Suunto, a producer of sports watches, dive computers and precision instruments, sponsored the Discrete Cirque Series, a short-distance, max-elevation trail running series in North America.

The Discrete Cirque Series features races between the 10K and ultra distances. There are five events scheduled at U.S. ski resorts for 2017:

  • June 24, Dear Valley, UT
  • July 15, Alta, UT
  • July 29, Arapahoe Basin, CO
  • August 12, Alyeska, AK
  •  August 26, Snowbird, UT

“An event like the Discrete Cirque Series, in which athletes are out in the mountains, pushing themselves and their limits, while enjoying the natural landscape, that’s what we’re all about,” said Bryson White, brand marketing manager for Suunto in the Americas. “This partnership gives Suunto a great opportunity to connect with mountain athletes in their native environments, and we want to help these events grow in any way we can.”

During and immediately following each race, Discrete will host music, food, drinks, a vendor expo and entertainment at the race village for brands and athletes. Pro Division winners will earn a cash payout of $500, for the individual events and the season-long overall standings.

Suunto’s Discrete Cirque Series course maps will make routes easier to read and follow, and provide more information to racers with layers of data that show altitude profiles, 3D terrain flyovers, and in some cases, historical user-data analysis of what it takes to succeed on a given course.

Photo courtesy Discrete Cirque Series