Viewers of The Amazing Race
may no doubt wonder how difficult the start of the race truly is, since it usually begins in the U.S. in a major city with an international airport. Chances are, at least a few of the Racers will be familiar with the city and have little trouble navigating the initial trip to the airport.
Indeed, during this season’s premiere All-Stars
episode, two teams, Bill Bartek and Joe Baldassare and Ozwald Mendez and Danny Jimenez, both mentioned familiarity with the starting city, Miami.
Short of a Men in Black-style memory eraser, the producers can’t probably guarantee that anyone doesn’t have a leg up. However, the Miami Herald recently reported on some measures they take to make the start of the Race disorienting enough to help make the playing field a little more level.
The teams were sequestered for two days in a hotel, with little ability to move around. On the day of the race, they got an EARLY start (3:30 AM!), and were driven in “windowless vehicles” to a dock. From the dock, they were transported by boat to the starting location.
''The whole object is to keep them confined and in the dark,'' Elise Doganieri, executive producer told the Herald. ``It's for security, and to confuse them. You may think it's no big deal to drive from here to the Miami airport, but they have no idea where they are.''
While the measures might not be foolproof, the planning and coordination the producers conduct for The Amazing Race
contribute to the show’s continued success.
- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image Courtesy CBS.com)