What would be more amazing than a race to not only have a chance to win $25K, but to find and meet relatives you didn’t know you had? BYU-TV has the exclusive showing of a new reality TV series called Relative Race. The show will air with 11 episodes starting on Sunday, February 28th, 6 PM MT. The show is in partnership with AncestryDNA. DNA test results is how they found the relatives of each participant. During a RootsTech premier showing of the first episode, viewers were laughing and feeling the tension from the drama the couples go through in competing.
The show is a combination of fun, emotion, drama, stress, lots of humor and the joy of learning about family. Rules involve giving up technology and going old school with maps and asking help from strangers. Just deciding who will drive and who will look at the map was funny and something most couples can relate to. Unlike a similar show the contestants drive to different cities each day and have challenges that are unique to each couple. Each couple has a specified time limit to arrive at the next destination and whoever goes over that time limit may be up for a strike. Three strikes and the couple is out. Each night they end up at a relative’s home and spend the night with these newfound relatives.
The first season’s four couples are from Las Vegas, Anchorage, Phoenix and Seattle. In auditions they were looking for people with new relatives that stretched across the US, as the show takes them from San Francisco to New York City in ten days. Couples who were considered got their DNA tested through AncestryDNA testing services. The show is looking for season 2 contestants right now.
Relative Race has some great dramatic twist in the relatives they find and the connections made. Hopefully this show will get more people excited to have their own DNA tested, as the more tested, the better the results are for everyone.