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'Race to the Center of the Earth': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about National Geographic's global adventure show

From icy landscapes to rocky terrain, watch as four teams battle it out to make their way to the center of the earth
Race to the Center of the Earth (National Geographic)
Race to the Center of the Earth (National Geographic)

If you're looking for a reality show that'll keep you on the edge of your seat, then it's time to ditch all the drama and answer the call of the wild. For all you adventure enthusiasts and those who dream of the great outdoors, National Geographic has something exciting in store.

Brace yourself, as 'Race to the Center of the Earth' takes you across the iciest landscapes, sweltering heat, unforgiving ranges and rugged wilderness, as four teams compete in the race of a lifetime. 


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Release date

'Race to the Center of the Earth' premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Monday, March 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


Created by the people behind 'The Amazing Race', 'Race to the Center of the Earth' follows four teams as they face off against one another while traveling across the globe and overcoming a series of challenges in order to win the grand prize of $1 million.

According to the official National Geographic website, 'Each team is challenged with navigating their designated route, featuring unpredictable terrains, harsh climates and unique cultures as they make their way to the finish. Along the way, they will face untamed jungles, frozen arctic, arid deserts, bustling cities, treacherous mountains and vast oceans to reach the location where all four routes intersect — a buoy with the cash prize. The first team to arrive claims it all.' 


Bertram van Munster

Bertram van Munster of "Race to the center of the Earth" speaks during the National Geographic Panel segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 17, 2020, in Pasadena, California (Getty Images)

The co-creator and executive producer of 'The Amazing Race' van Munster is also the creative mind behind 'Profiles from the Front of the Line'. He has been the executive producer on shows such as 'Oprah's Big Give' and 'Take the Money and Run'. Apart from being a creator and producer, he is also the CEO of Worldrace Productions Inc, Profiles Television Productions LLC, and Earthview Inc.

He and his wife, Elise Doganieri, are the creators and executive producers of 'Race to the Center of the Earth. “I’m thrilled to team up with National Geographic. Our rapidly changing world has allowed us to reimagine a new and exciting way to showcase adventure,” said Bertram van Munster, as reported by National Geographic.

“What excites me most about Race to the Center of the Earth is that this partnership is such a natural fit. By combining our expertise in adventure competition series with National Geographic’s legacy of exploration and unrivaled visual storytelling, this series promises to raise the stakes of this genre and deliver something totally unique, breathtaking and exhilarating.”

Elise Doganieri

The co-creator and co-executive producer of 'The Amazing Race', Doganieri has also worked on shows just as 'Profile From the Front Line' and 'Wild Things'. She is also an executive producer of Oprah Winfrey's reality show 'Oprah's Big Give' and 'The Quest' TV series.



The trailer, hosted on the National Geographic YouTube channel, explains that this is likely to be the biggest global race, as four teams set off from different locations towards the same finish line. The contestants, who are normal people will take on four different terrains, harsh and frozen Siberia, scorching South East Asia, the vast wilderness of North America and the rugged mountains of South America, while they all make their way to one common finish line - the center of the earth!

Where to watch  

'Race To The Center Of The Earth' premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Monday, March 29 at 10 pm ET/PT.

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