Daniel Wright is brought to the race separate from the other contestants and introduced as a surprise to them.Daniel wins the race, Allen came in 2nd, Amanda came in 3rd, Rebecca 4th, Dina and Rudy both came in 5/6th, Abby came in 7th, Antoine 8th, Liz 9th Alexandra in 10th, Júlio 11th, Danny 12th, Sean 13th, Shay came in 14th, Coach MO 15th and Tracey came in 16th even though she would have been fourth or third but she ran out of energy so she collapsed.
Back at the ranch, the contestants share their stories before picking teams.
Daniel, winning the race, has first choice of teammates and chooses Shay as his partner, granting her immunity as well for the first week.
The other contestants pick teammates in the order of finish; Tracey and Coach Mo are paired up because they were not chosen by another player.
The contestants competed to win a $250,000 prize, which was awarded to Danny Cahill, the contestant with the highest percentage of weight lost.
This season premiered on NBC on Tuesday, September 15, 2009.