Running is a simple exercise. Just put one foot in front of the other. The beauty of running is that it can happen anywhere and anytime. When you take that onto a trail that leads you on wild adventures over exposed ridges, up summits, and down steep screes, at some point your mind will be challenged. This quote by Bart Yasso says it all, “running is not about how far you go. But how far you’ve come.” For me this is what trail running, endurance adventure and climbing is about. It is about pushing your personal limits in the hardness of life. Learning how to respond to that can be as simple as placing one foot in front of the other. And as simple as that sounds, the brief moment between the rhythmic cadence of your stride becomes a constant internal battle. For me, running is about this internal journey.
The Cirque series captures what mountain running is. It is not about the distance, it’s about the journey. It’s about the people you meet, the support from friends, vendors, and even the event staff. During the awards, every single racer is announced. Number one to 500. Here, every racer matters.
Three awards stand out the most to me. The Nome award, given to the youngest racer. The Middle of The Pack award, for the person who finished exactly in the middle. And the Inspirational award, given to the most inspiring runner, that person who exhibits what the spirit of mountain running is really all about. Getting out there, experiencing some spectacular views, testing their grit, pushing their limits, and being humbled. But most of all, running as it’s a burning passion inside.