The Rock/Creek Race Team was well-represented in Georgia this weekend, with 4 members racing in either the 50 mile or 50k versions of the GUTS REACTOR RUN on Saturday. All four ended up on the podium for their respective category & event. Here is a report from Race Team member Matt Sims:
The Georgia Ultra Trail Society (GUTS) hosted their inaugural Reactor Run event this past Saturday. The event was comprised of three distances; 50k, 50 miles, and 100 miles.
Rock/Creek Race Team members piled into the Rock/Creek Team Car and headed South to Dawsonville, late on Friday night. The race started at 6:30am in a pouring rain. The trails are primarily horse trails, some single track but mainly double track and jeep roads the entire way. There was a 13 mile loop and separate 7 mile loops that were run several times to achieve the different distances. They had approximately 70 people in each race and everyone started together.
The trail conditions were really muddy, which was to be expected because of the rain. I would bet that 50% of the participants dropped out of the race because of the trail conditions being so bad. Most people reacted by saying it was the worst trail they had ever run on. You didn’t see too many smiles out there, but I think deep down people actually enjoyed the adverse conditions.
We had a really strong showing, and everyone that went was on the podium. Natalie Sims won the women’s 50 miler and was 4th overall in the event. Her time was 10:30. John Wiygul placed 2nd overall in the 50k in 5:28 followed by 3rd place race team member John O’Brien in 5:31. Kathy Johns also had a strong 3rd place finish in the women’s 50k.
The GUTS members put on a great event, with well-marked trails and fully stocked aid stations. They also had a great base camp set up at the finish line with fires, heaters and tents so that everyone spectating or coming into the finish could stay warm and dry.
Leave it to the Rock/Creek Race Team to excel in a sloppy mud-fest! Great work, guys.