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Check out the pairs that will run around the world for cash

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The new season of The Amazing Race features 11 teams -- including former NFL cheerleaders, TMZ personalities and a couple whose Amazing Race-themed marriage proposal went vital -- running around the world in a quest for the grand prize. The Season kicks on Friday, Sept. 25 at 8/9c on CBS, when the teams will take off from Venice Beach, Calif. and travel to Rio de Janeiro, where they immediately encounter a potentially game-changing fast forward. So, who should you cheer for? Click ahead to meet the new teams!

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Alex Manard and Adam Dingeman

Ages: 22 and 24
Hometowns: Champaign, Ill. And Des Moines, Iowa
Current occupations: Alex is a supervisor in retail sales; Adam is a host/server
How they're connected: Cousins

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Cindy Chac and Rick Chac

Ages: 36 and 38
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Current occupation: Cindy is a dentist; Rick is an OB/GYN
How they're connected: Spouses

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Denise Williams and James Earl Corley

Ages: 51 and 26
Hometown: Prattville, Ala.
Current occupations: Denise is an administrative assistant; James is a resident physician
How they're connected: Mother and son

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Ernest Phillips and Jin Lao

Ages: 29 and 26
Hometown: Boston
Current occupation: Ernest works as a dance instructor, hotel maid/stock boy, homecare provider for brain trauma patients and certified personal trainer; Jin is a student/stock boy
How they're connected: Siblings

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Jazmine Lewis and Danielle Littleton

Ages: They're both 23
Hometown: Moreno Valley, Calif. and Riverside, Calif.
Current occupations: Jazmine is an LA Galaxy star squad girl; Danielle is a student
How they're connected: Best friends

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Justin Scheman and Diana Bishop

Ages: 39 and 30
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y. and Sharon Hill, Pa.
Current occupations: Justin is a morning radio personality; Diana is a 6th grade teacher
How they're connected: Engaged

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Kelly Berning and Shevonne Sullivan

Ages: 37 and 31
Hometowns: Los Angeles and Taunton, Mass.
Current occupations: They both work a TMZ. Kelly is a television editor and Shevonne is post production supervisor.
How they're connected: Friends/co-workers

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Kelsey Gerckens and Joey Buttitta

Ages: 25 and 26
Hometown: Ventura, Calif. And Simi Valley, Calif.
Current occupations: Kelsey is a news reporter at KEYT-TV, where Joey is a news anchor
How they're connected: Dating/co-workers

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Logan Fazio and Chris Gordon

Ages: 36 and 46
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Current occupations: They are both paparazzi photographers
How they're connected: Dating/business partners

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Tanner Kloven and Josh Ahern

Ages: 26 and 28
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas and Dallas
Current occupations: Tanner is a pharmaceutical sales rep; Josh works in medical device sales
How they're connected: Best friends

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Tiffany Chantell Torres and Krista Debono

Ages: They're both 28
Hometown: Little Falls, N.J. and New York
Current occupations: Tiffany is a consultant for Physicians in Healthcare; Krista is a speech pathologist
How they're connected: They were former cheerleaders for the New York Jets