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William "Bill" Alden and Catherine "Cathi" Alden are a team of Grandparents on The Amazing Race 19.

After a disastrous first leg, in which they came in last and were saved by a Non-Elimination Leg, Bill & Cathi emerged as a force in the race, surprising their much younger competitors with their physical and mental abilities. Although their racing acumen made them a target for the other teams, even once surviving a U-Turn, they were able to persevere and make it to the final five. In Belgium, however, they got lost while navigating and were never able to catch up, being eliminated in 5th place.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com[1]

Bill

Age: 63
Hometown: Albany, Ore.
Connection to your teammate: Married
Current occupation: I'm a retired teacher. I'm currently a farmer/rancher.
Describe what you do: I raise crops/animals, golf, travel, fix things, golf, build things in the shop, golf, exercise and did I mention golf?
How will these skills help you win The Race? I'll kick butt in a golf challenge.
Three words to describe you: Procrastinator, tidy and worrisome.
Favorite hobbies: Building things, gardening and biking.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Daniel Boone
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Margaret Thatcher
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Cathi and my three children.
What scares you most about traveling? Not taking enough pictures.
What excites you most about traveling? The sights, cultures, people, lifestyles, etc.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Sometimes her feelings get hurt when I suggest that she's not correct. We need to have a way to defuse this.
Pet peeve about your teammate: She throws my things away without asking!
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I'd like to go to the Amazon or Brazil and see the rainforest.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I hope to gain excellent memories, new friends and have a fantastic time with my wife. 

Cathi

Age: 62 Hometown: Albany, Ore.
Connection to your teammate: Married
Current occupation: College instructor/retired high school principal
Describe what you do: I teach online courses for Oregon State University.
How will these skills help you win The Race? I'm computer savvy, a good communicator and can work well with younger people.
Three words to describe you: Energetic, organized and witty.  Favorite hobbies: Cycling, gardening and traveling.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Sally Field
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? MacGyver
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Having great relationships with Bill and my three children.
What scares you most about traveling? Losing my way while driving.
What excites you most about traveling? I love the interactions with the people – seeing the similarities and differences.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: We are both bossy so we will need to make fast decisions and respect them.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He is an angry driver at times and that really irritates me.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Russia, because it has stark contrasts to the U.S. and other places I've been.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I hope to gain wonderful memories and traveling opportunities, as well as a strengthened relationship.

The Amazing Race 19

Race History

Bill & Cathi's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Taiwan No Detour Cathi 11 of 11
2 2 Taiwan → Indonesia Shake Your Money Maker / Be a Ticket Taker Bill 7 of 11 [1]
3 3 Indonesia Rice Field / Grass Fed Bill 7 of 9
4 4 Indonesia → Thailand Coral Reconstruction / Beach Preparation Bill 7 of 8
5 5 Thailand No Detour Cathi 2 of 8 [2]
Bill
6 6 Thailand → Malawi All Sewn Up / Not Grown Up Bill 6 of 7 [3]
7 7 Malawi Dugout / Lugout Cathi 3 of 7
8 8 Malawi → Denmark All Hopped Up / All Churned Out Cathi 2 of 6
9 9 Denmark → Germany → Belgium Bodybuilding Posedown / Unknown Cathi 5 of 5 [4][5]
10 10 Belgium Water / Waffle Bill 5 of 5
Average 5.50
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: Bill & Cathi initially arrived 3rd, 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. During this time, four other teams arrived and were not turned away, dropping them to 7th.
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: Bill & Cathi initially arrived 3rd, but did not pay the truck driver who helped them to the Pit Stop. They were required to turn back and pay their driver, dropping them to 6th.
4: 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.
5: There was no mandatory rest period between Legs 9 and 10, as all teams were ordered to continue racing. Bill & Cathi did not have to face a Speed Bump during Leg 10, despite coming in last during Leg 9.

Post-Race

  • On June 10, 2016, Bill passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.[2][3]

Trivia

  • Bill & Cathi are the first team to be eliminated in Belgium.
  • Oldest age average of a team to finish the race in 5th place, with an average of 62.5 years.
  • Bill is the first male U.S. contestant to have passed away.

External links

Interviews

  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (11/28/2011): "We Were Too Cautious on the Road"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (11/28/2011): "Exclusive - Cathi Alden and Bill Alden talk about The Amazing Race"
  • Gina Scarpa at Reality Wanted (11/29/2011): "The Amazing Race 19: Exclusive Interview with Bill and Cathi Alden"
  • Digital Spy (11/29/2011): "There was nothing we wouldn't do"
  • Daniel Fienberg at Hitfix.com (11/30/2011): "From near-elimination to 5th place, the 'older' Racers share secrets"
  • Rob Owen at Oregon Live (12/03/2011): "End of an 'Amazing' journey"

Social Media Profiles

References

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