Amazing Race show premiere in Benson

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Bergen Olson can’t tell you yet if he won the $1 million prize offered to the winning couple of the 26th episode of CBS’s Emmy Award winning television show The Amazing Race.
But the 2009 Benson High School graduate can tell you about the unforgettable experience of participating with 10 other couples as they raced more than 35,000 miles around the world visiting eight countries on five continents. Among the countries they competed in were Japan, Namibia, Monaco, Germany and Thailand.
“The Amazing Race 26 Will Be The Most Extreme Blind Date Ever,” the CBS promotional material about this year’s season says. “How would you feel to be set up on a blind date? What about if you and your blind date were about to travel across the globe together on an amazing adventure? Ten singles are about to find out!”
Season 26’s premier is Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 8:30 p.m. with the show then going to its regularly scheduled time of 7 p.m. Friday nights for the following episodes. While six of the couples were dating prior to being chosen for the show, five were to meet for the first time as the race got underway. Olson was one of those being paired with someone he had never met.  (Olson is in the center of the back row in the darker green shirt).
Olson is the son of Russ and Deb Olson of rural Danvers. The Monitor-News had the chance to interview him last week ahead of the airing of the first episode of the show. On the call with us was the CBS publicist for The Amazing Race.



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