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Posted: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008

S.C.'s ‘Southern Belles' among ‘Amazing Race' teams

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Married beekeepers? Southern belles? Team “Superbad”? Must be another season of CBS' “The Amazing Race.”

The Emmy-winning competition series returns on Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. This season starts its run at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and racers will travel to locations ranging from Cambodia to Kazakhstan as 11 teams compete for the ultimate prize.

Announced on Tuesday, the teams include familiar couplings. There's an estranged married couple viewing “Race” as their last chance, as well as a long-distance couple testing if prolonged exposure makes them closer. Fans will be shocked to discover a pair of cute blondes who want to prove they're more than just pretty faces. The new teams:


Marisa Axelrod and Brooke Jackson. Ages: 22, 24. Occupations: Student, graphic designer. Hometown: Columbia. Relationship: Southern Belles. (Is that a relationship?)


Ken and Tina Greene. Ages: 51, 48. Occupations: homebuilder/former-NFL player, president of BioPharmMed. Hometown: Tampa, Fla., and San Diego, Calif. Relationship: Married, separated.


Kelly Crabb and Christy Cook. Ages: Both 26. Occupations: pharmaceutical rep, business development. Hometown: Houston, Austin, Texas. Relationship: Best friends.


Toni Imbimbo, Dallas Imbimbo. Ages: 51, 22. Occupations: Accounting consultant, student. Hometown: Woodside, Calif. Relationship: Mom and son.


Mark Yturralde and Bill Kahler. Ages: 41, 42. Occupations: Comic-Con CFO, college aid administrator. Hometown: San Diego. Relationship: Friends.


Anita and Arthur Jones. Ages: 63, 60. Occupations: retired paralegal, playground maintenance. Hometown: Eugene, Ore. Relationship: Married beekeepers.


Stephanie Kacandes and Anthony Marotta. Ages: Both 32. Occupations: Financial saleswoman, mortgage broker. Hometown: Los Angeles. Relationship: Dating.


Aja Benton and Ty White. Ages: Both 25. Occupations: Makeup artist, banker. Hometown: Los Angeles, Southfield, Mich. Relationship: Dating long-distance.


Terence Gerchberg and Sarah Leshner. Ages: 35, 31. Occupations: Running coach, Wall Street financialist. Hometown: New York City. Relationship: Dating.


Andrew Lappitt and Dan Honig. Ages: 22, 23. Occupations: Students. Hometown: Tucson, Ariz., Wilmington, Del. Relationship: Fraternity brothers.


Nick and Starr Spangler. Ages: 22, 21. Occupations: Actor, NFL cheerleader. Hometown: New York City, Fort Worth, Texas. Relationship: Siblings.

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