"Go, Mommy, Go! We Can Beat Them!"
Version: United States
Season: The Amazing Race: Family Edition
Episode No.: 1/11 (086)
First Broadcast: September 27, 2005
Viewership (in millions): 10.64[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 4.4/11
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Five Continents, 25 Cities, and More Than 40,000 Miles"
(previous season)
Next: "How Do We Know We Aren't Going to Get Shot?"

Go, Mommy, Go! We Can Beat Them! is the season premiere of The Amazing Race: Family Edition.


Ten families will embark on the ultimate family vacation with one family taking home the $1 million prize when THE AMAZING RACE: FAMILY EDITION, the three-time Emmy Award-winning reality series, premieres with a special two-hour broadcast, Tuesday, September 27 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan is the host of the series.

The picturesque New York skyline emerges as water taxis speed the 10 families across the New York Harbor as they ready themselves for a high-energy race through Manhattan. Fireworks begin immediately as one family bickers about getting lost in the crowded streets while another team complains of a leg injury. After completing their first task, families travel to Pennsylvania where they must paddle a rowboat across the Delaware River, the same place where George Washington famously crossed the Delaware during the Revolutionary War. At the detour, families choose between building a miniature working water mill or pulling a traditional Amish buggy along a 1.5-mile course. One family has a big scare as their buggy nearly runs over a team member, while another team becomes exhausted pushing their buggy through the countryside.

THE AMAZING RACE: FAMILY EDITION is an adventure reality show hosted by Phil Keoghan that pits 10 teams of families against each other in a race around the world for approximately 30 days. At every destination, each family must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks have been completed will they learn their next destination. Families who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.[2]


Route Markers

Teams must drive themselves to SoHo and find Eastern Mountain Sports. One there, teams will have to pick up camping gear (four sleeping bags, four camping mats, four headlamps and one tent) for the rest of the Race. Once they have their essentials, the store cashier would give them their next clue.

Teams must find the marked hot dog stand on East 91st Street, where Kevin & Drew (fan favorites of The Amazing Race 1), will hand them their next clue.

Teams must drive themselves to Washington Crossing Historic Park between Titusville, New Jersey and Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, where they will find their next clue.

At Washington Crossing Historic Park, teams would have the option to Yield a team. None of the teams opted to use the Yield and was left unaired.

Team would have to relive American history by choosing a rowboat and crossing the Delaware River into New Jersey with four boats per one team. Then they were to retrieve a 13-star flag, and row the boat back to the Pennsylvania shore to observe a flag folding ceremony to get their next clue.

Team would drive themselves to Philadelphia and find Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park, where they had to pitch a tent where they would be staying overnight as quickly as possible. Once the tent was assembled, an Eagle Scout approved their work, and they would be given a pass to leave the next morning at 10:00, 10:30 or 11:00 A.M.

Teams must drive themselves to Mount Joy and find the Brubaker Family Farm to find their next clue.

Choice A: Build It
Teams must find a scale model of a watermill and use the materials provided to build a miniature working watermill. They then must get two buckets of water and prove the mill works by filling it to receive their next clue.

The Black, Bransen, Godlewski, Paolo, Rogers, Schroeder, and Weaver Families chose this task.

Choice B: Buggy It
Teams must transport a traditional Amish buggy along a 1.5 mile course with two members pulling at the driver's seat and two members sitting inside the buggy. Team members may switch at any time if needed.

The Aiello, Gaghan, and Linz Families chose this task.

Teams must drive to Lancaster and find the Rohrer Family Farm to check in.

For coming in first place, the Godlewski Family won $20,000.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield
S8 GodlewskiFamily
 1st place 
Godlewski Family
S8 GaghanFamily
 2nd place 
Gaghan Family
Dad, Mom, and Kids
S8 WeaverFamily
 3rd place 
Weaver Family
Widow and Kids
S8 RogersFamily
 4th place 
Rogers Family
Dad, Mom, and Kids
S8 SchroederFamily
 5th place 
Schroeder Family
Dad, Stepmom, and Kids
S8 PaoloFamily
 6th place 
Paolo Family
Dad, Mom, and Kids
S8 BransenFamily
 7th place 
Bransen Family
Dad and Daughters
S8 AielloFamily
 8th place 
Aiello Family
Father and Sons-In-Law
S8 LinzFamily
 9th place 
Linz Family
S8 BlackFamily
 10th place 
Black Family
Dad, Mom, and Kids


  • This episode's title was said by Billy of the Gaghan Family.
  • Kevin & Drew made cameos as the hot dog men handing out clues to the teams.


  • Roger Catlin at Hartford Courant (09/27/2005): "Glastonbury Family are the early leaders in Amazing Race"
  • Fara Kearnes at (09/28/2005): "Reviewing Family Edition Premiere"
  • Joe Sherry at Joe's BlogSpot (09/30/2005): "Family Edition Episode 1 Recap"