Frank Mesa and Margarita Mesa are a Separated Couple team on The Amazing Race 1.

They were top competitors from the very beginning, and like the other teams they were not fans of Joe & Bill. However, they did not participate in the complaining about the Joe & Bill's tactics, choosing instead to focus on the Race and their own relationship. Like Rob & Brennan, they wound up easily making the Final 3 thanks to the badly placed equalizers, where they were very excited to discover the Finish Line was in Queens, in their neighborhood. However, Frank micromanaged their cab driver, giving him specific instructions on the route to take, which might have worked if it were not early in the morning, and there was almost no traffic. Instead, they fell behind and finished 2nd.


Retrieved from[1]

Being best friends and respecting each other is the key to great, loving relationship we have now.

When Frank and Margarita were teenagers, a mutual friend introduced them, and they hit it off right away. They've had fun traveling together before, because they both enjoy learning about people and experiencing other cultures. They auditioned for THE AMAZING RACE because their combined talents make them a strong Team: Frank is intelligent, level-headed and physically strong; Margarita is patient, intelligent and has a keen intuition. Although they've been separated for a year, they're considering getting back together, and see THE AMAZING RACE as an opportunity to find out how well they can work together.


  • I'd most like to receive a letter from: My daughter (if she could write!)
  • Comfort item from home I'll miss the most: Bed with lots of pillows
  • Hobby or activity I'll miss the most: Working out with free weights
  • I'd most like to receive a phone call from: My daughter
  • Sunday paper I read most often: New York Times
  • Favorite TV show: Lonely Planet
  • Favorite Movie: Scarface
  • Favorite Actor: Al Pacino
  • Favorite Actress: Hillary Swank
  • Favorite Music: Hip Hop


  • I'd most like to receive a letter from: My old best friend in California
  • Comfort item from home I'll miss the most: My daughter
  • Hobby or activity I'll miss the most: Playing with my daughter
  • I'd most like to receive a phone call from: Any of my close friends or family
  • Sunday paper I read most often: New York Times
  • Favorite TV show: Seinfeld
  • Favorite Movie: Cast Away
  • Favorite Actor: Javier Bardem
  • Favorite Actress: Juliette Binoche
  • Favorite Music: Hip Hop; R&B; Salsa

The Amazing Race 1

Race History

Frank & Margarita's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → South Africa → Zambia Air / Land Frank 3 of 11 [1]
2 2 Zambia → France Far / Near Frank 4 of 10
3 3 France Tough Climb /Easy Walk Frank 2 of 9
4 4 France → Tunisia Full Body Brew / Full Body Massage Frank 4 of 8
5 5 Tunisia Listening / Puzzling Margarita 5 of 7
6 6 Tunisia → Italy Foot / Hoof Frank 1 of 6 [2]
7 7 Italy → India Used Fast Forward 1 of 6
8 8 India Elephant / Row Boat Margarita 2 of 5
9 9 India → Thailand Public / Private Frank 2 of 5
10 10 Thailand Hike / Climb Frank 2 of 4
11 11 Thailand → China Volley / Rally Margarita 1 of 4
12 12 China → United States Flat / Steep Frank 2 of 3
13 13 United States Dog Power / Horsepower Frank 2 of 3
Average 2.38
     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

1: Leg 1 had an unaired Roadblock where one teammate had to cook a whole ostrich egg for the whole team to eat. Frank was shown completing the task in the DVD release.
2: Frank & Margarita originally checked in at the Pit Stop in 1st Place, but they incurred a 30-minute penalty for not following a clue correctly before they were officially checked in. However, their placement was not affected.


 Franchise Records

  • First Co-ed team to win a leg.
  • First team to qualify for the final three.
  • First team to have the highest racing average of a season.
  • First team to ever be introduced by the host.
  • First team to win consecutive legs.


  • Margarita was the last female standing in season 1.
  • Highest racing average on The Amazing Race 1, with 2.38


  • Frank and Margarita initially reconciled after the race [2] but divorced and now remain good friends.
    • Frank has been married to Lisa Francouer Mesa since August 2006.[3]
  • For Season 25 premiere, Frank was present at the Starting Line (at Times Square) with Amazing Race fans and other former racers to witness the start of the new season.
    • The first clue instructed the teams to approach "a contestant from the first season", pertaining to Frank, to ask him the location of the finish line of his season's finale, Flushing Meadows – Corona Park in Queens, also his hometown.

External links


  • Jane Clayson on The Early Show (12/14/2001): "Ding Dong The Lawyers Won"
  • Brill Bundy at Zap2it (12/14/2001): "The Amazing Crosses the Finish Line"
  • Jessica Liese at RHAP (10/20/2014): "Amazing Race 2014: Episode 4 RHAP-up with Season 1 Runner-up Frank Mesa"
    • He joked that was "a little resentful" of his season not giving out prizes to leg winners as opposed to subsequent seasons.

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