Premiering Thursday, March 30, the 29th season of the CBS reality competition series will feature, for the first time, 22 complete strangers who will team up at the starting line to begin a race around the world that will span 9 countries, 17 cities and 36,000 miles.

Amazing Race 29 contestants for spring 2017
March 15, 2017

"The Amazing Race" returns this season with a race unlike any before. In a brand new twist, all 22 racers are complete strangers who will meet on the starting line. Before "Go," racers will immediately compete in a challenge that will determine the order for picking a teammate, based on nothing but first impressions. These new pairs of teammates will then have mere moments to learn their traveling companion's name before beginning a race around the world that will span nine countries, seventeen cities and 36,000 miles. The new season of the ten-time Emmy Award-winning series premieres on a new date and time, Thursday, March 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

"For years, "The Amazing Race" fans have suggested we line up complete strangers and match them up at the starting line to see what would happen. These newbie racers begin with no pre-existing relationships or emotional baggage, and the excitement of traveling around the world to complete dozens of gut-busting, mind-blowing challenges quickly ignites tension," said Phil Keoghan, host of "The Amazing Race."

"The Amazing Race, in scope, is the biggest reality show ever created. It brings people from all walks of life together on a global scale, and traditionally sends teams with established relationships on an adrenaline-packed, exotic adventure. However, this season, we are excited to pair complete strangers and see how they handle the pressure of traveling the world with someone they just met," said co-creator and executive producer Bertram van Munster.

Participants in the 29th race around the world include an Army Drill Sergeant, a pro snowboarder, a Wall Street banker, an auctioneer and a college drum major, among others. They will begin their journey in Los Angeles and head to their first destination, Panama City. Along the route, racers will be challenged with building and delivering desks and school supplies to children in Tanzania, skydiving in Norway and bungee jumping 240 feet into the Corinth Canal in Greece. The first team to cross the final finish line will win the one million dollar prize and be crowned the winners of "The Amazing Race."

The following are the 22 racers:

Ashton Theiss, 25
Fort Worth, Texas
Real Estate Agent

Becca Droz, 26
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rock Climbing Instructor and Barista

Brooke Camhi, 36
Lynbrook, New York
Criminal Defense Attorney

Floyd Pierce, 21
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
College Student

Francesca Piccoli, 33
Banning, California
U.S. Army Drill Sergeant

Jenn Lee, 25
Palos Verdes, California
Professional Model

Jessie Lynn Shields, 28
Howland, Ohio
K-9 Police Officer

Joey Covino, 46
Boston, Massachusetts
Police Sergeant

Kevin Ng, 31
San Diego, California
Athletic Trainer

Liz Espey, 24
Maryville, Missouri

Logan Bauer, 27
Navarre, Florida
Orthopedic Device Specialist

London Kaye, 27
New York, New York
Street Artist

Matt Ladley, 25
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Professional Snowboarder

Michael Rado, 37
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Olive Beauregard, 24
Providence, Rhode Island

Redmond Ramos, 28
Fremont, California
Motivational Speaker

Sara Fowler, 27
Baltimore, Maryland
Luxury Real Estate Agent

Scott Flanary, 34
Charlotte, North Carolina
University Recruiting Manager

Seth Tyler, 37
Seattle, Washington
Police Officer

Shamir Arzeno, 28
Bronx, New York
Wall Street Banker

Tara Carr, 38
Alexandria, Virginia
U.S. Army Officer

Vanck Zhu, 28
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Investment Analyst

"The Amazing Race" sends eleven teams on a trek around the world. Each team is comprised of two people. 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 at least $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.

Season 29