The Amazing Race is going back to the start.
To celebrate the 10-time Emmy-winning show's 25th season (premieres Friday, 8/7c, CBS), Race returned to New York City, where Season 1 began and ended, for the kickoff — and the start line in Times Square was open to the public for the first time ever.
Meet The Amazing Race 25 teams
"I've always been an advocate of not keeping where we go a secret," host Phil Keoghan told TVGuide.com before production began. "What we do — keep that a secret — but as far as locations, when we're talking about where we're going, the better it is for the show. I think the viewer is more excited knowing where we're going, and they can't wait to see what happens in that place than they would be if they didn't know. It's kind of a great teaser. If we're going to Spain, you start thinking of all the things we could do in Spain. So I'm very excited to see our fans in Times Square. It's the perfect place to do it."
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A one-armed surfer and a Survivor couple are among the cast members of The Amazing Race 25, which will feature yet another new twist.
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Surfing champ Bethany Hamilton, whose left arm was bitten off by a shark in 2003, will globe-trot with her husband, Adam Dirks. Survivor: South Pacific alums Keith Tollefson and Whitney Duncan, who got married after the Race, will aim to do better than previous Survivor-turned-Race pairs Rob and Amber, who finished second and eighth on Seasons 7 and 11, respectively; and Ethan and Jenna, who finished 10th on Season 19.
Other teams include ...
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