Meet The Cast Of The Amazing Race Season 30

Get to know the 22 competitors that will take on Season 30 of The Amazing Race! Plus, don't miss the season premiere of The Amazing Race on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Season 30 kicks off on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c with 11 new teams!

1. Season 30 kicks off on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c with 11 new teams!

In case you haven't heard, the next season of The Amazing Race kicks off on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

However, there's no need to wait on getting to know the 22 players that will make this 30th season an unforgettable one.

Get to know the 11 teams that will travel the world in hopes of becoming the next big champs of The Amazing Race!

Don't miss the season premiere of The Amazing Race on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf (#TeamBigBrother)

2. Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf (#TeamBigBrother)

Cody

Age: 32
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Current occupation: Unemployed
Three words that describe you: Passionate, stubborn, and honest. 
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 

I fell in love with Jess on Big Brother and we made an incredible team. I want to compete with her by my side again.

WATCH: Cody And Jessica's First On-Camera Interview Before Competing In The Amazing Race

Jessica

Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Current occupation: Unemployed
Three words that describe you: Loyal, honest, and outrageous.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
Be able to release our competitive side.

READ: #TeamBigBrother's Full Cast Bios
Alex Rossi and Conor Daly (#TeamIndyCar)

3. Alex Rossi and Conor Daly (#TeamIndyCar)

Alex

Age: 26

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Current occupation: IndyCar Driver
Three words that describe you: Competitive, adaptive, and diverse. 
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
The ability to check the box of one of life's great opportunities. We are always seeking adrenaline-filled experiences outside of a race car and I hope to have lots of those experiences on Race.

WATCH: Alex And Conor's First On-Camera Interview Before Competing In The Amazing Race

Conor

Age: 25
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Current occupation: IndyCar Driver
Three words that describe you: Funny, outgoing, and compassionate.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
I hope to gain some new skills I never thought I’d have by encountering challenges along the way. I also hope to gain some more fans for both Alex and me and IndyCar racing. 

READ: #TeamIndyCar's Full Cast Bios
April Gould and Sarah Williams (#TeamGoatYoga)

4. April Gould and Sarah Williams (#TeamGoatYoga)

April

Age:
39
Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona
Current occupation: Owner of Arizona Goat Yoga
Three words that describe you:  Adventurous, ingenuitive, and motivated! 
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
The Amazing Race has always been a dream of mine, so being able to race is literally a dream come true! I am excited to go to different places, meet new people, and soak in the whole experience!

WATCH: April And Sarah's First On-Camera Interview Before Competing In The Amazing Race

Sarah

Age:
39
​Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
Current occupation: I am co-owner of Arizona Goat Yoga as the Yoga Instructor and owner of Desert Paddleboards! I teach kids parkour classes and I'm a part-time tour guide. 
Three words that describe you: Spontaneous, fun, and a little crazy. 
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 

We love having stories to tell at Goat Yoga. The Amazing Race will give us LOTS of stories.

READ: #TeamGoatYoga's Full Cast Bios
Cedric Ceballos and Shawn Marion (#TeamSlamDunk)

5. Cedric Ceballos and Shawn Marion (#TeamSlamDunk)

Cedric

Age:
48
Current occupation: Retired NBA Player
Three words that describe you: Funny, outgoing, and friendly. 
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
[That me and Shawn] stay friends.

WATCH: Cedric And Shawn's First On-Camera Interview Before Competing In The Amazing Race

Shawn

Age:
39
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Current occupation: Retired NBA athlete and father
Three words that describe you: Competitive, stubborn to a degree, and loyal.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
Maybe open more doors and opportunities for future endeavors.

READ: #TeamSlamDunk's Full Cast Bios
Eric and Daniel Guiffreda (#TheFirefighters)

6. Eric and Daniel Guiffreda (#TheFirefighters)

Eric

Age:
33
Hometown: Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Current occupation: Firefighter/Paramedic at Gonzales Fire Department
Three words that describe you: Focused, loyal, and corny.  
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 

Awesome once-in-a-lifetime memories we will have forever and be able to share with our children as well as growing ever closer as we overcome new types of challenges and situations.

WATCH: Eric And Daniel's First On-Camera Interview Before Competing In The Amazing Race

Daniel

Age:
33
Hometown: Gonzales, Louisiana
Current occupation: Firefighter/Paramedic
Three words that describe you: Loyal to family, ambitious, and committed.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
A chance to reconnect [with Eric] outside of the work environment, (we work at the same place) and put everything we have into accomplishing the same goal.  

READ: #TheFirefighters' Full Cast Bios
Dessie Mitcheson and Kayla Fitzgerald (#TheRingGirls)

7. Dessie Mitcheson and Kayla Fitzgerald (#TheRingGirls)

Dessie

Age: 27
Hometown: Apollo, Pennsylvania
Current occupation: Model
Three words that describe you: Vibrant, sweet, and passionate. 
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
Besides the money, I'm excited to have the experience of a lifetime! I think we will gain confidence and knowledge. It's going to test us in the best way possible.

WATCH: Dessie And Kayla's First On-Camera Interview Before Competing In The Amazing Race

Kayla

Age:
26
Hometown: Clermont, Florida
Current occupation: Model
Three words that describe you: Hardworking, outgoing, and loyal.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
Besides winning, I would like to experience different cultures and places around the world that I haven't yet and experience more adventures with my best friend. I'm a foodie so I'm also excited to get to try and experience different foods around the world that I normally wouldn't. Lastly, I'm hoping to learn more about myself and how far I can go to test my limitations. 

READ: #TheRingGirls' Full Cast Bios
Henry Zhang And Evan Lynyak (#TeamYale)

8. Henry Zhang And Evan Lynyak (#TeamYale)

Henry

Age:
22
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current occupation: Management Consultant
Three words that describe you: Entrepreneurial, caring, and ambitious. 
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 

I think Evan and I, though young, have a serious relationship, and running the race, I'm hoping to learn lots more about her and about us. Also, it'll be an awesome travel experience!

WATCH: Henry And Evan's First On-Camera Interview Before Competing In The Amazing Race

Evan

Age: 22
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current occupation: Management Consultant
Three words that describe you: Thoughtful, sarcastic, and compassionate.  
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 

Despite having only dated for a year and a half, I view my relationship with Henry as a serious one, and would like to learn more about how we function as a team. Additionally, running the race and getting as far as possible would allow me to see the world and have a unique adventure! 

READ: #TeamYale's Full Cast Bios
Joey Chestnut and Tim Janus (#TeamChomp)

9. Joey Chestnut and Tim Janus (#TeamChomp)

Joey

Age: 33
Hometown: San Jose, California
Current occupation: Competitive Eater
Three words that describe you: Goofy, honest, and competitive.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
Showing myself and the world that competitive eaters are the best at solving problems and have a blast beating people.

WATCH: Joey And Tim's First On-Camera Interview Before Competing In The Amazing Race

Tim 

Age: 41
Hometown: New York, New York
Current occupation: Waiter/Bartender/Manager/Competitive Eater
Three words that describe you: Determined, loyal, and daydreamer. 
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 

It would be a lot of fun for me to hang out and goof around with Joey. We've always lived on opposite coasts, and we've always competed against each other. We're friends, and we've traveled together for contests, but we've always been rivals. Win or lose, it'd be cool to bond over this adventure and this shared goal.

READ: #TeamChomp's Full Cast Bios
Kristi Leskinen and Jen Hudak (#TeamExtreme)

10. Kristi Leskinen and Jen Hudak (#TeamExtreme)

Kristi

Age:
36
Hometown: Uniontown, Pennsylvania and Scottsdale, Arizona
Current occupation: Retired professional skier, athlete mentor, and entrepreneur.
Three words that describe you: Adventurous, daring, and literal.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
The experience of traveling to places I may never get the chance to see otherwise, meeting new friends, and sharing the adventure of a lifetime with them.

WATCH: Kristi And Jen's First On-Camera Interview Before Competing In The Amazing Race

Jen

Age: 30
Hometown: Park City, Utah
Current occupation: Professional skier, coach/mentor, and marketing manager  
Three words that describe you: Indomitable, intelligent, competitive, and empathetic.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
Besides winning, I hope to reignite my inner competitor, to fight hard for something again, and to work as a team toward a common goal! My competitive ski career ended short because of injury and I left some things on the table—I don’t want to let that happen ever again! 

READ: #TeamExtreme's Full Cast Bios
Lucas Bocanegra and Brittany Austin (#TeamOceanRescue)

11. Lucas Bocanegra and Brittany Austin (#TeamOceanRescue)

Lucas

Age:
35
Hometown: Miami Springs, Florida
Current occupation: Lifeguard Lieutenant
Three words that describe you: Adventurous, determined, and creative.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
Communication in stressful situations with each other. I assume she can read my mind and knows what to do. I suck at public affection and she constantly wants attention.  

WATCH: Lucas And Brittany's First On-Camera Interview Before Competing In The Amazing Race

Brittany

Age: 31
Hometown: Miami Springs, Florida
Current occupation: Ocean Rescue Lifeguard
Three words that describe you: Outgoing, giving, and hard-working. 
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
Besides the money for a beautiful wedding and home renovations, I hope to learn to work better with Lucas, improve our communication, and have his undivided attention for a whole month! 

READ: #TeamOceanRescue's Full Cast Bios
Trevor Wadleigh and Chris Marchant (#TeamWellStrung)

12. Trevor Wadleigh and Chris Marchant (#TeamWellStrung)

Trevor

Age:
31
Hometown: New York, New York
Current occupation: Musician
Three words that describe you: Perceptive, playful, and dry.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
We've kicked ass together in music for a while now. It’ll be fun to use our skill sets in innumerable other ways. Chris is definitely the yin to my yang. We complement one another's shortcomings exceedingly well. 

WATCH: Trevor And Chris' First On-Camera Interview Before Competing In The Amazing Race

Chris

Age:
33
Hometown: New York, New York
Current occupation: Musician
Three words that describe you: Perseverant, pragmatic, and passionate. 
What do you hope to accomplish by running the race (other than winning $1 million)? 
I'm excited to do this race with Trevor. He and I push each other in life, both musically and intellectually. I want to put all the skills we've been using in life together to the test in The Amazing Race.

READ: #TeamWellStrung's Full Cast Bio

Watch the Season 30 premiere of The Amazing Race on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.