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1801 Starting Line

The Starting Line of The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business.

The Starting Line is the location of the start of any season of The Amazing Race.

Before being given the signal to begin racing, teams are assembled in front of the host as he/she gives basic details on what teams are to expect during the race. Once teams are given the "go" signal to begin racing, teams are usually instructed to run to their bags and open their first clues that are placed on top of their bags. In later seasons, teams would usually encounter a Starting Line task (see below), which they must perform before proceeding.

The Amazing Race 28 was the first to not have a traditional Starting Line. Instead, the race began from the racers' homes across the United States via video link from host Phil Keoghan at their first destination. This was repeated in The Amazing Race 33.

Starting Line Task[]

15x1 Surprise Elimination

In Season 15, teams had to search a rack containing 1,000 vehicle registration plates for one that contained the kanji characters for Shinagawa.

A Starting Line task is a task at the Starting Line that teams are required to complete before they can proceed with racing.

Starting Line tasks are usually related to the season's first destination, such as finding a particular registration plate found in Tokyo in Season 15 or finding the Chinese characters for Guangzhou in All-Stars 2014. Some Starting Line tasks may also require teams to get approval from the host.

Split Starting Lines[]

Some seasons have two separate Starting Lines, with half of the teams starting the race at one location and the other half starting at another. The two groups of teams race in separate legs, each with their own tasks with the last-place teams in each group being eliminated. Upon starting the second leg, the surviving teams consolidate and continue racing normally.

HaMerotz LaMillion 4 and The Amazing Race Australia 6 started the race with split Starting Lines with each group unware of the other group's existence. The twist was then revealed in the following leg. Unlike the Israeli season, the Australian version had two separate legs in each group.

HaMerotz LaMillion 5 started the race with split Starting Lines like its preceding season. However, both groups were aware of each others existence.

Restarting Line[]

The Amazing Race 33 is the only season to have a Restarting Line, where five teams returned to race after production resumed after a near 19-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Four teams who were still racing until the production shutdown were unable to return, and the two previously eliminated teams were brought in to rejoin the race.


Below is a map of where each Starting Line in The Amazing Race franchise is located. Click and drag, then zoom in on the map to see any point. Please take note that the points may be inaccurate, which may be due to the unfamiliarity of the exact location.

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US version[]

Asian version[]

Australian version[]

Brazilian version[]

Canadian version[]

China Rush[]

2nd Chinese version[]

Finnish version[]

French version[]

Israeli version[]

Latin American version[]

Norwegian version[]

Philippine version[]

Ukrainian version[]

Vietnamese version[]


  • In the original American version, the state of California has the most number of Starting Lines, with 20.
  • Season 25 was the first time the Starting Line was opened for public viewing.
  • Africa is the only inhabited continent that has yet to have a Starting Line.


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The Amazing Race Format

Challenges: Assist · Clues · Clue Box · Double Battle · Express Pass · Resurrection Card · Salvage Pass · Save
Pit Stops: Elimination · Finish Line · Marked for Elimination · Megaleg · No Penalty · No-Rest Leg · Non-Elimination Leg · Pit Start · Pit Stop · Starting Line · Superleg
Rules: Money · Rules and Penalties
Others: Date Night · Discharged · Ejection · Evacuation · Medically Exempt · Overnight Rest · Quit · Switchback
Twists: City Sprint · Departure Time Penalty · Double Elimination · Double Your Money · First Class Pass · Hazard · Marked for Elimination · On Ramp · One Way · Partner Swap · Pass · The Scramble · Salvage & Sabotage · Starting Line Task · Surprise Elimination · Surrender Money · Surrender Money and No Supplied Vehicles · Surrender Money and Possessions · U-Turn · Yield