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December 13, 2012

Locals have an "Amazing Race"

Cooperstown Crier

---- — You may not want the Beekman Boys of Sharon Springs to be your pizza delivery guys after watching them mess up orders as part of their tasks on the reality television show “The Amazing Race.”

However, they probably won’t need to deliver pizzas anytime soon. Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge won $1 million on the show. The duo were not favored to win and had not won a single leg in the 21st season of “The Amazing Race” — a 25,000-mile, nine-country endurance test across three continents.

During the final episode, which aired Sunday on CBS, the men said they proved nice guys can finish first. 

Filming took place in May and June and although the results were not revealed until last weekend, the race was decided six months ago. The men have had some time to think about what to do with the winnings, and we are glad to see the money has already been put toward good use.

Ridge has plans to move to the farm full time, which will be the first time they’ve lived together in Sharon Springs full time during the past five years of their 14-year relationship. They’ve paid off the mortgage on their farm and are planning to move their business, Beekman 1802, across the street into Sharon Springs’ former village hall.

In addition to winning “The Amazing Race,” Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge star in the show “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” on the Cooking Channel and have written several books. We have been following their business adventures and wish them only the best of luck. We also wish them the best in their personal endeavors as well.

Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge have invited all of their competitors to their wedding this spring in Sharon Springs. They downplayed any deeper meaning their victory had in advancing gay rights.

“I think what’s great is that the show shows us as just another couple competing on the race and our strengths that come from a 14-year relationship, just like anyone,” Kilmer-Purcell said during a phone interview arranged by CBS.