Cruel Jewel 100 in 2023 is a qualifying race for both Western States and Hardrock 100 2024 lotteries.
Just the Facts
May 17-19, 2024
12:00 PM on Friday, May 17
100 Mile Start/Finish: Camp Morganton, Blue Ridge, GA
RACE PACKET PICKUP
Friday, May 17: 9:00am – 11:00am at Camp Morganton for 50 & 100 milers. You MUST present your government issued photo ID in order to pick up your packet.
Cruel Jewel 100 is a 106 mile foot race deep with in the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest of the North Georgia Mountains. It consists of 94 miles of trails, 12 miles of mountain roads, and 20 aid station. Along your journey from Vogel State Park to Blue Ridge, GA and back, you will experience tough, and sometimes technical, single track trails, ferns and old growth poplar trees, steep ascents and even steeper descents, an historic steel bridge spanning the Toccoa River, the Dragon’s Spine, lush green hardwood forests, rocks, roots and ridge lines … all of which will be passed before you reach your final destination. And as a bonus we have thrown in 33,000 feet of gain and 33,000 feet of loss just to keep it interesting !!
The Cruel Jewel 100 is laid out for tough and experienced trail runners, therefore there will be qualifications and requirements to be eligible for entry and strict cut off times at all aid stations put in place for your safety.
- No Littering!!
- Runners must stay on marked course at all times
- No cutting of switchbacks
- Runners must check in at eachaid station
- Runners may only receive aid at designated aid stations
- Runners may not receive aid from or be paced by vehicles on road sections
- Runners may pick up pacer starting at the turn-around point (Camp Morganton) or any other crew accessible aid station thereafter
- Only ONEpacer is allowed on course with runner at any time
- Pacers must wear “Pacer” bib and complete waiver prior to event.
- Crews may only use crew accessible aid stations
- Only ONE car per crew at each aid station
- Crew will NOT park in a manner that will block traffic, trailheads or other cars
- Crew will NOT leave car parked at aid station
- Trekking poles are allowed
- Runners may only be scored for awards under gender designated on government issued ID.
- Participants that elect to not disclose their gender or choose “Other” as their gender will not be
included in scoring for awards.
- On the Flat Creek Loop, runners must use designated station to punch bib to show proof of
loop completion. Bib will be checked at Camp Morganton for Loop 1. If bib is not punched,
runner must return to Flat Creek Loop, punch bib and return to Camp Morganton. Bib will be
checked at FINISH for Loop 2. If bib is not punched for Loop 2, runner will be disqualified.
The closest town to the Start/Finish is Blue Ridge, GA, where you’ll find a few chain hotels and a few local lodging options. There are limited primitive campsites available at Camp Morganton. Please email us via Ultrasignup to reserve a space. There are plenty of AirBnB options nearby too.
There is also space outside for tent camping.
Camp Morganton also has primitive campsites available. Please email us through Ultrasignup to reserve a space. There is a restroom in the group shelter.
Volunteering, Sweeping, or Pacing
Please contact us for additional information on volunteering, sweeping, or pacing using the form options at the top of the page.
Volunteers often help with the setup and breakdown of equipment as well as helping runners during the beginning and end of the event.
Sweepers will assist with trail marking, placing flags, and trail cleanup at the end of the event.
Pacers or a pace runner is any individual who accompanies an entrant for any distance greater than 100 yards at one time. Pacers should carefully review the list of rules in the race packet. Any runner or crew that violates the rules are subject to disqualification or disqualification of the runner.
Weather in this region can range greatly in May. Runners should prepare for the possibility of rain and temperatures typically ranging between 50°F to 75°F.