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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)
S30 mike t
Mike Holloway
Kaôh Rōng
"Not Going Down Without a Fight"
Individual Reward S32 aubry t
Aubry Bracco
Millennials vs. Gen X
"Slayed the Survivor Dragon"
Individual Immunity S33 jay t
Jay Starrett
Edge of Extinction
"Idol or Bust"
Individual Immunity S38 rick t
Rick Devens

Gallery

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

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