Cirque Series - Brighton, UT

Sat July 16, 2022 Brighton, UT 84121 US Directions

Sport Division (beginner / intermediate )

$84 Registration ends July 16, 2022 at 9:00am MDT

Expert Divison

$84 Registration ends July 16, 2022 at 9:00am MDT

Pro Division

$84 Registration ends July 16, 2022 at 9:00am MDT


$0 Registration ends July 16, 2022 at 9:00am MDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Additional Fees
National Forest Fee: $2.00
8302 S Brighton Loop Rd
Brighton, UT US 84121

Join us for Cirque Series race at Brighton, Utah!  6.7 miles featuring 3,015 vert.

Prizes will be distributed at the end of each race and for the overall series winners. There are three categories in which the prizes will be given out: Sport, Expert and Pro.  Prizes for each race are as follows:

1st place - $2000 cash each race
2nd place - $500 cash each race
3rd place - $300 cash each race

1st - $500 in Gear each race
2nd - $300 in Gear each race
3rd - $200 in Gear each race

1st - $300 in Gear each race
2nd - $200 in Gear each race
3rd - $100 in Gear each race

Grom Award - youngest competitor wins a prize from On Running.

OG Award - wisest competitor wins a prize from

Lexie Award - the "unofficial MVP" of the race will win a prize from

Middle of the Pack Award - the person that finished exactly middle will win a prize from On Running.

Overall 2022 Season Winner + Points
The racers with the most points at the end of all races will be declared the overall 2022 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

1ST - $2500 - Overall 2022 season 
2ND - $500 - Overall 2022 season 
3RD - $400 - Overall 2022 season

1ST - PEAK FREAK Belt Buckle - Overall 2022 season 
2ND- PEAK FREAK Belt Buckle - Overall 2022 season 
3RD- PEAK FREAK Belt Buckle - Overall 2022 season

1ST - PEAK FREAK Belt Buckle - Overall 2022 season 
2ND- PEAK FREAK Belt Buckle - Overall 2022 season 
3RD- PEAK FREAK Belt Buckle - Overall 2022 season

**All OVERALL podium placers will also receive Cirque Series 2022 PEAK FREAK belt buckle.  

**Everyone that runs all six '22 races will receive a Cirque Series 2022 PEAK FREAK belt buckle.  



Friday, July 15, 2022, early bib pick up:  TBD

Saturday, July 16, 2022: - 7:30am-8:45am - Bib pickup available at the race venue. Please arrive early enough to pickup your packet and get ready. We will start promptly at 9AM. 

We are capping each race at 500 entries, we encourage you to sign up right away.

Bibs / Timing Chips

Cirque Series will utilize Competitive Timing to time this event using a disposable chip placed on the back of your bib.

Do not fold, crush, modify or remove the chip from the bib. Failing to wear the chip properly may cause the chip to malfunction and for your time not to be recorded, i.e. "in the results".

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 and food 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.

Training with SAMSARA EXPERIENCE - see programs now

We will provide for all participants Gnarly HydrateWasatch Nectar honey.

Race Contact Info

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Packet Pick up

Saturday, July 16, 2022: 7:30am-8:45am - Bib pickup available at the race venue. Please arrive early enough to pickup your packet and get ready. We will start promptly at 9AM.


Race starts at the base of Brighton Resort, (elevation 8755' ft.), start your ascent at base of Milly Express chair. Immediately you start gaining elevation as you run up the service road via Main Street. The steep road treats you to views of beautiful Aspen groves and spruce trees. Not much time to rest here as you gain mid mountain, Easy Street will connect to BackBone Trail, really cool views of Milly Bowl. Continue up the BackBone Trail with a view of Mt. Millicent straight ahead (and a great view of Wolverine Cirque). Once you get to the top of Milly Express, there will be an aid station here, mile 1.8, now the real fun begins, you'll head straight up Mt. Millicent, the trail consists of big boulders, single track, loose & steep sections that will require use of your hands, yet a very passable path that has seen lots of foot traffic. Incredible views of Wolverine Cirque. Once you have hit the summit of Mt. Millicent (10,452' ft), you'll catch your breath, run along the ridge towards the saddle between Mount Wolverine and Mt. Tuscarora, this will be amazing singletrack, big boulder fields, & variable snow travel. Please be confident in your stepping.

This area will be a much welcomed ease of severe climbing you experienced pushing for Mt. Millicent summit. You'll pass Mt. Tuscarora on your left, begin to make a short, but technical descent to Catherine's Pass, incredible views of both Alta & Brighton, steep & technical area w plenty of snow, again, please be confident in your steps, & mindful of your fellow competitors. Pass Catherine's Pass, follow the trail along the famous "Rocky Point" ridge as you will have Sunset Peak in your vision for the next summit, we've installed ropes in a technical area on the Sunset Peak ascent, please snow down, allow others to carefully navigate the ropes area. The ropes area is a no passing zone. On the summit of Sunset Peak (elevation 10,648' ft.), you will have amazing views of Lake Catherine, Devils Castle, Timpanogos, & Heber Valley, truly a breathtaking summit. From here you descend Sunset Peak, it will be a mix of snow travel & rock ridge, please be mindful of snow travel for rocks existing just beneath the snow surface. After Sunset Peak descent, you will traverse Pioneer Ridge summiting Pioneer Peak (elevation 10,447 ft.) along the way to the top of Crest Express. Pioneer Ridge has an incredible view of Brighton and Heber the entire way. A well marked trail will require full concentration as it is steep & loose in spots.
Arrive top of Crest Express, there will be another Aid Station, mile 4.8. Start to descend down service road via Pacific Highway Trail and Powder Alley Trail, until you get back to main base of Brighton, you will make one last push on the service road by via the Milly access road to the finish line back at base of Millicent chair where you started. Please stay on marked & established trails at all times, be courteous of your day hikers out enjoying nature on the same trails. The race course is located on the Salt Lake Ranger District, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

**course subject to change as neccassary
**Every competitor is subject to a strict cut-off time, at top of Milly Express chair (Aid station #1), 45 minute cut-off


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.  On Mt. Millicent summit area in particular, please be prepared to slow down, pay close attention to your footwork in the technical boulder fields, 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, careful footwork, look out for the safety of yourself and fellow competitors equally.

We will provide Wasatch Nectar honey & Gnarly Hydrate for all participants. 

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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