Fridays Featured FemaleS – The Dirrty Dozen Ragnar Team

Welcome to Friday’s Featured FemaleS!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

This week’s feature doesn’t just highlight one woman but it highlights a #DirrtyDozen of them.  Today I want to give a huge shout out the members of my So Cal Ragnar Team (technically, I’m not highlighting myself but 11 sounded ridiculous).

Ragnar Relay Series, runchat

Get to know these 11 amazing women that will be covering 200 miles with me (from Huntington Beach to San Diego).  Not all of these ladies are bloggers (and many aren’t even active in social media) but they are all amazing women and athletes.  The list below is in runner order with their leg mileages and terrain difficulty noted:


Van 1:


Elizabeth B. –  Elizabeth isn’t a blogger but she is most definitely a runner!  She kicks off our relay.

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 5.90 (hard),  11.90 (hard) and 8.10 (very hard) = 25.9 miles Kia is a yoga instructor, a parent and she flew in from Colorado to be a part of this team.

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 7.0 (hard), 3.0 (easy) and 2.9 (easy) = 13.1 miles
Kia, Bodhi Bear, runner, yoga instructor

Kia crossing a finish line with her son –


Jenica:  I don’t know Jenica personally but anyone who wants signs up for this madness is ok in my book!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 6.7 (hard), 3.7 (easy) and 3.5 (easy) = 13.9 miles


Amy@It’sAllAboutTheJourney:  The lady that put it all together deserves a great round of applause!  You rock!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 2.7 (easy), 4.0 (easy) and 6.2 (very hard) = 13.0 miles
Amy, dancer, runner, It's All About The Journey

With a medal, it’s Amy: It’s All About The Journey


Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries:  Fresh off the LA Marathon and in training for a tri, I’m sad not to be in a van with this inspirational lady!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 6.4 (hard), 6.3 (moderate) and 3.7 (easy) = 16.4 miles
Chasing Raspberries, marathoner, triathlete

How cute is Jillienne of Chasing


Gillian@That’sG: Like her sound-alike name predecessor above, Gillian is also fresh off the LA Marathon.  This law student and spin teacher is sweet, strong and damn fast!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 8.7 (very hard), 2.7 (easy) and 4.2 (moderate) = 15.6 miles
Gillian, law student, spin instructor, runner

Getting Ready for LA –



Van 2:

Jamie@FitApproach: She’s the CEO of an online fitness community, a yoga instructor and oh yeah, she runs ultra marathons.  There’s a reason she’s running this particular leg.  (Jamie, please don’t be creeped out that I used a photo from your personal FB page)

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 9.8 (very hard), 5.9 (hard) and 7.0 (very hard) = 22.7 miles
Jamie Walker, sweat pink, fit approach, ultra marathoner

Jamie winning 2nd place in a 50K


Me: Yup, I’ve got the least total distance to cover. See, people are nice to the elderly.

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 4.1 (hard), 3.5 (hard) and 2.8 (easy) = 10.4 miles

Awesome 80's run, running, 5K, music


Kathleen:  Another person I don’t know but her Facebook page says, “If you have to ask if it’s too early to drink wine, you’re an amateur and we can’t be friends.”  I like her already.

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 5.3 (hard), 3.2 (easy) and 3.5 (easy) = 12 miles  I can’t say enough good things about this woman.  We clicked at first run and I’m thrilled to be seeing her twice in two weeks for two different runs.  She is going to rock this relay!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 6.7 (moderate), 2.0 (easy) and 7.1 (hard) = 16.3 miles
Carrie - Family Fitness Food

Carrie from


Jill@TreeFitness:  My fitness roommate for two conferences and counting!  There are few people on this earth that are as gorgeous, smart, sensitive and athletic as this lady is.  She’s flying in from Utah to do her 4th Ragnar!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 2.9 (easy), 4.2 (hard) and 7.4 (hard) = 14.5 miles

Jill Griffiths,, CPT


Debbie@LiveFromLaQuinta:  Another lady I haven’t met but if she’s a friend of Melissa@MelissaRunningIt (who is one fabulous chick), then I know I’ll like her.  Look at the distance she’s covering too!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 6.7 (very hard), 4.8 (moderate) and 5.4 (moderate) = 16.9 miles
Debbie, runner

Debbie from


I’m thrilled to be given the chance to do this unique race with all of these ladies.  I’m looking forward to telling you all about the experience after I recover!


Do you have a dream race (not that this was mine)?  If so, which one?

About Melissa Burton

I’m Melissa Burton, a recent transplant from Brooklyn, New York to Southern California. By profession, I’m a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. In my actual life I’ve been a million things ...

16 Responses to Fridays Featured FemaleS – The Dirrty Dozen Ragnar Team

  1. Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)

    Awww, I almost want to be a runner now!… if only my knees agreed. As of right now, I am icing every night and foam rolling since they are swollen. Not fun! Can’t wait to hear details.
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    • Melissa Burton

      Take care of those knees! Running is hard on the body and you can certainly work out in a fun way without killing your joints (but I need to take my own advice given my back issues…).

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    OMG this is incredible! I am so excited to hear about this journey! These ladies are flipping phenomenal – including yourself, duh! ;)
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    • Melissa Burton

      I need to recap the experience but OMG, it was amazing. Gigi, these ladies were indeed phenomenal – all of them.

  3. Melissa Running It

    Gah… if only there was runner tracking for this! I can’t imagine what a blast y’all are having.

    Elderly…. pffft, whatevs. Melissa’s don’t age. Duh!

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    • Melissa Burton

      Melissas don’t age. I like that. Thank you again for coming to the finish. It was so great to see your smiling face. I was a bit brain dead so forgive me.

  4. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance

    Some of my favorite people are listed here Melissa! Good luck to all you lovely ladies! You are fabulous and you’ll all do awesome! :)
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    • Melissa Burton

      Brittany: Thanks for the encouragement. The experience was amazing. I look forward to recapping it soon.

  5. Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness

    That is a great list Melissa! I read this and it super charges me!
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  6. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    Just reading this because I was, ahem, a little busy for the last couple days. First of all, watch that elderly stuff junior! Second, it was such an amazing experience I’m not sure I can put into words (though, as a blogger you know I will try :-) ). I am in awe of you and all the other women on our team. I had no idea of the culture of Ragnar, and now that I do I think I am hooked. I can’t wait to do it again and I hope we can get the whole team together for our next one.
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    • Melissa Burton

      It was such a great experience. I’m looking forward to gathering my thoughts and feelings and recapping it too. You are one amazing lady Debbie! I look forward to “getting the band back together” for another Ragnar….soon!! Stay “Happy”.


    <3 <3 I'm still contemplating all of my thoughts from the weekend as well as trying to catch up on sleep. I'm loving that so many of us will be writing recaps, it's like reliving it all over and over again. recently posted…Ragnar Socal!!!My Profile

    • Melissa Burton

      This slowpoke is still trying to get her thoughts and feelings together to get a proper recap together.

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