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The Amazing Race 20
Version United States
Continents visited 5
Countries visited 10
Cities visited 22
Distance traveled 40,000 miles (64,374 km)
Starting line Santa Barbara County, California
Finish line North Koolaupoko, Hawaii
Filming dates November 26, 2011 - December 19, 2011
Season run February 19, 2012 - May 6, 2012
Number of legs 12
Number of teams 11
Winning team Rachel & Dave
Runner(s)-up Art & JJ
Brendon & Rachel
Opening Sequence
Series Chronology
Previous Season The Amazing Race 19
Next Season The Amazing Race 21

The Amazing Race 20 is the twentieth installment of the reality television show, The Amazing Race. It was announced by CBS on June 17, 2011.


Dave & Rachel
 1st place 
Rachel & Dave
Army wife & combat pilot
 2nd place 
Art & JJ
Border patrol agents
Brendon & Rachel
 3rd place 
Brendon & Rachel
PhD student & event hostess
Vanessa & Ralph
Dating divorcees
Bopper & Mark
Bopper & Mark
Best friends
Nary & Jamie
Federal agents
Joey & Danny
Trainer & club promoter
Kerri & Stacy
Elliot & Andrew
Elliot & Andrew
Dave & Cherie
Dave & Cherie
Married clowns
Misa & Maiya


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 Rachel & Dave 1 1 6 ϵ 2 4 1 1 2 1 1 1 {{{1}}} 1.83 6-5
2 Art & JJ 3 2 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 4 2 {{{1}}} 2.25 6-5
3 Brendon & Rachel 2 4 2 6 5 4 4 4 2 2 3 {{{1}}} 3.42 6-6
4 Vanessa & Ralph 5 7 8 4 3 6 5 5 4 3 4 4.91 5-5
5 Bopper & Mark 9 3 4 8 6 3 2 1 5 5 4.60 3-5
6 Nary & Jamie 4 6 5 5 7 5 6 6 5.50 4-3
7 Joey & Danny 10 8 3 3 2 7 5.50 3-3
8 Kerri & Stacy 7 5 7 7 8 6.80 3-2
9 Elliot & Andrew 6 9 9 8.00 1-2
10 Dave & Cherie 8 10 9.00 1-1
11 Misa & Maiya 11 11.00 0-1
Notes [1],[2] [3] [4],[5]
     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 place and was supposed to be eliminated, but used the Save pass
     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

Red = team eliminated.
Orange = non-elimination leg.
Coral = leg number had no mandatory rest period at the Pit Stop and ordered to continue racing.
Purple = team used the Express Pass.
Blue = team who came in last on an elimination leg was saved by the team with the Salvage Pass.
Fuchsia = team used the Salvage Pass to gain a time advantage.
Green ƒ = team won the Fast Forward.
Yellow > = team used Yield< = team received Yield.
Brown » = team used U-TurnBrown « = team received U-Turn.
Gold ∪ = team penalized for Automatic U-Turn.
Blue H = team penalized with a Hazard.




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: Bopper & Mark completed the Fast Forward task, but were too far behind the other teams and they still came in last and were eliminated.
4: Leg 12 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
5: 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.

Red = team eliminated.
Orange = non-elimination leg.
Coral = leg number had no mandatory rest period at the Pit Stop and ordered to continue racing.
Purple = team used the Express Pass.
Blue = team who came in last on an elimination leg was saved by the team with the Salvage Pass.
Fuchsia = team used the Salvage Pass to gain a time advantage.
Green ƒ = team won the Fast Forward.
Yellow > = team used Yield< = team received Yield.
Brown » = team used U-TurnBrown « = team received U-Turn.
Gold ∪ = team penalized for Automatic U-Turn.
Blue H = team penalized with a Hazard.


Click here for this season's Route Map

Legs and EpisodesEdit

Race Elements
Icon-route Route InformationIcon-Detour DetourIcon-Roadblock RoadblockIcon-FastForward Fast ForwardIcon-Yield YieldIcon-IntersectionSmall IntersectionIcon-Uturn U-Turn
Icon-SpeedBump Speed BumpIcon-Hazard HazardIcon-PitStop Pit Stop

Means of Transportation Required:

Icon-Airport Air travel • Icon-bus Bus • Icon-ferry Ferry • Icon-train Train • Icon-Car Car • Icon-bicycle Bicycle

Leg 1 - Episode 1 (United States → Argentina)Edit

JJ skyjumping

JJ performing the skyjump at the Roadblock in Argentina.

Title: "Tears of a Clown" – Cherie

  • Starting Line: Bridlewood Winery, Santa Barbara County, California
  • Icon-Airport Flight from Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles to Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport, Salta, Salta Province, Argentina
  • Icon-route Road Sign, Santa Barbara, Cafayate Department
  • Icon-Roadblock Aerodromo Gilberto Lavaque, Cafayate
    • The teammate who did not choose to perform the Roadblock would go up in a plane to skydive, while the racer who did pick the Roadblock would have to drive to a designated location and then look for their teammate's landing site. Once the team was reunited, the jump master would give them their next clue
  • Icon-PitStop Patios de Cafayate Winery, Cafayate
    • Before heading to the Pit Stop, Teams had to make 120 Empanadas, 60 filled with meat and 60 with cheese, each type have different ways of being closed. Once teams had make the empanadas, the empanada champion would judge them, if they made it correctly, the judge will direct them to the Pit Stop.
  • Rachel & Dave won the Express Pass for placing first in this leg.

Leg 2 - Episode 2 (Argentina)Edit

Brendon and Rachel Leg 2 Detour

Brendon & Rachel performing the "Boil My Water" Detour in leg 2.

Title: "You Know I'm Not as Smart as You" – Rachel (of Brendon & Rachel)
  • Icon-route Cafayate Town Square, Cafayate
    • Upon arriving at the Cafayate Town Square, teams had to wait for a chasqui who would give them their next clue.
  • Icon-Detour Cafayata Town Square, Cafayate
    • Boil My Water: Teams traveled to one of three nearby small villages and grabbed equipment from a pickup truck to build a solar kitchen. Once the oven was completed, they had to put a kettle full of water into the middle of the dish and wait for it to come to a boil and whistle before the solar master would give them their next clue.
    • Light My Fire: Teams traveled to a nearby river where they had to gather 40 pieces of firewood and clay, load it onto a donkey, then deliver their goods 1 mile (1.6 km) to a local pottery workshop called Taller "El Obelisco" where the potter would give them their next clue.
  • Icon-bus From Salta Bus Terminal, Salta to Retiro bus station, Buenos Aires
  • Icon-Roadblock Mercado de Hacienda de Liniers
    • Teams had to go to a cattle auction and listen to the auctioneer give the total weight of the cattle in the pen. Teams then had to calculate the average weight of a head of cattle in the pen, without using a calculator, and give the number to a gaucho. If the auctioneer moved onto another pen before they got to the gaucho, they would have to start over with the next pen. Once they gave the correct answer, the gaucho would give the teams the next clue.
  • Icon-PitStop Plaza Juan XXIII and Paseo Chabuca Granda - El Gomero, Recoleta, Buenos Aires
  • Rachel & Dave won a trip for two to Grenada for placing first in this leg.

Leg 3 - Episode 3 (Argentina → Paraguay)Edit

Vanessa and Ralph Detour leg 3

Vanessa & Ralph during the "Stacked Up" detour.

Title: "Bust Me Right In the Head with It" – Bopper
  • Icon-Airport Flight from Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Buenos Aires to Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, Asunción, Paraguay
  • Icon-route Metalúrgica Punta de Rieles metal shop, Asunción
    • Teams had to search the metal equipment yard for their next clue.
  • Icon-Detour Metalúrgica Punta de Rieles, Asunción
    • Stacked Up: Teams traveled the Mercado Central de Abasto, Paraguay's largest fruit market, and stacked watermelons into a 10-by-10 pyramid. Once the pyramid was complete, the fruit monger would give them their next clue.
    • Strung Out: Teams traveled to an auditorium at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción where they had to properly string a harp, Paraguay's national instrument. Once the harp was properly strung and ready to be tuned, the harp conductor would give teams their next clue.
  • Icon-Roadblock Plaza de la Democracia, Asunción
    • One team member had to perform a traditional Paraguayan bottle dance, performing a choreographic routine with a glass bottle on his or her head; if the bottle broke, racers would have to start over with a new bottle. Once complete, the leader of the dance would give the team their next clue. Teams were given a limited number of bottles, and if they broke all of them without being able to complete the task, they would incur a 2-hour penalty at the Pit Stop.
  • Icon-PitStop Escalinata de Antequera, Asunción
  • Art & JJ won a trip for two to the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas for placing first in this leg.

Leg 4 - Episode 4 (Paraguay → Italy)Edit

Art &amp; JJ Fast Forward

Art & JJ landing a toy helicopter in a replica of the Lingotto building itself for the Fast Forward in leg 4.

Title: "Taste Your Salami" – Kerri
  • Icon-Airport Flight from Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, Asunción to Turin Caselle Airport, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
  • Icon-FastForward Icon-Roadblock Lingotto, Turin
    • For the Fast Forward, One team member had to pilot a remote controlled helicopter and land it on a replica of the Lingotto building's helipad placed on a helmet worn by their teammate. Once the helicopter landed, that team would win the Fast Forward clue.
    • In the Roadblock, One team member had to rappel down 120 feet (37 m) in the spiral ramps of the Lingotto building within a time limit of two minutes, stopping to retrieve a clue on the way down. If time expired, the team member would have to start all over.
  • Icon-route Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, Turin
    • To park at the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, teams had to use their provided car's active park feature.
    • Inside the museum, teams had to find the 1916 Tin Lizzie for their next clue, which was a 2 cent euro coin. Teams were left to figure out that their next location was the building depicted on the coin: the Mole Antonelliana.
  • Icon-Detour Mole Antonelliana, Turin
    • Clean That Statue: Teams had to go to L'Arte Marmi and use the provided equipment to completely and properly clean a marble statue. Once it was pristine, they would receive their next clue.
    • Name That Salami: Teams had to go to the Gastronomia Salumeria to taste and memorize the names of fourteen different kinds of salami: piccante, cacciatorino, tartufo, mucca, toscano, 'nduja, aglio, cotto, cinghiale, finocchiona, felino, noci, barolo, and mandola. They then had to travel to the Piazza Vittorio Veneto and find the designated salami vendor to correctly identify and name all fourteen types of salamis they tasted. Once they got all 14 correct, the salumiere would give them their next clue.
  • Icon-NonEliminationLeg Piazza Castello, Turin
  • Art & JJ won US$5,000 each (although they gave half of their money to Bopper & Mark who came in last without knowing it was a non-elimination leg for Bopper to pay the medical bills for his daughter who has respiratory problems.) for placing first in this leg.

Leg 5 - Episode 5 (Italy → Austria → Germany)Edit

Bopper &amp; Mark Speed Bump

Bopper & Mark learning to yodel during the Speed Bump, since they came in last in the previous leg but was saved by a non-elimination.

Title: "Uglier Than A Mud Rail Fence" – Bopper
  • Icon-train From Torino Porta Nuova railway station, Turin to Ehrwald train station, Ehrwald, Tyrol, Austria
  • Icon-SpeedBump Gasthof zum Rassen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
    • Bopper & Mark had to dress up in traditional Bavarian clothing, then learn how to yodel a specific tune by listening to a master yodeler. When the world champion was satisfied with their work, he would give teams their next clue.
  • Icon-Detour Gasthof zum Rassen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    • Fairy Tale: Teams followed a trail of gingerbread, picking up pieces along the way, leading them to a witch's house in the town of Oberammergau. Once there, they used the pieces they picked up to make the roof to a gingerbread house. When they finished, the witch would give them their next clue.
    • Champion Male: Teams had to travel to the Wetz-Stoa Stub'n restaurant in Unterammergau where they had to choose a beard enthusiast and style his beard to match a champion from the World Beard and Moustache Championships using the provided haircare products. Once complete, the judge (dressed as the Wicked Witch) would give them their next clue.
  • Icon-route Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Schwangau, Ostallgäu
    • Upon completing the Detour, teams were told to "find the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle", leaving them to figure out it referred to Neuschwanstein Castle, and not the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle which some teams got confused with. Teams then had to find Ludwig II of Bavaria's bedroom for their next clue.
  • Icon-Roadblock Bundesleistungszentrum, Füssen
    • One team member had to use the Travelocity Roaming Gnome to participate in a game of ice stock sport, known in German as Eisstockschießen. Teams had to push the Roaming Gnome onto a white bullseye on the ice in order to receive their next clue.
  • Icon-PitStop Landhannes Farm, Schwangau-Horn
  • Art & JJ won a trip for two to Thailand for placing first in this leg.

Leg 6 - Episode 6 (Germany → Azerbaijan)Edit

Rachel &amp; Dave Fast Forward

Rachel & Dave completing the Fast Forward during leg 6 in Azerbaijan.

Leg 6 Roadblock

Bopper (left), JJ (right) and Jamie (back, left) preparing for the Roadblock in the Occupational Training International.

Title: "This Is Wicked Strange" – JJ
  • Icon-Airport Flight from Munich Airport, Munich to Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Icon-FastForward Temple Ateshgah, Baku
    • Teams traveled to a nearby market named Saman Ot Bazary where they would have to unload 150 bales of hay and stack them 10 bales long, 3 bales wide, and 5 bales high. Once complete, they would receive the Fast Forward clue.
  • Icon-Roadblock Occupational Training International, Baku
    • One team member had to participate in a helicopter crash training exercise by donning safety gear and boarding a helicopter simulator that then submerged and inverted in a pool of water. Racers then had to evacuate the simulator through a window and swim to a lifeboat in the pool to retrieve their next clue.
  • Icon-Detour Old Baku - Toghrul Karabakh Carpet Shop, Baku
    • Apples: Teams traveled to the fruit market where they had to unload and search through an Soviet-era car filled with a ton of apples for one apple marked with a Race Flag. Once they found the apple, they could trade it in for their next clue.
    • Oil: Teams traveled to the Naftalan health spa where they had to clean crude oil off of a client, first by using a shoehorn and then by scrubbing them clean. Once done, the spa official would give them their next clue.
  • Icon-PitStop Boulevard Esplanade Estakada, Baku
  • Rachel & Dave won a 2013 Ford Taurus SHO for each team member for placing first in this leg.

Leg 7 - Episode 7 (Azerbaijan → Tanzania)Edit

Rachel &amp; Dave leg 7

Rachel & Dave setting up a tent and a campsite in the Ngorongoro Crater during leg 7.

Leg 7 Non-Elimination

Nary & Jamie, who came in last place in this leg, finds out that leg 7 is a non-elimination leg.

Title: "I Didn't Make Her Cry" – Vanessa

  • Icon-Airport Flight from Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Baku to Kilimanjaro International Airport, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
  • Icon-route Arusha Airstrip, Arusha, Arusha Region
    • Upon arriving at Arusha Airstrip, teams signed up for one of three charter flights to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area the next morning.
  • Icon-Airport Charter flight from Arusha Airstrip, Arusha to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro District
    • Upon landing in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, teams had to pick a driver and safari vehicle. They then had to ask local people for directions to the eastern edge of the Ngorongoro Crater where they would meet a Maasai warrior who would give them their next clue.
  • Icon-Detour Soneto Village, Ngorongoro Crater
    • In both detours, teams were also required to ride bicycles to Soneto Village. Once they arrived, the Maasai villagers would dress them in traditional clothing.
    • Marksmanship: Teams had to learn how to use a traditional Maasai weapon called a rungu to hit a clay target attached to a spinning bicycle wheel. Once each team member hit a target, teams were given their next clue.
    • Courtship: Teams had to learn how to perform the traditional Maasai jumping ritual called the adumu. Teams had to jump up and down for one minute, a physically exhausting task as the village is located at an elevation of over 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level, in order to receive their next clue.
    • Upon completing the Detour, teams had to direct their driver to the Simba Campsite along the crater's rim.
  • Icon-NonEliminationLeg Simba Campsite, Ngorongoro Crater
    • Before heading to the pitstop, teams had to set up a tent and campsite, including a bush shower, using all of the materials provided. Once done, they could proceed to the nearby Pit Stop, after which they would sleep in the campsite they had just built.
  • Rachel & Dave won a trip for two to Costa Rica for placing first in this leg.

Leg 8 - Episode 8 (Tanzania)Edit

Art &amp; JJ U-Turn

Art & JJ chooses to U-Turn Brendon & Rachel.

Rachel Roadblock leg 8

Rachel (of Brendon & Rachel) completing the Roadblock for leg 8.

Title: "Let Them Drink Their Haterade" – Rachel (of Brendon & Rachel)

  • From the Pitstart, teams traveled down into the Ngorongoro Crater on a safari to the Karatu district, where they were told to look for "Hillary Clington", without knowing that it was a roadside stand.
  • Icon-Detour Hillary Clington Shop, Karatu
    • Water Supply: Teams had to pick up a cart of nine empty water jugs, wait in line at a well to fill up their jugs, then return them to the house they picked them up from to receive their next clue.
    • Air Supply: Teams had to repair a flat tire on a bicycle by removing the tire and inner tube without removing the wheel from the bike, then finding the leak and patching it. They then had to reinstall the tube and tire, inflate the tire, and allow someone to take the bike for a test ride in order to receive their next clue.
  • Clue-Uturn2 Jack Stelzer Pub, Karatu
  • Icon-SpeedBump The Gem Gallery & Arts, Karatu
    • Nary & Jamie had to properly set up a display stand by using a painting as a guide.
  • Icon-Roadblock Margaret's Farm, Mto wa Mbu, Monduli
    • One team member had to dress in protective beekeeper's gear and harvest 500 grams (1.1 lb) of honeycomb from an African bee hive. Once complete, the beekeeper would give them their next clue.
  • Icon-PitStop Lake Manyara
  • Bopper & Mark won a trip for two to Hanalei Bey, Hawaii for placing first in this leg.

Leg 9 - Episode 9 (Tanzania → India)Edit

Vanessa Roadblock

Vanessa's 3rd attempt in the Bollywood movie dance routine Roadblock in Thevara, India during leg 9.

Bopper &amp; Mark Finishing Detour

Bopper & Mark finishing the "Clutch It" Detour after all other teams have already checked-in in the pit-stop.

Title: "Bollywood Travolta" – Art
  • Icon-Airport Flight from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Kilimanjaro to Cochin International Airport, Kochi, Kerala, India
  • Icon-bus From Rajiv Gandhi Municipal Bus Terminal, Aluva to Sacred Heart College, Thevara
  • Icon-Roadblock Sacred Heart College, Thevara
    • Teams participated in a Bollywood movie dance routine. After learning the dance moves, they would perform them with 30 extras for the film. Once the lead choreographer was pleased, he would give them their next clue.
  • Icon-Detour Indian Coffee House, Kochi
    • Cricket: Each team member had to hit one ball bowled by a professional cricket player past a boundary, either along the ground or through the air. Once complete, the team captain would give them their next clue.
    • Clutch It: Teams had to learn how to properly drive an auto rickshaw and transport passengers around a training course. Once both made it through the course without hitting any of the obstacles, their instructor would give them their next clue.
  • Icon-NonEliminationLeg Bolgatty Palace, Kochi
  • Rachel & Dave won a trip for two to Saint Lucia for placing first in this leg.

Leg 10 - Episode 10 (India)Edit

Ralph Roadblock

Ralph spooling ropes onto a spindle for the Roadblock of leg 10 in Pattanakkad, India.

Bopper &amp; Mark Fast Forward

Bopper & Mark having their heads shaved for the third and final Fast Forward of the season, which is also a Switchback to Season 7. But later, Bopper & Mark comes in last and gets eliminated.

Title: "I Need Hair to Be Pretty" – Rachel (of Brendon & Rachel)
  • Icon-FastForward Icon-SpeedBump Daiva Vili Bhagvathi Kshetram, Chandiroor, Alappuzha
    • Upon arriving at Daiva Vili Bhagvathi Kshetram, the head priest would bless teams before giving them their next clue.
    • For their Speed Bump, Bopper & Mark had to paint a tiger's face on the belly of a Puli Kali dancer before receiving their next clue.
    • For the Fast Forward, teams had to head to the Mutharamman Devasthanam Hindu temple where they could take part in a traditional good luck ritual: shaving their head. This was a Switchback to a Fast Forward in Season 7, when Uchenna & Joyce shaved their heads and ultimately won their season.
  • Icon-Roadblock Pattanacaud Coir Mats and Matting, Pattanakkad
    • One team member had to spin 40 feet (12 m) of rope made from coconut husks, then spool 4 other rope bundles onto a spindle in order to receive their next clue.
    • After the Roadblock, teams had to go to Fort Kochi where they had to look for a "barber under an ancient tree" for their next clue.
  • Icon-Detour Ancient Tree, Fort Kochi
    • Pachyderm: Teams had to properly decorate an elephant with a headdress and golden ornaments, then transport 15 wheelbarrow loads of elephant manure to a nearby truck, before receiving their next clue.
    • Pack a Box: Teams headed to a ginger processing center, collected 10 empty boxes, filled them with ginger that they sifted to measure to the right weight, then stenciled a label on each box. Once the distribution manager was pleased with their work, he would give them their next clue.
  • Icon-PitStop Cheena vala Fishing Nets, Vypin
  • Rachel & Dave won US$10,000 each for placing first in this leg.

Leg 11 & 12 - Episode 11 (India → Japan → United States)Edit

Rachel, Brendon and Vanessa Roadblock

Rachel (of Rachel & Dave), Brendon and Vanessa participating in the "Bring That Chicken Home" game show for the Roadblock in leg 11.

Vanessa &amp; Ralph eliminated

Vanessa & Ralph comes in last place and gets eliminated, with no spot in the final 3.

Title: "It's a Great Place to Become Millionaires" – Dave (of Rachel & Dave)

  • Icon-Airport Flight from Cochin International Airport, Kochi to Hiroshima Airport, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Icon-route Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, Hatsukaichi
    • Teams had to wait at the Itsukushima Shrine's torii for their next clue, which would be given to them by a farmer at sunrise.
  • Icon-route Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima
    • Teams observed a memorial service before they were given their next clue.
  • Icon-train From Hiroshima Station, Hiroshima to Shin-Ōsaka Station, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
    • From Hiroshima, teams were told to take the Shinkansen to Osaka.
  • Icon-Roadblock TV 8 Studio, Osaka
    • Teams participated in a Japanese game show called "Bring That Chicken Home". Racers ran on a treadmill while trying to grab three rubber chickens hanging from the ceiling. After grabbing the chickens, racers had to jump on a platform at the end of the treadmill. Once complete, the host would give them their next clue.
  • Icon-Detour Umeda Sky Building - Floating Garden Observatory, Osaka
    • Teams had to find two Windows 7 touchscreens that would play the Detour tasks on them.
    • Bingo Shout-Out: Teams traveled to a conveyor belt sushi restaurant and participate in a game of bingo using pieces of sushi. The chef would call out pieces of sushi and teams would have to find the matching sushi with a letter attached and put it on their bingo card. Once they got five pieces in a row, they had to call out "Sushi" to let the chef check their tray. If correct, the team then had to eat the five winning pieces of sushi before the chef gave them their next clue.
    • Photo Cut-Out: Teams had to convince locals in groups of three to pose behind three sumo wrestler cut-outs. Once teams got ten photos, they would be able to trade them in for their next clue.
  • Icon-PitStop Osaka Castle, Osaka
  • Rachel & Dave won a trip for two to New Zealand for placing first in this leg.
Brendon and JJ Roadblock

Brendon and JJ shaving ice for the first Roadblock of the final leg in Sand Island, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Final 3&#039;s finish line

Rachel & Dave (top) wins the 20th season of The Amazing Race and wins US$1,000,000, while Art & JJ (center) and Brendon & Rachel (bottom) becomes the 1st (2nd place) and 2nd (3rd place) runner-ups, respectively.

  • Icon-Airport Kansai International Airport, Osaka to Honolulu International Airport, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    • Upon arriving in Honolulu, teams were only told to find the twins known as "Mauka" and "Makai", and left them to figure out that it referred to the twin Waterfront Towers in downtown Honolulu.
  • Icon-route Mauka and Makai Waterfront Towers, Honolulu
    • Teams had to use mechanical ascenders to get to the top of Makai Tower. Once at the roof, teams then had to search for their next clue from the top of the tower. Once they identified the location of their next clue, they had to rappel face first (known as an "Angel Dive") down the other side of the tower to the ground.
  • Icon-Roadblock Sand Island, Honolulu
    • Teams had to make a traditional Japanese treat brought to Hawaii known as shave ice. Using a katana, they would have to shave enough ice to fill a bucket to a given line. Once complete, actor Taylor Wily (who is known for playing Kamekona in another CBS show Hawaii Five-0) would give them their next clue.
    • After the first Roadblock, teams had to find the baseball park on Sand Island where they would take a helicopter to their next location on Oahu's North Shore.
  • Icon-route Beach, North Shore of Oahu
    • Teams joined in a Surf Rescue team. One teammate would drive a WaveRunner out into the surf, and the other would rescue a distressed swimmer out of the water. Once they got back to shore, they would receive their next clue.
    • After the WaveRunner task, teams had to follow a marked path in the Hakipuʻu Valley to find their next clue.
  • Icon-Roadblock Coral Kingdom Gate, Hakipu'u Valley
    • The other team member had to participate in traditional Hawaiian games. The first game was heʻe hōlua (land sledding) down a hill without falling over, and then a game of ʻulu maika, bowling a lava rock, traditionally used by Hawaiian warriors to break the ankles of enemies, through a goal on a field. Once both games were complete, teams were given their final clue.
    • After the second Roadblock, teams rode an ATV to a dock where they had to paddle surf to the Finish Line on Secret Island.
  • Finish Line: Secret Island, Oahu
  • Rachel & Dave won US$1,000,000 for placing first in this leg.

Pitstop GreetersEdit

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Lucky SituationsEdit

  • Rachel & Dave winning their eighth leg and winning the race.

Unlucky SituationsEdit

  • Misa & Maiya overlooking Phil in the first leg.
  • Joey "Fitness" & Danny lost the Fast Forward challenge to Rachel & Dave.
  • Rachel & Dave missed the second Roadblock clue and accidentally went to the finish line and had to go back and fix their mistake.



  • First time visits to Paraguay and Azerbaijan.
  • For the first time ever, one team would be forced to fix their mistake before they could check in at the finish line. Rachel & Dave missed the Roadblock.
  • First season which both teams survived a double U-Turn in the same leg (Brendon & Rachel and Vanessa & Ralph).
  • Second time that the Finish Line has take place in Hawaii.
  • Rachel & Dave have eight wins in one single season (tied Rovilson & Marc).


  • Second season to not feature a parent-child team since The Amazing Race 11.
  • First season to have a Speed Bump and a Fast Forward in a same leg (Leg 10).
  • First season since Season 4 to have more than two Fast Forwards in the entire race.

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