Michael Ilacqua and Kathy Perez are a Long-Distance Dating team on The Amazing Race 3.

A long-distance dating couple, and part of the "Twin Hunt" alliance, they were unfortunately taken out after they put unleaded gasoline in their diesel car on their way to a ferry in Spain. However, while the other teams got their cars fixed that night, they stayed overnight in a hotel, deciding to get it fixed in the morning, and subsequently finished out at 8th place.


Michael and Kathy met a year and a half ago in Cancun, Mexico. They have kept in touch and maintained a long-distance dating relationship; however, they have never spent more than five days together at a time. Their primary motivation for going on the Race is to see how compatible they are as a couple.

What struck Kathy about Michael were the provocative questions he asked her on their last night in Cancun, when they spent 12 hours together talking and getting to know one another. This was enough to prove to Kathy that Michael is a genuine person worthy of maintaining a long-distance friendship.

Kathy and Michael are polar opposites. Kathy is more high-strung under pressure and Michael is very laid back. Michael describes himself as unconventional, amusing and dark, while Kathy describes herself as moody, caring and oversensitive. They both agree that their different personalities complement each other well.

Michael has done quite a bit of traveling throughout Mexico, England, France, Holland, Spain and Canada, while Kathy has been to Mexico, the Philippines and Canada. The most important item in his backpack is his CD player, because he feels that music will change any mood into a good one. Her most valuable item is her journal.

Michael resides in San Diego and lives with his cat, Tig. His birth date is May 30. Kathy lives in Birmingham, Michigan. Her birth date is December 4.

The Amazing Race 3

Race History

Michael & Kathy's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Mexico Wings / Wheels No Roadblock 4 of 12
2 2 Mexico Man Power / Horse Power Michael 4 of 11
3 3 Mexico → United Kingdom Punt / Bike Michael 6 of 10
4 4 United Kingdom → Portugal Old School / New School Michael 7 of 9
5 5 Portugal → Spain → Morocco Ropes / Slopes Unknown 8 of 8 [1]
Average 5.80
     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: It is unknown whether Michael or Kathy performed the Roadblock in Leg 5.


  • Michael & Kathy got subsequently married on September 18, 2005 and have two children now.[1]


Franchise Records

  • Michael & Kathy are the first interracial team.
  • Kathy is the first Asian-American to appear on the race.
  • First team eliminated in Morocco.

External links


  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (10/31/2002): "Diesel Lesson for Michael & Kathy"
  • FansOfRealityTV (10/31/2002): "Amazing Race: Our Interview with Michael & Kathy"

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