What Happens If I Slip? Am I Just Hanging Off a Cliff? is the fifth episode of The Amazing Race 3.


Route Markers

The order of departure from Torre de Belém are as follows:

  1. Ken & Gerard (2:29 pm)
  2. Flo & Zach (2:31 pm)
  3. Derek & Drew (2:32 pm)
  4. Andre & Damon (2:33 pm)
  5. Teri & Ian (2:34 pm)
  6. John Vito & Jill (2:36 pm)
  7. Michael & Kathy (2:40 pm)
  8. Aaron & Arianne (2:54 pm)

Teams must make their way to "the westernmost point of Continental Europe"—referring to Cabo da Roca in Sintra—and find their next clue.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to teams at the beginning of the leg. Its instructions are unknown, as no team was shown performing it.

Choice A: Ropes
Teams must take a shuttle bus to the top of the Ursa cliffs. Once at the top, they must rappel 300 ft (91 m) down to the shore below.

Aaron & Arianne, Andre & Damon, Derek & Drew, John Vito & Jill, Ken & Gerard, Michael & Kathy, Teri & Ian chose this task.

Choice B: Slopes
Teams must hike down the sloping trails to the shoreline to get their next clue.

Only Flo & Zach chose this task.

Teams must drive themselves to Algeciras, Spain and take a ferry to Tangier, Morocco.

Teams must find the Viajes Flandria travel agency and sign up for a charter bus to Fez. Each bus can only carry three teams and leave an hour apart.

"For someone with a keen sense of direction but a not so keen sense of smell."

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock will have to navigate the old city of Fez and find the Dar Dbagh Chouara Tannery. There, the team member must search through the vats of dye to find their next clue, which are hidden in only three vats of dye.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Neither member of Michael & Kathy were shown performing the Roadblock.

Teams must drive themselves to the Borj Nord rooftop to check in.

For coming in first place, Ken & Gerard won two Kodak EasyShare digital cameras.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward
S3 KenGerard
 1st place 
Ken & Gerard
S3 AndreDamon
 2nd place 
Andre & Damon
Cop and Fireman
S3 DerekDrew
 3rd place 
Derek & Drew
S3 FloZach
 4th place 
Flo & Zach
S3 JohnVitoJill
 4th place 
John Vito & Jill
S3 TeriIan
 6th place 
Teri & Ian
Married Parents
S3 AaronArianne
 7th place 
Aaron & Arianne
Lifelong Friends
S3 MichaelKathy
 8th place 
Michael & Kathy
Long-Distance Dating


  • This episode marks the first visit by The Amazing Race to the countries of Spain and Morocco.
  • This episode's title is said by Flo, who was worried about rappelling down the cliff during the Detour.


  • Fans of Reality TV (10/31/2002): "DIESELGATE - TAR 3 episode 5 recap"
  • Robert Philpot at Fort Worth Star-Telegram (11/09/2002): "Amazing Race Is Running A Distant Third"


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