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 tS32 caleb tS32 julia t
S32 michele tS32 nick tS32 tai t
S32 alecia tS32 cydney tS32 jason tS32 scot t
To Tang
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
"The Past Will Eat You Alive"
Tribal Immunity S35 ben tS35 cole t
S35 jessica tS35 lauren tS35 mike t
S35 ashley tS35 desi tS35 devon tS35 joe t
Winners at War
"Quick on the Draw"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S40 adam tS40 ben tS40 sarah tS40 sophie t



  • 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.


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