Can anyone provide detailed information on decoys?
Like how they run the race after they're eliminated, is it just teams that finish 6th or higher (or is it 5th)? Do they complete any tasks or just stand nearby? Are they just tossed into the city and just kind of run around far behind or in front of the other teams?
I know there was the editing issue where you see a previously eliminated team in the background of a challenge just watching.
The short answer is..........Yes, all of the above.
Normally, the first 5 eliminated teams...11th-7th are sent to a villa somewhere in the world to wait out the race. So teams eliminated 6th, 5th, and 4th end up being decoys. If they were sent to the villa, they would just end up getting on a plane pretty quickly to the end city, so they follow production. Some are used as decoys and then are sent ahead to the end city to wait for the finale. It really just depends on circumstances of a particular race.
In TAR13, Kelly and Christi were filmed, while watching Dan and Andrew doing a speedbump (I believe), in Moscow. The poor girls really got a raw deal, lol. Terrance and Sarah, eliminated 5th, had used their Russian visas to make flights from India to Alma Almaty. So they couldn't re-enter Russia and were sent directly to Portland, so no decoy work for them. Then Toni/Dallas (eliminated 4th) were stuck in Moscow when Dallas left his passport in a taxi, no decoy work. Production ended up using some of the other eliminated teams to do decoy runs in Portland.
In TAR15, the Globetrotters and one other team ran up and down the Strip as decoys. The Poker Girls did some decoy work in Estonia.