Salt Lake father-son team take first in 3rd leg of 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars'
The pair saw a sign along the river, which included some rapids and strong currents where a few teams struggled. They thought it was for the hunting Detour, but did not double-check the instructions and continued down river to a takeout point.
“We’re toast,” Connor O’Leary said when they realized their mistake. They had seen a couple of other teams arrive as they were building their raft, which was one of the few that stayed together through the trip downriver.
They ended up carrying their box of supplies over land back to the village.
“We had to figure out how to get the food back up river to the chief,” Dave O’Leary said.
“That box was not light,” Connor O’Leary said. “It had to be at least 50 pounds.”
“Oh, more than that,” his father countered.
“Seventy pounds; and we carried that thing a long way,” Connor added.
After making the delivery, they ran back to where they docked their raft, received their next clue from a local river guide and headed to Tanjung Aru Water Village, where host Phil Keoghan was waiting at the Pit Stop.
“Here we are; going from first to who knows where we’ll be,” Dave O’Leary said in the taxi as they headed to the water village.
“We’re not out though, Dad,” his son reminded him.
They were surprised to be first to the mat, and Keoghan told them they had won a trip for two from Travelocity to Budapest, Hungary.
“The last time we finished first, we were on crutches,” Dave O’Leary told Keoghan, referring to their previous show appearance. They won that leg of the race (using an Express Pass) and the next leg before withdrawing.
“It feels wonderful having just finished a leg; finished first on two legs and not have an injury that is going to eliminate us from the race,” Dave said. “We’re going to try to keep that tact going and hopefully win ‘The Amazing Race’.”
Cowboy brothers Cord McCoy, 33, and 34-year-old Jet McCoy, of Oklahoma, were second and the Afghanimals, cousins Leo Temory, 27, and Jamal Zadran, 26, were third.
Newlyweds Brendon Villegas, 33, and Rachel Reilly, 30, who won the second leg the race in Guangzhou, were first to leave, but thanks to traffic, they were the seventh team to the airport and missed the first flight.
They were on the second flight with YouTube channel hosts Joseph “Joey” Graceffa, 22, and 26-year-old Meghan Caramena, both of Los Angeles, and engaged couple John Erck, 28, and Jessica Hoel, 27, of Minnesota. All three teams made it to the waterfall, but Graceffa and Caramena didn’t tell their taxi to wait like the other teams. They ended up walking to find a taxi to take them to Kampung Tompinahaton and the river.
That put them well behind the other teams and last to the mat — after Villegas and Reilly, who thought they were last. Graceffa and Caramena were eliminated from the race.
“The Amazing Race” airs Sunday evenings on CBS.
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