Raymond "Ray" Whitty and Yolanda Brown-Moore are a Dating team on The Amazing Race 9.

They generally kept to themselves, out of the friendships and drama building between the other teams. They survived almost being eliminated several times due to other teams' mistakes, keeping a somewhat positive attitude and avoiding fighting for the good majority of the race. In the finale they had trouble finding the hidden clue at the Clear Creek Historical Park, dropping behind the other teams and finishing 3rd.


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Ray & Yolanda have been dating for five years. An accomplished athlete, Yolanda ran track with Ray's cousin at the University of Florida. One day while visiting his cousin at the track, Ray was introduced to Yolanda, but it wasn't until later that the two were reacquainted and exchanged phone numbers.

Natives of Florida, Ray & Yolanda now reside in Chicago, Illinois. Yolanda grew up in Gainesville, Florida and was a math and science teacher in Miami before she recently moved in with Ray, who is originally from Jacksonville. After receiving his law degree from the University of Miami and practicing law in South Florida, Ray accepted a position as an attorney in Chicago.

While Ray is said to be the more disciplined of the two, both describe themselves as opinionated and stubborn. Yolanda admits that she has a bit of trouble finishing what she's started and Ray claims that she often runs late. Nevertheless, Yolanda & Ray enjoy working out together and are looking forward to the adventure of the Race and the thrill of competition.

The Amazing Race 9

Race History

Ray & Yolanda's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Motor Head / Rotor Head No Roadblock 7 of 11
2 2 Brazil Press It / Climb It Ray 5 of 10
3 3 Brazil → Russia → Germany Scrub / Scour Yolanda 3 of 9 [1]
4 Break It / Slap It Ray 7 of 9
5 4 Germany → Italy Foundry / Laundry Ray 7 of 8
6 5 Italy Big Fish / Little Fish Ray 6 of 7
7 6 Italy → Greece Herculean Effort / It's All Greek to Me Ray 3 of 6 [2]
8 7 Greece → Oman Camel / Watchtower Yolanda 3 of 5
9 8 Oman → Australia Sand / Sea Yolanda 4 of 5
10 9 Australia Dry / Wet Ray 1 of 4
11 10 Australia → Thailand Move It / Altar It Yolanda 3 of 4
12 11 Thailand → Japan Maiden / Messenger Yolanda 3 of 3
12 Japan → United States Drill It / Deliver It Yolanda 3 of 3 [3]
Average 4.33
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield


1: Leg 3 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placement listed in the first row reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.
2: Ray & Yolanda initially arrived 2nd, but were issued a 15-minute penalty for taking a bus instead of a train all the way to the Isthmos Train Station. During their penalty, Joseph & Monica checked in, dropping them to 3rd.
3: While neither Ray nor Yolanda was shown performing the Roadblock on the final leg before arriving at the Finish Line, a montage shown on The Early Show the next day showed Yolanda as the member who had done the Roadblock task.


  • On The Early Show post-race interview, Ray proposed to Yolanda who accepted.[1]
    • They subsequently got married and currently have two children.


Franchise Records

  • The last team to place 3rd and be the last team to arrive at the end of a leg that was not the final leg.


  • The last team to arrive last in the penultimate leg to not be eliminated, until Amy & Maya.

External links


  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (05/18/2006): "Team Hippie Takes Amazing Race 9"
  • Jenn Basler at Reality News Online (05/19/2006): "It Looks Like I Have a Wedding to Plan!"
  • TARflies (07/29/2006): "From Long-Distance to Long-Term"

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