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The Amazing Race 19: Introducing The Hazard And The Teams

Not only has CBS released the names of the people among the eleven teams set to race around the world for The Amazing Race’s 19th season, but they’ve also thrown a new twist into the competition, called the “Hazard.” Unfortunately, they were vague on details as to what the penalty actually does.

The network did say that we’ll be seeing a demonstration of the “Hazard” penalty early on, stating, it “will impact one Team's future on the Race right from the starting line.” Interesting. I haven’t seen every season of TAR, not only because Sunday nights are packed, but also because CBS’ Sunday night primetime line-up has proven to be unreliable due to sports broadcasts bumping everything off schedule (occasionally leaving my DVR full of partial news broadcasts and half-episodes of 60 Minutes. I do recall a season when a team was eliminated not long after the race began, so who knows what this “Hazard” thing can do?

Moving on to the teams, TAR’s 19th season includes the youngest person ever to sail around the globe, a pair of Olympians, and a former NFL Tight End. Below is the info released on them.

Ernie Halvorsen

Age: 29

Hometown: Chicago

Current occupation: Project manager

Cindy Chiang Age: 30

Hometown: Chicago

Current occupation: Brand manager

Connection to Teammate: Engaged

Justin Young

Age: 31

Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.

Current occupation: Doctor

Jennifer Young

Age: 26

Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.

Current occupation: Special education teacher

Connection to Teammate: Siblings

Liz Canavan

Age: 24

Hometown: Deerfield, Ill.

Current occupation: Marketing Assistant

Marie Canavan

Age: 24

Hometown: Deerfield, Ill.

Current occupation: Soul searching

Connection to Teammate: Twins

Ron Zeitz

Age: 44

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Current occupation: Flight attendant

Bill Smith

Age: 49

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Current occupation: Flight attendant

Connection to Teammate: Domestic Partners

Ethan Zohn

Age: 37

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Current occupation: Change maker

Jenna Morasca

Age: 30

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Current occupation: TV host/student

Connection to Teammate: Dating

Bill Alden

Age: 63

Hometown: Albany, Ore.

Current occupation: Farmer/rancher

Cathi Alden

Age: 62

Hometown: Albany, Ore.

Current occupation: College instructor/retired High School principal

Connection to Teammate: Married for 40 Years/Grandparents

Andy Finch

Age: 30

Hometown: Truckee, Calif.

Current occupation: Professional snowboarder

Tommy Czeschin

Age: 32

Hometown: Crowley Lake, Calif.

Current occupation: Professional snowboarder

Connection to Teammate: Friends/Former Olympic Snowboarders

Amani Pollard

Age: 36

Hometown: Pine Mountain, Ga.

Current occupation: Business owner

Marcus Pollard

Age: 39

Hometown: Pine Mountain, Ga.

Current occupation: Retired NFL player/football coach

Connection to Teammate: Married

Kaylani Paliotta

Age: 33

Hometown: Las Vegas

Current occupation: Cocktail waitress

Lisa Tilley

Age: 32

Hometown: Las Vegas

Current occupation: Cocktail waitress

Connection to Teammate: Friends/Former Vegas Showgirls

Laurence Sunderland

Age: 48

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Current occupation: Yacht manager

Zac Sunderland

Age: 19

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Current occupation: Record setting boat captain

(Zac was the youngest person to ever sail around the world alone)

Connection to Teammate: Father/Son Adventurers

Jeremy Cline

Age: 35

Hometown: Alamo, Calif.

Current occupation: Commercial real estate broker

Sandy Draghi

Age: 33

Hometown: Dublin, Calif.

Current occupation: Nurse practitioner

Connection to Teammate: Dating

The Amazing Race premieres Sunday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

Kelly West
Kelly West

Kelly joined CinemaBlend as a freelance TV news writer in 2006 and went on to serve as the site’s TV Editor before moving over to other roles on the site. At present, she’s an Assistant Managing Editor who spends much of her time brainstorming and editing feature content on the site.