Run, Babushka, Run is the sixth episode of The Amazing Race 17.


Route Markers

The order of departure from Ankenes Marina are as follows:

  1. Nat & Kat (8:26 pm)
  2. Gary & Mallory
  3. Jill & Thomas
  4. Michael & Kevin
  5. Brook & Claire
  6. Nick & Vicki
  7. Chad & Stephanie

Only Nat & Kat's departure time was shown on-screen. The other teams were seen boarding the 10:26 am train to Sweden.

Teams must travel by train to Stockholm, Sweden, then fly to Saint Petersburg, Russia. Upon arrival, teams must travel by taxi to Vasilievsky Island and search for the Rostral Columns to find their next clue.

Choice A: Classical Music
Teams would have to travel to Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace and listen to three different compositions, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, and Tchaikovsky's Troika, playing on three numbered gramophones. They then have to enter a music hall full of pianists playing several different compositions and have to take a copy of the sheet music from the pianists playing each of the three compositions. Teams will receive their next clue from the maestro after putting the correct compositions in the correct order.

Chad & Stephanie and Nick & Vicki chose this task.

Choice B: Classic Cinema
Teams would have to travel to Lenfilm and search through several hundred filmstrips until they find one matching the film playing in the theater, Sergei Eisenstein's Octobe. When they show the correct filmstrip to the projectionist, he will give the teams their next clue.

Brook & Claire, Gary & Mallory, Jill & Thomas, Michael & Kevin, and Nat & Kat chose this task.

Teams must travel by taxi to Palace Square to find their next clue.

Teams must travel by taxi to Alexandrovskaya and search for a marked local store, to find their next clue.

The team member assigned to this Roadblock would have to dress up like a babushka, pick up a sack of 50 potatoes, and fill a wheelbarrow with cow manure. A babushka will then show them how to properly plant the potatoes, and she would give them their next clue once the planting is completed.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must travel by taxi to Alexander Garden overlooking Saint Isaac's Cathedral to check in.

For coming in first place, Jill & Thomas won a trip for two to São Paulo, Brazil, provided by Travelocity.

Despite coming in last place, Nick & Vicki would not have to perform a Speed Bump, due to production errors at the Classical Music Detour.[1]


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forwardϵ Used the Express Pass User of the first Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the first Double U-Turn slot • User of the second Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the second Double U-Turn slot
S17 JillThomas
 1st place 
Jill & Thomas
S17 BrookClaire
 2nd place 
Brook & Claire
Home Shopping Hosts
S17 MichaelKevin
 3rd place 
Michael & Kevin
S17 NatKat
 4th place 
Nat & Kat
S17 ChadStephanie
 5th place 
Chad & Stephanie
Newly Dating
S17 GaryMallory
 6th place 
Gary & Mallory
S17 NickVicki
 7th place 
Nick & Vicki



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