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The Amazing Race 2
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Version: United States
Continents Visited: 5
Countries Visited: 8
Cities Visited: 27
Distance Traveled: 52,000 miles (84,000 km)
Starting Line: Pahrump, Nevada
Finish Line: Murray Circle, Sausalito, California
Filming Dates: January 8, 2002 - February 5, 2002
Season Run March 11, 2002 - May 15, 2002
Number of Legs: 13
Number of Teams: 11
Winning Team: Chris & Alex
Runners-up: Tara & Wil
Blake & Paige
Cast
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Opening Sequence
The Amazing Race 2 Intro NEW

The Amazing Race 2 Intro NEW

Series Chronology
Previous: The Amazing Race 1
Next: The Amazing Race 3
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The Amazing Race 2 is the second installment of the The Amazing Race (US) and the reality television franchise The Amazing Race. It premiered on March 11, 2002 and ended on May 15, 2002 on CBS. The entire season was released on DVD (exclusively only through Amazon.com) on January 24, 2011.[1][2]

Development

The second season of The Amazing Race was filmed between January and February 2002, for which they traveled 52,000 miles (84,000 km) miles in 28 days, spanning 8 different countries in 5 continents.

The second season also debuted two big changes for the rest of the series. The color scheme for all Route Markers and flags was changed to yellow and red after the previous season's yellow and white. Another change was host Phil Keoghan and a local greeter welcoming all teams at the Pit Stops for the end of each leg; in the first season, he appeared to greet only the last-place team.

American Airlines and Royal Caribbean International were the two official sponsors of the season and would provide the prizes awarded to first place teams on certain legs.

A leg was originally designed for Argentina, but dropped due to the country's financial crisis.[3] It would eventually be visited in The Amazing Race 5.

Teams

S2 ChrisAlex
 1st place 
Chris & Alex
Lifelong Friends
S2 TaraWil
 2nd place 
Tara & Wil
Separated Couple
S2 BlakePaige
 3rd place 
Blake & Paige
Brother/Sister
S2 OswaldDanny
 4th place 
Oswald & Danny
Best Friends
S2 GaryDave
 5th place 
Gary & Dave
Former Roommates
S2 MaryPeach
 6th place 
Mary & Peach
Sisters
S2 CyndiRussell
 7th place 
Cyndi & Russell
Pastors/Married Parents
S2 SholaDoyin
 8th place 
Shola & Doyin
Twins
S2 PeggyClaire
 9th place 
Peggy & Claire
Grandmothers
S2 HopeNorm
 10th place 
Hope & Norm
Married Parents
S2 DeidreHillary
 11th place 
Deidre & Hillary
Mother/Daughter

Episodes

Episode Air Date Leg Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(millions)[4]
Ratings/Share
(18-49)[4]
1 "The World Is Waiting: Go!" March 11, 2002 1 United States → Brazil Tara & Wil Deidre & Hillary 1st Eliminated
11th Place
9.00 -
2 "Help Me, I'm American!" March 13, 2002 2 Brazil Shola & Doyin Hope & Norm 2nd Eliminated
10th Place
12.50 5.8/14
3 "My Alarm Clock Didn't Go Off!" March 20, 2002 3 Brazil → South Africa Oswald & Danny Peggy & Claire 3rd Eliminated
9th Place
- 6.1/15
4 "This Game Is About Minutes" March 27, 2002 4 South Africa → Namibia Oswald & Danny Shola & Doyin 4th Eliminated
8th Place
- -
5 "Welcome to the World of Being Human" April 3, 2002 5 Namibia → Thailand Chris & Alex Cyndi & Russell 5th Eliminated
7th Place
- -
6 "I'm Gonna Take His Girl" April 10, 2002 6 Thailand Mary & Peach Chris & Alex Non-Elimination
Leg
- 3.9/10
7 "I'm Gonna Throw Up on Phil's Shoes" April 17, 2002 7 Thailand → Hong Kong Gary & Dave Mary & Peach 6th Eliminated
6th Place
8.85 3.8/10
8 "I'm Not a Miner! No, You're an Idiot!" April 24, 2002 8 Hong Kong → Australia Oswald & Danny Blake & Paige Non-Elimination
Leg
9.56 4.5/12
9 Australia Chris & Alex Gary & Dave 7th Eliminated
5th Place
9 "Ready to Lose Our Lives" May 1, 2002 10 Australia → New Zealand Blake & Paige Oswald & Danny Non-Elimination
Leg
- 3.8/10
10 "It's Hammer Time" May 8, 2002 11 New Zealand Tara & Wil Oswald & Danny 8th Eliminated
4th Place
- 4.2/10
11 "Follow That Plane!" May 15, 2002 12 New Zealand → United States Blake & Paige Chris & Alex Non-Elimination
Leg
11.25 5.1/14
Tara & Wil
13 United States Chris & Alex Blake & Paige 3rd Place
Tara & Wil 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 Leg 13 Average Icon-Roadblock
1 Chris & Alex 6 2 7 7 1 6 2 2 1 3 3 3 1 3.38 5-6
2 Tara & Wil 1 3 2 2 3 5 3 4 3 2 1 1 2 2.46 4-7
3 Blake & Paige 4 9 5 4 4 3 5 5 2 1 2 1 3 3.69 8-3
4 Oswald & Danny 8 7 1 1 6 4 4 1 4 4 4 4.00 6-3
5 Gary & Dave 9 5 3 3 5 2 1 3 5 4.00 2-5
6 Mary & Peach 7 4 4 5 2 1 6 4.14 3-2
7 Cyndi & Russell 2 6 8 6 7 5.80 1-3
8 Shola & Doyin 3 1 5 8 4.25 0-1
9 Peggy & Claire 10 8 9 9.00 0-1
10 Hope & Norm 4 10 7.00 0-1
11 Deidre & Hillary 11 11.00 0-0
Notes [1] [2][3] [3][4] [3] [5] [6]
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 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

Notes:
1: Blake & Paige and Hope & Norm both agreed to a 4th place tie after both teams stepped on the Pit Stop mat at the same time.
2: Blake & Paige and Shola & Doyin both agreed to a 5th place tie after both teams stepped on the Pit Stop mat at the same time.
3: In their respective elimination legs, Peggy & Claire, Shola & Doyin, and Mary & Peach were all well behind on the course when all other teams checked in. Instead of being allowed to complete all tasks left in the leg, they were each instructed to go directly to the Pit Stop for elimination.
4: Gary & Dave initially arrived 2nd, and Chris & Alex arrived 7th, but they were each issued a retroactive 42-minute penalty for speeding during the leg. Both teams served their penalties before beginning the next leg; this dropped Gary & Dave to 3rd to depart, while Chris & Alex remained in 7th.
5: Wil and Blake both incorrectly performed the Roadblock with their partners and had to completely re-do the Roadblock before getting their next clue.
6: Tara & Wil initially arrived 2nd, but were given a 1-minute credit due to a minor production difficulty. They were declared to have tied for first with Blake & Paige, and were also given the prize for winning the leg as a result.

Reception

  • Josef Adalian at Yahoo Entertainment (11/07/2001): "CBS prepping for Race redux"
  • Josh Wolk at EW (11/20/2001): "Is Amazing Race 2 a good idea now?"
  • Reality TV World (02/13/2002): "CBS Announces Amazing Race 2 Cast"
  • Dalton Ross at EW (02/20/2002): "Amazing Race 2 kicks off with a great cast"
  • Neil Wilkes at Digital Spy (02/21/2002): "Amazing Race to air on UPN"
  • Susan Schechter at RealityNewsOnline (03/05/2002): "Amazing Race 2: A Preview"
  • Brill Bundy at Zap2it (03/07/2002): "Amazing Race 2 Makes Some Changes"
  • Jeffrey Clinard at RealityNewsOnline (03/11/2002): "Amazing Race 2: Thinking Smart Before the Race"
  • Neil Wilkes at Digital Spy (03/11/2002): "Amazing Race 2: Keoghan talks about new series"
  • Bill Keveney at USA Today (03/11/2002): "New travel realities add tension to Amazing Race"
  • Allan Johnson at Chicago Tribune (03/11/2002): "Amazing Race 2 offers some fancy footwork"

Trivia

Franchise

  • First time visits to Brazil, Namibia, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.
    • First season also to visit South Africa as a Pit Stop.
  • First season to visit the continents of South America and Oceania.
  • First season to feature sibling teams (Blake & PaigeMary & Peach, and Shola & Doyin).
  • First time there were ties at the Pit Stop map.
  • First season to begin and end in different cities.

US

Season

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