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*COVID: As we continue to watch the COVID situation evolve, for safety measures, we are supplying masks (neckgaiters) for every runner, medic, volunteer. Starting at registration, all our employees will have a neckgaiter on, each participant will receive a neckgaiter in their bib-pick-up materials. All runners will be required to wear neckgaiter at all times during the event, with the exception of after the first 1/4 mile of the race, you can remove your mask for the entirety of the race, until you cross the finish line, then we will require you to put neckgaiter back on. We plan on mass start, but we are open to a 20 minute 'rolling start' to thin out the start crowd, TBD. All sponsors & spectators will be required to be in a mask, my staff will have adequate supplies of masks to issue one to anyone we see not wearing one. Anyone affiliated with our races will have a mask on. Sponsors of the event will be required to follow strict sanitary measures for their tent, each tent will have hand sanitizer as well. Our staff that handles setting up registration & bib pick up materials will follow strict sanitary measures, same as race day handling of awards & prizes.
*For safety purposes, competitors will receive aid station nutrition in registration bags, we will provide Honey Stinger gels & Gnarly Hydrate for all participants. We will require all competitors to bring your own water bottles, we will not provide community water jugs, aid station fuel, or finish line hydration. Please note we'll still place emergency water jugs stationed on the course in Aid Stations & finish line in case of emergency. Please bring enough water for pre-race, during race, & post-race.
*We will ask any runner or spectator to avoid entering the race venue if they have a cough or fever. The reality that older adults & those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for serious illness - if you are an older adult, we ask you to take this into serious consideration prior to potentially registering for a race.
*All Cirque Series staff have will be asked not to come to work if they feel sick (including any of the following: headache, sore throat, fever, dry cough, recent inability to taste and smell, shortness of breath, ear aches, body aches, diarrhea, fatigue, vomiting, & abdominal pain).
For more COVID info, please see our FAQ.
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. The below cash prizes are based on 500 participants, if less than 500 participants sign up prize list will be porportianly adjusted to the overall number of participants. 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 On Running.
Grom Award - the youngest competitor will win a prize from Black Diamond.
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 races will be declared the overall winner. The best 4 results will be used to determine the series point total for athletes. 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
PRIZE MONEY OVERALL
1ST - $1000
2ND - $300
3RD - $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
**Men's and Women's Divisions
The last day to register is on the day of the event. We are capping the race at 500 entries, we encourage to sign up right away.
Bibs / Timing Chips
Cirque Series will utilize Competitive timing 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 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.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
Thursday, July 9, early Bib pickup: TBD
Saturday, July 11: 7:30am-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 10AM. We strongly encourage to pick up bib night before race.
Race starts at the base of Albion/Sunnyside lifts (elevation 8650 ft.) and goes east up the Albion Meadows Trail. Immediately you start gaining elevation as you run through a forest of subalpine fir, Engelmann spruce, and aspen trees. The steep single track switches back at an old ski lift chair mounted on a pedestal with a view of the creek in Snake Pit on your right.
No time to rest here you still have 7 miles to go. Continue up the Albion Meadows Trail as you exit the forest and enter the Albion Meadows with a view of Devils Castle straight ahead. Don’t get lost in the wildflowers or you will miss the narrow single track with a sharp right that takes you to Alf’s mid mountain restaurant (elevation 9200 ft.) Turn right at Alf’s and follow the road under the Sugarloaf lift line and continue climbing up this road that zig zags East Greeley. Pass under Yellow Trail and you have a short flat stretch below Glory Hole before you climb up onto the Wide Track underneath the Sugarloaf lift line. You will have a great view of Cecret Lake below you but turn right and keep climbing.
This road is very steep and will flatten out as you turn right and run through the Keyhole and take you up through a high alpine meadow with a meandering stream. Continue baring right to the top of Collins (elevation 10400 ft.) There will be an aid station here. Go south across the East Baldy Traverse towards Sugarloaf Pass (elevation 10500 ft.) turn west and head up the ridge to the top of Mt. Baldy (elevation 11,068 ft.) Head down the northwest ridge of Mt. Baldy and come to the top of Wildcat Lift (elevation 9780 ft.) From here turn right onto the service road and stay on it all the way past Watson Shelter (elevation 9280 ft.) Please stay on service road all the way to the bottom of Collins Lift (elevation 8530 ft.) Continue on service road along the Transfer Tow to the finish where you started.
**course subject to change as necessary
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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