Hayden Kristianson and Aaron Crumbaugh are a team of Dating Actors on The Amazing Race 6.

They were the second best team for most of the season, but found themselves stymied by bad cabs and a unlucky position in the penultimate leg, and wound up in 4th.


Hayden & Aaron live together in Los Angeles, California. About eight months ago, they saw each other for the first time at a Mexican restaurant. They describe this encounter as fate and love at first sight. Aaron chased Hayden down in the parking lot in hopes of not leaving without asking for a date. Their first date was the next day, and they have been inseparable ever since.

Although they have known each other for only a few months, they feel like they are soulmates and share a lot in common, such as competitiveness, athleticism, sensitivity and, most importantly, closeness with their respective families. However, their personalities differ, as Hayden is more direct and loud while Aaron is more laid back.

They both come from athletic backgrounds. Hayden received a track scholarship to the University of New Mexico, and Aaron was All-American for volleyball at Michigan State University. Their natural ambition and competitiveness is not only their primary reason for going on the Race, it is one of the reasons they think that they are going to win.

Hayden & Aaron are both models and are trying to pursue acting careers in Los Angeles. They feel that THE AMAZING RACE will bring them closer together as a couple and maybe help take their relationship to the next level.

The Amazing Race 6

Race History

Hayden & Aaron's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Iceland Ice Climb / Ice Search No Roadblock 1 of 11
2 2 Iceland → Norway Endurance / Accuracy Aaron 4 of 10
3 3 Norway → Sweden Count It / Build It Aaron 1 of 9
4 4 Sweden → Senegal Stack 'Em Up / Pull 'Em Out Hayden 4 of 8
5 5 Senegal → Germany Beers / Brats Hayden 3 of 8
6 6 Germany → Hungary Catapult Crash / Cannonball Run Hayden 4 of 7 [1]
8 Swim / Paddle Aaron 4 of 7
9 7 Hungary → France Climb Up / Fly Behind Aaron 6 of 6
10 8 France → Ethiopia Raise the Roof / Mud the Hut Hayden 1 of 6
11 9 Ethiopia → Sri Lanka Tree Trunks / Elephant Trunks Aaron 2 of 5
12 10 Sri Lanka → China Bricks / Ice Aaron 1 of 4
13 11 China Spray / Scroll Hayden 4 of 4 [2]
Average 2.81
     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 6 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placement listed in the first row reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.
2: Hayden & Aaron initially arrived 3rd, just ahead of Adam & Rebecca, but were issued a 4-hour penalty for quitting the Roadblock. Both Rebecca and Hayden almost had to quit the Roadblock because the last gondola down the mountain was about to leave; however, at the time Rebecca opened her lock and successfully completed the Roadblock, they checked in during the penalty time, thereby dropping Hayden & Aaron to last place; which resulted in their elimination.


Franchise Records

  • Aaron was the first person to ever propose (to which Hayden accepted) during the race.
  • First team to evolve their relationship during the show.
  • First co-ed team to finish in 4th place.


  • Hayden and Aaron got married on April 2007, with fellow racer Kristy Jensen serving as one of the bridesmaids and couple, Kris & Jon also present.[1]
    • They currently have two children, Kaiya Rachel and Cash. Kaiya survived from a birth defect.
  • Aaron is now a chef in Wagyu Wagon. He competed in Cutthroat Kitchen and finished 2nd.

External links


  • Ethan Alter at TV Guide Online (02/18/2005): "Race Duo Swears Off 'Baby' Talk"
  • Chris Book & Colleen Harris at Reality Reel Media (02/22/2005): "Interview with Hayden and Aaron from The Amazing Race 6"
  • Unknown Source (February 2005): "Interview with Hayden & Aaron"
  • Carrie at Reality Shack (Spring 2005): "Interview with Hayden Kristianson from The Amazing Race 6"

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