Local time: 1:17 AM
Our family has hosted this race the past two years and we can't wait for year 3! The Jewel is Georgia's longest standing 100 mile trail race and run on the beautiful Pinhoti. With 99% single-track and 1% a ridiculous climb up what we affectionately call "Mt. Baker," all our distances are super fun (at least the finish line is fun). The Pinhoti includes some steller ridge line sections as well as a rock garden that'll make you hate rocks...well...forever.
The 100 mile starts at the Dalton Convention Center, runs out to the Dry Creek Trail system and comes back, making this a great 100 miler for runners AND crew. The Dry Creek system is maintained by SORBA and has fast and runnable single-track through a gorgeous pine tree forest. A loop system allows you to see crew at the same spot for over 30 miles. They'll thank you in the end and beg you to run more 100's.
We bus 18, 35 and 50 mile runners out to their starting lines and scream like crazy for them as they run back to the finish line and their cars. The bus ride to the start takes you back to your childhood and makes you thankful you're now an adult. And we have toilets at the starting line since pre-race pooping is pretty important.
And the finish line...oh the finish line! We try to create an experience that allows you to pull up a chair, eat some food and feel like you're at our kitchen table with family. Everyone deserves to be celebrated for their effort on the trail no matter how the day turns out. The finish line is a place to share stories of failures and success and really good beer.
We'd love to meet you and share some sweet trail miles with you!
Jenny, Franklin, Luci (6) and Levi (4) Baker