Mark Yturralde and Bill Kahler are a team of Best Friends on The Amazing Race 13.
Although not as physically fit as their competitors, Mark & Bill instead relied on their intelligence to race near the front of the pack for the first two legs. However, they made a fatal mistake in the third leg when they took a taxi instead of going on foot to the Detour as their clue had specified. Mark then struggled with Roadblock due to altitude sickness stemming from his lack of physicality, leaving them to reach the Pit Stop ahead of just Kelly & Christy. Their subsequent penalty for their infraction at the Detour then caused them to drop to last, finishing in 9th place.
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These comic book aficionados are determined to be the most strategic team ever to compete in the Race. Mark and Bill, friends for over 23 years, first met at a science fiction club and have been bonding over their love for comics and games ever since. Mark says that he "wears geek like a badge of honor."
Mark describes himself as outgoing, funny and smart. He is willing to go anywhere and isn't afraid of adventure. His last vacation was to Vanuatu in the South Pacific where he climbed a volcano.
Bill is the opposite of Mark—he describes himself as cautious, easygoing, goofy, yet competitive. When asked how the Race could change their friendship, Bill says that the Race might present them with some bad situations, but in the end, they'll finish with a deeper respect for one another.
These masterminds are ready to see what they are made of and are convinced that they can be one step ahead of the competition if they play their cards right.
The Amazing Race 13
|Mark & Bill's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Brazil||Hard Way Up / Soft Way Down||No Roadblock||4 of 11|
|2||2||Brazil||Beach It / Docket||Bill||2 of 10|
|3||3||Brazil → Bolivia||Musical March / Bumpy Ride||Mark||9 of 9|||
- In 2011, the two friends attended Reality Rally, which raises funds for Michelle's Place Breast Cancer Resource Center.
- Mark & Bill had been applying for The Amazing Race since the third season.
- First team to be eliminated in Bolivia.
- CBS.com featured them in a gallery celebrating 'National Best Friend Day' in 2015.
- Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (10/13/2008): "Mark and Bill, from The Amazing Race 13"
- John Bracchitta at Reality TV World (10/13/2008): "Exclusive: Mark Yturralde, Bill Hahler talk about The Amazing Race"
- Teeuwynn Woodruff at RealityNewsOnline (10/20/2008): "I Can't Conceive of Any Person Who Could Come Back and Be the Exact Same Person"
- Reyma Buan-Deveza at ABS-CBN.com (10/21/2008): "The Adventures of Mark and Bill: A lifetime's memories of Amazing Race"
|The Amazing Race 13 Teams|