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New York, NY (WLTX/CBS) -- Emmy Award-winning "The Amazing Race" from CBS has announced the cast for the 25th edition, along with a new night & time for the program to air on WLTX and the CBS Television Network.

The show premieres on Friday night, September 26th, at 8:00PM, on CBS and WLTX.

This year the Race kicked off, for the first-ever public start, from Times Square in New York City. 11 teams race around the world for the opportunity to win $1,000,000 prize, including professional surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks, Boston firefighters Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo and professional wrestlers Robbie E. Strauss and Brooke Adams.

Also new this season: "The Save" - awarded to the team that finishes in 1st Place on the premiere episode, which they can use to rescue themselves if they come in last on a leg of the Race and face elimination.

The teams Race through 20 cities in eight countries, including first-time visits for the show to St. Thomas, in the Virgin Islands, Valletta, Malta, and the Shetland Islands of Scotland.

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The eleven teams are:

#TheDentists from Columbia:

Name: Misti Raman
Age: 36
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Connection to teammate: Married

Name: Jim Raman
Age: 37
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Connection to teammate: Married

#SoulSurfers

Name: Adam Dirks
Age: 26
Hometown: Princeville, Hawaii
Connection to teammate: Married

Name: Bethany Hamilton
Age: 24
Hometown: Princeville, Hawaii
Connection to teammate: Married
Follow on Twitter: @bethanyhamilton

#SweetScientists

Name: Maya Warren
Age: 29
Hometown: Madison, Wic.
Connection to teammate: Food scientist and friend/co-worker
Follow on Twitter: @MayaWarren

Name: Amy DeJong
Age: 24
Hometown: Madison, Wisc.
Connection to teammate: Food scientist and friend/co-worker
Follow on Twitter: @AmyEDeJong

#TheDatingCouple

Name: Dennis Hour
Age: 30
Hometown: Tustin, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Dating
Follow on Twitter: @DennisHour

Name: Isabelle Du
Age: 28
Hometown: Tustin, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Dating
Follow on Twitter: @isabelledu

#TheWrestlers

Name: Brooke Adams
Age: 29
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Connection to teammate: Dating
Follow on Twitter: @realbrookeadams

Name: Robbie E. Strauss
Age: 30
Hometown: Woodbridge, N.J.
Connection to teammate: Dating
Follow on Twitter: @robbieeimpact

#TeamNashville

Name: Whitney Duncan
Age: 29
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Connection to teammate: Engaged
Follow on twitter: @whitneyduncan

Name: Keith Tollefson
Age: 29
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Connection to teammate: Engaged
Follow on twitter: @keithtollefson

#TheCyclists

Name: Kym Perfetto
Age: 30
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Connection to teammate: Friends
Follow on twitter: @kymnonstop

Name: Alli Forsythe
Age: 26
Hometown: New York
Connection to teammate: Friends
Follow on Twitter: @alliforsythe

#MiamiRealtors

Name: Lisa Thomson
Age: 28
Hometown: Miami Beach, Fla.
Connection to teammate: Sisters
Follow on Twitter: @LisaAThomson

Name: Michelle Thomson
Age: 22
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Connection to teammate: Sisters
Follow on Twitter: @IsellMiami

#TheFirefighters

Name: Michael Ward
Age: 40
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Connection to teammate: Friend and fellow firefighter

Name: Scott Strazzullo
Age: 39
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Connection to teammate: Friend and fellow firefighter

#MomDaughter

Name: Shelley Porter
Age: 42
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
Connection to teammate: Mother

Name: Nici Porter
Age: 24
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
Connection to teammate: Daughter
Follow on Twitter: @PrettyEyesRTB

#CollegeSweethearts

Name: Timothy Tsao
Age: 23
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Dating

Name: Te Jay McGrath
Age: 24
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Dating

For more detailed information on THE AMAZING RACE and the Racers' bios, log on to: http://www.cbs.com/shows/amazing_race/.

Website: www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amazingrace

Twitter: www.twitter.com/amazingrace_cbs

CBS Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/CBSTweet

Phil Keoghan: https://twitter.com/PhilKeoghan

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