Walter "Wally" Bransen, Elizabeth "Beth" Bransen, Lauren Bransen, and Lindsay Bransen are a team of Dad and Daughters on The Amazing Race: Family Edition.

Wally quickly took a back seat, feeling disposable next to his younger, fitter daughters. Though they had the most first place finishes leading up to the final leg, they lost when Wally got edged out on the giant puzzle of North America that served as the Final Puzzle for the season.


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

Race History

The Bransen Family's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
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 [1]
10 Pioneer Spirit / Native Tradition Wally & Beth 1 of 4
11 11 Montana → Canada → New York Slide It / Roll It Beth 1 of 3 [2]
Ship / Shoe Wally 2 of 3
Average 3.18
     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 10 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, and shown over two episodes. The placement listed in the first row reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.
2: Leg 11 was also double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, and shown over two episodes. The placement listed in the first row reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.



External links


  • 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"[1]

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