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Gaghan Family
Team Profile
Members Bill Gaghan
Tammy Gaghan
Billy Gaghan
Carissa Gaghan
Age 40 (Bill)
42 (Tammy)
12 (Billy)
9 (Carissa)
Hometown Glastonbury, Connecticut
Relation Dad, Mom and Kids
Occupation Jet-engine sales (Bill)
Subsitute teacher (Tammy)
7th grade student (Billy)
4th grade student (Carissa)

The Amazing Race Family Edition

Legs Competed 6
Placement 6th

Bill Gaghan, Tammy Gaghan, Billy Gaghan, and Carissa Gaghan are a team of Dad, Mom and Kids on the family edition of The Amazing Race.


The Gaghan family, from Glastonbury, Connecticut consists of Bill, 40, Tammy, 42 and their children, Billy, 12 and Carissa, 9.

Bill works in jet-engine sales and admits his biggest pet peeve about himself is his lack of patience. Bill is hoping the Race will show his family the importance of working together as a team and the benefits of never giving up.

Tammy is a substitute teacher for her local school district. Having lived in Korea for over three years, Tammy and Bill have traveled extensively. Both compete in marathons across the country and are planning to run one in each state.

Billy is entering seventh grade and describes himself as outgoing and adventurous. His mother says he's currently going through typical pre-teen mood swings and hopes that this won't interfere with his ability to focus on the Race. Billy's favorite activities are football and running. He intends to show his dad that he has what it takes to compete in the Race.

Carissa, who will be in the fourth grade, is playful and silly. While she is one of the younger Racers, her dad feels her keen eyes and fighting spirit will make up for her small size. She enjoys running with her dog, Blaze, and playing soccer. Carissa wants to show her parents that she is a tough competitor ready to take on the adults in the race.

The Gaghan family has traveled around the world and are hoping those experiences have prepared them for this competition.

The Amazing Race 8: Family EditionEdit

Race HistoryEdit

The Gaghan Family's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 New York → New Jersey → Pennsylvania Build It / Buggy It No Roadblock 2 of 10
2 2 Pennsylvania → District of Columbia → Virginia Heat of the Battle / Heat of the Night Tammy 7 of 9
3 3 Virginia → South Carolina → Alabama Forrest Gump / Muddy Waters Bill & Billy 7 of 8
4 4 Alabama → Mississippi → Louisiana Work / Play Carissa 6 of 7
5 5 Louisiana → Panama Rhythm / Coos Bill 5 of 6
6 6 Panama → Costa Rica Relic / Ripe Tammy 6 of 6
Average 5.50
     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 place and was supposed to be eliminated, but used the Save pass
     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


  • Billy and Carissa would later write intros for the My Ox is Broken - an anthology about racers' experience in the race, the only racers in season 8 to do so.


  • The Gaghan Family was the only team to be eliminated internationally on the Family edition.
  • First Team Eliminated in Costa Rica


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