Jeremy Cline and Sandy Draghi put their relationship to the test on The Amazing Race.
Dating is challenging enough. Imagine getting to know someone while spelunking in caves, reconstructing coral reefs, and riding on elephants. Alamo’s Jeremy Cline and Sandy Draghi did all these things and more, putting their young relationship to the test while racing around the world, as contestants on The Amazing Race.
“We hadn’t traveled together prior to this, and we were still trying to figure out our communication technique with one another,” says Draghi, 33, a nurse practitioner. “It was a lot harder than we anticipated.”
But the couple—who met through mutual friends and had dated for eight months before filming began in Los Angeles in June—held their own against stiff competition, including Survivor champions, Olympic snowboarders, and round-the-world sailors. As of press time, the East Bay duo had survived six legs of their trip, adventuring through Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malawi.
Already physically strong, Cline and Draghi honed their skills and speed with prerace training at Lafayette Reservoir, Pleasanton Ridge, and Mount Diablo. “We bought backpacks and ran with them on. We hiked up hills with the backpacks. We stuffed them full of random things, ripped them off really fast, put them in the car, stuff like that,” says Cline, 35, a commercial real estate broker.
They say the experience has strengthened their connection—and inspired them to keep moving. “I wish I could work half the year and travel half the year,” says Draghi, who will head to Honduras next year for a weeklong medical outreach. “We definitely want to do more charity and volunteer work. This show gives you a bigger perspective on the world.”