• Footloose family

    In the Gutches family, fitness starts young and spreads far
  • "I wrestled as a kid, and my two brothers did," explains Kent. "That's how we really got started running, when I was in wrestling at Rogue River High School."
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    • Fast family
      Not only do extended family members of the Gutches clan run together, they do it pretty well. The Southern Oregon Runners club, which sponsors many local running events throughout the year, compile...
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      Fast family
      Not only do extended family members of the Gutches clan run together, they do it pretty well. The Southern Oregon Runners club, which sponsors many local running events throughout the year, compiles "Runner of the Year" standings for all the age groups. To qualify, runners had to complete at least eight of the club's 19 events. Following are how some of the family members stacked up in 2012:

      Paige Gutches, First place, female, 9 and younger

      Parker Gutches, Second place, female, 9 and younger

      Terrie Gutches, Third place, female, 30-34 age group

      Chad Gutches, First place, male, 30-34 age group

      Kent Gutches, First place, male, 30-34 age group
  • "I wrestled as a kid, and my two brothers did," explains Kent. "That's how we really got started running, when I was in wrestling at Rogue River High School."
    In his 20s, Kent returned to training and racing to stay in shape for hunting trips, according to his wife, Terrie, a high-school softball player.
    "Then he dragged me into it," says Terrie. "I really started running because I had three children."
    Neighbor kids would watch television on Saturday mornings, but the Gutches cousins weren't given the option of sitting around.
    "Our kids don't know the difference; none of us do," says Terrie. "It's a sport that you can do for life; it doesn't matter what your age is. You all get together and maybe go out to breakfast afterward. " It's a family sport."
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