Exclusive! Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca: Amazing Race Is a Celebration of Life!
Bad weather, bizarre food, and no sleep are par for the course on The Amazing Race. Throw in an international journey featuring weird or wonderful transportation and you have a typical challenge on the globe-trotting reality show.
For most contestants, Amazing Race is the biggest physical and mental challenge of their lives, but for Survivor All-Stars' Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca it was fun, couple time.
Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with the reality stars to find out how life has been both on- and off-screen since Ethan survived his biggest real-life challenge: cancer.
"This is a celebration of life to us. I was attached to a pump in a hospital room, and now we're traveling the world together," Ethan, who was diagnosed with a rare form of CD20-positive Hodgkin's lymphoma in April 2009, told us recently in an exclusive interview.
"We've been through it all, this is just another experience," he added.
If you think competing on The Amazing Race is tough for a cancer survivor, how about running not one, but two marathons?
"My health is good," Ethan told us. "I am training for the NYC marathon on November 5th; I'm going to be running with other soccer players along with six other Amazing Race contestants."
This year's race for his non-profit organization Grassroots Soccer is bound to be easier than last year, which he did just nine months after his last chemotherapy treatment.
"It was something I always wanted to do," the former pro soccer player explained. "I ran it to prove that there was life after cancer. I couldn't walk to the end of the block after my stem cell transplant, so the race was unbelievably hard, but amazing."
The "race" the couple has just completed is of a very different kind, but equally as memorable.
"I was a huge, huge super fan of Survivor. It was like playing on my favorite TV show ever," Jenna told us. "The Amazing Race feels different. You're really just responsible for yourself. It's not as cut-throat as Survivor, but you have to deal with a lot more, different elements."
And this time, she had a partner in crime — for better or worse. "What made it more fun and more annoying is that Ethan was there!" Jenna joked.
The couple finished shooting the show in July, and then hit the road two days later for their new ABC daytime show, Everyday Health, which is "50 per cent reality, 50 per cent feel-good for the soul."