Straight from the GUT

A Quarterly Publication of the
Georgia Ultrarunning and Trailrunning Society

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Second Quarter 2014

Happy Trails...

Greeting from the President

The fantastic spring weather has finally arrived and amazing acts of endurance are happening every weekend.  Check out the calendar in this issue for upcoming events and training runs.


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 run about an hour and have runners from speedy to slow (we even had a walking group last week).  The first Tuesday of each month the run goes “up and over” the mountain and the run is followed by beer & pizza at the Marietta Pizza Company.  To be kind, we’ll just do it on the first Tuesday, but it is a great way to build up an appetite!

Happy Trails,
Janice Anderson


Rain Rain, Go Away and Let the Wind Come Out and Play

This year, at Operation Endurance we had a little wind. We checked the National Weather Service after the race and they reported no gale force winds. My guess is that if you ask any of the runners out there, especially the ones with the broken

tents, they will tell you that the National Weather Service is wrong.


Despite the wind (and a little rain), a total of 52 runners towed the start line and ran in circles for a day at Fort Benning. Some of them ran their first ultra, while others – some new and some repeat offenders – ran 100+ miles. It was fun to watch.


If you get a chance next year to come out and join us, you should! A portion of our proceeds go to support House of Hero’s. It is a great race for a great cause!




Join GUTS at Fort Mountain State Park 5/25

Thinking about signing up for Mystery Mountain Marathon & 12-Miler on 10/12/14? Already signed up and want to preview some of the trails? Or, just love running in the mountains with friends? Come join GUTS for a training run on Sunday, May 25 at Fort Mountain State Park. This now-annual tradition is always tons of fun -- Memorial Day weekend, great trails, and delicious food, beverage, and fascinating people-watching after the run.


Stay tuned to the GUTS Facebook page and the Forum on the GUTS website for all of the upcoming details, including route and start time. RSVP to Kim Pike: so we can plan the right amount of post-run goodies.



Fall Is In the Air!

OK, well not really. But it's definitely not too early to start thinking about Fall races! Registration is OPEN for the best trail marathon in the Southeast -- the 7th annual Mystery Mountain Marathon & 12-Miler. Click here for registration.


The race this year will be on Sunday, October 12, but you'll want to block off the whole weekend so you can come to the pre-race party . . . I mean, pasta dinner . . . on Saturday night, and so you can also take advantage of a $5 campsite! (As always, camping is FREE for our awesome volunteers.)


If you've never been to Fort Mountain State Park, you are in for a treat: beautiful, challenging trails, amazing views of the north Georgia mountains, and of course, mysterious history (see our website to learn more about the origins of the race's name.) And if you are a regular at MMM, you will agree that the best part of the race is sharing the trails and hanging out afterwards at the lake, celebrating and cavorting with your trail running family. As always, we will offer both a full marathon distance (come on -- you know you want to do the whole thing!) and a 12-mile distance if you need a shorter run that weekend or just want to dip your toes into trail racing for now.


For more information, check out our website at And be sure to Like our Facebook page (under the Events tab on the GUTS Facebook page) so you can join the chatter and hear about training runs and race updates. And as always, the RD loves to talk about this race, so email Kim Pike any time with questions or comments: If you are unable to run but still want to join the fun, use this same email address to let us know you want to VOLUNTEER -- we need lots and lots of volunteers!



Red Top Rumble Recap

I don't think we could have asked for a more perfect day for the 7th Annual Red Top Rumble! The threat of rain held off and the temps were just about perfect. The trails were in pretty good shape with just enough mud to keep things interesting. It was inspiring to watch several newer trail runners accomplish their very first trail race and hear about all of the PR's broken!

Tim Tatarka and Michael Howell battled it out early and Tim again took the overall win in a time of 1:16:09. Kaye Starosciak was the first overall female running a great race in a time of 1:22:32. Full results are available on the GUTS website. We also had 30+ kids enjoy a great 1.1 mile Kids Trail Trot. They seemed to have a great time, and I know the kid's goodie bags and medals were a hit. We really enjoy getting the kids involved and hope you will bring them back next year!

As you can well imagine, it takes a large team of volunteers to help put on the Rumble. We appreciate all of the people who took time out of their weekends to give back to the running community. There were 50+ people that showed up very early and stayed late in the day to make sure everything was perfect. We love our volunteers!

We couldn't do this race without a great set of sponsors. Josh Glass and the team from Georgia Sports Chiropractic and Massage were out at the finish, and I know lots of runners enjoyed the Compression Pants and some really comfortable chairs! Fleet Feet Sports Atlanta provided tons of prizes and was there to share information about their stores (3 in Atlanta) and had some great apparel and shoes for sale. And who didn't love the Great American Cookie Company and Pretzelmaker food trucks! This is in addition to numerous other sponsors that provided great overall awards, raffle prizes, and goodie bag items. Please see all of our sponsors on the website and show them some appreciation.

A special thanks to our very own Ryan Cobb for again preparing some exceptional food. Ryan and his family have generously prepared the food for our runners for many years, and we appreciate all he does for the Red Top Rumble! Please reach out and thank Ryan so he keeps coming back!

GUTS is a non-profit group and provides generous donations back to the parks in which we hold our events. This year, we were able to make a $6,000 donationto the Friends of Red Top Mountain. They do great work for the park!

A ton of really great photos are available on the GUTS Flickr site. Pretty much everyone has a photo or 2 here. As well, some pictures from the Kids Run are available here.

Thanks again for coming out and racing at the Red Top Rumble! I hope you enjoyed the event and wish you all the best in your racing endeavors in 2014. 


Welcome New GUTS Members

Click here for a list of the newest GUTS members.


ULTRA Recipe:

Simple Granola


Homemade granola is delicious and easy to make.  Once you learn the basic recipe then you can vary the ingredients (and their amounts) and the spices to your taste.


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter)
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. salt5-6 cups rolled oats
  • Almonds or your favorite nut (1-2 cups as desired)
  • Raisins or other dried fruit (as desired)
  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt coconut oil.
  2. Add in the honey and spices.  Stir until thoroughly mixed.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine oats and almonds.
  4. Pour liquid mixture over oats and almonds and stir until the dry mixture is coated.
  5. Spread mixture onto two baking sheets and bake at 300 degrees for 35-40 min.
  6. Stir mixture once or twice while baking.
  7. Let cool and then add raisins.

Race Calendar

GUTS events

  • August 3, 2014 - Hot to Trot

  • October 12, 2014 - Mystery Mountain Marathon

  • December 7, 2014 - Pine Mountain 40

Click here for more events.


GUTS Member Spotlights

Steven Santos

Click here to learn more about Steven.

Corinne Odermatt

Click here to learn more about Corinne.




“Don’t let a bear do it for you…..

Q: What should I eat the day before a race?

A: As long as you get sufficient calories, what you eat is a matter of individual preference.  What not to eat prior to a race would include: overeating or excessive alcohol, extremely fatty foods and anything that you have not previously tested before a big run.


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. In the warmer weather months it is important to be on the lookout for snakes as they are often on the trails or nearby.


Race Reports

The Georgia Death Race

by Annie Musgrove

Puerto Rico Marathon

by Jen Raby

Lake Martin 50 Mile Endurance Run

by Kelly Cooper


GUTS Spring Patagonia Gear Order

The spring Patagonia order has arrived! We ordered men's and women's tanks and short-sleeve shirts in various colors and sizes.  All are printed with the GUTS logo. Other GUTS gear:  We still have GUTS t-shirts, visors, hats and some Patagonia gear from last year. Email us to check on size/color availability. Look for more information on the forum and the GUTS Facebook page:


The 2014 spring items are $30 each. Include $5 for shipping if you would like it mailed. Send your order to GUTS at 254 Utica Dr, Marietta, GA, 30067. Make checks payable to GUTS.  Items will also be for sale at GUTS events.


These pictures represent the style and colors we have ordered – you can also view on-line at


Gal’s Forerunner Tank - $30
Glass Blue and Turquoise

Gal’s Forerunner T - $30
Turquoise and Coral

Guy’s Forerunner Sleeveless  -$30
Orange and Green

Guy’s Forerunner T - $30
Orange and Green


Greetings from Taiwan


GUTS member James Rockwell said he and his wife Rachel miss the trails in GA and the southeast, but said that Taiwan has some pretty good terrain too. By the looks of these results, I'd say they are having a great time on the trails over there!


Yangmingshan Trail Run - 15k

October 19, 2013
Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan
James Rockwell - 1:03:56 - 7th OA
Rachel Rockwell - 1:17:56 - 1st OA Woman

Fubon Taipei Marathon - 42k

December 21, 2013
Taipei, Taiwan
James Rockwell - 3:28:51 - 282nd OA


King of the World - 54k
February 23, 2014
Jianshih, Taiwan
James Rockwell - 5:13:22 - 17th OA



Parting Shot


Christi Paine (left) at the Yeti NIGHTmare 10 mile run.


"My first night trail run, and I thought it big crazy fun...."