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First Quarter 2012


Happy Trails...

Greeting from the President

It is January and there were daffodils blooming on the FatAss trail.  Is this another crazy winter, but instead of snow and ice, it’s going to be thunderstorms and tornados?  At least the warm weather makes the weekly Tuesday night rain seem not so bad.  And it seems to be sprouting weekend training runs all over the place!  Check the GUTS Facebook page or the forum, for the frequent training get-togethers, easy (Jones Bridge and “the River”), medium (Kennesaw) and difficult (Coosa) trails.


The Resolution NOT to run the Resolution Run Run and the FatAss are already history for 2012, but the ever popular Red Top Rumble is coming soon!  If you got in, you might not have realized that the 2012 race closed in just 2 hours!  We increased the runner limit to 400, but still closed out earlier than ever before.  So, if you didn’t get into the race, please consider volunteering.  Either way, we hope to see you there.  Or if you have something a little longer in mind, keep training…March 31st will be the start of the Operation Endurance 24/12/6 hour solo and relay event. It will be held on a super fast and flat one-mile loop inside Fort Benning.  Check the website for more details; it is sure to become a classic.


Don’t forget to join us for the weekly Tuesday night trail run at Kennesaw Mountain or the Tuesday morning run at Jones Bridge. Both runs are about an hour, at various speeds.  The first Tuesday trail run is followed by pizza & beer at the Marietta Pizza Company, located on the Marietta Square. There are only two more “1st Tuesday” night runs before daylight savings time changes and no more headlamps on Tuesday nights and the Jones Bridge run will return to Thursday nights. I hope more members can join us.


Happy Trails,
Janice Anderson, Prez


GUTS Annual Party….er Meeting?

Sunday, December 11th 


We had a great turnout at the annual meeting and party this year.  This year’s event was held at a new location, at the home of GUTS RD and Secretary, Kim Pike.  Over 80 members were in attendance, some still hobbling from the weekend’s ultra events.  The event was catered by Willy’s Cantina, and many fabulous desserts were brought by members.  Special thanks to GUTS member Peter Kaiser, executive chef at Twist, for donating delicious cookies from the Twist bakery. 

This year’s elections were held for Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Sally Brooking was re-elected vice-president, Debbi Legg was re-elected Treasurer and Kim Pike was re-elected Secretary, all running unopposed.  Vikena Yutz and Amanda Tichacek were selected as the two at-large board members.  As a reminder:  Elected board positions are held for 2 years, with elections taking place each year for the given board positions. The final two at-large positions are selected by the president and the board and are renewed on a yearly basis.  All of this is contained in the bylaws of GUTS.  Ask any GUTS board member if you would like more information.  If you have any suggestions or comments for any board members please email us at


With all of the events that we coordinate throughout the year, we simply could not do it without our GREAT volunteers! GUTS presented a ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award to several outstanding volunteers. All were awarded very cool GUTS embroidered North Face duffel bags.  Mike Delang received his award for his tireless work at Pine Mountain, where he worked all day to keep aid stations stocked and running smoothly.  Mike also showed his GUTS dedication at GRR and Mystery Mountain.  Scott Stetson was recognized for his many hours at the soggy GRR, for his instrumental role in getting approval for OE24 at Fort Benning and volunteering all weekend there, as well as acting as right-hand man for Sarah at Pine Mountain.  Aaron Dwileski received his kudos for extensively volunteering at almost every race this year, including Red Top Rumble (pre-race, Saturday, & Sunday), GRR, and MMM (hours and hours and hours making the awesome finishers medals).  Aaron was also the GUTS aid station captain for both of the Pinhoti GUTS aid stations this year, representing GUTS well throughout the entire weekend.   James Taylor also received an award as he volunteered extensively at many events, including Red Top Rumble, GRR, and MMM, where he worked all weekend as the Course Marshal. 

We truly appreciate the support of ALL of our GUTS volunteers and hope that we can encourage even more of you -- both "old" and new members -- to give back to the running community.  We’re always looking for volunteers for upcoming events; it is a terrific way to meet other GUTS members and see races from a whole new perspective!



Operation Endurance
24, 12 & 6 Hour Runs

March 31
– April 1, 2012  Fort Benning, Georgia


Join GUTS for an outstanding chance to rack up some miles! We are hosting a 24 hour(individual and relay), 12 hour and 6 hour event at Fort Benning, Georgia. The course is a one mile flat dirt loop around Stewart Field, and we anticipate seeing many great performances over the April Fool's day weekend.


Click here to learn more.


It's Baaaaaaack!!

The 5th Annual MMM Is Set For Oct. 14, 2012

Can you handle the Southeast's "Toughest Trail Marathon" (according to Blue Ridge Outdoors, August 2011)???

The fifth annual Mystery Mountain Marathon & 12-Miler at beautiful Fort Mountain State Park will be on October 14, 2012!!


Be sure to mark M-Cubed on your calendar early so you can plan your racing schedule around this annual GUTS event. The marathon is a one-of-a-kind challenge, but of course we also have our 12-mile race if that is more in your wheelhouse. And as always, the MMM weekend will be a fun-filled gathering of friends old and new.


Registration opens EARLY this year, on FEBRUARY 6th! Check out the website for details, and stay tuned for information about training runs and our annual MMM training/camping weekend at Fort Mountain:


See you in October! Questions? Contact Kim:


It's not too late

- Renew your GUTS membership for 2012!

It's not too late to renew your GUTS membership! The GUTS calendar is full of events you don't want to miss, and this year there will be a GUTS event or group run every month. That means more time to catch up with fellow members and even more motivation to explore the trails. You will also continue to receive the quarterly 'Straight from the GUT' e-newsletter that's full of race reports, photos and club news. As always, we offer reduced entry fees to all GUTS events, as well as even more great discounts to local sponsors. Save a tree and join online at, or download a paper application from the GUTS website. Memberships are only $15 per year and valid through December 2012. The full list of membership benefits can be found on the GUTS website. We'd love to have you back on board!

Membership packets are being mailed in late January, which include a welcome letter, GUTS sticker, and membership card. If you submitted a new or renewal 2012 Application before January 20th, and have not received this packet by February 3rd, please send an email to with 'Missing Membership Packet' in the subject line. Apologies for any delays and thank you for your patience - we are a rapidly growing club!



Welcome New GUTS Members

Click here for a list of the newest GUTS members.


GUTS Race Calendar

  • Feb 5 - RED TOP RUMBLE 11.5 MILE TRAIL RUN. Cartersville, GA.

  • March 31 - OPERATION ENDURANCE 24 HOUR RUN. Fort Benning, GA. New Date!

  • Aug 4 - Hot to Trot 8 Hour Run. Lithia Springs. GA

  • Oct 14 - Mystery Mountain Marathon & 12 Mile. Chatsworth, GA.


Click here for more events.


GUTS Race Tracker

Click here for the GUTS Race Tracker


GUTS Training Run @ Vogel

  • February 12, 2012

  • Vogel State Park

  • Meet time: 7:30 AM in parking lot in front of Visitor Center

  • Run Time: 8:00 AM

  • There will be a water drop at Wolf Pen Gap

  • The loop is roughly 13 miles and will take about 4 hours to complete depending how fast or slow you are.

  • Let us know if you plan to attend by sending an email to


GUTS Member Spotlights

- Couples Edition

Jen and John Ridgley

Click here to learn more about the couple.

Amanda Tichacek
and Todd Brown

Click here to learn more about the couple.




“Don’t let a bear do it for you…..

Q: What websites do you recommend to check out the distance of a run?

A:  There are more sites and apps today that allow runners to easily map their courses and determine the approximate distance.  Google maps has some capabilities but here are a few specific sites to try:


Q: How can speed work benefit ultrarunners?

A:  There is an old saying, “train slow, race slow”.  The average ultra-marathoner doesn’t necessarily need to run to the nearest track and start cranking out 200 meter repeats, but there are some cardiovascular benefits to anaerobic training.  Consider that faster running improves VO2 max, lactic acid threshold, and develops stronger muscles. So, what is VO2 max? It is the max volume of oxygen you can process. This max could be reached trying to run at a super fast speed OR…trying to run up a mountain. And what is lactic acid threshold? When you exercise, you generate lactic acid. The higher the exertion, the higher the level of lactic acid, and as it accumulates in the blood, it causes muscular fatigue. Anaerobic training trains the body to buffer the lactic acid and allows the body to exercise further without fatigue. Ultimately, maxing out your anaerobic system via speed work, can help you reach greater fitness overall, and greater capacity for high volumes of exercise.


2011 Pumpkin Butt 50k

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The eighth annual race was met with cool fall weather. Although muggy and foggy in the morning, the sky cleared to a crystal clear blue and the mild temperatures made for fast times and comfortable aid station volunteers. 


Click here to read more and see the results.


2011 Pine Mountain 40 Mile

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The course was distinctly different this year, but the route did not change. Instead stormy weather early in the year wiped giant swaths of trees from the course, leaving a stark and somewhat spooky trail to follow. Indeed many runners had issues in this section with the sun and warm weather taking its tool.  Even so, the race attracted more runners and finishers than previous years.  And Sarah Woerner managed to set a new course record with a time of 7:04:44 and 5th place overall.  North Carolina speedster Darian Smith stayed just ahead of the locals with less than 10 seconds separating him from 2nd place Michael Fidero.


Click here to see the results.


GUTS Fat Ass 2012

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Our 19th annual FatAss was our largest ever, with over 160 entrants.  The location at Sweetwater State Park has allowed us to continue to expand with plenty of room to grow even more.  Due to timber reduction work going on in the park this year, the course had to be changed.  The loop had a little of everything, including some pavement and dirt road, but still lots of single track, one small staircase, great views of the falls and the mill ruins and even a little extra mileage.  Next year will likely see another change, but will retain most of this year’s features. 


Read more and see the final results.


Race Reports

Pine Mountain 40

byLauren Wilkin


Pine Mountain 40

byDavid Yerden

Glacial Trail 50

by Amanda Tichacek and Todd Brown



For the those of you who were lucky enough to get into Red Top Rumble, be sure to stop by the GUTS gear table to take a look at all the cool GUTS gear that all your friends are already wearing. We have plenty of Patagonia Silkweight shirts, long and short sleeve plus tank tops for the women and sleeveless for the men. We also have Henleys, Sport Science, Fleece, and cotton tees for sale along with GUTS socks, drink holders, magnets, and patches. If you can't make the race or any of the GUTS training runs or events and would like to order anything and have it mailed please e-mail us at for pricing and shipping costs.