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Rob Frisbee and Brennan Swain are a team of Best Friends/Lawyers and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 1.

They would form a friendship with Kevin & Drew and Nancy & Emily, the three teams becoming the loudest voices decrying the tactics of Joe & Bill. While they did not have the same strategic chops as Joe & Bill and Frank & Margarita, they made up for it with their physical advantage on tasks. Their strong finishes late in the game allowed them to cruise into the final three, and ultimately won the Race when they got a better cab than Frank & Margarita in New York.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com[1]

Friends who like to laugh and joke, know how to have fun and be supportive of each other in any situation.

Rob and Brennan became close friends a few years ago, when they worked at the same law firm in Los Angeles. They've made lots of short trips together, usually in search of fun. They're a good combination for THE AMAZING RACE because Brennan is an outgoing "adrenaline junkie" with a keen sense of direction, while Rob is organized, driven and competitive.

Rob

I'd most like to receive a letter from: Kelly
Comfort item from home I'll miss the most: Stereo/music
Hobby or activity I'll miss the most: Writing; working out
I'd most like to receive a phone call from: Parents
Sunday paper I read most often: Los Angeles Times
Favorite TV show: NYPD Blue; X Files
Favorite Movie: A River Runs Through It; Ghost in the Shell
Favorite Actor: Anthony Hopkins
Favorite Actress: Julia Roberts
Favorite Music: Hard Rock

Brennan

I'd most like to receive a letter from: Lisa
Comfort item from home I'll miss the most: DVD/CD player
Hobby or activity I'll miss the most: Surfing
I'd most like to receive a phone call from: Parents
Sunday paper I read most often: Los Angeles Times
Favorite TV show: SportsCenter
Favorite Movie: Star Wars
Favorite Actor: Harrison Ford
Favorite Actress: Natalie Portman
Favorite Music: Alternative

The Amazing Race 1

Race History

Rob & Brennan's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → South Africa → Zambia Used Fast Forward 1 of 11
2 2 Zambia → France Far / Near Rob 3 of 10
3 3 France Tough Climb / Easy Walk Brennan 3 of 9
4 4 France → Tunisia Full Body Brew / Full Body Massage Brennan 6 of 8
5 5 Tunisia Listening / Puzzling Rob 4 of 7
6 6 Tunisia → Italy Foot / Hoof Brennan 3 of 6
7 7 Italy → India Glide / Ride Rob 3 of 6
8 8 India Elephant / Row Boat Brennan 3 of 5
9 9 India → Thailand Public / Private Rob 1 of 5
10 10 Thailand Hike / Climb Brennan 1 of 4
11 11 Thailand → China Volley / Rally Brennan 2 of 4
12 12 China → United States Flat / Steep Rob 1 of 3
13 13 United States Dog Power / Horsepower Brennan 1 of 3
Average 2.46
Legend:
     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

Post-Race

  • Sometime after the race, Brennan dated fellow racer Emily Hoyt, but they eventually broke up.[2]
  • For The Amazing Race 2 and The Amazing Race 3, the two friends wrote episode recaps on their website.[3][4]
  • Rob & Brennan competed on an episode of Lingo in special Reality Stars edition that aired on September 6, 2004. The men won over Erin Brodie & Darva Conger and won $5,000 in the bonus round for their charity, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.[5]
  • Rob & Brennan appeared at the Starting Line of The Amazing Race 27.
  • Rob has since married in July of 2017[6] and later had a child in 2020.[7]
  • Brennan attended the wedding of The Amazing Race 2 winner, Alex Boylan in July of 2019.[8]

Trivia

  • Rob & Brennan won the most legs on The Amazing Race 1 with 5.
  • The only team in the first season's final three to not incur a time penalty during the race.
  • CBS.com featured them in a gallery celebrating National Best Friend Day in 2015.[9]

Franchise Records

  • First team to win a leg, and first team to win a leg through the Fast Forward.
  • First team to win the first leg and go on to win the race.
  • First all-male team to reach the final three.
  • First all-male team to win consecutive legs.
  • First team to arrive first at the Finish Line, thus winning the race.
    • First all-male team to win.
    • First team of friends to win.

External links

Interviews

Post-Race

  • Jane Clayson on The Early Show (12/14/2001): "Ding Dong The Lawyers Won"
  • Kris at Gates/Chili Post (12/19/2001): "Scottsville native wins Amazing Race"
  • Diana Young at Arizona Daily Wildcat (01/10/2002): "UA alumnus wins it all on Amazing Race"
  • Miss Alli at Television Without Pity (01/18/2002): "Team Esquire, Unbound"
  • Reality TV World (02/14/2002): "Rob & Brennan - The Amazing Race Winners"

Post-Show

  • TARflies (05/14/2003): "Rainman - Un-Edited" with Brennan
  • Brian at Reality Shack (09/27/2004): "Interview with Brennan Swain from The Amazing Race"
  • David W. Taylor at Reality Reel Media (09/20/2005): "A Journey Back with Brennan Swain - Celebrating The Season One DVD"
  • Shawn at The Reality Reel (06/01/2006): "Interview with Brennan Swain from The Amazing Race"
  • Rob Cesternino & Jessica Liese at RHAP (04/28/2014): "Amazing Race 2014: Episode 9 Recap with Original TAR winner, Brennan Swain"
  • Dalene Rovenstine at EW (11/07/2014): "Amazing Race: Where Are They Now?"
  • Jessica Liese at RHAP (09/27/2015): "The Amazing Race 27 | Bonus-cast with Brennan Swain"

Social Media Profiles

References

The Amazing Race 1 Teams
 Dave & Margaretta
Married 40 Years
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 Frank & Margarita
Separated Couple
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 Joe & Bill
Life Partners
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 Kevin & Drew
Fraternity Brothers
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 Kim & Leslie
Roommates
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S1 LennyKaren.jpg
 Matt & Ana
Married
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 Nancy & Emily
Mother/Daughter
S1 NancyEmily.jpg
 Pat & Brenda
Working Moms
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 Paul & Amie
Engaged
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 Rob & Brennan
Best Friends/Lawyers
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