Dennis & Erika
S5 DennisErika
Team Profile
Birth Dates: (1977-01-30) January 30, 1977 (age 41) (Dennis)
(1978-09-18) September 18, 1978 (age 39) (Erika)
Hometown: West Nyack, New York (Dennis)
Piermont, New York (Erika)
Relation: Once engaged
Occupation: Mortgage broker (Dennis)
Wedding planner (Erika)

The Amazing Race 5

Legs Competed: 1
Legs Won: 0
Placement: 11th
Average Position: 11.00
Roadblock Count: Dennis: 0
Erika: 0
Countries Raced: Flag of the United States of America Flag of Uruguay

Dennis Frentsos and Erika Shay are a Once Engaged team on The Amazing Race 5.


Dennis & Erika met while they were in college at New York University. She was the Resident Assistant in charge of his floor, and it was completely against the rules for her to date the dorm residents. They found their way around this by booking a trip to Italy together, even though they barely knew each other. Their relationship progressed and they eventually got engaged, but Dennis broke off the engagement after Erika went skydiving naked. As Dennis describes it, "I thought I was dreaming, but no, here comes my future wife floating through the air with nothing on but socks and sneakers and a naked instructor strapped to her back."

Dennis & Erika's relationship has been through a lot. Six months after they started dating, Dennis saved Erika's life by pulling her free from a vicious dog attack. After that, Erika knew that she was in love.

In order to prepare for THE AMAZING RACE 5, Dennis & Erika worked out and trained by running in low-oxygen chambers. They say despite their broken engagement, they teamed up to do the Race "to see if we could handle the pressure of high-stress, intense situations." Erika says they are the perfect Team because "we know how to play a cutthroat game fairly and ethically."

The Amazing Race 5

Race History

Dennis & Erika's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Uruguay Zips / Chips No Roadblock 11 of 11
Average 11.00
     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 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


  • The couple broke-up sometime in the early 2010's.
  • After the season, Erika has been a cast director for both this show and Survivor.[1]


External links


  • Ethan Alter at TV Guide (07/12/2004): "Amazing Race's First Losers"
  • Phil Kural at RealityNewsOnline (07/13/2004): "It's so much harder than it looks!"

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