Ron Young and Kelly McCorkle are a team of Former POW/Pageant Queen on The Amazing Race 7.

Good racers in their own right, they teamed up with Rob & Amber, and were unfortunately seen as Rob's lackeys from that point out, never able to step out of his shadow. Their relationship dissolved over the course of the season, culminating with them all but breaking up at the London Heathrow Airport in the penultimate leg. They would make it to the Final 3, where they missed the turn to the San Juan airport, putting them on a later flight to Miami than the other two teams, guaranteeing them a 3rd place finish.


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Ron & Kelly are a dating Team from Villa Rica, Georgia and Greenville, South Carolina, respectively. Ron is a former Iraq War POW who is currently a student at the University of Georgia and works as a motivational speaker. Kelly was crowned Miss South Carolina in 2002 and works as a Legislative Correspondent. Their primary motivation for participating in the Race is strictly for the adventure.

Ron grew up in Lithia Springs, Georgia. A fan of the movie "Top Gun," Ron became a pilot after joining the Army and started flying Apache helicopters. When Ron's helicopter was shot down in Iraq, he was captured, interrogated, held captive and later rescued by the United States Marines. Following his rescue, Ron returned home and was introduced to the reigning Miss South Carolina. The two have been an item ever since. Ron is very competitive and admits he's a thrill seeker. He currently works as a motivational speaker.

Kelly's determination has always been a part of her life. After growing up with a learning disability, she graduated cum laude from North Greenville College. After being crowned Miss South Carolina, she went on to compete in the Miss America pageant. Kelly describes herself as well-rounded and persistent.

This couple has been on quite a roller coaster ride over the past few years, and they're not showing any signs of slowing down. They're ready for a new adventure.[1]

The Amazing Race 7

Race History

Ron & Kelly's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Peru Rope a Llama / Rope a Basket No Roadblock 10 of 11
2 2 Peru → Chile Shop / Schlep Ron 2 of 10
3 3 Chile → Argentina Paddle / Pedal Ron 4 of 9
4 4 Argentina Shipwreck / Island Kelly 4 of 8
5 5 Argentina → South Africa Tunnels / Tribes Kelly 2 of 7
6 South Africa → Botswana Food / Water Ron 1 of 7
6 7 Botswana Carry It / Milk It Ron 2 of 6
8 8 Botswana → India Solid / Liquid Kelly 2 of 5 [1]
9 Trunk / Dunk Kelly 2 of 5
10 9 India → Turkey Columns / Kilos Ron 4 of 4
11 10 Turkey → United Kingdom Brains / Brawn Kelly 2 of 4<
12 11 United Kingdom → Jamaica Raft It / Build It Kelly 1 of 3
12 Jamaica → Puerto Rico → United States Pony Up / Tee It Up Ron 3 of 3
Average 3.08
     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 8 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.


  • Ron & Kelly broke up soon after the race ended, but remain friends.[2]
  • Since the show ended, Kelly has been to India twelve-times for non-profit work.[3]


Franchise Records

  • Ron & Kelly are the first team to finish second to last on the first leg and make it to the final leg.
  • First team to be awarded a prize despite not winning that leg. (Leg 9)

External links


  • Harry Smith on Early Show (05/10/2005): "Uchenna & Joyce Win Race"
  • Aaron Earls at The Wardrobe Door (05/11/2005): "Interview with Kelly from The Amazing Race"
  • Ethan Alter at TV Guide Online (05/17/2005): "Why Ron and Kelly Split"
  • TARflies (07/02/2005): "Life Lessons" with Kelly"
  • Logan Saunders & Michael Harmstone at RTV Warriors (09/12/2018):"The Woman Who Stares at Buses"

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