Second place finish for Jody Mitic
Orléans inspiration almost clinches Amazing Race Canada victory
Jody Mitic may not have come home, Monday night, with a first place finish after the inaugural season of The Amazing Race Canada, but he seemed to accomplish more than that by inspiring thousands of viewers across the nation.
"It's inspiring every time we learn of a new family Jody's been an inspiration to," said Alannah Gilmore, Mitic’s partner who is the mother to their two beautiful baby girls. "What I love is how much it’s built from week after week, because nobody knew he was going to make it to the end except him."
Following a weekly ritual that began on the first episode of the season, friends and family gathered at Boston Pizza in Orléans to cheer on Mitic, erupting into applause every time his face appeared on the screen.
Unfortunately, in the end, team Mitic – which was comprised of Mitic and his brother Cory, lost to father-son duo Tim Hague Sr. and Tim Hague Jr.
The top three remained tight throughout the final episode, as Jody and Cory also faced off against fellow Ottawa team Celina Mziray and Vanessa Morgan.
The Amazing Race typically has a memory game as its final challenge and the Canadian version followed suit. Competitors were required to correctly match each province and territory with its flag and flower.
Clues along the 23,000-km race featured each location’s flag and the greeter at every Pit Stop wore the provincial/territorial flower.
While Cory fared better than Vanessa, completing the task in 21 attempts, Tim Sr., who suffers from early-onset Parkinson’s Disease, only needed two back-to-back tries and was able to sail to victory despite never coming in first in a single leg of the race beforehand.
But, Mitic proved that his prosthetic legs were not going to hold him back from being a top competitor, finishing first in the last two legs before the finale.
Mitic was a sniper for the Canadian forces, and while on duty in Afghanistan in 2007, he stepped on a land mine and lost both his legs below the knee. To see him race, has been something truly inspirational, said Gilmore.
"Everyone’s been highly supportive and very impressed," she said. "It’s just blown up into something huge."
Mitic also used the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for his charity The Never Quit Foundation – which has a mission is to help wounded Canadian heroes, to make them feel that their aspirations are attainable and to rejuvenate their hope.
As tears were shed at Boston Pizza Orléans during the Mitic brothers’ final interview, Jody left his fans with these parting words: "Amazing Race Canada was only the beginning for Team Mitic."
Friends and family gathered at Boston Pizza Orléans, week after week, to cheer on Jody Mitic as he competed in CTV’s inaugural season of The Amazing Race.