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New "Amazing Race" teams announced

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 28, 2014

The official word: CBS announced today the 11 teams racing around the globe for the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize, on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE. The show premieres on its new day and time, Friday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

This season of THE AMAZING RACE, which marks the 25th edition of the 10 time Emmy Award-winning series, will feature 11 new teams, including professional surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks, Boston firefighters Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo and professional wrestlers Robbie E. Strauss and Brooke Adams. 

The Race kicked off in May with the first ever public start from Times Square in New York City where Phil Keoghan introduced a new game-changing element, “The Save.” The team-that finishes first in the premiere episode will be awarded “The Save,” which they can use to rescue themselves if they come in last on a leg and face elimination.

Teams this season will be put to the test as they travel through eight countries and 20 cities, spanning more than 26,000 miles.  For the first time in the show’s history, the Race will visit St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where teams will fly high in the sky; Valletta, Malta, where they’ll rappel 200 feet into a breathtaking Blue Grotto sea cave; and the Shetland Islands, Scotland, to test their sheep-herding skills.


Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:

 

Name: Adam Dirks

Age: 26
Hometown: Princeville, Hawaii
Connection to teammate: Married

 

Name: Bethany Hamilton
Age: 24
Hometown: Princeville, Hawaii
Connection to teammate: Married
Follow on Twitter: @bethanyhamilton

Follow on YouTube: TheBethanyHamilton

 

 

Name: Maya Warren
Age: 29
Hometown: Madison, Wic. 
Connection to teammate: Food scientist and friend/co-worker
Follow on Twitter: @MayaWarren

 

Name: Amy DeJong
Age: 24
Hometown: Madison, Wisc.
Connection to teammate: Food scientist and friend/co-worker
Follow on Twitter: @AmyEDeJong

 

 

 

 

Name: Dennis Hour
Age: 30
Hometown: Tustin, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Dating

Follow on Twitter: @DennisHour

 

Name: Isabelle Du
Age: 28
Hometown: Tustin, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Dating
Follow on Twitter: @isabelledu

 

 

 

Name: Brooke Adams
Age: 29
Hometown: Houston, Texas 
Connection to teammate: Dating

Follow on Twitter: @realbrookeadams

 

Name: Robbie E. Strauss
Age: 30
Hometown: Woodbridge, N.J. 
Connection to teammate: Dating

Follow on Twitter: @robbieeimpact

 

Name: Whitney Duncan
Age: 29
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Connection to teammate: Engaged

Follow on twitter: @whitneyduncan

 

Name: Keith Tollefson
Age: 29
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Connection to teammate: Engaged

Follow on twitter: @keithtollefson

 

 

Name: Kym Perfetto

Age: 30
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Connection to teammate: Friends

Follow on twitter: @kymnonstop

Follow on YouTube: KymNonStop


Name: Alli Forsythe
Age: 26

Hometown: New York 

Connection to teammate: Friends

Follow on Twitter: @alliforsythe

 

Name: Lisa Thomson
Age: 28
Hometown: Miami Beach, Fla. 
Connection to teammate: Sisters
Follow on Twitter: @LisaAThomson

 

Name: Michelle Thomson
Age: 22
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Connection to teammate: Sisters
Follow on Twitter: @IsellMiami

 

 

 

 

Name: Michael Ward
Age: 40
Hometown: Boston, Mass.  
Connection to teammate: Friend and fellow firefighter

 

Name: Scott Strazzullo
Age: 39
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Connection to teammate: Friend and fellow firefighter

 

 

Name: Misti Raman

Age: 36
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Connection to teammate: Married

Name: Jim Raman
Age: 37
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Connection to teammate: Married

 

 

 

 

Name: Shelley Porter

Age: 42

Hometown: Detroit, Mich.

Connection to teammate: Mother 

 

Name: Nici Porter

Age: 24

Hometown: Detroit, Mich.

Connection to teammate: Daughter

Follow on Twitter: @PrettyEyesRTB

 

Name: Timothy Tsao
Age: 23
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif. 
Connection to teammate: Dating

Follow on Twitter:

 

Name:  Te Jay McGrath
Age: 24
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.  
Connection to teammate:  Dating 


 

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