AMAZING RACE 17 Cast Announced

Amazing Race 17 Cast

CBS announced today the 11 new teams competing in the next installment of THE AMAZING RACE, which premieres with a special 90-minute debut on Sunday, Sept. 26 (8:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT).  Phil Keoghan is the host.

This season’s cast of Racers will travel over 32,000 miles, covering four continents and 30 cities, with first-time visits to Bangladesh, Ghana and the Arctic Circle.  Additionally, for the first time in the history of the Race, the Team to finish in first place during the premiere episode will be awarded a surprise, game-changing advantage.

The new season features Racers from all walks of life, including a Team of Home Shopping hosts, newly dating couples, an Internet entertainer, Ivy League a cappella singers and a birth mother/daughter Team who were recently reunited after the mother gave her newborn daughter up for adoption over 20 years ago.

Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:

Brook Roberts Claire Champlin Amazing Race

Brook Roberts

Age: 27

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Occupation: Home Shopping Host

Claire Champlin

Age: 30

Hometown: Reno, Nev.

Occupation: Home Shopping Host

Relationship: Home Shopping Hosts

Nick DeCarlo Vicki Casciola Amazing Race

Nick DeCarlo

Age: 26

Hometown: Henderson, Nev.

Occupation: Bartender

Vicki Casciola

Age: 26

Hometown: Henderson, Nev.

Occupation: Hair Stylist

Relationship: Dating

Ron Kellum Tony Stovall Amazing Race

Ron Kellum

Age: 45

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Occupation: Director/Choreographer

Tony Stovall

Age: 42

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

Occupation: Doctoral Student (University of


Relationship: Best Friends

Michael And Kevin Wu Amazing Race

Michael Wu

Age:  58

Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas

Occupation: Software Consultant and Content Creator

Kevin Wu

Age: 20

Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas

Occupation: Student/Internet Entertainer

Relationship: Father/Son

Chad Waltrip Stephanie Smith Amazing Race

Chad Waltrip

Age: 26

Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Occupation: Operations Manager

Stephanie Smith

Age: 23

Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Occupation: Hair Stylist

Relationship: Newly Dating

Nat Strand Kat Chang Amazing Race

Nat Strand

Age: 31

Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Occupation: Doctor

Kat Chang

Age: 35

Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.

Occupation: Doctor

Relationship: Doctors/Friends

Gary And Mallory Ervin Amazing Race

Gary Ervin

Age: 53

Hometown: Morganfield, Ky.

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Mallory Ervin

Age: 24

Hometown: Lexington, Ky.

Occupation: Miss Kentucky 2009

Relationship: Father/Daughter

Connor Diemand-Yauman Jonathan Schwartz Amazing Race

Connor Diemand-Yauman

Age:  22

Hometown: Chesterland, Ohio

Occupation: Student (Princeton)

Jonathan Schwartz

Age: 22

Hometown: Cranford, N.J.

Occupation: Student (Princeton)

Relationship: Ivy League A Cappella Singers

Jill Haney Thomas Wolfard Amazing Race

Jill Haney

Age: 27

Hometown: Marina Del Ray, Calif.

Occupation: Hair Stylist

Thomas Wolfard

Age: 30

Hometown: Marina Del Ray, Calif.

Occupation: Ad Sales Director

Relationship: Dating

Andie DeKroon Jenna Sykes Amazing Race

Andie DeKroon

Age:  43

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom

Jenna Sykes

Age: 21

Hometown: Athens, Ga.

Occupation: Student (University of Georgia)

Relationship: Birth Mother/Daughter

Katie Seamon Rachel Johnston Amazing Race

Katie Seamon

Age: 23

Hometown: Rahway, N.J.

Occupation: Beach Volleyball Player

Rachel Johnston

Age: 24

Hometown: Moorestown, N.J

Occupation: Beach Volleyball Player

Relationship: Beach Volleyball Partners

THE AMAZING RACE sends 11 teams on a trek around the world.  Each Team is comprised of two people who have a pre-existing relationship with one another.  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.  Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.