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Relative Race: Season 3 Delivers Reality TV at Its Best


By Jan Mayer

Reality TV wasn’t my thing until I saw Relative Race for the first time. Now, after waiting a year, the third season is finally slated to begin on Sunday, March 4 at 9:00 p.m. eastern time ­(7:00 p.m. mountain time) on BYUtv. I can’t wait!

From the first episode, I was hooked on the family history–based, competitive reality show. The crazy, cross-country drive to meet family members for the first time did a number on my heart. It was the perfect combination of fun, intrigue, and raw emotion. When the first and second seasons were over, I felt as if I’d lost close personal friends.

And, yes, I had my favorites, which made it even better when they won.

This year the format promises to be as entertaining as ever but with a few twists. For one thing, instead of four married couples competing, this season features a father and son team, two sisters, and two married couples.

“We are excited to share a few new aspects of the series, including new routes, new contestants, new cities, and new challenges,” said Dan J. Debenham, the show’s host and executive producer. Relative Race is produced by BYUtv and the reality TV production company Lenzworks.

“We have changed the structure of the show to increase the time the contestants get to spend with their loved ones and allow them to further explore their family histories and discover their roots,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv.

“The new season continues to deliver the heartwarming drama, shocking discoveries, and surprising adventures that audiences have come to love and expect from this show,” Debenham said.

This season’s first episode will start in Washington, D.C., where each team will be surprised to make a family connection the first day—before the competition officially begins—and will be permitted to text those relatives throughout the 10-day race.

Learn more about each of the teams...