"Fight to the Last Minute"
Version United States
Season Season 1
Episode Number 11/13 (011)
First Broadcast November 28, 2001
Viewership (in millions) 9.50[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 4.1/10
CBS Summary Link (archived)
Episode Chronology
Previous "To the Physical and Mental Limit"
Next "Race to the Finish (Part 1)"

Fight to the Last Minute is the eleventh episode of The Amazing Race 1.


The remaining four teams battle to make it to the final leg of the race. It's a competition by boat, plane, taxi, rickshaw, motorcycle, foot and even by mouth as teams race from one country to another. One team member overcomes an injury to gain an advantage; a seventh team is eliminated, and the final three teams are determined.[2]


Route Markers

The order of departure from the Tiger Cave Temple are as follows:

Teams are to fly to Beijing, China. To get there they must book their flights in Phuket first. Once in Beijing, teams must travel to the Top Pavilion of the Jingshan Park and get their next clue there.

Choice A: Volley
Teams will play China's national sport: Ping Pong. Teams must play a game of ping pong against a local champion and win five points to win their next clue. The task sounds easy, but going up against a professional player could lose them time.

Frank & Margarita and Rob & Brennan chose this task.

Choice B: Rally
Teams must ride three means of transportation to get to Quan Xin Yuan Restaurant: A bus, a bike and a taxi bike. This task is easier physically, but weeding through the congested streets of Beijing could be frustrating.

Joe & Bill and Kevin & Drew choose this task.

Teams must proceed to Hongqiao Market. There, they will find a shopping list completely written in Mandarin Chinese and must buy all required goods before moving on. The items are: five beetle larvae, one squid and three chicken feet. Once all items are bought they must proceed to a marked food stall at the Donghuamen Night Market.

After presenting the bought items, the three items will be cooked by the store owner, and one team member must eat them all to get their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams are to go to their next Pit Stop: the Temple of Heaven.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer in Non-Elimination Leg     Saved from elimination by the Salvage Pass or The Save     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward

 1st place 
Frank & Margarita
Separated couple
 2nd place 
Rob & Brennan
Best friends/lawyers
 3rd place 
Joe & Bill
Life partners
Kevin & Drew
Fraternity brothers


  • In this leg, Rob & Brennan and Frank & Margarita already left for this leg of the race, while Kevin & Drew and Joe & Bill were still out performing the tasks of the previous leg.
  • The final three teams happen to be the top three teams in the very first leg of the race.
  • This leg marks the first time the Race visits the country of China.
  • This leg was the only time in this season in which a team who came in last in a non-elimination leg was not the team eliminated in the next leg.


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