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Aja Benton and Tyrone "Ty" White are a Dating Long-Distance team on The Amazing Race 13.

Due to being a long-distance dating couple, Aja & Ty spent their time on the race getting to know each other, which sometimes led to arguments. They fell behind early on in the fourth leg when they suffered a flat tire, but managed to beat Marisa & Brooke to avoid elimination. However, their struggles carried into the next leg as they left the Pit Stop hours behind the other teams and were the only team to miss the earliest flight, relegating them to a later flight to Cambodia, hours behind the rest of the cast. They never saw another team again, finishing in 7th place.


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This long-distance couple is looking for an opportunity to be together for an extended period of time. They've been dating long distance for nine months, living in two separate states and the longest time they've spent together was last Christmas for two weeks. They feel that the Race will help them determine if they can truly handle living together on a daily basis.

Having met each other four years ago at the University of Michigan, they quickly became friends, although Aja was dating someone else. When things turned sour, Aja realized Ty was the one for her – the only problem was she was living in Los Angeles and Ty was in Detroit.

Aja is an aspiring actress who also works as a makeup artist. She describes herself as energetic, insightful and compassionate. When asked what her biggest pet peeve about her teammate was, Aja said that Ty is known to have a poor estimation of time.

Ty is no stranger to the gym and he describes himself as ultra-competitive and hates the thought of losing. Currently, he works as a banker out of Detroit. He has not had the opportunity to travel much outside of the United States and looks forward to the Race as a chance to explore other cultures and compete against the game's best. He hopes they are as hungry to win as he is. Ty believes that Aja's biggest weakness is she is easily upset.[1]

The Amazing Race 13[]

Race History[]

Aja & Ty's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Hard Way Up / Soft Way Down No Roadblock 8 of 11
2 2 Brazil Beach It / Docket Aja 4 of 10
3 3 Brazil → Bolivia Musical March / Bumpy Ride Ty 5 of 9
4 4 Bolivia → New Zealand Matter of Time / Matter of Skill Aja 7 of 8
5 5 New Zealand → Cambodia Village Life / Village Work Ty 7 of 7
Average 6.20
     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 U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn


  • Aja & Ty are no longer together.
  • Ty is now an actor and has had roles in multiple primetime TV shows, short films, and movies.[2][3]
    • For his first name, he now goes by "Tye".
  • Ty has since married.


  • Aja & Ty were recruited when a casting associate contacted them through Facebook.[4]
  • Aja & Ty are the first team to be eliminated in Cambodia.

External links[]


  • John Bracchitta at Reality TV World (10/27/2008): "Exclusive: Aja Benton and Ty White dish about The Amazing Race"
  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (10/27/2008): "Exclusive Interview: Aja and Ty, from The Amazing Race 13"
  • Mark at Reality Wanted (10/27/2008): "Interview with Ty White and Aja Benton of The Amazing Race 13"
  • Nicholas White at (10/28/2008): "Why Can't I Be Brad Pitt?"
  • Julie Zied at (10/28/2008): "Flat Tires and Too Much Underwear: Ty and Aja Discuss What Went Wrong"
  • Teeuwynn Woodruff at RealityNewsOnline (10/28/2008): "The Flat Tire Is What Did Us In"
  • Reyma Buan-Deveza at (11/06/2008): "Amazing Race's Aja and Ty talk about love"

Social Media Profiles[]


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