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Cirque Series - Brighton, UT

Sat June 30, 2018
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Location: Brighton, UT US 84121 Directions
Type: Trail Race
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Additional race information can be found at https://www.cirqueseries.com/brighton/.

Event Price Details
Sport Division (beginner / intermediate )
Sorry! This event is full.
Registration ends June 30, 2018 at 12:59pm MDT
Expert Divison
Sorry! This event is full.
Registration ends June 30, 2018 at 12:59pm MDT
Pro Division
15 spots left.
Registration ends June 30, 2018 at 12:59pm MDT
Additional Fees
National Forest Fee: $2.00
8302 S Brighton Loop Rd
Brighton, UT US 84121

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


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 - $700
2nd place - $300
3rd place - $200


1st - $500 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 pair of On Shoes.

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 - 44pt 7 - 28pt 12 - 18pt 17 - 8pt
3 - 40pt 8 - 26pt 13 - 16pt 18 - 6pt
4 - 36pt 9 - 24pt 14 - 14pt 19 - 4pt
5 - 34pt 10 - 22pt 15 - 12pt 20 - 2pt


Friday, June 29: 4pm-7pm - Bib pickup at Lululemon City Creek located at 50 Main St #270, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801) 359-0577

Saturday - 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 bibs night before race.

The last day to register is the morning on the day of the event.  We are capping each race at 500 entries, we encourage you to sign up right away.

Bibs / Timing Chips

Cirque Series will utilize Authentic Sports 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.

Food & Water Stations

Gnarly nutrition will provide snacks and water on course for all participants.

Race Contact Info

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Packet Pick up

Friday, June 29: 4pm-7pm - Bib pickup at Lululemon City Creek located at 50 Main St #270, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801) 359-0577

Saturday - 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 bibs night before race.


Race starts at the base of Brighton, at the Brighton Center (elevation 8755' ft.), trail goes immediately over to Milly Access road until you 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 (10,795' ft), you'll catch your breath, run along the ridge towards the saddle between Mount Wolverine and Mt. Tuscarora, this will be amazing single track and big boulder fields.

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 and Brighton, steep & technical area. 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, very manageable single track. On the summit of Sunset Peak (elevation 10,648' ft.), you will have amazing views of Lake Catherine, Devils Castle, Timpanogos, and Heber Valley, truly a breathtaking summit. From here you 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 established 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 the vendor area for finish line back at Brighton Center 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, of 1 hour 15 minutes


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.

Aid Stations:
Two aid stations. Gnarly Nutrition electrolyte beverages & gummies. And water.

Cancellation / Refund Policy:
The race organizers reserve the ability to cancel the event due to unsafe weather. 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. In the instance of mega wild weather we will assess things appropriately and 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 and cannot be rolled over to subsequent races, unless extenuating medical or life circumstances occur. We will always treat our community fairly but also ask that you be sympathetic about the realities of putting on a great event.

*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 runners.

Results will be posted here 48 hours after the event.

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