The Home Stretch (also known as Wizard's Staff and Home Stretch) is a recurring challenge in Survivor. First used in Survivor: Worlds Apart, it reappeared in Kaôh Rōng, Millennials vs. Gen X, and Edge of Extinction.

Rules

The castaways must each race under a net crawl and make their way to a table where they must slide tiles into a target. Once all the tiles are through, they must use a machete to transport those tiles over a teeter-totter and balance beam to the finish table. They must then sort the tiles into pairs. Three of the tiles will not match up. Those three hold the code to a combination that will unlock their box. The first person to unlock their box and raise their flag wins.

In Millennials vs. Gen X, the contestants had to transport ten discs over a balance beam and then through a wire maze. After they had all ten discs at the finishing podium, they had to roll the ten discs through a slot. The first person to land all ten discs in their compartment wins.

In Edge of Extinction, it was more similar to its original Worlds Apart counterpart (sans the net crawl), though the letter tiles were now transported with two handles, and the challenge instead ended with a word puzzle in which the tiles must be used to spell out a phrase.

History

The challenge was first used as the final five Reward Challenge in Survivor: Worlds Apart. Mike Holloway won the right to spend the day with his mother at camp and an advantage at the next Immunity Challenge.

The challenge reappeared in Survivor: Kaôh Rōng as the final four Reward Challenge for food. Aubry Bracco won and shared the reward with Cydney Gillon.

The challenge appeared once again in Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X as the final eight Immunity Challenge. After a close race, Jay Starrett ultimately won the challenge and was safe at Tribal Council.

Upon its return in Survivor: Edge of Extinction, Aurora McCreary expressed visible disappointment when being told that the final leg was now a word puzzle, stating she was no good at them. In a close race, Rick Devens pieced together the phrase "NOT LIVING ON THE EDGE TONIGHT" quicker than his competition, winning a well-timed individual immunity for himself, much to Aurora's chagrin.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winner
Worlds Apart
"It's a Fickle, Fickle Game"
Individual Reward
(Family Visit)
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Mike Holloway
Kaôh Rōng
"Not Going Down Without a Fight"
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Aubry Bracco
Millennials vs. Gen X
"Slayed the Survivor Dragon"
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Jay Starrett
Edge of Extinction
"Idol or Bust"
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Rick Devens

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Trivia

  • Aubry Bracco is currently the only female to have won this challenge.
  • Edge of Extinction marks the only time the tribe competing was not a black tribe.

References

Recurring Challenges

A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · 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

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