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A discharge is a rare method of elimination when a team is unable to return to the race voluntarily without continuing in-between legs. Due to the fact that a majority of seasons' legs are filmed sequentially, this is a extraordinarily rare occurrence.


The Amazing Race China[]

As The Amazing Race China does not film legs sequentially, discharges are able to occur.

A partial discharge occurred after the filming of the second leg of The Amazing Race China 3. Ji Longxiang of Liu Xiang & Ji Longxiang dropped from the Race due to the advice of a doctor. Xu Qifeng replaced him for the remainder of the season.

The Amazing Race (US)[]

The first full discharge occurred in the fourth leg of The Amazing Race 33. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, filming was halted following the conclusion of the third leg. After a nineteen month hiatus, filming resumed. Four teams were unable to return to The Amazing Race when filming resumed due to extenuating circumstances:[1]

  • Anthony of Anthony & Spencer got a promotion as a financial advisor and he was unable to take the needed time off work.
  • Caro & Ray broke up in July 2020 and Caro's American work visa expired, so she was unable to return to the country due to travel restrictions for non-US citizens.
  • Connie of Connie & Sam was six months pregnant when filming resumed.
  • Taylor & Isaiah were initially set to return, but returned home after Taylor's brother died of COVID-19 while they were sequestered.


  • Anthony & Spencer are the highest-ranked team to discharge, finishing in 8th place.
    • Ji Longxiang of Liu Xiang & Ji Longxiang discharged at the final 7, but because Liu Xiang continued racing with a different partner, Ji Longxiang did not officially finish in 7th place.
  • Taylor & Isaiah are the lowest-ranked team to discharge, finishing in 11th place.


  1. Why These Four Pairs Didn't Return to Amazing Race After Covid Shutdown. Too Fab (January 20, 2022). Retrieved on January 21, 2022.

The Amazing Race Format

Challenges: Assist · Clues · Clue Box · Double Battle · Express Pass · Resurrection Card · Salvage Pass · Save
Pit Stops: Elimination · Finish Line · Marked for Elimination · Megaleg · No Penalty · No-Rest Leg · Non-Elimination Leg · Pit Start · Pit Stop · Starting Line · Superleg
Rules: Money · Rules and Penalties
Others: Date Night · Discharged · Ejection · Evacuation · Medically Exempt · Overnight Rest · Quit · Switchback
Twists: City Sprint · Departure Time Penalty · Double Elimination · Double Your Money · First Class Pass · Hazard · Marked for Elimination · On Ramp · One Way · Partner Swap · Pass · The Scramble · Salvage & Sabotage · Starting Line Task · Surprise Elimination · Surrender Money · Surrender Money and No Supplied Vehicles · Surrender Money and Possessions · U-Turn · Yield