Jim McCoy and Marsha McCoy are a team of Military Dad and Daughter on The Amazing Race 5.

The team immediately got off to a rough start when Jim tore his knee during the opening dash at the Starting Line, needing 25 stitches before he was allowed to continue the Race. On the third leg, however, they were mistakenly booked one ticket and one standby tickets on the early flight, but only one ticket on the later flight, meaning that, despite being one of the first in line, they failed to make either of the flights. They were unable to make up the time deficit once and finished in 9th place.


Retrieved from CBS.com

Jim & Marsha are a father-daughter Team from Jacksonville, Florida. Jim, who is married to Marsha's mother, Linda, is a helicopter pilot who spent 23 years in the military, including a tour in Vietnam. As a military family, they were fortunate to have had their primary residence in Jacksonville for many years, but they have also spent two years living in Germany. Marsha is a law student at the University of Florida College of Law. She said that as a child she was an ugly duckling, and still is, but thinks she transformed herself when she became an NFL cheerleader for the Jacksonville Jaguars and also posed for the cheerleaders' calendar. Jim & Marsha believe that this experience will give them the opportunity to work as partners rather than father and daughter. Marsha says she hopes this will force her dad to view her in a different light. Jim says they are excited about competing in THE AMAZING RACE 5 because "it would be a chance of a lifetime, especially for someone like me, who has never won a thing in his life!"[1]

When and where did you meet?
Jim: We're father and daughter; need we say more?
If you could describe your relationship in one phrase or sentence, what would it be?
Jim: Traditional father and daughter, with all the age-old disagreements and concerns.
Have you ever traveled together before? If so, what were the best and worst aspects of traveling together?
Jim: We've never traveled together before.
Why did you decide to team up for THE AMAZING RACE?
Jim: We both thrive on adventure, and the thought of some father/daughter bonding was appealing.
As you begin the Race, how do you think this experience will affect your relationship?
Jim: I hope it will become stronger by learning more about each other.
What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team? Jim: I bring organization, discipline and experience. A weakness could be the inability to treat Marsha as an equal instead of my daughter.
What strengths and weaknesses does your teammate bring to the Team?
Jim: Determination and athletic ability are her strong points. Being impulsive could be a weakness.[2]

The Amazing Race 5

Race History

Jim & Marsha's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Uruguay Zips / Chips No Roadblock 10 of 11
2 2 Uruguay → Argentina Perro / Tango Marsha 3 of 10
3 3 Argentina Smooth Sailing / Rough Riding Jim 9 of 9
Average 7.33
     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



  • Jim & Marsha are the first father-daughter team and thus, the first co-ed parent/child team. 
  • They were featured in a CBS.com gallery celebrating 'Father's Day' in 2015.[3]

External links


  • FansOfReality TV (07/21/2004): "Our Interview with Jim and Marsha"
  • Syler Rene Syler on The Early Show (07/22/2004): "Race Ends For Military Team"
  • Laura Kenney at Elites TV (07/22/2004): "Reality People Talk - JIm and Marsha of The Amazing Race"
  • Ethan Alter at TV Guide Online (07/26/2004): "Amazing Race's Sports Injury"
  • Nancy McAlister at The Florida Times-Union (07/27/2004): "Race was simply amazing"
  • Phil Kural at RealityNewsOnline (07/30/2004): "Living The Daddy/Daughter Dream"
  • John Crook at Zap2it (08/15/2004): "The Race is on"
  • CBS.com (2004): "After the Race"

Social Media Profiles


The Amazing Race 5 Teams
S5 AlisonDonny.jpg
 Bob & Joyce
Internet Dating Couple
S5 BobJoyce.jpg
 Brandon & Nicole
Dating Models
S5 BrandonNicole.jpg
S5 CharlaMirna.jpg
 Chip & Kim
Married Parents
S5 ChipKim.jpg
 Dennis & Erika
Once Engaged
S5 DennisErika.jpg
 Jim & Marsha
Military Dad and Daughter
S5 JimMarsha.jpg
S5 KamiKarli.jpg
 Linda & Karen
Bowling Moms
S5 LindaKaren.jpg
S5 MarshallLance.jpg
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.