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See The Amazing Race Winner Jen Hoffman's Wedding Photos

Originally posted 09/27/2013 04:05 PM

The Amazing Race's Jen Hoffman Weds

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Jen Hoffman is on a roll.

In 2011, she and her sister, Kisha, won the million dollar prize on The Amazing Race. The following year, she and her fiancé, Ryan Fowler, became parents to daughter Nylah Mackenzie.

And on Saturday, Hoffman and Fowler tied the knot during a sunset ceremony at the Muhammed Ali Center in Louisville, Ky.

"It was a fantastic ceremony," Hoffman tells PEOPLE exclusively. "We had about 130 guests – all close friends and family."

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Which Former NFL Stars Will Compete on The Amazing Race?

Originally posted 08/28/2013 10:00 AM

The Amazing Race Returns

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Playing in the NFL is one thing, but competing on The Amazing Race is a whole different beast.

"This might be the most unpredictable season yet," Phil Keoghan, host of the hit CBS reality competition, tells PEOPLE.

"[Teams of] pro athletes, feisty fit couples, people with practical hard-working skills, book smarts and strong friendships make it almost impossible to predict who will have an advantage," he says.

Eleven teams will embark on a race around the world for the 23rd installment of show, which premieres Sept. 29 (8 p.m. ET). Two of them are former NFL teammates.

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Amazing Race Star Releases New Single to Help Cancer-Stricken Father

Update 03/02/2013 10:00 AM Originally posted 02/28/2013 07:50 PM

Amazing Race Star Jaymes Vaughan Releases Song to Help His Father

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Jaymes Vaughan wanted to win The Amazing Race to raise funds for his father, who has been battling a rare form of cancer.

The fan favorite, a Chippendales dancer in Las Vegas, came up just short by finishing second, but he hasn't stopped trying to help his dad, Ed Vaughan.

His latest effort: moving up the release date of his new single, "Tonight," when his father's health took a turn for the worse. Proceeds from the song will go toward Ed's care and Jaymes says he was determined to release it while his father is here to see it.

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Jaymes Vaughan Wants to Win Amazing Race to Help Cure His Father's Cancer

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Everyone knows the Amazing Race has an amazing prize for the pair who makes it around the globe – a cool $1 million.

But viewers may not know what fan favorite Jaymes Vaughan (who partnered with his best friend and fellow Chippendales dancer James Davis on the show) plans to do with the money if he wins.

Shortly before his Amazing Race adventure began, "I found out my father was diagnosed with one of the rarest cancers that there is," Vaughan, 31, tells PEOPLE. "At this point it's an incurable cancer, and we're trying to do everything we can to help him turn it into a curable cancer."

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Big Brother's Brendon Villegas & Rachel Reilly Are Married

Originally posted 09/09/2012 08:45 AM

Big Brother's Brendon Villegas & Rachel Reilly Are Married

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Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas spent two summers living with strangers on Big Brother and traveled around the world on The Amazing Race, but now they have taken their boldest trip ever – down the wedding aisle.

The reality stars married Saturday atop the AT&T Center in downtown Los Angeles, where the redheaded bride arrived via helicopter.

"She wanted to arrive like a big celebrity," celebrity wedding planner – and host of WE tv's My Fair Wedding – David Tutera tells PEOPLE. "The guests will watch her arrive on live camera before she walks down the aisle, which to me is one of the most over the top processionals ever."

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The Amazing Race: Meet the Cast of Season 21

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The Amazing Race is back!

On Sept. 30, 11 teams will start a journey around the world with hopes of clenching the CBS show's largest prize ever: $2 million.

So, who will be racing?

Season 21's teams include twin sisters from Sri Lanka; a pair of musically-inclined Chippendales dancers; and married Monster Truck racers.

There's also a heavy metal rocker from the band Megadeath; goat farmers (and stars of The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge); a competitive lumberjack and a double amputee.

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Big Brother's Brendon and Rachel Join The Amazing Race

Originally posted 02/19/2012 02:30 PM

Big Brother's Brendon and Rachel Join The Amazing Race

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They have spent the past two summers pent up in the Big Brother house but now engaged couple Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas are travelling the world on The Amazing Race.

"We thought we would do well on The Amazing Race because its more our style of competition. We don't have to worry about getting along with everybody the whole time, we can just compete," Villegas told PEOPLE on Valentines Day, the couples' one-year anniversary of their engagement.

Just days after taking home the $500,000 Big Brother prize last September, Reilly and her fiancé were asked to join ten other teams for the upcoming season premiering Sunday.

"I don't think I knew what I was getting myself in to," Reilly said. "I thought, 'We could totally do this,' but the Race is so different from Big Brother."

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Amazing Race's Ernie & Cindy: We Feel Elated and Relieved

Originally posted 12/12/2011 06:00 PM

Amazing Race Winners Ernie & Cindy: We Feel Elated and Relieved

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Engaged duo Ernie Halvorsen and Cindy Chiang covered four continents, 20 cities and nearly 40,000 miles in their quest to win the latest season of The Amazing Race.

Putting their wedding plans aside to complete the competition, project manager Halvorsen, 29 and his brand manager fiancée Cindy Chiang, 30, walked away with $1 million, a group of new friends and an even stronger bond.

PEOPLE caught up with the happy couple, who dished about their win and what's next for them.

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SPOILER: The Amazing Race Has a Winner

Originally posted 12/11/2011 10:20 PM

The Amazing Race Has a Winner

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It was bound to be a season of high drama on the The Amazing Race.

The teams hadn't even left the States at the start of the competition when a missing-passport mishap threatened to send one pair of competitors home before their race across the world even began.

The winning duo covered four continents, 20 cities and nearly 40,000 miles in their quest to beat out two other fiercely competitive teams – but not before the season's biggest shocker last week with the elimination of Olympian snowboarders Tommy Szechin, 31, and Andy Finch, 30, who seemed to have a lock on the win after snagging six leg-victories.

Their elimination left the $1 million competition up to dating couple Jeremy Cline, 35, a real estate broker, and Sandy Draghi, 33, a nurse practitioner; project manager Ernie Halvorsen, 29 and his fiancée Cindy Chiang, 30, a brand manager; and retired NFL tight end Marcus Pollard, 39, and his wife, business owner Amani, 36. Keep reading to find out who won:

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The Amazing Race: Trouble for the Twins in Thailand

Originally posted 10/17/2011 10:10 AM

The Amazing Race: Trouble for the Twins in Thailand

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Leaving the pit stop first does not necessarily give teams an advantage on The Amazing Race.

The first teams to leave – Andy and Tommy and Zac and Laurence – had the advantage of being the first to book flights to Thailand. But the other teams, who left the pit stop later, managed to find flights with earlier departures.

Despite the setback, all eight teams began their detour challenges at the same time. Andy and Tommy were able to use their athletic skills to breeze through the ocean challenge and take the lead once again.

Couples Bill and Cathi, Amani and Marcus and Jeremy and Sandy had a tougher time with the detour and switched tasks halfway through. Twins Liz and Marie struggled to complete their task even after receiving advice from their nearest competition, Bill and Cathi.

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