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Raymond "Ray" Hosteau and Deana Shane are a Dating On and Off team on The Amazing Race 7.

Ray came into the race with high expectations for their team, deriding teams such as Meredith & Gretchen and Susan & Patrick, whom he saw as being "sacrificial lambs." When these expectations were not met, Ray tended to take out his frustrations on and berate Deana. In the sixth leg, this came to a head when they struggled during the Detour in Botswana and once again started arguing, allowing Brian & Greg to catch up and narrowly defeat them in a footrace, eliminating them in 7th place.


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Ray & Deana are a dating team from Canfield, Ohio and Youngstown, Ohio respectively. Ray is a stockbroker and Deana is a marketing and promotions executive. Their primary motivation for participating in this Race is to put their on-again/off-again relationship to the test and see how they fare.

Ray, who is 17 years older than Deana, has worked as a stockbroker for 18 years. A former college and semi-professional football player, Ray describes himself as cocky and admits that he's never wrong about anything. He enjoys weightlifting, singing and karate.

Deana is admittedly just as determined and competitive as her teammate. She grew up camping in the backwoods of Ohio and has never traveled outside the United States. Deana's favorite hobbies include lifting weights, karate, hunting and fishing.

Both admit they are looking for some answers to what the future holds for their relationship and are hoping the Race will provide some.[1]

The Amazing Race 7[]

Race History[]

Ray & Deana's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Peru Rope a Llama / Rope a Basket No Roadblock 7 of 11
2 2 Peru → Chile Shop / Schlep Ray 3 of 10
3 3 Chile → Argentina Paddle / Pedal Deana 6 of 9 [1]
4 4 Argentina Shipwreck / Island Deana 6 of 8
5 5 Argentina → South Africa Used Fast Forward 1 of 7
6 South Africa → Botswana Food / Water Ray 7 of 7
Average 5.00
     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
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

1: Deana decided to forfeit the Roadblock and was issued a four-hour penalty at the Roadblock site starting from the arrival of the next team.


Ray Deana Wedding

Ray and Deana on their wedding day

  • Ray and Deana got engaged after the race and and subsequently got married on May 21, 2005. Rob & Amber attended their wedding.[2] The couple later had a daughter named Raegan.
    • As of 2010, they are no longer together.
  • Ray is currently in engaged to a woman named Mandy.[3]
  • Deana currently works as a casting producer at CBS.


Franchise Records[]

  • Ray & Deana are the first team to be given vehicles as prizes for winning a leg.
  • First team to be eliminated in Botswana.
  • One of only three co-ed teams who won a leg and be the 5th team to be eliminated.
  • Oldest averaged aged co-ed team to win a leg and finish the race in 7th place, 35.5.

External links[]


  • Rene Syler on The Early Show (03/30/2005): "Amazing Race Couple"
  • Brenda Rodriguez at People (03/31/2005): "The Amazing Race's Ray and Deena"
  • Ethan Alter at TV Guide Online (04/01/2005): "Amazing Race Nasties Get Engaged"
  • TARflies (06/15/2005): "Race to the Altar"

Social Media Profiles[]


The Amazing Race 7 Teams
 Brian & Greg
S7 BrianGreg
 Debbie & Bianca
Lifelong Friends
S7 DebbieBianca
 Lynn & Alex
S7 LynnAlex
 Megan & Heidi
S7 MeganHeidi
 Meredith & Gretchen
S7 MeredithGretchen
 Ray & Deana
Dating On and Off
S7 RayDeana
 Rob & Amber
S7 RobAmber
 Ron & Kelly
Former POW/Pageant Queen
S7 RonKelly
 Ryan & Chuck
Best Friends
S7 RyanChuck
 Susan & Patrick
S7 SusanPatrick
S7 UchennaJoyce