Herculean Effort for Some Herculean Dudes is the seventh episode of The Amazing Race 9.


Teams participate in a special "Da Vinci Code"-themed challenge in which teams are given a portion of Da Vinci's famed "Vitruvian Man" and must find the other half in order to solve the clue.

While Racing through Greece, teams return to ancient times and compete in Olympic games that include a grueling bout in the mud with a Greek wrestler. During a roadblock, teams face a 240-foot bungee jump off the Corinth Canal bridge and one racer becomes paralyzed with fear. Several teams make a crucial mistake when they fail to follow the clue's directions correctly. Meanwhile, a lack of focus and confusion plagues several teams who get lost while driving, and their frustration fuels an emotional breakdown for one team.[2]


Route Markers

The order of departure from Fonte Aretusa are as follows:

  1. Eric & Jeremy (10:33 pm)
  2. BJ & Tyler (10:38 pm)
  3. Joseph & Monica (11:40 pm)
  4. Fran & Barry (11:53 pm)
  5. Lake & Michelle (12:17 am)
  6. Ray & Yolanda (1:02 am)

Teams must travel by train and ferry to Rome. Once in Rome, teams must find the Trevi Fountain and search for a man on a red and yellow scooter. The man will then hand them their next clue and an manila envelope containing half of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man.

Teams must make their way on foot to the Spanish Steps and find horse carriages and portfolios. Teams then searched for a black leather portfolio and had to find the other half of the drawing for the movie based on The Da Vinci Codeto find their next clue. Teams were also told that the first team to arrive at the Pit Stop, along with the entire drawing, would win the prize.

Teams must fly to Athens, Greece. Upon arrival, teams must find Ancient Agora to search for their next clue.

Teams must travel by train to Ancient Agora Railway Station and exit at the correct station at Isthmos Railway Station in Corinth, and not at nearby Corinth Railway Station. At the Isthmos Railway Station they will find their next clue.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to them after finding their clue at Ancient Agora.

Teams must travel on foot less than a mile to Stamatopoulos Taverna and take part in traditional Greek method of dispelling mischievous spirits, plate breaking. Teams had to break plates and find a little yellow and red flag that was baked into one plate. Once the team found the flag, they would win the Fast Forward. Eric & Jeremy won the Fast Forward.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would bungee jump 240 feet (73 m) into the Corinth Canal. Once they've complete the jump, they will receive their next clue from the bungee master.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Choice A: Herculean Effort
Teams must drive themselves to an ancient stadium in Nemea, where teams have to complete three events from the Ancient Olympic Games. One team would compete in the discus throw, while the other would compete in the javelin throw. Finally, both teams have to participate professional wrestling of a 20 feet circle. When all are completed, they would receive their next clue.

BJ & Tyler, Joseph & Monica, and Ray & Yolanda chose this task.

Choice B: It's All Greek To Me
Teams must drive themselves to an ancient stadium in Nemea, where they would enter an archaeological site to search a specific section for nine pieces of pottery containing Greek letters. Then, they will get help to translate the letters from Greek to English and unscramble them to order the spell a location on a Greek map, Dimitsana.

Fran & Barry and Lake & Michelle chose this task.

Teams must make their way to the town of Rio and find the Fortress of Rion to check in.

For coming in first and bring the complete Vitruvian Man, Eric & Jeremy won a trip to The Da Vinci Code movie premiere in Hollywood, California.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward> Used the Yield< Recipient of the Yield
S9 EricJeremy
 1st place 
Eric & Jeremy
S9 JosephMonica
 2nd place 
Joseph & Monica
S9 RayYolanda
 3rd place 
Ray & Yolanda
S9 FranBarry
 4th place 
Fran & Barry
Married 40 Years
S9 BJTyler
 5th place 
BJ & Tyler
Best Friends
S9 LakeMichelle
 6th place 
Lake & Michelle
Married Parents


  • This episode's title was said by Tyler.
  • This leg marks the first time The Amazing Race has visited the country of Greece.
  • This episode's Roadblock returned in the same form on "I Thought We Were Playing It Nice".


  • Josh Wolk at EW (04/12/2006): "Product placement overload"


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