‘The Amazing Race’ Season 36 cast announced by CBS


The Amazing Race has unveiled its cast of 13 teams who will be racing around the world on Season 36 this spring.

CBS has announced The Amazing Race will feature 13 brand new teams when Season 36 premieres with a 90-minute episode on Wednesday, March 13 at 9:30PM ET/PT, immediately following a new episode of Survivor.


The Amazing Race will star a former NFL player competing with his wife, a pair of firefighter moms, a team of military pilots, and twin brothers among others.

The Amazing Race will be hosted by Phil Keoghan and air 90-minute episodes all season long.

Phil will kick off the Race in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where the 13 new teams must participate in a traditional Mexican rodeo and lasso their way to the first Pit Stop without finishing in last place.

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.

Like last season, there will be no non-elimination legs, and so the team to finish last at the end of each leg will be eliminated.

Along the route, Racers will paraglide in Colombia, rally car race in Argentina, swim through waterfalls in the Dominican Republic, visit music icon Rihanna’s childhood home in Barbados, and visit two new countries.

“This season of The Amazing Race features a cast of adventurous thrill-seekers. We always want to challenge our cast and surprise our viewers, so we are excited to travel to two new countries along the route,” executive producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri said in a statement.

“The 90-minute episodes are returning, which really allows us to delve into the countries on the route and get to know our amazing cast. We are ready for a global adventure like never before.”

Last season, “Brothers” Greg Franklin and John Franklin won The Amazing Race’s 35th season and the one million dollar prize.

Below are the 13 teams and their CBS-supplied descriptions who will be competing on The Amazing Race 36:


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– “Retired Police Officers” Derek Williams and Shelisa Williams

Derek is a 57-year-old retired chief of police, and Shelisa is a 55-year-old retired sheriff’s lieutenant. They are both from Alta Loma, CA.

– “Mother and Son” Angie Butler and Danny Butler

Angie is a 55-year-old seventh grade teacher from Walla Walla, WA, and Danny is a 27-year-old university resident director from San Diego, CA.

– “Married NFL Couple” Rod Gardner and Leticia Gardner

Rod is a 46-year-old former NFL player and owner of Gshred Supplements, and Leticia is a 38-year-old fitness business owner. They are both from Lawrenceville, GA.

Rod has played for Washington, Carolina, Green Bay and Kansas City.

– “Married Couple” Michelle Clark and Sean Clark

Michelle, 39, and Sean, 46, are the owners of Double Dutch Aerobics and are from East Point, GA.

– “Dating Couple” Yvonne Chavez and Melissa Main

Yvonne is a 40-year-old global strategy and operations lead, and Melissa is a 38-year-old investigator for U.S. Navy special operations. They are both from San Diego, CA.

– “Best Friends and Firefighters” Sunny Pulver and Bizzy Smith

Sunny is a 41-year-old from Edgerton, WI, and Bizzy is a 37-year-old from New Berlin, WI. They are both firefighters.

– “Dating Couple” Amber Craven and Vinny Cagungun

Amber is a 30-year-old and Vinny is a 37-year-old. They are both nurse anesthetists from Englewood, CO.

– “Dating Couple” Ricky Rotandi and Cesar Aldrete

Ricky is a 34-year-old preschool teacher, and Cesar is a 34-year-old food stylist. They are both from New York, NY.

– “Best Friends and Military Pilots” Juan Villa and Shane Bilek

Juan is from Spokane, WA, and Shane is from Marine City, MI. They are both 29-year-old Air Force pilots.

– “Twin Brothers” Anthony Smith and Bailey Smith

Anthony and Bailey are both 26-year-old recruiters from Clearwater, FL

– “Cousins” Kishori Turner and Karishma Cordero

Kishori is a 26-year-old senior marketing strategist from Gaithersburg, MD, and Karishma is a 22-year-old student from Austin, TX.

– “Siblings” Maya Mody and Rohan Mody

Maya is a 20-year-old student, and Rohan is a 23-year-old master’s student. They are both from Monmouth Junction, NJ.

– “Father and Daughter” Chris Foster and Mary Cardona-Foster

Chris is a 60-year-old receptionist, and Mary is a 27-year-old marketing manager. They are both from Waltham, MA.

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Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.

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