Sam's Amazing Race 8: All-Stars
Season Run October 31 2010 – January 2 2011
Filmed September 25 – October 20 2010
Continents Visited 7
Countries/Territories Visited 11
Cities Visited 33
Winning Team John & Edward
Distance Travelled 49,000 miles
Number Of Legs 12
Number Of Teams 10
All-Stars -
Season chronology
Sam's Amazing Race 7 Sam's Amazing Race 9

Sam's Amazing Race 8: All-Stars (also referred to as Return of the Racers) was the 8th installment of fictional reality series Sam's Amazing Race. Sam's Amazing Race 8 featured 10 teams of 2, all from previous races, in their second chance to win the $1,000,000 prize.


Development & FilmingEdit

The all-stars season of Sam's Amazing Race had the same format and clues as the previous season. However, instead of a new batch of racers, memorable teams from previous seasons took part in this race. Each season, with the exception of Season 4, had a representative in the race. This race hit countries on all 7 continents (including Antarctica). The new twist in this race was the Express Pass, a tool to be used in the game, allowing a team to skip any task they choose up until Leg 8. Each team was handed one out at the beginning of the race, and once it was used, they couldn't use it again.


The 8th season of the race featured ten of the race's most memorable teams from the past seven seasons. The majority were selected from a shortlist voted on by the American people.

The returning teams (and their prior race placements) are:

  • From Season 1:
  • From Season 2:
    • Lena and Kristy Jensen, sisters, 1st place
  • From Season 3:
    • Charla Faddoul and Mirna Hindoyan, cousins, 5th place
    • Oswald Mendez and Danny Jiminez, best friends, 6th place
  • From Season 5:
    • Luke and Chris Wright, twins, 1st place
    • Lee Carter and Taylor Hayes, dating, 2nd place
  • From Season 6:
    • Ma Hei Lani Kaʻanāʻanā and Ron Garcia, dating doctors, 1st place
  • From Season 7:
    • Lisa and Dana Cunningham, mother and daughter, 1st place
    • Kelly Sharbaugh and Brett Clouser, engaged, 2nd place
    • John and Edward Grimes, twins, 3rd place


Team Relationship User Position (by leg) Roadblocks
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
John & Edward Twins jerseydude 3rd 7th 4th 5th 2ndA 5th2 3rd 2ndЄ 4th 1stƒ 1st 1st John 6, Edward 5
Ma Hei Lani & Ron Dating Doctors ·David 1st 3rd 1st 2ndЄ 4thB 3rd 1st 3rd 1stƒ 2nd 2nd 2nd Ma Hei Lani 5, Ron 6
Kelly & Brett Engaged Zack. 4th 4th 2nd 4th 6thC 1stƒ 2nd 1stЄ 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd Kelly 5, Brett 6
Lisa & Dana Mother / Daughter Obby. 8th 1st 6th 1stƒЄ 1stA1 2nd 6th3 4th 2nd 4th Lisa 3, Dana 6
Lee & Taylor Dating eragon 7th 2nd 3rd 3rdЄ 3rdB 6th 4th 5th 5th Lee 5, Taylor 4
Charla & Mirna Cousins enneiteml 2nd 8th 5th 6thЄ 5thC 4th 5th 6th Charla 4, Mirna 4
Amy & Marcellas Best Friends ZBC Company 5thЄ 6th 7th 7th Amy 2, Marcellas 2
Oswald & Danny Best Friends Snooky 6th 5th 8th Oswald 1, Danny 2
Luke & Chris Twins redwings8831 9th 9th Luke 0, Chris 2
Lena & Kristy Sisters immabe 10th Lena 1, Kristy 0

Note 1: Lisa & Dana won a 30-minute time credit at the end of Leg 5 as a prize for winning Leg 4. This lifted them from 4th place which they arrived in, to 1st place.

Note 2: John & Edward originally arrived in 2nd place, but received a 4 hour penalty as John failed to complete the Roadblock. They fell to 5th place.

Note 3: While Lisa & Dana came in last on a non-elimination leg in Leg 7, they did not have to complete a Speed Bump in Leg 8 due to production difficulties affecting them at Leg 7's detour.

  • Red means the team was eliminated.
  • Green ƒ means the team won the Fast Forward clue.
  • Purple Є indicates that a team has decided to use the Express Pass on that leg.
  • An underlined Blue team's placement means the team came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump in the next leg of the race.
  • A brown means the team chose to use a U-Turn; indicates the team who received it.
  • Matching letters means teams paired up at an Intersection.


The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg. All trips are sponsored by Travelocity.

Episode Title QuotesEdit

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.

  1. "Taxists Are Like Gurus. They Know Everything!" - Ma Hei Lani
  2. "Killing You is Enough to be Forever Glee!" - Ron
  3. "We're Like in the Coolest Place on Earth And He Wants To Go To China!" - John
  4. "Sounds Like My Idea of Riveting Television!" - Kelly
  5. "Too Much Kelly Talk...Let's Race!" - Charla
  6. "Girl's Feet Are Too Soft, It Would End Up Like Licking A Piece Of Fat." - Edward
  7. "Yes, I Have Nipples" - Edward
  8. "The Only Thing Your Snake Powers Will Get You is a Snakebite" - Brett
  9. "Don't Say You Love Me, You Immature Twat" - Kelly
  10. "Who Said Harry Potter is Asian?" - Ma Hei Lani
  11. "You Stick the Probe into Someone's Butt" - Edward

Race summaryEdit


The route of the all-stars race.

Plane Air travel destination    Bus Bus travel destination    Train Railroad destination   Ferry Water travel destination   Helicopter Helicopter travel destination
Detour Detour   RBlock Roadblock   Intersection Intersection   U-turn U-Turn   F-Forward Fast Forward   Speedbump Speed Bump   TAR-pitstop-icon Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → Chile)Edit


This race began at San Francisco's Old Coast Guard Station, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Roadblock on Leg 1 required one team member to don traditional huaso clothing and ride a horse around the arena, chasing a pretend calf travelling around the edge of the arena. To get the next clue, the team member had to make their horse ram the calf off of its fixed course.

Additional task
  • At the mine, teams had to search in a large pile of copper for a gold coin. When they found one, teams took a mine train to the pit stop.

Leg 2 (Chile)Edit


Teams had to find a penguin colony in Ancud near the end of Leg 2.

In the race's first detour, teams chose between Don't Count Your Chickens and Can't Make Him Drink. In Don't Count Your Chickens, teams drove to a ranch where they had to count all of the chickens in a chicken coop. At random points during the task, more chickens were added to the coop. If teams counted the correct number they were handed the next clue. In Can't Make Him Drink, teams walked to a stable, picked a horse and lead it a mile and a half on foot to a nearby bay. Once there, teams had to feed the horse with food that may make him thirsty. When their horse drank from the water in the bay, teams received the next clue. In the Roadblock, one team member dressed in a Halloween costume and had to create a chant that would scare an Invunche in order to gain access to the cave.

Additional Task
  • After completing the Roadblock, the team had to find a witch who would perfom a magic spell on the team before handing them the next clue.

Leg 3 (Chile → Argentina → Antarctica)Edit


Before travelling to Antarctica, teams had to find a clue at the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse in Ushuaia.

In the detour, teams had to choose between Freeze Yourself or Relax Yourself. In Freeze Yourself, teams had to walk to a bay, strip down to their underwear and them swim in the frigid water to a buoy 200m away. Then, each team member had to dive down to retreive half of the next clue. In Relax Yourself, teams walked to a hot spring and had to relax in it while disentangling a key from ropes. Teams used the key to open a box containing the next clue. The Roadblock had one team member use a mechanical ascender to climb up a 125ft rock face.

Leg 4 (Antarctica)Edit


Leg 4 took place around the South Pole.

In the Fast Forward, teams had to work out how to retrieve a clue from inside a large globe of ice. The Roadblock required one team member to build a signpost listing 7 locations on Earth and 3 in Space, with the signs pointing in the correct direction and showing the correct distances. The detour was Disc or Risk. In Disc, teams had to complete 5 sections of a disc golf course. In Risk, teams had to ride a snowmobile on a marked course. However, the risk was teams had no idea how long the course was.

Leg 5 (Antarctica → Argentina → Germany)Edit


The U-turn on Leg 5 was found at this statue of a swineherd.

At the Rhododendron Park, teams had to pick a team to work together with. The detour on Leg 5 was a choice between Vintage Cars or Folk Tales. In Vintage Cars, intersected teams had to carry an engine to the Mercedes-Benz factory and fit the engine into a Mercedes-Benz 770. They then had to drive their car to a golf club for the next clue. In Folk Tales, intersected teams had to cycle a ConferenceBike to four locations around Bremen, collecting a costume of each of the four animals in the Brothers Grimm tale Town Musicians of Bremen - a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster. Then, teams had to travel to the Town Musicians Statue near the Town Hall of Bremen and rub the donkey's hooves to receive the next clue. After choosing how to use the U-turn, teams were no longer joined by the Intersection. At the Roadblock, one team member had to decode a series of binary sequences to get numbers. Each number corresponded to a letter of the alphabet and teams had to use the numbers to find the location of the next clue.

Additional Task
  • At the Weserstadion, teams had to play Kastenlauf. Teams were given ten 330ml cans of beer in a crate. Teams had to run a lap around the outside of the stadium, and by the finish line, all of the beer had to have been drunk by the team for them to receive the next clue.

Leg 6 (Germany → Denmark)Edit


Leg 6's Roadblock was based on the stories of Hans Christian Andersen.

In the Speed Bump, Kelly & Brett had to ride a wooden rollercoaster known as the Rutschebanen. To claim the Fast Forward, a team had to become human cannonballs and each team member had to be launched out of a cannon. The detour on this leg was Sausage Sales or Pickle Pique. In Sausage Sales, teams had to assemble a portable pølsevogn and then cart it around the city selling pølser to locals. Once teams had sold 20, they could exchange the money they collect to receive the next clue. In Pickle Pique, teams had to race to a hotel where they had to eat a serving of pickled herring. The Roadblock had one team member match a line from a Hans Christian Andersen to the fairy tale it comes from. Then, team members had to go around Copenhagen to three specific locations and find three characters from their chosen fairy tale, who would give them a third of their next clue.

Additional Task
  • At the start of the leg, teams were only told to find the world's oldest amusement park, and they had to figure out it was Dyrehavsbakken.

Leg 7 (Denmark → Rwanda)Edit


The Rwamagana Parish Church was the 7th pit stop of the race.

In the Speed Bump, Lee & Taylor had to collect food and hike a forest trail to find a family of mountain gorillas. Then, they had to feed the family their food in order to continue on the race. The Roadblock had one team member persuade a mountain gorilla to hand them the next clue envelope. The detour was Follow What's Sung or Create With Dung. In Follow What's Sung, teams had to learn and perform a traditional dance known as Intore. Both team members had to dance exactly with the beats for one song to receive the next clue. In Create With Dung, teams had to create two pictures using cow dung, in a local art form known as Imigongo.

Additional Tasks
  • When teams landed in Rwanda, they had to find the hotel which was the inspiration for the movie Hotel Rwanda, where the concierge would give teams the next clue.

Leg 8 (Rwanda → Jordan)Edit


Teams roamed the ancient city of Petra in Leg 8. Shown is Al Khazneh (The Treasury), the 8th pit stop.

In this detour, teams had to choose between Solid Salt and Salt Water. In Solid Salt, teams had to collect 250kg of sea salt which has been deposited around the lake. In Salt Water, teams had to float on their backs towards a buoy in the Dead Sea where they would find the next clue. However, teams could not propel themselves in any direction and had to travel where the water took them. The Roadblock featured one team member searching the archaeological site of Petra for a monument of a snake.

Additional Task
  • At the Genocide Memorial, teams had to lay a rose on the ground in remembrance of the victims of the Rwandan Genocide.

Leg 9 (Jordan → Israel → West Bank → Israel)Edit


In the Nativity detour, teams had to recreate a nativity scene using live animals (including a donkey) and actors.

For this Fast Forward, teams had to buy and eat 5 falafels served in pitta bread. The first team to eat 5 could claim the Fast Forward. The detour on this leg was Nativity or Creativity. In Nativity, teams had to drive to a stable and recreate tbe Nativity of Jesus using live animals (including a donkey) and actors, while also incorporating the Travelocity roaming gnome. In Creativity, teams had to walk to a nearby church and complete a 3000 piece jigsaw puzzle of a religious symbol. In this Roadblock, one team member had to channel David and use a rock and a slingshot to hit a statue of Goliath standing at the top of a 25 foot cliff 40 feet away from the shooting area. When the statue fell, teams received their next clue.

Additional Task

Leg 10 (Israel → Australia)Edit


In the final Fast Forward, teams had to climb to the top of Story Bridge, shown in the foreground of the photo.

In the final Fast Forward, teams had to go to the Story Bridge and follow a marked route up steps to the summit of the bridge, 80m above the Brisbane River. The Roadblock required one team member to use the supplies provided to make fire. When their fire is lit, they would have to wait for it to burn a rope to receive their next clue. In the detour, teams chose either Burrow In or Burrow Out. In Burrow In, teams had to take a zip line across the valley. Then, each team member had to take a giant burrowing cockroach and hold it between their lips for one minute without dropping it or swallowing it. In Burrow Out, teams had to walk to a clearing, where they were chained together in a tunnel. Then, teams had to search their dark surroundings for keys to unlock them, while they were joined by a number of insects and rats and snakes. After they were unlocked, they could crawl out of the tunnel and receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Davies Park, teams had to inflate a hot air balloon and then take a balloon ride over the city of Brisbane until they reached Archerfield Airport where they received their next clue.
  • At the airport, teams had to board a plane and then take a 10,000ft skydive over the jungle.
  • After the detour, teams had to drive an ATV over a jungle trail, and then, after exiting the jungle, travel on normal roads to the pit stop.

Leg 11 (Australia → United States)Edit


Upon landing in Barrow, Alaska, teams had to find Cathy Parker Field for their next clue.

In the Roadblock, one team member had to build an igloo using blocks of ice to the satisfaction of an Eskimo. The detour, Balance or Endurance, featured two-foot high kicking and ear pulling competitions respectively.

Additional Task
  • After checking into the pit stop, teams had to spent the pit stop time living in the igloo they build at the Roadblock.

Leg 12 (United States)Edit


Washington, D.C., was the final destination city of Sam's Amazing Race: All-Stars

For this Speed Bump, Kelly & Brett had to search the surrounding area for a flag of the United States. Then, they had to find a flagpole and raise the flag to be able to continue on the race. The final detour was a choice between Leader's Stays or Bauer's Moves. In Leader's Stays, teams had to walk to five locations to collect statues of 5 former US presidents (Eisenhower - Reagan - Lincoln - Roosevelt - Jefferson). When they had all five, they could go to the Jefferson Memorial and arrange the statues in the order of the presidents' real height. When they were right, they received their next clue. In Bauer's Moves, teams had to go to the International Spy Museum and interrogate a double agent who knew the location of the next clue. When they broke the agent, they could walk to the ccorrect location to find their next clue. The final Roadblock required one team member to arrange 16 locations visited on the race into 4 linked groups (similar to Round 3 of Only Connect). When the groups had been linked correctly, and the connections had been established, the team would receive their next clue.

Additional Task
  • At the Boy Scout Memorial, teams had to recite the Scout Oath before a Boy Scout handed them their next clue.