Patrick and Janie Wright—you’ll remember them as Team Black on Season 1 of Relative Race—hail from Anchorage, Alaska. Their family enjoys traveling, playing hockey, skiing, and, of course, spending time together. We caught up with the couple to see what they have been up to since competing on the premiere season of Relative Race and to hear their thoughts on Season 2.
BYUtv: How did being a part of Relative Race change your life?
Wrights: Our feelings about family have always been important to us. Being on Relative Race opened our eyes to new family members who we would have never known about. It was like putting the pieces of the family gene pool together, and actually following the bloodlines from our mothers' and fathers' sides made it very real and oh, so heartwarming. We also now know that we have even more living relatives out there yet to discover.
BYUtv: Did you watch Relative Race Season 2? Who were you rooting for?
Wrights: We wouldn’t miss it. Of course, we are true to our team color and Team Black was right there in our hearts. When you are watching the show every week, you remember how it felt for you, so each of the teams holds a special place in our hearts.
BYUtv: Have you gotten to know any of your new relatives better?
Wrights: We do keep in touch with all of them—for example, using social media for quick chats, making holiday cards, or email. Since we live in Alaska it takes longer to travel to the lower 48 states, so we haven’t been able to meet up again with our new family discoveries just yet. But we have all said we want to meet up again and I believe we will.
BYUtv: What advice would you give to people wanting to connect with more family members?
Wrights: If you are curious about who is out there and related to you, take that first step and get your DNA tested so you can reach out and find your relatives. Talk to your older living grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Even family friends can help.
BYUtv: What have you been up to since Relative Race?
Wrights: Our lives are pretty much the same as they were before the race. We just want to make each day count.
BYUtv: What do you hope people take away from watching Relative Race?
Wrights: To me, the most important feeling is the special bond you have with someone when you can call them family. So, if you enjoy this show and are curious about your family history, dig in and find out your story.
BYUtv: What advice would you give future competitors on Relative Race?
Wrights: Pack light and be ready for anything. We learned some things from Season 2 that I wish we had done on our adventure, like asking a relative if we could follow them out of town.