World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji Review

World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji Review
Bear Grylls during the 2019 Eco-Challenge adventure race in Fiji on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. (Corey Rich/Amazon)

Today, Amazon continues to surprise with its original content, but will World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji be a tough watch?

Hosted by adventurer Bear Gyrlls, World’s Toughest Race Eco-Challenge Fiji  sees 66 teams hailing from 30 countries race non-stop for 11 days across hundreds of miles of rugged Fijian terrain, complete with mountains, jungles and oceans. Sounds easy right? Of course not! Throughout the series, the teams will pass through 31 checkpoints, and if miss the cut-off time to complete each stage, it’s game over.

When we kick off the series, all 66 teams of five, which includes four racers and an assistant crew member, are at Draubuta Village, where Bear Grylls arrives in spectacular fashion. After some wise words from the adventurer himself, the teams are off and thrown in the deep end right from the get go.

With such a diverse bunch of thrill seekers, there are plenty of stories waiting to be told, with Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan, Costa Rica and Canada just a few of the countries represented. Representing Australia is Team Gippsland Adeventure, made up of experience orienteers, runners and adventure racers. The group have been friends for years, but this is the first time they’ll be racing together as a team – will this experience bring them together or cause tensions to soar?

Also flying the Aussie flag is Team Mad Mayrs, a family team consisting of two brothers, on cousin and an honourary family member who were all born and bred in Australia. They’ve shared a lifetime of adventures together all over the world, and they’re ready for everything Fiji can throw at them. If the name sounds familiar, team captain Tyson Mayr appeared on the inaugural season of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here Australia.

Its Survivor meet Amazing Race, and Bear Grylls in the perfect host for this thrill-seeking adventure that is far from a tough binge.

4 Stars.

World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji begins today on Prime Video