Sam's Amazing Race 1
Season Run March 2 – May 18 2008
Filmed November 3 – November 29 2007
Continents Visited 4
Countries/Territories Visited 10
Cities Visited 27
Winning Team Shii Ann & Amber
Distance Travelled 29,000 miles
Number Of Legs 11
Number Of Teams 9
All-Stars Amy & Marcellas
Season chronology
none Sam's Amazing Race 2

This is the first season of the fictional reality series, Sam's Amazing Race. Former contestants from Reality TV Shows had to apply by November 1, 2007 and casting interviews took place on November 18, 2007. The votes were opened to pick teams on November 22, 2007 and were closed on December 3.


Sam's Amazing Race 1 crossed nearly 50,000 km in 26 days. Teams raced over 4 continents. The penalty for coming in last on a non-elimination leg was the "marked for elimination" penalty. A shortlist of 20 teams of former reality televisions stars were chosen for the public vote to pick who would race. It was revealed after the race that Nancy & Emily got the most votes to get into the race and Amy & Marcellas got the least.


Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks
2 3 4 6 2 <9> 10 11
Shii Ann & Amber Friends 7th 7th 4th 3rdA 5th 1stƒ 1st> 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st Shii Ann 5, Amber 5
Amy & Marcellas Best Friends 3rd 5th 3rd 5thB 2nd 5th 4th<3 3rd 1stƒ 3rd 2nd Amy 5, Marcellas 5
Marc & Rovilson Best Buddies 8th 1stƒ 2nd 4thB 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 1st5 3rd Marc 5, Rovilson 5
Nancy & Emily Mother-Daughter 5th 3rd> 6th1 1stƒC 1st 4th 3rd 4th 4th4 Nancy 3, Emily 4
Todd & Courtney Castaways 2nd 2nd 1stƒ 1stƒC 4th 3rd 5th Todd 3, Courtney 2
Bill & Tammy Married Parents 3rd 4th 5th 6thA Bill 1, Tammy 2
Brooke & Syesha Singers 6th 6th 7th Brooke 2, Syesha 0
Dick & Daniele Father-Daughter 1st 8th< Dick 0, Daniele 1
Mark & Jay Brothers 9th Mark 0, Jay 0

Note 1: Nancy & Emily arrived in 3rd place but received a 2 hour penalty as they accidentally worked together on the Roadblock. They dropped to 6th.
Note 2: Leg 7 was double-length with two Detours and two Roadblocks shown over two episodes.
Note 3: Amy & Marcellas arrived in 4th, but were issued a 30 minute penalty for being "marked for elimination" and not arriving 1st. This did not affect their placement.
Note 4: Nancy & Emily had been "marked for elimination;" however, since they arrived last, they were eliminated without being issued the 30 minute penalty.
Note 5: Marc & Rovilson arrived 1st, but received a 1 hour penalty for speeding. This did not affect their placement.

  • Red means the team was eliminated.
  • Underlined Blue means the team was last and was "marked for elimination" meaning that if the team didn't arrive 1st on the next leg, they would receive a 30-minute penalty.
  • Green ƒ means the team won the Fast Forward clue. A green-colored leg number indicates that the Fast Forward was available for that leg but not used.
  • > means the team used the Yield. < means the team was Yielded.
  • Matching letters means the teams paired up at an Intersection.

Episode Title Quotes Edit

  1. The World is Waiting for You - Phil Keoghan
  2. This is Giving Me Shivers Down My Spine - Amy
  3. I'm Not Joining Some Stupid Charity Band - Courtney
  4. On To the Islands! - Shii Ann
  5. Unreliability is Expensive - Nancy
  6. You Better Not Get Drunk Here - Amy
  7. I've Just Fattened Out My Clothes - Amber
  8. Don't Touch! I've Just Had a Manicure! - Marcellas
  9. Is That You or the Fish? - Marc
  10. I'm Becoming an Elephant Maid Now - Emily
  11. Who Knew Sailing Could Be Dangerous? - Shii Ann
  12. Look, We've Won! Oh Wait, We Haven't! - Amy

Leg Prizes Edit

The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg. All trips are sponsored by Sam's Tours.

  1. A Trip For Two to Ireland
  2. A Weekend in Hawaii
  3. A Trip Around the United Kingdom
  4. A Week in the Australian Desert
  5. A Week in Vermont
  6. A Month in Central America
  7. A Villa in Spain, paid fully by Polaris World
  8. A Trip Around South America
  9. A Trip to the Amazon Rainforest
  10. $25,000 each
  11. $1,000,000

Race SummaryEdit

Plane Air travel destination    Bus Bus travel destination    Train Railroad destination   Ferry Water travel destination
Detour Detour   RBlock Roadblock   Intersection Intersection   Yield Yield   F-Forward Fast Forward    TAR-pitstop-icon Pit Stop

The complete route of the first Amazing Race

Leg 1 (United States → Northern Ireland)Edit

The Fast Forward required teams to find it at the Waterfront Hall. The detour choices were Roll or Race. In Roll, teams made their way to the Quays Mall and played against a team of two at a game of bowls. If the teams won, they would get their next clue. In Race, teams made their way to the other mall in Newry. Once there, teams found the swimming pool and took part in a relay race of swimming against two local professional swimmers. If the teams won the race, they would receive the next clue.

Additional Task
  • At the Belfast Bus Station, teams had to sign up for buses to Newry in the morning.

Leg 2 (Northern Ireland → France)Edit


Nancy & Emily Yielded Dick & Daniele at the Louise Weiss Building

The Fast Forward required teams to search the 40,000 basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway to find one with a Fast Forward sticker on it. The detour choices were Parks or Photos. In Parks, teams must take a tandem bike and cycle to Orangerie. Once there, teams must find a bench with a yellow and white flag on it, where teams will find the next clue. Photos required teams to collect a camera and take pictures of three different areas around Petite France. The roadblock required one team member to make and drink a bottle of wine.

Leg 3 (France)Edit

For the Fast Forward, both team members must eat 5 oysters each to receive the next clue. The detour choices were Band or Beach. In Band, teams must find a Celtic band and then perform a song with them to receive the next clue. In Beach, teams must make their way to the beach. Once there, teams must run 2 miles down the beach to get to a clue box. The Roadblock required one team member to find one example of a tropical tree, an African tree and a European tree in the gardens.

Leg 4 (France → Italy)Edit

The Fast Forward required teams to follow a confusing path to get their clue. The detour choices were Scenic Railroad or Scenic Drive. In Scenic Railroad, teams must go on foot to a specific train station and then get on a train to the fifth stop from the station. If teams miss this station, they must go by train back around the island until they find the clue. In Scenic Drive, teams must take a marked car to the same train station. The Roadblock had one team member learn 10 phrases in Italian.

Leg 5 (Italy → The Gambia)Edit


Arch 22 in Banjul was the fifth pit stop of the race

The Fast Forward required teams to win a wrestling match against a local amateur. The detour choices were Monkey or Chimp. In Monkey, teams must travel to Abuko Nature Reserve and then feed 5 wild monkeys. In Chimp, teams must take a boat out to the Baboon Islands and then take a photo of a chimpanzee to receive the next clue. For the roadblock, one team member must find 5 birds in pictures given to them.

Leg 6 (The Gambia → South Africa)Edit

For the Fast Forward, teams must find Nelson Mandela's former prison cell. The detour choices were Bike or Climb. In Bike, teams must find a mountain bike each and then cycle up the mountain to get to a clue box. In Climb, teams must use a mechanical ascender to get up to the top of Table Mountain to the same clue box. The Roadblock required team members to buy coloring pens and a coloring book from a shop in the Langa Township and then take them to a child in the Township.

Leg 7 (South Africa → India)Edit

First Half

The detour choices were Eat it Up or Search it Out. In Eat it Up, teams must go to the Paradise Hotel and then eat one plate of biryani each. In Search it Out, teams must go to the Hussain Sagar Lake, and look for a clue kept near statues of prominent figures in the history of the state which are present on the eastern shore of the lake. For this roadblock, one team member must climb up confusing staircases and passageways to their next clue.

Second Half

For the Fast Forward, teams must make a religious offering. The detour choices were Biter or Snapper. In Biter, teams must use a net to trap a snake and then deliver the snake to a snake catcher who will give the team the next clue. In Snapper, teams must help transport a crocodile into a new pit. The roadblock required one team member to find a shopkeeper in a maze of streets and alleys and hundreds of people.

Additional Task
  • After the detour, teams had to drive locals in a taxi to a location in Chennai. Once teams arrive, they will receive the next clue.

Leg 8 (India → Thailand)Edit


Leg 8 was held in Krabi, Southern Thailand

The unaired Fast Forward had teams assemble a Buddhist shrine and gold leaf a small Buddha statue, The detour choices were Fish Picnic or Fish Catch. Fish Picnic had teams go to Tup Island and find the only picnicker with a fish sandwich. In Fish Catch, teams must go to Koh Pan Yi and then catch 5 fish from the pier. The roadblock required one team member to scuba dive and find a giant clam and get a clue from inside it.

Leg 9 (Thailand → Cambodia)Edit

The Fast Forward required teams to ride a horse over 5 fences each. The detour choices were Scrub or Scour. In Scrub, teams must find Banteay Srei and then wash all of the markings off of an elephant painted for religious ceremonies. In Scour, teams must find Bayon and then search all of the Buddha statues for one with a clue box behind it. The roadblock required one team member to take a tour of the museum and answer a series of questions on the tour. Once they got them all right, they'd get their next clue.

Leg 10 (Cambodia → Canada)Edit

The detour choices were Stride or Glide. In Stride, teams must take a taxi to Stanley Park and find the totem poles on foot. In Glide, teams must take a gondola to the top of the mountain. Then, teams must hang glide back to the bottom to get the next clue. For the roadblock, one team member had to take part in a sailing race against a local. If the team member wins, they will receive the next clue. If they lose, they will receive a 1-hour penalty.

Leg 11 (Canada → United States)Edit


Upon arrival in their final destination city, Las Vegas, teams had to find the Stratosphere for their next clue.

The final detour choices were Fire or Fly. In Fire, teams must go to the Gun Store and shoot a machine gun at 10 targets. In Fly, teams must go to Flyaway and do an indoor skydive. For the Final Roadblock, one team member must put up pictures of the former teams in the order they were eliminated, and what country they were eliminated in. If they are correct, they will get their next clue. If they are wrong, they will have to start again.

Additional Tasks
  • At the Beltway, teams must use binoculars and look towards the Las Vegas Strip. One casino would have a blue flag flying above it and teams have to get there to receive the next clue.
  • At the Golden Nugget Casino, teams must win 3 games of blackjack to get their next clue.