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Thomas Kyle "TK" Erwin and Rachel Rosales are a Newly Dating team and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 12.

The two touted their purported ability to stay calm under pressure as their main asset compared to the louder, more bombastic personalities of their competitors. However, their resolve was frequently tested whenever they made mistakes, most notably with flights, that resulted in them unraveling and falling to the back of the pack. Nevertheless, they made it to the final three and overtook frontrunners Ron & Christina at the final Roadblock, allowing them to win the race.


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TK & Rachel have only been dating for close to a year. Both of their moms were friends while they were growing up in Huntington Beach, California, yet they had never really spent anytime together until only recently. This fun-loving couple is always laughing and is eager to see if their relationship can stand up to the rigors of the Race.

Rachel owns her own high-style flower shop. She describes herself as bright and ambitious and claims that the biggest difference between she and TK are the lives they've led. He was a collegiate athlete at UC Santa Barbara while she stayed home and bought a business and started working straight out of high school.

TK currently makes his living as a substitute teacher. He describes himself as dedicated, witty and intelligent. TK swam in college and was voted team captain of the swim team. He also held the all-time record in the 200-meter backstroke at UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara).

This free-spirited Team is looking to share the adventure of a lifetime together and maybe win $1 million prize in the process.[1][2]

The Amazing Race 12

Race History

TK & Rachel's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Ireland No Detour TK 3 of 11
2 2 Ireland → Netherlands Hoist It / Hunt It Rachel 6 of 10
3 3 Netherlands → Burkina Faso Teach It / Learn It TK 2 of 9
4 4 Burkina Faso Shake Your Pan / Shake Your Booty Rachel 7 of 8
5 5 Burkina Faso → Lithuania Count Down / Step Up TK 1 of 7
6 6 Lithuania → Croatia Short & Long / Long & Short Rachel 4 of 6
7 7 Croatia → Italy Invention / Tradition TK 4 of 5
8 8 Italy → India Paste 'Em / Thread 'Em TK 1 of 5
9 9 India → Japan Sense of Touch / Sense of Smell Rachel 4 of 4
10 10 Japan → Taiwan Fire / Earth Rachel 2 of 4
11 11 Taiwan → United States Cut the Cod / Grab the Crab Rachel 1 of 3
Average 3.18
     The team keep racing
     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 or keep racing on a No-Rest 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 U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn



  • TK & Rachel went to the same high school as Nathan and Staella.[3]
  • TK & Rachel are the first team to perform a Speed Bump and survive the leg they performed it.
    • They are also the first team to perform a Speed Bump and ultimately win the race.
  • First interracial couple to win.

External links


  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (01/21/2008): "Race Winners Committed to Each Other"
  • Peter Larsen at The Orange County Register (01/21/2008): "For Amazing Race winners, the toughest challenge was keeping quiet"
  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (01/21/2008): "Exclusive Interview: TK & Rachel, Winners of The Amazing Race 12"
  • Lynn at Crushable (01/21/2008): "My Interview with TK & Rachel, Winners of The Amazing Race 12"
  • Christopher Roochio at Reality TV World (01/21/2008): "Exclusive Interview: Rachel Rosales, TK Erwin dish on The Amazing Race win"
  • Teeuwynn Woodruff at RealityNewsOnline (01/22/2008): "We Were Fortunate and Prepared"
  • Live with Regis & Kelly (01/22/2008): "The Amazing Race 12 Winners"
  • Brian Zoromski at (01/23/2008): "Amazing Race Interview - TK & Rachel"
  • (01/23/2008): "Amazing Race Winners Talk Money, Romance, & Good Luck Charms"
  • Mark at Reality Wanted (01/24/2008): "Interview with TK and Rachel, Winners of The Amazing Race 12"
  • Rochell D. Thomas at TV Guide Online (01/25/2008): "Amazing Race's Final 3: The Last Pit Stop"
  • Jocelyn Dimaculangan at PEP (02/08/2008): "The Amazing Race 12 winners recount surreal experience"
  • Julie Zed at (05/07/2008): "Fancast Interview: Amazing Race 12 Winners TK & Rachel"

Social Media Profiles


The Amazing Race 12 Teams
 Ari & Staella
Best Friends
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 Azaria & Hendekea
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 Kate & Pat
Married Ministers
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 Kynt & Vyxsin
Dating Goths
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 Nicolas & Donald
Grandson/ Grandfather
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 Ron & Christina
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 TK & Rachel
Newly Dating
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