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Route Markers are the flags that mark the places where teams must go. Most Route Markers are attached to Clue Boxes that contain clue envelopes, but some may mark the place where the teams must go in order to complete tasks. The colors of yellow and red signify The Amazing Race and are used on arrows, banners, and other signs for the racing teams.


Route Markers are always colored yellow and red, with the following exceptions:

  • The original Route Markers used in Season 1 were colored yellow and white. The current colors (with red added) were adopted in subsequent seasons so that the teams would have an easier time spotting them. The Norwegian also colored during their two legs in Vietnam due to the reason specified below.
  • During Season 3, the production visited Vietnam; while there, the flags used were a solid yellow, to avoid confusion with the former flag of South Vietnam, which differs from the current flag of Vietnam. The flag of the former South Vietnam is used as the "official" flag of some expatriate Vietnamese communities in the United States, and is something of a holdover from the Vietnam War. It is a potentially politically volatile subject, and the producers avoided unintended comparison by using the solid yellow color scheme with no red striping. In Season 10, when the show visited Vietnam, the flags were yellow and white, while in Season 22, no route markers were used (aside from one route marker appearing after the U-Turn that leg). This practice has since been abolished since the fourth season of The Amazing Race Canada.
  • Season 8's Route Markers were colored yellow, white, and black.
  • In the first and second season of the Latin American version, all the Route Markers, including the clue envelops were colored blue and black.
  • In the Vietnamese version, the route markers are colored light orange and light green.
  • In the Brazilian version, yellow and green are used reflecting the colors of the Brazilian national flag. Yellow and green was also used in Norwegian and Australian versions in Vietnam when the above practice was still in use.
Clues & Other Route Markers

Clue-routemarker · Clue-Detour · Clue-FastForward · Clue-Roadblock · Clue-information · Clue-Face-Off · Icon-Intersection · Clue-SpeedBump · Clue-Yield · Clue-Uturn · Icon-Hazard
Others: Handicap · One Way · Date Night · Switchback · On Ramp· Pass