Rachel & Dave
S20 RachelDave
Team Profile
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Relation: Army wife & combat pilot
Occupation: Project manager (Rachel)
U.S. Army Officer (Dave)

The Amazing Race 20

Legs Competed: 12
Legs Won: 8
Placement: 1st
Average Position: 1.83
Roadblock Count: Rachel: 6
Dave: 5
Countries Raced: Flag of the United States of America Flag of Argentina Flag of Paraguay Flag of Italy Flag of Germany
Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Tanzania Flag of India Flag of Japan

Rachel Brown and G. David "Dave" Brown Jr. are a team of Army Wife & Combat Pilot and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 20.

One of the many dysfunctional teams competing in the twentieth Race, Rachel & Dave managed to overcome their internal dissension to set the record for most legs won in a single season, and also pulled through to win the Race.


Retrieved from[1]


  • Age: 30
  • Hometown: Madison, Wis. 
  • Connection to your teammate: Married
  • Current occupation: Project Manager
  • Describe what you do: I manage healthcare software implementations in hospitals and clinics. You probably grew up with paper charts and I am helping replace them, and other electronic medical records, with our software.
  • How will these skills help you win The Race? I work with and manage many different people and personalities, and I have a "do what it takes" approach to work and life.
  • Three words to describe you: Optimistic, driven and outgoing.
  • Favorite hobbies: Dancing, traveling and intramural sports—volleyball, softball, kickball.
  • What famous person reminds you of yourself? Ryan Seacrest—I know he's a guy, but we both get along with everyone and we are very driven, hard-working people. 
  • What famous person reminds you of your teammate? JFK Jr. because he is smart, sexy, witty, likeable and politically savvy.  
  • What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I'm proud of myself for always being up for trying anything. Life is short and I want to experience as much as I possibly can.
  • What scares you most about traveling? Nothing scares me when I travel. I dread hotels without elevators when I'm packing heavy, though. 
  • What excites you most about traveling? I love to travel! I love experiencing different cultures…people, history, food, animals and shops.
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together? Neither of us likes to be wrong and we are very competitive with each other. I would like to work on being a team and taking each other's advice.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: He's insanely anal…obsessive-compulsive anal. Things always have to be neat, clean and exactly how he wants them.
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Bora Bora, Tahiti—I've seen pictures and it looks amazing. I would love to stay in one of those huts in the ocean.
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope to reconnect with Dave. Being away from my husband for a year, with a lack of regular communication and having nothing in common due to our environments was way more difficult than I ever thought it would be.


  • Age: 33
  • Hometown: Madison, Wis. 
  • Connection to your teammate: Married
  • Current occupation: U.S. Army Officer
  • Describe what you do: I have served in a variety of capacities as an officer for the Wisconsin Army National Guard including Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, Military Intelligence Officer, and Assistant Professor of Military Science for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • How will these skills help you win The Race? The obvious response would be the ability to cope and manage excessive stressors, and physical fitness due to the nature of the challenges. But persistence and attention to detail seem to be the attributes most essential for success.
  • Three words to describe you: Motivated, resourceful and aggressive.
  • Favorite hobbies: Socializing, boating, fitness and traveling. 
  • What famous person reminds you of yourself? Bill Clinton – we share a common affinity for music, politics, academics and socializing. 
  • What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Marilyn Monroe – being vivacious, beautiful and the center of attention.  
  • What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Having graduated from undergraduate studies in three years while being a young father (unexpectedly), a full-time employee and serving in the National Guard. 
  • What scares you most about traveling? Being disoriented in an unfamiliar environment without knowing the language. 
  • What excites you most about traveling? Experiencing foreign cultures and "once-in-a-lifetime" experiences. 
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: Rachel is a persistent optimist which, for a realist can be annoying and overwhelming.  
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Russia, due to the historical significance of the Cold War and prevalence of vodka! 
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? Travel, communication and competition. Traveling to exotic locations while honing our communication skills and improving upon our relationship.

The Amazing Race 20

Race History

Rachel & Dave's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Argentina No Detour Dave 1 of 11
2 2 Argentina Boil My Water / Light My Fire Rachel 1 of 10
3 3 Argentina → Paraguay Stacked Up / Strung Out Dave 6 of 9ϵ [1][2]
4 4 Paraguay → Italy Clean That Statue / Name That Salami Rachel 2 of 8
5 5 Italy → Germany Fairy Tale / Champion Male Rachel 4 of 8
6 6 Germany → Azerbaijan Used Fast Forward 1 of 7
7 7 Azerbaijan → Tanzania Marksmanship / Courtship No Roadblock 1 of 6
8 8 Tanzania Water Supply / Air Supply Dave 2 of 6
9 9 Tanzania → India Cricket / Clutch It Rachel 1 of 5
10 10 India Pachyderm / Pack a Box Dave 1 of 5
11 11 India → Japan Bingo Shout-Out / Photo Cut-Out Rachel 1 of 4
12 Japan → United States No Detour Dave 1 of 3 [3][4]
Average 1.83
     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
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist

1: Rachel & Dave elected to use the Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 3.
2: Rachel & Dave initially arrived 2nd, but were issued a 2-hour penalty for using up all of their allotted bottles at the Roadblock and not finishing the task. During this time, four teams checked in at the Pit Stop, dropping Rachel & Dave to 6th.
3: Leg 12 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
4: Rachel & Dave initially arrived 1st at the finish line, but they had accidentally skipped the second roadblock of the leg and were told to turn back to complete it. This did not affect their placement with they were able to complete the roadblock and came back with a proper 1st place finish.


Franchise Records

  • First team to fail to complete both the Detour (which they used the Express Pass to bypass) and the Roadblock on an elimination leg, and stay in the race.
  • First team to win the Express Pass and the Fast Forward in a single season.
  • First team to be turned back from the Finish Line to complete the task they missed.
  • Most legs won in a single season, 8 (Tied with Marc & Rovilson).
  • Highest average placing co-ed team, 1.83.
  • Most legs won by a couple in love in a career, 8.
  • Highest average placing couple in love, 1.83,
  • Youngest married couple to win the race, collectively 31.5.
  • Highest average placing penalized team, 1.83.
  • Highest average placing Express Pass winners, 1.83.
  • One of 56 teams to never check in last at a Pit Stop and the Finish Line in their career.

US Records

  • Highest average placing team who won the race at 1.83.


  • Rachel & Dave are no longer together as they divorced in June 2013.[2]
    • Rachel has since re-married to Chad Weiss.

External links


  • Mark Koehn & Susan Siman on WISC-TV's Channel 3000: (02/15/2013): "Madison Couple Compete in Amazing Race"
  • Duane Dudek at Journal Sentinel (05/07/2012): "Madison couple resumes 'normal' life after winning $1 million on Amazing Race"
  • Rob Thomas at (05/07/2012): "Madison's 'Amazing Race' couple win $1 million, Wisconsin-style"
  • Mark Koehn & Susan Siman on WISC-TV's Channel 3000 (05/07/2012): "Madison couples wins The Amazing Race"
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (05/07/2012): "It Was a Relief to Win After Our Mistake"
  • Allison Corneau at (05/07/2012): "Amazing Race: Rachel, Dave Brown Win $1 Million as 20th Season Champs"
  • Catriona Wightman at Digital Spy (05/07/2012): "Winning felt unbelievable"
  • Gina Scarpa at Reality Wanted (05/07/2012): "The Amazing Race 20: Exclusive Interview with Winners Dave and Rachel Brown"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (05/07/2012): "Exclusive - Rachel Brown and Dave Brown talk Amazing Race" Parts 1 & 2
  • Susan Gonzales at Yakkity Yaks (05/08/2012): "The Amazing Race: The Yak Chats with Winners Rachel and Dave Brown!"
  • Elimination Interviews at (05/08/2012): "Winner Interview: Dave & Rachel"
  • Sheri Block at (05/10/2012): "Amazing Race winners Rachel and Dave thought mistake had cost them a million dollars"
  • Daniel Fienberg at (05/11/2012): "The Season 20 winners discuss their dominant and bickering run"
  • Mark Koehn & Susan Siman on WISC-TV's Channel 3000: (02/18/2013): "Winners of CBS' The Amazing Race talk about new season"

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