Straight from the GUT

A Quarterly Publication of the
Georgia Ultrarunning and Trailrunning Society

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Third Quarter 2012

Happy Trails...

Greeting from the President

Greetings GUTSies

The long and gentle spring lulled me into thinking it might not actually get hot this summer. Wishful thinking!  It’s been full on heat and humidity training, even on the days I ran before 6 am.  Maybe I will be acclimated by the time fall and MMM arrive.  Proper hydration is key to feeling good and performing well during the summer months. So, be safe and hydrate properly.


GUTS has hosted several great training runs recently, with groups enjoying the trails at Unicoi State Park, Buford Dam, Sope Creek, Tributary, Fort Mountain and the Cohuttas.  Plus there were numerous GUTS members taking on some serious distances at Vogel State Park, DRT, the AT, and Amicalola State Park.  So, keep checking the GUTS Facebook page and the GUTS website forum for updates on GUTS training runs.  We are on Facebook @


Next up is the GUTS Training weekend and camping trip, August 25-26, at Fort Mountain State Park. Join us to get prepared for MMM in October.  Also, be on the lookout for a GUTS trail work day and cookout at Sweetwater State Park in August – time to give back to the location of the hotly contested Hot2Trot 8 hour.


Don’t forget that we meet every Tuesday and Thursday for a group trail run. Both runs are approximately one hour of easy trails. Thursday runs are at 6 p.m. at the Jones Bridge unit of the Chattahoochee River NRA, just off Holcolmb Bridge Road.  Tuesday runs are at Kennesaw Mountain. We meet at 6:15 p.m. at the water fountain located behind the visitor center. We welcome people of all speeds

Happy Trails,
Janice Anderson


Come Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Toughest (and Best) Trail Marathon in the Southeast!


The 5th annual Mystery Mountain Marathon & 12-Miler is just around the corner!


Join GUTS for our annual trail marathon on the beautiful and challenging trails of Fort Mountain State Park, just 90 miles north of Atlanta. If a full marathon isn't in the cards for you that weekend, join us for the 12-mile race . . . and, of course, the post-run party! Registration has been open since the Spring, and we are filling up fast. Need another reason not to delay your registration? Fees increase on September 1st!

Visit the GUTS website,, for race details and an entry form.

Questions? Comments? Or just want to tell me why you love this race? Email Kim at




If you can't run MMM this year, but still want to participate in the most awesome trail event this Fall, send an email and let us know how you can help! email:


-Yeti 15k-

"Taking Trail Running To A New Low "

When coming up with a race, most race directors concentrate on the course, not us. Our first order of business was to come up with a beer sponsor and Bell's Brewery stepped up! The next items on our list was to make the race affordable ($20) and have some cool swag bags (Whole Foods, Big Peach Running Co., Bookie Macarons and Bells gear). Each finisher will also receive a Yeti Pint glass full of Bell's Oberon! We also needed a great prize for the winners. So we decided that the overall M/F will help brew the first ever GUTS beer at a local brewery! We couldn't leave the rest of the field out , so all GUTS members who cross the finish line will be put into a raffle and 6 of those lucky folks will get to help design a recipe and also help brew the beer! The next task was designing a course that was worthy of a Bell's Beer (see elevation chart below). The final order of business was coming up with someone who could be responsible for helping pull of a race that's designed to be fun and who could hire a bluegrass band. ( The only thing we are missing is you! Please visit for a full course description and to see if you qualify for a free number ! You may register for the race @



ULTRA Recipe:




In the summertime, many of us are a little more tired than usual. It's not because of a more hectic work schedule-in fact if anything, we are vacationing and getting more R&R. We are tired because we are ultra runners. We don't take running breaks in the summer when it's unbelievable hot. In fact, some of us deliberately head out for a run in the heat of the day to get "heat trained". The heat can take it's toll on our energy level.


Click here to read more.


5 Best Trail Beers

By Jason Green


Not sure what beer to bring to a trail run with friends ? No worries ,we've picked the 5 of the greatest can beers available in Georgia !


Why Cans ? Cans chill faster *Cans weigh Less *Cans keep out light and oxygen that cause skunky beer* You can crush cans on your head* Cans don't shatter which means you can take them to all the places that trail runners like to go !!!!

1. Dales Pale Ale Lyons,CO
America's first hand-canned craft beer is a voluminously hopped mutha that delivers a hoppy nose, assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and hops from start to finish. First canned in 2002, Dale's Pale Ale is a hearty (6.5% and 65 IBUs), critically acclaimed trailblazer that has changed the way craft beer fiends perceive canned beer.

2. Sierra Nevada Torpedo California
Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA; bold, assertive and full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus, pine and herbal character of whole-cone American hops.

3. 21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat California
Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is our summer seasonal beer available from April through September in six pack cans and on draft. We start by brewing a classic American wheat beer, which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon. A straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor.

4. Avery White Rascal Boulder, CO
A truly authentic Belgian style wheat or "white" ale, this Rascal is unfiltered (yup, that's yeast on the bottom) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curaçao orange peel producing a refreshingly zesty classic ale.

5. Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' California
Hop Ottin' IPA is, just like Anderson Valley itself, easy for anyone to appreciate while offering depth and complexity for those who take the time to savor. Brilliant copper color with a lingering, lacy white head. The nose sings of grapefruit, pine needles, citron, roses, and bergamot. The flavor is rich in the citrusy, resiny flavors typical of the Pacific-Northwest hops packed into this beer, balanced artfully with a solid malt character and crisp bitterness leading to a beautifully dry, light herbal finish. More than just a hop lover's dream, Hop Ottin' IPA is a balanced beer for the ages



GUTS Gives Back!!

We all know that GUTS hosts the BEST trail races in Georgia, has the coolest training runs for our members, and has boatloads of fun while doing it all. Many of you may even be able to recite our mission statement by heart: "to promote trail and long distance running." But did you know that after every one of our events, GUTS makes a donation consistent with our mission statement?


In the last 18 months, GUTS has donated just shy of $14,000.00 to the following organizations: Friends of FDR State Park; Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park; Friends of Red Top Mountain State Park; Fort Mountain State Park; Pine Mountain Trail Association; FDR State Park Search & Rescue Team; My First Bike; Wounded Warriors; and the Atlanta Food Bank.


Upcoming GUTS Training Runs

MMMmmm . . . . S'MMMores!!!


That's right, it's that time again! Time for the annual Mystery Mountain Marathon & 12-Miler Training and Camping Weekend Extravaganza!

When? August 25-26

Where? Fort Mountain State Park, of course!

Details? On Saturday, August 25th, at 2:00 p.m., we will meet at the beach and run the Gahuti Trail (the MMM 12-Miler course). That night, we will camp at Primitive Campsite #3. "Primitive" means room for your tent, one open shelter, and one scary outhouse. . . . . If we follow tradition, we'll go to Chatsworth for dinner that night after setting up our tents. S'MMMores guaranteed.

On Sunday, August 26, we'll meet at 7:30 a.m. to run the 301 trail.

You are welcome to join us for either or both days of running!!
Snacks/beverages provided after both runs; light breakfast (bagels, bananas, etc.) on Sunday will be provided for campers only.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Kim at Be sure to indicate whether or not you'll be camping, and whether you'll be running one or both days.

See you there!

Also coming soon...

  • August TBA: Trail work day and cookout at Sweetwater State Park

  • September TBA: Pine Mountain 40 training run at FDR State Park


Welcome New GUTS Members

Click here for a list of the newest GUTS members.


Who is it?


Each quarter, we'll see just how well you know your fellow GUTS runners. So, can you guess who this GUTS member is? Check your guess in next quarter's newsletter!


Race Calendar

GUTS events

  • 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.

Other events


Aug 4
• Red Top Mountain State Park 15k/5k Trail Races. Cartersville, GA.

Aug 11

• Paris Mountain 7k Trail Run. Greenville, SC.

Sept 1
• Merrill's Mile 24/12 Hour. Dahlonega, GA.


Sept 7
• Blue Ridge Relay. VA/NC.

Sept 8
• Crows Lake 3.3 / 6.1 Mile Trail Races. Jefferson, GA.

Sept 22
• XTERRA GA Harbins Park Race #1. Gwinnett County, GA.
• Run the Gauntlet - Throwdown at Cooper's Farm. Obstacle. Boone, NC.

Oct 13
• XTERRA GA Fall Fitness 5k Race #2. Gwinnett County. GA.
• Ruffner Mountain High Crusher Ridge. 42k/21k. Birmingham, AL.


Oct 27

• Rope Mill Dirty Duathlon. Woodstock, GA.
• Spinx Run Fest Marathon. Greenville, SC.


Click here for more events.


GUTS Race Tracker

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GUTS Training Run Reports

April 22, Sope Creek:

On April 22, Reeve McNamara led us on a 6 mile run at Sope Creek. It was a chilly morning, but approximately 25 GUTS members got warmed up on the trail, and enjoyed bagels, bananas, donut holes, and orange juice after the run. Several members continued the fun for extra miles, including Kim Pike who logged an impressive 28.5 miles.


May 19, Tributary Trails:

On May 19th, 20+ brave GUTS members toughed through what may be one of the harder 9 mile runs in Atlanta. Jason Green put together a route using the trails at Tributary, including some of the harder sections of the Sweetwater 50K course. High temperatures and a 10AM start made this a tough run, but runners were rewarded with an impressive pot luck picnic spread, some shady trees, and plenty of cold beer.


May 27, Fort Mountain:

On May 27, 16 GUTS members trekked to Fort Mountain State Park and tackled the 12-Mile route used for Mystery Mountain Marathon & 12-Miler (to be held 10/14/12). We enjoyed a low humidity day on the trails. Afterwards, we celebrated an early Memorial Day in the park with nothing but the most healthy snacks and beverages . . . or, at least, with snacks and beverages. If you missed it, never fear -- we'll be doing it again on August 25 as part of our MMM training weekend! (Details in this newsletter and on the Forum.)


June 10, Unicoi State Park:

GUTS had a training run at Unicoi State Park in June.  The day started are rainy and wet.  About 14 GUTS members came out to join the fun. We first ran to the top of Anna Ruby Falls which total about 10 miles.  The trail was sloppy and wet but with the rain it gave a nice break from the heat.  Several other members to the trail into Helen and on the way back they encountered a bear. Thanks to Kim Fuller for organizing this run!


June 30, Cohutta Wilderness:

A record number for attendance (30+) at one of the most remote training runs conducted to date – yep, that’s how GUTS rolls. On June 30, Richard Schick led us on “A Taste of the Cohuttas”. The first half of the run was tame, starting with the very runnable downhill single track on the Chestnut Lead trail, and the flat but wet Conasauga River trail with what seemed like at least 71 slippery but beautiful water crossings. If this all seemed too good to be true, it was, because the rest of the run was anything but easy. The steep rocky climb was rewarded with a beautiful overlook while sitting in the cold creek at the top of Panther Creek Falls. Back to the bottom, we delayed the inevitable climb up Bald Rock Mountain by relaxing in the river at the Tearbritches trailhead. This was one tough climb – roughly 2000 feet in 2 miles with no switchbacks. Everybody was happy to make their way back down from the summit to the parking area. Friends hanging out enjoying watermelon and beer is a sight for sore eyes after the tough run Richard planned.



GUTS Member Spotlights

Amanda Remus

Click here to learn more about Amanda.

Marc Vogt

Click here to learn more about Marc.




“Don’t let a bear do it for you…..

Q: What should I do if it starts to lightning while out on a trail run?

A: Lightning is actually the number two weather killer in the U.S., more than hurricanes and tornadoes combined. NOAA estimates over 1000 people are struck and injured each year.  If you see lightning, start counting until you hear a rumble of thunder. If that time is 30 seconds or less, the thunderstorm is close enough to be dangerous. Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles from the area where it is raining during a storm. Nowhere outside is completely safe. Seek a large, enclosed building whenever possible. If you are outside and cannot get inside, do not stand under a tree! Try to find a low spot away from any metal fences, pipes, trees, or tall objects. Crouch down on the balls of your feet with your feet close together. Do not put your hands on the ground. Do not lie down! You want to keep points of contact between yourself and the ground to a minimum. When someone is struck by lightning, he or she should get medical attention as soon as possible. Even if a person who was struck appears dead, he or she can often be revived with cardiopulmonary resuscitation


Q:  What should I do if I encounter a Yeti on the trail?


A: First, try not to panic!  Second, if you have a camera then take a good photo (you will be rich!). Lastly, as with any encounter with a large animal in the woods, avoid direct eye contact; if the Yeti is not approaching you, then begin to walk away slowly – you should NOT attempt to run away. If the Yeti charges, stand your ground (you cannot outrun it) and curl into a ball if attacked.

Q: At races I frequently see people blowing their noses, wiping off sweat, and who knows what else! How safe is the food on the aid tables? 

A: It is certainly true that many runners aren’t thinking about hygiene in the middle of a race.  In the past there have been a number of cases at races where an outbreak of sickness amongst participants was traced to contaminated food at an aid station.  Most aid stations will have Sanitizing Hand Gel, so you can clean your hands prior to accessing food at the station. Symptoms range from mild to serious, including: upset stomach, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fever and dehydration. The treatment in most cases is increasing your fluid intake. For more serious illness, you may need treatment at a hospital.  Avoid aid station food (i.e. bring/carry your own) if you are susceptible to illness or paranoid about it.


Yeti After Dark


By Jason Green


A great group of friends, new and old arrived at dark to run the Yeti Trails that connect to the White Loop and Blue Loop in Sweetwater Park, each loop was around 6.8 miles. The fun run consisted of 2 loops and the overall M/F received handmade Yeti casts (see pic) . There were also two special awards : Best taste in beer and I like to get lost and keep my friends worried until I arrive and complain about a flag that had mysteriously disappeared. About 30 runners started and about 15 finished 2 loops as most runners were pulled in by the coolers of craft beer and the bonfire. Sally Brooking ran a conservative first loop and then dropped the hammer down to finish first in the F/Overall. M/overall Matt Silva made easy work of the 2 loops and had a Dales Pale Ale in hand and almost took home the Best taste in beer award to boot but Candy Findley pulled the rare gem ( Dieu Du Ciel ) out of 4 coolers to win the Best taste in beer award and there wasn't a winner for the I get lost award ( or no one wanted to own up to it ) The run finished after midnight with laughs , race stories and future Yeti run ideas. If you would like to connect with the Yetis , please visit for link to the Facebook page. The Yeti Trail Runners are NOT a running club but more of a extension of all trail running clubs in Georgia to promote trail running and mainly operate way outside of any guidelines that have ever been printed for a club. On a side note about the Yeti After Dark, the highlight for me was when I came in after a loop and everyone was crowded around Kirsten's phone cheering Bobby, Joel, Jason and Brent on at WS 100 via real time updates !



GUTS Tames the Black Mountain Monster!


In June, 30 GUTS members made our presence known at the Black Mountain Monster 12 and 24 Hour Race, comprising about 27% of the field! Since so may GUTS members enjoy running this race, we set up two big GUTS tents and provided shade, a gathering place, water, ICE, ice cold towels, and a few other supplies for GUTS runners to use throughout the event. Then, we all enjoyed running 5K trail loops for hours and hours and hours . . . . .


Not only did the size of our group make an impression, but we hogged the podium as well. In the 12-hour event, John "Sandy" Mollenhour ("It's just a training run!") not only won by 9 miles, but also set a course record with 71.3 miles. Matthew Grund tied for 2nd place, and David Yerden tied for 3rd. In the women's 12-hour race, Rachel Langelotti and Di Sha tied for 2nd place, and Corrine Odermatt, Lynne Evans and Kim Pike all tied for 3rd. GUTS also dominated in the 24-hour race: Sung Ho "Bruce" Choi won handily with 105.4 miles. Margaret Curcio won the women's division with 96.1 miles (also beating all but two of the men), while Laura Pound took third place.


Race Reports


Smashing the Keys 100

by Christian Griffith


Western States 100

by Jason Sullivan


Chattooga River 50K

by Jason Rogers


San Diego 100

by Molly Freeman