Ron Kellum and Tony Stovall are a team of Best Friends on The Amazing Race 17.

Although one of only three teams to get onto the first flight to London and being confident in their navigation abilities, Ron & Tony spent the first leg being unable to navigate the English countryside. Already in last and unable to figure out how to properly distribute their weight on a coracle, they were eliminated in 11th place.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com[1]

Ron

Age: 45
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Connection to your Teammate: Best Friend
Current occupation: Director/Choreographer
Favorite hobbies: Working out, skiing, golfing and dinners with friends
Achievements: My biggest achievement came when I was cast in my first Broadway show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and writing my first book The Gypsy's Survival Guide to Show-Business.
Lifelong to do list: One day I would like to do outreach work in Africa, host an entertainment show, open a theater and travel the world.
What scares you most about traveling? Being in another country when there is a terrorist attack
What excites you most about traveling? Experiencing the world in new ways and discovering new cultures, people and food
If I could switch places with someone: I'm blessed with an amazing life and love my work and family. I wouldn't want to switch places with anyone, but there are many people that I admire and respect. They inspire me to strive to reach my goals.
Role model/hero: My mother is my role model and my father is my hero.
What are you passionate about? Helping actors and performers discover their dreams. Equal rights and equality for all.
What would you do if you won the million dollars? Assist my family, make a donation to my church and invest the rest.
People would be surprised to learn: I'm a pretty quiet person when I'm not working and I have a deep faith in God.
Favorite place you have ever visited: Serra Cafema Namibia in Africa
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Because of our size differences, the physical challenges may be our Team's biggest hurdles.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? It will be a dream come true for both of us to run the race together. It will be an amazing opportunity to see and discover parts of the world I would never be able to experience.
Pet peeve about your teammate: I can't reach him because he is always on the phone.

Tony

Age: 42
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
Connection to your Teammate: Best friend
Current occupation: Doctoral Student at the University of Arizona
Favorite hobbies: Reading, traveling and screenwriting
Achievements: Getting my MBA
Lifelong to do list: Ultimately I would like to get a PhD (the journey has begun), become a professor, visit the three continents I haven't been to, skydive and read War & Peace.
What scares you most about traveling? Political unrest in some places in the world scares me.
What excites you most about traveling? The idea of experiencing different cultures is what excites me most about traveling. I'm fascinated with people so any chance I get to experience others is great.
If I could switch places with someone: President Obama (but only for a day or so - I think the stress would kill me)
Role model/hero: My parents
What are you passionate about? I'm most passionate about learning, my family and friends and new adventures
What would you do if you won the million dollars? Pay off my school loans, give a little to charity (that includes my family - charity begins at home), visit the three continents I haven't visited and invest the rest.
People would be surprised to learn: I like country music.
Favorite place you have ever visited: China and Southern Africa
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Communicating clearly and calmly with one another will be a challenge for us on the Race.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I think the race will bring us closer together. It will help us to solidify our friendship and give us another amazing adventure together. We are eager for an adventure of a lifetime.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He's ALWAYS on the phone.

The Amazing Race 17

Race History

Ron & Tony's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → United Kingdom No Detour Ron 11 of 11 [1][2]
Average 11.00
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
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist

Notes:
1: Ron & Tony incurred a 24-hour penalty for quitting the coracle task. However, since they arrived at the Pit Stop in last place, they were eliminated without the penalty being applied.
2: While neither Ron nor Tony was shown performing the Roadblock in Leg 1, the official website lists Ron as the team member who completed the task.

Trivia

  • Ron & Tony were featured in a CBS.com slideshow celebrating 'National Best Friends Day' in 2015.[2]

Post Race

External links

Interviews

  • Joyce Eng at TVGuide (09/27/2010): "Amazing Race's Ron and Tony: Getting Lost "Felt Like a Nightmare That Wouldn't End"
  • Gina Scarpa at Reality Wanted (09/27/2010): "The Amazing Race 17: Exclusive Interview with Ron Kellum and Tony Stovall"
  • Staff at Digital Spy (09/27/2010): "Ron & Tony ('The Amazing Race')"
  • Teeuwynn Woodruff at RealityNewsOnline (09/28/2010): "We Were on a Motorway That Had No Exits for 25 Miles"
  • Staff at RealityTVWorld (09/28/2010): Ron Kellum and Tony Stovall talk 'The Amazing Race'

References

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