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"Race Around the World" is an episode of The Backyardigans from the first season.



"It's racing day, and Austin is prepared. Unlike his friends (and competitors) Uniqua, Pablo, and Tyrone, he has never won a gold medal before. The referee (Tasha) starts the race, and Zydeco tunes spur them on as they dash around the globe. Who will be the first to break the tape at the finish line?"


Austin comes out of the fence dividing his house from the other characters' houses wearing a black belt. He yells "On your mark, get set, go!" and begins to run. Austin stops running to greet the viewer. He explains how races start and pretends to begin a race. He then admits that he has never won a race, though he has yearned to for a long time, and thinks that he will win the upcoming "Race Around the World", even though the race is the most difficult race ever. Austin begins to sing the song "Racing Day". Tasha appears and tells Austin that the Race Around the World is about to begin. Tasha asks about the race pack Austin is wearing around his waist. Austin tells her that inside it is everything a racer needs to be prepared. The backyard transforms into a forest. Austin is shown wearing a blue jogging suit and Tasha is shown in a white and orange uniform.

The starting line for the Race Around the World is shown. Tasha explains to Austin the four phases of the race, as indicated by the overhead banner: run through the forest, snowboard through the mountains, paddle across the ocean, and finally, hike across the desert. From her referee podium, Tasha announces each of the racers, one at a time. Austin's fellow competitors are also wearing jogging suits. First, Tasha introduces Pablo and announces that Pablo has already won a gold medal for a running race. Second, she introduces Tyrone and announces that he has already won a gold medal for a snowboarding race, and third, she introduces Uniqua and announces that she has already won a gold medal for paddling in a kayak race. Austin notices that he's the only racer who doesn't have a medal. Tasha introduces Austin as a brand new racer, and points out that even though he's never won a medal, he is prepared. Austin joins the others at the starting line and they all wish him good luck. The characters sing a reprise of "Racing Day". Tasha yells "On your mark, get set, go!" and the racers begin running. Pablo has a big head start. Hurdles are shown up ahead. Pablo easily jumps over them, though Uniqua, Tyrone, and Austin have a more difficult time. Austin is in the rear while Uniqua and Tyrone are ahead of him. They sing "Go, Go, Go!" Uniqua does not jump high enough over a hurdle and hurts her knee. Austin spots her and takes a bandage out of the pack on his belt. He gives it to Uniqua and tells her that he is always prepared.

Pablo, since he was faster than the others, arrives first at the end of the forest, and finds a snowy area. He walks over to a pile of snowboards and picks one up. He also puts on his snowboarding gear. Pablo sets off on the snowy slope, and wobbles. The camera moves to Uniqua and Tyrone, who have arrived at the snowy area. They put on their snowboarding gear and begin snowboarding around poles. Austin arrives and does the same. Tyrone begins singing "Snow Is Cold But I Am Cool". The other characters also sing. Pablo accidentally snowboards over the edge of a cliff and holds on to the edge of a sign. Austin appears and spots Pablo. He takes a rope from the pack on his belt and hands it to Pablo.

Austin pulls Pablo up. Pablo thanks him. Austin tells Pablo that he is always prepared. The characters begin snowboarding again. Tyrone, now in the lead, arrives at the end of the snowy area and to the ocean. He grabs a canoe and a paddle and sets off into the ocean. Uniqua, Pablo, and Austin do so as well. Tyrone is shown paddling wobbly. Uniqua and Pablo pass Tyrone. Tyrone tries to paddle harder to catch up, but it causes him to lose his grip on the paddle and it flows away and Tyrone's canoe heads straight for the pointy rocks. Austin spots Tyrone's lost paddle and takes a metal hook out of his pack. He uses the hook to retrieve the paddle and gives it to Tyrone and well as saving him from hitting the rocks. Tyrone thanks Austin and takes the paddle. Austin tells him that he is always prepared as the two paddle to land.

Uniqua and Pablo have arrived on land and have begun crossing the desert ahead. Tyrone has arrived as well, leaving Austin the last one to arrive at the desert. Now last again, Austin sings "Austin's Lament" feeling that he may not have a chance to win the race, but he isn't going to give up and keeps on going. Feeling hot and thirsty, he takes a water bottle from his pack and drinks from it. Feeling reenergized he keeps on hiking and spots the other racers sweating and panting near a cactus. They stop hiking because the desert is too hot and dry and they're too thirsty. He takes a water bottle from his pack and give to the others for drink. They thank to Austin for helping them once again. Now, the competitors are ready to begin racing again. They cross the desert and spot the finish line in the forest up ahead.

The four dash to the finish line, but the tape pushes them back. They try again, but they cannot get the tape to break as it is too strong. Austin takes a pair of scissors from his pack and cuts the tape with them. He has now won the race and is awarded with a gold medal by Tasha. The other competitors cheer for Austin. Pablo's stomach growls. Tasha asks Austin if he has any snacks in his race pack, but he does not. Uniqua mentions that her mother baked chocolate chip cookies earlier and she invites the other characters over to her house to eat them. The forest transforms back into the backyard as they all sing the end song and head to Uniqua's house for a snack. Austin opens the previously closed door and shouts "Dunt-da-dah!"




  • This is the first episode to focus entirely on Austin.



The Backyardigans Race around the World - Ep.17

"Me and My Friends" • Nick Digital pilot
"Pirate Treasure" • "The Heart of the Jungle" • "The Yeti" • "The Snow Fort" • "Secret Mission" • "It's Great to Be a Ghost!" • "Riding the Range" • "The Key to the Nile" • "Knights Are Brave and Strong" • "Viking Voyage" • "Castaways" • "Race to the Tower of Power" • "The Quest for the Flying Rock" • "Polka Palace Party" • "Surf's Up" • "Eureka!" • "Race Around the World" • "Monster Detectives" • "Cave Party" • "High Tea"
"Mission to Mars" • "Samurai Pie" • "Scared of You" • "Whodunit" • "The Legend of the Volcano Sisters" • "The Secret of Snow" • "The Swamp Creature" • "Horsing Around" • "Special Delivery" • "International Super Spy: Part 1" • "International Super Spy: Part 2" • "Movers of Arabia" • "Cops and Robots" • "Sinbad Sails Alone" • "Best Clowns in Town" • "Save the Day" • "Into the Deep" • "News Flash" • "Catch That Butterfly" • "A Giant Problem"
"Who Goes There?" • "Blazing Paddles" • "Garbage Trek" • "Fly Girl" • "What's Bugging You? " • "Chichen-Itza Pizza" • "To the Center of the Earth" • "Front Page News" • "Tale of the Mighty Knights: Part 1" • "Tale of the Mighty Knights: Part 2" • "Le Master of Disguise" • "Match on Mt. Olympus" • "The Great Dolphin Race" • "Caveman's Best Friend" • "Ranch Hands from Outer Space" • "Robin Hood the Clean" • "Escape from Fairytale Village" • "Pirate Camp" • "The Two Musketeers" • "The Masked Retriever"
"Robot Rampage: Part 1" • "Robot Rampage: Part 2" • "Catch that Train!" • "Attack of the 50 Foot Worman" • "Dragon Express" • "Flower Power" • "The Funnyman Boogeyman" • "Follow the Feather" • "Break Out!" • "The Action Elves Save Christmas Eve" • "Los Galacticos" • "For the Love of Socks!" • "The Flipper!" • "Elephant on the Run" • "The Magic Skateboard" • "Pablor and the Acorns" • "Super Team Awesome!" • "The Big Dipper Diner" • "The Amazing Splashinis" • "The Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon"