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Will and James



Name: Will Jardell

Age: 30

Hometown: Nederland, Texas

Current Occupation: Public health specialist and dance teacher


Describe what you do: I work at a global health institute within a university on education programs and research projects. I also work as a dance instructor in Los Angeles and direct a competitive dance team.


Three words to describe you: Go-getter, realistic, and fierce.


Favorite hobbies: Dancing, playing board games (and beating James), hiking with our dog Zoey, and watching almost every reality TV show there is, sometimes more than once.


What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?

My relationship with James is something that I’m incredibly proud of. We work so well together and even when we do argue, we are always learning from our mistakes and growing as a couple. James and I have been together for five years and I’m always overwhelmed with joy when I think back on all that we’ve accomplished together. No matter what life throws at us I know we  will always have each other.


What scares you most about traveling?

First of all, I’m 6'6" and flying on airplanes is not the most comfortable thing for my back or knees. If there is a leg of the race that requires us to sleep on a plane and I don’t get enough quality sleep, I won’t be in good shape! I’m also terrified of taxis. I like being in control when I’m traveling and giving up control to a taxi driver terrifies me.


What excites you most about traveling?

I’m incredibly fascinated by all cultures around the world and learning about different ways of life. There are so many things I’ve never experienced and being able to see new places and cultures with James is something that I’m so excited for. Not many people get this opportunity and I want us to soak up every moment.


What country and place would you most like to visit and why?

It has always been a dream of mine to go to Ireland and see or stay in a castle. I don’t know how I began associating castles with Ireland, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid!


What do you hope to accomplish by running The Amazing Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)?

Since meeting James in 2014, I’ve always known that his biggest dream was to run The Amazing Race and to be a part of fulfilling that dream is incredibly humbling. I hope that through this process, I can show James how much I support him in achieving any goal he sets for himself because he has supported me in achieving every goal I have set for myself. He’s the best partner and I hope that I can be the best partner for him throughout the entire race.



Name: James Wallington

Age: 31

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Current occupation: Event coordinator and social media manager


Describe what you do: I've been coordinating events and weddings in Los Angeles for the past eleven years in addition to working as a social media manager.


Three words to describe you: Passionate, ambitious, outgoing.


Favorite hobbies: I love hosting game nights with friends (especially any board game that involves strategy), traveling, party planning, musical theatre, hiking with our dog Zoey, watching competition reality shows, and going to the movies!


What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?

Living out my dream of competing on The Amazing Race! When I was 12 years old, I remember watching episode one of the first season and saying to myself "I’m going to race one day." Fast forward 19 years and nine casting applications later (including Family Edition and various teammates), I’m gearing up for Season 32 with the love of my life. I couldn’t be more proud of my persistence in accomplishing this childhood dream… and I can’t wait to hear Phil say the words, "The world is waiting…"! #SUPERFAN


What scares you most about traveling?

Visiting countries that are dangerous for LGBT travelers, losing my passport, or not being in control of my environment (lost taxi drivers or transportation delays).


What excites you most about traveling?

The opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone, experience new cultures, and meet new people who challenge my way of thinking.


What country and place would you most like to visit and why?

I really want to visit Cambodia because it sounds exotic and I would love to explore Angkor Wat, but I've always dreamed of visiting the continent of Africa, whether it be for a safari adventure or volunteering with a wildlife organization!


What do you hope to accomplish by running The Amazing Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)?

In the words of Bill Murray "if you think someone is the one, travel the world together and if you’re still in love, get married at the airport." I hope throughout the race Will and I are able to gain a deeper understanding of who we are as individuals and as a couple; resulting in a deeper love and appreciation for each other that will accelerate our relationship into the next chapter…  marriage!



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