Name: Misti Raman
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Connection to your teammate: Married
Current occupation: Cosmetic Dentist
Describe what you do: I practice family and cosmetic dentistry. I provide dental services for adults and children, helping them maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
3 words to describe you: Compassionate, loyal and ambitious.
Favorite hobbies: Traveling, exercising and reading.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Outside of my children, being crowned Miss Galaxy 2013.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Dolly Parton - glitter, glitz and success with a bubbly personality.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Ben Affleck – successfully balances family and career.
What scares you most about traveling? Fear of offending other cultures.
What excites you most about traveling? Exploring new places, learning new cultures and meeting new people.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: The biggest challenge will be maintaining our focus while we are away from our children for a month.
Pet peeve about your teammate: No filter between his brain and his mouth.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I would love to visit Italy to experience the amazing food, wine and culture.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? An amazing, competitive adventure with my husband.
Name: Jim Raman
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Connection to your teammate: Husband
Current occupation: Orthodontist
Describe what you do: I am blessed to be able to transform people’s smiles with braces or Invisalign and thereby raise their self-image and self-esteem. Helping a child who hates their teeth have a smile they are proud of is amazing.
3 words to describe you: Ambitious, dedicated and unfiltered.
Favorite hobbies: Weight lifting, cooking and jet-skiing.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Personally, my children are my biggest source of pride and pleasure. Professionally, having achieved my level of education and buying a practice and growing it by over 100% in the first two years.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Jenny McCarthy
What scares you most about traveling? Traveling to places where Misti may not be safe (she tends to stand out in a crowd).
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing places I may have never otherwise seen and experiencing the history and culture of other societies.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Our biggest challenge will be not bickering with each other over insignificant things like we often do at home. If we can maintain good teamwork we will be very tough to beat.
Pet peeve about your teammate: When Misti is stressed out she often snaps at me even when I am not the cause of her stress.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? There are so many on my list. Italy – beauty and history, Australia – Great Barrier Reef, South Africa – safari in Kruger National Park (or any African safari) and Egypt – pyramids.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I think it will be an amazing experience that we can share with our children when they are grown which will teach them to follow their dreams.