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Additional race information can be found at https://www.cirqueseries.com/alyeska/.
Prizes will be distributed at the end of each event and for the overall series winners. There are three categories in which the prizes will be given out: Sport, Expert and Professional. Prizes for overall placement are as follows:
1st place - $1000
2nd place - $300
3rd place - $200
1st - $400 in Gear
2nd - $300 in Gear
3rd - $200 in Gear
1st - $300 in Gear
2nd - $200 in Gear
3rd - $100 in Gear
Peak Freak - the first male & female athlete to summit the iconic peak wins a prize from Black Diamond & On Running.
Grom Award - the youngest competitor will win a prize from Liberty bottles
Middle of the Pack Award - the person that finished exactly middle will win a prize form Kodiak cakes.
Overall Winner + Points
The racers with the most points at the end of all 6 races will be declared the overall winner. The top 20 racers of each event will obtain points. The following is the per stage breakdown as a function of place:
1 - 50pt 6 - 30pt 11 - 20pt 16 - 10pt
2 - 40pt 7 - 28pt 12 - 18pt 17 - 8pt
3 - 36pt 8 - 26pt 13 - 16pt 18 - 6pt
4 - 34pt 9 - 24pt 14 - 14pt 19 - 4pt
5 - 32pt 10 - 22pt 15 - 12pt 20 - 2pt
The last day to register is on the day of the event.
Bibs / Timing Chips
Cirque Series will utilize Competitive Timing / Strabel to time the event with a disposable chip placed on the back of your bib. Please do not fold, crush or remove the chip from the bib. You may dispose of the chip/bib after the race is over.
Rules / Guidelines
Please help us preserve the beauty of our mountains and assist in maintaining an enjoyable, safe event for everyone involved.
Please respect private property near the trails. Do not trespass.
No littering: Participants are encouraged to carry water during the event.
Please dispose of all waste and recyclables in the proper containers.
Please be respectful of all Forest Service officials.
Do not impede another runner.
Leave no trace: Pack-in pack-out.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
The 5.9 mile course begins at sea level at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill. The course takes runners immediately connecting with Tanaka Cat Road. Once at “TV Corner” runners will continue up through the lower bowl of Alyeska Resort to the Silvertip single track mountain bike trail. Once at the top of Silvertip runners will face a very steep climb up Center Ridge. The steep pitch and exposure will challenge the hardiest of mountain runners as the scramble continues up to Teacup Bowl and across to the Headwall at 3,800 feet. Once at the top, runners will be treated to amazing views of the Chugach Mountains, Turnagain Arm and many hanging glaciers and far off peaks (and will get inspired for ski season in AK.) The Headwall ridge run will feature up and down bursts with a gradual downgrade to 3,300 feet to the MAX’s weather station. Once at the weather station the runners will start the descend through loose rock and mountain heather before they dive into the heavily wooded Max’s Mountain trail. The trail descends through hemlock and spruce trees, iconic Pacific Northwest vibes, with moss covered fallen trees and loamy soil. The Max’s down-climb is very steep and runners will utilize surrounding trees. In certain parts ropes have been installed for balance and agility. The rope section is a no passing zone. The mossy trail will exit back at Alyeska’s Tanaka Cat Road and runners will continue the descend back to sea level and to the Finish line at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill.
SAFETY LANGUAGE: The course is the most direct route to the high alpine, it is steep, but intuitive, you will be pushing hard for the summit, putting yourself to your capacity, lungs, grit, and strength. Please note, we will have the course well marked, it is imperative, for your safety, you follow precise path of flagging. Please follow all course marshall directives. In a steep portion of the descent, ropes have been installed to help navigate the steep & tricky terrain. Location of the ropes portion of the race is towards the end of the race, it is approx 50 yards long. In the ropes descent, you must slow down, we have instituted a 'no pass zone' in the ropes area. We have removed as many rocks as possible that could be kicked loose, yet, it is impossible to free the area of all rocks. Please be prepared to slow down, pay close attention to your footwork and if you kick a rock loose, immediately yell 'rock' to notify fellow competitors you have kicked a rock loose. If you are further down the course and you hear, "rock!", please do not look up, please turn your back and protect your head. We can't stress this section enough. No passing, careful footwork, look out for the safety of yourself and fellow competitors equally.
**Course subject to be adjusted as necessary
**Every competitor must inspect full course prior to race day.
**Every competitor is subject to a strict cut-off time, at beginning of Center Ridge, of 50 minutes.
Cancellation / Refund Policy: the race organizers reserve the ability to cancel the event due to unsafe weather, any variety of circumstances, etc. Race organizers will make the best decisions when it comes to protecting the safety of all runners. This means we reserve the right to adjust, cancel, reroute, or reschedule as we see fit.
Because the bulk of our costs come before the event even occurs we will not be able to extend refunds to those who wish to cancel their registration. We will assess things appropriately & fairly, to the best of our abilities. If the race is popular enough to create a waiting list, we will also treat your entry fairly with specifics TBD.
Race registration is non transferable & cannot be rolled over to subsequent races. We will always treat our community fairly but also ask that you be sympathetic about the realities of putting on a great event. Anyone running under a bib assigned to another athlete will be banned from future Cirque Series Races, we take this very seriously because it creates a safety issue.
*SPORT: This category is for people that don't have a ton of mountain experience, and wouldn't call themselves strong runners. But are ready to test themselves.
*EXPERT: This category is for people with a lot of mountain experience, consider themselves strong hikers with competent running skills.
*PRO: This category is for professional & sponsored athletes.
Results will be posted here 48 hours after the event.
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Early packet pick-up, Thursday July 23: TBD
Saturday July 25, 8:00am-9:00am - Bib pickup available at the race venue. Please arrive early enough to pickup your packet and get ready. We will start promptly at 10:00am.
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