"Speed Dating Is the Worst"
Version: United States
Season: The Amazing Race 23
Episode No.: 7/11 (266)
First Broadcast: November 10, 2013
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Choir Boy at Heart"
Next: "One Hot Camel"

Speed Dating Is the Worst is the seventh episode of The Amazing Race 23.


Route Markers

The order of departure from the Gloriette are as follows:

  1. Nicole & Travis (12:03 pm)
  2. Nicky & Kim (12:09 pm)
  3. Leo & Jamal (12:10 pm)
  4. Tim & Marie (12:23 pm)
  5. Jason & Amy (12:28 pm)
  6. Ally & Ashley (1:00 pm)

Teams must fly to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Upon arrival, teams must travel by taxi to Sheikh Zayed Mosque to find their next clue. Female racers must put on a traditional abaya before entering the mosque.

Teams must travel by taxi to the Irani souk to find their next clue.

Choice A: Sort It Out
Teams would have to search through several types of dates to prepare an elaborate display tray. Once it is correct, they will receive their next clue.

Ally & Ashley, Leo & Jamal, Nicky & Kim, and Tim & Marie chose this task.

Choice B: Sew It Up
Teams would have to put together a traditional fishing net. Once the fishing boat captain is pleased with their work, they will receive their next clue.

Jason & Amy and Nicole & Travis chose this task.

Teams must travel by taxi to the Al Bandar Marina and take a yacht to Yas Island. At the Yas Marina, teams will find their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would have to take a 200-foot drop from the top of the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel, rappelling down to ground. They then get into a Le Mans Prototype race car and ride along on a lap of the Yas Marina Circuit. While in the car, racers have to look among signs on the track with drivers' names and lap times logged in the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the circuit record of 1:40.279 set by Sebastian Vettel. Once they tell the pit crew chief the correct time and driver, he will give them their next clue. If incorrect, they have to make another lap around the track. Racers must continue to make laps around the track until they get the correct name and time.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must travel on foot to the Yas Marina Circuit Champions' Podium to check in.

For coming in first, Leo & Jamal won a trip for two to Paris, France, provided by Travelocity.

For coming in last place, Nicky & Kim will have to perform a Speed Bump at some point during the next leg of the race.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     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
S23 LeoJamal
 1st place 
Leo & Jamal
S23 JasonAmy
 2nd place 
Jason & Amy
S23 NicoleTravis
 3rd place 
Nicole & Travis
Married ER Doctors
S23 TimMarie
 4th place 
Tim & Marie
S23 AllyAshley
 5th place 
Ally & Ashley
NHL Ice Crew
S23 NickyKim
 6th place 
Nicky & Kim
Baseball Wives


  • The episode title is said by Ashley as a pun on the Sort It Out Detour task.