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Margaret "Peggy" Kuhn and Claire Jinks are a team of Grandmothers on The Amazing Race 2.

Affectionately nicknamed the Gutsy Grannies, they struggled through the race from the get-go, narrowly escaping elimination in the first two legs. In the third leg, they ended up getting delayed by their connections on the way to South Africa, putting them nearly a full day behind the other teams. Once they arrived, Peggy & Claire were ordered to go directly to the Pit Stop to be eliminated in 9th place.


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We both appreciate a good laugh, and we share a lot of the same interests. It's very unusual to make close friendships so late in life, but we have done so.

Peggy and Claire met about four years ago, while walking their dogs at a lake in the sierras. Their dogs quickly struck up a friendship, and so did Peggy and Claire. Last year the two spent ten days together in Santa Monica, California, and enjoyed the experience very much. The greatest difficulty was the fact that Peggy is an early riser, while Claire prefers to sleep in. When Peggy saw the AMAZING RACE application on the CBS website she called Claire, and both agreed that it would be fun to compete.

When considering how their experience in THE AMAZING RACE might change their relationship, Peggy observes, "Between the two of us, we're a hundred and twenty-something years old. It would take something more earth shattering than a TV show to change our relationship. There are some advantages to growing old! You don't sweat the small stuff."

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?

  • Peggy: I have a good memory for names, places, times, and dates, am excellent at math, and enjoy everything.
  • Claire: I can yodel. I am energetic, competitive, personable, and I've traveled extensively. I am strong for a woman of indeterminate years! A major weakness is that I rush into things without carefully thinking them out.

What strengths and weaknesses does your teammate bring to the Team?

  • Peggy: Claire is very intelligent, well traveled and very well read. She can also yodel. She laughs at my stupid observations and never complains when she feels bad or loses a toenail. Her only weakness on this trip is that she moves too fast that she doesn't see things around her. I think it's just that she is so focused on getting to the end. That determination is also one of her strengths that I admire.
  • Claire: Peggy is creative, energetic, personable, and very good company. She can charm the birds out of the trees.

What is your favorite film?

  • Claire: American Beauty
  • Peggy: A Thousand Clowns

What is your favorite TV show?

Who is your favorite actor?

  • Claire: Kevin Spacey
  • Peggy: Robert De Niro

Who is your favorite actress

  • CLAIRE: Judi Dench
  • PEGGY: Anne Bancroft

What is your favorite band?

  • Claire: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Peggy: Willie Nelson

What comfort item from home will you miss the most?

  • Claire: Larry Jinks
  • Peggy: Kenny's cooking and my bed[1]

The Amazing Race 2[]

Race History[]

Peggy & Claire's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Mountain / Beach No Roadblock 10 of 11
2 2 Brazil Freak Out / Seek Out Claire 8 of 10
3 3 Brazil → South Africa Did not perform 9 of 9 [1]
Average 9.00
     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: By the time Peggy & Claire got to the Robben Island prison, they were too far behind the other teams and were ordered to go directly to the Pit Stop.



Franchise Records[]

  • Claire is the oldest female racer by date of birth.
  • Peggy & Claire are the first all-female team to be the oldest team of the season.
  • Oldest all-female team to race, at an age average of 64.
  • First team asked to skip task(s) and ordered to go directly to the Pit Stop.
  • First team to be eliminated in South Africa.

External links[]


  • Katherine Morris at Sierra Sun (03/06/2002): "Gutsy grandmas: Locals compete on CBS TV's Amazing Race 2"
  • Susan Skorupa at Reno Gazette-Journal (04/05/2002): "Review in TV"

Social Media Profiles[]


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