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Hayden and Aaron
Hayden & Aaron live together in Los Angeles, California. About eight months ago, they saw each other for the first time at a Mexican restaurant. They describe this encounter as fate and love at first sight. Aaron chased Hayden down in the parking lot in hopes of not leaving without asking for a date. Their first date was the next day, and they have been inseparable ever since.
Although they have known each other for only a few months, they feel like they are soulmates and share a lot in common, such as competitiveness, athleticism, sensitivity and, most importantly, closeness with their respective families. However, their personalities differ, as Hayden is more direct and loud while Aaron is more laid back.
They both come from athletic backgrounds. Hayden received a track scholarship to the University of New Mexico, and Aaron was All-American for volleyball at Michigan State University. Their natural ambition and competitiveness is not only their primary reason for going on the Race, it is one of the reasons they think that they are going to win.
Hayden & Aaron are both models and are trying to pursue acting careers in Los Angeles. They feel that THE AMAZING RACE will bring them closer together as a couple and maybe help take their relationship to the next level.
How would you describe your previous travel experience?
Hayden: My travel has been limited to the entire United States, Mexico and Canada. I have had other opportunities to go to Europe, New Zealand and Australia, but because of my fear of flying, I wouldn't go.
Aaron: My previous travel experience has been limited to the US, Canada and Mexico. But I've been on cross-country road trips several times with my friends and Hayden. I love to travel and can't wait for the Race.
What is the most stressful aspect of traveling?
Hayden: To me, the most stressful aspect is the flying.
Aaron: For me, the most stressful part of traveling is when I don't have control of the situation, like a delayed flight or an incompetent cab driver.
Why did you want to be on THE AMAZING RACE?
Hayden: I wanted to be on the Race to explore places that I have never been and to test my own personal limits. I want to overcome personal fears and to see how Aaron and I do in stressful situations together. I'd also like to find out whether we're truly compatible.
Aaron: I have two reasons for being on THE AMAZING RACE. First is the opportunity to travel the world and have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The second and most important is to take part in this adventure with Hayden; there was no one else I want to do this with.
Have you and your partner traveled together before? If so, what was it like?
Hayden: Aaron and I have traveled, but we've been dating less than a year, so it has been mostly road trips to Arizona and Washington state, where I was born and raised.
Aaron: Hayden and I haven't really traveled that much together, except a couple times we made the drive from LA to Phoenix. When we received the news that we made it on the Race, we drove from LA to Hayden's parents' house in Chewelah, Washington with both of are dogs. It was definitely a nice warm-up.
What do you fear most about competing in THE AMAZING RACE?
Hayden: I am deathly afraid of heights. This is something that started when I was a little girl, so I'm a little worried!
Aaron: The only thing that I fear is hearing Phil saying, "Hayden and Aaron, you're the last Team to arrive."
What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?
Hayden: I'm very competitive and determined, and I'm a good athlete. I give it my best in competition, and I think of myself as a good leader. I can get emotional, and I have a short fuse at times and can be controlling. I'm also terrible at reading maps and navigating.
Aaron: My biggest strengths are my competitive nature, my athletic ability and my instincts when it comes to making the right decision. My weakness, if it really is a weakness, is my laid-back behavior.
What strengths and weaknesses does your teammate bring to the Team?
Hayden: Aaron is an incredible athlete and has a great sense of direction. He's also extremely calm and keeps a cool head in stressful situations, something I need to work on! Aaron's weakness could be his tendency to be very mellow and not get aggressive when he needs to be.
Aaron: Hayden is more competitive then I am, which can be a strength and a weakness. She's also extremely athletic and intelligent. Her biggest weakness is her temper: she can go from 0-60 in less than a second. But I love that sometimes!
What will you miss the most from home (besides your bed)?
Hayden: I am crazy about my dog. My friends think I'm a little weird because I treat her like she's my child. I just love her! I will also miss my
family. I call home daily and talk to my parents, who live in Washington state.
Aaron: The two things that I'll miss most are my Lab, Morgan, and Sportcenter. Sorry, Mom and Dad!
What languages do you speak?
Hayden: I studied Spanish in high school and college, so you could say I used to be semi-fluent, but I haven't practiced much since I graduated! That's the only other language I'm familiar with.
Aaron: I speak 14 languages. Just kidding! I speak one: good old English. We are so screwed!
What destination are you hoping to visit?
Hayden: I really want to go to Africa and see some wildlife. I love Animal Planet, and I used to be addicted to watching anything that involved lions, cheetahs, elephants, etc. I've always wanted to see them up close.
Aaron: I've always wanted to go to Ireland and drink a pint of Guinness. But wherever we go, I'm sure it will be amazing.
What country do you feel best prepared for?
Hayden: I really don't know if you could say I'm "prepared" for any particular country. I suppose if we go to Australia I could be fairly prepared, because my eldest brother lived abroad there, and my whole family has traveled to Australia and they love it, so I'm somewhat familiar with it from my family's experiences visiting there.
Aaron: With my limited travel experience, I'll have to say the country I'm most prepared for will be the beginning and ending country. I hope we make it that far.