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.

After barely escaping elimination in the first leg, the Linz Family emerged as one of the frontrunners in the race, only finishing outside the top three once since then. They also became one of the most vocal teams against the Weaver Family, with whom they frequently clashed with. Their reliance on their physical abilities, such as always choosing to perform the more physical Detour option despite Megan not being as physically-fit as her brothers, allowed them to make it to the final three. On the the final leg, they arrived at the last Roadblock just minutes before the Bransen Family and held on to their small lead, going on to win the race.


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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.[1]

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 a double-length leg, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, and shown over two episodes. The placement listed in the top row reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.
2: Leg 11 was a double-length leg, with two Detours and two Roadblocks. The placements listed in the top row reflect the order teams picked up a charter flight to a mystery destination at Olympic Stadium, the leg's halfway point. This leg was shown over a single two-hour episode.


  • The siblings gave half of the prize money to their parents.[2]
  • Nick, Alex, and Megan have all since married and had children after competing on the race.[3]
  • The Linz Family were contacted for The Amazing Race 31, but were cut.[4]



  • 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.

US Records

  • Tied with Nick & Starr for youngest averaged aged team to make it to 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"
  • Logan Saunders & Michael Harmstone at RTV Warriors (11/31/2018): "A Leg in the Leaves?"

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