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Monday, June 7, 2010

Another Wonderful Kettle Corn Story

Felicia Gudat left and Christie Keglovits right stopped by Gods Country Kettle Corn to thank Lou Karija for being at the marathon with his kettle corn , Gudat finished 5th and Keglovits finished 6th and they were the first women to cross the finish line, both expressed their love for kettle corn and said the thought of kettle corn at the finish line kept them going. Another wonderful kettle corn story.

UPDATE: KETTLE CORN STORY DEBUNKED
Hello again Potter County. My name is Felicia Gudat. Thank you for kindly mentioning my running in the marathon. My friend called and asked me to check this website and to clarify something. It is not true that the thought of any snack item at the finish line was a factor in my running. I tried to be the very best that I could be and my strategy was to prepare for the impact of the long descent of the hill by not overstressing on the ascent, as I knew that different muscle groups would be at work on each aspect of this challenging race. To prepare, I trained up uphill and downhill sections where I live. It seemed to work, as my muscles "knew" how to react to the alternating stresses. There was never any thought of kettle corn or anything other than avoiding the overstressing of muscle groups based on the terrain. Thank you for this opportunity to set the record straight and thanks to the people who organized the marathon. They did an outstanding job.
Felicia

17 comments :

Anonymous said...

I have to question this. No offense to anyone. But Christie has been motivated by self-improvement and has been trying to be the womens' champion for a couple of years now and we are all hoping that she eventually gets there. Again, I am not trying to be offensive here but I sincerely believe the pace of her race was nor related to the popcorn. I do not know Felicia so it is possible that what you have reported here is true about her. Oftentimes the runners are focused strongly on carbohydrate loading before the race and then protein and especially fluids afterwards. It does not appear to me that kettle corn would be a factor but again I am just speculating here.

Anonymous said...

It is possible the popcorn was a factor. Doubtful though. I did a Google search and the key is the carbohydrate energy and starch. The idea that it "kept them going" may be flawed, however. I am going to talk to some of the runners I knew in school.

Anonymous said...

Listen guys, I was there!
Those runners shown absolutely craved the popcorn & appear to have developed an addiction after only 3 bags each. Dunno what secret ingredients Lou may add, but it bears investigation.

Anonymous said...

Its official. The popcorn had nothing and I replete NOTHING to do with the motivation of Christie. She told her coworkers at the pharmacy that she ran with a strategy of finishing the race in the best time possible. She did not even know there was going to be popcorn at the finish line. The report here is false and a retraction is called for!

Anonymous said...

lol, Geesh a few of you need to get a life, this was just a fun, nice lil story.

Anonymous said...

the question isn't whether or not the popcorn kept them going, but whether or not the two contestants made the statements as stated in the article.

I don't see the need for a retraction if they made the statements. If they didn't then someone made up some news.

Anonymous said...

I say hire Lou as Borough Mgr. and feed his popcorn to the entire Council....Let's get this Boro moving!!! Coudersport Boro needs a swift kick in the a**

Anonymous said...

I also asked her and it seriously had nothing to do with the kettle corn at the finish line. She said it was nice to get if for the kids but it wasn't something in her strategy for the race.

Anonymous said...

The caption is incorrect, if you look at the official results at www.godscountrymarathon.com. Gudat finished 5th and Keglovits finished 6th, both awesome achievements that shouldn't be overshadowed.

Anonymous said...

My sister has run competitively for more than 10 years. I ran this by her. She actually knows both of these runners and she said the popcorn would not have been a factor. The quote in this story is false.

Anonymous said...

Hello again Potter County. My name is Felicia Gudat. Thank you for kindly mentioning my running in the marathon. My friend called and asked me to check this website and to clarify something. It is not true that the thought of any snack item at the finish line was a factor in my running. I tried to be the very best that I could be and my strategy was to prepare for the impact of the long descent of the hill by not overstressing on the ascent, as I knew that different muscle groups would be at work on each aspect of this challenging race. To prepare, I trained up uphill and downhill sections where I live. It seemed to work, as my muscles "knew" how to react to the alternating stresses. There was never any thought of kettle corn or anything other than avoiding the overstressing of muscle groups based on the terrain. Thank you for this opportunity to set the record straight and thanks to the people who organized the marathon. They did an outstanding job.
Felicia

Anonymous said...

I think the runners were just being polite to Lou. Politeless seems to be a farfetched notion around here.

Anonymous said...

I always run for the popcorn.

Anonymous said...

Talked to Christie and there will be a letter to the editor coming to the Bradford Era maybe tomorrow edition that points out how the popcorn thing was such an insult to their athleticism and devotion to the sport.

Anonymous said...

I was directed to this blog through a tip to our Runners World website in an effort to address questions that have been raised concerning distance runners' caloric and nutritional needs or preferences subsequent to half-marathon, marathon (26.2 miles) or longer races.
Specifically, I was asked to evaluate the advisability of a foodstuff often referred to as "kettle corn" being ingested in a close time proximity to a distance event.
Based on my research into the likely composition of the kettle corn, consisting of popcorn, white sugar, vegetable oil and seasoning salt (or white salt), it is my opinion that a runner would not covet this item in the immediate post-race time frame, and it thus would not typically be a motivating factor in any late-race strategies.
I have posed this question in my column at RunnersWorld.com and will be assessing other runners' responses both on our website and the print edition, after which time I will issue a follow-up comment on this blog.
Trottingly yours,
Dennis "Jackrabbit" Fixx

Anonymous said...

i have to add that it's Lou's delicious popcorn that keeps me from running....too much of a good thing, but thanks Lou!

Anonymous said...

lol. it's DILDINES that keep me going.
Foh-get the kettle corn!