"Race to the Finish (Part 1)"
Version United States
Season Season 1
Episode Number 12/13 (012)
First Broadcast December 5, 2001
Viewership (in millions) 9.40[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 3.7/9
CBS Summary Link (archived)
Episode Chronology
Previous "Fight to the Last Minute"
Next "Race to the Finish (Part 2)"

Race to the Finish (Part 1) is the penultimate episode of The Amazing Race 1.


Route Markers

The order of departure from the Temple of Heaven are as follows:

Teams will use a map of the vast Tiantan Park and make their way to the "X" marked on the map. The park is a famous kiting spot, and teams will have to find the kite flyers that have the kites with clues hanging on to them.

Teams must travel by public bus to Jūyōng Pass, a portion of the Great Wall of China.

Both Detour options require the teams to walk across the Great Wall of China.

Choice A: Flat
Teams must walk through a flat marked path to a pavilion to get their next clue. This path to this pavilion is on a flatter terrain, but much longer.

None of the team chose this task.

Choice B: Steep
Teams will have to proceed to a different pavilion through a very steep pathway. Teams choosing this path much shorter.

All of the teams chose this option.

Teams must fly back to the United States, in Anchorage, Alaska and drive themselves to the North Country Bed and Breakfast in Scotty Lake.

One team member will have to bounce on an Alaskan blanket toss until they find the next route marker. But due to the establishment's operation hours (it opens 8 am the next day), teams may spend the night in nearby cabins. Whoever arrives the earliest at the bed and breakfast, gets to do the blanket toss first.

Teams must head to Matanuska Glacier. Teams will get their next clue right next to an ice wall.

The perfomring team member will have to use ice picks and cleats to climb up a sheer, vertical wall of the glacier. On top of the glacier is their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must find Highway Mile Marker 131. Once there, teams will use provided snowmobiles to their next Pit Stop: Wilderness Cabin.


     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 Forward

 1st place 
Rob & Brennan
Best friends/lawyers
 2nd place 
Frank & Margarita
Separated couple
 3rd place 
Joe & Bill
Life partners



Smell that, dude? It's victory one leg away.Rob


  • Tim Holland at TV Guide Online (12/12/2001): "Reality Check"


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