We’re only two episodes into this season’s hero edition of The Amazing Race Canada (Tuesdays, 8 p.m. ET on CTV) but we’re already feeling plenty inspired by some of the teams we’ve seen so far. Between the way they’ve handled themselves in some tough situations, the way they’ve allowed their heroic spirits to shine through in and around the competition, and of course the way they’ve been treating each other, these certainly seem like an incredible group of people.
On Tuesday night the party continued as the remaining nine teams headed as far north as this show has ever ventured — Dawson City, Yukon. There the competitors went on a modern-day gold rush, participated in a lucky detour, and set up a pretty sweet camping spot.
Speaking of lucky, it was a fortuitous night for one team because the leg happened to be a non-elimination leg. As such, we don’t have an exit interview with the eliminated team, but we do have our top five heroic moments of the night. Check them out…
Martina and Phil get charitable
When we met Phil and his ball-of-energy-sister Martina last week, we knew these siblings were special. How else do you describe a pair of people who have volunteered countless hours of their time across the globe? The duo proved their salt to viewers on Tuesday night too, when they realized that Martina is the slowest runner of the bunch. Rather than dwell or sulk about the fact, the pair consolidated their stuff into one backpack for Phil to carry, and then they gave their extra pack (along with some food) to a person on the street. Now that’s an everyday act of heroism if we’ve ever seen one.
Nancy and Mellisa show us what communication’s all about
On a show where communication and relationships are paramount to success, it has to be hard for two relative strangers to participate. (Just look at the awkward relationships that emerged on the strangers version of the U.S. show for proof.) Enter Nancy and Mellisa, who don’t know each other that well but are proving that with a little communication, female friendships can reign supreme. We think it’s pretty heroic to not only do a show like this with someone you don’t really know, but to also make a concerted effort to communicate with each other under stress the way these two are doing.
Dylan and Kwame stay cool under pressure
For those paying close attention, there were three Express Passes up for grabs during the modern gold rush challenge on Tuesday night. Dylan and Kwame were quick to recognize that they needed one since they might not be able to rely on their wit in future legs, and pushed as hard as they could to find one. In the end, they realized their search was pointless and they were wasting too much time, so rather than sit there like stubborn Sallys at the post office, they went on their merry way sans pass. It takes a real hero to know when to move on, doesn’t it?
By the way, congrats to Nancy and Mellisa, Todd and Anna, and Leanne and Mar, who did secure Express Passes.
Joseph and Akash stick it out
Last week these two were almost eliminated when it came down to a footrace between them and Happy and Chewy. They were damned if they were going to come in (nearly) last this time, and so it seemed like a fire was lit. Even though the pair forgot the most important part of their camping setup — the tent! — back at the base, they refused to give up and hustled even harder. It was a heroic feat of persistence that paid off. In the end, the team was second-last again, but they at least managed to get to that finish line before Zainab and Monica.
Zainab and Monica don’t give up
Speaking of sticking it out, these ladies were the real heroes of Tuesday night’s activities. They suffered quite a few setbacks, including having to change detours once they realized dancing the cancan was NOT their thing. And so by the time they got to the blackjack challenge they knew they were going to be last. Still, they kept going and didn’t give up; they raised their heads high and kept their tempers cool as they walked up towards host Jon Montgomery on that mat.
Luckily, they received a hero’s welcome as Montgomery informed them they were still in this race for another week.
And that, folks, is what we call a real heroic ending.