The Amazing Race 1
Season Run February 20, 2012 – February 25, 2012
Continents Visited 6
Countries/Territories Visited 6
Cities Visited 6
Winning Team Ivan
Number Of Legs 6
Number Of Teams 6
Season chronology
Preceded By None
Followed By The Amazing Race 2

The Amazing Race 1 is the inaugural season of the competitive reality series pss817's The Amazing Race. It featured six single racers racing through six different countries. After a season six legs, spanning six continents, six countries, and six cities, Ivan became the winner after being the first racer to cross the Finish Line on the Final Leg.


Team Position (by leg)
1 2 3 4 5 6
Ivan 6th 2nd 2nd 1stƒ 1st 1st
Andrew 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 2nd 2nd
Jon 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd
Matthew 5th 5th 3rd 3rd 4th
Dylan 4th 4th 5th
Andy 1st 6th
  • red racer placement means the racer was eliminated.
  • green ƒ indicates that the racer won a Fast Forward.
  • An underlined blue racer's placement indicates that the racer came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump during the next leg of the race.


This season is the first and only season to feature six single racers. The six racers were Ivan, Andrew, Jon, Matthew, Dylan, and Andy. Ivan, Dylan, Matthew, and Andy returned to race in The Amazing Race 2, where they placed 3rd, 3rd, 1st, and 4th, respectively. Matthew and Andy returned to race in The Amazing Race 3, where they placed 3rd and 1st, respectively. Matthew and Andy returned to race in The Amazing Race 4, where they placed 1st and 2nd, respectively.


The Amazing Race 1 had racers circumnavigate the globe, visiting six different countries, six different cities, and six different continents.

Leg 1 (United States → Japan)

  • Air-Travel Racers flew from the United States to Tokyo, Japan.
  • Racers had to translate five Japanese words into English. The Amazing Race
  • Sushi: Racers searched through a large Sushi menu to find the one Sushi name that was not realSymbols: Racers looked through different Japanese symbols to find the one that was not actually Japanese. The Amazing Race-1
  • Racers checked in at Tokyo Tower. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 2 (Japan → Italy)

  • Air-Travel Racers flew from Tokyo, Japan to Rome, Italy. 
  • Ivan answered various trivia questions related to Italy. The Amazing Race-3
  • Racers had to identify four Italian monuments. The Amazing Race
  • Italian Food: Racers unscrambled the names of Italian foodsItalian Literature: Racers matched Italian authors to their works of literature. The Amazing Race-1
  • Racers checked in at the Coliseum. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 3 (Italy → Australia)

  • Air-Travel Racers flew from Rome, Italy to Sydney, Australia.
  • Racers had to unscramble the names of various Australian monuments. The Amazing Race
  • Australian Animals: Racers unscrambled the names of different Australian animals</span>; Australian Facts: Racers determined whether statements about Australia were true or false. The Amazing Race-1
  • Racers checked in at the Sydney Opera House. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 4 (Australia → Antarctica)

  • Air-Travel Racers flew from Sydney, Australia to Antarctica.
  • Racers manuevered snow plows through the streets to collect fake snowflakes in order to win the Fast Forward. The Amazing Race-4
  • Racers launched fake arctic animals across an icy field in attempt to get them over 150 feet. The Amazing Race
  • Numbers: Racers deciphered a secret number by answering number-based questions on Antarctica; Names: Racers unscrambled the names of five different Arctic animals to find a secret phrase. The Amazing Race-1
  • Racers checked in at the South Pole. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 5 (Antarctica → Africa)

  • Air-Travel Racers flew from Antarctica to Ghana, Africa.
  • Andrew answered various trivia questions related to Italy. The Amazing Race-3
  • Racers labeled various African countries on a map. The Amazing Race
  • African Chant: Racers completed an African chant by filling in the missing Afrikaan words; African Language: Racers searched through a list of Afrikaan words to find the three that were not actually Afrikaan words. The Amazing Race-1
  • Racers checked in at the Independence Arc. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 6 (Africa → United States)

  • Air-Travel Racers flew from Ghana, Africa to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Aloha Tower, this season's Finish Line.

  • Racers searched through a Hawaiian recipe book to locate three specific recipes. The Amazing Race
  • Hawaiian Surfing: Racers practiced the art of the surfing until they receiving a score of at least 1,000; Hawaiian Tikis: Racers completed a sliding puzzle of a Hawaiian tiki. The Amazing Race-1
  • Racers completed a Hawaiian word search within a five-minute time limit. The Amazing Race
  • Racers determined whether various statements about Hawaii were true or false. The Amazing Race
  • Racers had to complete a memory task by matching up various events to the legs in which they occured.
  • Racers finished the Race at Aloha Tower, the Finish Line. The Amazing Race-2


  • This season marks the first appearence of the Fast Forward.