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How is CFL Hall of Famer Neil Lumsden Doing on The Amazing Race Canada?

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The newest season of The Amazing Race Canada features CFL Hall of Famer Neil Lumsden racing with his daughter Kristin. How have they been doing on the race? Here’s a quick recap.

Leg 7

Team Lumsden started the 6th place as they left Sudbury to head to Saskatoon.

Once the teams landed, they were tasked with heading out to the tarmac and using time zones and flight times to total a certain number.

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If it sounds confusing, that’s because it is. And teams struggled mightily.

Neil and Kristin opted to skip the task and take a two hour penalty in order to move on to the Road Block, which involved completing a three part course at a trampoline facility.

It was Neil’s turn and he had trouble with some of the drills but finished and the team moved on.

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The team received their next clue on a bottle cap and it told them to head to the Great Western Brewery where they had to search through 5000 bottle caps for 16 specially marked ones.

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From there, the Lumsdens encountered a Detour where they chose to build a teepee.

However, after struggling to complete the task, they opted to switch to the other Detour which involved completing a traditional Native hoop dance.

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It ended up being a good decision as they left the Detour in 4th place and headed to the pit stop at Wanuskewin Lookout Point.

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Neil and Kristin checked in at the mat in 4th place but had to wait on the side to serve their two hour penalty.

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Slowly, more and more teams began to check in to the mat and with about 20 minutes left in the penalty, the final team made it to the pit stop.

Neil and Kristin finished in last were eliminated on Leg 7.

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Congrats on a great race Team Lumsden!

Watch the full episode HERE.

Leg 6

Neil and Kristin began Leg 6 in 7th place and traveled from Quebec to Sudbury, Ontario.

Once they landed, teams were instructed to go to the Vale Mining Company. The Lumsdens were the second team to arrive.

Going one kilometre underground, teams had to ‘Mine for Nickel’ by hammering away at a piece of ore to find a nickel pellet inside for their next clue.

photo 4 photo 1 photo 1 (2)Of course, Neil and Kristin ended up at the Big Nickel and from there moved on to a Detour task at Laurentian University.

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They chose the Analyze task which had them ‘investigate a crime scene’ and properly find and graph evidence on a sheet.

photo 3 (2) photo 1 (3)It took them seven tries, but Neil and Kristin were able to move on and left the station in sixth place.

Teams then encountered a Road Block where one team member had to learn CPR and perform is correctly on a computer mannequin.

photo 3 (3) photo 2 (3)As usual, the Lumsdens also left that station in sixth place and moved on to the pit stop.

The pit stop was the Bell Park Gazebo and teams had to canoe in order to get there.

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Neil and Kristin were the sixth team to check in and are moving on to Leg 6!


Next week: Saskatoon!

Watch the entire episode HERE.

Next week: Saskatoon!

Leg 5

The Lumsdens began Leg 5 of the Race in Halifax and started in 6th place.

They had to fly to Les Isles De La Madelaine, Quebec and properly pack up their truck with the needed gear.

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They left that station in 3rd place and drove to Plage de la Dune du Sud, where they encountered a Roadblock of having to copy a sandcastle design while their partner is buried in the sand.

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Kristin did not like her job one bit and began to panic. The Lumsdens left the Roadblock in 7th place but Kristin’s muscles had cramped up from the cold water and sand so they were forced to go to the hospital to make sure she was okay.

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She ended up getting the ‘all-clear’ from doctors and was able to continue the race but was confined to crutches.

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From there, Neil and Kristin went to Monument aux Pêcheurs, where they encountered a Face Off. This involved a head-to-head challenge against another team in a game of kayak hockey. The duo was forced to take a penalty because Kristin was unable to compete.

Next up was the Detour, where Neil and Kristin opted for Ride It. They had to find a farm and navigate an obstacle course while riding a horse in eight minutes or less. Kristin was worried she wouldn’t be able to compete because of her leg but managed to pull through.

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For a former Eskimo, Neil sure seemed comfortable being on a horse.

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Kristin grew up riding horses and the duo finished the task with 51 seconds to spare.

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Once they finished the task, the team drove to L’escalier de la Pointe aux Meules and climbed 185 steps to top of lookout for their next clue, which was going to Gross Île for the Pit Stop.

Neil and Kristin arrived at the Pit Stop in 6th but couldn’t be officially checked in because they had to wait out the four-hour penalty given to them for not completing the Kayak Hockey task.

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Luckily for them, they ended up in 7th out of 8 teams, but Leg 5 isn’t over! They were given their next clue for the second half of the leg.

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Watch the entire episode HERE.

Next week: Sudbury, Ontario!

Leg 4

Team Lumsden started Leg 4 in first place and flew from Argentina all the way to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Once at the airport, teams received their next clue: travel to Halifax Central Library and count a certain design of paintings on a wall of 5000.

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From there, the Lumsdens encountered a Roadblock, where Kristin had to climb 340 feet to the top of  the Angus L. MacDonald Bridge and use a pair of binoculars to search the city for a flag that indicates where the next clue is – the Halifax Citadel.

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Teams were then instructed to go to Halifax Public Gardens, where the Lumsdens had to correctly identify five flavours of smoothies.

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They left the Gardens in 6th place and then faced a Detour, choosing the Bubbles task – Go to the Aquatron at Dalhousie University and dive down to the bottom of the pool and grab four lobsters. Tag them for the research team and receive your next clue.

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After leaving the Aquatron in 6th place, Neil and Kristin went to the Pit Stop for Leg 4: the Seaport Farmer’s Market.

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They finished in 6th place!

Watch the full episode HERE.

Next week: Quebec!

Leg 3

The Lumsdens started Leg 3 of the race in sixth place and flew from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Once landed, the teams had to find Plaza Canada, where Canada’s lovely gift of a totem pole sits as a symbol of the two countries’ Native people.

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The next clue sent racers to Barrio La Boca, a local market where they encountered a Road Block. Neil had to spell the names of four famous Argentinians with lettered candy by deciphering the clues.

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Neil ended up working with another team to speed up the process and left the station in 5th.

From there, Neil and Kristin went to Futbol Madero, where racers had to guide their blindfolded teammates through a soccer obstacle course before scoring a goal in less than a minute.

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Kristin crushed the task on the 4th attempt, which was one of the better tries of all the teams. They left the task in 1st place.

It’s Detour time!

The Lumsdens opted for the Dance task for the second week in a row. Dressed to the nines, the duo had to memorize and perform a classic tango 4

They struggled but made it through, leaving the station in second place.

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The next destination was the pit stop at Puente de la Mujer!

Because another team incurred a penalty, Neil and Kristin finished in first!

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Along with the first place finish for Leg 3, the pair also won two round-trip tickets to Beijing, China and six months of free gas!

Watch the entire episode HERE.

Next week: the racers return home to Halifax!

Leg 2

Starting off in 10th place, the Lumsdens now had to travel over 8,600 km from Toronto to Santiago, Chile and find Geoventura Park for the next clue.

Paraglide over the city!

Kristin was the lucky one who got to do the task.

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When she landed, the Lumsdens were given their next clue: go to San Miguel Outdoor Museum and take five team selfies in front of different neighbourhood murals.

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They left that task in seventh place and then encountered a Detour, which is a choice between two tasks – Motion or Emotion.

Neil and Kristin chose Motion, which had them get into costume and memorize and perform a dance in a plaza.

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It took them four tries but they ended up completing the task. They finished Leg 2 of the race in 6th place out of 11 teams.

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Watch the entire episode HERE.

Next week: Argentina!

Leg 1

Neil said that winning The Amazing Race Canada would be the biggest win ever for him because he did it with his daughter. And this is a man with three Grey Cup rings from his time with the Eskimos.

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The last team standing walks away with a truck, free gas for life, a pair of unlimited flight tickets for a year and the grand prize of $250,000. Not too shabby.

12 teams lined up at the starting line at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. They had to race on foot to Quai 22 for their next clue.

Once at the pier, the teams were given a unique code to unlock a pair of bicycles. They then had to ride them to a ferry that would take them across the St. Lawrence River to a town called Lévis, where they would then find a marked car in a lot.

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Get to your car first and you have an earlier flight.

Flight to where? Toronto!

The Lumsdens ended up on the second ferry group but still managed to snag tickets to the first flight.

Once the teams landed, they had to go to the St. Lawrence Market to get their next clue. The clue featured a bunch of scrambled letters that would reveal an intersection in the market for their next location.

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What was their next destination? TSN!

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Neil was tasked with reading a script with host James Duthie in a mock SportsCentre. But get a name wrong and it’s back of the line for you! Easy right? Neil said he had done work at TSN before but it took him seven tries to finally nail down the script!

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The Lumsdens left the studio in 10th place and were instructed to head down to Ontario Place. This Roadblock had to be completed by Kristin since Neil did the one at TSN.

Kristin had to cross a cargo net, dip into the chilly Lake Ontario water and swim to a rolling log that she had to cross. Let’s just say she took a unique but smart approach.

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The checkpoint was next, so the Lumsdens hurried themselves to centre court at the Air Canada Centre to check in with host Jon Montgomery. Neil and Kristin finished Leg 1 in 10th place out of 12 teams, narrowly avoiding 4 (4)

Watch the entire episode HERE.

Next week, the teams head out to Chile!

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