The Amazing Race 6

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The Amazing Race 6
Season runNovember 16, 2004
– February 8, 2005
Filming datesAugust 13, 2004
– September 12, 2004
No. of episodes12 (13 including recap)
Winning teamFreddy Holliday & Kendra Bentley
Continents visited4
Countries visited11
Cities visited24
Distance traveled40,000 miles (64,000 km)
No. of legs12
Season Chronology
Season 5 ◄ Chronology ► Season 7
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The Amazing Race 6
Season runNovember 16, 2004
– February 8, 2005
Filming datesAugust 13, 2004
– September 12, 2004
No. of episodes12 (13 including recap)
Winning teamFreddy Holliday & Kendra Bentley
Continents visited4
Countries visited11
Cities visited24
Distance traveled40,000 miles (64,000 km)
No. of legs12
Season Chronology
Season 5 ◄ Chronology ► Season 7

The Amazing Race 6 is the sixth installment of the reality television series The Amazing Race. It premiered on November 16, 2004, and concluded on February 8, 2005.

Engaged couple Freddy Holliday & Kendra Bentley were the winners of this Race.

A DVD for this season was released on April 24, 2012, via's CreateSpace program.[1]


Development and filming[edit]

Chicago's Buckingham Fountain was the starting line of the Race.

In May 2004, CBS ordered the sixth installment of the show, despite the fact that The Amazing Race 5 had not yet aired. The early renewal was likely due to the success of the changes made in Season 5.[2] CBS also delayed the airing of Season 6 until late in the fall and moved it out of its proposed Saturday timeslot, to create a "cool down" period between races, in the hopes that this would help continue the newfound ratings success.[3]

The Amazing Race 6 spanned a total of 40,000 miles (64,000 km) over four continents in 10 countries in 30 days. Filming began on August 13, 2004 and finished on September 12, 2004. The race made its first trip to seven countries: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and Senegal.

This marked the first season in which team members were forced to complete an equal number of Roadblock tasks. No team member was permitted to complete more than six Roadblocks on the entire race. Throughout the season, Phil Keoghan verbally stated this rule when introducing each leg's Roadblock. While the rule has remained in all subsequent seasons (except the Family Edition), Keoghan eventually stopped reciting it in each episode.

This season featured many Olympic themed challenges such as water polo, track and field, swimming, and archery. The race also visited past Olympic cities including Oslo, Stockholm, and Berlin. This was likely a result of the 2004 Summer Olympics taking place in Athens, Greece while the race was being filmed.

A task in Leg 2 of the race marked the first time teams were required to work with each other. The ten teams had to split themselves into two groups of five, each of which had to row a Viking boat across a fjord to a marked dock with a clue box.

During Leg 5, one of the show's most controversial moments occurred at the Pit Stop when Jonathan, angry at his wife Victoria for picking up his bag during a footrace to the mat, shoved her. He was modestly rebuked by Phil Keoghan at the mat. They later appeared on a Dr. Phil special to try to improve their marriage. Later, in a celebrity version of the show Fear Factor, Victoria attacked contestant Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton (of Survivor: Pearl Islands), and Jonathan attacked the host Joe Rogan. These incidents resulted in their expulsion from the show. Victoria (a former Playboy model) and Jonathan appeared on an episode of the E! series The Girls Next Door (which chronicles the lives of the three girlfriends of Hugh Hefner) in which the Playmates throw a baby shower for Victoria.

Leg 6 was originally planned as two separate legs with the first leg being a non-elimination point (with the losing team being stripped of their money), but combined into one after producers realized that begging was prohibited in Hungary.

This season featured a visit to Sri Lanka, where filming occurred just a few weeks before the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The episodes aired after the earthquake had devastated the nation and all of the sights and locations the teams had visited. A special message was inserted at the beginning of the episodes featuring Sri Lanka, dedicating them to the victims and to those helping the recovery.

Post-game interviews suggested that Kris & Jon were less than a minute behind winners Freddy and Kendra before a train held them up at a railway crossing. At, Bolo suggested that Kris & Jon were only 30–40 seconds behind Freddy & Kendra to the finish. At RealityReel, Kristy said that "Right after Freddy & Kendra started running, literally within 30 seconds or a minute later the train came, and Kris & Jon arrived. Otherwise it would have come down to a neck to neck race." This would be the Race's second closest finish ever, after Season 2.[4]

The Amazing Race 15 revisited the infamous hay bales Roadblock of Leg 3 in The Amazing Race Switchback.


Applications for The Amazing Race 6 were due on April 13, 2004. Semi-finalist interviews were held sometime in May 2004 and final casting interviews were selected at Los Angeles in June 2004.

This season's cast included married professional wrestlers, dating actors, Jewish high school buddies, engaged models, and a team of married entrepreneurs.[5] Subsequent to the race:

Don & Mary Jean were chosen for the race after an open casting call in San Diego. Early Show hosts Harry Smith and Dave Price ran the first leg of the race (United States-Iceland) with the actual teams, as part of a special segment on their morning show.[8]

This is one of the three seasons was not represented in The Amazing Race: All-Stars.


The following teams participated in the Race, each listed along with their placements in each leg and relationships as identified by the program. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television, owing to the inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:

TeamRelationshipPosition (by leg)Roadblocks Performed
Freddy & KendraEngaged Models4th8th16th5th1st1st6th2nd4th<3rd2nd>2nd1stFreddy 6, Kendra 6
Kris & JonDating Long Distance2nd1st2nd1st4th5th2nd4th3rd1st3rd1st2ndKris 6, Jon 6
Adam & RebeccaFormerly Dating7th6th5th6th6th6th5th1stƒ5th>4th4th<3rd3rdAdam 6, Rebecca 5
Hayden & AaronDating Actors1st4th1st4th3rd4th4th6th1st2nd1st4th5Hayden 55, Aaron 6
Lori & BoloMarried Pro Wrestlers6th5th7th3rd7th7th1stƒ3rd2nd5thLori 5, Bolo 3
Jonathan & VictoriaMarried Entrepreneurs5th2nd4th2nd2nd3rd3rd5th6thJonathan 4, Victoria 4
Gus & HeraFather/Daughter10th3rd3rd7th5th2nd7thGus 3, Hera 3
Don & Mary JeanGrandparents9th7th28th8th8thDon 2, Mary Jean 2
Lena & KristySisters3rd9th9th3Lena 13, Kristy 1
Meredith & MariaBest Friends8th10thMeredith 0, Maria 1
Avi & JoeHigh School Buddies11thAvi 0, Joe 0
  1. ^ Freddy & Kendra initially arrived 6th, but they were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking an extra clue after the Viking ship task, stated to take only one clue from the cluebox per each team. Adam & Rebecca and Don & Mary Jean checked in during their penalty time, dropping them to 8th. But due to Don & Mary Jean's retroactive penalty (see Note 2), they moved up to 7th place.
  2. ^ Don & Mary Jean had arrived in 7th place in Leg 2, but they mistakenly drove the car that belonged to Adam & Rebecca. They left in 8th place at the beginning of Leg 3 after they were issued a 30-minute penalty, while Freddy & Kendra now departed in 7th place.
  3. ^ Lena & Kristy failed to complete the Roadblock in Leg 3. After more than 2 hours passed since the last team checked in at the mat and over 10 hours of searching, Phil came out to the Roadblock location and eliminated them.
  4. ^ Leg 6 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point. The leg's Fast Forward was offered after the halfway mark, and thus permitted Lori & Bolo to skip only the second set of challenges.
  5. ^ Hayden & Aaron initially arrived 3rd, just ahead of Adam & Rebecca, but were issued a 4-hour penalty for quitting the Roadblock. Both Rebecca and Hayden almost had to quit the Roadblock because the last gondola down the mountain was about to leave; however, at the time Rebecca opened her lock and successfully completed the Roadblock, they checked in during the penalty time, thereby dropping Hayden & Aaron to last place; which resulted in their elimination. At the Pit Stop, however, Aaron proposed to Hayden, who accepted.

Episode title quotes[edit]

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

  1. "The Game's Afoot" – Gus
  2. "I'm Not His Wife, He Doesn't Need to Scream At Me" – Meredith
  3. "Counting Bears Is Not Rocket Science" – Don
  4. "What If It Isn't Sanitary" – Kendra
  5. "Quit Following Us" – Jonathan
  6. "They Should Probably Have Some Counseling" – Kris
  7. "Phil Is A Choo-Choo Charlie" (recap)Kristy
  8. "One of You, I'm Gonna Break in Half" – Freddy
  9. "Tell My Mom I Love Her" – Adam
  10. "Are There Instructions on Donkey Handling?" – Rebecca
  11. "It Always Comes Down to Details" – Kris
  12. "You Deal With This Before I Hyperventilate" – Hayden
  13. "4 Continents, 24 Cities, 40,000 Miles" – Phil Keoghan


Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete a leg.

Race summary[edit]

Complete route map, Note: Green dot represents both the starting line and the finish line.
DestinationsLegenda lotnisko.svg Air travel   Legenda kolej.svg Rail travel   Legenda prom.svg Water travel   Bus-logo.svg Bus travel
Route MarkersDetour icon.svg Detour   Roadblock icon.svg Roadblock   Fast Forward icon.svg Fast Forward   Yield icon.svg Yield   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (United States → Iceland)[edit]

Once arriving in Iceland from the United States, teams had to go to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall where they had to find the clue.

Airdate: November 16, 2004

The first Detour of this season was Ice Climb or Ice Search. In Ice Climb, teams traveled 35 miles (56 km) to a bay and used special gear to trek across the glacier and climb the face of a steep ice wall. In Ice Search, teams had travel to a short distance and find a glacial lagoon, then choose a boat and a driver and search the 7 miles (11 km) lagoon among thousands of icebergs for a buoy containing their next clue.

Additional task

Leg 2 (Iceland → Norway)[edit]

Upon arriving in Oslo, teams went to the arrive Holmenkollen ski jump, where one team member had to zipline to the bottom.

Airdate: November 23, 2004

The Roadblock required one team member to climb to the top of Holmenkollen Ski Jump, then ride a zipline 1,000 feet (300 m) to the bottom in order to receive their next clue. The Detour required teams to choose between Endurance or Accuracy. In Endurance, teams had to roller ski downhill on a 1.75-mile (2.82 km) course. In Accuracy, teams had to successfully complete three games traditionally played by the Vikings. First, they had to throw sticks to knock over a circle of eight logs called kubbs before knocking over the king in the center. After knocking over the king, one team member had to throw an axe into a tree trunk target and make it stick. Once the axe stuck, the other team member had to shoot an arrow into a target 30 feet (9.1 m) away to get their next clue.

Additional task

Leg 3 (Norway → Sweden)[edit]

The af Chapman in Stockholm was the third pit stop of the Race.

Airdate: November 30, 2004

The Detour for Leg 3 was a choice between Count It or Build It. In Count It, teams had to count the number of pots, pans, and stuffed animals in three large bins. If they gave the correct number (2,304) to the supervisor, he would give them their clue; otherwise, they had to count again. In Build It, teams had to assemble a desk using all of the provided parts. If they made a mistake, they had to fix it or start the construction over. Once the desk was assembled, the supervisor would give them their next clue. In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to unroll bales of hay to find their next clue hidden inside. Out of a field of 270 bales, 20 had clues.

Additional tasks

Leg 4 (Sweden → Senegal)[edit]

Senegal's Gorée Island was the site of the fourth Pit Stop of the race.

Airdate: December 7, 2004

The Detour was a choice between Stack 'Em Up or Pull 'Em Up. In Stack 'Em Up, teams had to walk through a fish-stacking area and stack enough of fish to properly cover a drying table. Once they stacked the fish properly, the fisherwoman would hand them their next clue. In Pull 'Em Up, teams traveled out on fishing boats and used traditional fishing gear to catch four fish. Once they caught the four fish, they had to bring them to a bounty man onshore, who would give them their next clue. In the Roadblock, one team member to use the traditional tools provided to harvest enough salt from the bed of Lac Rose to fill a 25-US-gallon (95 L) basket. Once the basket was completely filled, a supervisor would hand them their next clue.

Additional task

Leg 5 (Senegal → Germany)[edit]

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was the fifth Pit Stop of The Amazing Race 6.

Airdate: December 14, 2004

Teams chose between Beer or Brats in this leg's Detour. In Beer, teams traveled to the Brauhaus Spandau bar. Once there, each team member had to search the tables at the crowded bar for five coasters bearing his or her face and name. They then had to trade two full steins of beer to the patron in exchange for each coaster. Once both team members collected all five of each coaster, they would receive their next clue. In Brats, teams travelled to Zitadelle. Once there, they had to use a hand-operated sausage maker to create one rope of five 7-inch (18 cm) bratwursts in order to receive their next clue. In the Roadblock, one team member had to climb at the top of Devil's Mountain (Teufelsberg) and complete a soap box derby course in 37 seconds or less.

Additional task

Leg 6 (Germany → Hungary)[edit]

Upon arriving in Hungary, teams may would take a Trabant and drive themselves to Eger.

Airdate: December 21, 2004

For the Fast Forward, one team traveled to Buda Castle where they drank a goblet of pig's blood, recalling when Transylvania was then part of Hungary.

Airdate: January 4, 2005

In this leg's first Roadblock, one team member was strapped into a "hot rocket bungee" and launched 200 feet (61 m) in the air. After returning to the ground, the jump master handed them their next clue. In the first Detour, teams chose between Catapult Crash and Cannonball Run. In Catapult Crash, teams had to use a catapult to hurl a watermelon 150 feet (46 m) into a wooden target to retrieve the clue hidden within. In Cannonball Run, teams had to push a cannon up a hill to Eger Castle's courtyard, then carry and stack 55 4-pound (1.8 kg) cannonballs in a pyramid next to the cannon.

The first of two Fast Forwards in the race required teams to descended through a cavernous labyrinth at Buda Castle and partake in the legend of vampires by drinking a goblet of pig's blood, recalling when Transylvania was part of Hungary. When they finished drinking, they would win the Fast Forward. The second Detour was a choice between Swim or Paddle. In Swim, teams made their way to an Olympic-sized swimming pool and participated in a water polo game. Working together, each pair had to score a goal against a top Hungarian water polo player. In Paddle, teams inflated a raft with a hand pump and paddled the raft across the Danube River to a flag on the other side. When the flag was found, they would receive their next clue. In the second Roadblock for this leg, one team member had to eat a 24 ounce bowl of a traditional Hungarian spicy soup. Once the team member finished eating, the team would get their next clue.

Additional tasks

Leg 7 (Hungary → France)[edit]

Napoleon's birthplace on the island of Corsica was visited on this Leg.

Airdate: January 11, 2005

In the second Fast Forward of the race, the team had to locate a harbor in Ajaccio, and dress in old-style diving suits weighing more than 100 pounds (45 kg) each. Both team members had to walk across the ocean floor to a lobster trap and retrieve their next clue to win the Fast Forward. In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Climb Up or Fly Behind. In Climb Up, teams had to use a mechanical ascender to climb a 45-foot (14 m) rock wall. Once at the top, they had to find the terrace, where a French legionnaire would give them a medal. After receiving the medal, the teams had to rappel 75 feet (23 m) down to receive their next clue. In Fly Behind, teams had to choose a Zodiac boat. One teammate had to ride behind on an inflatable raft while the other rode inside the Zodiac and directed the driver to search among 25 buoys for one with a clue attached. However, out of these buoys, only 12 contained a clue while the rest said "try again". In the Roadblock, a team member had to stomp 55 pounds (25 kg) of grapes with their feet. After squeezing out enough juice to fill five wine bottles, the team member had to drink a glass of their juice to receive the next clue.

Additional task

Leg 8 (France → Ethiopia)[edit]

St. George's Church in Lalibela was the site of this Leg's Roadblock.

Airdate: January 18, 2005

The Detour in Leg 8 was a choice between Raise the Roof or Mud the Hut. In Raise the Roof, teams would choose a roof and join with locals to carry the roof two-thirds of a mile (1,100 m) and place it on top of a house. One team member would then place a jug on the roof to receive their next clue. In Mud the Hut, teams had to use a plaster made of dirt, water, and straw to cover an entire wall of a traditional Ethiopian house. The Roadblock required one team member to enter the 850-year-old church and receive a pendant from the head priest. The team member then had to search among hundreds of worshipers standing outside for a person with a matching pendant. When they found a match, the worshiper would hand them their next clue.

Additional tasks

Leg 9 (Ethiopia → Sri Lanka)[edit]

Teams visited Lion Rock in Sri Lanka and searched during a roadblock at the top for the next pitstop.

Airdate: January 25, 2005

For this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Tree Trunks and Elephant Trunks. In Tree Trunks, Teams had to make their way 2 miles (3.2 km) by tuk-tuk to a coconut plantation. Once there, each person had to climb to the top of a 50-foot (15 m) tree and take down a jug filled with tree sap Eacch person must the empty the sap into a container to receive the next clue. In Elephant Trunks, teams had to make their way 2.5 miles (4.0 km) by tuk-tuk to an elephant polo field. Each team member had to ride an elephant down the length of the field, hitting a polo ball around a large pole and score a goal in order to receive their next clue. For the Roadblock, one team member had to ascend 1,000 steps to the top of Lion Rock. Using binoculars to scan the jungle from a vantage point 600 feet (180 m) above the ground, they had to search for a flag, then descend Lion Rock with their partner and proceed to the flag.

Additional tasks

Leg 10 (Sri Lanka → China)[edit]

Upon arriving in Shanghai, teams had to find the Yu Yuan Gardens where they got their next clue.

Airdate: February 1, 2005

The Roadblock required one team member to wash a window on the exterior of the HuaXia Bank Tower, 40 stories above the ground. Washing the window would reveal a hidden message; once they understood the message, they had to lower themselves to the ground and report it to the supervisor, who would hand them their next clue if correct. The Detour had teams choose between Bricks or Ice. In Bricks, teams had to use a traditional device to transport 300 clay bricks off a barge while balancing on a narrow wood plank. From there, they had to stack the bricks on a wooden pallet to receive their clue. In Ice, teams had to load two 220-pound (100 kg) blocks of ice onto the back of flatbed tricycles and deliver them to a fish market four blocks away. Once there, they would have to break them into smaller pieces and place them into a tub to receive the next clue.

Additional task

Leg 11 (China)[edit]

In this leg, teams visited the Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum in Xi'an where they had to find the next clue.

Airdate: February 8, 2005

The Detour on this leg was Spray or Scroll. In Spray, teams traveled 34 miles (55 km) to a car factory (called BYD Auto Factory), put on uniforms, and used spray paint to paint the shell of a Chinese-made car. In Scroll, teams had traveled 31 miles (50 km) to a textile factory (called Xi'an Tang Du Factory) and searched through 10 bolts of fabric with a light table to find two Chinese characters stamped within two of the 10 bolts. They then had to cut the characters to trade for their next clue. The Roadblock required one team member to use a key given them in the clue envelope and search 3,000 locks for the one padlock that that key would open. Teams were required to complete the task before the last gondola's departure at 7:00pm.

Leg 12 (China → United States)[edit]

Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chicago was the finish line of the race.

Airdate: February 8, 2005

The Detour on this leg was Outfits or Outriggers. In Outfits, teams traveled 10 miles (16 km) to a tropical clothing distributor (called Hilo Hattie) and searched racks filled with 165,000 articles of clothing for those matching the outfit of a mannequin in order to receive their next clue. In Outriggers, teams had to drive 6 miles (9.7 km) to a canoe club (called Lokahi Canoe Club) and, with the help of a steering person, paddle an outrigger canoe down a course more than 2 miles (3.2 km) long. The Roadblock required one team member to tandem skydive 11,000 feet (3,400 m) into a sandbar in the middle of Kaneohe Bay, where their next clue is waited.

Additional task


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