"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 must 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 Paqueta Island and kiss "Fat Maria" to receive their next clue.

After kissing "Fat Maria", teams must find the Lido Hotel and obtain a ticket at Ilha Tours for a ferry back to the mainland in the morning. After arriving they must find the gondala that leads to Sugarloaf Mountain. Boats depart every 45 minutes, and the first boat to depart will only carry 3 teams.

Choice A: Mountain
Team must walk to a rappel point on the mountain. Once harnessed, teams must rappel 590 feat down.

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 must go to Ipanema Beach and use a picture to find the woman who inspired the song The Girl from Ipanema.

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.


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