Cirque Series Trail Run
Sat, Sep 10
The Cirque Series is redefining what mountain running is all about. Starting from the base of world-famous ski resorts, you’ll rally up windswept ridges and glacial cirques to towering peaks. You will then power down a quad-burning descent and break the tape into a festival of live music, food, drink, and a vendor village.
Arapahoe Basin hosts the sixth of eight unique races in the 2022 series, following the event in Grand Targhee, Wyoming and preceding Engelberg, Switzerland.
The elevation is serious but the mileage is manageable, and the race is as hardcore as you want it to be. Beat the pros down to earn legend status and cash prizes or enjoy the views and let the challenge be its own reward.
Event is capped at 500 participants.
*Potential course. Route may change. No matter what, expect it to be challenging! CLICK HERE for an A-Basin trail map.
The course begins at 10,780 feet at the base of Arapahoe Basin in Mountain Goat Plaza. Run through the upper parking lots and cross Highway 6 to get to A-Basin's summer road. Run the dirt road to Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain (11,500').
From Black Mountain Lodge you get views of the East Wall - some of the coolest terrain at A-Basin. Continue upwards to the saddle at the ski area's lift-served summit (12,456'), cross over to the top of Montezuma Lift, and head out the Lenawee Trail. From this viewpoint, you can see all the way back into the old town of Montezuma and all the high peaks that surround A-Basin. Enjoy world-class, 360-degree mountain views as you summit Little Lenawee Peak.
At the summit you will turn around and head back down, joining the summer road again for a steep descent. From there, the route hits the singletrack of the Argentine North Fork trail, providing cover in the beautiful shaded forest. The Argentine singletrack twists and turns, an adventure in itself, taking you all the way to the bottom for a finish in Mountain Goat Plaza, where there will be live music and food for all!
Race Day Timeline
8:00 a.m.: Registration/Vendor Village Opens
10:00 a.m.: Race Starts
1:00 p.m.: Awards
1:30 p.m.: Live Music
4:00 p.m.: Vendor Village Closes