Four friends, one photographer, and Cruel Jewel - one of the toughest ultramarathons on the East Coast.

Follow their journey.


Meet 4 flat-landers, Nathan (The Farmer), Wisp (The Artist), Lynx (The Footwear Specialist) and Ben (The Computer Programmer) as they struggle to prepare for The Cruel Jewel 100/50, a mountain ultra trail race boasting 30k/15k feet of gain and loss. See how our ultrarunners translate a meager 876 feet (the tallest point in Chapel Hill) to a true mountain race!

* Be sure to check back for Part 2; the race conclusion and their thoughts on The Experience.