Straight from the GUT

 
A Quarterly Publication of the
Georgia Ultrarunning and Trailrunning Society

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First Quarter 2014

Happy Trails...

Greeting from the President


It is January and it’s cold out there!  Yet another crazy winter with super-cold temps interspersed with thunderstorms and tornados.  But the weather is still nice enough here in Georgia to get in a lot of long and/or training runs.  Check the GUTS Facebook page or the forum, for the frequent training get-togethers.

 

The Resolution NOT to run the Resolution Run Run and the FatAss are already history for 2014. And this past weeked was the ever popular Red Top Rumble!  If you got in, you might not have realized that the 2014 race closed in less than 30 minutes!  We increased the runner limit, but the race still closed out earlier than ever before. 

 

If you have something a little longer in mind, keep training…March 29th  will be the start of the Operation Endurance 24/12/6 hour event.  It is held on a super-fast and flat one-mile loop inside Fort Benning, with a perfect setup for camping and crewing.  Check the website for more details.

 

Join us for the weekly Tuesday night trail run at Kennesaw Mountain and on “first Tuesday” the run is followed by pizza & beer at the Marietta Pizza Company.

Happy Trails,
Janice Anderson
President


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Photo: Ben Gray

Fat Ass 2014

Our 21st annual FatAss was our largest ever, with over 200 entrants!  The location at Sweetwater State Park has allowed us to continue to expand with plenty of room to grow even more.  The course this year was same as before, although loops were run in the opposite direction from last year. There was much discussion as to whether going up or down Jack’s Hill was the preferable or faster direction. 

 

The forecast did not look good this year and scared away a lot of entrants!  However, the rain ended just before runners arrived to check-in and then held off until just after the last runner crossed the finish line.  This year had the highest number of finishers, with 84 completing the entire course, and another 53 being at least half-ass.  Up front, speedy Sean Blanton pushed the pace and ended up in 4:14:01, well ahead of 2nd place and first master, Martin Van Lear in 4:44.  Sally Brooking ran steady and finished first woman in 5:10:37, with Eileen Torres 2nd place in 5:27.

 

This year’s Crockpot Chili Cook-off had 23 entries and there were some awesome selections, as runners brought out their very best recipes. There were numerous varieties, from classic style chili, to super-meaty, to completely vegan.  This year a panel voting system was put into place, requiring each panel member to sample all the chili entries.  The voting was tight but Kirsten Jones was selected as winner of the meat chili division and Faraz Bassari won the vegetarian division. Both received RoadID gift certificates and some cool GUTS gear as their award.  I hope all who attended had a good time and had plenty of chili! Until next year, keep training, and keep that FatAss behind you.

 

Fat Ass 50K Finishers

Place

Name

Total

1

Sean Blanton

4:14:01

2

Martin Van Lear

4:41:54

3

Kevin Randolph

4:50:56

4

John Mollenhour

4:51:19

5

Jason Miller

4:53:47

6

Garrett Smith

4:55:22

7

Ben Gray

4:55:33

8

Carter Dunaway

4:56:51

9

Kieran Reynolds

4:57:38

10

Warren Spradlin

5:03:31

11

Sally Brooking

5:10:37

12

Kerry Dycus

5:10:41

13

Sung Ho Choi

5:11:21

14

Greg Myers

5:14:44

15

Robert Lykins

5:17:30

16

Judson Daniel

5:20:14

17

Nils Pedersen

5:24:04

18

Jason Sanchez

5:24:35

19

Michael Richie

5:26:14

20

Eileen Torres

5:27:06

21

Chris Warren

5:28:19

22

Drew Burnett

5:29:00

23

Myles Mcleod

5:30:43

24

Michael Walcott

5:32:39

25

Kate Brun

5:32:59

26

Brooke Mcclanahan

5:39:15

27

Tony Adams

5:41:57

28

Cecilia Santos

5:44:46

29

Jason Green

5:47:30

30

Holly Adams

5:49:25

31

David Carder

5:50:07

32

Kim Ruple

5:52:44

33

Natalie Fischer

5:53:39

34

Doug Klassen

6:00:14

35

Steve Power

6:03:07

36

Lynde Nanson

6:08:44

37

David Greer

6:09:18

38

Grant Muller

6:14:42

39

John Cremers

6:18:54

40

Rick Levin

6:19:30

41

Nathan Evans

6:19:43

42

Margaret Curcio

6:20:04

43

Chris Willis

6:21:06

44

Scott Willis

6:21:09

45

Dennis Eaves

6:22:33

46

Gregg Ellis

6:26:52

47

Richard Hulsey

6:30:42

48

Mary Deane Davis

6:32:44

49

Keith Gates

6:33:02

50

Naqi Naqi

6:33:04

51

Sarah Miller

6:33:06

52

John Ridgley

6:34:43

53

Logan Houston

6:38:55

54

Jay Combs

6:43:24

55

Maverick Kohlhof

6:48:24

56

Alicia Milner

6:49:53

57

David Milner

6:49:53

58

Scott Holland

6:50:32

59

Mark Franke

6:53:54

60

Annie Musgrove

6:55:11

61

Melissa Wolf

7:06:21

62

Cherie Eason

7:09:12

63

Kris Delay

7:10:59

64

Steve Michael

7:14:25

65

Jeff Smith

7:15:40

66

Faraz Bassari

7:18:50

67

Julie Adams

7:18:52

68

Greg Velasquez

7:20:06

69

Kristopher Cargile

7:26:07

70

Jason Winterstein

7:27:04

71

Elise Winterstein

7:27:08

72

Amanda Remus

7:27:40

73

Shigeru Osawa

7:34:37

74

Leigh Chestnutt

7:35:03

75

Brandi Zakrzewski

7:45:10

76

Janette Maas

7:45:54

77

Roger Ackerman

7:47:05

78

Laurie Cloud

7:49:43

79

Josh Winters

7:50:09

80

Jerry Barnett

7:50:11

81

Ron Roberson

7:59:23

82

Paula Roberson

7:59:54

83

Johnny Jonakin

8:01:09

84

Adrienne Powell

8:07:15

 

HalfAss Finishers

 

Place

Name

1

Lauren Cortjens

2

Thaddeus Gilliam

3

Brack Hassell

4

Kim Pike

5

Erica Cochran

6

Elizabeth Stupi

7

Stephen Bolding

8

Anthony Fournier

9

Deano Montreuil

10

Marty Coleman

11

Cathi Monk

12

Catherine Toriello

13

Melissa Mayger

14

Sean Daswani

15

Zach Strother

16

Kerry Beckman

17

Chris Girard

18

Jeremy Stafford

19

Heather Kw Brown

20

Joel Tapley

21

John Davenport

22

Tim Wright

23

Christopher Waits

24

Katrina Weis

25

Kathryn Schuller

26

Wilson Clemons

27

Sarah Tynes

28

Joe Pringle

29

Woolery Back

30

Adrienne Jammal

31

Heidi Debenedictis

32

Bryan Barrett

33

Rami Odeh

34

Christopher Lammi

35

Leah Kadetz

36

Craig Arnold

37

Ashley Thomas

38

Susan Jones

39

Susan Hornbuckle

40

Valerie Pichardo

41

Marisa Pensa

42

Steven Santos

43

Luciano Tiberia

44

Peter Kaiser

45

Vincent Tuttle

46

Russell Watts

47

Paul Nyholm

48

Wendy Turner

49

Eric Burrage

50

Olga Mills

51

Tobey Davis

52

Kj Otis

53

Margaret Dwyer

 

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GUTS Annual Party….er Meeting?

Sunday, December 15th 

We had a great turnout at the annual meeting and party this year.  Many thanks to our wonderful host,  GUTS MMM RD and Secretary, Kim Pike.  Over 80 members were in attendance, some still hobbling from the weekend’s ultra events.  The event was again catered by Willy’s Cantina, and many fabulous desserts were brought by members.  

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.  Laura Pound, our membership coordinator and Aaron Dwileski 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, which are available on the GUTS website. If you have any suggestions or comments for any board members please email us at getguts@hotmail.com.

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 Patagonia jackets.  Founding member Mr. Marty Coleman received his award for his tireless work at most every GUTS event. Although seldom on the official volunteer list Marty is always there from start to finish of our events. Even when running (and winning his division) in the races, he spends hours working for our races and runners.  Jim Bickelhaupt, our outstanding RTR RD, won his award not just for his tireless work as RD, but his many hours helping with other events (he definitely knows what an RD needs!).  He is always available to help other RDs with questions and needing a helping hand. He has organized GUTS training runs and helped for the MMM camping weekend.  He was a key volunteer for Snakebite 50/50 before the race and even after he had to drop out he was helping rescue a runner and working the finish line.   Joy Sandoz received her award for not just her amazingly delicious treats that she brings to many events, but as an outstanding volunteer coordinator and aid station captain at multiple GUTS events.
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!

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It's MMM Time Again!

Fire up your computers, because registration for the South's best and most challenging trail marathon is open!

 

The 7th (yes, seventh!) annual Mystery Mountain Marathon & 12-Miler will take place on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at gorgeous Fort Mountain State Park. It's not too early to make plans to spend a beautiful Fall weekend with friends in the North Georgia mountains (just 90 miles north of Atlanta). As always, M-cubed features both a full marathon and a 12-mile race, and takes place almost exclusively on trails.

 

Check out our website for more information, and be sure to like our Facebook page. Stay tuned for updates about our training runs and, of course, the annual MMM training/camping weekend in August.

 

See you in October!


Questions? Contact Kim: mysterymtnmarathon@getguts.com

Just a taste of MMM's amazing trails
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January Training Run At Red Top Mountain

What an awesome day for a run at Red Top Mountain on Sunday Jan 12th! Each year we do a group training run before the Red Top Rumble 11.5 Mile Trail Race to let people preview the course and just run some trails. Based on the turnout, it was more like a mini-race! We had 60+ people turn out to enjoy some great trails and we couldn’t have asked for better weather!
GUTS and some generous runners provided some great post-run grub to refuel the runners. A special thanks to Joel Tapley and his crew for marking the course to make sure everyone found their way.

 

Be sure to tune in to our next quarterly Straight From the Gut Newsletter for all the details from this year's Rumble!

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Welcome New GUTS Members

Click here for a list of the newest GUTS members.

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ULTRA Recipe:

Mac & Cheese with Corn and Jalapenos

 

By Beth McCurdy

 

While many are making New Year's resolutions by eating healthy and committing to a race schedule for 2014, there is nothing wrong with throwing a little comfort food into the mix. For goodness sake, it's cold out there. We need something that makes us feel happy and warm. I've been making this dish since I invented it in 2011.

 

Click here to read more.

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Race Calendar

GUTS events

  • March 29-30, 2014 - Operation Endurance

  • August 3, 2014 - Hot to Trot

  • October 12, 2014 - Mystery Mountain Marathon

  • December 7, 2014 - Pine Mountain 40

Click here for more events.

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GUTS Member Spotlights

Franco Conti

Click here to learn more about Franco.

Joy Sandoz

Click here to learn more about Joy.

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SPILL YOUR GUTS 

“Don’t let a bear do it for you…..

Q: What should I do if I encounter a dog while running?

A:  Most runners have at least one story about a scary or overly-friendly dog they met on a run. Even when a dog seems friendly, it's best not to approach it. Here are a few tips: Don't make eye contact.  •If the dog charges at you, stop and stand very still, then in a calm voice say “Go home”, “Sit” or “No”. You can then turn and walk in the opposite direction or across the street. Just remember even a 3-legged dog can outrun you!


 

Q: What do you think is the most important key to running well?

A:  I think that the number one thing for all levels of runners is consistency and injury prevention.

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Who is it?

Each quarter, we'll see just how well you know your fellow GUTS runners. Last month was Red Top Rumble Race Director, Jim Bicklehaupt.

 

 

 

Can you guess who this quarter's GUTS member is? Check your guess in next quarter's newsletter!

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Race Reports

Pine Mountain 40 and Bartram 100s

by Holly & Harley Adams


FatAss 50k with Chili reports

by Holly & Harley Adams


HURT

by Janette Maas


Mountain Mist

by Christian Griffith


Note and Experiences from the Atlanta FatAss 50K

by Janette Maas

(note, this post was inspired by Yiannis Kouros)

I fully expected to regain my Slowass (AKA DFL) title yesterday, however circumstances beyond my control prevented me from achieving this. First of all, my coach has been putting me through a rigorous training cycle, making me a stronger runner than I have been in past years. Then, I managed to pack everything I needed for the race, cold weather, rainy weather, I was prepared. Then, much to my dismay, the weather turned out to be perfect! How dare the weather mess with my plans! No rain, no mud, perfect trail conditions. Next on the blame list are the volunteers, they filled my water bottles, offered me snacks and kept my energy level up with their words of encouragement every time I passed through the aid station. Things were looking bleak for my plans. Oh, and let's talk about my fellow runners! As I was being lapped, every single one of them tried to psyche me out by yelling words of encouragement! There was no way I could slow down with all the positive energy out there. Finally, the thoughts of award winning chili and grilled cheese sandwiches and burger cupcakes waiting for me at the finish line gave me momentum that last lap that I was just unable to turn off. Thanks for nothing GUTS!

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GUTS Discount

 

The Bel Monte Races (belmonteraces.com) - 50 mile, 50k, and 25k - is offering a 10% discount for GUTS members. The code is: GUTS_BMER_2014

 

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Parting Shot
 

 

Ben Gray and his family win at family division at the Resolution Not to Run the Resolution Run Run (RNTRTRRR).