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TAR 16: Jody Kelly and Shannon Foster--Grandmother/Granddaughter

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A wonderful writeup in our local paper today. Congratulations Jody.

'Amazing Race' ends for local grandmother
By Pamela LeBlanc
Updated: 1:40 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010
Published: 3:51 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010

In the end, a cake-baking challenge did them in.

Jody Kelly, a Round Rock grandmother and the oldest contestant ever to appear on "The Amazing Race," got kicked in the head while milking a cow, then couldn't find an outdoor pantry where butter and flour were kept.

And so, Kelly and her 22-year-old granddaughter, Shannon Foster, were eliminated Feb. 21 , the second team booted off the 16th season of the popular CBS television reality show in which teams race around the world, competing in physical and mental challenges as they vie for a $1 million prize.

Besides Kelly and Foster, this season's competition featured 10 other two-person teams, including a pair of police detectives from Rhode Island, a lesbian couple and former Miss Teen USA pageant contestant Caite Upton, who famously flubbed her answer when asked why a fifth of Americans can't locate the United States on a map.

Kelly, who was 71 at the time of filming late last fall, slept on her living room floor and in her car before the race to get used to being outside her comfort zone. She ran, walked carrying a weighted backpack, and toned up her gray matter, practicing Sudoku puzzles and brain twisters before the competition. She and Foster also participated in three local adventure races to hone their skills.

"I'm sure they didn't expect much (from us)," Kelly says.

Kelly's goals were to have fun (she did), not be the first team eliminated (they were not) and not scream at her granddaughter (she didn't, at least not on camera).

"It's amazing to be 50 years apart in age and able to communicate reasonably well," Kelly says.

The experience wasn't at all glamorous, she says, and involved a lot of sleeping on buses and mediocre airplane meals.

Read the rest here:

Thanks TL!! Great article! :jumpy:

Jody is having another RACE adventure!!

She has been honored by being asked to represent Team USA at the Sprint Triathlon World Championships in September 2010, in Budapest!

On September 8, she'll race the aquathlon (run, swim, run) for Team USA and on the 11th, she'll race the sprint triathlon (swim, bike, run), competing in the women's 70-74 age group.

You can read more at her Facebook Page.

There are loads of expenses involved (hotel, plane ticket, bike shipment, TeamUSA uniforms, entry fees, and meals), so if you would like to donate a few $$ to help her accomplish this dream, you can lend a hand right here!

Go to amd enter send $$ to

Best of luck to Jody!! :hearts:

Go Jody!  :hearts:

I loved Jody & Shannon in s16, definitely one of the best teams out there. Jody really did kick some butt on the Chilean legs, but I can't blame them for getting eliminated. It was basically a do or die RB when it came down to a drive race to the PS.

If they auditioned and got casted for season 15, I think they would've done better than Maria & Tiffany and kicked some serious butt out there.  ;)


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