Cirque Series on its rebrand and 2017 event series

Fans of adventure races and mountain trails, you may want to listen up: Cirque Series, formerly known as the Peak Series, is back once again for 2017, and has added four more events to its tour schedule.

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Cirque Series vendor villages are as key to the races as the race itself. Photo: Jana Rogers, Alta, UT

The Cirque Series is a series of adventure races that were started in Utah by professional athlete and founder of Discrete Clothing, Julian Carr. The series focuses on inclusion of all ages, as well as stimulation of body and mind through challenging courses, a vendor village and demo area for brands, and a community vibe that seeks to entertain all.

Carr says the series has been planted as the “premiere, short distance, max elevation gain, mountain run series in the nation,” and that the events are open to all ages, and all ability levels.

For 2017’s events, the organizers are expecting 500-1000 entries per race this summer, almost triple their registration count from last year.

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Racers of all ability levels are encouraged to partake in the festivities. Photo: Jana Rogers, ALTA, UT

On average, the races run 9 miles, with 3k vert. They’re meant to be tough, but to challenge participants in an accessible way. Carr says the series has had ages 12-65 compete.

New for 2017, the series features four new locations, including Alyeska, Alaska, and Arapahoe Basin, Colorado.

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Julian Carr, founder of the Cirque Series, in the Wasatch Mountains, Utah. Photo: Adam Clark

Carr says of the new location in Alaska, “We’re replacing Alyeska’s long standing ‘Base to Peak’ run they’ve been doing that is part of the Alaska Trail Run Circuit. Cirque Series is now part of the Alaskan Trail Run Circuit. It’s a very challenging course, with 6.5 miles and 4k vert.”

The partner list for the events include: Suunto, Goal Zero, Zeal Optics, Jaybird Audio, HiBall Energy, Gnarly Nutrition, Pro Bar, Mark Miller Subaru, Tender Belly bacon, Traeger Grills, Naawk suncare, Ojai energetics, Backcountry.com, Grind TV, Uinta Beers, and Leki poles. The title sponsor is On Shoes.

Also new for this year is the Lexie Award, which was created to honor participants that stand out for a unique reason. Last year’s recipient, according to Carr, was a participant that helped flag the course the night before the event, and then biked to the resort the morning of the race to compete, all with a humble smile.

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The Cirque Series starts this June and runs through the summer. Photo: Clark Aegerter, Snowbird, UT

The Cirque Series also has the Peak Freak award, given to those that summit the peak the fastest, as well as the Kamikazee Award, given to the fastest man and woman from peak to finish.

For professional racers competing, the prize purse is the same for the men’s and women’s recipients: $500 for each winner, $350 for second place, and $150 for third. Expert and Beginner categories have their own prizes as well.

You can find more information on the races, and registration details, here.

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