|Linda & Karen|
|Members|| Linda Ruiz|
|Age|| 45 (Linda)|
|Occupation|| Tennis teacher (Linda)|
Linda Ruiz and Karen Heins are a team of Bowling Moms on the 5th season of The Amazing Race.
Linda & Karen are self-proclaimed bowling moms from Palmdale, California. They met 12 years ago when they joined the local bowling team and have been doubles partners ever since. A major accomplishment for them was winning the California State Bowling Doubles Tournament in 1999. In addition to bowling, they go on family vacations together to Bass Lake in California.
Karen has been happily married for 21 years and has three children. Linda is celebrating her silver anniversary with her husband this year. She is also a mother of three children and teaches tennis.
Linda & Karen describe themselves as "athletic moms who like to compete at everything." They are excited to compete in THE AMAZING RACE 5 so they can see new places and meet new people.
The Amazing Race 5Edit
|Linda & Karen's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Uruguay||Zips / Chips||No Roadblock||3 of 11|
|2||2||Uruguay → Argentina||Perro / Tango||Karen||4 of 10|
|3||3||Argentina||Smooth Sailing / Rough Riding||Linda||6 of 9|
|4||4||Argentina → Russia||Block 5 Shots / Drink 1 Shot||Linda||6 of 8|
|5||5||Russia → Egypt||Rock & Roll / Hump & Ride||Karen||7 of 7|
|6||6||Egypt||Herd It / Haul It||Linda||6 of 7|
|7||7||Egypt → Kenya → Tanzania||Buzzing / Busy||Karen||3 of 6|
|8||8||Tanzania → United Arab Emirates||Off Plane / Off Road||Linda||4 of 5|||
|9||9||United Arab Emirates → India||Heavy but Short / Light but Long||Karen||3 of 5|
|10||10||India → New Zealand||Clean / Dirty||Karen||2 of 5|
|11||11||New Zealand → The Philippines||Plow / Fowl||Linda||2 of 4|
|12||12||The Philippines||Unknown||Karen||4 of 4|||
1: Leg 8 had an unaired Roadblock involving buying and delivering nuts. Linda was shown in promotional material performing the Roadblock, as well as mentioning that in the next episode she did the previous (Leg 8's) Roadblock, despite the last aired (Leg 7) being preformed by Karen.
2: Leg 12 had a Detour, however all teams were shown performing the same task, and was aired as a miscellaneous task.
- First team to surrender their money as a penalty for arriving last in a non-elimination leg.
- First female team to reach the final four.
- First female team to finish in 4th place.
- First team to be eliminated in the Philippines.
Post-Race Life Edit
- In Leg 4 of Season 9, BJ and Tyler paid homage to Linda and Karen by wearing "Bowling Moms" t-shirts. In return, the moms wore "BJ & Tyler shirts" at the West Coast finale party.
- Harry Smith on The Early Show (09/22/2004): "Amazing Race Ends with Proposal"
- Ethan Alter at TV Guide Online (10/01/2004): "TAR's Bowling Moms Strike Out"
- TARflies interview (01/22/2005): "Bowling Moms Rule!"
Social Media ProfilesEdit
- Linda's Facebook: /linda.ruiz.12
- Karen's Facebook: /karen.hiltonheins
|The Amazing Race 5 Teams|