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Susan Vaughn and Patrick Vaughn are a Mother/Son team on The Amazing Race 7.

After getting lost on the third leg and barely avoiding elimination, Susan & Patrick were consigned to the later flight to Buenos Aires on the following leg with Meredith & Gretchen and Ray & Deana. While racing the other two teams during the Detour, however, their boat broke down, causing them to fall behind their competitors and be eliminated in 8th place.


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Susan & Patrick are the first mother/son Team in the history of THE AMAZING RACE. Susan is from Hamilton, Ohio and Patrick lives in Hollywood, California. Susan is the Director for Judicial Affairs for Miami University in Ohio and Patrick is a writer. Their primary motivation for participating in this Race is to see the world with each other and have stories to share for the rest of their lives.

Susan has been married to Patrick's father for 34 years and also has a daughter, Elizabeth. She earned her college degree as a "non-traditional" student, since she was a mother at the time. She enjoys shopping, gardening and traveling and describes herself as stylish, demanding and prepared.

Patrick says he is extremely close with this family, and they've always been very supportive of him, including when he told them he was gay. However, his mother disagreed with his decision to drop out of college (Miami U) 30 credits shy of his degree. Patrick describes himself as Machiavellian and strategic.

Both are avid fans of the show and watch it religiously. As Susan tells it, "We want to play! He is the competitive one, and we are the perfect Team!"[1]

The Amazing Race 7

Race History

Susan & Patrick's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Peru Rope a Llama / Rope a Basket No Roadblock 2 of 11
2 2 Peru → Chile Shop / Schlep Susan 8 of 10
3 3 Chile → Argentina Paddle / Pedal Patrick 8 of 9
4 4 Argentina Shipwreck / Island Patrick 8 of 8
Average 6.50
     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
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield


  • Patrick's dislike towards Rob & Amber continued, which resulted in a very disparaging letter sent to them for the Roadblock in the fourth leg on All-Stars.


  • They were featured in a slideshow celebrating Mother's Day in 2015.[2]

Franchise Records

  • Susan & Patrick are first mother-son team to compete on The Amazing Race.
  • Oldest mother-son team, at an average age of 40 while racing.
  • Lowest racing average of a mother-son team, 6.50.

External links


  • Cynthia Wang at People (03/24/2005): "The Amazing Race's Susan and Patrick"
  • Ethan Alter at TV Guide Online (03/25/2005): "Why This Amazing Racer Hates Rob"

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