We're working on getting registration open soon for the 2013 BAIRGUTSMAN!
Right now it looks like Farmington Canyon will be open in 2013; allowing us to use the original point-to-point course. As you already know, the last two years due to the canyon closure, we ran the GUTSMAN up and down Baer Canyon. A lot of us really like the course this way, and it's not to say we won't run it that way again, but we're bringing the old course back for 2013.
We lost A LOT of runners because it seems the majority didn't want to run down Baer Canyon...it's okay, we understand. BUT, as a way to say THANK YOU to the runners who stuck with the BAIRGUTSMAN in 2011 & 2012, we're offering you a 2013 registration rate of $40. All we ask is that you register by Memorial Day 2013 (May 27th) so we can plan accordingly on our end. The $40 rate will not be offered online, you'll have to complete a registration form and send it in so we can verify you ran the GUTSMAN in either 2011 or 2012.
If you didn't run the BAIRGUTSMAN in 2011 or 2012, the registration rate is $55.
Registration for the 2013 BAIRGUTSMAN will open Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 10am. The race is limited to 300 runners; first come first serve. We'll let you know when the race is close to selling out.
WARNING: If there's an issue next year in Farmington Canyon that prohibits the GUTSMAN from running its original course, we'll run the out-and-back option instead and we won't be able to offer refunds. So, we suggest you register for the 2013 BAIRGUTSMAN only if you're prepared to run either course.
New red BAIRGUTSMAN hoodies (pictured above) are available at STRIDERS for $35. The red GUTSMAN hoodie will also be featured on our new online store, which should be ready to open in December. Sizes range from S-XXL. It's a cotton/poly blend; very nice.
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No serious injuries, no mountain rescues and no snakes or big cats; so it was a 'no casualties' year for The BAIRGUTSMAN. The race is always tons of fun and we think all 165 finishers had a good time. This was the second year for the out-and-back course with new records set in both the male & female categories. Kari Keddington was the female winner with a new O&B female course record of 2:52:57. Cameron Kasteler was the overall winner with a new O&B course record of 2:08:57. The full 2012 results are at www.strideracing.com
The GUTSMAN tribe wants to thank all the runners and supporters the last couple of years during the 'out-and-back' course. You all truly have CONQUERED THYSELF and the support is very much appreciated.
Like an out of control speeding freight train, the BAIRGUTSMAN is quickly approaching. It scheduled for Saturday, August 4th at 6:00am.
The race starts at ends at the LDS church on Mountain Rd in Fruit Heights (next to the city office building). Get there early to pick up you race number and timing chip; the race will start at 6am sharp!
The race will start and end and the church. There will be an aid station at Francis Peak. Once you're on the mountain, you have to get off yourself. There will be NO rides to the bottom. We're packing up the finish line at about noon.
Know what you're getting into; the BAIRGUTSMAN has over 10,000 feet of total elevation change in about 11 miles across very rough, technical terrain.
All finishers will receive a medal and a shirt. Age & gender placers will receive an engraved medal.
Results will be posted at www.strideracing.com later in the day.
Good luck, have fun and CONQUER THYSELF!
Registration for the Memorial Day Classic 1/2 Marathon, 5K & Kids K
and the BAIRGUTSMAN
are now open online at www.strideracing.com
or in person at STRIDERS. Details and registration forms are also available at www.stridersrunning.com
The Memorial Day Classic benefits the NO MORE VICTIMS foundation; we've been able to raise close to $10K over the years with this event, so we appreciate your support. The money has helped a ton of kids who have been victims of abuse. The 1/2 marathon, 5K & Kids K all take place in Syracuse at the Jensen Nature Park Memorial Day Morning, May 28th. It rained and snowed last year, so we're due for good weather in 2012.
Farmington Canyon will continue to be closed in 2012, so the BAIRGUTSMAN will run the same course as last year - Up and Down Baer Canyon then finishing back in Fruit Heights. The 2011 race was AWESOME, everybody loved the new course! If you have a sense of adventure, love the mountains and don't mind a few bumps & bruises and a little blood, then the GUTSMAN is the race for you. NO FALSE BRAVADO, YOU'RE GOING TO BLEED! CONQUER YOURSELF
on August 4th, 2012
This is the original, this logo started the trend. There have been many attempts to copy this "art" by lesser, weaker races, but there can only be one. Say hello to your master! For a few bucks you can have one too. Only at STRIDERS and only for a limited time. CONQUER THYSELF!
2011 marks the 30th Anniversary of the BAIRGUTSMAN! To commemorate the occasion we've printed up a limited supply of "30 Year" Gutsman hoodies and tech shirts. The hoodie is top of the line; brushed fleece material and the tech shirt (Nike) is available in a male or female cut. Once they're gone, that's all folks. Hoodie sells for $50, t-shirt for $20. If you buy both we'll knock off 20% and give you a FREE BAIRGUTSMAN decal (while supplies last). Available only at STRIDERS. Here's to another 30 years of crazy BAIRGUTSMAN fun - CONQUER THYSELF!
With all the fuss and concern with the BAIRGUTSMAN course, it was one of the best years ever. There was a sprained ankle, a couple of falls and lots of scratches but it wasn't the bloodbath a few naysayers predicted. In fact, we're getting a lot of requests to keep the out & back course for next year. It was a fun day, thanks to all the runners for the support and coming out and CONQUERING THYSELF! There was so much positive energy on the mountain, it's what makes the Gutsman so special. Full race report to come; results are posted at www.strideracing.com. We would love to hear your comments. Can't wait for 2012.
The BAIRGUTSMAN was created over 30 years ago for hardcore personalities who weren't afraid of a little challenge. Don't mistake our exuberance for the BAIRGUTSMAN as a put-on or false bravado. It's for real; we know it's a tough race for a tough crowd. It's not for everybody, we get that too. Last thing we're going to do is belittle you because you decided you're in over head. You put yourself on that mountain, you got to get yourself off that mountain. We make this very clear; you know what you're in for when you register for the race. If you have to ask 30 questions about the race, it may be wise to get out or not get in at all.
NO REFUNDS, NO WHINERS, that was the mantra of the GUTSMAN founding fathers. Think real hard before you register, there might be snakes on the course that day, a cougar, a nasty swarm of hornets or a rock waiting for you to trip over, knocking your head on a very old but very solid tree. Is it going to be sketchy this year running down Baer Canyon? Absolutely it will be, but it's a heck of a lot safer than driving down Farmington Canyon. This is the BAIRGUTSMAN, the risks are stated. No refunds, no whiners; either run or don't run. You have nothing to prove but to yourself: CONQUER THYSELF!
NO REFUNDS - when has the BAIRGUTSMAN ever offered refunds?
Yes, the race in insured
Yes, the insurance people are aware of the course changes
Yes, the Forrest Service is aware of the course changes; it was their idea. The USFS issued the permit for the race.
Yes, there will be a professional Search & Rescue team on the course. There will also be a surgeon on the course and emergency medical responders. They're there every year. What do you think your money pays for, just fruit and T-shirts?
Yes, ultimately this is the race you registered and paid for. if you don't like the course this year, don't run it, the show will go on with or without you for years to come. The BAIRGUTSMAN will survive your rants, insults and threats. There's plenty of crazy hardcore runners out there who love what the BAIRGUTSMAN is and what is stands for.
See you in 10 days.
Decided late last night to run the GUTSMAN course. I can't wait for race day; running down Baer Canyon was a riot. If we take care of each other out there and run as a community; working together to get off the mountain safely, it won't be the bloodbath some think it will be. The hardest part is coming down death row. Even with criss-cross traffic, there's lots of space to pass and be passed. By the time you reach the switchbacks, you'll be through the heavy traffic. Anybody can run down Farmington Canyon road; running down the Baer is a true test of skill. Embrace your fear and CONQUER THYSELF! See you August 6th.
This is the top of Francis Peak a month ago. As the snow melts, the ground becomes saturated causing a very unstable mountain. This is why Farmington Canyon will remain closed for the BAIRGUTSMAN.