Marisa Axelrod and Brooke Jackson are a team of Southern Belles on The Amazing Race 13.

They had navigation issues in New Zealand, where they fell behind early and never saw another team after leaving the airport. They were subsequently eliminated in 8th.


Retrieved from

These charming southern belles are best friends and are up for any challenge. They want to prove to the world that they're not just cute blondes and that they can be athletic, cut-throat competitors.

Marisa is currently a broadcast journalism student at the University of South Carolina. She describes herself as ambitious, witty and spontaneous. Her extensive dance training has taught her to be focused and determined, skills that could help her to do well on the race.

Brooke is fascinated with other cultures and can't wait to try out some of the Spanish she learned while living in Spain. She works as a graphic designer and enjoys traveling, painting and being outdoors. She believes that her take-charge attitude will be enough to get them through the rigors of the Race.

She and her best friend are certain this adventure will make them even better friends. And if they have to do a little flirting along the way, they're not opposed to that either – whatever it takes to cross the finish line in first place.[1]

The Amazing Race 13

Race History

Marisa & Brooke's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Hard Way Up / Soft Way Down No Roadblock 10 of 11
2 2 Brazil Beach It / Docket Marisa 9 of 10
3 3 Brazil → Bolivia Musical March / Bumpy Ride Marisa 4 of 9
4 4 Bolivia → New Zealand Matter of Time / Matter of Skill Brooke 8 of 8
Average 7.75
     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 U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn


  • Marisa is now married to Kent Cecil and she gave birth to a son named Mason in June 2013.
  • Brooke married to Bryce Sprayberry in August 2012 and gave birth to her first child in fall 2014.


Post Race


  • Hilary Powell at (08/21/2008): "Spartanburg native primed for Amazing Race"
  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (10/20/2008): "Exclusive Interview - Marisa and Brooke, from The Amazing Race 13
  • Nicholas White at (10/20/2008): "Southern Belles Reveal What You Didn't See on The Amazing Race"
  • John Bracchitta at Reality TV World (10/20/2008): "Exclusive: 'The Amazing Race's Marisa Axelrod, Brooke Jackson talk"

Teeuwynn Woodruff at RealityNewsOnline (10/21/2008): "It's Not Every Day You Get to Wear a Pink Jumpsuit and Get Beat Up by a Woman"

  • Todd Gold at (10/21/2008): "Fake Tattoos, No-Show Cops and Phil's Dad: The Southern Belles On Their Disappointing Elimination From The Amazing Race"
  • Mark at Reality Wanted (10/22/2008): "Interview with Southern Belles Marisa and Brooke Of The Amazing Race 13"

Social Media Profiles


Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.