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Race to Shore (also known as First to Shore, One for All, Medallion of Power, and The Marooning) is a recurring opening challenge that first appeared in Survivor: Palau, and has since reappeared in Micronesia, Gabon, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Game Changers, and Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.

Occurring at the very start of the game (sometimes even before the tribes are divided), the challenge typically involves a swimming and/or foot race to locate an object of importance, such as individual immunity, the Medallion of Power, or supplies (such as rice and fire).


Castaways must race individually to a certain marked area to find and retrieve an Immunity Necklace that will keep them safe at the first Tribal Council the person attends. In Nicaragua, the Immunity Necklace was replaced with the Medallion of Power. In Cambodia, Game Changers, and Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, the object of the challenge was to get to a reward before the other tribe.


In Palau, the castaways were given a choice. Either row to shore with everyone else, or jump off the boat and swim across individually to the drop-off beach where two individual Immunity Necklaces (one for each gender) were waiting. The first man and woman female to reach the necklaces would win immunity. Stephenie LaGrossa and Jonathan Libby made a crucial mistake by jumping off the boat and trying to outswim it, but the boat went far ahead of them. In the end, Ian Rosenberger easily won the men's immunity over his closest competition, Gregg Carey. The race for the second immunity was closer, with Jolanda Jones barely beating Jenn Lyon for the women's immunity.

The challenge re-appeared in Micronesia once the Favorites were brought out. The castaways had to race across a lagoon and to the tribe boats to find the idols. Jon Dalton was the first person to locate the idols, but mistakenly grabbed the Airai tribe's idol, instead of that of his own tribe, Malakal. Yau-Man Chan saw this and beat Jon to claim Malakal's idol. Kathy Sleckman won for Airai when Yau-Man pointed out to her where it was.

In Gabon, the eighteen castaways raced through a series of marked hills to the top of a very steep slope, where an idol for each tribe was located. In addition, the first tribe to have all its members reach the top of the hill would win an extra bag of corn and beans. Marcus Lehman got the idol for Kota, and GC Brown got the idol for Fang. Kota got all its members to the top of the hill first and won the extra bag of food.

In Nicaragua, the twenty contestants (as yet undivided by tribe) were instructed to scour the island for the Medallion of Power, with the person who found it winning the item for their tribe. Brenda Lowe found the Medallion, and took it with her to La Flor tribe. However, the tribe chose to exchange the Medallion of Power (and thus give it to Espada) for fishing gear.

In Cambodia, when the tribes were gathering items on the boat during the marooning, several yards from the boat was a smaller boat where a large bag of rice was waiting. Kelly Wiglesworth from Ta Keo jumped into the water and swam towards the boat. Joe Anglim from Bayon then jumped into the water and quickly caught up with Kelly as she started to become exhausted. Kelly's Ta Keo tribemate, Woo Hwang, quickly jumped into the water and quickly passed Joe to get to the boat first, winning the rice for Ta Keo.

In Game Changers, several yards from the ship were two colored-coded knots that had a toolkit. Ozzy Lusth from Nuku took off and quickly swam to the knots, with no one from the Mana tribe initially contesting Ozzy due to his reputation as a strong swimmer. As Ozzy started untying the knots, Caleb Reynolds from Mana jumped into the water in an attempt to catch up, but it was too late as Ozzy had untied the knot, winning the toolkit for Nuku.

In Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, the tribes had to collect supplies and jump into their row boats. Once they get to shore, they had to hook their boat and untie a torch, before lifting someone up high enough to ignite it with a fire pit fifteen feet above the ground. The first tribe would win a fire kit, while the second received flint. The Soko and Levu tribes quickly pulled ahead of the Yawa tribe, which was struggling in the boat portion, and finished in first and second respectively. By the time the challenge was over, the Yawa tribe still had not reached the shore.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"This Has Never Happened Before!"
Individual Immunity S10 ian t.png
Ian Rosenberger
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Jolanda Jones
"You Guys Are Dumber than You Look"
Individual Immunity S16 yauman t.png
Yau-Man Chan
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Kathy Sleckman
"Want to See the Elephant Dung?"
Individual Immunity S17 marcus t.png
Marcus Lehman
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GC Brown
Tribal Reward S17 ace t.pngS17 bob t.pngS17 charlie t.png
S17 corinne t.pngS17 jacquie t.pngS17 kelly t.png
S17 marcus t.pngS17 paloma t.pngS17 sugar t.png
"Young at Heart"
Tribal Reward S21 alina t.pngS21 benry t.pngS21 brenda t.png
S21 chase t.pngS21 fabio t.pngS21 kellyb t.pngS21 kellys t.png
S21 naonka t.pngS21 sash t.pngS21 shannon t.png
La Flor
"Second Chance"
Tribal Reward S31 abimaria t.pngS31 jeff t.pngS31 kelley t.png
S31 kelly t.pngS31 peihgee t.pngS31 shirin t.pngS31 spencer t.png
S31 terry t.pngS31 vytas t.pngS31 woo t.png
Ta Keo
Game Changers
"The Stakes Have Been Raised"
Tribal Reward S34 andrea t.pngS34 brad t.pngS34 cirie t.png
S34 debbie t.pngS34 jt t.pngS34 ozzy t.pngS34 sarah t.png
S34 sierra t.pngS34 tai t.pngS34 zeke t.png
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
"I'm Not Crazy, I'm Confident"
Tribal Reward S35 cole t.pngS35 desi t.pngS35 jessica t.png
S35 joe t.pngS35 mike t.pngS35 roark t.png
S35 alan t.pngS35 ashley t.pngS35 ben t.png
S35 chrissy t.pngS35 jp t.pngS35 katrina t.png



  • This challenge has been the first challenge of the season every time it has appeared.
  • This challenge was featured in both seasons filmed in Palau.
  • Ciera Eastin, Cirie Fields, Jeff Varner, and Ozzy Lusth have competed in this challenge twice. Cirie, Jeff, and Ozzy have won once, while Ciera has never won.
  • Each time a yellow tribe competed, they won.


Recurring Challenges
A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Love · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Running Down a Dream · · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung A Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me