Leg 20.04 – “I’ve been wanting a face-lift for a long time.”
Still reeling from the shocking elimination last Leg, teams must continue on to the 4th Leg of the Race as they learn their next destination is Johannesburg, South Africa!
Teams will be on one of two flights to Johannesburg, each carrying five teams: the first via Bangkok and Dubai arriving at 5:30am and the second via Singapore arriving at 6:10am.
Upon arrival in Johannesburg, teams must take a train to Johannesburg Stadium.
Here, they will choose a brand new 2020 Kia Sportage and must now drive themselves to the Orlando Power Station where they will find an Intersection!
For this Intersection, teams must now switch partners and jointly climb to the top of one of the cooling towers. They will then do a tandem SCAD freefall into one of the towers and grab half of their clue from the net.
That clue tells the Intersected teams to drive themselves to Maropeng Visitor Centre in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind. Teams must remain switched until further notice.
At the Maropeng Visitor Centre, teams will find a U-Turn board! Still Intersected, teams will choose one team to U-Turn. But whomever that team is Intersected with will ALSO be U-Turned! This is not a Forced Vote U-Turn.
After checking in at the U-Turn, teams are no longer Intersected and can now find the Wild Cave Adventures in the nearby area. Teams will rappel into dark caves where they will find a traditional pattern. They must memorize the pattern and then return above ground where they must recreate the intricate pattern using puzzle pieces in order to receive the next clue.
Teams can now drive themselves to Lesedi Cultural Village where they will find the Detour: Understand the History or Feel the Rhythm.
In Understand the History, teams must deliver items representing five tribes. For every correct item, they will receive a necklace. Each necklace has a special meaning which will be relayed to them. Teams will need to memorize that meaning and correctly describe the necklaces and from which tribe in order to receive the next clue.
In Feel the Rhythm, teams must learn and perform a cultural dance.
After the Detour, teams must drive themselves to Baragwanath Market in Soweto. Here, teams must search the marketplace for five items they will need to purchase for a care package they will deliver to Orlando Children’s Home.
This is also the Trigger Point for this Leg. If any team purchases from a pre-determined Trigger Point vendor, the U-Turn or Yield will be activated on the next Leg.
Teams must now drive back to Johannesburg and find their next clue at FNB Stadium.
Here, teams will hop into a car with a professional car spinner. Teams must memorize two different famous quotes by Nelson Mandela and then recite it once they are out of the spinning car in order to receive the next clue.
That clue points teams to Arts on Main in Maboneng where they will find the Road Block: Who can tune in?
For this Road Block, teams will join young students in a music class on the streets of Maboneng. They will learn a piece on the guitar which they must perform alone before performing it with the children in order to receive the next clue.
Teams can now find Summer Place where they will drop off their 2020 KIA Sportages so they can make their way on foot to Nelson Mandela Square…
…the Pit Stop for this Leg of the Race.
The first team to check-in here will win P200,000 courtesy of Shell V-Power Nitro+.
The last team to check-in here WILL be eliminated.
Whew! Another long Leg. Will definitely take all-day I think, but it should make for some great competition.
First up, we have teams picking up their Kia Sportageses before driving to a few very familiar locations.
I thought this would be an interesting spot for an Intersection. First of all, I don’t think you can do a tandem SCAD freefall. But this is TARPHDME, so anything goes! lol
The TARUS7 task here was a Fast Forward. Instead, we get teams to do a freefall into the tower. But a bungee is possible too.
Continuing the Intersection, it should be interesting to see teams have to switch partners while driving to the next Route Marker. That could make for some awkward moments and potentially fiery moments if rivals have been Intersected together. We definitely hope so! Also, wouldn’t it be fun if teams were to lose each other along the way?
And before separating the teams, U-Turning a team and their Intersected partners should add some extra drama.
The memorable spelunking task that saw Gretchen bust her head open is modified here. Instead of just looking for the clue, teams will have to look for a pattern, in the dark, and then recreate it above ground. That should help space out teams here.
The Detour is modified from the TARUS7 Leg. We modify the artifacts/necklace side of the Detour and added a memorization element. That way, it can match well with the straightforward dancing side of the Detour.
We keep the market task, but instead of a Road Block, both team members can go shopping. It gets teams out with the locals which is always great.
Looking up things in Johannesburg, I found out about car spinning which is so fascinating. Not sure if teams can do the spinning themselves or hang out the side of the car themselves (though anything goes on TARPHDME! lol), so we instead add another memorization task. Having to memorize something while spinning around in a crazy car should be a unique experience.
The Road Block is a straightforward task that gets teams interacting with children, which is another fun thing to do on TAR.
The Leg wraps up with getting teams to walk to the Mat.
Overall, a very full Leg!