Team "North of Forty", consisting of Sharon Reichert from Leduc and Celena Titterington from Peachland, BC, are two brave souls competing to become contestants on the first Amazing Race Canada TV show
Have you heard? The TV show The Amazing Race is going to be running their first ever Canadian edition this year! For those who are fans of the show this is extremely exciting news and a once in a lifetime opportunity. And this is exactly how best friends Sharon Reichert and Celena Titterington viewed it.
Both of these ladies have been big fans of the US version of the show for years and had held conversations about how they would love to be on the show should that chance ever come their way. They had even worked out the details to the point where they had determined that Celena would do any challenges that had height involved as Sharon is terrified of high places, and Sharon would take on any water challenges as Celena is not fond of swimming. The perfect partnership!
So upon viewing the second to last show of last season when Phil Keoghan, the host and producer of The Amazing Race, came onscreen and posed the question "Hey Canada, do you want to be on The Amazing Race?" Sharon, who was glued to the screen at that point, screamed "YES!!!" at her television and promptly called Celena.
"I knew if we just talked about it and didn't do it I would be kicking myself as I watched the show this summer." said Sharon. "And I really like doing things that are outside of the box. That make people look at me and say 'You're really going to do that?!?'" she shared with a smile.
So despite the fact that Celena now lives in Peachland BC, and the geographical distance between the two friends makes the plan a little difficult to carry out, the ladies were still determined to do whatever they had to do to try and make it on the show. This meant that Sharon immediately cashed in her Airmiles and bought a ticket to Kelowna so they could put together a video of the two of them to enter into the competition. "We filmed it over the course of a few days this winter, and even though it might not exactly be of professional quality, I think it really shows off our personalities and senses of humour. That is what they said the show is looking for and we definitely have that!" laughed Sharon.
When asked about their team name Sharon replied that it is a play on words. "Canada is often referred to as 'North of Sixty', and both Celena and I have now passed our 40th birthdays so we thought North Of Forty was pretty appropriate."
For those who do not know, The Amazing Race is a competition show where teams of two compete to follow clues that tell them where they have to go, complete set tasks and challenges once they get there, and the first one to complete them all and reach the finish line on each episode wins a prize, while the team that comes in last is eliminated. The final winning team on the final episode of the US show wins one million dollars, but the prizes for the Canadian version has not been announced yet. Sharon stated that "We don't know what the grand prize will be but it doesn't matter. We are in it for the adventure and to get us off the couch! Of course a million dollars wouldn't hurt either!" she laughed.
If Sharon and Celena are chosen as one of the teams for the show they will have to put their careers and lives on hold for a month while the show is filming. "I don't know when they announce the winning teams so for now we are just sitting by the phone on pins and needles waiting for a call." said Sharon. "It's just a guess but they should be picking fairly soon since I think the show will be airing beginning in August, so I'm assuming that filming will take place in April/May."
The show is also keeping their travel itinerary under wraps but Sharon felt confident enough to make a prediction of places that she thinks they will go. "Canada has such amazing scenery and diverse geography I'm pretty sure the show will try to hit each of the Provinces and Territories. But I think they will definitely head to Newfoundland and, more specifically, Churchill Manitoba to see the polar bears. I think it's going to be a truly ‘Canadian’ show."
As for the challenges the teams might face Sharon definitely had a prediction about that as well. "I think they're going to make the teams work at a Tim Horton's drive through! It just doesn't get more Canadian than that!" she laughed.
Even if team North Of Forty doesn't make the cut for the show, Sharon points out that anyone can go to YouTube and watch their video. "I'm pretty sure that video views do not effect who is chosen to compete, but even if we don't make the cut I would love to see our video go viral! It really showcases how funny Celena is, and I just love the attention!" Sharon laughingly confessed.
To view their video you can go to YouTube and in the search bar type in "The Amazing Race Canada North Of Forty". Feel free to leave a comment and wish these funny and brave ladies well in their quest to become the next contestants on The Amazing Race Canada!