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Linda & Karen
Team Profile
Members Linda Ruiz
Karen Heins
Age 45 (Linda)
41 (Karen)
Hometown Palmdale, California
Relation Bowling moms
Occupation Tennis teacher (Linda)
Homemaker (Karen)

The Amazing Race 5

Legs Competed 12
Placement 4th

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

Race HistoryEdit

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 finished in last place and was supposed to be eliminated, but used the Save pass
     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.

Trivia Edit

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.[1]


  • 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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