"The World Is Waiting: Go!"
Version United States
Season Season 2
Episode Number 1/11 (014)
First Broadcast March 11, 2002
Viewership (in millions) 9.00[1]
Episode Chronology
Previous "Race to the Finish (Part 2)"
(previous season)
Next "Help Me, I'm American!"

The World Is Waiting: Go! is the Season Premiere of The Amazing Race 2.


In the premiere episode, 11 diverse teams of two set off on the first leg of the Race starting in the remote Nevada desert and quickly making their way to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Tensions escalate almost immediately between two teams as the pressures of being in the lead pack takes its toll. At the conclusion of the episode, the last team to arrive at the final destination is eliminated.[2]


Route Markers

The race begins at Pahrump, Nevada, United States.

Teams drive themselves to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and find the Christ the Redeemer statue. There are only two flights for the teams. Flight 1 is American Airlines and can only accommodate 7 teams. Flight 2 leaves 2 hours and 15 minutes after Flight 1.

From Rio de Janeiro, teams must take a ferry to Paquetá Island and and find a big tree known as "Fat Maria" and follow the local custom of kissing the tree for good luck to receive the next clue.

After kissing "Fat Maria", teams must find the Lido Hotel and had to sign up for one of four boats returning to the mainland the next morning. Teams then spent the night on the island to wait for their boats, departing for the next morning. The first three teams left at 8:00 am, the next two at 8:45 am, three more at 9:30 am, and the last three at 10:15 am. After arriving they must find the gondola that leads to Sugarloaf Mountain.

Choice A: Mountain
Teams had to rappel 590 ft (180 m) down the face of Sugarloaf Mountain. At the bottom, teams would receive their next clue.

Blake & Paige, Chris & Alex, Cyndi & Russell, Deidre & Hillary, Gary & Dave, Hope & Norm, Mary & Peach, Oswald & Danny, Shola & Doyin, and Tara & Wil chose this task.

Choice B: Beach
Teams had to take the gondola back to the ground and proceed to Ipanema beach to find the woman who inspired the song "The Girl from Ipanema" (Heloísa Pinheiro) with only a photo and a specific lifeguard station for reference. Once the woman was found, she would give them their next clue.

Only Peggy & Claire chose this task.

Teams must find the Tocorimé Yacht near Urca beach. Teams must take a boat to the yacht to check in.

For coming in first place, Tara & Wil won a vacation to Hawaii, provided by American Airlines Vacations.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer in Non-Elimination Leg     Saved from elimination by the Salvage Pass or The Save     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward
 1st place 
Tara & Wil
Separated couple
 2nd place 
Cyndi & Russell
Pastor/married parents
 3rd place 
Shola & Doyin
 4th place 
Blake & Paige
 4th place 
Hope & Norm
Married parents
 6th place 
Chris & Alex
Lifelong friends
 7th place 
Mary & Peach
 8th place 
Oswald & Danny
Best friends
 9th place 
Gary & Dave
Former roommates
 10th place 
Peggy & Claire
Deidre & Hillary


  • This is the first episode to be named after a quote. It was named after Phil's speech to the other racers.
  • This premiere aired on a special night, Monday at 10 pm, before moving to its regular timeslot of Wednesdays at 9 pm.
  • Phil's description of Deidre & Hillary was nearly identical to Nancy & Emily.
  • This leg marks the first time The Amazing Race have visited the continental South America and the country of Brazil.
  • This first time that an all-female team is the first team to be eliminated from the race.