For Russell & Cindy from The Amazing Race 4, see Russell & Cindy.

Cyndi Kalenberg and Russell Kalenberg are a team of Pastors/Married Parents on The Amazing Race 2.

Throughout their time on the Race, Cyndi and Russell were often overshadowed due to the bigger personalities of their competition. They finished 7th when they got overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, getting lost in the "Confusion Now" Detour and falling far behind the other teams.


Cyndi and Russell met in the tenth grade at Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Cyndi was a new transfer student that year, and the two have been together ever since. During their 28-year marriage, they have traveled together many times. Because they live in a cold place, they like to head south to the ocean for a couple of weeks in winter; thus their best travel experiences usually involve lying on a beach. According to Cyndi, "Our worst travel experience is when I have tried to 'get by cheap' and we end up in a dive and have to scramble for a hotel at the last minute."

Russell and Cyndi decided to team up for THE AMAZING RACE "to face the challenge of racing around the world, seeing all the beautiful locations, but most importantly, building a lifetime memory with each other." As they approach the starting line, they resolve that "win or lose, we will allow this experience to draw us closer together. Our relationship with God and each other cannot be measured in any dollar amount."

The Amazing Race 2

Race History

Cyndi & Russell's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Mountain / Beach No Roadblock 2 of 11
2 2 Brazil Freak Out / Seek Out Russell 6 of 10
3 3 Brazil → South Africa Dance / Deliver Russell 8 of 9
4 4 South Africa → Namibia Slide / Stride Russell 6 of 8
5 5 Namibia → Thailand Confusion Now / Confusion Later Cyndi 7 of 7
Average 5.80
     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


  • Cyndi later wrote a blog detailing the couple's experience on the show.[1]


External links


  • Susan Schechter at RealityNewsOnline (07/10/2002): "Amazing Race 2: Interview with Cyndi & Russell"

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