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Race to Shore
YAU AND JONNYYau-Man Chan and Jonny Fairplay fight for the idol for Malakal in Micronesia.
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring opening challenge
Appearances: Palau

Race to Shore (also known as One for All) is a recurring individual challenge that first appeared in Survivor: Palau, and has since reappeared in Micronesia, Gabon, and Nicaragua. Occurring at the very start of the game (sometimes even before tribes are revealed), the challenge typically involves a swimming and/or foot race to locate an object of importance, such as an Immunity Necklace, a Hidden Immunity Idol, or the Medallion of Power.


Survivors must race individually to a certain marked area to find and retrieve an Immunity Necklace that will keep them safe at the first Tribal Council the person attends. In Nicaragua, the Immunity Necklace was replaced with the Medallion of Power.


In Survivor: Palau, after jumping off the boat the castaways were given a choice. Either row to shore with everyone else, or swim across individually to the drop-off beach where two individual Immunity Necklaces (one for each gender) were waiting. The first man and first woman to wear the necklaces would win immunity. Stephenie and Jonathan made a crucial mistake by jumping off the boat and trying to outswim it, but the boat went far ahead of them. In the end, Ian won the male immunity and Jolanda barely beat Jenn for the female immunity. This immunity only lasted until the division of the tribes, so Jolanda was not immune from the first Tribal Council and was ultimately voted out.

The challenge re-appeared in Survivor: Micronesia once the Favorites were brought out. The Survivors had to race across a lagoon and to the tribe boats to find the idols Yau-Man beat Fairplay in a tight race and won for Malakal. Kathy won for Airai when Yau-Man showed her where it was.

In Survivor: Gabon, the eighteen castaways raced through a series of marked hills to the top of a very steep slope. In addition, the first tribe to have all its members reach the top of the hill would win an extra bag of corn and beans. Marcus got the idol for Kota, and G.C. got the idol for Fang. Kota won the extra bag of food.

In Survivor: Nicaragua, the twenty contestants (as yet undivided by tribe) were instructed to scour the Island for the Medallion of Power, with the person to find it winning the item for their tribe. Brenda Lowe found the Medallion, and took it with her to the La Flor tribe. However, the tribe chose to exchange the Medallion of Power (and thus give it to Espada) for fishing gear.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
This Has Never Happened Before!
Individual Immunity S10 ian t
Ian Rosenberger
S10 jolanda t
Jolanda Jones
You Guys Are Dumber than You Look
Individual Immunity S16 yauman t
Yau-Man Chan
S16 kathy t
Kathy Sleckman
Want to See the Elephant Dung? (Part 1)
Individual Immunity S17 marcus t
Marcus Lehman
S17 gc t
G.C. Brown
Tribal Reward S17 ace tS17 bob tS17 charlie t
S17 corinne tS17 jacquie tS17 kelly t
S17 marcus tS17 paloma tS17 sugar t
Young at Heart
Tribal Reward S21 alina tS21 benry tS21 brenda t
S21 chase tS21 fabio tS21 kellyb tS21 kellys t
S21 naonka tS21 sash tS21 shannon t
La Flor



  • Currently, Gabon is the only season where a woman didn't win this challenge, either individually or for their tribe.
  • When the challenge has involved a tribal reward, a yellow tribe has always won the challenge: Kota in Gabon and La Flor in Nicaragua.
  • This challenge has been the first challenge of the season every time it has appeared.
  • It was featured in both seasons filmed in Palau.


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