Marianna Ruiz and Julia Catalina Ruiz are a team of Sisters on The Amazing Race 12.

The sisters languished at the back of the pack for most of their time in the race, including finishing the Roadblock in the third leg ahead of just Lorena & Jason. However, Julia then made the fatal mistake of giving advice to Lorena on how to complete the task, allowing their competitors to catch up and eventually pass them, resulting in Marianna & Julia's elimination in 9th place.


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These feisty sisters describe themselves as best friends and worst enemies, but they're convinced they'll make for an unbeatable Team. Julia serves as the problem solver while Marianna is the athlete. Both are super-competitive and relying on each other may pose some problems.

Marianna claims that the biggest difference between the two sisters is that Julia is emotional while she is as steady as a rock. She describes herself as energetic and sarcastic while Julia describes herself as creative and witty.

Julia is admittedly more sensitive than her sister but is also quick to point out that Marianna doesn't have a sensor button and that at times she can be quite mean. She and her sister have traveled together on numerous occasions and are hoping their experiences will give them an advantage against some of the competition. When asked which Teams they would model their game play after - they both choose past winners BJ and Tyler for their positive energy approach towards the game. As they put it , "Positive energy creates positive results."

Both sisters will do whatever it takes to advance their standing in the Race, even if it means flirting their way past the competition.[1]

The Amazing Race 12

Race History

Marianna & Julia's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Ireland No Detour Marianna 9 of 11
2 2 Ireland → The Netherlands Hoist It / Hunt It Marianna 7 of 10
3 3 The Netherlands → Burkina Faso Teach It / Learn It Julia 9 of 9
Average 8.33
     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 U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn



  • Marianna & Julia are the first team to be eliminated in Burkina Faso.

External links


  • Christopher Roochio at Reality TV World (11/19/2007): "Interview: Marianna and Julia Ruiz talk about The Amazing Race"
  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (11/19/2007): "Exclusive Interview: Marianna and Julia Ruiz, 3rd Eliminated From The Amazing Race 12"
  • Eric Goldman at (11/20/2007): "Amazing Race Interview - Marianna & Julia"
  • Teeuwynn Woodruff at RealityNewsOnline (11/21/2007): "You Need a Toothbrush and a Pair of Underwear"

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