The ULTIMATE Amazing Race Group Date

The Ultimate Amazing Race Group Date

Everything you need (and more!) to host your very own version of “The Amazing Race”! Includes Amazing Race challenges and clues that can apply to ANY hometown! Or use these ideas to throw an Amazing Race birthday party full of outdoor adventure! Whatever you’ve got planned, we’ve got your covered with all of the best Amazing Race games and ideas.

Everything you need (and more!) to host your very own version of "The Amazing Race"! Includes Amazing Race challenges and clues that can apply to ANY hometown! Or use these ideas to throw an Amazing Race birthday party full of outdoor adventure! #TheDatingDivas #TheAmazingRace #AmazingRaceParty

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My husband and I LOVE to travel and so when we first watched the reality show The Amazing Race, it quickly became one of our favorites! We love seeing all of the different countries and the challenges that match the various cultures. Using the help of our fabulous Diva Designer Sameeha – I put together a group date night to play your very own version of The Amazing Race right in your hometown! We have everything (and I mean EVERYTHING!) you need to put together your own competition. Just invite your most adventurous friends, print off the clues and let the race begin!

Here Is What the Amazing Race Date Set Includes: 

Here is what the Fabulous Sameeha from The Inked Leaf included in the packet:

Amazing Race Invite

  • Invitations  Send these to your lucky guests to let them know all of the details of your event. 
  • Envelope Covers – These are made JUST like the ones on the show (with our own Diva flair of course!). 
  • Amazing Race Challenge Flags – Mark specific sites you want your contestants to go (if you do your own version) OR you can use these to put in each of the vehicles participating in the race!

Amazing Race Challenges

  • Final Pit Stop Mat – In the show, the contestants race to the final finish line: the Pit Stop Mat. Sameeha created 2 sizes for you. The first is made to print on a normal 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, the second is if you would like to print up to a 16 x 20 inch mat.
  • Route Info – A list of the rules for the game to hand out to your guests when they arrive.
  • The Amazing Race Clues – The kit includes a set of clues that should work in just about any town, as well as blank cards in case you want to create your own. We thought of everything for ya!

Amazing Race Birthday Party

  • Name Cards – With a variety of colors you can print these on to sticker paper and voila! – you have a name tag for each of your contestants. For extra fun – assign each team their color in advance and have them come wearing that color!
  • Water Bottle Labels – I told you we thought of everything! Surely your guests will need to quench their thirst while out on the road. With these cute labels you can make even a plastic water bottle fit the theme!
  • Food Label Flags – I wanted to have some sweets and treats waiting for my guests at the finish line. Take these labels, wrap the end around a toothpick and stick them in whatever you decide to serve for food. 

Possible Additional Materials Needed for your Amazing Race Party: 

  • Each team will need to have a vehicle to transport them around town.
  • Some challenges require the contestant to take a picture as proof. If you choose to use those challenges, make sure each team member has a digital camera!
  • 3 of the challenges require a small cost to complete (total less than $5.00). You could easily omit these challenges and have a completely free date night or let your guests know they should be prepared to spend up to $5.00.
  • Balloons. One of the challenges involve the team having 2 balloons (the kind that clowns use to make animals and such). If you choose to use this date you could have them find them on their own, or you might want to provide them in the envelope. It is up to you!
    • * NOTE: After having hosted this date I can tell you that you definitely want to get the balloons that are specifically made for twisting such as these ones HERE.  If not, your players may have an EXTRA hard challenge but some GREAT stories! We certainly did! 


Amazing Race Party Invitations

Amazing Race Games

After choosing your lucky guests, just fill out the details of your date and send!

  • On Your Mark: Write the date of your event
  • Get Set: What time you want your guests to arrive
  • Go: The location of your event

Depending on which challenges you choose to do, you might also want to let your guests know that they will need their own vehicle, a digital camera, and $5.00. Also – if you want each team to have coordinating colors this would be a good time to let them know which color they should wear.


The Amazing Race Challenges

To make my challenge cards, I printed the envelope covers unto sticker sheets and then placed those onto 6×9 inch envelopes. I then placed each of the challenge cards inside an envelope and made bundles so each team had one of each challenge.

Amazing Race Challenge Card

For YOUR date – you can decide which challenges you want to do or you could even create your own! This particular set includes 6 challenges (3 Detours and 3 Roadblocks) but you can mix and match as much as you want. I had to take one clue out when I hosted this because there wasn’t a location nearby that they could compete their challenge! Good thing I checked before!

Challenge Cards

ALSO – if you want a completely FREE date night use only the yellow Detour clues!  But if your competitors are up for spending a little cash (no more than $5.00), then you can include the red Road Block challenges as well.

Amazing Race Party Ideas


Amazing Race Party Decor

You can always just print the clues and play, but with a little more effort you can have a full display! Here are a few more things you can do to add to the theme! 

Amazing Race Birthday Party Ideas

For my date night, I decorated our main table with a layout of all the challenges, the name tags, but also some decor and treats! Using a hot glue gun, I attached the water bottle wraps to the drinks. I found a Gnome (similar to the Travelocity Gnome from the show) at my local garden store and used him to prop up the rule cards. Also, I used these red and yellow balloons (the color of the markers on the show) and a globe.


DIY Amazing Race Party

When I needed adventurous friends to come race with me – I looked to my fellow Divas! It was a very competitive group with LOTS of spunk! Aren’t they fierce?

When your guests arrive you will want to start by explaining the rules. The Route Info card reminds players that they have to stay together at all times (no splitting up to complete tasks!), that they need to obey all traffic rules and more! 

Next, hand out the challenge envelopes and have each team choose any envelope from their stack. The yellow Detour challenge cards all have 2 options (just like in the show!). Teams will read the card’s two options and then choose which one they think they can complete in the fastest time. The red Road Block cards only have one option. Whichever card, the team picks (the order totally does not matter) they should head out to any location where they think they could complete the task. Their goal is to complete each task card as fast as possible and return to the designated area first! 

Some Helpful Amazing Race Hints 

  • You will want to decide if the players should be allowed to use their cell phones. There are some challenges that require photos (and a phone is ideal for that) but in the real show players must complete the challenges without the use of google or Siri! Make sure you make a clear decision and communicate with the players. 
  • You may also want to require teams to travel to different locations to complete each task.
  • It would be a good idea to have a set time that everyone returns, regardless if they are done with clues or not. Just in case you have some very delayed players!
  • Many have asked if the host can play too. Absolutely! You may have a small advantage in having read the challenges in advance, but you still have to race to complete the tasks.

After The Amazing Race Party

Finally, as all of your guests return and step onto the final pit stop mat you will want to hear all their fun stories, but also see all of their items they brought back as proof of accomplishing their task. You can also eat sweets and watch an episode of the actual show while you wait for the others to return.

Amazing Race Group Date

You can determine the prize. For ours – our winners Nisha (disclaimer: who recently had baby hence the adorable picture!) and her husband Adam took home the “Travelocity” Gnome. I am sure that it is a prized possession and probably has a center place on their mantel at home. Isn’t that what you would do with a winning gnome?

DIY Amazing Race Games


Free Amazing Race Printables

You can get all of the printables you need to enjoy this game for free by clicking the download link below and then . . .

DIY Amazing Race Party Ideas

On your mark, get set, GO!!!!

Start inviting all of your friends because this is a group date night they will be talking about for a LONG time!

If you LOVED this, we have some other fun group date nights based off of famous t.v. shows that you might enjoy! Check out The Price is Right and Minute to Win It.

About the Author: Sarina

I met my Prince Charming when I was 15 years old and 12 years later we created our own happily ever after. Together we enjoy traveling the world, and, of course, going on creative dates! I am a former theatre teacher who now stays at home with a handsome baby boy. I love dancing, photography & chocolate!

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63 Responses to The ULTIMATE Amazing Race Group Date

    1. Lauren – when we played, Sarina & her hubby just set things up & didn’t play…. however, you can do it so that siblings, friends, family members, parents, etc are the ones who set it up so all the couples can play.

    2. Correct – Sarina and her hubby didn’t participate. I think the only way around that is to have someone else print out the clue cards for you and hide them in the envelopes.

    3. Lauren – It totally depends. I preferred to just host it rather than try to play as well. If you wanted to you could still race and just realize that you have an advantage because you have seen the clues before, but it is still a competition to complete the challenges! I would just suggest having everyone meet back at a place that they don’t have to wait for you to be there to open the door!

  1. I just wanted to let all of the ladies (and men) that read about this date to know that it was a BLAST! If you are worried that the guys may not like it, I can tell you from experience that all of the guys who went on this date LOVED IT! One of the things that made it a lot of fun was that we were able to enjoy time alone with our spouse/date and time with our friends–the best of both worlds in one date! The Dating Divas have prepared everything for you to host an awesome date for your friends. My wife and I are looking forward to hosting this for our friends. Since we all have children, we will also have their kids come and play with ours as we host the event. I think the kids will enjoy the night just as much as the adults! PRINT IT, PLAN IT, DO IT, LOVE IT!!!

  2. Where is the disclaimer that NIsha just had a baby and that might be the most terrible photo of her in existence?! FUNNEST DATE NIGHT EVER THOUGH! Sarina and her hubby are the bomb for putting this together. And that cute gnome is hanging on my kitchen counter – love it!

  3. Girl, you thought of everything in this date!!! I am so sad my hubby had to go and have stones and ruin all of my wonderful plans, lol! Anyway I love this, this is going to the top of my list! xox

  4. This looks fabulous, I was thinking I might be able to tweak it a bit for my birthday party, I have the big 40 coming up.
    Unfortunately I live in Australia so half of those clues are not relevant to us…
    Cute idea but it wont work for me 🙁

    1. Opps that didn’t come out right.

      Not unfortunately I live in Australia, because I’m very fortunate to live in Australia.
      I meant Unfortunately, as I live in Australia half the clues aren’t relevant…

    2. What a fun thing to do for a birthday party! Even if the clues don’t exactly fit – there are blank clue cards included in the kit so you can make all of your own clues and still use everything else. Happy Birthday!

  5. Is there a way to edit the items – type on the blank clue cards. Change small things? I would love to do this for my husbands 40th birthday rather than a date night.

  6. This is just the most amazing group date idea ever!!!!!
    I have a question. I have never seen the show, so that may be my problem! Does each team get four envelopes? One roadblock, pit stop, and detour? Or do they get 10, one rules and all three detour, roadblock, and pit stop cards? Thank you! I cannot wait to start planning this!!!

    1. Good questions Amy! With the roadblocks and detours your can choose to do all of them or just your favorites. Because I didn’t have one of the locations near my town I took one road block out. You can adapt to your own date! If you were to do every card (and why not? More fun!) you would want 7 envelopes: the 3 detours, the 3 roadblocks & the 1 pit stop. On the pit stop one I wrote: “open last” and let them take any of the others in any order. I handed them their rule card when we went over rules and did not put it in an envelope. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions!

  7. My husband I held our own Ultimate Amazing Race Group Date/Party last night using the materials and ideas provided here. We had 11 couples competing and we all had a blast! Fun stories to tell and so much laughter was just what we needed! Thank you so much!

  8. I used this Amazing Race date idea last weekend, and it was great! Even though I hosted, my husband and I still played (I let him pick and do everything since I knew all the clues.)

    A few suggestions if you plan this date:

    1. I wasn’t able to use all the Detours and Road Blocks. We did the Slurpee, Check In or Check Out, and the license plate clue. Everyone love going to the hotel (and the attendants were so helpful and wanted to play too!) We went through five clues really fast! We finished a lot earlier than I thought we would. We finished five clues in under an hour.

    It would have been helpful to clarify that contestants must go to a different business per clue. My group ended up getting a Slurpee, getting gas and collecting four quarters all at the 7-11. It would have been better to have to go to different businesses for each “leg”.

    2. My library did not have the 5 Love Languages book.

    3. None of the teams could blow up the balloon (and I gave them each two or three balloons but they all popped.)

    4. Everyone loved the license plate game – it wasn’t as hard to find 12 out of state licenses.

    5. I had everyone meet at a Mexican restaurant for dinner. (Which was great because we snacked on chips while we waited for everyone to arrive.) I bought a gnome and hid it in the restaurant which was fun for teams to find.

    6. Pumping gas for $1.00 is really fun, but at 7-11 many of the contestants in my group pre-paid the dollar so the pump automatically stopped for them. Kind of defeats the purpose. To pump $1 my husband had to use a credit/debit card. The gas attendants would let us pump and then pay.

    I’m going to set up a Family Amazing Race with my kids. We will for sure do the arcade (the kids will love that) and have each family take a picture at each leg. One member of our group got a picture with her Slurpee cup and the 7-11 employee which was hilarious!

    1. At the very end of the post in pink letters it says “You can get ALL of these fabulous pieces that Sameeha at The Inked Leaf created right here:
      Ultimate Amazing Race Group Date Night <---- Click on these words! Hope that helps!

  9. I love this idea and am planning it for a Valentine’s group date! I clicked the link that said “Get Everything Here” and it didn’t give me access to the printables. Any ideas?

    1. Donna – try clicking on the words right below that. They say “Ultimate Amazing Race Group Date Night” and are large and pink? That should take you to the right place!

    1. Wow, Aaron! Thanks for sharing! That looks like you put a lot of thought into her celebration and what fun!!! I’m sure she felt completely loved. We give you a TON of hubby points! What a fun couple you two are!

  10. I LOVE THIS!! I am planning on doing it for my daughters birthday. She keeps asking for an amazing race birthday party. So we are inviting all the aunts uncles and cousins and will compete by families. Any chance you could alter these printables for me to say “Family Activity” in stead of “group date”? 🙂

    1. So sorry, Mitzi! We aren’t able to alter printables once we release them, but you are more than welcome to try your hand in an editing program if it’s just for personal use. Good luck! XOXO

  11. Hello!!
    I am so excited to do this with my husband and some of our friends! Everything is laid out and seems so easy and fun to set up so I thank you!!

    I only had one question, you said to set an end time, plus many of the couples we are inviting have kids and also need an end time for sitters. But what is a good length of time to give to complete most, hopefully all, the clues?!? I plan on using all 6 with the tip given by another user to make each step a different business, if that helps!

    Thank you again so much!

    1. I am so excited for you to do this! I hope it goes well! I have played this twice now and both times it took about an hour. I would set your return time somewhere around 90 minutes to 2 hours from the time you leave. That would be a safe time! Enjoy!

  12. Thank you so much for the printables. they look fantastic and I am sure we will have fun doing it. You have done all the hard work for us, for that I truly appreciate your generosity.
    Thanks again xx

  13. Hi there,

    I see the included free blank printable, but how are we able to type in them? Do we have to use photoshop or a similar editing program? Thank you!

    1. Elise –

      You have a few options of adding your own spin to our Amazing Race printables. You can write you clues by hand, add text through photoshop or use a basic word document and just keep moving the text around until you get it to be just the right spot and then print directly onto your blank printable. For that last method I just print onto a blank paper and hold it up to the blank amazing race printable to see if it fits until I get the right spacing and sizing – similar to this post:
      Good luck and enjoy!

      1. Thank you so much Sarina! I am planning an anniversary date for my husband and all of our friends. People were so excited when I suggested it, people are flying in to participate. We can’t wait!

  14. Hello. I am trying to out together an Amazing Race Graduation party for my daughter. I love your ideas and printables. Do you custom make printable? I need the invitation to be specific to graduation instead of a group date.

  15. Hello Divas,

    Regarding the Amazing Race Group Date edition:

    Now I struggle with formatting anything related to Microsoft and other similar programs. Can you send over a sample editable template you used to input the information for the Route, Roadblock, Detour, and Pit Stop cards? I love the sample ideas that are already available, but I wanted to add a few more obstacles for my guests. Again, I am technically challenged with stuff like this. Hopefully you can help.

    Thank You

    1. I, too, am technically challenge and I totally get it! We are not able to create a sample editable template but you can definitely contact the designer, Sameeha, and she can personalize the game cards to be exactly what you want! Since the design is already done the cost should be minimal. You can access her site here: just click “Request new design” in the top right corner and let her know you found her amazing work at The Dating Divas site and would like to have the design personalized.
      OR if you don’t care about everything looking fancy, you could handwrite your specific challenges on the blank template cards and photocopy them.
      Good luck with the game! I hope you have a blast!

    1. Our site is dedicated to creating date nights for couples, so unfortunately the printables do have “Group Date Night” on them. You could contact our designer Sameeha ( and hire her to add whatever you need to the cards and personalize it too! She is great to work with and fast! Maybe she could personalize it instead of saying “group date” to say “Birthday Edition” or even add the special birthday gal/guy’s name!I hope that helps! Enjoy!

  16. Can’t wait to use this!!! I was wondering if anyone had a “range” of time it takes to complete. I realize it will be different for everyone but didn’t know if there was a GUESS!!!

    1. I hope you love it! I have played it multiple times and the range of time totally depends on the area. I would say the average was minimum 45 minutes and longer 1 hour and 30 minutes. I hope that helps!

  17. This is AMAZING!!!! We haven’t done it yet but I’m planning on surprising my husband and his twin brother with this for their 30th birthday. They want to be on the Amazing Race so badly so this is a perfect substitute. I am so excited. THANK YOU!!!

    1. Thank you for sharing that – it made my day! We would love to see pictures of your event! If you are on social media use the #thedatingdivas or #datelikeadiva to show us what you did!

    1. Hi Kiersten! I just checked the link and it is working for me. If you hit the pink “click to download” bar it should automatically take you there for the free download! I hope that helps. XO

    1. Thank you for taking the time to share that! It made my day! If you post on social media don’t forget to tag us @datingdivas! We LOVE to see pictures of the dates in action!

    1. We are so happy that you love it! Good luck – this sounds like a great proposal! We would love to see it! Tag us @datingdivas and #datingdivas if you upload anything to social media!