The Amazing Race 4
Season Run November 30, 2012 – December 8, 2012
Continents Visited 6
Countries/Territories Visited 9
Cities Visited 9
Winning Team Matthew & Lynette
Number Of Legs 9
Number Of Teams 9
Season chronology
Preceded By The Amazing Race 3
Followed By The Amazing Race 5
The Amazing Race 4 is the fourth season of the competitive reality series pss817's The Amazing Race. It featured nine teams of two racers racing through nine different countries. After a season featuring nine legs, spanning six continents, nine countries, and nine cities, Matthew & Lynette became the winners after being the first team to cross the Finish Line on the Final Leg, making them the series' first two-time winners.


Team Position (by leg) Roadblocks
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Matthew & Lynette 4th 5th 5th 3rd 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st Matthew 5, Lynette 5
Andy & Andy 5th 1st 3rd 6th 2nd 5th 2nd 1st 2nd Andy 7, Andy 7
Dylan & Devin 8th 3rd 2nd 2nd 5th< 2nd 4th 2nd 3rd Dylan 7, Devin 7
Chris & Darcy 7th 7th 4th 4th 4th 4th 3rd 4th Chris 4, Darcy 4
Bryan & Julian 3rd 6th 6th 7th 3rd 3rd 5th Bryan 3, Julian 4
James & Matt 1st 4th 1st 1st 6thε> James 3, Matt 2
Nikki & Violet 2nd 2nd 7th Nikki 1, Violet 1
Dusty & Eric 6th 8th Dusty 0, Eric 0
Sasha & Eddie 9th Sasha 1, Eddie 0

  • red team placement means the team was eliminated.
  • An underlined blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump during the next leg of the race.
  • brown ⊃ or a cyan ⋑ indicates that the team chose to use one of the two U-Turns in a Double U-Turn;  or  indicates the team who received it; ⋐⋑ around a leg number indicates that only one of the two available U-Turns was used.
  • purple ε indicates that the team decided to use the Express Pass on that leg.
  • yellow > means that team chose to use the Yield; < indicates the team who received it.


The nine teams were Matthew & Lynette, Andy & Andy, Dylan & Devin, Chris & Darcy, Bryan & Julian, James & Matt, Nikki & Violet, Dusty & Eric, and Sasha & Eddie.


The Amazing Race 4 had racers circumnavigate the globe, visiting nine different countries, nine different cities, and six different continents.

Leg 1 (United States → Peru)Edit

Air-Travel Racers flew from the United States to Lima, Peru.

  • Teams cooked a plate of Spanish Emanadas. The Amazing Race
  • Peruvian Chocolates: Teams searched through a box of Peruvian chocolates to locate the four that were not like the others of their kind; Peruvian Ruins: Teams completed a sliding puzzle of Machu Pichu. The Amazing Race-1
  • Teams checked in at the Church of San Franciso. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 2 (Peru → Cape Verde)Edit

Air-Travel Racers flew from Lima, Peru to Praia, Cape Verde.

  • Flags: Teams deciphered a coded message using various sailboat flagsFish: Teams counted up the amounts of different types of fish in a fish tank. The Amazing Race-1
  • Nikki & Violet U-Turned James & Matt; Dylan & Devin U-Turned Chris & Darcy. The Amazing Race-5
  • Teams completed a puzzle of a beach in Cape Verde. The Amazing Race
  • Teams used the code they found written in the sand in the puzzle to find a hidden picture, which they had to answer a question about.
  • Teams checked in at Cape Verde's Presidential Palace. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 3 (Cape Verde → France)Edit

Air-Travel Racers flew from Praia, Cape Verde to Paris, France

  • Teams shopped for French clothing and had to spend all of the one thousand euros they were given. The Amazing Race
  • Money: Teams counted the amount of money represented by the scattered euro; Menu: Teams unscrambled the names of various French foods on a French menu to uncover a secret phrase. The Amazing Race-1
  • Teams checked in at the Eiffel Tower. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 4 (France → Switzerland)Edit

Air-Travel Racers flew from Paris, France to Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Teams painted pictures of snowmen so they were identical to the example. The Amazing Race
  • Swiss Cantons: Teams unscrambled the names of various Swiss cantons and matched them to their correct flags; Swiss Smarts: Teams matched pictures of Swiss scholars to what they were most known for. The Amazing Race-1
  • Teams checked in at Schloss Kyburg Castle. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 5 (Switzerland → Russia)Edit

Air-Travel Racers flew from Zurich, Switzerland to Moscow, Russia.

  • Teams located various features in and around Russia on a map.The Amazing Race
  • James & Matt yielded Dylan & Devin. The Amazing Race Yield
  • Andy & Andy answered various trivia questions related to Switzerland. The Amazing Race-3
  • Dolls: Teams organized forty-five Russian Matryoshka dolls by their type and size; Diary: Teams searched through the diary of Czar Nicholas II to find the names of nine different colors, allowing them to open a safe containing a secret phrase. The Amazing Race-1
  • Teams checked in at Saint Basil Cathedral. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 6 (Russia → Oman)Edit

Air-Travel Racers flew from Moscow, Russia to Muskat, Oman.

  • Teams searched through Oman scenery to find various items and animals.The Amazing Race
  • Scrolls: Teams dug through sand to locate three scrolls that, together, spelled out a phrase in Arabic; Symbols: Teams searched through a list of ten words written with Arabic symbols to find the one that was not a real word The Amazing Race-1
  • Teams bet on the camel races as they tried to predict the camel that would win each race.
  • Teams checked in the Incense Burner Monument. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 7 (Oman → Philippines)Edit

Air-Travel Racers flew from Muskat, Oman to Manila, Philippines.

  • Andy & Andy answered various trivia questions related to the Philippines The Amazing Race-3
  • Teams played basketball, trying to earn a score of at least 3,000.The Amazing Race
  • Phrase: Teams solved a Fallen Phrases puzzle to find a secret phrase; Photo: Teams identified different distorted Filipino photos.The Amazing Race-1
  • Bus-logo.svg-1 Teams traveled by bus to the location of their next clue by signing up for one of three buses, each departing three minutes later than the last. If they missed the bus, they had to wait three minutes from when they arrived at the bus station.
  • Teams searched the streets for eight words that comprised a question, asking 'How many islands is the Philippines comprised of?' They had to correctly unscramble the question and answer it.
  • Teams checked in at Rizal Park. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 8 (Philippines → New Zealand)Edit

Air-Travel Racers flew from Manila, Philippines to Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Picture Search: Teams searched through various pictures of New Zealand to find three specific onesWord Search: Teams completed a word search, containing the names of eight cities in New Zealand, in five minutes or less. The Amazing Race-1
  • Andy & Andy U-Turned Matthew & Lynette; Chris & Darcy U-Turned Dylan & Devin. The Amazing Race-5
  • Teams played rugby and tried to earn a score of at least 2,500. The Amazing Race
  • Teams completed a puzzle of the Bay of Islands.
  • Teams checked in at the New Zealand Memorial. The Amazing Race-2

Leg 9 (New Zealand → United States)Edit

Air-Travel Racers flew from Wellington, New Zealand to New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Teams searched through the streets of New Orleans to find a specific number on a door.

    Jackson Square, this season's Finish Line.

  • Teams decorated two Mardi Gras masks to look identical to the examples. The Amazing Race
  • Teams counted the amount of Mardi Gras beads.
  • Teams completed a sliding puzzle of a painting of the French Quarter. The Amazing Race
  • Teams matched up various Coats of Arms to the countries they visited on the Race. Once they were done, they had to match up each of the Road Blocks completed each leg.
  • Teams guided five different streetcars to their correct destinations.
  • Teams finished the Race at Jackson Square, the location of the Finish Line. The Amazing Race-2


  • This season marks the first appearance of the Yield.
  • This season features the first two-time winners of the series.
  • This is the first time where the same team got last at every non-elimination leg.