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By Mike Johnson on 2014-08-28 12:09:22

CBS issued the following today:


This Year’s Emmy Award Winner For Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Races To A New Day And Time, Fridays At 8:00 PM This Fall


Series Introduces New Game-Changing Element, “The Save”


Click Here To Meet The Teams

CBS announced today the 11 teams racing around the globe for the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize, on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE. The show premieres on its new day and time, Friday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

This season of THE AMAZING RACE, which marks the 25th edition of the 10 time Emmy Award-winning series, will feature 11 new teams, including professional surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks, Boston firefighters Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo and professional wrestlers Robbie E. Strauss and Brooke Adams. 

The Race kicked off in May with the first-ever public start from Times Square in New York City where Phil Keoghan introduced a new game-changing element, “The Save.” The team that finishes first in the premiere episode will be awarded “The Save,” which they 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 200 feet into a breathtaking Blue Grotto sea cave; and the Shetland Islands, Scotland, to test their sheep-herding skills.

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


Name: Adam Dirks
Age: 26
Hometown: Princeville, Hawaii
Connection to teammate: Married


104932_D0914Name: Bethany Hamilton
Age: 24
Hometown: Princeville, Hawaii
Connection to teammate: Married
Follow on Twitter: @bethanyhamilton

Follow on YouTube: TheBethanyHamilton





Name: Maya Warren
Age: 29
Hometown: Madison, Wis.  
Connection to teammate: Food scientist and friend/co-worker
Follow on Twitter: @MayaWarren


Name: Amy DeJong
Age: 24
Hometown: Madison, Wis.
Connection to teammate: Food scientist and friend/co-worker
Follow on Twitter: @AmyEDeJong





104932_D0731Name: Dennis Hour
Age: 30
Hometown: Tustin, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Dating

Follow on Twitter: @DennisHour


Name: Isabelle Du
Age: 28
Hometown: Tustin, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Dating
Follow on Twitter: @isabelledu




Name: Brooke Adams
Age: 29
Hometown: Houston, Texas  
Connection to teammate: Dating

Follow on Twitter: @realbrookeadams


Name: Robbie E. Strauss
Age: 30
Hometown: Woodbridge, N.J. 
Connection to teammate: Dating

FFollow on Twitter: @robbieeimpact



104932_D0242Name: Whitney Duncan
Age: 29
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Connection to teammate: Engaged

Follow on Twitter: @whitneyduncan


Name: Keith Tollefson
Age: 29
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Connection to teammate: Engaged

Follow on Twitter: @keithtollefson






Name: Kym Perfetto
Age: 30
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Connection to teammate: Friends

Follow on Twitter: @kymnonstop

Follow on YouTube: KymNonStop


Name: Alli Forsythe
Age: 26

Hometown: New York 

Connection to teammate: Friends

Follow on Twitter: @alliforsythe




104932_D0641Name: Lisa Thomson
Age: 28
Hometown: Miami Beach, Fla. 
Connection to teammate: Sisters
Follow on Twitter: @LisaAThomson


Name: Michelle Thomson
Age: 22
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Connection to teammate: Sisters
Follow on Twitter: @IsellMiami





104932_D0338Name: Michael Ward
Age: 40
Hometown: Boston, Mass.  
Connection to teammate: Friend and fellow firefighter


Name: Scott Strazzullo
Age: 39
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Connection to teammate: Friend and fellow firefighter






Name: Misti Raman
Age: 36
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Connection to teammate: Married


Name: Jim Raman 
Age: 37
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Connection to teammate: Married







Name: Shelley Porter

Age: 42

Hometown: Detroit, Mich.

Connection to teammate: Mother 


Name: Nici Porter

Age: 24

Hometown: Detroit, Mich.

Connection to teammate: Daughter

Follow on Twitter: @PrettyEyesRTB





104932_D0492Name: Timothy Tsao
Age: 23
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.  
Connection to teammate: Dating

Follow on Twitter:


Name:  Te Jay McGrath
Age: 24
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.  
Connection to teammate:  Dating 





CHEAT TWEET: #AmazingRace is celebrating 25th trip around the world! The adventure begins Fri., Sept. 26 @ 8/7c! Meet the new cast!

THE AMAZING RACE sends 11 teams on a trek around the world.  Each Team is comprised of two people who have a pre-existing relationship with one another.  At every destination, each Team competes in a series of challenges — some mental and some physical — and when the tasks have been completed, 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 at least $1 million.

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

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