Our Moms taught us to always write “thank you” notes after receiving a gift. We met a lot of people traveling over 25,000 miles through 9 countries before winning The Amazing Race. And every single person who cheered us along, helped with directions, hugged us, gave us water, shared their food, sold us a plane ticket, drove us to the middle-of-nowhere, yelled at their TV set on Sunday nights, traded their plane seat so we could deplane quicker, pointed in the right direction, or just plain got out of our way to let us pass has earned our deepest gratitude.

As longtime fans of the show, we know there are as many different strategies for winning as there are people who watch the show. Before we embarked we reviewed many past seasons to try to find the “secret formula” for winning. We didn’t uncover one. So we fell back on the same three strategies we use in our everyday lives:

1.            Do the best you can at every task in front of you.
2.            Help your neighbor whenever you can.
3.            Don’t give up no matter how bad things look.

We have no idea if this is why we won. But we do know that this was how we raced.

What are we going to do with the winnings? Well, first, we’re going to pay off the mortgage on our farm so that we can live together full-time again after 5 years apart. Next, we’re going to invest in a building on Sharon Springs Main Street that will become the new home of Beekman 1802. And finally we’ll be launching a new line of food products named after a 1929 Heirloom Tomato – “The Mortgage Lifter.” 25% of its profits will help other small American farmers pay off their debts.

Looking back after this exhausting and exhilarating journey, it seems appropriate that it culminated in that very difficult final Amazing Race challenge. “Hello” and “Goodbye” are perhaps the most important words we need to learn as human beings, and we should all try to learn them in as many languages as possible. But along the Race, we also learned nine equally valuable ones:

Xie xie, Terima kasih, Dhanyabad, Sagolun, Spasibo, Dank je, Gracias, Merci & Thank you.

And here’s who we would like to say them to most:

CBS & The Amazing Race Production Team. Thank you for giving us this opportunity. As longtime fans, we knew how beloved this show is in America. But we had no idea how beloved it is around the globe until we raced with you. You’ve had a larger impact on this world over the past 21 seasons than most diplomats. You’ve taught Americans about hidden corners of the world, and you’ve taught hidden corners of the world about Americans.

We’ll always remember something one of the producers said right before the race began. She explained that we’d be racing through some very remote places in this world, and for some of the people we meet along the way, simply having a big TV production include them in their show might be one of the most memorable moments of their lives. She reminded us that while we might be focused simply on making it to Phil as fast as we could, that we were representing America every (hurried) step of the way. We hope that we represented you, and America well. Thank you for giving us that chance.

And because here in Sharon Springs we’ve learned that the best way to thank your neighbor is with baked goods, this past weekend we baked gingerbread men for each of our closest neighbors on the race – our fellow Racers:

 

1. Rob (CEO Lumberjack & groom) & Shelia (CMO & bride): Perhaps our first “fun” experience on the race was joking with Rob and Shelia about catching the “slow plane to China.” Their shared sense of fun and perspective is exactly why they are so successful in their lives and also why they’re such a perfect couple together. Congratulations on your wedding this past summer, you are a beautitul team. Check out their company.

 

 

2. Amy (self-described “Fembot”) and Daniel (Executive Director of Adaptive Action Sports Organization)  There hasn’t been a more inspirational team in the history of The Amazing Race than this couple. After all the life challenges and successes these two have shared, it’s easy to wonder why they would have chosen to take time out of their busy schedules to take on this particular challenge. And the answer is: because every challenge they overcome inspires millions more to attempt their own. And the world becomes a better place. Please check out their organization and donate.

 

 

3.Caitlin & Brittany (The Blondes)  It’s always unfair that strong and smart female teams always seem to have their description reduced to “the blondes.” It’s especially unfair in the case of these two. Watching them sprint past the best male athletes on our race struck fear in our hearts on Day One.  Don’t let the snorting fool you…beauty can be deceiving, and these two proved it many times over.

 

 

4. Will & Gary (Jack & the Beanstalk) – These two great guys will have a greater impact on the world than all of the other Racers combined. For years, they’ve used the Amazing Race as teachers to help students learn more about the world they live in. And this year, they were able to use their first hand experience to inspire kids to become better and more knowledgeable global citizens. That makes us all winners. Please donate on their behalf to Make-A-Wish Michigan, Wish A Mile to help them continue their good works.

 

 

5. Rob & Kelley – (Monster Mohawk, Mega Smile) Rob & Kelley are two of the most accomplished Racing couples on this season. You’d never know it to look at her, but Kelley is a champion rodeo rider, and Rob is a world famous Monster Truck competitor. These two are tough…but, as Rob said: “all heart.” One of the most rewarding things about the race was that we got to spend a lot of time with folks with whom our paths would’ve likely never crossed…and we’re so very fortunate that ours did. We both learned a lot from each other. An incredibly kind couple.

 

 

6. Abba & James – (The Rockers) These guys had perhaps the best perspective on the race. And maybe life. Whether way out in front, or stymied by bad luck, James and Abba kept going with great humor and humility.  We learned a lot from how these two accomplished men approach the world, and will always remember their attitude, fortitude, and style.

 

 

7. Ryan & Abbie – (Ultra-alpha couple) These two were probably least likely couple that we expected to bond with – especially to the extent that we did.  It’s hard enough to exhibit humility and grace when you’re winning. And near impossible to do so when you’re 14 ½ hours behind everyone else. But Abbie’s silly eye rolls, and big heart kept us going. As did Ryan’s confidence and strategies. People may not understand why we worked together as closely as we did, but we’ll always understand that we only had two choices under our circumstances:

1.            Be ruthless, be miserable, and one of us lose.
2.            Be helpful, have a good time, and one of us lose.

Little did we know that there was a third option…that we’d would both wind up winning just by meeting each other. Please donate to a cause they work closely with.

 

 

8. Natalie & Nadia – (Twinnies!) Clearly, we wouldn’t have won without these two lighting our fires.  But who would’ve thought that we had so much to learn from these two young twinnies? They are truly the ultimate sportswomen. Their “trash talk” and “winner-take-all” gamesmanship might have offended some, but it never did us. We knew they were just being competitive and funny. Plus, what didn’t come across on camera is how impressively polite and intuitive they were during non-race moments. They woke up our spirit at just the right moment. That’s what great competitors do.

 

 

9. Trey & Lexi – (Team Longhorns) Seriously…step back in time to the moment before you’d taken your first trip overseas. Now imagine that version of you going on “The Amazing Race.” We don’t care how intelligent, athletic, or competitive you are…going on the Race without any travel experience is the ultimate underdog position. And they didn’t just do well…they made the final three! It’s incredible. And bodes well for how insanely successful these two will be at everything they try in their lives. We’re so proud to know them, and proud of all the pair have accomplished in life already, including the business Lexi helps run with her mom.

 

10 Jaymes & James – (Chips) We know what it’s like to be underestimated. Even with their incredible physicality, J & J knew that many folks would write them off immediately as mere eye candy. But this candy didn’t only look good…it was good for you. For everyone watching, in fact. We don’t know how they did it, but they were in good humor every single moment of the Race. Jaymes and James are models of positivity in the face of competitive and personal adversities. Please donate and pray to help Jaymes father in his fight with cancer.

And finally…thank you. And you. And you and you and you.

You know why.

We heard you cheering all the way around the world.

And we really needed it.

And it worked.

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  • By: Laureen Flanagan

    You two are good people. My husband and I knew this early on in “The Race”. But reading you generous and loving comments about your co-racers just made me all the happier that you won. I saw a commercial for your company on TV and had to stop and rewind to make sure it was you! Then of course I had to search for you online. :) So happy for you both! Wishing you every blessing and happiness in your future. Sincerely, Laureen Flanagan (Costa Mesa, CA)

  • By: Ken Blackburn

    Hey, I first saw you two guys on Netflix, I was wondering if you were going to add more shows?

    • By: Dr. Brent

      Hi, Ken. We don’t have new episodes of TFBB planned but you can watch Season 2 in repeats on Cooking Channel or download the season on iTunes. The Beekman Wedding Special is also available on Amazon. Thanks so much for following along

  • By: tcanny@snet.net

    loved the show… when are you going to do Jeperdey the couples show!
    Martha mention your wedding in her magazine/calender… any updates and pictures on the planning and showing your fans the “complete” wedding…love to see the colors, food and other niceties to make your day complete!

  • By: jld

    What a gracious, charming, and classy thank you note. It will stay with me for a long time. The world needs more people with your commitment to and respect for others, even those who think and live much differently than you do. Keep shining your light and setting an example for the rest of us to aspire to. Thank you, too, for using the prize not only to make one of your dreams come true, but you also shared so that others will also be able to realize their dreams. It doesn’t get much better than that.

  • By: Dawn

    I was sooo glad you two won. Any new tv shows in the works?

  • By: Paula Gill

    Every time I log onto beekman1802, I tear up at the picture of Josh and Brent kissing at their win of Amazing Race. So sweet!
    Don’t ever give up spontaneous displays of affection. They’ll keep your relationship fresh, just as such displays have for me and my husband of 38 years.

  • By: traceyfarmer

    Thank you/Love notes are what really struck me here…This year I put a spin on Valentine’s Day and decided to surprise influential people in my past with “love” letters or letters of appreciation, noting exactly how they had impacted my life and what it means to me today. I shared it in “Love Letters to Life Leaders” at InspiredMinute. Love letters need to make a come back and thanks for doing your part to help!!!

  • By: Jodi

    That was the best Amazing Race ever and I’ve watched them all. I was so excited when I found out you guys were on, although I never thought you would win – you’re too nice! I’m soooo glad you can now make your dreams come true!

  • By: Kym Janisch

    So I bought the Bucolic Plague years ago when Borders as closing up shop. I had never heard of you two. I finally pulled the book out of my “to read” pile (read in order of purchase) and thought you two looked familiar. Duh, Beekman Boys! I missed the first few episodes of the Amazing Race and I never understood why everyone was calling you the Beekman Boys. It’s great to finally fill in those blanks as well as see the pictures on this website to put an image in my head of what I am reading about.

    Congrats on living your Best Lives! I hope to live mine some day as well.

  • By: Sophie Parnell

    So happy ya’ll will be together now. Going to start my Beekman Boys collection and continue from there.
    Congrats

  • By: Heather

    Lovely that you have maintained a culture of civility throughout the race and in its aftermath. We need more of that in our modern world. I love the joy in the photo… it makes me smile every time.

  • By: jeng151

    Oh, I (and my family of four) are SO glad the two of you won! You are both remarkable human beings, and I want to thank you for your vision for the farm, for being brave enough to do the TV show, for persevering through everything you have, and for being a truly marvelous example of a loving relationship. You are both beautiful and honest and good. Strive on, my good men!

  • By: Denise Donaghy

    What a wonderful tribute to new friendships! You both inspire me to continue to be kind (I hope I am) and to look for the best everyone. Good luck to you in all your ventures.

  • By: Sandy Smith

    Whenever I see the photo of your winning kiss flash by on the sidebar of your blog, I wish I had that wonderful of a photo of my husband and me! How wonderful to have that captured by someone!

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