The Amazing Race Wiki
Advertisement
The Amazing Race Wiki


Amani Pollard and Marcus LaJuan Pollard are a Married team on The Amazing Race 19.

Despite frequently digging themselves into a hole at the start of most legs, Amani & Marcus persevered and managed to stave off elimination, citing wanting to set a positive example for their children and making it to the final three. Although the final leg was held in their home turf of Atlanta, any hometown advantage they may have had was immediately negated when they struggled on the first task of the leg. This dropped them out of contention, leaving them to finish in 3rd place.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com[1]

Amani

Age: 36
Hometown: Pine Mountain, Ga.
Connection to your teammate: Married
Current occupation: Business owner
Describe what you do: I own and operate Maize n' Grace, a country chic boutique.
How will these skills help you win The Race? As a mom and business owner I have mastered multitasking, sleepless nights and a schedule that constantly keeps me moving. Getting it done is what I do!
Three words to describe you: Creative, animated and competitive.
Favorite hobbies: Traveling, writing and painting.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Raven Simone and Julia Roberts
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Idris Elba and Kobe Bryant
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Raising four wonderful babies and opening my own business. In one year of operations we've received rave reviews.
What scares you most about traveling? Leaving my kids. I'm scared that something will happen to Marcus and/or myself.
What excites you most about traveling? I love seeing the world! Marcus used to say I want to travel too much, but I think now he appreciates getting away and seeing God's beauty.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: I can't decide if he has selective or bad hearing. I hope he hears what I am saying.
Pet peeve about your teammate: His sound effects while I'm driving.  He'll say "uurrpp" when he wants me to break, "bammm" (as he hits the dash or window) if he thinks I could have hit something or "you see that car?" I'll be like, "the one right in front of me?"
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Italy, because I love Tuscan architecture, the waterways, buildings, food, vineyards... It's beautiful. I'd also like to go to Africa – an African Safari. I'd love to photograph and experience nature at its simplest and most beautiful.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other then winning one million bucks)? An experience of a lifetime and time with my husband. Our marriage has been an amazing race – a honeymoon baby (although we intended to wait) set us on the go mark! We are very family oriented so, between the kids and his 14 year NFL career, he and I only get to steal moments for each other. It will be good to just enjoy each other.

Marcus

Age: 39
Hometown: Pine Mountain, Ga.
Connection to your teammate: Married
Current occupation: Retired professional football player/football coach
Describe what you do: Giving back to my community as an offensive coordinator.
How will these skills help you win The Race? I know how to study my opponents and put my players in the best position to be successful. 
Three words to describe you: Good looking, charming and helpful.
Favorite hobbies: Golfing, fishing and traveling.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Me
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Halle Berry
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I'm most proud of being a great father to my four children.
What scares you most about traveling? Getting lost.
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing and experiencing new places, foods and cultures.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: She often asks questions with a fragment. For example, she'll say, "Baby, money?" I'm like, "Money what!"
Pet peeve about your teammate: When she doesn't make the bed in the morning.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I'd like to go to China because I'm fascinated with the culture and the traditions.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I want to be able to spend quality time with Amani that we never had because we had children early

The Amazing Race 19

Race History

Amani & Marcus's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Taiwan No Detour Amani 5 of 11
2 2 Taiwan → Indonesia Shake Your Money Maker / Be a Ticket Taker Marcus 9 of 11 [1]
3 3 Indonesia Rice Field / Grass Fed Marcus 6 of 9
4 4 Indonesia → Thailand Coral Reconstruction / Beach Preparation Amani 6 of 8
5 5 Thailand No Detour Marcus 1 of 8 [2]
Amani
6 6 Thailand → Malawi All Sewn Up / Not Grown Up Marcus 7 of 7
7 7 Malawi Dugout / Lugout Marcus 4 of 7
8 8 Malawi → Denmark All Hopped Up / All Churned Out Amani 4 of 6
9 9 Denmark → Germany → Belgium Bodybuilding Posedown / Unknown Amani 1 of 5 [3]
10 10 Belgium Water / Waffle Marcus 4 of 5
11 11 Belgium → Netherlands → Panama Filet / Sole Amani 3 of 4
12 12 Panama → United States No Detour Marcus 3 of 3
Average 4.42
Legend:
     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
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist
H This team was penalized with a "Hazard"

Notes:
1: Amani & Marcus initially arrived 7th, but were forced to return to the 'Aisyiyah Orphanage, as they failed to donate all of their money to the orphanage, before they could check in. This dropped them to 9th place.
2: Leg 5 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
3: Leg 9 contained a Detour, however since all teams chose the same task, it was edited to be a miscellaneous task on air. It is unknown what the other side of the Detour was.

Post-Race

Trivia

External links

Interviews

  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (12/14/2011): "We Thought We Could Make Another Comeback"
  • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix (12/13/2011): "HitFix Interview: Marcus & Amani talk ‘The Amazing Race’"
  • Digital Spy (12/11/2011): "This was a huge accomplishment"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (12/16/2011): "Exclusive: Amani Pollard and Marcus Pollard talk about The Amazing Race"

Social Media Profiles


References

The Amazing Race 19 Teams
 Amani & Marcus
Married
S19 AmaniMarcus.jpg
 Andy & Tommy
Pro Snowboarders
S19 AndyTommy.jpg
 Bill & Cathi
Grandparents
S19 BillCathi.jpg
 Ernie & Cindy
Engaged
S19 ErnieCindy.jpg
S19 EthanJenna.jpg
S19 JeremySandy.jpg
S19 JustinJennifer.jpg
 Kaylani & Lisa
Former Vegas Showgirls
S19 KaylaniLisa.jpg
 Laurence & Zac
Father/Son Adventurers
S19 LaurenceZac.jpg
S19 LizMarie.jpg
 Ron & Bill
Domestic Partners
S19 RonBill.jpg