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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 six teams' departure times are unknown.

Teams must take train to Stockholm, Sweden, then fly to Saint Petersburg, Russia. Upon arrival, teams must make their way to Vasilyevsky Island and search for the Rostral Columns, where they would find their next clue.

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

Chad & Stephanie and Nick & Vicki chose this task.

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

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

Teams must make their way to the location depicted on either their record or their film canister, Palace Square, where they would find their next clue.

Teams must take a taxi to Alexandrovskaya and follow a marked path to a local neighborhood store, where they would find their next clue.

"Who's ready for a Russian Drag Race?"

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

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must make their way to 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 or continue racing on a No-Rest Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • ϵ 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
Jill & Thomas
 1st place 
Jill & Thomas
Brook & Claire
 2nd place 
Brook & Claire
Home Shopping Hosts
Michael & Kevin
 3rd place 
Michael & Kevin
Nat & Kat
 4th place 
Nat & Kat
Chad & Stephanie
 5th place 
Chad & Stephanie
Newly Dating
Gary & Mallory
 6th place 
Gary & Mallory
Nick & Vicki
 7th place 
Nick & Vicki



The Amazing Race 17 Episodes

"They Don't Call It The Amazing Race for Nothin!" · "A Kiss Saves the Day" · "In Phil We Trust" · "We Should Have Brought Gloves and Butt Pads" · "Tastes Like a Million Dollars" · "Run, Babushka, Run" · "I Want to Be in the Circus, That's Where I Belong" · "Ali Baba in a Suit" · "There's a Lot of Nuts and Bullets" · "I Hate Chinese Food" · "I'm Surrounded by Ninjas" · "Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race"