The Fast Forward is task that, when completed, a team can use to skip all other tasks and go directly to the Pit Stop.

Only one team may use each Fast Forward. Any team that is beaten to the Fast Forward will have wasted their time and must go back and pick up where they left off. Also, prior to Season 10, each team was allowed to use only one Fast Forward during the whole race, requiring teams to decide when it was most advantageous to use it. With the introduction of the Intersection route marker in Season 10, a team can claim two Fast Forwards in a single race, one while part of a grouped team during an Intersection, and another as a single team.

Availability

Dan & Jordan deciding on the Fast Forward in Season 16.

Originally, Fast Forwards were offered in every leg of the race (provided that there was as least one team left that had not used one), except for the final two legs. Starting in The Amazing Race 5, the number of Fast Forwards was reduced to no more than two on the entire race. In the event a Fast Forward was not attempted by any team on a leg, the task involved was usually not shown, though clue envelopes with the green Fast Forward marker can usually be spotted by the viewers.

Decrease Over Time in US Version

Following budget cuts in summer 2008 by CBS, production began to put less emphasis on Fast Forwards. Season 14 was the first season in which the Fast Forward was present but not used. Only 8 subsequent seasons (out of 16) has the Fast Forward been successfully attempted. In Seasons 18, 19, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31 and 32 Fast Forwards were not an option. Seasons 23 and 27 each had a Fast Forward but weather conditions prevented the task from taking place.

Results

A Fast Forward usually results in the team arriving at the Pit Stop first, but does not guarantee it. In the history of the show, three teams who earned a Fast Forward still arrived last at the Pit Stop. In Season 1, Joe & Bill won the Fast Forward but still arrived last (but were not eliminated due to a penalty received by Nancy & Emily). After winning the Fast Forward on Leg 3 (Mexico-United Kingdom) of Season 3, Dennis & Andrew were still eliminated due to their late arrival into England. After winning the Fast Forward on Leg 10 (India) of Season 20, Bopper & Mark were still eliminated due to their late departure from the pit stop. Similarly, NFL wives Monica & Sheree of Season 4 earned the Fast Forward but only placed 4th in the first leg (behind a three-way tie for first). On Leg 8 of Season 10, Tyler & James and Rob & Kimberly both won the Fast Forward as a result of the Intersection, the first time two teams have ever won the Fast Forward on the same leg. They, however, arrived second and third respectively behind Dustin & Kandice, becoming only the second and third teams ever to place neither first nor last after winning a Fast Forward, which also made Dustin & Kandice become the first and so far, the only team to place first in a leg which has multiple Fast Forward winning teams. In the first season of the Latin American version, Tamara & Matías won the Fast Forward, but arrived in second place, behind Casilda & Casilda.

Chip & Kim of Season 5, Freddy & Kendra of Season 6, the Linz Family of Season 8, Eric & Danielle of Season 11, TK & Rachel of Season 12, Tammy & Victor of Season 14, Josh & Brent of Season 21, Amy & Maya of Season 25, Brooke & Scott of Season 29, Joe Jer & Zabrina of Asia 1, Tyler & Nathan of Australia 1, Patrícia & Sane of Brazil, Liu Weiwei & Lei Sheng of China 3, LJ & CJ of Philippines, and Carlos & Mauricio of the second season of the Latin American version are the only teams to have ever won without the use of the Fast Forward when there was at least one in the season.

Fast Forward Users

The Amazing Race (US)

Season Episode Leg Fast Forward Winners First Place? Notes
The Amazing Race 1 "The Race Begins" 1 S1 RobBrennan.jpg
Rob & Brennan
Yes
1 of 11
"Divide and Conquer" 2 S1 PatBrenda.jpg
Pat & Brenda
Yes
1 of 10
"Home for Some" 3 S1 KevinDrew.jpg
Kevin & Drew
Yes
1 of 9
"Colossal Showdown" 4 Not Taken
  • First time a Fast Forward was not taken
"Desert Storm" 5 Not Taken
"Whatever It Takes to Win" 6 Not Taken
"Triumph and Loss" 7 S1 FrankMargarita.jpg
Frank & Margarita
Yes
1 of 6
"Competition to the Fullest" 8 Not Taken
"The Unexpected Twist" 9 S1 JoeBill.jpg
Joe & Bill
No
4 of 5
  • First time a team won a Fast Forward but failed to finish 1st
"To the Physical and Mental Limit" 10 Not Taken
The Amazing Race 2 "The World Is Waiting: Go!" 1 Not Taken
  • This Fast Forward went unaired
"Help Me, I'm American!" 2 S2 SholaDoyin.jpg
Shola & Doyin
Yes
1 of 10
"My Alarm Clock Didn't Go Off!" 3 Not Taken
"This Game Is About Minutes" 4 S2 OswaldDanny.jpg
Oswald & Danny
Yes
1 of 8
"Welcome to the World of Being Human" 5 Not Taken
"I'm Gonna Take His Girl" 6 Not Taken
"I'm Gonna Throw Up on Phil's Shoes" 7 S2 GaryDave.jpg
Gary & Dave
Yes
1 of 6
"I'm Not a Miner! No, You're an Idiot!" 8 Not Taken
"Ready to Lose Our Lives" 9 S2 ChrisAlex.jpg
Chris & Alex
Yes
1 of 6
"It's Hammer Time" 10 S2 BlakePaige.jpg
Blake & Paige
Yes
1 of 4
"Follow That Plane!" 11 S2 TaraWil.jpg
Tara & Wil
Yes
1 of 4
The Amazing Race 3 "What If Our Parachute Doesn't Open?" 1 S3 KenGerard.jpg
Ken & Gerard
Yes
1 of 12
"This Seems Like the Path Straight to Hell!" 2 S3 DerekDrew.jpg
Derek & Drew
Yes
1 of 11
"You Always Just Forget About Me!" 3 S3 DennisAndrew.jpg
Dennis & Andrew
No
10 of 10
  • First time the Fast Forward users were eliminated.
"Did You See How I Stopped It? With My Face" 4 Not Taken
"What Happens If I Slip? Am I Just Hanging Off a Cliff?" 5 Not Taken
"I'm a Much Better Liar Than You Are" 6 S3 TeriIan.jpg
Teri & Ian
Yes
1 of 7
"I'm Supposed to Be Indebted to Her for the Rest of the Race?!" 7 S3 FloZach.jpg
Flo & Zach
Yes
1 of 6
"This Is More Important Than Your Pants Falling Down!" 8 Not Taken
"Why Did You Have to Take Your Pants Off?!" 7 S3 JohnVitoJill.jpg
John Vito & Jill
Yes
1 of 5
The Amazing Race 4 "Cheaters Never Win...And They Cheated!" 1 S4 MonicaSheree.jpg
Monica & Sheree
No
4 of 12
"It Doesn't Say Anything About First Come, First Served...And We're Bigger" 2 S4 SteveDave.jpg
Steve & Dave
Yes
1 of 11
"I Wasn't Even Going to Touch You Until You Slammed My Head Backwards!" 3 S4 SteveJosh.jpg
Steve & Josh
Yes
1 of 10
"Check Your Tires Because...Oh God, You Never Know What'll Happen!" 4 S4 TianJaree.jpg
Tian & Jaree
Yes
1 of 9
"You Are Just Deliberately Trying to Make Us Lose!" 5 S4 MillieChuck.jpg
Millie & Chuck
Yes
1 of 8
"I Could Have Never Been Prepared for What I'm Looking at Right Now" 6 Not Taken
"We're Going Down the Wrong Side of the Freeway...And the Lights Are Off!" 7 Not Taken
"The Princess Reminded Me of My Grandmother. She Was Very Old but Still Very, Very with It" 8 Not Taken
"We're Not at Charm School Learning How to Be a Gentleman, We're Racing" 9 S4 ReichenChip.jpg
Reichen & Chip
Yes
1 of 5
"That's Me. That's My Face. Just Hit My Face. Hit My Face!" 10 Not Taken
"Such a Nice Pheromone Smell to You; Just Makes Me Want to Stay Close" 11 S4 DavidJeff.jpg
David & Jeff
Yes
1 of 4
The Amazing Race 5 "Are You Good at Puzzles?" 5 S5 ColinChristie.jpg
Colin & Christie
Yes
1 of 7
"If You're Gonna Whine, Just Shut Up!" 9 Not Taken
The Amazing Race 6 "Phil Is a Choo-Choo Charlie" 6 S6 LoriBolo.jpg
Lori & Bolo
Yes
1 of 7
"One of You, I'm Gonna Break in Half" 7 S6 AdamRebecca.jpg
Adam & Rebecca
Yes
1 of 6
The Amazing Race 7 "I've Been Wanting a Face-Lift for a Long Time" 6 S7 RayDeana.jpg
Ray & Deana
Yes
1 of 7
"We Have a Bad Elephant" 8 S7 UchennaJoyce.jpg
Uchenna & Joyce
Yes
1 of 5
The Amazing Race: Family Edition "We're Getting Out of the Country, Girls" 5 S8 PaoloFamily.jpg
Paolo Family
Yes
1 of 6
"I'm Sick of Doing Stuff I Can't Do" 6 Not Taken
  • This Fast Forward was unaired.
The Amazing Race 9 "Herculean Effort for Some Herculean Dudes" 6 S9 EricJeremy.jpg
Eric & Jeremy
Yes
1 of 6
"I Think This Monkey Likes Me" 10 S9 BJTyler.jpg
BJ & Tyler
Yes
1 of 4
The Amazing Race 10 "Maybe Steven Segal Will See Me and Want Me to Be in One of His Movies" 6 S10 DavidMary.jpg
David & Mary
Yes
1 of 7
"He Can't Swim, but He Can Eat Cow Lips" 8 S10 RobKimberly.jpg
Rob & Kimberly
No
3 of 6
  • This Fast Forward appeared as part of an Intersection, allowing two teams to win the Fast Forward award
  • First time the Fast Forward appeared as part of an Intersection
S10 TylerJames.jpg
Tyler & James
No
2 of 6
The Amazing Race: All-Stars (2007) "If I Were in Town, I'd Ask for Your Number (Part 2)" 8 S11 OswaldDanny.jpg
Oswald & Danny
Yes
1 of 6
  • This Fast Forward appeared as part of an Intersection, allowing two teams to win the Fast Forward award
S11 UchennaJoyce.jpg
Uchenna & Joyce
Yes
1 of 6
"We Are Trying to Make Love, Not War" 10 S11 OswaldDanny.jpg
Oswald & Danny
Yes
1 of 4
  • First time a team claimed a Fast Forward twice
The Amazing Race 12 "We've Really Burned Bridges, for Sure" 5 Not Taken
"This Is Forever, Now" 7 S12 NicolasDonald.jpg
Nicolas & Donald
Yes
1 of 5
The Amazing Race 13 "I Wonder If They Like Blondes in New Zealand?" 4 S13 KenTina.jpg
Ken & Tina
Yes
1 of 8
"I'm Like an Angry Cow" 8 S13 NickStarr.jpg
Nick & Starr
Yes
1 of 5
The Amazing Race 14 "Gorilla? Gorilla?? Gorilla???" 7 Not Taken
  • This Fast Forward was unaired.
The Amazing Race 15 "Do It for the Hood! Do It for the Suburbs!" 7 S15 MeghanCheyne.jpg
Meghan & Cheyne
Yes
1 of 8
The Amazing Race 16 "Dumb Did Us In" 9 S16 DanJordan.jpg
Dan & Jordan
Yes
1 of 5
The Amazing Race 17 "Tastes Like a Million Dollars" 5 S17 NatKat.jpg
Nat & Kat
Yes
1 of 8
The Amazing Race 20 "Taste Your Salami" 4 S20 ArtJJ.jpg
Art & JJ
Yes
1 of 8
"This Is Wicked Strange" 6 S20 RachelDave.jpg
Rachel & Dave
Yes
1 of 7
"I Need Hair to Be Pretty" 10 S20 BopperMark.jpg
Bopper & Mark
No
5 of 5
The Amazing Race 21 "Funky Monkey" 4 S21 JamesAbba.jpg
James & Abba
Yes
1 of 8
"Fishy Kiss" 9 S21 NatalieNadiya.jpg
Natalie & Nadiya
Yes
1 of 5
The Amazing Race 22 "Be Safe and Don't Hit a Cow" 7 S22 BatesAnthony.png
Bates & Anthony
Yes
1 of 7
The Amazing Race 23 "Choir Boy at Heart" 6 Not Taken
The Amazing Race 25 "You're Taking My Tan Off" 9 S25 AdamBethany.jpg
Adam & Bethany
Yes
1 of 5
The Amazing Race 27 "A Little Too Much Beefcake" 1 Not Taken
The Amazing Race 29 "Have Faith in Me, Broski" 1 S29 BeccaFloyd.jpg
Becca & Floyd
No
3 of 7
  • First time a Fast Forward was placed on a No-Rest Leg
  • First time a Fast Forward was taken by a team with an Express Pass in their possession.

The Amazing Race Asia

Season Episode Leg Fast Forward Winners First Place? Notes
The Amazing Race Asia 1 "They're Speedy, They're Fast and They're First" 2 ASS1 SahilPrashant.jpg
Sahil & Prashant
Yes
1 of 10
"My Legs Are Shaking Like Jelly" 8 ASS1 MarsioMardy.jpg
Marsio & Mardy
Yes
1 of 6
The Amazing Race Asia 2 "This Is Embarrassing, There's A Guy Running Faster Than Us" 10 ASS2 AdrianCollin.jpg
Adrian & Collin
Yes
1 of 5
The Amazing Race Asia 3 "You See How They're Not Fighting All the Time" 5 ASS3 VinceSam.jpg
Vince & Sam
Yes
1 of 6
The Amazing Race Asia 4 "You Have So Many Good Students Here" 4 ASS4 RichardRichard.jpg
Richard & Richard
Yes
1 of 9
The Amazing Race Asia 5 "Taste Like Chicken" 5 Not Taken

The Amazing Race Australia

Season Episode Leg Fast Forward Winners First Place? Notes
The Amazing Race Australia 1 "We've Got Pain, but We've Not Lost Any Weight" 3 AUS1 RichardJoey.jpg
Richard & Joey
Yes
1 of 10
The Amazing Race Australia 2 "Why Am I Trying to Ride a Log on Icy Water?" 9 AUS2 PaulSteve.jpg
Paul & Steve
Yes
1 of 6
The Amazing Race: Australia v New Zealand "I Can't Feel My Nadz!" 8 AUS3 DanielRyan.jpg
Daniel & Ryan
No
3 of 5
The Amazing Race Australia 4 4 AUS4 JasminJerome.jpg
Jasmin & Jerome
No
4 of 5
8 AUS4 TomTyler.jpg
Tom & Tyler
Yes
1 of 6
The Amazing Race Australia 5 16 AUS5 Skye-BlueJake.jpg
Skye-Blue & Jake
Yes
1 of 7

The Amazing Race: A Corrida Milionária

Season Episode Leg Fast Forward Winners First Place? Notes
The Amazing Race: A Corrida Milionária 3 3 BRS1 CarlosEduardo.jpg
Carlos & Eduardo
Yes
1 of 9
8 8 BRS1 JonatasRafael.jpg
Jonatas & Rafael
No
2 of 6
10 10 BRS1 JorgeSilvia.jpg
Jorge & Silvia
Yes
1 of 5

The Amazing Race Canada

Season Episode Leg Fast Forward Winners First Place? Notes
The Amazing Race Canada 1 "Death by Lentils" 5 Not Taken
  • This Fast Forward was unaired.
The Amazing Race Canada 2 "She's the Pierogi Poobah" 6 CAS2 AlainAudrey.jpg
Alain & Audrey
No

2 of 7

"How Are We Going to Explain This to Mom and Dad?" 9 CAS2 SukhiJinder.jpg
Sukhi & Jinder
Yes
1 of 5
The Amazing Race Canada 3 "Who Is Alex Trebek?" 6 CAS3 GinoJesse.png
Gino & Jesse
Yes
1 of 8
The Amazing Race Canada 5 "This Is a Real Cat and Mouse Chase" 5 CAS5 AdamAndrea.jpg
Adam & Andrea
Yes
1 of 7

The Amazing Race (China)

Season Episode Leg Fast Forward Winners First Place? Notes
The Amazing Race 1 (China) 4 4 CNS1 ZhongHanliangJackie.jpg
Zhong Hanliang & Jackie
Yes
1 of 6
The Amazing Race China 3 4 4 CNS3 WuJianhaoYaoFengfeng.jpg
Wu Jianhao & Yao Fengfeng
Yes
1 of 7

The Amazing Race: China Rush

Season Episode Leg Fast Forward Winners First Place? Notes
The Amazing Race: China Rush 3 3 3 CRS3 JanelleKarin.jpg
Zhong Hanliang & Jackie
Yes
1 of 9

HaMerotz LaMillion

Season Episode Leg Fast Forward Winners First Place? Notes
HaMerotz LaMillion 1 5, 6 3 ILS1 HannahMargalit.jpg
Hannah & Margalit
Yes
1 of 9
13, 14 7 ILS1 ShayGuy.jpg
Shay & Guy
Yes
1 of 5
HaMerotz LaMillion 2 "The Baptism of Fire!", "Deal Breaker", "Racing Legend!" 5 ILS2 OsnatCarmit.jpg
Osnat & Carmit
No

3 of 7

"Dreaming About A Place in the Final", "The Couples in the Race of Their Lives!" 10 ILS2 BarInna.jpg
Bar & Inna
Yes
1 of 5
HaMerotz LaMillion 3 "Landing in Brazil!", "City of God", "Leaving Brazil!" 6 ILS3 EliranItzik.jpg
Eliran & Itzik
Yes
1 of 8

The Amazing Race (Latin America)

Season Episode Leg Fast Forward Winners First Place? Notes
The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel 1 Episode 3 3 LAS1 TamaraMatías.jpg
Tamara & Matías
No
2 of 10
The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel 2 6 6 LAS2 EdisonEdison.jpg
Edison & Edison
Yes
1 of 8
The Amazing Race 3 (Latin America) 9 9 LAS3 NicolásCristóbal.jpg
Nicolás & Cristóbal
Yes
1 of 5
The Amazing Race 5 (Latin America) 6 6 Not Taken
  • This Fast Forward was unaired.

The Amazing Race Philippines

Season Episode Leg Fast Forward Winners First Place? Notes
The Amazing Race Philippines 1 30, 31 10 PHS1 FaustoDayal.jpg
Fausto & Dayal
Yes
1 of 5

The Amazing Race Vietnam

Season Episode Leg Fast Forward Winners First Place? Notes
The Amazing Race Vietnam 2012 5 5 VNS1 BaggioThànhPhúc.jpg
Baggio & Thành Phúc
Yes
1 of 8
The Amazing Race Vietnam 2013 10 10 VNS2 LinhChiPhúcVinh.jpg
Linh Chi & Phúc Vinh
Yes
1 of 4
The Amazing Race Vietnam 2014 13, 14 7 VNS3 TrangKhiếuAnĐinh.jpg
Trang Khiếu & An Đinh
No

3 of 6

The Amazing Race Vietnam 2015 10 10 VNS4 LincolnChíThành.jpg
Lincoln & Chí Thành
Yes
1 of 4
The Amazing Race Vietnam 2016 8 8 VNS5 HươngGiangCriss.jpg
Hương Giang & Criss
Yes
1 of 5
The Amazing Race Vietnam 2019 6 6 XuanTienMyLinh.jpg
Hương Giang & Criss
Yes
1 of 7

Trivia

  • Due to the Intersection having a Fast Forward, Oswald & Danny and Uchenna & Joyce are the only teams to have done both versions of the Fast Forward in a career. Also Oswald & Danny are the only team to do two Fast Forwards in a single season.
  • Eleven of the Fast Forward tasks have involved head shaving.
  • Season 20 of the U.S. version featured the most Fast Forwards in a single season since Season 4, at three.
  • Jason & Amy of Season 23 and Justin & Diana of Season 27 are the only two teams to go for a Fast Forward, but not attempt the task due to unsafe weather conditions.


Clues & Other Route Markers

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Others: Handicap · One Way · Date Night · Switchback

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