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

Jim tore his knee open during the opening dash at the Starting Line, needing 25 stitches before he was allowed to continue the Race. Although his leg did not hinder them too much, they were done on the third leg when they made a mistake booking tickets, booking one ticket and three standby tickets on the early flight, but only three tickets on the later flight, meaning, despite being first in line, they failed to make either of the flights. They were unable to make up the time deficit once they reached San Carlos de Bariloche, and they finished in 9th place.


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!"

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 the first co-ed parent/child team. 
  • featured them for a Father's Day Celebration slideshow in 2015.[1]

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"

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