Gus & Hera
S6 GusHera
Team Profile
Birth Dates: (1954-09-09) September 9, 1954 (age 63) (Gus)
(1980-10-11) October 11, 1980 (age 37) (Hera)
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland (Gus)
Los Angeles, California (Hera)
Relation: Father/daughter
Occupation: Adventure pilot (Gus)
Special education teacher (Hera)

The Amazing Race 6

Legs Competed: 6
Legs Won: 0
Placement: 7th
Average Position: 5.83
Roadblock Count: Gus: 3
Hera: 3
Countries Raced: Flag of the United States of America Flag of Iceland Flag of Norway Flag of Sweden Flag of Senegal
Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary

Gustavius "Gus" McLeod and Hera McLeod are a Father/Daughter team on The Amazing Race 6.


Gus & Hera are a father and daughter from and Gaithersburg, Maryland and Los Angeles, California, respectively. Gus is a former CIA agent, covert operative and the first person to fly an open-cockpit plane to the North Pole. Hera is a special education teacher and holds a Masters degree in special education with a cross-cultural emphasis.

Gus & Hera describe themselves as intelligent and resourceful, but also as aggressive and headstrong, and they often butt heads. Gus says Hera can be extremely stubborn, but he sees that as an extension of his own personality.

While Hera says the money is her prime motivation for doing THE AMAZING RACE, Gus says that having this experience with his child will help him relate to her as an adult and see how he did as a parent.

The Amazing Race 6

Race History

Gus & Hera's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Iceland Ice Climb / Ice Search No Roadblock 10 of 11
2 2 Iceland → Norway Endurance / Accuracy Hera 3 of 10
3 3 Norway → Sweden Count It / Build It Gus 3 of 9
4 4 Sweden → Senegal Stack 'Em Up / Pull 'Em Out Gus 7 of 8
5 5 Senegal → Germany Beers / Brats Hera 5 of 8
6 6 Germany → Hungary Catapult Crash / Cannonball Run Hera 2 of 7 [1]
8 Swim / Paddle Gus 7 of 7
Average 5.83
     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

1: Leg 6 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.

Post-Race Life

  • In October 20, 2012,[1] Hera's infant son died under suspicious circumstances with the son's father charged with murder.[2][3][4]


  • Gus & Hera were the only co-ed team on the Season 6 who weren't a couple.
  • featured them for a Father's Day celebration slideshow in 2015.[5]

Franchise Records

External links


  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (01/04/2005): "Amazing Race Duo Talks"
  • Cynthia Wang at People (01/06/2005): "Gus & Hera McLeod"
  • AP (01/06/2005): "Father-daughter duo out on Amazing Race"
  • Ethan Alter at TV Guide Online (01/07/2005): "Race's Gus and Hera"
  • TARflies (03/25/2005): "It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Bonked on the Head"

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