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Airborne fighters who 'make a lot of money' compete in gruelling show for $500K


The Race To Survive: New Zealand cast is getting ready to travel 150 miles across the country’s difficult terrain. Nine duos will pair up to win a life-changing $500,000 prize – including a divorced couple.

From starvation to brutal weather, Race to Survive is no easy feat. Over the course of six different race legs, 46 days, and 300 square miles, the nine teams will battle it out for the money.

Race to Survive: New Zealand cast

  • Race to Survive: New Zealand cast
  • Ashley and Rhandi
  • Mikhail and Steffen
  • Creighton and Paulina
  • Bronsen and Ryan
  • Corry and Oliver
  • Coree and Jeff
  • Ethan and Tyrie
  • Heather and Emilio
  • Nik and Kennedy

Ashley and Rhandi

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Age: 42 and 40

From: Utah

Job: Athletes

Relationship: Friends

Instagram: @run_rhandi_run and @ashkickn

Super moms, Rhandi and Ashley, are both athletes. Rhandi works as a running coach while Ashley is a fitness trainer and mom-of-four, whose been married to husband, Matt Paulson, for 23 years.

Mikhail and Steffen

Age: 33 and 35

From: New York

Job: Climbers

Relationship: Friends

Instagram: @kaledoesit and @steffen_jp

Climbing enthusiasts Mikhail Martin and Steffen Jean-Pierre are both besties. Mikhail works as a software engineer and loves rock climbing, while Steffen is a camp guide and co-founder of a furniture store.

Creighton and Paulina

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Age: 34 and 31

From: Salt Lake City

Job: Creative director and photographer

Relationship: Divorced couple

Instagram: @creightonbaird and @paulinap

Former married couple of two years, Creighton and Paulina, had signed divorce papers four days before being called to join Race to Survive. Now, they are race partners!

Bronsen and Ryan

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Age: 20 and 43

From: Utah

Job: Horseshoeing and hunting guide

Relationship: Son and father-in-law

Instagram: @bronseniverson and @biggameutahn

Bronsen is married to Ryan’s daughter, Brinnley, and runs a YouTube channel on horseshoeing. Ryan is married to a woman called Chelsea Stewart, and gets along well with Bronsen.

Corry and Oliver

Age: 26 and 29

From: Jackson, Wyoming

Job: White water river guides

Relationship: Friends

Instagram: @riverguidecorry

Corry and Oliver are best mates who don’t just work together. They’ve done climbs, visited rivers, explored caves and are now taking on their biggest challenge yet.

Coree and Jeff

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Age: 33 and 46

From: Chattanooga and Newcastle

Job: Marathon runners

Relationship: Friends

Instagram: @coreewaltering

Coree is an athlete, like Jeff. The ultra marathon runners became friends seven years ago, when Jeff was training for a marathon and needed a coach to help him train.

Ethan and Tyrie

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Age: 32 and 28

From: Boston and Reno

Job: Airborne firefighters

Relationship: Friends

Instagram: @ethan_g91 and @tyriemann

Ethan and Tyrie are smoke jumpers who “make a lot of money” and jump out of airplanes for work. Their friendship is “bigger than the money” but says they have a “unique ability of working together”.

Heather and Emilio

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Age: 42 and 56

From: Rhode Island

Job: Racers

Relationship: Friends

Instagram: @heather_sischo and @big_e_navarro

Heather met Emilio when he first walked into her gym, calling him “quite the character”. They have a lot of banter but she says her pet peeve of his is when he rings out his sweaty clothes.

Nik and Kennedy

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Age: 37 and 26

From: Alberta, Canada

Job: Oil rig workers

Relationship: Friends

Instagram: @serbian_surfer and @itstorquegirl

While Kennedy is a party girl, Nik owns an almond and hazelnut farm in Serbia. They met through Kennedy’s ex-husband, and call themselves “strong-headed adrenaline junkies”.

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