Looking for a trail race to join this summer? Try the new and enhanced Cirque Series

If you're looking for a trail race to join this summer, check out the Cirque Series.

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This is an adventure race you won't want to miss. Photo: Jana Rogers

Formerly known as the Peak Series race, founder and pro skier Julian Carr calls the Cirque Series "the perfect combination of agility, lungs, muscles, and grit. Each competitor is confronted with their fitness levels very quickly. You have to dig deep, but it's the gift of simplicity that only the mountains provide us, the sense of accomplishment pushing a peak as fast as you possibly can, that's the reward."

Bagging peaks and taking names. Photo: Cirque Series

What started as a small mountain race in Utah has turned into a national series of races, with participant numbers expected to exceed 500-1,000 entries per race this summer.

So, what's so special about the Cirque Series?

Participants in the race can expect not only a mental and physical challenge, but also an introduction into a fast-growing community.

This year's races include "Bacon & Coffee" stations in addition to the traditional aide stations, a beer garden, product demos, live music, and more. The Cirque Series is a full-sensory experience, designed to make you appreciate running like never before.

For those wondering what sort of shape you need to be in to truly compete, the races average 9 miles, with 3,000 feet of vertical. Translation: These are hard, but all-inclusive. According to Carr, "All ages, all ability levels is the spirit of our races. We've had ages 12-65 compete."

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The Cirque Series takes place at Alta, Snowbird and Deer Valley, as well as new locations for 2017.
Photo: Jana Rogers

2017's series will stick to past venues such as Alta, Deer Valley and Snowbird, but will also add new locations, including Alyeska, Alaska, and Arapahoe Basin, Colorado.

The kick-off event of the 2017 series takes place at Deer Valley, Utah, on June 24, with four additional events taking place through August 2017.

For those who are interested, registration is now open: cirqueseries.com

You can also check out all the fun on the Cirque Series' Instagram and Facebook pages.

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