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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 New York City, New York
Finish line 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
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.


 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

Route MapEdit


Episode # Leg # Title Air Date Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(in millions)
1 1 "Go, Mommy, Go! We Can Beat Them!" September 27, 2005 New York → New Jersey → Pennsylvania Godlewski Family Black Family 1st Eliminated
10th place
2 2 "How Do We Know We Aren't Going to Get Shot?" October 4, 2005 Pennsylvania → District of Columbia → Virginia Weaver Family Rogers Family 2nd Eliminated
9th place
3 3 "I Don't Kiss, I Make Out!" October 11, 2005 Virgina → South Carolina → Alabama Bransen Family Aiello Family 3rd Eliminated
8th place
4 4 "Think Like An Office Chair" October 18, 2005 Alabama → Mississippi → Louisiana Bransen Family Schroeder Family 4th Eliminated
7th place
5 5 "We're Getting Out of the Country, Girls" October 25, 2005 Louisiana → Panama Paolo Family Godlewski Family Non-Elimination
6 6 "I'm Sick of Doing Stuff I Can't Do" November 1, 2005 Panama → Costa Rica Paolo Family Gaghan Family 5th Eliminated
6th place
7 7 "I Don't Roll With The Punches, I Punch" November 8, 2005 Costa Rica → Arizona Godlewski Family Bransen Family Non-Elimination
8 8 "You Look Ridiculous" Arizona Godlewski Family Paolo Family 6th Eliminated
5th place
9 9 "How's That Face Feel?" November 22, 2005 Arizona → Utah Linz Family Weaver Family Non-Elimination
10 10 "Don't Talk to Me Like I Was an Animal or Something" November 29, 2005 Utah → Wyoming → Montana Bransen Family Godlewski Family Ordered to
Continue Racing
11 "The Family Christmas Card" December 6, 2005 Godlewski Family Paolo Family 7th Eliminated
4th place
12 11 "25 Days, 50 Cities, And More Than 600 Consecutive Hours Together as a Family" December 13, 2005 Montana → Canada → New York Bransen Family Weaver Family Ordered to
Continue Racing
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 5-4-2-3
2 Bransen Family 7 6 1 1 3 3 5 4 2 1 1 1 2 3.18 4-5-3-2
3 Weaver Family 3 1 5 5 2 5< 2 3 4< 2 3 3 3 3.27 2-3-2-6
4 Godlewski Family 1 3 4 4 6 4 1 1 3 4 4 3.10 4-5-2-1
5 Paolo Family 6 8 6 2 1 1> 4 5 4.13 1-1-2-2
6 Gaghan Family 2 7 7 6 5 6 5.50 2-2-1-0
7 Schroeder Family 5 4 3 7 4.75 2-0-1-0
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 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 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 not included for this leg even though 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; this leg, however, 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 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 visits to Panama and Costa Rica.
  • Linz Family
  • Weaver Family
    • Only team to have three team members under 20 years of age.
    • Rolly, age 14 is the youngest to complete 6 Roadblocks, and the youngest contestant to be in the final three (Jacob of Constantine & Jacob and Romi of Romi & Coral are the youngest contestants to be made it in the final three in standard format).
  • Godlewski Family
    • Highest average placing female team who came in 4th, 3.1
    • Most legs won by a female team who came in 4th, 3 legs.
    • Highest average placing team who were the 7th team to be eliminated, 3.1
    • Lowest average placing team who came in 4th with 3 legs won in a season, 3.1
    • Most legs won by a team who were the 7th team to be eliminated, 3 legs.
    • Most legs won by a team of sisters, 3 legs.
    • Oldest team of sisters to win a leg, 36.
    • Highest average placing team of sisters, 3.1
    • Only female team with three legs won in a season.
    • Oldest female team to win a leg and come in 4th, 36.
  • Paolo Family
  • Gaghan Family
    • Carissa, age 9, the youngest contestant to make it to the midpoint of the race (tied with Adele of Tom & Adele, Jacob of Constantine & Jacob and Romi of Romi & Coral in standard format).
    • Billy, age 12, the youngest contestant to perform a Roadblock.
    • Youngest male/female team to finish in 6th place without winning any leg, 25.75
  • Schroeder Family
    • The first and so far, only team ever to be eliminated in their hometown.
    • Highest average placing team who came in 7th without winning any leg, 4.75
  • Aiello Family
    • First family team that are not blood-related.
    • Lowest average placing male team who came in 8th, 7 (tied with Tom & Terry).
    • Youngest team to be the oldest team in a season, 36.25
    • One of only two male teams who came in 8th without winning any leg.
    • Youngest male team to finish in 8th place without winning any leg.
  • Black Family


  • Least number of countries visited, 4.


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