Hayley Keel and Blair Townsend are a Blind Dating team on The Amazing Race 26.
Of the paired teams, they had by far the most issues, with Hayley constantly yelling at Blair for ignoring her suggestions. Despite a complete inability to communicate with each other at first, they managed to create a working relationship, and after a rocky first two legs, they were a fixture in the top three, turning into the season's most consistent team. While they were never able to fully resolve their fighting, they won the two legs leading into the finale, and had a solid lead heading into the rappelling Roadblock, with a clear path to victory ahead of them. However, Hayley missed the correct flags leading them to the next task, instead leading them to a nearby parking garage. By the time they managed to course correct, they were so far behind that they were doomed to 3rd place.
Retrieved from CBS.com
- Name: Hayley Keel
- Age: 28
- Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
- Relationship Status: Single
- Current occupation: Registered Nurse
- Describe what you do: I am an ER/trauma RN, currently working at a pediatric hospital in the ER.
- 3 words to describe you: Genuine, witty and passionate.
- Favorite hobbies: Going to the beach, anything active (biking, paddle boarding, working out), cooking, traveling, attending Cleveland/Tampa Bay sporting events and exploring new places (cities, restaurants, local attractions).
- What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Becoming a registered nurse. It is simply amazing to be able to help people and make a difference in their lives.
- What scares you most about traveling? Becoming sick or sustaining an injury.
- What excites you most about traveling? Not knowing what I will see and experience. I love the spontaneity of traveling to new places.
- How many serious relationships have you been in? When were they and for how long? 3. From 2004-2005, college boyfriend; 2006-2013 long term relationship; 2013-2014 dated.
- What are your deal breakers in a relationship? Poor communication, lack of goals, no motivation, boring, bad attitude and laziness.
- What are the top 3 qualities you are looking for in a mate? Confidence, loyalty and happiness.
- What are 3 turn offs or pet peeves in a mate? Jealousy, negativity and insecurity.
- Who is your celebrity crush? Justin Timberlake
- What famous person reminds you of yourself? Taylor Swift
- What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Thailand, because of its beautiful beaches and fun atmosphere.
- Name: Blair Townsend
- Age: 31
- Hometown: Amelia Island, Fla.
- Relationship Status: Single
- Current occupation: Physician
- Describe what you do: I am taking a few years away from surgery residency to serve as an active duty doctor in the Navy. I provide medical care to Sailors in the Dive and Undersea communities.
- 3 words to describe you: Versatile, brave and inventive.
- Favorite hobbies: Ironman competitions, sailing, scuba diving and golf.
- What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Being a good son to my parents and a good brother to my sisters.
- What scares you most about traveling? Not ever wanting to return to real life.
- What excites you most about traveling? Knowing that I will return a better man.
- How many serious relationships have you been in? Two
- What are your deal breakers in a relationship? Lack of curiosity in the world, complacency and dishonesty.
- What are the top 3 qualities you are looking for in a mate? Razor-sharp wit, bold confidence and a contagious smile.
- What are 3 turn offs or pet peeves in a mate? Excessive swearing, no swearing and excessive make-up.
- Who is your celebrity crush? Lionel Messi's significant other, Antonella Roccuzzo.
- What famous person reminds you of yourself? If Ryan Gosling had a miracle baby with Brad Pitt then that child was tutored by Stephen Hawking, mentored by the late Maya Angelou, and trained by Bruce Jenner in his prime...I would be that person.
- What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Thailand or any country in Southeast Asia. I am obsessed with the food in the region, think the terrain is beautiful, and want to be thrown into the hustle and bustle of an overcrowded city while searching for Phil.
The Amazing Race 26
|Hayley & Blair's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Japan||Syncing Steps / Samurai Sake||No Roadblock||8 of 11|
|2||2||Japan||Share / Chair||Hayley||9 of 10|
|3||3||Japan → Thailand||Ski / Tree||No Roadblock||2 of 9|
|4||4||Thailand||Water / Wheel||Blair||2 of 9|
|5||5||Thailand → Germany||Stein / Stack||Blair||5 of 8|
|6||6||Germany → France → Monaco → France||Don't Slack Off / Win By a Nose||Hayley||1 of 7|
|7||7||France → Namibia||Track / Pack||Blair||3 of 6|
|8||8||Namibia||Work / Play||Hayley||3 of 6|
|9||9||Namibia → The Netherlands||Soak / Shuffle||Blair||2 of 5|
|10||10||The Netherlands → Peru||Mamas / Papas||Hayley||1 of 5|
|11||11||Peru||Shake Your Hips / Make Some Bricks||Blair||1 of 4|
|12||12||Peru → United States||No Detour||Blair||3 of 4|||
- Hayley and Blair still remain friends to this day.
- Hayley is now married.
- Along with Bergen & Kurt, Jeff & Jackie, Jelani & Jenny, and Laura & Tyler, Hayley & Blair are the second through sixth teams to race without a pre-existing relationship (after Mark & Mallory of All-Stars in 2014). The group was followed by the cast of The Amazing Race 29.
- Guy D'astolfo at valley24.com (02/23/2015): "Niles native competes on Amazing Race"
- Janie at shejustglows.com (04/10/2015): "Amazing Race contestant shares 16 things you didn't know about the show"
- 10 News Staff on WTSP (05/15/2015): "St. Pete nurse 3rd in Amazing Race"
- Robbyn Mitchell at Tampa Bay Times (05/16/2015): "Amazing Race contestant from St. Petersburg comes up short
- Rob Cesternino at RHAP (05/18/2015): "Amazing Race 2015 | Top 4 Exit Interviews"
- Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (05/19/2015): "Hayley and Blair Explain All the Nagging"
- Elimination Interview at CBS.com (05/19/2015): "Hayley And Blair Miss The Mat On Amazing Race's Finale, Coming In Third: No @RxForLove for these two"
- Lauren DuBois at Enstarz.com (05/20/2015): "Hayley & Blair Reflect On 3rd Place Finish, Say Final Challenge Would Have Kept Them From Winning Anyway"
- Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (05/22/2015): "Exclusive: Hayley Keel and Blair Townsend talk 'The Amazing Race' and finishing third"
- Mizkirsten on WFLA Daytime (06/04/2015): "Daytime Local Nurse on The Amazing Race"
- Mike and Rochelle on On the Block Network (09/25/2015): "Amazing Race Weekly Recap | The Pit Stop | Guest Hayley Keel (TAR26)"
Social Media Profiles
- Hayley's Facebook: /hayley.ann.12979
- Hayley's Twitter: @HayleyAnnRN
- Hayley's Instagram: /hayleyannrn
- Blair's Facebook: /blair.townsend.94
- Blair's Twitter: @btownsend_TAR
- Blair's Instagram: /blairtownsendtar
|The Amazing Race 26 Teams|