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Alana and Leo

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Name: Alana Folsom

Age: 29

Hometown: Somerville, Massachusetts

Current occupation: Internal Communications Associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

 

Describe what you do: I work alongside a team to help write all the communications (our newsletter, internal and news stories, social media, HR announcements, event promos... you name it) for all the folks who work at my company.

 

Three words to describe you: Talkative, excitable, and smart.

 

Favorite hobbies: Poetry, cooking, and running.

 

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?

I’m most proud of writing and defending my poetry thesis (a.k.a. a freaking poetry book!) when I got my MFA… all while also working to co-found my MFA program’s literary magazine. It was a really difficult time because I was trying to finish school and my dad was very sick.

 

What scares you most about traveling?

As a woman, I’m scared about being harassed because I’m viewed as not being able to defend myself.

 

What excites you most about traveling?

I know this is what everybody probably says, but I’m really excited to see new places and experience new cultures! As a poet, it’s the little things; when I was in Ireland, I still remember learning that there are over 30 words for "green" in Gaelic.

 

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

I spent eight hours alone in Helsinki when I was 20 and absolutely loved, loved, loved it. I felt somehow connected to the city. Take me back, Phil!

 

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

I hope to gain a deeper trust and better understanding of Leo, especially in high-stress situations. My trust in myself can falter, and I want to see how much I can rely on him. We are great complements to each other, great partners, and, yeah, I want to test that.

 


 

Name: Leo Brown

Age: 31

Hometown: Somerville, Massachusetts

Current occupation: Senior healthcare data analyst

 

Describe what you do: I crunch numbers and build software to inform healthcare decisions.

 

Three words to describe you: Determined, social, and eager.

 

Favorite hobbies: Playing the violin, vegetable gardening, eating peanut butter, and hosting friends in our backyard.

 

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?

Managing my diabetes with a low-carb diet, which reduces my reliance on insulin.

 

What scares you most about traveling?

Losing my passport, getting abducted, missing my flight, riding the train in the wrong direction — that sort of thing.

 

What excites you most about traveling?

Exposing my senses to everything a search engine or social media post could never capture.

 

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

I’d like to visit Australia to meet a platypus.

 

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

I want to convince Alana that I’m a keeper!

 

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