Dave & Margaretta
Team Profile
Members David Groark
Margaretta Groark
Birth Dates (1936-01-31) January 31, 1936 (age 81) (Dave)
January 12, 1941 (Margaretta)[1]
Died October 6, 2008 (age 67) (Margaretta)
Hometown Rockwall, Texas
Relation Married

The Amazing Race 1

Legs Competed 4
Legs Won 0
Placement 8th
Average Position 6.50
Roadblock Count Dave: 3
Margaretta: 1
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Dave Groark and Margaretta Groark are a Married 40 Years team on The Amazing Race 1.


Retrieved from

In 1959, young Air Force pilot Dave saw Margaretta across a crowded nightclub and begged his friend for an introduction. Forty years later, they've logged lots of travel time together, and their magic is still alive and well. When they heard about THE AMAZING RACE, they knew they'd make a great Team: Dave is adventurous and an eternal optimist; Margaretta hates to be left behind and enjoys keeping up with Dave.[2]

The Amazing Race 1

Race History

Dave & Margaretta's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → South Africa → Zambia Air / Land Margaretta 7 of 11 [1][2]
2 2 Zambia → France Far / Near Dave 6 of 10 [3]
3 3 France Tough Climb / Easy Walk Dave 5 of 9
4 4 France → Tunisia Full Body Brew / Full Body Massage Dave 8 of 8
Average 6.50
     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 and were supposed to be eliminated, but were saved by the Salvage Pass or The Save
     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

1: Leg 1 had an unaired Roadblock where one teammate had to cook a whole ostrich egg for the whole team to eat. Margaretta was shown to have completed the task in the DVD release.
2: Dave & Margaretta originally were checked in at the Pit Stop in 7th place, but they were penalized for improperly completing the Detour. The penalty was issued before the start of the next leg, departing from the Pit Stop at 8th place.
3: Dave and Margaretta initially were checked in at the Pit Stop in 6th Place, but they were again penalized for not completing the Roadblock correctly, hence falling to 8th Place, with their penalty extending their stay at the previous Pit Stop.


Franchise Records

  • First team to attempt to use the Fast Forward that was forced to backtrack because the pass was already taken.
  • First team to be eliminated in Tunisia.
  • Margaretta is the first racer to have passed away after competing.

Post-Race Life

  • In October 26, 2008, Margaretta died at the age of 67 after a three year battle with cancer and pulmonary fibrosis.
    • A memorial service was held at the Unity Church of Dallas. In lieu of flowers, her obituary stated that Groark had requested donations be made to the United Church of Dallas in her memory.[3]

External Links


  • Bryant Gumbel on The Early Show (10/04/2001): "It Was A Good Race For Dave And Margaretta"


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