Lyn & Karlyn
S10 LynKarlyn
Team Profile
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama (Lyn)
Helena, Alabama (Karlyn)
Relation: Single moms/friends
Occupation: 4th grade teacher (Lyn)
Program analyst (Karlyn)

The Amazing Race 10

Legs Competed: 12
Legs Won: 0
Placement: 3rd
Average Position: 5.00
Roadblock Count: Lyn: 6
Karlyn: 7
Countries Raced: Flag of the United States of America Flag of China Flag of Mongolia Flag of Vietnam Flag of India
Flag of Kuwait Flag of Mauritius Flag of Madagascar Flag of Finland Flag of Ukraine
Flag of Morocco Flag of Spain Flag of France

Lynette "Lyn" Turk and Karlyn Harris are a team of Single Moms/Friends on The Amazing Race 10.

African-American single moms from Alabama, they were dismissed as a weak team due to their struggle in the first 2 legs and throughout the race. Contestants made regular comment on how surprised they were that the team to whom they referred to as "Bama" or "The Sistas" made competitive strides. Undeterred, they managed to survive elimination legs after legs despite competing against much more physically capable teams due to their navigation skills, level-headed pragmatism in stressful situations and, in part, to their alliance with the "6 packs" (including David & Mary and Erwin & Godwin). In reference to their kinship with David & Mary, Karlyn stated, "We're from the South. We help each other. That's what we do."


Retrieved from Lyn & Karlyn have been friends since the ninth grade, but the humorous banter that these single moms share makes them seem more like sisters. Referring to themselves as the "Black Debutantes" of the Race, this Alabama duo intends to compete with style, class and dignity.

Lyn lives in Birmingham, Alabama and teaches high school. A mother of three, she enjoys traveling, reading and meeting new people. Karlyn is a programming analyst who lives in Helena, Alabama with her daughter. She can be described as crazy, loud and creative and has a fear of flying.

The friends are excited about traveling abroad for the first time together and believe that their resourcefulness and ability to improvise will make them the Team to beat.

The Amazing Race 10

Race History

Lyn & Karlyn's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → China Labor / Leisure Karlyn 9 of 12
2 2 China → Mongolia Take It Down / Fill It Up Lyn 9 of 10
3 3 Mongolia → Vietnam Fuel / Fowl Karlyn 6 of 9
4 4 Vietnam Over / Under Karlyn 6 of 8
5 5 Vietnam → India Wild Things / Wild Rice Lyn 5 of 7
6 6 India → Kuwait Manual / Automatic Karlyn 4 of 7
7 7 Kuwait → Mauritius Salt / Sea Lyn 5 of 6 [1]
8 8 Mauritius → Madagascar Long Sleep / Short Letter Lyn 5 of 6
9 9 Madagascar → Finland → Ukraine Swamp This / Swamp That Karlyn 3 of 5 [2]
10 Make the Music / Find the Music Lyn 4 of 5
11 10 Ukraine → Morocco Throw It / Grind It Karlyn 2 of 4<
12 11 Morocco → Spain Lug It / Lob It Lyn 2 of 4
13 12 Spain → France → United States Art / Fashion Karlyn 3 of 3
Average 5.00
     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 7 featured an unaired Roadblock. Lyn completed the Roadblock as Karlyn was shown to have completed seven Roadblocks by the end of race.
2: Leg 9 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, 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

  • Just days before the season finale aired, Lyn's home was burglarized and almost of all her possessions were gone.[1]
  • In 2008, Lyn remarried her first husband (with whom she had three kids).[2]
  • Karlyn refused to sign the letter sent by Lyn to Dustin & Kandice in Leg 4 (of the Roadblock) on All-Stars.


Franchise Records

  • Lyn & Karlyn are the first all-female team to reach the final three and qualify for the final leg.
  • First team to reach the final three without winning any previous legs.
  • First team to finish the race without winning any leg.
  • Lowest racing average of an all-female team who completed the race at 5.00. (Tied with Aleandra & Marlene).

US Version

External links


  • Eric Goldman at IGN (12/13/2006): "Amazing Race Exclusive Interview: Lyn & Karlyn"
  • Jenn Brasler at Reality News Online (12/18/2006): "You'll Never Know How You'll React Unless You're There"

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