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Cruel Jewel 100

17-May-2019 Camp Morganton, Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA


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Trail Race Race Terrain
161KM / 100Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 80KM/50M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

The 100-mile category starts on Friday at Vogel State Park, and the 50 mile starts on Saturday at the Blue Ridge Camp Morganton. Run within the Chattahoochee National Forest (North Georgia) it includes Vogel State Park, Blue Ridge, the Toccoa River and Dragon’s Spine on trails and mountain roads.

There is an eligibility criterion for this race and strict cut-off times enforced at each of the 20 aid stations. Pacing is allowed. A shuttle will be in place to take runners from the finish to the start line. This race is a Hardrock and UTMB qualifier.

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Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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08:54 25-05-15

The race lived up to it’s name- The “CRUEL” Jewel! This was good news as I wanted a challenging course and found it. Overall the race was excellent with lots of climbing, great volunteers, and lots of single track. I would definitely recommend- especially given it’s a Hardrock qualifier and 4 points for UTMB!. The Dragon Spine which make up a significant portion of the first and last 15 miles were some of the steepest climbs. In retrospect I wish I had used poles as I believe this course is well suited for them. I would recommend since I felt they definitely offer an advantage in my opinion. The 2 main suggestions I had were on the course markings and the aid stations. I got a little confused around mile 48 when you begin the first of 2 loops you make. I know I wasn’t alone and this was fixed by the time I went around later that night after the turn around. Unfortunately I added some bonus miles but I should have paid more attention to my GPS. The aid stations had the essentials needed and I know I have been spoiled at other recent 100’s. I believe they could offer more options at key points like at the turn around which is at a camp with a kitchen. Again, overall a great race and other than the course marking at that one section, I’d have given it a 5/5 and expect it will be next year. www.footprintsonthecourse.com

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10:38 20-05-15

I ran the 50 Mile race option, or rather the 56 mile race option. It was one of the more challenging 50 mile races I have run on the east coast. The 100 mile started at noon on Friday, so it was fun to watch my friends at a few of the aid stations before going to bed for the 8am start of the 50 miler. Driving around the course on Friday was very easy, the directions provided by the RD were spot on! The 50 mile race went off right at 8 on Saturday morning. It began on 4 miles of steep road before we headed into the single track. It was well marked, and actually quite enjoyable to see the 100 mile runners and encourage them as they started their next day on the course. The single track was wide enough to pass, making going around the other runners no problem. It was well marked, but got quite hot and humid. The next road section was very exposed and hot and humid. The aid stations were roughly 5 miles apart (except for one 8 mile climb). It was marked well and the first 50k was quite runnable. The last 20+ were more technical and steep, but short climbs. Don't let that fool you though, the steep and technical hills at the end meant it was harder to run downhill because there were fallen trees, rocks and roots, turning it into a lovely obstacle course. The RD's and volunteers were really nice, the mountains were beautiful and only 6 miles to a sweet little downtown where you could find whatever you needed. I would run this again, and have already recommended it to friends.

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05:42 20-05-15

May 2015 - The race was well organized with very helpful and friendly volunteers. The course its self presents challenging climbs in, at least this year, hot and humid conditions. The forest service in the area does little to maintain the trails so runners will climb over multiple fallen tress (some of which have been there for years). Markings on course are easy to follow and included blinking lights at most of the major sharp turning points. There are about 15 miles of road runners will run on in the middle of the course. Aid stations are frequent (usually every 5-6 miles) but only provided a small and limited selection of snack type food. Several of the stations ran out of items, including Ginger Ale and pickles. Real food is very limited on this course. Grilled cheese and soup were the only things available and they were only available at the turn around. There was plenty of food available at the finish for runners to eat upon completion of the course. Overall a fun challenging course. Easily a five star race if the Aid Stations had been better stocked.

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