The 'Race' Returns

THE AMAZING RACE 4 -- Phil Keoghan returns as the host of THE AMAZING RACE 4, premiering with a special 90 minute episode on Thursday, May 29 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. CBS

Fasten your safety belts! The fourth season of "The Amazing Race" gets under way Thursday, May 29, on CBS.

Twelve teams, each comprised of two people who have a pre-existing relationship, will race around the world and compete for the $1 million grand prize. This race kicks off at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race" host, visited The Early Show to give a preview of what to expect from the latest season of globe-trotters.

Among the varied teams to compete are a married couple who describe themselves as "fat, 40 and fun," a couple that identified themselves as "dating 12 years – virgins," circus clown friends, and buxom models.

Keoghan says "The Amazing Race" is a test of physical and psychological endurance, as well as a dandy travelogue. But, he says, it's mostly a test of relationships.

The following are the 12 teams competing in the summer of 2003 "The Amazing Race," listed in no specific order:
  1. Name: David Dean
    Occupation: Owner of a Marketing Agency
    Age: 32
    Hometown: Los Angeles

    Name: Jeff Strnad
    Occupation: Commercial and Residential Broker
    Age: 37
    Hometown: Manhattan Beach, Calif.

    Relationship: Best Friends

  2. Name: "Tian" Kitchen
    Occupation: Model
    Age: 30
    Hometown: Miami Beach

    Name: Jaree Poteet
    Occupation: Model
    Age: 33
    Hometown: Miami Beach

    Relationship: Friends/Models

  3. Name: Millie Smith
    Occupation: Environmental Teacher at Aquarium
    Age: 29
    Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Name: Chuck Shankles
    Occupation: Self-Employed
    Age: 28
    Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Relationship: Dating 12 years/virgins

  4. Name: Reichen Lehmkuhl
    Occupation: Pilot
    Age: 28
    Hometown: Beverly Hills, Calif.

    Name: Chip Arndt
    Occupation: Consultant/Entrepreneur
    Age: 36
    Hometown: Beverly Hills, Calif.

    Relationship: Married

  5. Name: Debra Carmody
    Occupation: Director of an Artists Colony
    Age: 49
    Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

    Name: Steve Carmody
    Occupation: Radio News Director
    Age: 40
    Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

    Relationship: Married Parents

  6. Name: Monica Ambrose
    Occupation: Mother/Homemaker
    Age: 29
    Hometown: Duluth, Ga.

    Name: Sheree Buchanan
    Occupation: Mother/Homemaker
    Age: 31
    Hometown: Duluth, Ga.

    Relationship: NFL wives/mothers

  7. Name: Kelly Parks
    Occupation: Model
    Age: 30
    Hometown: Miami; originally from Mansfield, Texas

    Name: Jon Corso
    Occupation: Real Estate Agent
    Age: 28
    Hometown: Miami; originally from Franklin Lakes, N. J.

    Relationship: Engaged

  8. Name: Steve Meitz
    Occupation: Air Traffic Controller
    Age: 46
    Hometown: Chicago

    Name: Dave Cottingham
    Occupation: Air Traffic Controller
    Age: 43
    Hometown: Chicago

    Relationship: Air Traffic Controllers

  9. Name: Amanda Adams
    Occupation: Physical Rehabilitation Technician
    Age: 25
    Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.

    Name: Chris Garry
    Occupation: Freelance Graphic Designer
    Age: 28
    Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.

    Relationship: Dating

  10. Name: Steve Cottingham
    Occupation: Supervisor at a Juvenile Detention Facility
    Age: 47
    Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Name: Josh Cottingham
    Occupation: Computer Technician
    Age: 21
    Hometown: Los Angeles

    Relationship: Father/Son

  11. Name: Russell Brown
    Occupation: Model/Actor
    Age: 32
    Hometown: Hermosa Beach, Calif.

    Name: Cindy Duck
    Occupation: Inventor
    Age: 39
    Hometown: Los Angeles

    Relationship: Friends/Dating

  12. Name: Jon Weiss
    Occupation: Clown ("Human Cannon Ball")
    Age: 40
    Hometown: Long Island, New York

    Name: Al Rios
    Occupation: Clown for a Cruise Ship
    Age: 34
    Hometown: Long Island, New York

    Relationship: Best Friends/Clowns


The fourth installment of "The Amazing Race" premieres Thursday, May 29, 2003, 8 p.m. ET/PT.
  • Rome Neal

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