Bear Grylls’ World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji: When does the epic event series start? Who are the contestants?
Bear Grylls is launching a 10-episode event series on Amazon Prime Video, which will put teams from around the world in the ultimate expedition race.
World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fij is a new adventure TV series on a size and scale unlike anything you’ve seen before.
International travel might seem like a distant dream with world in various stages of lockdown in 2020, so Amazon Prime Video’s epic TV series is perfectly timed escapism for anyone a little underwhelmed by their staycations this year.
Hosted by Bear Grylls and produced by legendary TV producer Mark Burnett – the creator of The Apprentice and Survivor – World’s Toughest Race is unmissable event TV this autumn.
What is World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji?
The series follows the story of the ultimate expedition race, in which 66 teams from 30 countries race non-stop for 11 days, 24 hours a day, across hundreds of miles of rugged Fijian terrain complete with mountains, jungles, rivers, and ocean.
At its core, World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji is about perseverance. People from all walks of life and every corner of the globe join together to overcome the most incredible obstacles.
The challenges lie both within the course itself, and competitors’ equally daunting personal struggles, which are only magnified by the demands of the expedition. Viewers worldwide will see the limits of human physical and mental endurance tested like never before.
In an interview with BT.com and other journalists, Bear Grylls said that they had to shut down the race at one point as 'people's lives were on the line'.
He explained: "We definitely had a few times where we had teams trapped in remote ravines where we couldn’t get helicopters in, then flash floods came, big storms, water levels rising, it was very touch-and-go.
"At one point we had to shut the race down and stop it for eight hours or so. It was pretty rare for us to have to do that, but people’s lives were on the line, we had people we had to airlift out with serious, life-threatening infections."
Eco-Challenge previously aired in America for 10 seasons, between 1995 and 2002. It returns 18 years later, with a new home on Amazon Prime Video and an unprecedented scale and global design to the format.
When does World’s Toughest Race start?
World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji launches on Prime Video on 14th August 2020 in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Is there a trailer?
You’ll be biting your fingernails and on the edge of your seat after this white knuckle trailer that gives you a small sample of the thrilling adventures and emotional personal stories ahead in World’s Toughest Race.
Who are the World’s Toughest Race teams?
Team Gippsland Adventure (Australia)
Team Gippsland Adventure is made up of experienced orienteers, runners and adventure racers. They have been friends for years, but this is the first time that they will all be racing together as one team.
Competitors: Rob Preston (TC), Kathryn Preston, Tim Boote, Aaron Prince, Patrick Howlett (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamGippslandAdventure
Team Mad Mayrs (Australia)
This family team consists of two brothers, one cousin and an honorary family member who were born and bred in Australia and have shared a lifetime of adventures together from around the world.
Competitors: Tyson Mayr (TC), Elijah Mayr, Nick Mayr, Courtney Home, Chris Dixon (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamMadMayrs
Team Atenah Brasil (Brazil)
With a friendship spanning over 21 years, Team Atenah Brasil has travelled, lived and raced together in two Eco-Challenges, but unfortunately, one member fell ill and they had to exit the race. They are back in hopes to redeem themselves in Fiji.
Competitors: Shubi-Silvia Guimares (TC), Karina Bacha Lefevre, Nora Audra, Jose Caputo, Jose Pupo (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamAtenahBrasil
Team Canada Adventure (Canada)
A group of mostly Canadian world-class ultra-endurance athletes & adventurers, the team includes an obstacle course racing legend, 4x Adventure Racing World Series Event Winner, a Spartan Pro Team member, and a mountain biker & orienteerer.
Competitors: Bob Miller (TC), Ryan Atkins, Scott Ford, Rea Kolbl, Wayne Leek (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamCanadaAdventure
Team True North (Canada)
Team True North is a father-daughter, father-son team from central Canada. Both fathers were part of the original True North squad that was the only Canadian team to finish Eco-Challenge Argentina in 1999.
Competitors: Alex Man (TC), Becca Man, Philip Roadley, Logan Roadley, Jason Gillespie (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamTrueNorth
Team Costa Rica (Costa Rica)
Team Costa Rica is made up of five friends who share a profound connection with nature and an innate desire for exploring. Racing Eco-Challenge has been a lifelong dream for all of them.
Competitors: Eduardo Baldioceda (TC), Sergio Sanchez, Gerhard Linner, Veronica Bravo, Eric Cano (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamCostaRica
Team Estonian ACE (Estonia)
Team Estonian ACE is a team who all have strong navigation backgrounds. Trekking over pathless terrain is their preferred type of adventure racing.
Competitors: Silver Eensaar (TC), Timmo Tammemäe, Reeda Tuula-Fjodorov, Rain Eensaar, Arthur Raichmann (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamEstonianACE
Team Namako (Fiji)
Team Namako encompasses Fijian locals and one Australian who are all current/former athletes and have the hometown advantage by having this amazing adventure hosted in their backyard.
Competitors: Alivate Logavatu (TC), Petero Manoa, Eroni Takape, Kim Beckinsale, Courtney Nicole Kruse (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamNamako
Team Hombres D’Maiz (Guatemala)
Team Hombres D’Maiz was formed in 1999 and has since competed all over the world in sprint, stage and expedition length adventure races after being inspired to start adventure racing from the first Eco-Challenge.
Competitors: Netzer Quan (TC), Andres Duante, Gabriela Molina, Sebastian Lancho, Leopoldo Bolanos (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamHombresDMaiz
Team Khukuri Warriors (India)
Team Khukuri Warriors (India) Team Khukuri Warriors is the first team from India to join Eco-Challenge. Led by twin sisters from Dehradun (India), who by 23 years of age defied gender stereotypes to reach the world’s highest and farthest points – Mt Everest, the North Pole and the South Pole – and became the first twins to climb Everest, as well as the Seven Summits. They will be joined by a mountain climbing, skiing and rafting expert, doctor and their father, who was a former Colonel in the Indian Army.
Competitors: Tashi Malik (TC), Nungshi Malik, Brandon Fisher, Praveen Singh Rangar, Col VS Malik (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamKhukuriWarriors
Team East Wind (Japan)
Team East Wind has been racing since 1996 and won the special spirit award at Eco-Challenge 1998.
Competitors: Masato Tanaka (TC), Machiko Nishii, Koki Yasuda, Akira Yonemoto, Masayuki Takahata (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamEastWind
Team New Zealand (New Zealand)
Team New Zealand is a group of friends looking forward to adventuring through Fiji.
Competitors: Nathan Fa’avae (TC) , Sophie Hart, Stuart Lynch, Chris Forne, Mark Rayward (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamNewZealand
Team Summit (Spain)
Team Summit is made up of a group of people who have a broad experience in expedition races. This will be the first time Team Summit races together as a team in 10 years.
Competitors: Emma Roca (TC), Jukka Pinola, Fran Costoya, Albert Roca, David Rovira (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamSummit
Team Able Abels (USA)
Team Able Abels consists of an Eco-Challenge Fiji 2002 veteran who is returning 17 years later, with his two daughters, an experienced navigator, and his wife as the Team Assistant Crew.
Competitors: Dan Abel (TC), Ashley Abel, Lauren Abel, Fletcher Hammel, Allison Abel (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamAbleAbels
Team Endure (USA)
Team Endure toes the line at Eco-Challenge Fiji 2019 to celebrate living fully, persevering in the face of adversity, and the foundational importance of friends and family. They are experienced adventure racers with past finishes at Eco-Challenge and similar events.
Competitors: Travis Macy (TC), Mark Macy, Danelle Ballengee, Shane Sigle, Andrew Speers (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamEndure
Team Nika (USA)
Team Nika is made up of CrossFit and Jiu-Jitsu fanatics which includes: CrossFit and ultramarathon athletes, a gym owner, a firefighter, a spartan racer and football coach. They are racing in memory of their close friend Brad Strickland.
Competitors: Jeff Bates (TC), Kara Haun, Ashley Andrews, John Bender, Keria Galan (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamNika
Team Onyx (USA)
Team Onyx will be the first entirely African-American adventure racing team to compete on the global stage. The team features a mixture of gay and straight athletes made up of seasoned adventure racer and former Marine, former Navy SEAL and Crossfit gym owner, a record holding ultra-marathoner, skilled ultra endurance mountain biker and a filmmaker and former basketball player.
Competitors: Clifton Lyles (TC), Coree Aussem-Woltering, Sam Scipio, Chriss Smith Jr., Mikayla Lyles (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamOnyx
Team Stray Dogs (USA)
With an average age of almost 66 years old, and a combined 26 Eco-Challenge races, the Stray Dogs are the oldest team, and one of the most experienced.
Competitors: Marshall Ulrich (TC), Adrian Crane, Bob Haugh, Nancy Bristow, Heather Ulrich (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamStrayDogs
Team Unbroken (USA)
Working their way through combat disabilities, wounds and internal struggles, Team Unbroken is a team of veterans and civilians who are racing to remind themselves, and others that you may be wounded, but you remain unbroken.
Competitors: Hal Riley (TC), Gretchen Evans, Dr. Anne Bailey, Keith Knoop, Cale Yarborough (TAC)
Team Hashtag: #TeamUnbroken
World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji launches on Prime Video on 14th August 2020.