Silverthorne couple to compete in CBS’ ‘The Amazing Race’
February 23, 2006
SILVERTHORNE – Silverthorne residents Fran and Barry Lazarus have climbed all 54 of Colorado’s 14ers together, traveled to more than 45 countries with each other and have competed twice in the grueling Triple Bypass road bike race from Evergreen to Avon.Now the couple, who’ve been married for 40 years, will see if they can add reality television show winners and millionaires to their list of life’s accomplishments.The Lazaruses are one of 11 teams of two who will vie for $1 million in the upcoming season of CBS’ popular “The Amazing Race” reality TV show.The adventure series pits the teams against each other as they travel to exotic locations across five continents to complete unknown tasks.
At Fran’s age of 61 and Barry’s at 63, they are the oldest competitors on the show, but in an interview posted on CBS’ web site, Barry dismissed any concerns about the generation gap.”We bring a new dimension to the older person that’s been on the show in the past,” he said. “We’re competitors. We’re not showing up to say, ‘Oh, we had a good run, gee we’re happy.’ We really want to win.”Breckenridge residents Cary and Marsha Cooper, who have been close friends with the Lazaruses since the two couples moved to Summit County separately nearly a decade ago, suggested the parents of two apply to be on the show.Marsha Cooper said she wasn’t surprised to hear they ultimately landed a spot.”We thought that if anyone in the category of the more mature couple could get into the finals of the show, it would be them,” she said.
The other participants include two sisters, a mother-daughter team and several pairs who are either dating or are longtime friends, most of whom are in their 20s and 30s.But, Cooper believes what the Lazaruses may lack in strength or running speed compared to the younger competitors, they more than make up for in their maturity and familiarity with the travel system.”They have always prided themselves on being able to buy the cheapest tickets, the fastest routes, the most direct routes,” Cooper said. “They have a maturity about travel that other couples, I assume, will not have, and that’s a real advantage.”For instance, one contestant has never been outside the United States and another has a fear of flying.
The Lazaruses moved to Summit County from Baltimore eight years ago.Fran is a retired accountant, and Barry is a retired urologist.”The Amazing Race” premieres on Feb. 28 on CBS and runs for about 16 weeks, with teams leaving at different points in the broadcast, depending on how they place in races. The Lazaruses are contractually bound against speaking about the details of the show until it is over, or until they lose.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.