The Amazing Race Series-Drama Set

The Amazing Race Series-Drama Set

Themes: Parallels running the race of life, getting into shape
Categories: Topical 

Coach enters and begins to train his former all-star track team in a lengthy and grueling race.


Coach:    A competitive man bent on winning The Amazing Race.
Polly:      Coach's secretary who provides encouragement to Coach and the other team members
Randi:     A stay-at-home mom of 6 kids, who routinely falls asleep during workouts
Joe:        A terribly out of shape computer guy
Mac:      The original fastest member of the team, but does not possess the sharpest mind

Part 1: Be faithful in your race--Bible story of Abraham

Mac, Joe and Randi have been called to the gym of their old college Coach but they have no idea why.  It soon becomes apparent that the Coach has called upon his all-star team to help him enter and win "The Amazing Race," a grueling, fast pace, and lengthy race.  Even though it's been 15 years since the team has been together, the Coach is optimistic they can win, since this was the best track team he'd ever coached in all his years of teaching.  However, Coach begins to question his judgment when he discovers how tired, out of shape, and clueless his old team has become.  With the help of his secretary, Polly, Coach realizes he is a bit like Abraham: he has to have faith even though he has not idea what the outcome may be.  

Part 2:  Trust your coach--Bible story of Moses & the burning bush

Coach introduces a new training strategy to the team: running while blindfolded. The team isn't convinced this is a smart idea and try to talk Coach out of it but he insists they give it a try.  He claims this will help keep their focus and help them rely on other senses when they are tempted to get distracted. He tells the team to trust him even if his ideas sound crazy.  

Part 3: Training takes courage--Bible story of Joshua, Caleb & Rahab

The team is convinced their coach has lost his mind, especially after making them wear blindfolds to run and forcing them to jump hurdles in high heels (supposedly to teach them how to land correctly) so they decide to sneak into his office to prove this is all one big joke.  But when Polly catches them she assures the team everything is on the "up and up." The team begins to believe her and even feels foolish for their actions, but don't have much time for remorse when they hear the Coach coming. The team hides and Polly distracts the coach, promising to keep their "secret." 

Part 4: Stay devoted to your training--Bible story of David's devotion to God

The athletes are getting cranky: their body hurts, they are exhausted and they're tired of eating "healthy" food.  A few are thinking of quitting, especially when Coach asks them to push themselves a little more.  Polly is the one who helps convince the team to stay, by getting them to take a look at all they have accomplished so far.  She claims, "If you've accomplished so much in just the last couple weeks, imagine what you can do if you stick with your training."

Part 5:  Be prayerful during training--Bible story of Daniel in the lion's den.

Coach decides to take the team on a field trip to get a view of what their race course will look like.  In the process, they also get to see some of the other athletes in action, which is bad since they feel they don't measure up. The team decides they should pray since they could use all the help they can get, and on a whim begin to pray on the track field, not knowing they could be disqualified for doing so.  

Part 6: Persevere when training gets tough--Bible story of Esther

It seems the team is beginning to get homesick.  Randi says something she never thought she'd say: "I miss my 6 kids!" Joe misses his wife and Mac misses his favorite hoagie sandwich from a corner deli.  With Coach's help the team is reassured that the sign of a disciplined athlete is perseverance: the ability to keep going even when times get tough.  

Part 7:  Be prepared to help others win the race--Bible story of Philip and the Ethiopian

Mac, along with the rest of the team, knows he is a sure thing to be named as "anchor," the most important position on the team.  When the announcement comes in his favor no one is shocked.  However, when Coach tells Mac that Randi is actually faster but is recovering from an ankle injury that slows her down just a little, Mac has a dilemma: he has a "miracle" cure that he feels will work for Randi but if he gives it to her, he will lose his anchor spot.  

Part 8: Training takes sacrifice--Bible story of Jesus and the way he served others

Having made the decision to help Randi with her injury, she has now taken over Mac's coveted anchor spot.  But when the team actually wins the race and Mac sees the look on Randi's face, he knows his sacrifice was well worth anything he had to give up. 


These skits build upon each other, and each are about 5-8 minutes long. Due to the nature of the skits, they cannot be sold separately. The first skit only is available as an individual skit, entitled "The Amazing Race."

This series was originally written as a companion to a summer youth program and includes topics such as: Be faithful in your race; Trust your coach; Stay devoted to your training; Training takes courage; Be prayerful during training; Persevere when training gets tough; Be prepared to help others win; and Training takes sacrifice.

Style: Comedy

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Characters: 5 (3 Male, 2 Female)
Length: 5-8 minutes
No in set: 8
Excerpt (Sample)

Setting:  A training facility or gym.  Jump ropes, weights and other exercise equipment are spread throughout the stage.  The Coach and athletes should all be dressed in athletic wear.  The Coach wears a whistle around his neck.

 As the skit opens, Mac, Randi and Joe stand on stage, looking somewhat confused.

 Randi:              Do you guys have any idea why we're here?

 Joe:                 No, I thought maybe you two did.

 Mac:                I don't have a clue.

 Joe:                 (joking) You never did!

 Mac:                Hey, I may not be the sharpest tool in the crayon box, but I was an all star athlete once!

 Randi:              You mean you aren't the sharpest crayon in the crayon box. 

 Mac:                (confused) Huh?

 Randi:              You said you weren't the sharpest tool in the crayon box but that doesn't make any sense.  You should have said you weren't the sharpest crayon in the crayon box.

 Mac:                What crayon box?  (he feels around in his pockets) Sorry, I don't have any crayons with me.  Did you want to color? .Cause I could go get some crayons if you want me to.

 Randi:              (gives him a strange look) No, that's okay.

 Joe:                 (to Randi) I see he hasn't changed a bit over the years.

 Mac:                What are you guys talking about?

 Randi:              Nothing.  We were just wondering why Coach called us here.  I haven't seen him since our college days.  That was 15 years ago.

 Joe:                 Those were the days, weren't they?  We were 4-time state relay champions.

 Mac:                How many years in a row did we win that title?

 Joe & Randi:  (at the same time) Four!

 Mac:                Right.  I can never remember that.  

 Randi:              I'd give anything to be able to run a mile in 6 minutes again! 

Joe:                 I'd give anything just to be able to run a mile!  Nowadays I'm lucky if I can jog to my mailbox and back.

 Randi:              Didn't keep up with the running, huh?

 Joe:                 Nah.  After college I got a job working with computers.  I sit at a desk all day now. 

 Mac:                You could always take the stairs in your building.

 Joe:                 It's a one-story building.

 Mac:                So?

 Joe:                 My office is on the first floor.

 Mac:                And that's a problem because.

 Joe:                 We don't have any stairs.

 Mac:                (recognition finally hitting) Ooohhhh, right.

 Randi:              What about playing with the kids in the backyard?

 Joe:                 I live in California now. My backyard is the size of a closet.

 Mac:                A walk-in closet?

 Joe:                 No. 

 Mac:                Dude, that's small.

 Joe:                 Tell me about it.  (to Randi) So, what about you?  How have you kept in shape over the years?

 Randi:              I had 6 kids.

 Joe:                 Did you say 6?

 Randi:              Yeah.  They're quite a handful.

 Mac:                Six kids?  Wow, you've got enough for your own baseball team!

 Randi:              No, I think you have to have 9 for a baseball team.

 Mac:                Not if you have a really small baseball field.  Like the ones in California! 

 Randi:              (confused) I don't think it works that way; you still have to have 9.

 Joe:                 (interrupting, shaking his head) Don't even try to explain it.

 Mac:                So, does anybody know why we're here?

 Joe:                 I think we've already covered that.

 Mac:                Oh, right.  (pause) So, why are we here?

 Coach enters

 Coach:            I'll tell you why you're here.  You're going to enter and win The Amazing Race.

 Joe:                 The Amazing Race?  Isn't that like a really hard, long, race?

 Coach:            Yes, and you three are going to form a team and win it. 

 Randi:              Why us? 

Coach:            Because you were the best.

 Joe:                 (petrified) But we haven't raced in years!

 Mac:                I have.

 Joe:                 You have?

 Mac:                Sure, I race all the time.  We have one of those Nintendo Wii Systems and I race my kids almost everyday.  Personally, I like the King Boo character: not only is he awesomely cool but he's an excellent driver and  can do the best tricks!

 Joe:                 That's not a real race!

 Mac:                If it's not a race then how come I usually come in first or second almost every time?  My character gets to stand on the platform and everything!

 Joe:                 But that's a video game!  Coach is talking about running a real race.on foot!

 Mac:                (to Coach) You are?

 Coach:            Exactly! 

Mac:                Oh.  Then I haven't raced in years. 

 Coach:            It doesn't matter.  Look, you three were the best track team I've ever had in all my years of coaching.  You were fast and you had endurance to go the distance.  That's why you were 4-time state champions.

 Mac:                That's winning 4 years in a row, you know.

 Randi:              But that was a long time ago, Coach.  What makes you think we can still win today?

 Coach:            Maybe not today but in a few weeks, with my help and a little training, I know you'll be ready.  I know you can do this. 

 Joe:                 I'm not so sure.

 Coach:            Come on, you were the best once, and I know you can be again!  Besides, I want to wipe that smirk off Coach Radcliffe's face, and you're the only ones who can help me do it!

 Joe:                 Are you and he still fighting after all these years?

 Coach:            We don't fight, we compete.  He says his old team can beat my old team any day, and I said .No way!. So, you can't let me down. 

 Mac:                What's in this for us?

 Coach:            You'll get back into shape again.  By the time I'm done with you, you'll be better and stronger than ever. 

 Randi:              It would be nice to have more energy.

 Joe:                 I guess it wouldn't hurt to drop a few pounds.

 Mac:                I'd like to eat out tonight.

 Randi:              What does that have to do with running this race?

 Mac:                Nothing.  I thought we were naming things we wanted to do today. 

 Coach:            Still not the sharpest tool in the tool shed, huh?

 Mac:                See, he said tool!

 Randi:              That's because what he said made sense.  Tools belong in a tool shed, not a crayon box. 

 Mac:                Duh!  Who'd want to keep their hammer in a crayon box.  I don't think they even make hammers that small.  Come on Randi, use your head!

 Coach:            So, what do you say, are you all in?

 Mac:                I'm in.

 Randi:              Me too.

 Coach:            Joe?

 Joe:                 I don't know.

Coach:            You were an all-star.  It's in your blood.  It'll start coming back to you, you'll see. 

 Joe:                 Okay, I'm in.  Where do we start? 

Coach:            Let's start off small.  We'll begin with those jump ropes over there.  That should get the blood flowing. 

 All 3 pick up a jump rope.  Joe and Randi begin jumping, while Coach watches.  Mac has trouble jumping.he jumps at the wrong time, gets the rope tangled in his legs, and continually trips and falls over.  The more .physical. this character can be, the funnier it will be.

 For Joe, after a few turns (10 or so) he immediately begins to get tired.  He startspanting heavily and breathing hard and he starts to really slow down his pace.  After a few more turns, he begins to stop .jumping. and just throws the rope over his head, and then steps over the rope. 

 Randi also starts to show signs of getting tired quickly. 

 Coach:            Mac, what are you doing?

 Mac:                I'm jumping rope.

 Coach:            It looks more like you're 'tripping. rope to me. 

 Mac:                I think my rope is broken. (to Randi) Let me try yours.

 Randi and Mac switch ropes but Mac has the same problem, jumping too late and getting tangled in the rope

 Mac:                Oh no, I broke this one too!

 Coach:            Joe, what's your problem over there? 

 Joe:                 I'm not used to.(breathing very hard) this kind of..(breathing very hard) strenuous exercise. (breathing very hard)

 Coach:            Strenuous?  This isn't strenuous; this is jumping rope! Or it's supposed to be!

 Joe:                 I'm sorry, Coach, but I can't do it anymore!

 Coach:            (disgusted) All right, stop.all of you.