After 40,000 miles, four continents and 24 cities, Freddy Holliday and fiancée Kendra Bentley, a pair of models from Miami, ended up the big winners of CBS’s The Amazing Race Tuesday night, taking home a $1 million grand prize.
For the contest, which wrapped up in Chicago, Holliday, 34, and Bentley, 25, edged out the second-place couple, Kris Perkins and Jon Buehler, by catching an earlier flight from the previous city, Honolulu, to the Windy City.
Holliday and Bentley attributed part of their win to an alliance they formed with another pair of competing models, Hayden Kristianson and Aaron Crumbaugh, who finished in fourth.
“We started (the alliance) in Norway and it strengthened, and it stayed until Shanghai,” Bentley said, according to the Associated Press. “Then that was it.”
At one point during the season, Holliday was hit in the face by a swinging gate that he claimed one of the other teams pulled down on him. “One of you I will break in half!” he bellowed.
The blow was painful, Holliday said, and he didn’t think viewers wanted to see him cry like a baby. “So I chose the lesser of two evils,” he said, which was yelling at the other teams. He acknowledges no one pulled the gate down on him.
As Holliday and Bentley crossed the finish line, friends and family, as well as the show’s host, Phil Keoghan, surrounded them, declaring them the winners of The Amazing Race 6 and recipients of the $1 million.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Bentley told AP after capturing the win.