Linz Family
S8 LinzFamily
Team Profile
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Relation: Siblings
Occupation: Sales (Nick)
Emergency room tech (Alex)
College students (Megan and Tommy)

The Amazing Race: Family Edition

Legs Competed: 11
Legs Won: 2
Placement: 1st
Average Position: 2.82
Roadblock Count: Nick: 5
Alex: 4
Megan: 2
Tommy: 4
Countries Raced: Flag of the United States of America Flag of Panama Flag of Costa Rica Flag of Canada
Nicholas "Nick" Linz, Alexander "Alex" Linz, Megan Linz, and Thomas "Tommy" Linz are a team of Siblings and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race: Family Edition.

They spent most of the season in front of the pack due to being young and fit, and therefore were able to power their way through the severely reduced difficulty.


The Linz family is from Cincinnati, Ohio. This close-knit team is comprised of three brothers and one feisty sister who are so deeply rooted in Cincinnati that they have over 50 first cousins living in or near the Cincinnati area. The Linz's parents have been married for over 28 years.

Nick is the oldest on the team at 24 and works in sales in Buffalo, New York. He describes himself as hardworking and friendly.

Alex, 22, recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati and works as an emergency room tech. He says he is optimistic and proud.

Tommy, 19, is currently enrolled at Miami University of Ohio. Tommy, who played on the Miami University lacrosse team, is willing and outgoing.

Megan, 21, is the only female on the team. She also attends Miami University of Ohio and is studying Strategic Communications. Megan enjoys cheerleading and field hockey. Although she's outnumbered by the boys, she and her brothers are very close.

The Linz siblings are well-traveled, athletic, very competitive and ready to embark on a race around the world.

The Amazing Race: Family Edition

Race History

The Linz Family's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 New York → New Jersey → Pennsylvania Build It / Buggy It No Roadblock 9 of 10
2 2 Pennsylvania → District of Columbia → Virginia Heat of the Battle / Heat of the Night Nick 2 of 9
3 3 Virginia → South Carolina → Alabama Forrest Gump / Muddy Waters Alex & Tommy 2 of 8
4 4 Alabama → Mississippi → Louisiana Work / Play Tommy 3 of 7
5 5 Louisiana → Panama Rhythm / Coos Nick 4 of 6
6 6 Panama → Costa Rica Relic / Ripe Megan 2 of 6
7 7 Costa Rica → Arizona Brush / Barrel Tommy 3 of 5
8 Arizona Bearing / Bailing Megan 2 of 5
8 9 Arizona → Utah Ride Down / Drop Down Nick 1 of 4>
9 10 Utah → Wyoming → Montana Spike It / Steam It Alex & Tommy 3 of 4 [1]
10 Pioneer Spirit / Native Tradition Nick & Alex 2 of 4
11 11 Montana → Canada → New York Slide It / Roll It Alex 2 of 3 [2]
Ship / Shoe Nick 1 of 3
Average 2.82
     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 10 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, and shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.

2: Leg 11 was also double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, and shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.

Post-Race Life

  • The siblings gave half of the prize money to their parents.[1]
  • Nick, Alex, and Megan have all since married and had children after competing on the race.[2]



  • The Linz Family are the first blood-related and the first family team to win the race.
    • The first sibling team to win the race.
  • Tied with Nick & Starr and Matt & Phoebe for Youngest averaged aged team to win the race, being 21.5 while racing.
  • First team to come in second-to-last in the first leg and win the race.
  • First winning team to outright have the highest racing average of the season.

US Records

  • Tied with Nick & Starr for Youngest averaged aged team in the final three.

External links


  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (12/14/2005): "Linzes Land $1M Race Prize"
  • AP (12/15/2005): "Cincinnati siblings win latest Amazing Race"
  • Rochell D. Thomas at TV Guide Online (12/20/2005): "The Linz Kids are Race's First Family"
  • Jenn Brasler at RealityNewsOnline (12/21/2005): "We Were in the Race to Enjoy It"
  • Eileen Connelly at Catholic Online (02/08/2006): "Amazing Race winning Catholic siblings prize family over jackpot"
  • John Kiesewetter on WVXU (12/14/2015): "Where Are They Now: The Linz Kids Who Won $1 Million On The Amazing Race"

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