The Amazing Race 1

The Amazing Race 1

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The Amazing Race 1

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The Amazing Race (now referred to as The Amazing Race 1) is the first installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. It premiered on September 5, 2001 and ended on December 12, 2001 on American television.

Lawyers and best friends Rob Frisbee and Brennan Swain were the winners of the Race.

The complete season was released on DVD on September 27, 2005, which was also the premiere date for Family Edition. Kevin & Drew, Lenny & Karyn, Rob & Brennan, and Joe & Bill made commentary for the DVD.


Development and filming

The first season of The Amazing Race traveled 35,000 miles in 39 days, spanning 4 continents and 9 different countries. The season was hit with multiple filming delays, including an airport strike in Rome and a sandstorm in Tunisia, the latter of which forced teams to begin leg 6 in Gab├Ęs, rather than the original Saharan desert Pit Stop.

Other aspects of filming were unique to the first season of the series. Host Phil Keoghan handed out clues at the beginning of some legs and, rather than checking in contestants at the Pit Stop, teams were greeted by local people. Also, Pit Stop mats featured localized designs which were dropped by the second season.

During Leg 5, Paul and Amie were lost in the Sahara desert after trying numerous routes, getting half of their car stuck in a ditch, and Amie vomiting excessively. They found the desert oasis pit stop by luck, unknowingly skipping the roadblock and final route marker.

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