"Go Big or Go Home"
Teams get ready to begin The Amazing Race 25 at the Starting Line in Times Square, New York City.
Version United States
Season Season 25
Episode Number 1/12 (283)
First Broadcast September 26, 2014
Viewership (in millions) 5.48[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 1.1/4
CBS Summary Link
Episode Chronology
Previous "Do You Believe in Magic?"
(previous season)
Next "When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go"

Go Big or Go Home is the season premiere of The Amazing Race 25.


Route Markers

The race begins at the Duffy Square portion of Times Square in New York City, New York, United States.

Teams must search for the location of where the first Finish Line of The Amazing Race took place, the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, for their next clue..

Teams must fly to Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. The first flight on American Airlines can only accommodate five teams, while the second flight on Delta Air Lines departs 40 minutes after the first flight, carrying the six remaining teams. Upon arrival, teams must head to the Vendors Plaza, where they must sign up for one of six chartered flights on seaplanes destined for Lovango Cay.

Once at Lovango Cay, teams must travel by boat to Carvel Rock, where they must climb around and through the Carvel Rock, then jump once they have reached end of the islet. After both members have jumped, they'll retrieve their clue located in a series of floating bottles.

Teams must travel by boat to Hans Lollik Island, and find a pirate ship named Blackbeard's Revenge, a replica of Blackbeard's flagship Queen Anne's Revenge. Once found, they must search for a Blackbeard impersonator, who will hand them their next clue.

Teams must pull themselves to the shores of Lovango Cay, where they must search for their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would have to use a traditional liquid compass, a shovel marked 1 yard, and a unique set of directions, in which they must start off in one of four landmarks on the beach (an anchor, a set of barrels, a ship's bell, and a ship's wheel). Starting from their assigned landmark, teams must locate the beach for a treasure chest, containing their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Keith, Lisa, and Michael quit the Roadblock and opted to take the 4-hour penalty. Keith & Whitney and Michael & Scott's penalties were issued at the Pit Start of the next leg, while Lisa & Michelle arrived last and were eliminated.

Teams must travel by boat, then taxi to Fort Christian to check in.

For coming in first place, Misti & Jim won the Save.


     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 Forwardϵ Used the Express Pass User of the first Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the first Double U-Turn slot • User of the second Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the second Double U-Turn slot
 1st place 
Misti & Jim
Married Dentists
 2nd place 
Tim & Te Jay
College Sweethearts
 3rd place 
Kym & Alli
Urban Bike Racers
 4th place 
Brooke & Robbie
Dating Pro-Wrestlers
 5th place 
Adam & Bethany
Married Surfers
 6th place 
Amy & Maya
Food Scientists
 7th place 
Dennis & Isabelle
Newly Dating
 8th place 
Shelley & Nici
 9th place 
Keith & Whitney
 10th place 
Michael & Scott
Lisa & Michelle
Realtor Sisters


  • For the first time, the Starting Line was opened for public viewing.
    • Also, for the first time, the Starting Line took place at night.
  • Frank from Season 1 was among the audience at the Starting Line, where he was asked by teams about the location of The Amazing Race's first Finish Line.
  • This marks the first time The Amazing Race visits the United States territory of the United States Virgin Islands.
  • This episode's title is said by Maya.
  • Whitney references the first leg of the Season 22 where Katie convinces Daniel and Jennifer to quit the sandcastle Roadblock and proceed to the Pit Stop.


  • Emily Longeretta at Hollywood Life (09/26/2014): "Amazing Race Premiere: Bethany Hamilton Is Not Messing Around"
  • Jessica Liese at Rob Has A Website (09/27/2014): "The Amazing Race 25: A Love Letter to the Diehards"