Straight from the GUT

A Quarterly Publication of the
Georgia Ultrarunning and Trailrunning Society

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Second Quarter 2012

Happy Trails...

Greeting from the President

The fantastic spring weather has every weekend packed with races and fun training runs. Amazing acts of endurance seem to have become common place with GUTSie runners.  Check out the calendar in this issue for upcoming events and special training runs.


GUTS reached a special milestone this March, as we welcomed our 1000th member, Ken Hawkins from Decatur. It is exciting to see the club continue to grow and attract more members to trail and ultrarunning.


The Thursday evening Jones Bridge runs began on March 15. We have decided to move the start time to 6:15, to allow people more time to get there after work. We are also going to start "Third Thursdays" with dinner at Taco Mac following the run. Thursdays are also 'pint night' at Taco Mac, and you get to take home a pint glass if you buy the beer of the month. The first 'Third Thursday' in March had a big crowd, so we have already kicked off the warm weather season with a bang!


We continue to meet every Tuesday for a run at Kennesaw Mountain Park. Meet at 6:15 p.m. at the water fountain located next to the trail, behind the visitor center. We generally go for an easy one hour run.  The first Tuesday of each month the run goes “up and over” the mountain and is then followed by beer & pizza at the Marietta Pizza Company.  Now that daylight savings has brought us extra hours of daylight, we have plenty of time to run over the top of the mountain. To be kind, we’ll just do it on the first Tuesday, besides it’s a good way to build up an appetite!

Happy Trails,
Janice Anderson


Red Top Rumble 11.5 Mile Trail Run


It was another perfect day for 5th Annual Red Top Rumble 11.5 Mile Trail Run & 1 Mile Kids Trail Trot! After the threat of rain all week, we were blessed with beautiful blue skies. Although it would have been fun to have an obstacle on the course before the finish line, we had to remove a car off the trail. Thankfully the runner promptly came forward with keys in hand so the race could start on time!


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Operation Endurance
24, 12 & 6 Hour Runs


Operation Endurance 24 Hour run started with a bang, as well as a few loud rumbles of thunder and some bright flashes of light in the form of lightening. 


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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 is open. 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:


ULTRA Recipe:

Chicken Andoille Sausage and Peppers



As an ultra runner, when deciding on what to make for dinner, it's important for us to think "color". The more color in your food, the more nutrients. This simple recipe is extremely versatile and can be served with pasta, quinoa, rice, or bread.


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GUTS April Training Run
@ Sope Creek

When: Sunday April 22, 2012 – a perfect recovery run after SweetH2O 50K!

Where: Sope Creek

Meet Time: 7:45AM in Paper Mill Rd. parking lot. Due to limited parking, we strongly encourage car pooling (plus, you can share the cost of $3 parking).

Run Time: 8:00AM sharp.

Route: We will run approximately 6 miles. Maps with the run route marked will be provided. You can extend this run an extra 6 or 7 miles by parking at the Columns Drive or Interstate North parking lots at Cochran Shoals, and running to the Sope Creek parking lot. Or, park at Sope Creek and run the route twice. J

RSVP: Let us know if you plan to attend by sending an email to, with ‘Sope Creek Training Run’ in the subject line.

Notes: The parking fee is $3 per day. There are no bathrooms at Sope Creek parking lot. We will provide post-run snacks and beverages, but please bring your own water for the run itself.


May and June GUTS Training Runs

We are still finalizing details, but in May and June we are planning training runs at Unicoi State Park, Fort Mountain State Park, the Cohutta Wilderness, and a double Peachtree Road Race. Stay tuned -- details will be distributed via email and on Facebook.


Welcome New GUTS Members

Click here for a list of the newest GUTS members.


GUTS Race Calendar

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

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

  • Dec 2 - Pine Mountain 40 Mile Trail Run. Pine Mountain, GA.


Click here for more events.


GUTS Race Tracker

Click here for the GUTS Race Tracker


GUTS Training Run Reports


February, Coosa Backcountry Trail:

February 12, 2012 runners with real GUTS challenged themselves on the Coosa Backcountry Trail in Vogel State Park. Kim Fuller organized the run, one of the more difficult in Georgia. Check out Aaron Dwileski’s blog for another run report and more pictures.


March, Buford Dam:
March 24, 2012 was a beautiful spring day for a GUTS training run. Twenty-four members met at the Buford Trout Hatchery for a 17 mile run. We had a good mix of GUTS veterans and new members. Jeff Gelinas led us on his favorite trails along the Chattahoochee River (Bowman’s Island unit), across Buford Dam, and the Laurel Ridge Trail. After the run, we had bagels and fruit (annd Wheaties, thanks Jim B!) beside the trout ponds.


GUTS Member Spotlights

Jeff Gelinas

Click here to learn more about Jeff.

Margaret Curcio

Click here to learn more about Margaret.




“Don’t let a bear do it for you…..

Q: Why do McDonald's French fries tastes so good after an ultra?

A: They are indeed delicious. Must be the combo of fat, salt, and carbs that attracts the hungry, depleted runner.

Q: Should I be concerned about snakes on the trail?

A: Only if they bite you. Or a spooked runner screams so loud they scare you to death or cause you to trip. So, be on the lookout for snakes, especially in the warmer months when they are often on the trails.


GUTS Member Overcomes Battle with Deadly Parasite

Ultrarunner, blogger and GUTS member Christian Christian Griffith is finally home recovering after facing one of his toughest physical challenges. Christian was in the hospital for nearly two weeks as he battled with a deadly parasite.


Click here to read his story



Race Reports

100 miles - Athens to Atlanta

bySean Blanton


GUTS Patagonia Gear Order

We are ordering men's and women's tanks and shorts.  Each piece of gear will have the GUTS logo screened on the item. 


Click here to learn more.