8 Times The Teams Weren't Horsing Around On The Amazing Race

1. A pulled hamstring didn't stop #TeamTexas' grand plan.

1. 1. A pulled hamstring didn't stop #TeamTexas' grand plan.

At the end of Ep. 2, Tanner from #TeamTexas pulled his hamstring just as he and his teammate, Josh, bolted to the finish mat. These athletic dudes admitted to taking their physical fitness for granted during the first two legs of The Amazing Race, so for the next one in San Antonio De Areco, Argentina, they were hoping for Tanner's quick recovery.

One of #TeamTexas' biggest motivators to stay ahead was to beat out fellow competitors #TheGreenTeam, specifically Justin—someone they've been irked with from the start.

While speaking to #TheReporters, Tanner said, "Justin kind of gets on our nerves. So, the whole plan is, with the Express Pass, whoever U-Turns [#TheGreenTeam], we’re going to give it to automatically. It’s going to be everyone against them, basically."

Check out seven more moments when the teams weren't horsing around in Ep. 3. 
2. #TheGreenTeam worked hard to stay on top.

2. 2. #TheGreenTeam worked hard to stay on top.

For #TheGreenTeam, competing in The Amazing Race has been an absolute dream come true, so staying at the front of the group was crucial. 

Their confidence was sky high on the bus ride to San Antonio de Areco; however, they slid into second place after their pick-up truck dropped them off at their next clue. Unwilling to let a little competition get in the way, they booked it to the Roadblock at La PorteƱa. In this area, the teams would have to prepare meat according to the gauchos, who have mastered the art in the Pampas region for generations.
3. Preparing meat was all about focus, speed, and detail.

3. 3. Preparing meat was all about focus, speed, and detail.

At the Roadblock, each team got down to the bulk of the challenge by taking meat into their own hands. At first glance, this challenge might've looked manageable, but there was nothing simple about the undertaking. In order to proceed, the teams had to carry out three specific tasks: face the bones outward, turn the meat right-side up, and skewer the whole thing properly. If the gaucho approved their work, they'd get their next clue. 

Even though #TeamTexas and #TheReporters finished at the top of the bunch, #ChacAttack made an impressive showing. After all, it took Rick, a detail-oriented doctor, only one stab to crush the challenge, which put him and his wife in third place.
4. #TeamAlabama talked too much.

4. 4. #TeamAlabama talked too much.

Another team who meant business in Episode 3 was #TeamAlabama.

As Denise watched her son, James Earl, struggle through the difficult Roadblock, she blurted out, “Look at the big slab! That’s what everyone’s having trouble with.” Unfortunately, while she was just trying to assist her teammate to move things along, giving hints during the Roadblock is strictly prohibited. 

For Denise's outburst, #TeamAlabama received a 30-minute penalty when hitting the mat but, luckily, they were still able to progress to the next leg of the Race.
5. The teams giddy'd up and chose a detour.

5. 5. The teams giddy'd up and chose a detour.

In order to complete one of the horse-related detours at Plaza Principal, the racers refrained from dilly-dallying and got their heads in the game.

For Detour A, “Horse,” the teams were asked to select a polo mallet, uniform, and properly equip a filly. In comparison, for Detour B, “Carriage," racers were asked to select a buggy whip, detail a carriage, drag it down the street, harness it to a horse, and travel back to the local festival.
6. Two teams got halfway through before realizing something crucial was missing.

6. 6. Two teams got halfway through before realizing something crucial was missing.

Just when #ChacAttack and #TheCheerleaders thought they were breezing through Detour B, the wind was knocked out of their sails when they realized they had forgotten an important component of the challenge—their buggy whips. Unfortunately, this meant they'd have to retrace their footsteps and, hopefully, still be able catch back up with the rest of the teams.  

With a whole lot of hustle, both teams were able to successfully make it to the mat and continue their journey on the Race. 
7. Though the teams saw the mat, getting to it wasn't easy.

7. 7. Though the teams saw the mat, getting to it wasn't easy.

The easiest part of the challenge should be finding and arriving at the mat, right? Wrong.

For most of the teams, getting to Phil Keoghan at the Museo Gauchesco Pit Stop was quite the ordeal. After asking locals for directions, running in circles, and bumping into construction blocks, the pairs were pushed to their limits while trying to reach the hat-wearing host. 
8. Ernest and Jin (#TheDancers) danced until the very end.

8. 8. Ernest and Jin (#TheDancers) danced until the very end.

For #TheDancers, this experience meant everything to them. Not only was it a new adventure, but also a break from their jobs back home and an opportunity to see the world together.

They hustled until the very end, but fell into last place and were unable to continue the journey; however, even when Phil delivered the upsetting news, the pair's positive outlook never wavered.  

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