The Amazing Race 15 is the fifteenth installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race 15 featured 12 teams of two, with a pre-existing relationship, in a race around the world.
The fifteenth cycle started on Sunday, September 27, 2009, with a two hour premiere. It aired on CBS in the United States, and CTV in Canada. The Amazing Race 15 aired on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with the season finale on December 6, 2009. The show is again hosted by Phil Keoghan. In Asia, it was on-air on AXN.
The teams depart from Los Angeles on a race around the world for one million dollars, competing in two legs: Tokyo, Japan and Ho Chi Minh City and Cai Be, Vietnam.
The ten remaining teams depart Cai Be and struggle to combat the hectic pace of Vietnam. One Team puts their own Race in jeopardy by offering to help the competition.
The remaining must now travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia where they encounter a chaotic and confusing local market, and attempt to master an ancient form of Khmer "monkey" dancing know as Sva.
The eight remaining teams must now travel to Dubai and find the world's tallest building. One team takes advantage of the only Fast Forward on the entire race. Then they travel out into the desert and search for water. Later, the teams head to Ski Dubai, a stark contrast to the 120 degree desert outside.
The seven remaining teams depart the Souk Madinat Jumeirah pitstop, staying in Dubai. The Roadblock involving retrieving a watch to use to unlock a briefcase and Detours of weighing a half-millon dollars in gold or assembling a dozen hookahs are made even worse by stifling 130° heat. But Mika faces the ultimate test of courage when a six-story waterslide clashes with her dual fears of water and heights.
Teams go to The Netherlands, One team tells the others a personal secret. Also, the stress of the race is mounting as one contestant breaks down in tears.
The lack of cooperation hinders one team's efforts at an explosive Detour. Also, during the series' first ever "Switchback," Teams return to one of the most infamous Roadblocks in the history of the show.
The racers end up knee-deep in Estonian bogs, and two teams are neck and neck in their race to the pit stop.
Tempers flare when one team goes back on their word and a Team spirals into last place when their taxi is stolen by another Team.
One team decides to take a four-hour penalty when they're unable to complete a Roadblock, and another team dodges intoxicated locals while trying to complete their Detour.
A million dollars is at the final three teams' fingertips as they count out a maddening amount of poker chips and race to see "Mr. Las Vegas," who holds the final clue to the one million dollar prize.