25th season of ‘The Amazing Race’

Eleven teams will race around the globe for the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize in the 25th season of The Amazing Race. Pictured, Top Row, L-R: Dennis and Isabelle, Keith and Whitney, Misti and Jim, Amy and Maya, Michael and Scott, Brooke and Robbie; Bottom Row, L-R: Adam and Bethany, Shelley and Nici, Kym and Alli, Tim and Te Jay, and Lisa and Michelle. Picture by John Paul Filo/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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BY BILLY SUTER

THE 25th season of the award-winning reality TV series, The Amazing Race, will be shown on SABC3 from 7.30pm on Wednesday, February 14.

This season will feature 11 new teams, including professional surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks, Boston fire-fighters Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo, and professional wrestlers Robbie . Strauss and Brooke Adams.

The race kicks off with the first public start from Times Square in New York City, where host Phil Keoghan introduces a new game-changing element, “The Save”. The team-that finishes first in the premiere episode will be awarded “The Save”, which it can use to rescue themselves if they come in last on a leg and face elimination.

Teams this season will be put to the test as they travel through eight countries and 20 cities, spanning more than 26,000 miles. For the first time in the show’s history, the race will visit St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where teams will fly high in the sky; Valletta, Malta, where they’ll rappel into a breathtaking Blue Grotto sea cave; and the Shetland Islands, Scotland, to test their sheep-herding skills.

The Amazing Race is hosted by Emmy award winning producer and host Phil Keoghan.

The 11 teams are revealed below:

Adam Dirks & Bethany Hamilton
#SoulSurfers
Name: Bethany Hamilton
Age: 24
Hometown: Princeville, Hawaii
Connection to your teammate: Wife
Current occupation: Pro Surfer and Motivational Speaker
Name: Adam Dirks
Age: 26
Hometown: Princeville, Hawaii
Connection to your teammate: Husband
Current occupation: Professional husband. Full-time support.

Brooke Adams & Robbie E. Strauss
# TheWrestlers
Name: Brooke Adams
Age: 29
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Connection to your teammate: Girlfriend
Current occupation: Professional Wrestler
Name: Robbie E. Strauss
Age: 30
Hometown: Woodbridge, New Jersey
Connection to your teammate: Boyfriend
Current occupation: Professional Wrestler

Dennis Hour & Isabelle Du
#TheDatingCouple
Name: Dennis Hour
Age: 30
Hometown: Tustin, California
Connection to your teammate: Boyfriend
Current occupation: Financial Accounting
Name: Isabelle Du
Age: 28
Hometown: Tustin, California
Connection to your teammate: Girlfriend
Current occupation: Model

Keith Tollefson & Whitney Duncan
#TeamNashville
Name: Whitney Duncan
Age: 29
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Connection to your teammate: Fiancé
Current occupation: Singer/Songwriter
Name: Keith Tollefson
Age: 29
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Connection to your teammate: Fiancée
Current occupation: Energy Advisor

Kym Perfetto & Alli Forsyth
#TheCyclists
Name: Kym “NonStop” Perfetto
Age: 30
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Connection to your teammate: Friends
Current occupation: Master Instructor for Soulcycle/Boss of YouTube channel: KymNonStop
Name: Alli Forsythe
Age: 26
Hometown: New York
Connection to your teammate: Friend
Current occupation: Personal Trainer

Lisa Thomson & Michelle Thomson
#MiamiRealtors
Name: Lisa Thomson
Age: 28
Hometown: Miami Beach, Fla.
Connection to your teammate: Sister
Current occupation: Real Estate Agent
Name: Michelle Thomson
Age: 22
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Connection to your teammate: Sister
Current occupation: Miami Realtor

Maya Warren & Amy DeJong
#SweetScientists

Name: Maya Warren
Age: 29
Hometown: Madison, Wisc.
Connection to your teammate: Lab Mate and friend
Current occupation: Ph.D. Student (Food Science) at The University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Name: Amy DeJong
Age: 24
Hometown: Madison, Wisc.
Connection to your teammate: Lab Mate and friend
Current occupation: Ph.D. Student (Food Science) at The University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Michael Ward & Scott Strazzullo
#TheFirefighters
Name: Michael Ward
Age: 40
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Connection to your teammate: Friends and fellow firefighter on ladder truck.
Current occupation: Firefighter/EMT Describe what you do: Protect and save lives and property.
Name: Scott Strazzullo
Age: 39
Hometown: Chelsea, Mass.
Connection to your teammate: Friends and Brother Firefighter
Current occupation: Firefighter/Paramedic/Haz-mat tech

Misti Raman & Jim Raman
#TheDentists
Name: Misti Raman
Age: 36
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Connection to your teammate: Married
Current occupation: Cosmetic Dentist
Name: Jim Raman
Age: 37
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Connection to your teammate: Husband
Current occupation: Orthodontist

Shelley Porter & Nici Porter
#MomDaughter
Name: Shelley Porter
Age: 42
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
Connection to your teammate: Mother
Current occupation: Flight attendant
Name: Nici Porter
Age: 24
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
Connection to your teammate: Daughter
Current occupation: Flight Attendant

Tim Tsao & Te Jay McGrath
#CollegeSweethearts
Name: Timothy Tsao
Age: 23
Hometown: South Pasadena, California

Connection to your teammate: Dating
Current occupation: Flight Attendant
Name: Te Jay McGrath
Age: 24
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
Connection to your teammate: Dating
Current occupation: Server/Female Impersonator

 


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