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Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, best known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys, won CBS’s "The Amazing Race" and its $1 million grand prize last night as the couple crossed the finish line in New York City, beating out nine other teams and ending a trip that covered nine countries and more than 25,000 miles.
Their victory was even more surprising because the team never came in first during any of the previous challenges. Watch the clip of the Beekmans crossing the finish line below!
"Looking back after this exhausting and exhilarating journey, it seems appropriate that it culminated in that very difficult final Amazing Race challenge," the couple wrote in a thank you note on their official website. "'Hello' and 'Goodbye' are perhaps the most important words we need to learn as human beings, and we should all try to learn them in as many languages as possible. But along the Race, we also learned nine equally valuable ones: Xie xie, Terima kasih, Dhanyabad, Sagolun, Spasibo, Dank je, Gracias, Merci & Thank you."
Josh and Brent plan to use their prize money to pay off their farm in upstate New York and the boys will begin living together and working off the farm full time, a dream years in the making that the couple had been unable to support until now. They also plan to invest in a new building for their Beekman 1802 brand and launch a new line of food products named after a 1929 Heirloom Tomato, “The Mortgage Lifter,” with 25% of its profits going to help other small farmers pay off their debts.