Tara Carr and Joey Covino are a team on The Amazing Race 29.
Despite being the oldest team on the race, Tara & Joey emerged as contenders, working well together despite the occasional arguments due to finding common ground in their professions. Although they sometimes displayed a sense of entitlement with expecting to have their competitors give information to them or having tasks made easy for them, their consistently strong performances, being socially well-positioned, and their common goal of winning for their families made them the favorites to win among the final three teams. Although they were neck-and-neck with Brooke & Scott early in the final leg, Tara & Joey got stumped by a task involving solving cryptic riddles, relegating them to a 2nd place finish.
Retrieved from CBS.com
Hometown: Where the Army sends me! Originally from New Milford, Conn., but currently reside in Alexandria, Va., although I am presently in Afghanistan.
Current occupation: U.S. Army Officer
Describe what you do: I am currently deployed in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.
3 words to describe you: Driven, compassionate and lucky.
Favorite hobbies: Golf, yoga, travel and spending time with my husband and children.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?: Being the mother to four beautiful children while simultaneously balancing a career as an active duty Army officer.
What scares you most about traveling?: Probably just flying.
What excites you most about traveling?: Experiencing foreign cultures, languages, people and seeing our beautiful world.
What qualities do you hope your partner has?: Qualities like my husband - smart, strong, experienced and worldly.
What qualities will be hard for you to put up with in a partner?: Someone who complains, who can't carry their own weight and who doesn't take a moment to relish their surroundings.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge you and your teammate face?: Probably a heights challenge like bungee jumping or sky diving. I'm actually afraid of heights!
What country and place would you most like to visit and why?: I would most like to visit India, Africa or Scandinavia, because I have never been there. I would also love to visit a Chinese speaking nation because I speak Mandarin Chinese. Italy would be great too because it is my favorite country and I also speak some Italian!
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)?: I hope to demonstrate mostly for my children, but also to other women, that perseverance, dedication and belief in oneself are formulas for success, and that it is possible to maintain a healthy balance between being a professional soldier and a mother at the same time. Life is short and everyone should seize each precious moment!
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Current occupation: Police Sergeant
Describe what you do: Patrol Supervisor; Officer in Charge of the Department's Honor Guard Unit; Motorcycle Officer
3 words to describe you: Dedicated, quick-witted and unfiltered.
Favorite hobbies: Ice Hockey, running and being a dad.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?: I am most proud of being a good father.
What scares you most about traveling?: Absolutely nothing scares me.
What excites you most about traveling?: Experiencing the different histories of places throughout the world excites me.
What qualities do you hope your partner has?: That they have heart, and use every ounce of it! That they accept the situation, deal with it and move on. They don't have the words I can't in their vocabulary.
What qualities will be hard for you to put up with in a partner?: A quitter or a complainer.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge you and your teammate face?: Space-walking?
What country and place would you most like to visit and why?: I'd like to visit anywhere in Italy. I'm an American of Irish-Italian decent and have been to pretty much every country on my bucket list with the exception of Italy. I'd really like to experience my Italian heritage much like I did when I visited Ireland.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)?: If we finish in the final three, then I will have accomplished what I set out to do. Winning overall would be unbelievable! But if we finish The Race, personally, I will win, for my children, my family and for me. I didn't run the Boston Marathon 12 times to win; I ran to finish the most prestigious marathon in the world. How many people can say that? How many people can say they finished The Amazing Race? I want to experience the whole Race and all it has to offer!
The Amazing Race 29
|Tara & Joey's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Panama||Shoot / Scoot||No Roadblock||6 of 11|||
|2||2||Panama → Brazil||Keep the Beat / Work Your Feet||Tara||7 of 10|
|3||3||Brazil → Tanzania||Build It / Weave It||Joey||2 of 9⊂|
|4||4||Tanzania||Lock / Knock||Joey||1 of 8|
|5||5||Tanzania → Norway||Trolls / Troll||Joey||1 of 7|
|6||6||Norway → Italy||Make a Mold / Grab a Hold||Tara||3 of 7|
|7||7||Italy||Sing It / Bring It||Tara||3 of 6|
|8||8||Italy → Greece||For the Bride / For the Groom||Tara||1 of 6⋐|
|9||9||Greece → Vietnam||Bamboo Climb / Window Design||Joey||5 of 5|
|10||10||Vietnam||No Detour||Joey||3 of 5|
|11||11||Vietnam → South Korea||No Detour||Joey||3 of 4|||
|12||12||South Korea → United States||No Detour||No Roadblock||2 of 3|
- Joey was encouraged to apply for the show by his co-worker, Amy O'Hara, who competed on Survivor: Guatemala and The Amazing Race 25 contestant Scott Strazzullo.
- First team in the US version to use two U-Turns in a single season.
- Seth Daniel at Review Journal (03/24/2017): "Revere Police Officer to Debut on Amazing Race"
- Wendy Bailey at WUSA-CBS9 (03/30/2017): "U.S. Army Major & local mom of 4 talks about competing on The Amazing Race"
- Katrina Koerting at News Times (04/13/2017): "New Milford parents thrilled with daughter's appearance"
- E.B. Boyd at Stars and Stripes (04/26/2017): "Military experience spurs Army major to the head of Amazing Race"
- Katelyn Haas at WUSA-CBS9 (05/31/2017): "Amazing Race finalist Tara Carr talks before season finale"
- Mike Gaffney at Saugus Wicked Local (06/01/2017): "Joey Covino of Saugus, finalist on TAR 29"
Social Media Profiles
- Joey's Facebook: /joey.covino.7
- Joey's Instagram: /joeycovino
- Tara's Twitter: @TAR29GoArmyTara
- Joey's Twitter: @JoeyCovino3
|The Amazing Race 29 Teams|