World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji
IMDb rating: 8/10
If you’ve spent too much of 2020 indoors and confined to our shores, here’s the perfect antidote: 66 teams racing 671 kilometres over a maximum of 11 days through some of the most beautiful but unforgiving terrain in the world.
World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji, presented by adventurer Bear Grylls, follows the most epic global adventure race ever attempted as the teams paddle, hike, bike, climb, rappel and raft their way through five punishing legs. Sleeping and stopping for meals is purely optional, and the lead teams complete the whole course with virtually no rest, climbing a 300m waterfall in the pitch dark. It’s heart-stopping stuff.
Each team consists of four people and must include men and women. Selected teams are followed by cameramen and you’ll quickly be drawn into their stories – amazed by Team Stray Dogs, all 60-plus, and their former member Mark Macy, who at 58, is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s and racing alongside his son. You’ll be rooting for Team Unbroken, all injured or disabled military veterans, and Team Onyx, the first all American-American team to compete at an Eco-Challenge. And looking on in amazement as Team New Zealand and the other elite teams beat the clock, completing stage after stage while bearly breaking a sweat.
The original Eco-Challenge was created in 1992 by Mark Burnett, the man behind Survivor, The Apprentice and more. The show ran until 2002 and kickstarted reality TV and adventure doccies as we know them, and this reboot is a more than worthy successor to these originals.
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