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By Emily Innes, Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin

A picture from the Frye brothers' Facebook page touting their bid to get on CTV's Amazing Race.

A picture from the Frye brothers' Facebook page touting their bid to get on CTV's Amazing Race.

COLLINGWOOD – Local identical twin brothers are hoping to embark on “the race of a lifetime.”

Justin and Jason Frye have created an audition video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ImyNw-9iX2o) for CTV’s new show The Amazing Race Canada, a spin-off of the American show that is expected to air this summer.

Jason said it was their wives who suggested the show might be a good fit for the athletic and thrill-seeking duo.

“We thought ‘Let’s go for it’,” he told the E-B.

The video demonstrates some of the twins’ extreme sporting interests such as scuba diving, sky diving, ski jumping, speed boating, and soaring in a para-cycle (a contraption that resembles a flying go-cart).

“Justin and I share a passion for adventure that started at a very young age,” said Jason in the video. “Growing up as identical twins gives us a unique advantage to this challenge and that is that the right hand always knows what the left hand is doing.”

He said he believes having both just turned 40 gives them a lot of life experience that will help them be successful in winning the race.

“Whether we want to admit it or not, Jason and I now represent middle-aged people and that is kind of hard to accept sometimes, because really I still feel 23 at heart — until 9:30 at night, then it is pretty much bedtime,” said Justin.

The boys grew up in Collingwood and attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and Collingwood Collegiate Institute.

“I think ultimately what we would like do it simply positively represent not only ourselves, but the town of Collingwood,” said Jason. “Collingwood is a wonderful place to grow up.”

Jason said their experience with the Canadian Armed Forces also helped prepare them for the experience, both physically and mentally.

Justin served for eight years and Jason for six.

They have both been police officers for the last 15 years, something Jason said was a childhood dream of theirs.

“Any of the extreme challenges the Amazing Race Canada comes up with, we are prepared,” said Jason.

He said the only thing they might find challenging is the logistics of getting from one spot to the next.

“You always have to be one step ahead of the team trailing you,” he said.

In the video, the brothers, along with family and friends of the pair, make note of the fact that they sometimes fight a bit.

Jason says they challenge each other and question every decision the other makes, but adds: “He is my very best friend; we do everything together, so naturally we have some arguments.”

The video has already received more than 500 views and has numerous encouraging comments.

“The support has been absolutely overwhelming,” said Jason. “We went public with the video 15 hours ago and it has gone absolutely viral on a number of social media platforms.”

The brothers ended their video by arguing over who gets to say their concluding remarks:

“We have had 40 years to get ready for this, so pick us for the Amazing Race Canada.”

Casting for the show is being held online (http://www.theamazingracecanadacasting.com/) until Feb. 28.

More information about the Frye brothers can be found on their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AmazingRaceCanadaFryeBrosAudition) audtion page.

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