Brian Jeffrey "BJ" Averell and Tyler MacNiven are a team of Best Friends and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 9. They are commonly known as "The Hippies".

They were very wacky and outgoing, and became one of the most popular teams to ever run the race due to their comedic antics. They dominated the season alongside Eric & Jeremy, though to a lesser degree, as they went through a slump in the middle of the season in which they barely escaped elimination three times in four legs. Upon arriving in Colorado during the finale, they fell behind Eric & Jeremy during the initial string of cab rides. However, B.J. was able to pass Eric during the final flags Roadblock, winning them the Race.


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BJ & Tyler are bohemian best buds who first met four years ago during the Semester at Sea program, where they shared the experience of sailing around the world. One of their most memorable moments was starting a dance party in the streets of downtown Guilin, China, which turned into a mass gathering of hundreds of Chinese men. They have been friends ever since, whether bouncing on trampolines at Burning Man or spontaneously swimming in the San Francisco Bay.

BJ is a graduate of Harvard University, while Tyler graduated from UC Santa Cruz after completing two semesters abroad—one in Hungary, the other in South Africa. Both have traveled the world extensively and speak several languages including Spanish and Japanese.

Both BJ and Tyler share a love of adventure, travel, and good times. After graduating from college, BJ moved to California to pursue surfing, karate and frisbee. Meanwhile, Tyler fell in love with a Japanese girl and decided to impress her by walking the 2000-mile length of Japan.

Their primary motivation for taking part in THE AMAZING RACE is to share in the adventure of racing around the world, meeting new people and, of course, winning $1 million.

The Amazing Race 9

Race History

BJ & Tyler's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Motor Head / Rotor Head No Roadblock 2 of 11
2 2 Brazil Press It / Climb It BJ 1 of 10
3 3 Brazil → Russia → Germany Scrub / Scour Tyler 4 of 9 [1]
4 Break It / Slap It BJ 2 of 9
5 4 Germany → Italy Foundry / Laundry Tyler 1 of 8
6 5 Italy Big Fish / Little Fish BJ 2 of 7
7 6 Italy → Greece Herculean Effort / It's All Greek to Me Tyler 5 of 6 [2]
8 7 Greece → Oman Camel / Watchtower BJ 5 of 5
9 8 Oman → Australia Sand / Sea Tyler 3 of 5
10 9 Australia Dry / Wet BJ 4 of 4>
11 10 Australia → Thailand Used Fast Forward 1 of 4
12 11 Thailand → Japan Maiden / Messenger Tyler 1 of 3
12 Japan → United States Drill It / Deliver It BJ 1 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 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: BJ & Tyler initially arrived 5th, but were issued a 15-minute penalty for taking a bus instead of a train all the way to the Isthmos Train Station. Their placement was not affected.


  • A few months after his win, Tyler had a short cameo in the 2006 Academy Award-nominated film The Pursuit of Happyness as a hippie.[1]
  • Along with Chip & Kim, BJ and Tyler were frustrated by the lack of contact from CBS regarding a possible invite for The Amazing Race: All-Stars.[2]
  • In March 2015, Tyler and his fiancée, Kelly, released a short-film (parodying action-movies) announcing their wedding date in it.[3]
    • The couple got married on September 26, 2015 in the Bay Area.[4]


  • First winning team to use both the Fast Forward and the Yield.
  • First team to win all of the last three legs of the race.
  • featured them for a National Best Friend Day celebration slideshow in 2015.[5]

External links


  • Abe J. Riesman at The Harvard Crimson (03/01/2006): "For Grad, Art Imitates Life's Amazing Race"
  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (05/18/2006): "Team Hippie Takes Amazing Race 9"
  • Jenn Basler at RealityNewsOnline (05/23/2006): "This Interview is the Most James Bond Interview We've Ever Had!"
  • Rochell D. Thomas at TV Guide Online (05/24/2006): "Amazing Hippies Make Bucks, Not War!"
  • Jane Knoerle at The Almanac (05/24/2006): "Tyler MacNiven and partner win $1 million on Amazing Race"
  • TARflies interview (05/31/2006): "Hip, Hip(pie), Hooray!"
  • Rob at RRF Radio (06/07/2006): "BJ & Tyler Interview - Reality TV Podcast #53"[6]
  • Logan Saunders & Michael Harmstone at RTV Warriors (08/29/2018):"The TTOW Sugar Society"

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