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"Race to Shore"
YAU AND JONNY
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring opening challenge
Appearances: Palau
Micronesia
Gabon
Nicaragua
Cambodia
Game Changers
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers

Race to Shore (also known as One for All) is a recurring opening challenge that first appeared in Survivor: Palau, and has since reappeared in Micronesia, Gabon, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Game Changers and Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.

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, the Medallion of Power, or supplies (such as rice and fire).

Rules

Castaways 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 Cambodia, Game Changers, and Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers the object of the challenge was to get to a reward before the other tribe.

History

In Survivor: Palau, the castaways were given a choice. Either row to shore with everyone else, or jump off the boat and swim across individually to the drop-off beach where two individual Immunity Necklaces (one for each gender) were waiting. The first male and first female to wear the necklaces would win immunity. Stephenie LaGrossa and Jonathan Libby 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 Rosenberger won the males' immunity and Jolanda Jones barely beat Jenn Lyon for the females' immunity. This immunity only lasted until the division of the tribes where the last two castaways not picked were immediately eliminated from the game, 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 castaways had to race across a lagoon and to the tribe boats to find the idols. Jon Dalton was the first person to locate the idols, but mistakenly grabbed the Airai tribe's idol, instead of his own tribe, Malakal. Yau-Man Chan saw this and beat Jon to claim Malakal's idol. Kathy Sleckman won for Airia when Yau-Man pointed out to 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 Lehman got the idol for Kota, and G.C. Brown got the idol for Fang. Kota got all its members to the top of the hill first and 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.

In Survivor: Cambodia, when the tribes were gathering items on the boat during the marooning, several yards from the boat was another boat where a large bag of rice was waiting. Kelly Wiglesworth from Ta Keo jumped into the water and swam towards the boat. Joe Anglim from Bayon then jumped into the water and quickly caught up with Kelly as she started to become exhausted. Kelly's Ta Keo tribemate, Woo Hwang, quickly jumped into the water and quickly passed Joe to get to the boat first, winning the rice for Ta Keo.

In Survivor: Game Changers, there was a ship yards away with two colored-coded knots that had a toolkit. Ozzy Lusth from Nuku took off and jumped into the water and quickly swam to the other ship. Caleb Reynolds from Mana then jumped into the water in an attempt to catch up, but it was too late as Ozzy had untied the knot, winning the toolkit for Nuku.

In Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, the tribes had to collect supplies and jump into their row boats. Once they get to shore, they had to hook their boat and untie a torch, before lifting someone up high enough to ignite it with a fire pit fifteen feet above the ground. The first tribe would win a fire kit, while the second received flint. The Soko and Levu tribes quickly pulled ahead of the Yawa tribe, who was struggling in the boat portion, finishing in first and second respectively. By the time the challenge was over, the Yawa tribe still had not even reached the shore.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winner
Palau
"This Has Never Happened Before!"
Individual Immunity S10 ian t
Ian Rosenberger
S10 jolanda t
Jolanda Jones
Micronesia
"You Guys Are Dumber than You Look"
Individual Immunity S16 yauman t
Yau-Man Chan
S16 kathy t
Kathy Sleckman
Gabon
"Want to See the Elephant Dung?"
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
Kota
Nicaragua
"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
Cambodia
"Second Chance"
Tribal Reward S31 abimaria tS31 jeff tS31 kelley t
S31 kelly tS31 peihgee tS31 shirin tS31 spencer t
S31 terry tS31 vytas tS31 woo t
Ta Keo
Game Changers
"The Stakes Have Been Raised"
Tribal Reward S34 andrea tS34 brad tS34 cirie t
S34 debbie tS34 jt tS34 ozzy tS34 sarah t
S34 sierra tS34 tai tS34 zeke t
Nuku
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
"I'm Not Crazy, I'm Confident"
Tribal Reward S35 cole tS35 desi tS35 jessica t
S35 joe tS35 mike tS35 roark t
Soko
S35 alan tS35 ashley tS35 ben t
S35 chrissy tS35 jp tS35 katrina t
Levu

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Trivia

  • This challenge has been the first challenge of the season every time it has appeared.
  • This challenge was featured in both seasons filmed in Palau.
  • Cirie Fields, Ozzy Lusth, Jeff Varner, and Ciera Eastin have competed in this challenge twice. Cirie, Ozzy, and Jeff have won once, while Ciera has never won.

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