Matt Robar and Ana Robar are a Married team on The Amazing Race 1

They became the first team to ever be eliminated from The Amazing Race after they got extremely lost driving to the Pit Stop in Zambia, allowing all the other teams to pass them by.


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Matt and Ana met in 1995, while they were both in the Army. When they drove together from Washington State to New York, "it was a fun trip and [they] acted like rebels." Their combined strengths make them a good Team for THE AMAZING RACE: while Matt is very hyper and energetic, Ana remains calm and efficient.[1]

The Amazing Race 1

Matt & Ana are the sixth team introduced at the Starting Line at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, New York City. In their first confessional, Ana describes herself as "high-strung and bossy", but that it's those qualities Matt likes in her. Matt compliments his wife, saying she is "smart" and has "a good head on her shoulders", but almost never listens to his gut instincts.

After Phil Keoghan officially starts the first leg of the race, they learn they have to fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, where they'll find their next clue in Johannesburg International Airport, and that there are three flights to Johannesburg from New York City, but are not informed from which airport they're departing at. They decide to head to the subway to find a phone. Using a payphone, they find that the flights are located at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Matt & Ana take the subway to get to JFK, where Ana panics, hoping they don't end up being the first team eliminated, though Matt attempts to console her on the matter.

Matt & Ana ultimately take a slow form of transportation, ending up on the third flight into Johannesburg along with Kevin & Drew, Nancy & Emily, and Paul & Amie.

After landing in Johannesburg, they pick up the second clue informing them to sign up for a charter flight to Livingstone, Zambia, and get their next clue from a car waiting outside of Livingstone Airport. Matt & Ana once again find themselves on the final flight with Kevin & Drew, Nancy & Emily, and Paul & Amie.

Matt & Ana opt to drive themselves to their next destination at Knife's Edge Bridge at Victoria Falls. After easily getting to Victoria Falls and getting their next clue to Batoka Gorge, they attempt to find a local who can point them in the right direction, but the locals do not know where the gorge is, prompting Matt to make some derogatory remarks about them. After struggling to find the gorge, the married couple end up being the second-to-last team to arrive, and learn of the Detour. They choose to perform Air, which has teams zipline down the gorge, then bungee jump. After completing the task, and learning the Pit Stop is at Songwe Village. Both Matt & Ana and Kevin & Drew end up racing to get to the Pit Stop before the other. Despite Nancy & Emily getting lost on they way as well, Matt & Ana are the last team to arrive, and become the first team to be eliminated from The Amazing Race.

Race History

Matt & Ana's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → South Africa → Zambia Air / Land Unknown 11 of 11 [1]
Average 11.00
     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: here was an unaired Roadblock where one teammate had to cook a whole ostrich egg for the whole team to eat. It is unknown whether Matt or Ana completed it.


  • Sometime after The Amazing Race, Matt and Ana divorced. Matt got engaged with Amanda Mills in 2014.[2]


  • Matt & Ana are the first team ever to finish last in a leg and subsequently the first be eliminated on the race.
    • First team to be eliminated in Zambia and the first to be eliminated in Africa.
    • First co-ed team to be eliminated from the race.

External links


  • Jane Clayson on The Early Show (09/06/2001): "Matt And Ana: First Out Of The Race"

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