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Sam's Amazing Race 5
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Season Run June 7 – August 16 2009
Filmed January 2 – January 21 2009
Continents Visited 4
Countries/Territories Visited 9
Cities Visited 33
Winning Team Luke & Chris
Distance Travelled 30,000 miles
Number Of Legs 10
Number Of Teams 9
All-Stars Luke & Chris
Lee & Taylor
Season chronology
Sam's Amazing Race 4 Sam's Amazing Race 6

Sam's Amazing Race 5 is the fifth installment of the fictional series, Sam's Amazing Race. This is the first season to be aired on RealityFanForum after a relaunch by the race producers.

ProductionEdit

Development & FilmingEdit

Sam's Amazing Race 5 lasted 20 days and travelled over 30,000 miles. The teams raced in 9 countries, including Peru, Brazil, Finland and Taiwan for the first time, as well as France, Thailand, People's Republic of China and Canada with the finish line in New York, NY. The race kept the same format and clues as Season 3 and 4, but introduced the Blind U-Turn in Leg 9 which keeps the premise of the U-Turn but now the users of it don't need to post their picture on the board.

CastEdit

Applications were due on October 28, 2008. Semi-finalist interviews were held sometime in November 2008 and the final casting interviews were held in Los Angeles in December 2008. Scouting for locations was performed during November. Filming took place during January 2009.

It was revealed after the race that Parvati & Seema were originally casted for Season 4 but had to drop out at the last minute. Luke & Chris were the first all-male team to win Sam's Amazing Race.

Ross & Rachel later went on to participate on another edition of The Amazing Race, The Amazing Race: RFF FANTARS

ResultsEdit

Team Relationship User Position (by leg) Roadblocks
performed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Luke & Chris Twins hakushu8/jerseydude 3rd 4th 3rd 1st 5thB 3rd 3rd 3rdƒ 2nd 1st Luke 5, Chris 4
Lee & Taylor Dating eragon 5th 1st 2nd 2nd 2ndA 1stƒ 4th 1st 1st 2nd Lee 6, Taylor 3
Samantha & Gemma Sisters autowil 2nd 3rd 6th 3rd 1stB 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd Samantha 5, Gemma 5
Parvati & Seema Best Friends Raymond 4th 7th 4th 4th 4thA 5th 1stƒ 4th 4th Parvati 6, Seema 3
Josh & Jamie UFO Watchers Hooky 6th 6th 1stƒ 5th 3rdC 4th 5th Josh 2, Jamie 4
Michael & Rabia Former Friends smiley 7th 5th 5th 6th 6thC Michael 2, Rabia 2
Ross & Rachel Childhood Friends DavidMV 1st 2nd 7th Ross 1, Rachel 1
Amy & Daniel Dating spoler345 8th 8th1 Amy 0, Daniel 0
Cameron & Aimee Married Parents Kiwi Jay 9th Cameron 0, Aimee 0

Note 1: Amy & Daniel decided to quit the race as Daniel could not complete the Roadblock on Leg 2.

  • Red means the team was eliminated.
  • 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.
  • An underlined Blue team's placement means the team came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump task in the following leg.
  • A brown means the team chose to use a U-Turn; indicates the team who received it.
  • Matching letters means the teams paired up at an Intersection.

Episode Title QuotesEdit

  1. And...You Just Said That on National TV - Chris
  2. I'm Busy With Teen Life - Amy
  3. I Got a Discount Coupon For a Samba Costume - Luke
  4. I Personally Enjoyed the Métro - Seema
  5. Not Another Find-A-Flight - Jamie
  6. Reindeers Aren't Talking! Duh! - Taylor
  7. Oh Look! A Dialogue From Us! - Chris
  8. It Just Doesn't Look Possible - Jamie
  9. Did Kasperle Take A Vacation to Beijing? - Luke & Chris' guide in Beijing
  10. I'm Afraid of Heights...And Breaking My Nail - Luke
  11. Do We Get to Smash the Picture in Your Face? - Parvati
  12. We Would've Aced This Leg - Samantha

PrizesEdit

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

Race SummaryEdit

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
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Route Map

Leg 1 (United States → Peru)Edit

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Machu Picchu was the location of the first pit stop.

The detour on Leg 1 of Sam’s Amazing Race 5 was a choice between Heal Hunger or Hurt Dirt. In Heal Hunger, teams had to go to a restaurant where the team had to eat one guinea pig between them. In Hurt Dirt, teams had to shine shoes of the locals to make 20 nuevo sols.

Additional Tasks
  • At the Bar, teams had to play a local game called sapo, where participants throw coins into the mouth of a toad statue. Once teams get a coin into the toad’s mouth, the team will receive their next clue.
  • At the Temple of Coricancha, teams got tickets for one of four vans departing for Aguas Calientes at 8.10am, 8.50am, 9.00am and 9.05am.

Leg 2 (Peru → Brazil)Edit

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Teams raced in the Amazon Rainforest in Leg 2.

The Roadblock required one team member to climb a Samaúma Tree, which is 60m high. Once they get to the top, the team member had to grab a flag and make their way back down the tree to get their next clue. The detour was Spit & Stir or Shoot & Sip. In Spit & Stir, teams had to join the womenfolk of the village in making a traditional drink. Teams had boil up manioc, chew it, spit it into a pot and wait until it was ready before running to the pit stop. In Shoot & Sip, both team members had to use a bow and arrow to hit a target around 40m away. Then, each team member had to drink a drink prepared by the womenfolk of the village before running to the pit stop.

Leg 3 (Brazil)Edit

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Samantha (left) performing Leg 3's Roadblock along with a professional player.

The Fast Forward required teams to match a feather given in their clue with a feather on one of the dancer’s headdresses. The detour was a choice between Build it Up or Add it Up. In Build it Up, teams had to complete the building of a house to help in a self-help scheme. Once their house is complete, the team would receive their next clue. In Add it Up, teams had to add up numbers they see on tags hanging from electricity lines around the favela. Once they are at the end of the numbers, they would have to tell their number to a tour guide. If they are right, they would get their next clue and if they were wrong they would have to start again. The Roadblock required one team member to win 10 points in a game of beach volleyball against a local.

Leg 4 (Brazil → France)Edit

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Upon arrival in Paris, France, teams had to find the Stravinsky Fountain for their next clue.

The detour was a choice between what to do to get to the Place de la Bastille - Travel or Travaille. In Travel, teams had to go to the nearby Pont d’Iéna and then row 3½ miles to Pont Mairie and then walk a short distance to the Place de la Bastille to get their next clue. In Travaille, teams had to go directly to the Place de la Bastille and sell enough escargot to locals to make 11 euros (approx $15). The Roadblock required one team member to complete a series of aerobatic stunts in a light aircraft.

Additional Task
  • After the detour, teams had to inline skate to Place du Pantheon to get their next clue.

Leg 5 (France → Finland)Edit

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In the Baa detour on Leg 5, teams had to herd 50 sheep from one pen to another.

The Speed Bump required Michael & Rabia to travel to the nearby village of Kaunismäki and then each team member had to jump over a Midsummer’s Day bonfire before continuing with the race. The detour was a choice between Moo and Baa. In Moo, teams had to get enough milk from a cow to fill a bucket to get their next clue. In Baa, teams had to use a sheepdog to herd 50 sheep from one pen to another. The Roadblock required one team member to carry their partner over a marked course, as the locals do during the Wife Carrying Championships.

Additional Tasks
  • After teams intersected, they had to play the national sport of Finland - Pesäpallo. Each team member had to score a home run to get their next clue.
  • At the Kaupthing Bank, one team from the intersected team had to answer questions about the race so far. Each answer would give the team a number to put into a four-digit code in a safe. Then, the other team had to guess the code correctly to get their next clue from inside the safe.
  • At the Kantele Camp, teams had to repair a kantele by fixing the broken strings. Once they get it fixed, they could run to the pit stop.

Leg 6 (Finland)Edit

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Once teams arrived in Rovaniemi, teams had to find Santa Claus who would hand them their next clue.

The Fast Forward required teams to wrap up and give 5 presents to local children. The detour was Dead or Alive. In Dead, each team member had to eat a plate of reindeer meat to receive their next clue. In Alive, teams took a 10 mile ride over a marked course on a reindeer. The Roadblock required one team member to collect 5 pictures of famous Sámi people and, using books to help them, match the pictures to an object relating to them. Once they have it all correct, the museum tour guide would give them their next clue.

Leg 7 (Finland → Thailand → Taiwan)Edit

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The first Roadblock of Leg 7 had one team member play Muay Thai.

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The Fast Forward in Taiwan, won by Parvati & Seema, had teams observe the ancient Chinese system of feng shui.

First Half

In this Speed Bump, Parvati & Seema had to learn how to give a traditional Thai massage. In this detour, teams must choose between Spirit and Sparkle. In Spirit, teams must choose a bowl with the correct number of coins in it and put one in each pot next to the Reclining Buddha to receive their next clue. Teams had to repeat this task until they found a bowl with the right amount of coins. In Sparkle, teams must make their way to a local bar and sing a karaoke song on stage with a group of kathoeys. In this Roadblock, one team member had to learn a series of moves performed in Muay Thai. Then, team members had to enter a ring and defeat an amateur wrestler to receive their next clue.

Second Half

For this Fast Forward, teams had to find a room filled with furniture. Then, teams had to arrange the furniture to comply with the rules of Feng Shui. The detour was Palms or Sticks. In Palms, teams had to search the Road for a specific fortune teller. Each team had a different fortune teller. Once they found their fortune teller, she would give each team member a palm reading before giving them their next clue. In Sticks, teams had to take part in a local Kau cim ritual before receiving their next clue. The Roadblock required one team member to search the market for a series of ingredients. Then, they would take them to a teahouse and make a Chinese medicinal tea. Once the participating team member and their partner drink their tea, they would get their next clue.

Leg 8 (Taiwan → People's Republic of China)Edit

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Teams flew to Beijing, China in Leg 8.

The last Fast Forward of Sam's Amazing Race 5 had teams complete two laps of the base of the tower and then climb the 1484 steps to the top. The detour was Kung Fu Fighting or Fast As Lightning. In Kung Fu Fighting, teams travelled to the Red Theatre where each team member would learn 3 moves performed in The Legend of Kung Fu to receive their next clue. In Fast As Lightning, teams went to the Laoshan Velodrome where each team member had to complete 5 laps of the track on a bicycle in a time of less than 1 minute and 20 seconds. For this Roadblock, one team member had to pick a local table tennis champion and each score 10 points against him/her to receive their next clue.

Additional Task
  • At Beihai Park, teams had to pick a boat and row out to a floating platform to find "a friend" - the Travelocity Roaming Gnome.
  • At the subway station, teams had to draw a Chinese character onto a stone on the pavement to receive their next clue.

Leg 9 (People's Republic of China → Canada)Edit

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After the detour, teams rode segways to the Montréal Clock Tower for their next clue.

First Half

For this Roadblock, one team member had to use a rope to scale the Great Wall and climb to their next clue. The detour was a choice between Ride or Raid. In Ride, teams had to ride a horse over a half mile course jumping over a series of fences. If teams hit any fences they would have to restart the task. In Raid, teams had to search in a huge pile of horse manure for a small wooden statue of a horse which they could exchange for their next clue.

Second Half

For this Speed Bump, Parvati & Seema had to sit still while a painter paints their portrait. If the painter judges them to have not sat still enough, he would have to start again. The detour was Wet or Dry. In Wet, teams had to learn how to river surf on the Saint Lawrence River. If each team member could stay on their board for 30 seconds without falling, they would receive their next clue. In Dry, teams had to use a map to guide a calèche driver on a 7 mile course to their next clue. The Roadblock had one team member play a game of curling with a local player. The team member had to throw the stones towards the house. Then the local player would sweep the stone. Once team members had got three stones in the house, they would receive their next clue.

Additional Task
  • After the detour, teams had to ride a segway to the Montréal Clock Tower for their next clue.

Leg 10 (Canada → United States)Edit

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Teams had to drive themselves to Niagara Falls at the beginning of the final leg.

The detour was Smoke or Fire. Smoke required teams to don fireman's gear and enter a smoke-filled building to find a dummy and return it to the entrance of the building and exchange it for their next clue. Fire had teams connect the water main to a fire truck. Once they did this correctly, teams had to extinguish a simulated fire to receive their next clue.

Additional Tasks
  • At the Dry Cleaner’s, teams collected a business card and a dress and had to figure out that they had to find an assistant who worked for Condé Nast Publications. Teams had to find the assistant in the company’s building and give her the dress for their next clue.
  • At the Lincoln Center, teams received photographs of all of the places they visited on the race and had to place the tallest place they visited in each leg of the race on each of the spaces on the board. Once teams got all 9 (one from each prior leg of the race), they would receive their next clue.