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Rice Race is recurring challenge that debuted in Survivor: Kaôh Rōng. It has since reappeared in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers and Winners at War.


Castaways would will swim out to a boat, where they would retrieve three bags of rice. They would then have to get through an obstacle course to get the bags to shore, where they would open them to retrieve three balls. Each tribe would have to maneuver their three balls across a holey wall or a table maze into three slots. The first tribe to fill all three slots wins.


In Kaôh Rōng, the tribes had to transfer three bags of rice across an obstacle course in the water, which consisted first of a narrow hole in a wall of bamboo that the tribes had to push the bags through, and then a balance beam to cross. At the end of the course, they must open the bags to retrieve three balls and maneuver them in a maze of holes. After an early lead at the obstacle course, the Gondol tribe easily finished first. In a close race at the third ball, To Tang won their first challenge, sending Chan Loh to their first Tribal Council.

The challenge was again used in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, with a similar obstacle course to the one used in Kaôh Rōng. After a tight race through the obstacle course, Soko fell behind after Chrissy Hofbeck repeatedly struggled to stay on the beam while maneuvering a ball. This allowed the Yawa and Levu tribes to win, sending Soko to their first Tribal Council.

The challenge reappeared in Winners at War in a modified version where the balance beam was removed from the obstacle course and the final part was a table maze instead of a holey wall. Yara won the challenge, sending both Dakal and Sele to a Double Tribal Council.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Kaôh Rōng
"The Circle of Life"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S32 anna t.pngS32 caleb t.pngS32 julia t.png
S32 michele t.pngS32 nick t.pngS32 tai t.png
S32 alecia t.pngS32 cydney t.pngS32 jason t.pngS32 scot t.png
To Tang
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
"The Past Will Eat You Alive"
Tribal Immunity S35 ben t.pngS35 cole t.png
S35 jessica t.pngS35 lauren t.pngS35 mike t.png
S35 ashley t.pngS35 desi t.pngS35 devon t.pngS35 joe t.png
Winners at War
"Quick on the Draw"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S40 adam t.pngS40 ben t.pngS40 sarah t.pngS40 sophie t.png



  • Every time this challenge was used, there were three tribes competing.
  • Michele Fitzgerald and Ben Driebergen are the only people to compete in this challenge twice. Michele won on her first attempt and lost on her second, while Ben won both times.


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