Karen Richards and Bert Richards are a Married Couple team on The Amazing Race Canada 5.


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Age: 31
Occupation: Social Worker
Current City: Edmonton, AB
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Strengths: Good advocate, smart, warm
Fears/Phobia: Falling
Favourite Travel Destination: "Greece was beautiful!"
Pet Peeve about Teammate: He farts too much


Age: 36
Occupation: Small business owner; Musician
Current City: Edmonton, AB
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Strengths: Navigation, spatial recognition, grounded
Fears/Phobia: Bugs crawling all over me in a confined space or having to pick up a large insect
Favourite Travel Destination: Jamaica
Pet Peeve about Teammate: When Karen gets into bed with cold feet and tries to warm them up on me

Team Bio

Vivacious couple Karen and Bert began dating in 2004 and married since 2013; and together they make a modern family of four with a son and daughter who are their life. Bert is the owner of a moving and delivery company in Edmonton and also a successful musician. As rapper who goes by the name Dirt Gritie, Bert is always quick to come up with a rhyme for any occasion. Karen works as a social worker, which has trained her to get things done under pressure and to deliver when sticky situations arise. In addition to their successful careers, Karen and Bert pride themselves on the community work they do, volunteering for countless non-profits. They both love working with families and youth programs.

The energetic duo are huge fans of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and always believed they could obliterate any competition if put on the start line. Karen says they have the perfect combination of physical and mental abilities, though she may have to reign in Bert from time to time as he's a big kid with limitless energy. While Bert and Karen are empathetic people, they are out to crush any team that gets in their way without compromising their integrity.

Fun Facts

Motto: "It's all fun and games till somebody gets hurt"
If you and your teammate were a pop duo, what would your name be? The Richards
Walk on Song:

Bert: "Humble" by Kendrick Lamar | Karen: "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree

Team they most associate with from previous seasons:

Bert: Joel and Ashley (Season Four) | Karen: Hal and Joanne (Season One)

If you could be an animal what would you be?

Bert: Gray Owl | Karen: Kangaroo

The Amazing Race Canada 5

Race History

Karen & Bert's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 Newfoundland and Labrador → British Columbia Pedal / Paddle Bert 6 of 10
2 2 British Columbia → Alberta Pump It / Pull It Karen 4 of 9
3 3 Alberta → British Columbia Strike It / Throw It Bert 5 of 8ϵ [1]
4 4 British Columbia → China In Sync / In Line Karen 5 of 7
5 5 China → Thailand Bling It / Shred It No Roadblock 5 of 7
6 6 Thailand → Ontario → Quebec Tiptoe Through the Tulips / Get the Picture Karen 4 of 6
7 7 Quebec → Ontario → Newfoundland and Labrador Find Your Dory / Family Story Bert 4 of 6
8 8 Newfoundland and Labrador → Panama Up For a Drink / Down For the Count Karen 5 of 5
9 9 Panama → Saskatchewan The Cart / The Horse Bert 3 of 5
10 10 Saskatchewan → Ontario Alpac-It / I'll Cast It Karen 4 of 4~
Average 4.50
     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
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist
~ The team that lost the Double Battle.

1: Karen & Bert used the Express Pass given to them by Kenneth & Ryan to bypass the Route Marker task on Leg 3.

Post Race


  • Bert was a member of the rap trio Politic Live. Featured in the opening segment was their 2007 song Throwback. Karen was a backup dancer, and can be seen at the 3:23 mark.

External links


  • Sheri Block at (09/06/2017): "Karen and Bert an even stronger team after running ‘The Amazing Race Canada’"
  • Mark Daniell at Toronto Sun (09/06/2017): "The Amazing Race Canada’s Karen and Bert reveal the key to beating Sam and Paul"

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