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Additional race information can be found at https://www.cirqueseries.com/alta/.
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 Backcountry.com
Lexie Award - the "unofficial MVP" of the race will win a prize from Backcountry.com.
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
PRIZE MONEY 2022 OVERALL SEASON STANDINGS **Men's & Women's
1ST - $2500 Overall 2022 season
2ND - $500 Overall 2022 season
3RD - $400 Overall 2022 season
1ST -$700 IN GEAR Overall 2022 season
2ND-$400 IN GEAR Overall 2022 season
3RD-$300 IN GEAR Overall 2022 season
1ST - $500 IN GEAR Overall 2022 season
2ND - $300 IN GEAR Overall 2022 season
3RD - $200 IN GEAR Overall 2002 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.
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.
Friday, Aug 19, 2022: TBD
Saturday, Aug 20, 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 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.
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.
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