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Welcome!

The organizers and volunteers look forward to an amazing weekend at the end of September. We are working hard to present an event that is worthy of all of the hard training that you put in.

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Sponsors

Many, many thanks to our sponsors for making The Georgia Jewel possible!

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Our History and Goals

What is most important to us.

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In a Nutshell

It takes a special type of crazy to run an ultra. And we love crazy. All types of crazy. Join us for an adventure through the magical forest of Georgia’s Pinhoti Trail. Our 100 mile course is an out and back which means lots of high-fives and occasional butt slaps from other runners. The 50 and 35 mile courses are point to point and include an amazing early morning bus ride with a 100 of your closest friends (who all have nervous gas.) In-bus entertainment brought to you by some hyped-up runner who can’t stop talking.

Once you start you’ll run over 5 mountain ranges, and along the narrow crests of several ridges of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The course in mostly single-track and a little pavement (sorry, you can always run in the grass next to the pavement). And we threw in some stream crossings cause we heard runners like that.

The Dalton Convention Center acts as home plate for all events with cotton candy, peanuts and giant foam fingers included. We really like families which means there’ll be a lot of kids running around ringing ridiculous cowbells as your cross the finish line. And we have finisher awards ‘cause evidently that’s important. And good food at the finish which is totally important. So bring your crazy to our crazy and experience a race you’ll likely never miss again.

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Thank you to Our Sponsors!

Of course, the Georgia Jewel would not be possible without our generous sponsors.


Our History and Goals

Established in 2006, the Georgia Jewel is Georgia's longest standing 100 mile endurance race. Created from a passion for the trails and running, the Jewel surpassed all odds and quickly became a favorite among the ultra community. Never before had a running event hosted on the GA section of the Pinhoti thrived, or for that matter, lasted. But with strong ties to the local community and a deep desire to give back to the trails that so graciously gave to runners, the Jewel rooted itself to the Pinhoti and the Pinhoti rooted itself back (yeah, we ended that sentence in a preposition. Sorry middle school English teachers.)

The vision of the Jewel has always been bigger than the race itself. It's about hosting a kick a** race AND sharing a story of something bigger than the "normal" human life. To do that, we've created a few hills we die on (not literally, just figuratively, dramatically figuratively.)

Our hope is everyone at the Jewel walks away with an experience that supersedes their "normal" life and connects them to new friends and personal accomplishments. And regardless of how your race turns out we'll be waiting at the finish with a cold drink, warm fire and good food. 'Cause that's how we roll.

Thank You

  • Be excellent

    Everything we do from aid station food to trail markings should be done with excellence. We're not perfect but we'll do our best to provide runners, volunteers and crew with a great experience. 'Cause who wants to waste money on a bummer race? Not us.

  • Be kind

    Ultra running gets ugly sometimes but we like the golden rule; treat other people the way you wanna be treated. Or something like that.

  • Be clean

    Our moms told us to leave a place looking nicer than we found it. So we leave the Pinhoti and any place the Jewel touches, sparkling clean (even porta potties.)

  • Be good with money

    Ain't no one got time for wasted funds. We'll seek to make wise choices when it comes to how we appropriate race funds. And anyone can see our spreadsheets. Anytime.

  • Be connected

    Relationship trumps rules, friendship supersedes cut-off times and connection is valued more than results. No race is more important than leaving the weekend feeling valued, respected and cared for.


100 Miles

100 Mile Limit: 32 Hours

Description

The race will start and finish at the Dalton Convention Center. The 1st mile is on paved road as you slowly climb 1.3 miles to the Fire Service road gate of the Dug Gap Trailhead. You’ll continue climbing on the FS road reaching the top of Dug Mountain by mile 2. You’ll then jump onto the single track trail on your left and proceed along the Dug Mountain ridge line. This ridge line, while offering some great views, will also earn a place in your memory as ‘the rock garden’. About mile 5 you will come off of the Dug Mountain ridge and cross Hurricane Valley. About Mile 5.5 the trail T’s and you go to the left reaching unmanned water stop # 1 within a 100 yards. By mile 6 you will have reached the top of Hurricane Mountain and by mile 7 you will have views from the top of Middle Mountain.

You’ll proceed along the Middle Mountain ridge line until coming to the Stover Road aid station at mile 10. Here the trail intersects a FS road that you make a right turn on to. You’ll now make your way down into a valley. Before you leave the valley, just after mile 12, you’ll run beside a small creek that provides four rock hopping crossings.

The other side of the valley you’ll climb for about one mile before reaching the top of Mill Creek Mountain. You’ll then travel the wavy Mill Creek ridgeline for about 2.5 miles. You’ll finally have a mile plus downhill with some switchbacks before arriving into the Snake Creek Gap aid station at 17.2 miles. Refuel, refresh and cross the road at the parking lot entrance to continue onto the trail directly across Road 136.

You’ll spend the next mile climbing Horn Mountain and the following mile running along it’s ridgeline. By mile 20 you’ll begin a gentle downgrade that will meander through a thinly treed forest with dappled sunlight. About mile 21 the trail will curve and dip to the right bringing you to unmanned water stop # 2. A Pinhoti sign points both straight and to the left. You go left and will come to a sign for Pilcher’s Pond. You’ll enjoy this pretty section of trail passing the pond and all the way down to the Pocket Road. You should have reached Pocket Road via FS # 356.

Crossing Pocket Road you’ll go left (south) just 1/10 of a mile and turn right into FS road # 702. About 0.6 miles up this FS road it will return to Pinhoti single track for just hikers and runners. There are public restroom facilities here. You’re going to be climbing up the southern side of John’s Mountain. At about 23.5 miles you’ll have some densely forested scenic overlooks to your left. Another half mile you’ll be ascending steep rough hewn stone steps toward the Keown Falls overlook deck. Continuing past the deck the trail T’s and you want to go right. Only about a 0.8 mile climb to your turnaround point. It’s a small clearing with a gravel parking lot and your aid station at the viewing deck. Refill your fluids and grab some fuel. Before setting off for your trek into the valley beneath the viewing deck, take just a moment to appreciate the view that your hard work has presented you. Well done.

Leaving John’s Mountain aid station you will travel down the gravel road on the north side of the mountain for about 0.6 of a mile. Watch for a Pinhoti trail sign on your left that will deliver you back onto dirt single track. You’ll spend the next 2 miles rounding John’s Mountain staying about 500 feet from the top all the way around on gently rolling single track trail. The next 2 miles will slowly take you to the bottom of the mountain and a creek crossing. The near creek side is unmanned water stop # 3. Crossing the creek you’ll proceed on the fire service road about 0.1 of a mile and the trailhead sign will be on your left. Follow the trail to a gravel road and follow the signage to the left. Within a ½ mile you’ll come to a fork in the road, take the right hand fork away from the creek. Just 0.1 mile further and the single track trail head will be on your right. You’ll follow this for another mile to the E. Armuchee Road trail head. This is 32.9 miles into your run. This trail head was previously the E. Armuchee Aid Station. We have moved this aid station about 1.5 miles further south to make this aid station more equi-distant between John’s Mouintain and Narrow’s Road Aid Stations.

Leaving the E. Armuchee Trail head you’ll turn left onto E. Armuchee Road. You’ll only be on E. Armuchee for about 0.3 mile and then turn right onto Manning Road. About 0.8 miles down Manning Road, the Pinhoti trail will turn left. It’s a dirt road with a FS # 227 sign. It’s only about 0.2 of a mile to a creek crossing. There is a bed of concrete planks that makes the water just a few inches deep but they can be slippery, so tread carefully. After crossing the creek you’ll come to a clearing on the left. This is the new Manning Road Aid Station location. If you want to put on dry socks or shoes, you’ll probably not get your feet wet again until your homebound trip back through here.

Leaving the Manning Road Aid Station you’ll continue to your left across this clearing and look for the single track to continue. You’ll climb for the next mile and end up on a ridge with some great views out to the left. You’ll continue on this ridge for 2 miles and then slowly work your way down to W. Armuchee road at about mile 36.

You’ll turn left onto W. Armuchee and proceed only about 0.3 miles to Narrows Road on the right. You’ll follow the paved section of Narrows for about 2 miles. Shortly after the paved section ends, the Narrows trail head and aid station will appear on your right at about mile 38.After about 1 mile on single track trail you will again be on the gravel road. Turn right onto the road and proceed 0.4 to a fire service road on the left. Proceed down the fire service road about 2/10s of a mile to the single track trail on the right. You’ll spend about a mile climbing to the top of a ridge and then another mile running it. You’ll come to a grassy clearing with a road going in both directions. Turn to the right and follow the gravel road. You’ll follow the road for about 3 miles with gentle ups and downs.

At approximately mile 46.6 you’ll reach unmanned water stop # 4. Only 5.0 miles to the Mack White aid station. Continue about 1.5 miles around a metal gate and into a circular clearing. You’ll go straight across and continue down fire service road # 254 about 2 miles. Then you'll turn right and up the powerline road. Watch out for the ruts on the 1st two hills. The power lines will take about 0.8 mile to traverse. About 2/3 of the way up the 5th hill you'll again intersect the Pinhoti trail. Make a left and proceed approximately 0.3 mile down hill towards the Mack White Aid Station. Refuel and start back knowing that you are half way home.


50 Miles

50 Mile Limit: 17 Hours

Description

The race will start near the intersection of Hwy 27 (Martha Berry Hwy) and Gore Sublingna Road and finish at the Dalton Convention Center. As soon as you start north on Gore Sublingna Road, on the left you will see a sign # 440. The start is here but you will have to get dropped here by your crew or park on the outskirts of the gas station across Hwy 27. The start is on a dirt road and it will cross through water within the 1st 0.25 mile. Another 0.2 miles and you’ll make a right turn into the woods. A quick 0.3 mile later you’ll make a left and proceed UP the power line section. You’ll proceed up and down several hills under the power lines for about 1 mile. You’ll cross two dirt roads and at the third dirt road will be arrows pointing you to the right. This is the Pinhoti trail. You’ll go about a 0.25 mile and it will T into a gravel fire service road (#254) and you will turn left. It will proceed slowly uphill for about a mile. You’ll proceed straight across a clearing and to a road with a gate. Proceed around the gate and continue 1.5 miles and you’ll come to unmanned water stop #4.

You’ll follow this fire service road for about 3 miles with gentle ups and downs. You enter a grassy clearing that curves slightly to the right, that’s your cue to look for the single track into the woods on your left. You’ll spend about 1 mile running on a ridge and then the next mile working your way down off of the ridge. The single track is going to merge with a gravel road coming in from your right. Follow this road to the left for about 0.2 mile and turn right onto a wider gravel road which is Narrows Road. From this right turn it will be about 0.4 mile until the single track drops down on your left. The next mile will be a steadily descending trail until it flattens out, crosses a small creek and you enter the Narrows Road Aid Station.

Leaving the Narrows Aid Station you’ll make a left onto Narrows Road. It’ll be gravel for about 0.2 mile and then stay on the left side of the paved road for about 2 miles. You’ll come to a right hand curve followed by a left curve over a concrete bridge to T with W. Armuchee Road. Make a left onto W. Armuchee and go slightly uphill for about 0.3 mile and you’ll see a wooden Pinhoti Trail sign pointing you to a gravel fire service road on your right. You’ll spend at least 0.5 mile to get up on this ridge and then traverse it for the next 2 miles. You’ll come down off the ridge rather quickly and down a set of large gravel switch backs you’ll be grateful you didn’t go up. The trail will cross a gravel road and you’ll be down to the valley floor in another 2 miles. You’ll spend a 0.5 mile on single track before coming to a clearing containing the Manning Road Aid Station.

Leaving the Manning Road aid station, you’ll turn right onto the gravel road (FS 227) and in 0.1 mile cross a creek were you will get your feet wet. Just 0.2 miles after crossing the creek you’ll come to Manning Road. Make a right onto Manning and proceed about 0.8 mile to a T with E. Armuchee Road. Proceed left on to E. Armuchee and proceed about 0.3 miles and you’ll see a Pinhoti trailhead sign on the right side of the road with a gravel entrance. Cross E. Armuchee with care, there’s a little clearing, go towards the left side of the clearing and you’ll see the single track opening. As you leave this clearing, you are about 32.5 miles to the finish. Follow the single track for a little over a mile and it T’s with a dirt road, make a left onto the road. You’ll procede about 0.6 mile, sometimes hearing or seeing the creek down to your right. You’ll come to a little intersection curving to the left but the Pinhoti (and you) will bear right observing the signage. You’ll proceed for about a mile on a slightly down hill and rolling wide trail. You’ll come a to a metal bar/gate. Proceed around the gate and turn right onto a FS road. Just 0.1 mile and you’ll cross a shallow creek. Follow the dirt road as it curves right and unmanned aid station # 3 is on your right.

As you leave the unmanned # 3 (do not take the single track to your right) continue on the dirt/gravel FS road. Follo w the road for about 2 miles to a clearing. At the far end of the clearing follow the signage to enter the single track trail on your right. You’ll have about 2.5 miles of single track as you travel clockwise around John’s Mountain towards the north side. The trail will climb steeply up to a gravel road and you will turn right onto that road. It’s about 0.6 miles to the top and the John’s Mountain aid station. You’ve past the halfway mark. If you take a moment to look out from the observation deck, you’ll see the E. Armuchee valley that you just traveled.

Leaving the John’s Mountain AS you’ll drop about 0.8 miles until the Keown Falls overlook on your left. Turn left and follow the trail to the left of the overlook and down the rough stone hewn steps. You’re going to be on a very narrow single track as you follow the mountain to the left. If it’ still light you’ll have a nice view of the tensely forested valley to your right. You’ll follow mostly single track down to the valley below. The trail will come into a parking area with public restrooms to the right. You’ll follow the road out of the parking area. It’s about 0.6 mile to a T with Pocket Road. Turn left onto Pocket Road. You’ll only have to go 0.1 of a mile and you’ll carefully cross Pocket Road in to the small gravel parking lot. Continue up the gravel road to and around the road gate. This is FS # 356. Follow the trail and the signage carfully though here. The trail will go past Pilcher’s Pond and another major trail insection, just follow the ribbins, signage and dpn’t cross any caution tape. You’ll soon come to unmanned water station # 2. Leaving this unmanned aid station follow the trail to the RIGHT and UP. You’re going to climb about a mile onto Horn Mountain, run it’s ridge for about a mile and then take a couple of meandering miles to get down to Road # 136.

Carefully cross Road # 136 and you enter the Snack Creek Gap aid station, also a key aid station for the Snake Creek Time Trails held here each winter. You’ll cross the parking lot to the far end, avail yourself of the hospitality and energy of the aid station and continue onto single track right behind the aid station. It’s going to be a winding steady climb for a mile to put you on Mill Creek Mountain. You’ll follow this ridgeline for about 2.5 miles and constantly ask yourself how anyone could ride, let alone, race a mountain mike over these rocks! You’ll then start a mile descent to the valley. You’ll spend about a mile in the valley jumping the little stream 4 times. Then you’ll proceed slowly uphill for about 1.5 miles. You’ll go around metal poles to keep cars off the trail you were jut on and enter the Stover Road aid station. This is your last manned AS and puts you about 10.5 miles from the finish.

Leaving Stover Road AS, you’ll follow the FS road about 0.6 mile to the top of the hill and make a sharp left turn back onto single track. You’re now on the Middle Mountain Ridge line. You’ll follow this ridge line for several miles until it descends into Hurricane Valley (if it’s windy you’ll understand). During this descent, you’ll make a sharp left turn and then 100 yards will put you at unmanned water station # 1. This means you’re 5.5 miles from the finish. The trail drops down the right and finishes crossing Hurrican Valley before leading you on a climb up onto Dug Mountain. The next several miles lead you across the ridge of Dug Mountain through any area affectionately called the “Rock Garden”. You will definitely be telling your running friends about this rocky section of trail. With the Rock Garden behind you, you will climb a liitle and empty onto ta gravel road at the top of Dug Gap. You have about 2 miles left. Proceed to the right down the gravel road for about 0.75 mile. You’ll follow the signage on to a single track through the woods to your right. A minute later you’ll come out onto Dug Gap Road. Carefully cross the road. You have one last hill (really) in front of you and then a mile+ downhill to your 50 miler finish.


35 Miles

35 Mile Limit: 12 Hours

Description

The race will start in the parking lot of the Dry Creek Horse Park (3087-3247 E. Armuchee Road, Summerville, GA 30747). You’ll start by following a forest service road as it gently curves, rises and falls through this peaceful section of forest. At about 1.5 miles the Pinhoti Trail will turn into the road from your left. You’ll continue straight, sometimes hearing or seeing the gurgling creek down to your right. Proceeding about 0.6 mile, you’ll come to a little intersection with the sandy road curving to the left but the Pinhoti Trail (and you) will bear right, observing the signage.

You’ll proceed for about a mile on a slightly down hill and rolling wide trail. You’ll come to a metal bar/gate. Proceed around the gate and turn right onto a FS road. Just 0.1 mile and you’ll cross a shallow creek. Plan on getting your feet wet. Follow the dirt road as it curves right and unmanned aid station # 3 is immediately on your right. As you leave the unmanned # 3 (do not take the single track to your right) continue on the dirt/gravel FS road.

Follow the road for about 2 miles to a clearing. At the far end of the clearing follow the signage to enter the single track trail on your right. You’ll have about 2.5 miles of single track as you travel clockwise around John’s Mountain towards the north side. The trail will climb steeply up to a gravel road and you will turn right onto that road. It’s about 0.6 miles to the top and the John’s Mountain aid station. If you take a moment to look out from the observation deck, you’ll see the E. Armuchee valley that you just traveled.

Leaving the John’s Mountain AS you’ll drop about 0.8 miles until the Keown Falls overlook on your left. Turn left and follow the trail to the left of the overlook and down the rough stone hewn steps. You’re going to be on a very narrow single track as you follow the mountain to the left. You’ll have a nice view of the tensely forested Pocket Road valley to your right. You’ll follow mostly single track down to the valley below. The trail will come into a parking area with public restrooms to the right. You’ll follow the road out of the parking area. It’s about 0.6 mile to a T with Pocket Road. Turn left onto Pocket Road. You’ll only have to go 0.1 of a mile and you’ll carefully cross Pocket Road into the small gravel parking lot. Continue up the gravel road to and around the metal gate. This is FS # 356. Follow the trail and the signage carefully though here. The trail will go past Pilcher’s Pond and another major trail intersection, just follow the ribbons, signage and don’t cross any caution tape. While rounding Pilcher’s Pond you’ll see narrow paths worn in the grass by regular beaver visits. After a time in these rolling woods, you’ll come to unmanned water station # 2. Leaving this unmanned aid station follow the trail to the RIGHT and UP. You’re going to climb about a mile onto Horn Mountain, run it’s ridge for about a mile and then drop off the ridge and take a couple of meandering miles to get down to Road # 136.

Carefully cross Road # 136 and you enter the Snack Creek Gap aid station, also a key aid station for the Snake Creek Bike Time Trails held here each winter. You’ll cross the parking lot to the far end, avail yourself of the hospitality and energy of the aid station and continue onto single track right behind the aid station. You’re half way! It’s going to be a winding steady climb for a mile to put you on Mill Creek Mountain. You’ll follow this ridgeline for about 2.5 miles and constantly ask yourself how anyone could ride, let alone race a mountain bike over these rocks! You’ll then start a mile descent to the valley. You’ll spend about a mile in the valley jumping the little stream 4 times. Then you’ll proceed slowly uphill for about 1.5 miles. You’ll go around metal poles to keep cars off the trail you were just on and enter the Stover Road aid station. This is your last manned AS and puts you about 10.5 miles from the finish.

Leaving Stover Road AS, you’ll follow the FS road about 0.6 mile to the top of the hill and make a sharp left turn back onto single track. You’re now on the Middle Mountain Ridge line. You’ll follow this ridge line for several miles until it descends into Hurricane Valley (if it’s windy you’ll understand the name). During this descent, you’ll make a sharp left turn and then 100 yards will put you at unmanned water station # 1. This means you’re 5.5 miles from the finish. The trail drops down the right and finishes crossing Hurricane Valley before leading you on a climb up onto Dug Mountain. The next several miles lead you across the ridge of Dug Mountain through an area affectionately called the “Rock Garden”. With the Rock Garden behind you, you will climb a little and turn right onto the gravel road at the top of Dug Gap. You have about 2 miles left. Proceed to the right down the gravel road for about 0.75 mile. You’ll follow the signage onto a single track through the woods to your right. A minute later you’ll come out onto Dug Gap Road. PROCEED TO THE RIGHT ON THE ROAD. Carefully cross the road. You have one last small hill in front of you and then a mile+ downhill to your finish.

Directions to the 35M Start at the Dry Creek Parking Lot

From Interstate 75 going South

Get off of Highway 75 at exit 333 and proceed west. There is an immediate traffic light, proceed straight, putting you on Dug Gap Mountain Road. The road will quickly curve to the left and within ¼ mile the Dalton Convention Center will appear on your left. Proceed on Dug Gap Mtn Road, up and over the mountain. Stay on Dug Gap road until it comes to a right curve. Stay to the right and it becomes Hurricane Road. Follow Hurricane Road about 0.6 mile until it comes to a T intersection with Mill Creek Road and turn left. They’ll be an immediate fork, stay to the right on Mill Creek. Continue on Mill Creek for approx. 1.5 miles until an intersection with Lower Mill Creek. Turn left onto Lower Mill Creek Road. Within 2 miles follow Lower Mill Creek as it forks to the left. Two more miles and Lower Mill Creek will T onto Road # 136 or Resaca Lafayette Road NW. Make a right onto # 136. Proceed about 1.5 miles and you’ll come to the intersection with E. Armuchee Road. Turn left onto E. Armuchee Road. Staying on E. Armuchee for 6 miles will bring you to Manning Mill Road on your right. Proceed past Manning Mill approximately ¼ mile and the entrance to the Dry Creek area will be on your left – it is Fire Service (FS) # 226. Follow this FS road about 1.6 miles to the Dry Creek parking lot. Take a left at all forks or turns until you see the sign pointing right to the Dry Creek Parking area.

From Interstate 75 going North

Get off of Highway 75 at exit 320/Resaca and proceed west. You’ll be on Rt. 136. Staying on 136 will bring you to a T intersection. Turn right to remain on Rt. 136. In about 5 minutes you’ll pass the Snake Creek Gap aid station on your right. Proceed another couple miles and you’ll come to the intersection with E. Armuchee Road. Turn left onto E. Armuchee Road. Staying on E. Armuchee for 6 miles will bring you to Manning Mill Road on your right. Proceed past Manning Mill approximately ¼ mile and the entrance to the Dry Creek area will be on your left – it is Fire Service (FS) # 226. Follow this FS road about 1.6 miles to the Dry Creek parking lot. Take a left at all forks or turns until you see the sign pointing right to the Dry Creek Parking area.