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'The Amazing Race 20': Meet the Contestants



Premiering Sunday, February 19, the 20th edition will feature a pair of border patrol agents, married clowns, federal agents, twins, and recent "Big Brother" winner Rachel Reilly & her fiancé Brendon Villegas, and more.



"Amazing Race 20" contestants
Amazing Race 20 contestantsJanuary 25, 2012

Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly in "The Amazing Race 20"
Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly in "The Amazing Race 20"
Elliot Weber in "Amazing Race 20" with Andrew Weber (right)
Elliot Weber in "Amazing Race 20" with Andrew Weber (right)
CBS announced today the 11 teams that will embark on a global adventure for the new season of "The Amazing Race," premiering Sunday, February 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. Emmy Award nominee Phil Keoghan is the host.

"The Amazing Race" has won the Emmy award for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program" eight times in the past nine years.

This season, which marks the 20th sprint around the globe for the series, will make first time visits to Paraguay, Azerbaijan and other exotic locations. Along the way, Teams will travel through five continents, 22 cities and nearly 40,000 miles.

This season's Racers will endure one of the most competitive courses ever, as they find themselves skydiving in Argentina, training with the Masai warriors in Tanzania, racing through Africa's "Garden of Eden," putting their taste buds to the test with one of Italy's most popular cuisines and searching for King Ludwig's quarters in the German castle that served as the inspiration for the castle in "Sleeping Beauty."

This season's cast includes a pair of border patrol agents, twins, dating divorcees, last year's winner of "Big Brother," Rachel Reilly, and her fiancé and fellow Houseguest, Brendon Villegas.

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

Dave Brown Jr.
Age: 33
Hometown: Madison, Wis.
Current occupation: U.S. Army Officer

Rachel Brown
Age: 30
Hometown: Madison, Wis.
Current occupation: Project Manager

Connection to Teammate: Married


William "Bopper" Minton
Age: 41
Hometown: Manchester, KY.
Current occupation: Motorcycle Mechanic

Mark Jackson
Age: 45
Hometown: Manchester, Ky.
Current occupation: Former State Inspector

Connection to Teammate: Best Friends


Nary Ebeid
Age: 32
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: Federal Agent

Jamie Graetz
Age: 33
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: Federal Agent

Connection to Teammate: Federal Agents/Friends


Brendon Villegas
Age: 31
Hometown: Westwood, Calif.
Current occupation: PhD Student

Rachel Reilly
Age: 27
Hometown: Westwood, Calif.
Current occupation: Event Hostess

Connection to Teammate: Engaged


Joey "Fitness" Lasalla
Age: 29
Hometown: Whitestone, N.Y.
Current occupation: Trainer/Supplement Company Owner

Danny Horal
Age: 27
Hometown: Holbrook, N.Y.
Current occupation: Nightclub Promoter

Connection to Teammate: Friends


Misa Tanaka
Age: 27
Hometown: San Diego
Current occupation: Car Buyer

Maiya Tanaka
Age: 25
Hometown: San Diego
Current occupation: Professional Golfer

Connection to Teammate: Sisters


Dave Gregg
Age: 44
Hometown: New Port Richey, Fla.
Current occupation: "Ambassador of Laughter"

Cherie Gregg
Age: 44
Hometown: New Port Richey, Fla.
Current occupation: "Ambassador of Laughter"

Connection to Teammate: Married Clowns


Elliot Weber
Age: 28
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Current occupation: Musician

Andrew Weber
Age: 28
Hometown: Menlo Park, Calif.
Current occupation: Professional Soccer Player

Connection to Teammate: Twins


Kerri Paul
Age: 30
Hometown: Gulfport, Miss.
Current occupation: Program Coordinator

Stacy Bowers
Age: 30
Hometown: Gulfport, Miss.
Current occupation: Self Employed / "Basketball" Wife

Connection to Teammate: Cousins


Vanessa Macias
Age: 31
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Current occupation: Freelance Writer

Ralph Kelley
Age: 36
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Current occupation: Bar Owner

Connection to Teammate: Dating Divorcees


Art Velez
Age: 43
Hometown: Temecula, Calif.
Current occupation: Border Patrol Agent

JJ Carrell
Age: 42
Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif.
Current occupation: Border Patrol Agent

Connection to Teammate: Border Patrol Agents/Friends


"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 $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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