also from Kentucky) became his replacement and they finished 10th.



  • Became the second team to win the Fast Forward only to be eliminated in the same leg (Following Dennis & Andrew).
  • Oldest male team to win a leg and come in 5th, 43.


Season 20Edit

  • Lowest finish by a team who won a leg, 5th
  • Lowest average placing team who won a leg, 4.6
  • Oldest team to win a leg, 43.
  • Only team to not win consecutive legs.
  • Only team not in the Final Three to win a leg.
  • Oldest male team, 43.

All-Stars (2014)Edit


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