The Amazing Race
is a reality television game show in which teams of two people, who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other teams
. Contestants strive to arrive first at "pit stops" at the end of each leg of the race to win prizes and to avoid coming in last, which carries the possibility of elimination or a significant disadvantage in the following leg
. Contestants travel to and within multiple countries in a variety of transportation modes, including airplanes, hot-air balloons, helicopters, trucks, bicycles, taxicabs, car, jeepneys, trains, buses, boats, and by foot. Clues provided in each leg lead the teams to the next destination or direct them to perform a task, either together or by a single member. These challenges are related in some manner to the country wherein they are located or its culture. Teams are progressively eliminated until three are left; at that point, the team that arrives first in the final leg is awarded the grand prize.
Created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, the original series has aired in the United States since 2001 and has earned thirteen Primetime Emmy Awards, including every award from 2003–2012 for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program", except in 2010 when Top Chef won. Emmy-award-winning New Zealand television personality, Phil Keoghan, has been the host of the U.S. version of the show since its inception. The show has branched out to include a number of international versions following a similar format.