The newest season of CBS’ “The Amazing Race” doesn’t premiere until the fall, when it moves to its new Friday night time slot, but the network announced the list of teams competing in the landmark 25th edition of the reality hit as they embarked on their trek from New York City.
Eleven teams started the 25th Race in Times Square in the early morning hours of Saturday (May 31). When the first race began in 2001, the teams started from Central Park.
Here’s who’s competing on Season 25 — familiar faces include “Survivor” alums (gotta love that CBS synergy!), surfer Bethany Hamilton and some pro wrestlers.
– Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks: Married Surfers from Princeville, Hawaii
– Kym Perfetto and Alli Forsythe: Urban Bike Racers from Brooklyn, N.Y.
– Amy DeJong and Maya Warren: Food Scientists from Madison, Wisc.
– Lisa Thomson and Michelle Thomson: Realtor Sisters from Miami, Fla.
– Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo: Firefighters from Boston, Mass.
– Brooke Adams and Robbie E. Strauss: Dating Pro Wrestlers from Houston, Texas and Woodbridge, N.J., respectively.
– Tim Tsao and Te Jay McGrath: College Sweethearts from Pasadena, Calif.
– Isabelle Du and Dennis Hour: Model and Accountant, respectively, from Tustin, Calif.
– Keith Tollefson and Whitney Duncan: Engaged Couple from Nashville, Tenn.
– Misti and Jim Raman: Married Dentists from Columbia, S.C.
– Shelley and Nici Porter: Mother/Daughter from Detroit, Mich.