Relative Race premieres its seventh season tonight on BYUtv at 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET. It will also be available on-demand thereafter. For those not familiar with this show, it’s similar to The Amazing Race, which just aired its 32nd season at the end of 2020, with a twist of DNA connections and family history.
I’ve encouraged Relative Race to go global and was happy to see Dan Debenham attend RootsTech London at the end of 2019 to promote the show. During our interview he discussed the possibility of extending the race to the U.K. in upcoming seasons. Then, the pandemic hit. The good news is that production for this season happened. We now have the opportunity to enjoy another Relative Race journey!
This season the teams are new but their designated colors remain the same. There are hints throughout the promotional material that Relative Race has changed up the format so brace yourself for at least a surprise or two.
Team Red is Elizabeth and Devon Dobson of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Both of them are adopted and seek to find biological family members.
Team Green is Magen Gamble and Monika Bergman of Newman, Georgia. This will be the first time friends travel together to meet family. Magen is the kind of friend hoped for when seeking answers to tender questions. In this case, Monika has questions about her adoption. She’d like to understand why she was given away when an older sibling and younger siblings were kept.
Team Blue is Joseph and Anthony Pierce of St. Paul, Minnesota, twins who were adopted but have not seen family for quite some time. Now on their own, they wonder where their biological parents are and hope to make up for lost time.
Team Black is Kacey and Sean Chapman of Navarre, Ohio. Kacey was adopted at age 9 months. She shares that, as she entered elementary school, abandonment issues crept in. Now, the parents of children of their own, they hope to find answers to the question of “Why?”
Let’s hope the show will last as long as The Amazing Race. It does have staying power—the power of compelling stories and the power of family!
I hope that you’ll tune in! ❤️
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