Lenny & Karyn
Team Profile
Members Leonard Zeke Hudson[1]
Karyn Jefferson
Birth Dates (1967-11-08) November 8, 1967 (age 50) (Lenny)
(1970-12-31) December 31, 1970 (age 47) (Karyn)
Hometown New York City, New York (Lenny)
Montclair, New Jersey (Karyn)
Relation Dating
Occupation Lawyer (Karyn)

The Amazing Race 1

Legs Competed 7
Legs Won 0
Placement 6th
Average Position 6.43
Roadblock Count Lenny: 2
Karyn: 5
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Lenny Hudson and Karyn Jefferson are a Dating team on The Amazing Race 1.


Retrieved from

Lenny and Karyn were introduced by a mutual friend at a New York City basketball game in 1999. They've done some traveling together, and have found the experience "laid back and relaxing." They decided to team up for THE AMAZING RACE because they're both very competitive and they have complementary strengths: Karyn is aggressive, focused and very organized, while Lenny is patient and athletic.[2]

The Amazing Race 1

Race History

Lenny & Karyn's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → South Africa → Zambia Air / Land Karyn 4 of 11 [1]
2 2 Zambia → France Far / Near Lenny 9 of 10
3 3 France Tough Climb / Easy Walk Karyn 7 of 9
4 4 France → Tunisia Full Body Brew / Full Body Massage Lenny 7 of 8
5 5 Tunisia Listening / Puzzling Karyn 6 of 7
6 6 Tunisia → Italy Foot / Hoof Karyn 6 of 6 [2][3]
7 7 Italy → India Glide / Ride Karyn 6 of 6
Average 6.43
     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 and were supposed to be eliminated, but were saved by the Salvage Pass or The Save
     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

1: Leg 1 had an unaired Roadblock where one teammate had to cook a whole ostrich egg for the whole team to eat. Karyn was shown to have completed the task in the DVD release.
2: Lenny & Karyn initially intended to perform Hoof, but switched to Foot after arriving at the location of the Detour and seeing the other teams already there, and that the location for Foot was already open for the day.
3: Lenny & Karyn were granted a time credit for production difficulties. This did not affect their placement.

Post-Race Life

  • Lenny and Karyn broke up after the race, but it said it was unrelated to the stress of the race
  • Lenny has since married and has a son and daughter.
  • Karyn started her own law firm in Florida called Karyn D. Jefferson, LLC.[3]

External Links


  • Jane Clayson on The Early Show (10/25/2001): "Lenny And Karyn: The End Of The Road (In More Ways Than One)"
  • Jacalynn at RealityTVFans (October 2001): "An Interview with Karyn and Lenny"

Social Media Profiles


  • Lenny & Karyn are the first teams to switch Detour tasks, switching tasks on Leg 6.
  • First team to finish last in a Non-Elimination Leg.
  • Lenny & Karyn are the first team to be eliminated in India and the first to be eliminated in Asia.
  • First all-African-American team on the race to be eliminated.