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Sun Valley Race

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Join us for the next Cirque Series event around Sun Valley in Idaho! Whether you're a beginner mountaineer looking to test yourself, or a professional athlete, our course can give you an enjoyably challenging tour of the area and an excellent experience after the finish with our vendor village, awards, raffle and after party

How to enter the Sun Valley Race

  1. Sun Valley Race - 3,820' ft vert

    Run 9.6mi
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Sun Valley Race route

Race starts at River Run Plaza (elevation 5,760' ft) and goes immediately up the Lower River Run and Canyon ski runs. The relentless climb taunts you as you push for relief on the final headwall of the Upper Canyon ski run before reaching the Roundhouse Restaurant (7680’ ft). A short downhill traverse on a mellow service road gets you to the Seattle Ridge area of Bald Mountain (elevation 9,150) where you’ll be greeted by views of Sun Valley’s legendary Bowls.

Now the real fun begins, you'll push to the Bald Mountain ridge with views of 5 mountain ranges and an abandoned Forest Service lookout. Once you reward yourself summiting Bald Mountain (9,150' ft), you will begin your descent down to the Lookout Restaurant where you’ll link into the Bald Mountain trail.

As you descend the Bald Mountain trail through big Aspen groves and pine trees, you'll see views of both base areas and the mountain town of Ketchum, descending on amazing single track. This 5 mile, 3100’ singletrack shaded descent is a welcome break from your summit assault. As you approach the base area, you'll hear the music and good times bumping as you near the finish line, back where you started. Please stay on marked & established trails at all times.

**course subject to change as necessary

The course has two aid stations. They will have water, Honey Stinger gels & Gnarly Nutrition electrolyte beverages. Aid stations are staffed with volunteers and we have EMT's available as needed.

This season our Aid stations are using Biodegradable cups, that will be properly recycled after races. We are committed to limiting our use of single use plastic. Aid Stations will also have a self fill water station if you are carrying your own water bottle.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Cirque Series snapback
  • Raffle Ticket
  • Logo'd bib
  • Finisher Medal
  • Sponsor swag bag
Raceday Logistics

Early Bib Pickup:

Thursday, August 22, 3PM-6PM

Elephant Perch Store

Race Morning Bib Pickup:

Sat, August 24, 7AM-8:30AM, River Run

Bib Pickup closes 15min prior to start of race

The main event:

  • Race starts 9:00 a.m.
  • Awards 1:30 p.m.
  • Raffle 2:00 p.m.
  • After party TBD
Kit List

We advise wearing athletic clothes and mountain running shoes. Be prepared for mountain weather and freezing conditions, even if it is a nice day. Bring warm layers and light rain layers because conditions can change quickly in the high alpine.

Spectators are encouraged! Vendor village is a great place for watching/gathering. We also encourage spectating along the course, please be sure to stay on marked course, be respectful of day hikers in the area, and be in position in advance of the race to ensure you do not disturb the athletes.
Cirque series races would not be possible without the support of fantastic volunteers! Volunteer and receive:

  • Cirque Series Black Diamond tech tee
  • Cirque Series Neck Gaiter
  • Cirque Series sticker
  • Entry into a future Cirque Series race

For further details, please check the event website.

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