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25 Days, 50 Cities, and More Than 600 Consecutive Hours Together as a Family is the season finale of The Amazing Race: Family Edition.

Synopsis

The tensions mount and every second counts as teams race make a a mad dash towards the finish line and the $1 million prize during the two-hour season finale.

When one team can't find the entrance to the building that holds their next clue, they desperately try to run their vehicle through a locked door. Meanwhile, one family member struggles to complete a high flying Road Block while enduring constant ribbing from the sidelines. Every decision and every stroke of luck could make the difference between $1 million and second place as one family will be crowned the winner of THE AMAZING RACE 8.[2]

Story

Route Markers

The order of departure from Larry Arnold's Green Meadow Ranch are as follows:

  1. Bransen Family (3:04 am)
  2. Linz Family (3:08 am)
  3. Weaver Family (4:02 am)

Teams must fly to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Teams could take a provided flight itinerary to Montreal or book their own flight arrangements. Once in Montreal, teams must take a taxi to Square-Victoria Metro Station, enter the Underground City, and search for the tunnel that leads to the Centre CDP Capital Passageway, where they would find their next clue.

Choice A: Slide It
Teams must travel to the McGill Arena at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University and participate in the sport of curling. Each team member must glide a granite stone 120 feet down the ice to the house target. Once each team member got a stone into the house or touches a house with a total of four targets, they would receive their next clue.

The Linz and Weaver Families chose this task.


Choice B: Roll It
Teams must travel to Morgan Arboretum and had to use lumberjack tools to roll four wooden logs along a 100-foot course in order to receive their next clue from the lumberjack.

Only the Bransen Family chose this task.

Teams must take a taxi and find the American Pavilion in which Montreal hosted Expo 67, which teams had to figure out referred to the Montreal Biosphere, where they would find their next clue on the fifth floor.

Teams must take a taxi to 2350 Dickson Street and search for La Porte J to find their next clue.

"Who can fly through the air with the greatest of ease?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must learn and perform a flying trapeze move known as the "Catch". If they could successfully pull off the move, teams would receive their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must travel to Parc Olympique, ride on a golf cart from the park to the Stade Olympique, and enter it through the one door large enough for them to drive through to find their next clue.

Teams must search through the 56,000 seats of the stadium to find one of three departure times for a charter flight leaving at 5:45 am, 5:50 am, and 5:55 am the following morning for an unknown destination, later revealed to be Toronto, Ontario. Once teams claimed a departure time, they could not exchange it for another one. They would find their next clues on marked vehicles when they land at Toronto City Centre Airport.

Teams must drive themselves to the CN Tower, make their way to the topmost observation deck, and use binoculars to look for a flagged location, Polson Pier, where they would find their next clue.

Choice A: Ship
Teams must sail from Queens Quay across Toronto Harbour, to the Kajama boat. One team member would then have to climb 100 feet to the top of the ship's mast to retrieve a nautical flag, which they could exchange for their next clue.

The Linz and Weaver Families chose this task.


Choice B: Shoe
Teams must travel to the Bata Shoe Museum and choose a pair of shoes. They then had to search for the woman wearing a matching shoe among 100 women walking around the museum. Once teams had found a match, they would receive their next clue.

Only the Bransen Family chose this task.

Teams must drive themselves to Queenston and find the boat ramp for Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. Teams must ride the jet boat across the Niagara River to Niagara Gorge to find a buoy that had their next clue attached to it.

Teams must have the captain of their jet boat cross the Canada–United States border to Joseph Davis State Park in Lewiston, New York, United States, where they would find their final clue.

"Who paid attention in Geography?"

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must solve a 71-piece giant jigsaw puzzle map of Central America and North America. Once the puzzle was completed, teams may run to and cross the nearby Finish Line.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

After the race ended, CBS hosted "The Final Amazing Challenge" on the official website, where the second and third place teams competed for a GMC Yukon XL SUV. By using the map completed in the final Roadblock, the Bransen and Weaver Families would run out to one of twelve clue boxes at a time, picking up cutouts representing tasks they performed on the Race. They then had to place the cutout on the map, then go back to get another cutout. The first team to have all twelve cutouts in the right locations on the map won. The Bransen Family won The Amazing Final Challenge.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield
Linz Family
 1st place 
Linz Family
Siblings
Bransen Family
 2nd place 
Bransen Family
Dad and Daughters
Weaver Family
 3rd place 
Weaver Family
Widow and Kids

Trivia

Reception

  • Andrea Sellers at Reality TV World (12/14/2005): "The Linz Family wins CBS' The Amazing Race: Family Edition"
  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (12/14/2005): "Linzes win The Amazing Race 8, which is finally, mercifully over"
  • Diego Vasquez at Media Life Magazine (12/14/2005): "Sinker finale for CBS's Amazing Race"
  • TV Guide Online (12/14/2005): "The Amazing Race: Family Edition Recap Finale"
  • Fara Kearnes at StarBlogs.net (12/14/2005): "Linzes win the not-so-Amazing Race 8"

References

The Amazing Race: Family Edition Episodes

"Go, Mommy, Go! We Can Beat Them!" · "How Do We Know We Aren't Going to Get Shot?" · "I Don't Kiss, I Make Out!" · "Think Like an Office Chair" · "We're Getting Out of the Country, Girls" · "I'm Sick of Doing Stuff I Can't Do" · "You Look Ridiculous" · "How's That Face Feel?" · "Don't Talk to Me Like I Was an Animal or Something" · "The Family Christmas Card" · "25 Days, 50 Cities, and More Than 600 Consecutive Hours Together as a Family"

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