Sat November 2, 2019 Highlands Ranch, CO US 80124 Directions
Start Time- 9:00 a.m.
Rocky Heights Middle School
Countdown to Race Day

Half Marathon

$85 $75 9:00AM MDT Price increases after October 4, 2019 at 11:59pm MDT
11033 Monarch Blvd
Highlands Ranch, CO US 80124

2019 marks the 11th Annual Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon in Highlands Ranch!  This 13.1 mile scenic trail run utilizes the Douglas County East/West trail and the beautiful Highlands Ranch Community Association's Backcountry Wilderness Area trails.  

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  • Long sleeve technical race shirt
  • Custom Gift
  • Custom race bib
  • Amazing finisher medal
  • FREE all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from Flippin' Flap Jacks
  • FREE beers from Living the Dream Brewing!
  • Post-race party

The Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon course has spectacular views! The course is a single loop which is 100% on dirt/gravel/single track. Runners will have the potential to view wildlife along the way as well as a soak in the amazing mountain views. 

Since the Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon is a trail race in November, there is a potential on race day to encounter mud, snow or ice on the trail. We race rain, shine, sleet or snow!


Additional Course Details

There will be 3 aid stations available for you to refill your water bottles/cups. 
For the safety of participants and potential Backcountry Wilderness Area wildlife, dogs and strollers are NOT allowed. 



Joseph Gray- American World Champion Runner

"The Backcountry Wilderness Half was a bit of surprise. There are a lot of awesome races I've always wanted to do and this had been one on my list for a few years. En route I found the race to be challenging in all the right ways. To excel on a course like this requires versatility as a runner, which I always appreciate when picking events!"

Seth DeMoor- Inspirational and Motivational Running Vlogger

"The Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon is the best trail half marathon on the Front Range. The course will challenge you and inspire you with grand views of the Rocky Mountains and the Denver skyline. The 13.1-mile course offers single track trails for much of the race, and great aid stations along the way. You cannot beat the post-race party either, with the famous pancakes and a refreshing beer after your hard effort on the beautiful trails. I would strongly recommend this race for all the half marathon fans out there who are ready for a challenge and post-race fun."

2019 Race Series




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