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On the Bright Side

December 11, 2012

Beekman Boys take home amazing prize

The new year promises to be a good one for the Beekman Boys of Sharon Springs. Come to think of it, this year hasn’t been too shabby, either.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, who hadn’t won a single leg in the 21st season of “The Amazing Race” — a 25,000-mile, nine-country endurance test across three continents — were declared the overall winners Sunday night, taking home $1 million.

And given that the race was decided six months ago — it was filmed in May and June — they’ve already started to make changes in their lives.

“As of January, Josh is planning to move to the farm full-time,” Ridge said Monday during a phone interview arranged by CBS.

It 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 said.

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, they said. 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.

But it wasn’t easy. After barely avoiding elimination from the race in France, the goat farmers got what some people may have thought was an advantage when the race moved to New York City — where they had lived for years.

It didn’t turn out that way.

“We had pretty good luck with our cab drivers all around the world until we got to New York,” Kilmer-Purcell said. “When got our cab at JFK (John F. Kennedy International Airport) … he actually could not find his way to Coney Island. We had to get out and switch cabs to get ourselves to Coney Island.”

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