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An Orange County couple ran, hiked and even used a luge to win the $1 million prize on the fifth season of CBS’ “The Amazing Race” reality series.
Chip and Kim McAllister, who live in Coto de Caza, beat three other teams in the Tuesday season finale. McAllister, 46, who runs a Web technology company, and his 44-year-old wife, who owns a recruiting company, covered more than 72,000 miles over six continents and 11 countries to earn the top prize.
“This is just a blessing ... this is like surreal right now,” Chip McAllister said after crossing the finish line.
The remaining four teams of the 11 that started the race began their final trek in the Philippines, climbed a snowcapped mountain in Canada and wriggled through a maze before crossing the finish line in Dallas.
Colin Guinn and Christie Woods, a dating couple from Corpus Christi, Texas, finished in second place. On “The Early Show” Wednesday, Guinn proposed to Woods, who accepted. The show of affection was a change of pace for Guinn, who was depicted as the villain of the series.
“I was portrayed as the ‘American Psycho’ maniac monster,” Guinn told The Associated Press of the editing process. “They just take the very worst thing. Of course, I gave them plenty of ammunition. I’d lose my temper, but so much of it is supplemented, purely fabricated.”
“We knew we were being cast as an intense, competitive team,” said Woods. “We were sort of prepared for that, but it got so ridiculously out of hand with things taken out of context.”
Another dating couple, Brandon Davidson and Nicole O’Brian, came in third. Their advice for upcoming contestants?
“Pack as light as possible,” said O’Brian.
“And find some good underwear and socks,” added Davidson.
Self-proclaimed bowling moms Linda Ruiz and Karen Heins, from Palmdale, Calif., finished in fourth place.
“The Amazing Race” has won Emmys the past two years for best reality series. The next season will air sometime this fall.