The Final Push is the season finale of The Amazing Race 12.

Story

Route Markers

The order of departure from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall are as follows:

  1. Ron & Christina (9:47 am)
  2. TK & Rachel (10:20 am)
  3. Nicolas & Donald (10:37 am)

Teams must fly to Anchorage, Alaska, United States. Upon arrival, teams must take a taxi to 6th Avenue Outfitters to pick up gear necessary for this leg of the race, as well as their next clue.

Teams must take a taxi to Ship Creek Boat Launch, where they would find their next clue.

Choice A: Cut the Cod
Teams must cut through several 50-pound Ling Cod and search for a miniature clue hidden in one of the fish. Nicolas & Donald and Ron & Christina chose this task.
Choice B: Grab the Crab
Teams must jump into the hold of a boat swarming with over 500 live crabs. Then, they must search through the nipping crustaceans for a crab marked with Race colors and exchange it for their next clue. Only TK & Rachel chose this task.

Teams must take a taxi to a marked boat landing along Twentymile River, then ride a high-speed ferry to Twenty-Mile Glacier. Once there, teams must climb a wall of ice to the top of the glacier, where they would find their next clue.

Teams must ride a helicopter to Merrill Field. Upon arrival, teams must take a taxi to Goose Lake Park, where they would find their next clue.

"Who wants to relive your experience on the race? Memory and logic are key." The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock must face a field of objects they encountered along the race course. Each team must match 10 of 15 recognizable items from previous legs of the Race, but the combination of items had to meet the following requirements:

  • There can only be one item from each leg of the race; and
  • Of the 10 items:
    • Three items could be animals or animal by-products;
    • One had to be a U-Turn;
    • Two had to be items either at or brought to the Pit Stop;
    • Two had to be items of transportation with wheels, one of which was used at a Detour; and
    • One had to be an item of transportation resembling the shape of a stick.
While there were several ways to fulfill either of the requirements, only one correct group of ten items fulfilled both to open the clue box and their next clue. The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must take taxi to "Cook's Eye View of the Sleeping Lady", leaving teams to figure out that this referred to the Statue of James Cook overlooking Mount Susitna at Resolution Park, where they would find their next clue.

Teams must make their way on foot to the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and find the Salmon Hooker Statue, where they would find their next clue.

Teams must take a taxi to Girdwood Airport to cross the Finish Line.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward Used the U-Turn Recipient of the U-Turn
TK & Rachel
 1st place 
TK & Rachel
Newly Dating
Ron & Christina
 2nd place 
Ron & Christina
Father/Daughter
Nicolas & Donald
 3rd place 
Nicolas & Donald
Grandson/Grandfather

Trivia

Reception

  • Craig Tomashoff at TV Guide Online (01/18/2008): "The Amazing Race 12 Finale Preview: Who Will Win?"
  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (01/20/2008): "The Amazing Race 12: Finale Recap"
  • Ladytex at BuddyTV (01/21/2008): "Nice Guys CAN Finish First"
  • Christine Sehgers at IGN.com (01/22/2008): "TAR Season 12 Finale Recap"  

References

The Amazing Race 12 Episodes

"Donkeys Have Souls, Too" · "I've Become the Archie Bunker of the Home" · "Please, Lord, Give Me Milk" · "Let's Name Our Chicken Phil" · "We've Really Burned Bridges, for Sure" · "Cherry on Top of the Sundae That's Already Melted" · "This Is Forever, Now" · "Honestly, They Have Witch Powers or Something!" · "I Just Hope He Doesn't Croak on Us" · "Sorry, Guys, I'm Not Happy to See You" · "The Final Push"

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