Exclusive: Bear Grylls heads to Fiji in first trailer for Amazon’s ‘Eco-Challenge’ revival

No one braves the elements better than Bear Grylls. 

The ballsy Brit was subjected to some of the most treacherous terrain on the planet as host of Discovery’s popular survival show “Man vs. Wild” and NBC’s “Running Wild,” in which he roughed it outdoors with celebrities including Channing Tatum and Julia Roberts. 

So of course it was a no-brainer for super-producer Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “The Voice”) to call on Grylls, 44, to help him revive famed adventure race “Eco-Challenge,” Burnett’s first TV series. A first trailer is premiering exclusively on usatoday.com ahead of the series’ 2020 return on Amazon Prime. 

“The scale of ‘Eco-Challenge’ is enormous and almost seems never-ending,” Grylls tells USA TODAY in an email. “I like to think of it as the ‘Olympics of Adventure.’ “

First airing in 1995 on Discovery, the original “Eco-Challenge” featured international teams of men and women racing nonstop across exotic locales such as Morocco, Argentina and New Zealand. The show later moved to USA, but was cancelled by the network following the 2002 Fiji race. 

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