Western States 100 Qualifier
Cruel Jewel 100 is a Western States 100 qualifier! This makes Cruel Jewel 100 one of only three races in the country that are qualifiers for Hardrock, Western States, and MAX UTMB points.
2023 Course Change
Recently, the Georgia State Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division made changes to the concession fee structure that requires 15% of our gross revenue. This change makes it no longer feasible for us to host Cruel Jewel at Vogel State Park, or any other park in the Georgia State Park system.
Having said that, there will be some significant changes, but all for the better in true Dumass fashion. The very first year of Cruel Jewel 100 was in 2013, and the starting line was at Camp Morganton. 2023 is our 10th year anniversary and we’re goin’ back to our roots.
While we are working out the details, here is what we can tell you with 100% certainty:
Cruel Jewel 100 will start and finish in Morganton.
You get to experience ALL of the Duncan Ridge in one dragon-heart-sized punch in the throat
The course change has been CONFIRMED by both Western States AND Hardrock to still be a qualifier. In the words of one board member ‘Cruel Jewel is already one of the more difficult places to get a Western States qualifier, and your proposed changes probably won't make the run any easier anyhow’ (he’s not wrong)
We submitted everything to UTMB and expect no issues with our index points there
Cruel Jewel 50 will start in Blairsville (exact location TBD) and the shuttle will now pick runners up in Morganton.
The pointless out and back to Weaver Creek is here to stay. You’re welcome.
In a perfect world, our first year taking on these races would have been a carbon copy of previous years. Easy. Simple. But as ultra runners, one thing we have learned to do is expect and accept change, know that things will never always go according to plan, and to adapt. We’re committed to constantly improving all of our events and we are excited for 2023 and all that we hope to bring to the community, even amongst all the change and chaos. We work hard to put the Cruel in Cruel Jewel.
We will continue to share updates through UltraSignUp, Instagram, and Facebook as we have more information available.
Sarah & Sean
Cruel Jewel 100 is a HARDROCK Qualifier!!
Another reason you can't resist being a DUMAss!!
Cruel Jewel 100 and Cruel Jewel 50 are both UTMB qualifiers
CJ 100 is 6 pts, CJ 50 is 4 pts
The Cruel Jewel 100 is a 105.9 mile foot race deep with in the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest of the North Georgia Mountains. It consists of 95 miles of trails, 11miles of mountain roads, and 20 aid stations. Along your journey from Vogel State Park to Blue Ridge 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 !!
Local time: 3:11 PM
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.
This event starts at NOON on FRIDAY, MAY 19 2023 at VOGEL STATE PARK!!
Please see website for a list of qualifying races for race eligibility.