Fifth Annual Gusto Event starts Saturday at Rock House Marina


For The Patriot

The 5th Annual Gusto Event with GRAPeJAM starts at 10 a.m. Saturday June 25 (tomorrow) at the Rock House Marina. The Master Class (5 Mile) and the Bona Fide Class (2.1 mile) races will occur simultaneously starting from the Rock House Marina then progressing upstream on Peak Creak.

Registration costs $25 and includes the red moisture wicking Gusto jersey and the much sought-after Gusto award bracelets.

The Rock House’s Michael Valach will likely throw in some Mountain 2 Island gear for Gusto competitors, as well.

Go to and scroll for the Gusto to register for the race. If registering the day of the race, be sure to come early. Paddle Boards and paddles are available for rental on site but it’s best to reserve one in advance … it’s actually best to have your own paddle board but we’re making this competition open to everyone!

After the last Gusto competitor has finished the course, an awards ceremony will follow. Then a $1,000 check will be presented to the Greater Pulaski Junior Appalachian Musicians (GRAPeJAM) courtesy of our sponsors and the esteemed PC Patriot newspaper.

Following this, GRAPeJAM will perform a few traditional, and some not so traditional songs.

After that, we’ll probably eat something.

The competition will be fierce but then many Gusto competitors are happy enough to finish and earn their Go for the Gusto bracelets. It’s really about the experience but you’d really have to do a Gusto to fully understand. So, you should probably register now while you’re thinking about it.

Whether the current is fair or foul

Find a way to somehow

Go for the Gusto!