PROVO, Utah, Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — BYUtv will debut the third season of the first genealogy-based competitive reality show, “Relative Race,” on Sunday, March 4 at 9pm ET/7pm MT. “Relative Race” follows four teams on a 10-day journey throughout the United States as they complete challenges, discover unknown relatives identified through DNA testing and compete for a $50,000 grand prize. For the first time ever, season three features a father and son team, as well as two sisters, in addition to two married couples. This original, unscripted reality series continues to take viewers along for the ride as the couples test their emotional, mental and physical endurance while learning more about their heritage.
Armed with only paper maps, a loaner car and a flip phone with a camera, each day the couples receive instructions via text message to navigate to a designated city and complete two challenges that lead them to their previously unknown relatives. These duos make surprising family connections on the first day, prior to the competition officially beginning and are permitted to text each other throughout the 10-day race. The last team to finish each day receives a strike, and after three strikes, a team is eliminated. Season three of “Relative Race” begins in Washington, D.C.
“We are thrilled to announce that ‘Relative Race’ will air for a third season this spring with a new format and four new dynamic teams,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. “This season, we have changed the structure of the show to allow each of the teams to meet a bonus relative before the race officially begins, increasing the time the contestants get to spend with their loved ones and allowing them to further explore their family histories and discover their roots.”
For the third consecutive year, BYUtv teamed up with Utah-based veteran reality TV and documentary production company, Lenzworks, to create the race and challenges.
“Relative Race” is hosted by Dan J. Debenham, Lenzworks’ Principal, Executive Producer and former ESPN executive producer, who has been working in the television and production industry for 29 years. The four enthusiastic teams racing across the country this year are professional musician sisters Jamie Harper and Morgan Nichols from Los Angeles, CA; husband and wife duo Troy and Nicole Hitt from Humble, TX; father and son team Michael and Dylan Anderson from Concord, NC; and husband and wife