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AMAZING RACE, THE
Air Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: (#913/914) "Five Continents... Ten Countries... And More Than Fifty-Nine Thousand Miles"
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AFTER TRAVELING TO FIVE CONTINENTS, 10 COUNTRIES AND MORE THAN 59,000 THOUSAND MILES, FIND OUT WHICH TEAM WILL BE THE FIRST TO CROSS THE FINISH LINE AND TAKE HOME THE MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE, ON THE TWO-HOUR SEASON FINALE OF "THE AMAZING RACE 9," WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT

"Five Continents´┐ŻTen Countries´┐ŻAnd More Than Fifty-Nine Thousand Miles" -- After traveling to five continents, 10 countries and more than 59,000 thousand miles, one Team will be the first to cross the Finish Line and take home the one million dollar grand prize, on the two-hour season finale of THE AMAZING RACE 9, Wednesday, May 17 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

As the Teams race through Japan, they quickly learn that little mistakes can cost big time when there are only three teams left and the finish line is within reach. The last two legs of the Race around the world prove both mentally and physically grueling and it is a tight contest until the very end.

THE AMAZING RACE has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Reality Program.

Following are the 11 Teams, listed in no particular order:

Name: BJ AVERELL (Male)
Occupation: Online Tutor
Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles

Name: TYLER MACNIVEN
Occupation: Filmmaker
Age: 25
Hometown: San Francisco

Relationship: BEST FRIENDS

Name: SCOTT BRAGINTON-SMITH
Occupation: Sales
Age: 41
Hometown: West Harwich, Mass.

Name: JOHN LOWE
Occupation: Wealth Manager
Age: 38
Hometown: Dorchester, Mass.

Relationship: LIFE-LONG FRIENDS (ELIMINATED 2/28)

Name: YOLANDA BROWN-MOORE
Occupation: Science Teacher
Age: 27
Hometown: Chicago

Name: RAY WHITTY
Occupation: Attorney
Age: 31
Hometown: Chicago

Relationship: DATING

Name: MONICA CAYCE
Occupation: Student
Age: 23
Hometown: Fayetteville, Ark.

Name: JOSEPH MEADOWS
Occupation: Homebuilder
Age: 23
Hometown: Fort Smith, Ark.

Relationship: DATING (ELIMINATED 5/10)

Name: DESIREE CIFRE
Occupation: Writer
Age: 24
Hometown: New York

Name: WANDA LOPEZ-ROCHFORD
Occupation: Corporate Trainer
Age: 44
Hometown: Smyrna, Ga.

Relationship: MOTHER AND DAUGHTER (ELIMINATED 3/21)

Name: MICHELLE GARNER
Occupation: Homemaker
Age: 36
Hometown: Hattiesburg, Miss.

Name: LAKE GARNER
Occupation: Dentist
Age: 37
Hometown: Hattiesburg, Miss.

Relationship: MARRIED PARENTS (ELIMINATED 4/12)

Name: JONI GLAZE
Occupation: Children's Minister
Age: 44
Hometown: Katy, Texas

Name: LISA HINDS
Occupation: Realtor/Artist
Age: 48
Hometown: Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

Relationship: SISTERS (ELIMINATED 3/7)

Name: BARRY LAZARUS
Occupation: Retired Physician
Age: 63
Hometown: Silverthorne, Colo.

Name: FRAN LAZARUS
Occupation: Retired Accountant
Age: 61
Hometown: Silverthorne, Colo.

Relationship: MARRIED 40 YEARS (ELIMINATED 4/26)

Name: JEREMY RYAN
Occupation: Valet
Age: 26
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Name: ERIC SANCHEZ
Occupation: Waiter
Age: 27
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Relationship: FRIENDS

Name: DAVID SPIKER
Occupation: Musician
Age: 30
Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas

Name: LORI WILLEMS
Occupation: Pizza Hut Manager
Age: 25
Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas

Relationship: DATING (ELIMINATED 4/5)

Name: DANI TORCHIO
Occupation: Recent College Graduate
Age: 22
Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.

Name: DANIELLE TURNER
Occupation: Recent College Graduate
Age: 22
Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.

Relationship: CHILDHOOD FRIENDS (ELIMINATED 3/28)

THE AMAZING RACE 9 is an adventure reality show hosted by Phil Keoghan. The show features 11 teams of two on a trek around the world for approximately 30 days. At every destination, each team of two will have to compete in a series of challenges -- some mental and some physical -- and only when the tasks have been completed will they learn their next destination. Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.

Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman and Hayma Screech Washington are the executive producers for Bruckheimer Television and Earthview Inc., in association with Touchstone Television and Amazing Race Productions. THE AMAZING RACE was created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri.

RATING: To Be Announced

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