Straight from the GUT

A Quarterly Publication of the
Georgia Ultrarunning and Trailrunning Society

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Third Quarter 2014

Happy Trails...

Greeting from the President

Greetings GUTSies
Has the summer heat drained you yet?  I know I am sweating a gallon of fluid every time I run lately!   Hopefully I will be acclimated and have my hydration routine down by the time summer is over.  Proper hydration is key to feeling good and performing well during the summer months.  It’s important to keep track of your fluid and electrolyte intake (everyone’s needs are different) when running in the summer heat in order to prevent electrolyte imbalances, which can cause issues ranging from a decrease in performance to a life-threatening situation. So, be safe and hydrate properly.


Regardless of the heat GUTS members have been hitting the trails all over the place. Check the race reports for some exciting tales of adventure. I hope the heat won’t stop anyone from entering some of the great summer and fall events.  Many runners will be at our GUTS events, Hot to Trot, Mystery Mountain Marathon and Pumpkin Butt, as well as other area races like Laurel Valley, H9, Snakebite, Barkley Fall Classic, Georgia Jewel, and Stump Jump.  Pumpkin Butt is back this year and will take place October 18 and is for GUTS members only. Registration will open soon, so don’t miss out on giving a pumpkin a ride up the mountain.  Also, take a look at the calendar for the upcoming GUTS training runs, including Jack's River on July 27 and the super fun running & camping weekend at Fort Mountain State Park on August 23-24.


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


Sweetwater State Park Donation

GUTS recently donated a heavy duty leaf blower ($500) to Sweetwater State Park as a thank you for allowing us to host the annual Fat Ass 50K in the park.  Ranger Cassidy was thrilled!




Things are heating up for Hot to Trot 2014


Hot To Trot 2014 is just around the corner! There have been a few slight changes this year, namely the majority of the parking will be at the group shelter. Any overflow will be directed by the park rangers. Please do not try to park at shelter #7 unless you are directed there by a park ranger.


The pre- and post- race activities will also take place at the group shelter; i.e. registration, packet pick up, post-race food and festivities. The post-race food promises to be the best post race food you've ever had! Also, since we have the group shelter, if you are over 21 you may consume alcoholic beverages INSIDE the group shelter with the food post race.


Finally, the loop will be the same. 1.1813 miles beginning and ending around shelter #7. You will still have ample room to have drop bags/coolers/ and chairs in the center area by Shelter #7.


We look forward to seeing all of the runners and volunteers August 3rd!




GUTS Training Run this Weekend at Jack's River!


GUTS is headed to the Jack's River Trail Loop and Falls for a training run led by  Richard Schick this Sunday, July 27, 2014 


All paces welcome, no runner will be left behind. GUTS will provide post-run refreshments. Everyone should bring a means to purify water and expect wet feet for most of the run. 


For more information on the Jack's River Trail Loop, click here


When: Sunday, July 27


Meet Time: 8 a.m.


RSVP: If you plan to attend, please RSVP to by Friday so we can plan accordingly. Put 'Jack's River Training Run' in the subject of the email.


It's Time For the Southeast's BEST Trail Marathon!


Come join GUTS for a beast of a trail marathon and make "seven" your lucky number. The 7th annual Mystery Mountain Marathon & 12-Miler is just around the corner. Race date is Sunday, October 12, 2014, and registration is OPEN. Don't miss your chance to enjoy the beautiful and challenging trails of Fort Mountain State Park, just 90 miles north of Atlanta. The views are spectacular, the hills will keep you honest, and the post-run festivities can't be beat. As always, if a marathon is not in your plans, but you don't want to miss the fun, we also offer a 12-miler that is definitely no joke itself. And remember -- we offer $5 camping for runners (free for volunteers!) and an awesome pasta dinner the night before the race, so make a weekend of it!


Visit the website for more information, or better yet, click here and register right now! And, be sure to "like" us on Facebook so you can see updates and join the conversation ( . . . and the trash talk).


Questions? Comments? Just bored and want to talk about the race? Email Kim:


Doesn't this look like FUN?!




Are you a new GUTS member, or an "old" GUTS member who wants to get more involved with the club and meet more folks? Volunteering is one of the best ways to meet fellow trail runners, and is always a blast. But whether you are a new member, or a seasoned veteran, we'd love to see you out at MMM. If you can't run this year, but still want to participate, please send me an email and let me know how you can help -- we need help with every aspect of the race, and have large and small jobs, so let's talk!

Email Kim:


Running and Camping
-- What Could Be Better?


What could be better than running and camping? Running and camping with GUTS friends, that's what!


It's time for the annual GUTS / Mystery Mountain Marathon Training and Camping Weekend Extravaganza!


When: August 23 and August 24


Where: Fort Mountain State Park, of course


Details: On Saturday, August 23, at 2:00 p.m., we will meet at the beach and run the MMM 12-miler course (mostly on the Gahuti Trail.) That night, we will camp at the Primitive Group Campsites #1 and #2. "Primitive" means room for your tent, an open shelter, and a scary outhouse . . . S'MMMores are guaranteed, as always.


On Sunday, August 24, we will meet at the beach at 8:00 to run the 301 trail, or essentially the second half of the marathon course plus an extra lake loop. Yes, this includes the power lines.


Snacks/beverages will be provided after both runs. Light breakfast (bagels, bananas, etc.) on Sunday will be provided at the campsite for those who camp.


You are welcome to join us for either or both days of running, even if you can't camp! We will publish more details, including information about Saturday night's dinner, once we have a better idea of how many folks will be joining us.


If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Kim at:

**Be sure to let me know whether or not you will be camping, and whether you plan to run one day or both days.
See you there!

Scary outhouse!


Welcome New GUTS Members

Click here for a list of the newest GUTS members.


ULTRA Recipes:

Alabama White BBQ Sauce


  • 2 c. mayonnaise (I'll do about 1/3 Miracle Whip to add some tangy flavor)
  • 1 c. distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 c. apple juice
  • 2 tsp. prepared horseradish
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Mix all together. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to two weeks. Tastes great with chicken and pork.

Mango Salsa


  • 1 large mango
  • 1/2 small jicama
  • 1/3 orange bell pepper
  • 1/3 red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed
  • 1/3 small red onion
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Lime Rub (or combine lime zest and chili powder)


Cut mango to remove pit, remove skin. Peel skin from jicama. Dice mango, jicama and bell peppers together. Cut jalapeño in half, remove seeds, dice. Dice onion. Place all together in a bowl, add lime juice, salt and seasoning. Mix well. Makes about 2 cups of salsa. Keeps for about a week in fridge. Good with tortilla chips, on chicken, pork and fish.


Race Calendar

GUTS events

  • August 3, 2014 - Hot to Trot

  • October 12, 2014 - Mystery Mountain Marathon


  • October 18, 2014 - Pumpkin Butt

  • December 7, 2014 - Pine Mountain 40

Click here for more events.


GUTS Member Spotlights

Ben Gray

Click here to learn more about Ben.

Holly Adams

Click here to learn more about Holly.




“Don’t let a bear do it for you…..

Q: I was attacked by swarms of deer flies during a recent long run. I could not seem to out-run them. What can I do to repel or fight them off?

A: There are a few different products you can try including deerfly patches, bug sprays and products (hats, kerchiefs, etc) treated with insect repellent. You can try to pick up the pace and out-run them, but those suckers are pretty fast, so you might want to find another target (ie pass a slower runner) for them to attack.


Q: I frequently get foot cramps during a long run. What should I do?

A: Experiment with various electrolyte replacements during your runs until you find the type and quantity to prevent cramping. Perform stretching and strengthening exercises on your lower legs to assure they are not the source of the foot cramps as that is often the case.  Check the shoes you are wearing to be sure they are not worn out.


Race Reports

Kettle Moraine 100

by Deano Montreuil

Rockin' Choccolocco 50k

by Isabel T. Rivera


Another Awesome GUTS Training Run

On May 25, over 40 GUTS members and trail runners took to the trails at Fort Mountain State Park to run the 12-mile Mystery Mountain course. The weather was perfect, and we were happy to introduce several new runners to the beautiful FMSP trail system. Afterwards, we all hung out at a picnic pavilion by the park's beach and enjoyed snacks and beverages and watermelon, along with some fun state park people-watching.



L-R: New Georgian and new GUTS member Morgan Nicolli enjoys her first taste of the Tower Loop overlook with Laura Pound, Sandy Geisel, Tennessee-resident-and-GUTS-member Bruce Fox, and Steve Michael.



Coming Soon


New GUTS visors and koozies coming soon. Look for them at the next GUTS race.





Parting Shot


Three GUTS members- Julie Adams, Erica Cochran, and Faraz Bassari - all completed the Rocky Raccoon 100 miler on Feb 1-2 of this year. It was the first hundred for all three of us and we all received our belt buckles for completing the distance in less than 30 hours. Our first ultra was the GUTS Pine Mountain 40 in December of 2011 and we've trained and raced all of our ultras together since then- completing 50Ks, a 50 miler, and a 100K in order to prepare for the 100!