The fourth season of the Race quite possibly could have been the show's final entry. Suffering from eternally mediocre ratings, CBS moved the Race out of its prime time lineup and into a summer slot. Even so, the show still managed to make waves by casting gay "married" couple Reichen & Chipnote at a time when gay marriage was just starting to become a point of debate. However, the rest of the season was not quite as notable, mostly being a culmination of all the negative aspects of the series' early seasons. The domination of Alpha Male teams, the bickering over what was "right" and what was not, and Detours that relied heavily on "fast, but scary" versus "slow, but safe" tasks all were at their worst in this season. All this and the continued poor ratings forced the producers to make some serious changes to the format for future seasons. Quite possibly the most forgettable season of the Race, even fans who hold the early, more "adventurous" seasons above all others consider it one of the weaker seasons.
Reichen Lehmkuhl & Chip ArndtGay "married" team. Won not by being dominant, but being the most consistent team amongst a group of mistake prone racers. After the Race they split up. Reichen would go on to date Lance Bass and appear on a number of minor gay themed Reality Shows, while Chip has become a notable figure in the gay rights movement. They were supposed to appear on the original All-Stars, when it was being planned for Season 8, but were not asked for Season 11.
Kelly Parks & Jon Corso Engaged couple from Texas and New Jersey respectively. Very opinionated, they had an unexplained dislike for many of the other teams. Late in the season they became a Foil for Reichen & Chip due to Jon's "homophobia." Lost in the finale when they didn't research where the were going in Phoenix, and Reichen & Chip did. They were invited back for All-Stars, but dropped out at the last minute.
David Dean & Jeff Strand (The Goats) Friends and alpha males. Notable for being one of the two Final 3 teams who never made it to the Finish Line, but unlike Bill & Joe it was their own fault, as they jumped on a plane to Sydney without first booking tickets to Hawaii, stranding them overnight while the other teams found flights through Tokyo. They have the worst finishing average ever for a team who won four legs.
Jon Weiss & Al Rios (The Clowns) Friends and clowns, they quickly became fan favorites due to their good-natured antics, and were the only team who didn't seem interested in bickering over semantics about what was the right way to race. Ended up 4th when their flight was delayed two hours by fog.
Millie Smith & Chuck Shankles (The Virgins) Dating virgins. They'd been together over a decade, but their inability to cooperate caused their relationship to deteriorate over the course of the season. Finished 5th when they had trouble finding the leg 9 Roadblock.
Tian Kitchen & Jaree Poteet Models and friends. Tian was a strong racer who had to deal with Jaree's constant complaining. They ultimately finished 6th. Because they ended up getting eliminated in a leg in which Tian had to compete in a Roadblock that no woman had ever done before, it caused an uproar amongst the fans. It planted the suggestion that maybe the reason alpha male teams were so dominant was because the courses were being designed to favor them.
Monica Ambrose & Sheree Buchanan NFL wives, they had a "minority alliance" with Reichen & Chip. Finished 7th when they decided to walk instead of take a bus like all the other teams, and got too far behind to catch up.
Steve Meitz & Dave Cottingham Older, out of shape team. Things got even worse for them when Dave injured his knee in the first leg. Somehow managed to hang on to finish 8th.
Steve Cottingham & Josh Cottingham Father and son team. Got lost in France and ended up 9th. Lowest placing team to ever win two legs.
Cindy Duck & Russell Brown Friends. Cindy wanted to see if there was something more there, Russell didn't. Finished in 10th when they got train tickets to Gmund instead of Gmunden, Austria.
Amanda Adams & Chris Garry Dating couple from South Dakota. Tied for first on the first leg, but got eliminated on the second when Chris fell apart at the mask Roadblock.
Steve Carmody & Debra Carmody Overweight and out of shape married couple, destined to lose from the very beginning. Were considered the worst team to ever run the Race until Dana & Adrian in Season 16.