Perseverance helped Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. win 'The Amazing Race Canada'

By Sheri Block


Luck may have kept them in the game but perseverance is what helped Tim Hague Sr. and Tim Hague Jr. win “The Amazing Race Canada.”
“We’re students of the game enough to know that if you can stay calm, stay focused, get through the next bump, whatever it is, you never, ever know what’s going to happen,” says Tim Sr., who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease three years ago.
“You just never give up,” adds Tim Jr.
The father and son team from Winnipeg, Man., became the first ever winners of the Canadian reality series after being the first to cross the finish line on Monday night’s finale, securing themselves a $250,000 prize, two 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays and the chance to fly free for a year anywhere Air Canada flies worldwide. 
Brothers Jody and Cory Mitic finished in second place, while sisters Vanessa Morgan and Celina Mziray were a close third. 
The motto of ‘not giving up’ never rang more true for Tim and Tim than during the final leg of the “Race” in Toronto, when the father and son found themselves behind all the other teams after struggling to locate the clue box at the Toronto Zoo.
But even though they were in last place when they arrived at the final Roadblock challenge – matching the flags and flowers to each of the provinces and territories they had visited along the way – Tim Sr. nailed the task on the second try and he and his son headed to the Pit Stop at Olympic Island ahead of the other teams. 
Tim Sr. explains that his wife, an avid fan of the U.S. version of “The Amazing Race,” tipped him off before he left that the final challenge was often a memory one. 
He says he picked up on the flowers on the very first leg in Kelowna, B.C., and he and his son started taking notes.
“As soon as we saw (the flag) on the clue and we got to the mat and the greeter was wearing the flower . . . we started watching for them,” says Tim Sr.
“I had that little seed of confidence that the other two teams didn’t know (that was coming). That was not luck.” 
It may not have been luck that helped them win that challenge, but the father and son certainly had their share of luck during the “Race” after being saved by a non-elimination leg – twice. 
Tim Sr. says they received a lot of feedback from fans on Twitter, who thought the team should’ve been disqualified. 
“The fact is we got those two non-elims, we also got the speedbumps, we also kicked those speedbumps’ butts and we worked hard to overcome those deficiencies that we had,” said Tim Sr. 
The team also received a lot of feedback for their choice to U-turn “BodyBreak” fitness icons Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod during a particularly hard leg in Regina in episode five. 
“We’ve received lots of flack but we’ve also actually received a lot of support for that. I like to say half of Canada loves us and half of Canada also hates us now,” says Tim Jr. with a laugh.
“A lot of people appreciated the move, appreciated how it was just an intelligent way to get a strong team out.”
As well as being able to say they were the first team to win “The Amazing Race Canada,” Tim Sr. says winning means even more considering he was able to do it despite the challenges of Parkinson’s disease.
“Hope is the motivator for all things. We persevered through very difficult things,” he says.
“It’s so encouraging to me to see how it’s been so encouraging to others. There are so many people that say, ‘If you can do that, then I can do this’ whatever they’re facing, and that’s huge,” he says. 

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About Sheri Block

  • Sheri Block

    Sheri Block

    Sheri Block has been covering entertainment for since 2008. In addition to covering Will and Kate’s Royal Wedding in London, Sheri’s highlights have included going on tour with “Canadian Idol,” being a stand-in on “Canada’s Next Top Model” and meeting Colin Farrell at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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