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The Amazing Race 15
TARlogo-US
Version United States
Continents visited 3
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 20
Distance traveled 25,000 miles (40,233 km)
Starting line Los Angeles, California
Finish line Las Vegas, Nevada
Filming dates July 18, 2009 - August 7, 2009
Season run September 27, 2009 - December 6, 2009
Number of legs 12
Number of teams 12
Winning team Meghan & Cheyne
Runner(s)-up Sam & Dan
Brian & Ericka
Cast
TAR15cast
Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Previous Season The Amazing Race 14
Next Season The Amazing Race 16
Greeters

The Amazing Race 15 is the fifteenth season of the reality television show, The Amazing Race. It premiered on September 27, 2009 and ended on December 6, 2009 on CBS television.

Teams

MeghanCheyne
 1st place 
Meghan & Cheyne
Dating
SamDan
 2nd place 
Sam & Dan
Brothers
BrianEricka
 3rd place 
Brian & Ericka
Married
FlightTimeBigEasy
 ELIMINATED 
Flight Time & Big Easy
Harlem Globetrotters
GaryMatt
 ELIMINATED 
Gary & Matt
Father/son
MariaTiffany
 QUIT 
Maria & Tiffany
Professional poker players
MikaCanaan
 ELIMINATED 
Mika & Canaan
Newly dating
LanceKeri
 ELIMINATED 
Lance & Keri
Engaged
ZevJustin
 ELIMINATED 
Zev & Justin
Friends
MarcyRon
 ELIMINATED 
Marcy & Ron
Dating
GarrettJessica
 ELIMINATED 
Garrett & Jessica
Dating on and off
EricLisa
 ELIMINATED 
Eric & Lisa
Married yoga teachers

Episodes

Episode Air Date Leg Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(millions)
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
1 "They Thought Godzilla Was Walking Down the Street" September 27, 2009 1 United States → Japan Meghan & Cheyne Eric & Lisa 1st Eliminated
12th place
Maria & Tiffany Non-Elimination
Leg
2 Japan → Vietnam Gary & Matt Garrett & Jessica 2nd Eliminated
11th place
2 "It's Like Being Dropped on Planet Mars" October 4, 2009 3 Vietnam Flight Time & Big Easy Marcy & Ron 3rd Eliminated
10th place
3 "Sean Penn Cambodia Here We Come" October 11, 2009 4 Vietnam → Cambodia Sam & Dan Zev & Justin 4th Eliminated
9th place
4 "I'm Like Ricky Bobby" October 18, 2009 5 Cambodia → United Arab Emirates Meghan & Cheyne Lance & Keri 5th Eliminated
8th place
5 "Do It for the Hood! Do It for the Suburbs!" October 25, 2009 6 United Arab Emirates Meghan & Cheyne Mika & Canaan 6th Eliminated
7th place
6 "This Is Not My Finest Hour" November 1, 2009 7 United Arab Emirates → The Netherlands Sam & Dan Maria & Tiffany Quit
6th place
7 "This Is The Worst Thing I've Ever Done in My Life" November 8, 2009 8 The Netherlands → Sweden Flight Time & Big Easy Gary & Matt Non-Elimination
Leg
8 "We're Not Meant for the Swamp" November 15, 2009 9 Sweden → Estonia Meghan & Cheyne Gary & Matt 7th Eliminated
5th Place
9 "We're Not Working With Anybody, Ever, Anymore!" November 22, 2009 10 Estonia → Czech Republic Meghan & Cheyne Brian & Ericka Non-Elimination
Leg
10 "It Starts With an "F", That's All I'm Saying" November 29, 2009 11 Czech Republic Meghan & Cheyne Flight Time & Big Easy 8th Eliminated
4th Place
11 "Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound" December 6, 2009 12 Czech Republic → United States Meghan & Cheyne Brian & Ericka 3rd place
Sam & Dan 2nd place

Leaderboard

This chart shows each teams ranking per leg according to their official check in at the Pit Stop. However, time penalties issued before the start of the next leg due to improperly performed tasks are not reflected here.

Place Team Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 Leg 8 Leg 9 Leg 10 Leg 11 Leg 12 Average Icon-Roadblock
1 Meghan & Cheyne 1 6 2 5 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2.00 5-6
2 Sam & Dan 9 2 5 1 5 3 1 4 2 2 2 2 3.17 6-6
3 Brian & Ericka 6 10 4 3 2 4 5 3 4 4 3 3 4.25 6-6
4 Flight Time & Big Easy 5 3 1 2 3 6 3 1 3 3 4 3.10 5-6
5 Gary & Matt 7 1 3 4 4 5 4 5 5 4.22 4-5
6 Maria & Tiffany 11 7 6 8 6 2 6 6.58 2-5
7 Mika & Canaan 10 8 7 7 7 7 7.67 1-5
8 Lance & Keri 3 4 9 6 8 6.00 3-2
9 Zev & Justin 2 5 8 9 6.00 2-2
10 Marcy & Ron 4 9 10 7.67 1-2
11 Garrett & Jessica 8 11 9.50 1-1
12 Eric & Lisa 12 12.00 0-0
Notes [1][2][3] [4] [5] [6] [7][8] [9][10]
Legend:
     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
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn





Notes:
1: Eric & Lisa were eliminated at the Starting Line as per the provisions of the starting line task.
2: Mika & Canaan arrived at the Pit Stop in 10th place, but had lost one of the tourists that they were required bring with them. They backtracked to find their missing tourist before checking in, again. This did not affect their placement.
3: Maria & Tiffany arrived at the Pit Stop in 11th place, but had lost two of the tourists that they were required bring with them. Rather than backtrack to find them, Maria & Tiffany elected to take a 2-hour penalty. Because they were in last place and it was a non-elimination leg, the 2-hour penalty would be applied to their starting time for the next Leg.
4: In an unaired scene, Lance & Keri used a Blind U-Turn on Sam & Dan. However, Sam & Dan were already in front of them and the U-Turn had no effect.
5: Zev & Justin initially arrived 1st, but discovered after being checked in at the mat that they were missing Zev's passport. They were told that they could not be checked in unless they had their travel documents, and backtracked to find it. All other teams checked in to the Pit Stop before they could find Zev's passport, resulting in Zev & Justin being eliminated.
6: Mika & Canaan did not finish the task at the Atlantis, The Palm resort due to Mika's fear of heights and swimming/water and incurred a 24-hour penalty for quitting the slide task. Already in last place, they proceeded to the Pit Stop where they checked in and were eliminated without the penalty being applied.
7: Brian & Ericka initially arrived 5th, but were issued a 30-minute penalty because they did not travel by bicycle to the Detour as instructed in their clue. This did not affect their placement.
8: Maria & Tiffany failed to complete either of the Detour tasks and elected to take a 24-hour penalty for failing a Detour. Already in last place, the penalty wasn't issued and Phil came out to them on the race course and eliminated them.
9: Brian & Ericka initially arrived 3rd, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for writing down the letters in the Roadblock task before reaching the office, which was explicitly prohibited in the clue. This did not affect their placement and was unaired.
10: At the Ekotechnické Museum, where the location of the Roadblock was, Big Easy decided that he could not finish the task and he & Flight Time decided to take the 4-hour penalty. By the time they arrived at the next Route Marker at the Kryocentrum, all the other teams had already checked in at the mat, and the clue instructed them to go directly to the Pit Stop, where they were eliminated.

Records

Franchise

  • First season with a Switchback task.
  • Most number of couples in love, 7 (tied with Season 6 and All-Stars).
  • Least number of all-females teams in standard format: 1 (tied with The Amazing Race Vietnam 2013, 2014 and China Rush Season 3 ).
  • Zev is the first autistic contestant (diagnosed by Asperger's Syndrome)
  • Marcy & Ron are oldest dating couple.
  • First team (Eric & Lisa) to be eliminated at the Starting Line.
    • Also, ran the shortest distance in the history of the race

US

  • First time visit to Czech Republic and Estonia
  • First season to peg the first leg as a non-elimination leg. (Eric & Lisa were eliminated in the first leg but not at the pit stop. Instead they were eliminated at the starting line). No one was also eliminated in the first pit stop.

Pitstop Greeters

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