08/06/2013 11:42 EDT

'Amazing Race Canada' Eliminated Contestants, Kristen And Darren, On Not Using Express Passes


It's hard to believe, but one of the front-running teams on "Amazing Race Canada" has been eliminated before the halfway point of the inaugural season.

The beloved "hippies," Kristen and Darren, packed their respective bags on last night's episode. They failed to use their safety net (their express passes), which would have gotten them straight through to the pit stop. Vanessa and Celina, so far paling in comparison to the hippies' performances, used their express passes and ensured themselves another week in the competition.

HuffPost TV chatted with Kristen and Darren about getting eliminated early, their one regret, and what the hardest element of The Race is.

HuffPost TV: What, in your opinion, was the event/occurrence that most contributed to your elimination?

Kristen and Darren: We got poor directions to the first flag on the ice and it took us time to find the polar bear dip challenge, which ended up causing us to be on the third flight to Carcross.

Do you have any regrets?

Our only regret is not throwing both express passes out as soon as we could. We gave another team a leg up, and we never really intended on using the other pass. We wanted to be a part of every challenge of the Race. We were there to have a great time, challenge ourselves and win it fair and square.

What was the hardest thing about The Race?

The hardest part of the Race was relying on other people to help get us places. Taxis, directions, good intentions to help but it didn't always work out so well. Long days and little sleep made things interesting, and sprinting like crazy to make up for any lost time was always a mission. We did a lot of sprinting!

Who do you think is going to come in first place and why?

Jet and Dave. They're a strong team and they work well together. Plus we've been convincing them what a worthwhile investment our sustainable community would be for them! [Laughs]

Watch "The Amazing Race Canada" on CTV on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET.

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