Linda & Karen
S5 LindaKaren
Team Profile
Birth Dates: (1958-10-30) October 30, 1958 (age 59) (Linda)
(1962-10-05) October 5, 1962 (age 55) (Karen)
Hometown: Palmdale, California
Relation: Bowling moms
Occupation: Tennis teacher (Linda)
Homemaker (Karen)

The Amazing Race 5

Legs Competed: 12
Legs Won: 0
Placement: 4th
Average Position: 4.17
Roadblock Count: Linda: 5
Karen: 6
Countries Raced: Flag of the United States of America Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Russia Flag of Egypt
Flag of Kenya Flag of Tanzania Flag of the United Arab Emirates Flag of India Flag of New Zealand
Flag of the Philippines

Linda Ruiz and Karen Heins are a team of Bowling Moms on The Amazing Race 5.


Retrieved from[1]

Karen is the second most competitive person I know -- me being #1!Linda

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.

When and where did you meet?

Linda: Karen and I met 15 years ago at Kindergarten Roundup for our sons, who are now 19 years old.

If you could describe your relationship in one phrase or sentence, what would it be?

Linda: Our relationship is primarily based on our bowling competitions.

Have you ever traveled together before? If so, what were the best and worst aspects of traveling together?

Linda: We vacation each year at Bass Lake, California, and we travel to National and State Bowling tournaments.

Why did you decide to team up for THE AMAZING RACE?

Linda: Karen is the second most competitive person I know—me being #1!

As you begin the Race, how do you think this experience will affect your relationship?

Linda: No change.

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?

Linda: Mentally I am the strongest, but I tend to whine when in last place.

What strengths and weaknesses does your teammate bring to the Team?

Linda: Karen is very athletic and competitive. She never gives up. She believes everything has to be perfect.

The Amazing Race 5

Race History

Linda & Karen's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
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 [1]
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 [2]
Average 4.17
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

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.


Franchise Records

  • First team to be penalized for arriving last in a non-elimination leg.
    • First team to surrender their money as a penalty.
  • First all-female team to reach the Final Four.
  • First team eliminated on leg 12 of the race.
  • First team eliminated on the penultimate leg of the race.
  • First all-female team to finish in 4th place.
  • Linda & Karen are the first team to be eliminated in the Philippines.

Post-Race Life

External links


  • 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!"

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