Walter "Wally" Bransen, Elizabeth "Beth" Bransen, Lauren Bransen, and Lindsay Bransen are a team of Dad and Daughters on The Amazing Race: Family Edition.
Although the Bransen Family struggled early on as Wally could not keep apace with his daughters, they eventually emerged as one of the strongest teams of the season. With rivalries brewing between the other families, the Bransens opted to stay neutral and instead focus on the race, allowing them to make it to the final three. They headed into the final Roadblock just minutes behind the leading Linz Family, although they could not make up the small deficit, eventually finishing in 2nd place.
Retrieved from CBS.com
The Bransen family team, from Park Ridge, Illinois, is made up of a father and his three daughters, who once appeared together in a Pert Shampoo commercial several years ago.
Walter, 51, the self-proclaimed leader of the group, has been married for 31 years. He works as a CFO and is a native of Chicago. The proud dad of five children, Walter describes himself as being reserved and analytical. He is also a history buff in regards to anything about Abraham Lincoln and belongs to the Abraham Lincoln Association.
Elizabeth, 25, is the oldest daughter. She recently obtained a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois. Elizabeth describes herself as personable and trustworthy and has a fear of heights. She and Walter have similar personalities and sometimes their stubbornness can cause friction between the two.
Lauren, 22, recently earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Business Management from Hope College. Punctual and adaptable, Lauren admits she can be impatient.
Lindsay, 20, is the youngest of the sisters. Currently, she's enrolled at Hope College, also majoring in Social Work. Lindsay complains that her older sisters are always telling her what to do.
The Bransens are well-traveled and eager to compete as a family for the chance to win the $1 million prize.
The Amazing Race: Family Edition
|The Bransen Family's Race History|
|Episode||Leg||Destination(s)|| Detour Choice|
|1||1||New York → New Jersey → Pennsylvania||Build It / Buggy It||No Roadblock||7 of 10|
|2||2||Pennsylvania → District of Columbia → Virginia||Heat of the Battle / Heat of the Night||Wally||6 of 9|
|3||3||Virginia → South Carolina → Alabama||Forrest Gump / Muddy Waters||Beth & Lindsay||1 of 8|
|4||4||Alabama → Mississippi → Louisiana||Work / Play||Lauren||1 of 7|
|5||5||Louisiana → Panama||Rhythm / Coos||Beth||3 of 6|
|6||6||Panama → Costa Rica||Relic / Ripe||Lauren||3 of 6|
|7||7||Costa Rica → Arizona||Brush / Barrel||Wally||5 of 5|
|8||Arizona||Bearing / Bailing||Lauren||4 of 5|
|8||9||Arizona → Utah||Ride Down / Drop Down||Lindsay||2 of 4|
|9||10||Utah → Wyoming → Montana||Spike It / Steam It||Beth & Lauren||1 of 4|||
|10||Pioneer Spirit / Native Tradition||Wally & Beth||1 of 4|
|11||11||Montana → Canada → New York||Slide It / Roll It||Beth||1 of 3|||
|Ship / Shoe||Wally||2 of 3|
- The Bransen Family are the first parent-child to qualify for the final leg and subsequently cross the Finish Line.
- Harry Smith on The Early Show (12/14/2005): "Linzes Land $1M 'Race' Prize"
- Rob at RRF Radio (12/20/2005): "Wally Bransen Interview - Reality TV Podcast #30"
Social Media Profiles
- Wally's Facebook: /wally.bransen
- Beth's Facebook: /elizabeth.branseneberline
- Lauren's Facebook: /lauren.bransengrady
- Lindsay's Facebook: /lindsay.bransen
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20080618004759/http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race8/teams/bio_bransen.shtml
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=929421670465942&set=ecnf.100001943521867
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10155465821008849&set=picfp.773243848
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10100610117955635&set=ecnf.11401101
- ↑ http://rffradio.com/media/ep30.mp3
|The Amazing Race: Family Edition Teams|