07/08/2013 02:06 EDT

'Amazing Race Canada' Teams: 9 Pairs Of Contestants Ready To Go


A pair of TV personalities, twin sisters, a father and son, a hippie couple, gay cowboys -- these are just five of the nine teams ready to participate on "Amazing Race Canada."

Set to premiere on Monday, July 15, "Amazing Race Canada" is the biggest race in Canadian game show history.

While other iterations of the Race have had 11 or 12 teams, "ARC"s nine teams promise to pack a punch. Among the most notable pairings is the BodyBreak team, featuring Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod, who have been TV fitness instructors for almost all of their adult lives. Easily recognizable, this pair is the early favourite to take home the top prize of $250,000, some free travel, and a pair of Chevy Stingrays.

"With thousands and thousands of applications for 'The Amazing Race Canada,' we had the near-impossible task of picking nine teams to run the race,” said John Brunton, Chairman and CEO Insight Productions. "We had so many top notch groups to choose from we could have filled multiple seasons. Canadians showed us once again why this is the best country in the world, and our cast just magnifies our diversity and spirit."

"Teams will need to bring their A-game in a race for one of the most lucrative prizes in television and largest in Canadian television history," said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. "With the stakes now raised, we can't wait to see how hard teams will push themselves to cross the finish line first."

Added John Brunton, Chairman and CEO, Insight Productions: "This is all so exciting. The stakes are real, the grand prize is eye-popping, and I fully expect teams to lay it all on the line from the start of the race to the finish line."

Hosted by Canadian Olympic champion Jon Montgomery, "Amazing Race Canada" is shaping up to be the show of the summer.

"Amazing Race Canada" premieres on Monday, July 15 at 9 p.m. ET. on CTV.

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