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Fourth Quarter 2014

Happy Trails...

Greeting from the President

What a great summer we had this year!  Sure it was hot and humid most of the time, but we had several great breaks in the weather, giving us better opportunities for training and racing. Even Hot to Trot wasn’t too hot (I know some were disappointed). The fall weather seems to have finally arrived and I am so glad it is so that I can really start hitting the trail for some great runs.  I hope everyone is taking advantage and getting in lots of great training for all the fall marathons and ultras!


We have some great gear ready for you and for the cooler weather. Check with us for more details on how to order your gear or pick some up at the next GUTS event.


As daylight savings time approaches please remember to be safe out there. Dig into your closet and make sure you have a good reflector vest. And you’ll need a good headlamp if you want to join us on Tuesday nights, starting the 2nd week of November we will then begin our practice of running trails at night. And we will continue to have the first Tuesday of each month designated for GUTS beer & pizza night. We look forward to more members joining us for the weekly night runs.


Happy Trails,
Janice Anderson, Prez



GUTS End of Year Party

Sunday, December 14, 5 pm

You will get an Evite shortly, but save December 14th for this year’s GUTS annual member meeting and party.  This year’s party location is TBD.  Location and directions will be included in the Evite. 


As it is each year, the party also serves as the official yearly meeting of GUTS members. This year we will hold elections for President and Public Relations Officer.  Janice Anderson (current Prez) and Matthew Grund (current PR) will be running for re-election. Each elected position has a 2-year term.  Nominations will be sent to the membership at least two weeks prior to the meeting, but nominations are also allowed “from the floor” on the day of the meeting. If you are interested in a position please email with the subject line “Nominations” to


Finally – GUTS will be supplying the catering as well as non-alcoholic beverages.  You need only bring your favorite adult beverage, if you are so inclined. We’d love to see some of you in your street clothes (vs sweaty running gear), so please plan on attending.  Send any questions or your RSVP with the subject line “Time to Party” to  Please RSVP no later than December 1st.


GUTS in the News

GUTS was super excited to see the article below in the Fall edition of the Georgia State Parks magazine. Red Top Mountain State park is the home to the popular GUTS Red Top Rumble 11.5M Trail Race and Kids Trial Trot and draws a great crowd. GUTS has given large donations to the Friends of Red Top Mountain over the past several years and the park has put the funds to great use.

Speaking of the Red Top Rumble, don’t forget that registration opens Monday, Nov 3 at 10 am. We expect a fast sellout so don’t delay. The race this year is Feb 8.



A Bear-y Good Time at MMM


The 7th annual Mystery Mountain Marathon & 12-Miler was a blast. 2010 MMM winner Jim Bickelhaupt reclaimed the Marathon Champion title by crossing the finish line first in the marathon, while the 12-miler was once again won by Tim Tatarka -- the course record holder who, incidentally, has won this race all four times he's toed the line. On the women's side, MMM streaker and six-time top-5 finisher in the 12-miler, Cathi Monk, stepped it up to the Marathon this year and took home the victory, while Maurya Lacey coasted to victory in the 12-miler in her first MMM experience. Congratulations not only to our champions, but to all 185 runners who survived a day on challenging (but beautiful) trails at Fort Mountain State Park.

My personal favorite statistic from MMM this year: In our 12-miler race, the top six finishers represented five different decades of life, ranging from Caleb Holland, who finished third at age 16, to John "Sandy" Mollenhour who finished 6th at the ripe young age of 58. I love what this says about trail running in general.



Mother Nature tried to dampen our spirits this year: first by sending a tornado to the park in mid-August that sent 60 trees down to block the trails used by the MMM course, and then by sending rain and storms to the park the entire week before MMM, leading right up until race start. But the day turned out to be great for running, and the fun post-race festivities around the lake as per tradition. A huge thanks to the rangers at FMSP for working so hard to clear the trails after the August storm.


Thanks to the 60+ volunteers who gave their time and energy to help our runners this year. You guys are just awesome. Thanks also to our sponsors: Phidippides, Inov-8, Georgia Sports Chiropractic and Georgia Sports Massage, FormWell Personal Fitness Training, State Farm (Dave Grant Agency), Nathan, CEP, Thorlo/Experia, MoonPie, Larabar, Burstein Orthodontics, Culinary Arts Catering, and Road ID. A special thanks also to Twist executive chef (and 12-mile sweep) Peter Kaiser, who prepared the delicious post-race food, and to Aaron Dwileski, who once again did an outstanding job making the MMM medals by hand.


As always, the primary purpose of this race is to donate money back to the park that supports the sport we love and graciously hosts us for fun training runs and events like MMM. To that end, GUTS will be making a donation to FMSP in the amount of $3,000. Maybe will suggest that a portion of this donation go to yellow jacket control for next year . . . .


Thanks again to everyone who came out, and we hope to see you again on October 11, 2015 for the 8th annual MMM!



The Chronicles
of the MMM Aid Station Chief

by Aaron Dwileski

2:30am - Hudson wakes up hangrily demanding that he be fed.

3:00am - Hudson begins screaming like he is being tortured or maybe even murdered.

3:05am - Anna and I panic and take him out to the truck out of respect (and fear) of the others in the cabin. This was one of those moments...the three of us sitting there in the soft glow from the neighboring cabin's front porch light thinking about what we were doing last year, and where we are now. Wow. How our lives have been changed. We wouldn't change it for the world.

4:00am - The screaming has subsided and we returned to the cabin where I tossed and turned, for the next hour, in and out of nightmares of thinking I was late for the race setup.

4:59am - Wide awake.

5:00am - Alarm goes off.

5:30am - Eat some pita chips and hummus a.k.a. breakfast.

6:00am - Set up water cooler aid station in the pouring rain. (Thank God for the rain suit that I bought for, and have carried in my truck since the GRR.)

6:30am - Load my truck with supplies and then for the next 6½ hours, endlessly, drove around FMSP filling water jugs, mixing Power Aid, moving Aid Stations, and saying hi the the kid in guard shack at the Park Entrance.

1:00pm - Get yelled at by Franco for eating a bowl filled with one scoop of vegetable beanie kale soup stuff...yum! I was starving since not having anything since the pita and hummus, so, trying to hide my hanger I walked over to my son, kissed him on the forehead, and then my wife good bye and got back in my truck where I drove around for the next 2 hours checking up on the Aid Stations filling water jugs, mixing Power Aid, breaking down and setting up Aid Stations, and saying hi the the kid in guard shack at the Park Entrance a couple more times just to annoy him.

3:00pm - Clean out aid station bins and sort of organize the stuff. Kim is going to kill me for it not being right, but it was the best I could do. **

3:45pm - Say my goodbyes.

4:00pm - Help Mike load the U-Haul.

4:28pm - Said some more goodbyes.

4:30pm - Took the trash to the dumpster and headed home.

6:00pm - Got home and unloaded truck, and cleaned up my own gear.

6:45pm - Shower time.

7:00pm - Doze off while putting Hudson to bed

8:00pm - Eat two slices of pizza.

8:20pm - Doze off watching last season's finale of The Walking Dead, all the while trying to catch my in-laws up on the entire series and what has happened to this point.

9:00pm - Wide awake and pumped for the Season Premier of TWD.

10:05pm - Brush my teeth.

10:07pm - In bed.

11:00pm - Sleep.

**Editor's Note: KPP reports that Aaron not only "got it right" but did the best job EVER of sorting through returned aid station items, and therefore is in no danger of being on the receiving end of RD wrath.


Welcome New GUTS Members

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ULTRA Recipe:

Spiced pumpkin soup


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large Granny Smith Apple, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 slices (1/4-inch thick) fresh ginger
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided (can substitute vegetable broth)
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) solid-pack pumpkin (NOT pie filling)
  • 1 cup half-n-half (can substitute soy or unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 1/2 tsp curry powder (I like Indian madras curry)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black pepper
  • Additional broth, if needed
  • Pumpkin seeds, raisins or whipping cream for garnish (optional)


Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion, Apple and ginger. Cook and stir 10 minutes over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup broth. Cover and simmer 10 minutes or until Apple is tender.


Pour onion mixture into blender, purée. Return to saucepan. Add pumpkin, remaining 2 cups broth, half-n-half, curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. If soup is too thick, add additional broth, a little at a time, until soup reaches desired consistency. Cool until heated through.


Sprinkle each serving with pumpkin seeds and/or raisins, if desired, or drizzle cream on top of soup to make a Halloween design.


Race Calendar

GUTS events

  • December 7, 2014 - Pine Mountain 40

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GUTS Member Spotlights

Brad Goodridge

Click here to learn more about Brad.

Tobey Davis

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“Don’t let a bear do it for you…..

Q: I was thinking of volunteering at an aid station for an upcoming ultra but I am not sure I know what to do once I get there. Do you have any suggestions?

A: Taking that step to volunteer is awesome! It takes a village to host an ultra or trail race, and without the blood, sweat and tears of volunteers, races would not exist. You should have an aid station captain to teach you the ropes but here are a few tips to ease your anxiety: identify coolers as water vs sports drinks; pre-pour some drinks into cups; offer to fill bottles including taking the top on/off; ASK and SUGGEST to the runner what they need; don’t make a lot of sandwiches in advance, they will get stale; arrange food on plates/bowls and arrange to make them easy for the runners to see and grab; Direct and point the runners towards the next station; know the mileage of your station and the distance to the next one; smile and have fun! It helps keep up the spirits of  the runners; and finally clean up afterwards, discard or take to the finish line any open food or drinks and dispose of all trash



Race Reports

Run the Rut 50k

by Molly Freeman

Mystery Mountain Marathon

by Trena Chellino and Laura Hutchins

Mystery Mountain Marathon

by Jason Rogers

Mystery Mountain Marathon

by Marc Vogt

Big South Fork

by Jeff Gelinas

Leadville 100

by Ryan Malec

Tahoe 200

by Janette Maas


GUTS Member, Eileen Torres may qualify for the National U.S. Ultra Team

A big congrats goes out to Masters Competitive Ultra runner and GUTS member, Eileen Torres, who was the 2nd Overall Female at the 2014 U.S. National 24 Hour Championship Held in Cleveland, Ohio on September 20, 2014.


She completed 122 miles and in addition to being the 2nd female, was the 1st Masters and 6th Overall finisher!


Race results:


Final Thoughts


Good luck to everyone running the Pinhoti 100 this weekend. Most if not all of the runners left in the Pinhoti Slam are GUTS members.