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'Amazing Race' gets new cast [PHOTOS]

"The Amazing Race" is gearing up for its 23rd season, which will pit 11 teams as they compete for a $1 million prize -- and see the world on the way.
Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Aug. 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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"The Amazing Race" is gearing up for its 23rd season, which will pit 11 teams as they compete for a $1 million prize -- and see the world on the way.

Th Race will traverse four continents and nine countries for a journey of 35,000 miles, from paragliding over Childe to plunging into the seas of Norway and race -- literally -- in Formula One cars in Abu Dhabi.

The new season premieres September 29 and airs at 8 p.m. Sundays on CBS.

Here's a list of contestants, and flip through the slideshow (above) to get a pick at this season's teams.

The father/daughter duo
Hoskote Venkatesh, ER Doctor
Age: 60
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
&
Naina Venkatesh, Fitness Instructor
Age: 27
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.

The new couple
Jason Case, Owner of a Snowplow Company
Age: 33
Hometown: Attleboro, Mass.
&
Amy Diaz, Social Media Manager
Age: 29
Hometown: Providence, R.I.

The cousins
Leo Temory, Entrepreneur/Restaurateur
Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles
&
Jamal Zadran, CEO/Owner of Z.I.G.
Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles

The best friends
Tim Wiyninger, Oilfield Plant Operator
Age: 26
Hometown: Cordell, Okla.
&
Daniel “Danny” Merkey, Oil Field Operator
Age: 25
Hometown: Cordell, Okla.

The "Queens of Bingo"
Rowan Joseph, Actor, Producer, Director
and Voiceover Artist
Age: 56
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
&
Shane Partlow, Actor/ Producer
Age: 47
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

The childhood friends
Brandon Squyres, Contractor
Age: 34
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
&
Adam Switzer, Eco-friendly farmer
Age: 34
Hometown: Chico, Calif.

The Kings Ice Crew
Allison “Ally” Mello, The NHL’s LA Kings Ice Crew Girl
Age: 22
Hometown: Los Angeles
&
Name: Ashley Covert, The NHL’s LA Kings Ice Crew Girl
Age: 25
Hometown: Los Angeles

The married ER doctors
Nicole Jasper, ER Physician
Age: 39
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
&
Travis Jasper, ER Physician
Age: 43
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

The baseball wives
Nicole “Nicky” Getz, wife of Kansas City Royals' Chris Gets
Age: 27
Hometown: Splits time between Kansas City
and Troy, Mich.
&
Kim DeJesus, wife of Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus
Age: 32
Hometown: Chicago

The exes
Timothy Sweeney, Sports Marketing
Age: 32
Hometown: Morristown, N.J.
&
Marie “Reebs” Mazzocchi, Fitness Trainer/Gym Owner
Age: 29
Hometown: Morristown, N.J.

The former NFL teammates
Chester Pitts II, Sports Analyst for “Texans Insider,” Executive Consultant for ZT Wealth and Altus HMS.
Age: 33
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas
Current occupation:
*Played for Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks for
more than 10 years in the NFL
&
Ephraim Salaam, Co-host of “Fox Sports Live.”
Age: 36
Hometown: Studio City, Calif.
Current occupation:
*Played for Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons for 13 years in the NFL

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