Relative Race, BYUtv's new reality competition show, held its world premiere at an exclusive screening at RootsTech 2016 last week. It was extremely well-received by attendees of RootsTech—the world's largest conference on family history hosted at the Salt Palace Convention Center—with viewers laughing, crying, and cheering.

At the screening, Relative Race host Dan J. Debenham spoke to the audience and explained how the filming process was filled with incredible excitement. Four teams of couples raced from coast to coast in ten days, finding unknown relatives and completing challenges along the way. This unique TV series, said Debenham, makes family history fun, thrilling, competitive, and touching.


Viewers got to watch the complete first episode, which will have its broadcast premiere on BYUtv on Sunday, February 28 at 6 PM MT.  Audience reactions were positive, with several attendees sharing their sentiments on social media.


We LOVED this show! Will be spreading the word to our wards and family all over the country to tune in Feb 28th!!

Posted by Melissa Mann on Saturday, February 6, 2016


Following the screening, Debenham and Scott Swofford, BYUtv's Director of Content, sat down at the RootsTech Media Hub and spoke with local media representatives about the show.



It's a gathering place here on the expo hall floor #RootsTech

A photo posted by FamilySearch (@familysearch) onFeb 5, 2016 at 1:55pm PST


Jennifer Day, a local blogger in the Media Hub, shared her review on social media after speaking with Debenham and Swofford about Relative Race.


RootsTech viewers were entertained by the family-friendly, engaging content, and some even asked how they could appear as a competing candidate on season two of the show. More information on that will come in the future, but for now, many are eagerly awaiting the airing of the first season.






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