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Amazing Race Cast Announced

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CBS has announced the 11 teams that will compete for $1 million on the new season of "The Amazing Race" that premieres Sunday, September 29th at 9 pm ET on CBS.

Phil Keoghan returns as the host.

This season the 23rd race around the world will bring back the "Double Express Pass" twist introduced last season.

The first team to check in at the first pit stop will earn two "Express Passes" - one to keep for themselves and one given to another team by the end of the 5th leg of the race.

Here's a look at the 11 teams:

Name: Hoskote Venkatesh

Age: 60

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Current occupation: ER Doctor

Name: Naina Venkatesh

Age: 27

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Current occupation: Fitness Instructor

Connection: Father/Daughter

Name: Jason Case

Age: 33

Hometown: Attleboro, Mass.

Current occupation: Owner of a Snowplow Company

Name: Amy Diaz

Age: 29

Hometown: Providence, R.I.

Current occupation: Social Media Manager

Connection: Dating

Name: Leo Temory

Age: 26

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: Entrepreneur/Restaurateur

Name: Jamal Zadran

Age: 26

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: CEO/Owner of Z.I.G. (Zadran Investment Group)

Connection: Cousins

Name: Tim Wiyninger

Age: 26

Hometown: Cordell, Okla.

Current occupation: Oilfield Plant Operator

Name: Daniel “Danny” Merkey

Age: 25

Hometown: Cordell, Okla.

Current occupation: Oil Field Operator

Connection: Best Friends

Name: Rowan Joseph

Age: 56

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

Current occupation: Actor, Producer, Director

and Voiceover Artist

Name: Shane Partlow

Age: 47

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

Current occupation: Actor/ Producer

Connection: Theater Performers. They call themselves

the “Queens of Bingo.”

Name: Brandon Squyres

Age: 34

Hometown: Chico, Calif.

Current occupation: Contractor

Name: Adam Switzer

Age: 34

Hometown: Chico, Calif.

Current occupation: Eco-friendly farmer

Connection: Childhood Friends

Name: Allison “Ally” Mello

Age: 22

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: The NHL’s LA Kings Ice Crew Girl

Name: Ashley Covert

Age: 25

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: The NHL’s LA Kings Ice Crew Girl

Connection: LA Kings Ice Crew

Name: Nicole Jasper

Age: 39

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Current occupation: ER Physician

Name: Travis Jasper

Age: 43

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Current occupation: ER Physician

Connection: Married ER Doctors

Name: Nicole “Nicky” Getz

Age: 27

Hometown: Splits time between Kansas City and Troy, Mich.

Current occupation: Baseball Wife/Training to be a Pilates Instructor

*Married to Chris Getz, who played for the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals (currently)

Name: Kim DeJesus

Age: 32

Hometown: Chicago

Current occupation: Baseball Wife

*Married to David DeJesus who played for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays (currently)

Connection: Baseball Wives

Name: Timothy Sweeney

Age: 32

Hometown: Morristown, N.J.

Current occupation: Sports Marketing

Name: Marie “Reebs” Mazzocchi

Age: 29

Hometown: Morristown, N.J.

Current occupation: Fitness Trainer/Gym Owner

Connection: Exes

Name: Chester Pitts II

Age: 33

Hometown: Missouri City, Texas

Current occupation: Sports Analyst for “Texans Insider,”

Executive Consultant for ZT Wealth and Altus HMS.

*Played for Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks for more than 10 years in the NFL

Name: Ephraim Salaam

Age: 36

Hometown: Studio City, Calif.

Current occupation: Co-host of “Fox Sports Live.”

*Played for Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons for 13 years in the NFL

Connection: Former NFL Teammates

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