The Amazing Race Family Edition
Version United States
Continents visited 1
Countries visited 4
Cities visited 50
Distance traveled 11,000 miles (18,000 kms)
Starting line Empire–Fulton Ferry State Park, New York City, New York
Finish line Joseph Davis State Environmental Park, Lewiston, New York
Filming dates July 7, 2005 - July 31, 2005
Season run September 27, 2005 - December 13, 2005
Number of legs 11
Number of teams 10
Winning team Linz Family
Runner(s)-up Bransen Family
Weaver Family
Opening Sequence
The Amazing race 8 Intro00:45

The Amazing race 8 Intro

Series Chronology
Previous Season The Amazing Race 7
Next Season The Amazing Race 9

The Amazing Race Family Edition also known as the Family Edition, is the eighth season of the reality television show, The Amazing Race. It premiered on September 27, 2005 and ended on December 13, 2005 on CBS.


Casting interviews were conducted in March 2005. Due to the unique format, two rules were changed for this season only - gasoline was covered by production costs and no limits on individual Roadblock attempts.

The Family Edition was filmed in a single month (July 2005) and traveled 11,000 miles (18,000 km) in only spanning 3 different countries in North America.

Travelocity and GMC were the official sponsors during this season and provided prizes throughout the race to winning teams on certain legs.


 1st place 
Linz Family
 2nd place 
Bransen Family
Dad and daughters
 3rd place 
Weaver Family
Widow and kids
Godlewski Family
Paolo Family
Dad, mom and kids
Gaghan Family
Dad, mom and kids
Schroeder Family
Dad, stepmom and kids
Aiello Family
Father and sons-in-law
Rogers Family
Dad, mom and kids
Black Family
Dad, mom and kids


Episode Air Date Leg Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
1 "Go, Mommy, Go! We Can Beat Them!" September 27, 2005 1 New York → New Jersey → Pennsylvania Godlewski Family Black Family 1st Eliminated
10th Place
10.64 4.4/11
2 "How Do We Know We Aren't Going to Get Shot?" October 4, 2005 2 Pennsylvania → District of Columbia → Virginia Weaver Family Rogers Family 2nd Eliminated
9th Place
11.25 4.3/10
3 "I Don't Kiss, I Make Out!" October 11, 2005 3 Virgina → South Carolina → Alabama Bransen Family Aiello Family 3rd Eliminated
8th Place
10.95 4.3/10
4 "Think Like An Office Chair" October 18, 2005 4 Alabama → Mississippi → Louisiana Bransen Family Schroeder Family 4th Eliminated
7th Place
11.11 4.5/11
5 "We're Getting Out of the Country, Girls" October 25, 2005 5 Louisiana → Panama Paolo Family Godlewski Family Non-Elimination
10.38 4.1/10
6 "I'm Sick of Doing Stuff I Can't Do" November 1, 2005 6 Panama → Costa Rica Paolo Family Gaghan Family 5th Eliminated
6th Place
10.89 4.3/10
7 "You Look Ridiculous" November 8, 2005 7 Costa Rica → Arizona Godlewski Family Bransen Family Non-Elimination
10.84 4.6/11
8 Arizona Godlewski Family Paolo Family 6th Eliminated
5th Place
8 "How's That Face Feel?" November 22, 2005 9 Arizona → Utah Linz Family Weaver Family Non-Elimination
10.30 3.8/9
9 "Don't Talk to Me Like I Was an Animal or Something" November 29, 2005 10 Utah → Wyoming → Montana Bransen Family Godlewski Family Ordered to
Continue Racing
8.80 3.5/8
10 "The Family Christmas Card" December 6, 2005 Godlewski Family Paolo Family 7th Eliminated
4th Place
11.16 4.1/10
11 "25 Days, 50 Cities, And More Than 600 Consecutive Hours Together as a Family" December 13, 2005 11 Montana → Canada → New York Bransen Family Weaver Family Ordered to
Continue Racing
11.51 4.7/12
Linz Family Weaver Family 3rd Place
Bransen Family 2nd Place


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 Average Icon-Roadblock
1 Linz Family 9 2 2 3 4 2 3 2 1> 3 2 2 1 2.82 5-4-2-4
2 Bransen Family 7 6 1 1 3 3 5 4 2 1 1 1 2 3.18 4-5-4-2
3 Weaver Family 3 1 5 5 2 5< 2 3 4< 2 3 3 3 3.27 2-4-2-7
4 Godlewski Family 1 3 4 4 6 4 1 1 3 4 4 3.10 4-5-2-2
5 Paolo Family 6 8 6 2 1 1> 4 5 4.13 1-1-3-2
6 Gaghan Family 2 7 7 6 5 6 5.50 2-2-1-1
7 Schroeder Family 5 4 3 7 4.75 2-0-1-1
8 Aiello Family 8 5 8 7.00 0-0-1-2
9 Rogers Family 4 9 6.50 0-0-1-0
10 Black Family 10 10.00 0-0-0-0
Notes [1] [2] [3][4][5] [6]
     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 Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

1: An additional task in Leg 4 was presented to teams as a Roadblock but was aired as a miscellaneous task. This roadblock tally is included for this leg as every team was shown having a particular member performing it.
2: Leg 10 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, and shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.
3: Leg 11 was also double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams picked up a charter flight to a mystery destination at Olympic Stadium, the leg's halfway point. This leg, was shown over a single two-hour episode.
4: The Weaver Family was not shown performing the Roadblock on air, as the Linz and Bransen Families had already crossed the Finish Line. The interview after the race with the family revealed that Rebecca was the team member who did the Roadblock.
5: The Bransen Family won "The Final Amazing Challenge" task shown on the CBS website after the end of the race.
6: The finishes in the first half of the superlegs in Leg 10 and Leg 11 are not counted as part of the average. Only the final finish in the leg is counted toward the average.



  • First time staying within one continent.
  • First time visits to Panama and Costa Rica.
  • First season not to have a team penalized nor have been told to go back and fix the mistake before checking in.
  • Most number of participants in a race: 40 people.
  • First time that the penultimate leg was a superleg.
    • Only season with back-to-back superlegs.


  • Least number of countries visited, 4.
  • One of three seasons to have no teams returning in All-Stars.


  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (08/16/2005): "Amazing Race 8: A Family Affair"
  • Gary Levin at USA Today (08/16/2005): "Families compete in new Amazing Race"
  • Stephen M. Silverman at (08/17/2005): "New Amazing Race Season a Family Affair"
  • R.D. Heldenfels at (10/11/2005): "It's Not That Complicated"
  • Dalton Ross at (10/14/2005): "What's wrong with The Amazing Race?"
  • Sal Cinquemani at Slant Magazine (10/19/2005): "Reviewing Family Edition So Far"
  • Joanna Slimmer at (11/19/2015): "Why Family Edition does not suck"
  • Robert Voets at USA Today (12/11/2015): "Reality Check - Amazing Race Recaps"
  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (01/23/2006): "Phil Keoghan thought TAR 8 sucked; CBS exec says the season wasn't particularly successful"

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