The Amazing Race Canada is a reality television competition series on CTV that features 10 teams of two in a grueling race across Canada and the world. The Race is divided into a series of legs and on each leg, teams receive destination clues and challenges to complete in order to move onto the next task. Teams strive to reach the Pit Stop where they are greeted by the host, Jon Montgomery.
The first team to cross the finish line wins a $250,000 cash payout, a "once-in-a-lifetime" trip for two around the world, and a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox for each person. This prize is the largest grand prize ever awarded for a Canadian competition series.
Back in May I was invited to the Aulie Farm in Rouleau, Saskatchewan for a behind the scenes look at the ninth leg of season five’s competition as they passed through Saskatchewan.
A few of the challenges from the episode that I was able to catch, were:
Starting and moving an auger in place in order transfer a pile of canola up into a grain cart.
Auctioning of a Clydesdale horse.
And stacking soup cans in Moose Jaw’s Crescent Park to create a maple leaf.
The remaining teams include:
Husband/wife, Karen and Bert Richards from Edmonton, Alberta.
Siblings, Adam and Andrea Cavaleri from Montreal, Quebec.
Boyfriends, Sam Lambert and Paul Mitskopoulos from Toronto, Ontario.
Best friends, Korey Sam and Ivana Krunic from Toronto, Ontario. (who I did not see)
And best friends, Kenneth McAlpine and Ryan Lachappelle from Collingwood, Ontario.
The high intensity “set” had a contracted film crew from Saskatchewan that chased racers from challenge to challenge, and watching the camera men/women sprint behind racers with a 50 pound camera was as impressive as how quickly the competitors completed their tasks.
As I write this, I haven’t been home to watch the episode yet, but there is no doubt in my mind that their race through our province will make for some “amazing” entertainment.