Sat November 7, 2020 Highlands Ranch, CO 80124 US Directions
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Half Marathon

9:00AM MST
See below for details.

Virtual Half Marathon

Littleton Adventist Hospital is a full-service medical center that has provided compassionate health care and quality treatment for more than 30 years. Our medical teams specialize in cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, cancer care, as well as women’s and children’s services. The hospital is home to a Level III NICU, a Level II Trauma Center and a nationally accredited breast center. 

Transfer To Virtual Race

Due to COVID-19 and the ever-changing situation, you are allowed to transfer your in-person registration to the virtual race option if you do not wish to run in-person. For details on how to make the transfer, please visit the link below.

Transfer To Virtual Race Instructions


2020 marks the 12th 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.  

Prize Money will be awarded to the top 3 male and female overall winners in the following amounts!

1st= $400    2nd= $200   3rd=$100

Register by 10/23/20 to guarantee t-shirt!

Cut-off Time= ~3 hours 45 minutes

We race rain, shine, sleet or snow 99% of the time! However, in the case of COVID-19, severe weather (lightning, tornado, bomb cyclone, hurricane, tsunami) and the course becomes inaccessible and/or pose a major safety danger to participants, the race may be postponed or made virtual.


COVID-19 Guidelines

In an effort to eliminate crowds, we ask that everyone abide by the below guidelines to keep our staff and our community safe and healthy and allow the races to continue to run in-person and as scheduled. We thank you for your help and participation as we navigate these times!


-Wave/staggered assigned start times

- Staff & Volunteers will be in masks. Racers are encouraged to wear one before and after the race.

- No water coolers. Please bring sufficient amounts of water. Only bottled water will be available.

- No on-site registration

-No print results and on-site awards. Results will be live immediately following the race. Awards will be available for pickup the following week at Eastridge Rec Center.

- Racers are encouraged to limit their time onsite before and after the race.

- Please adhere to social distancing guidelines.

- If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or were in contact with someone who tested positive in the last 14 days, we encourage you to stay home.

Race Information Packet

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11033 Monarch Blvd
Highlands Ranch, CO US 80124
Packet Pickup

Early Packet Pickup

Date: Thursday, 11/5/2020

Time: 2:00- 6:00 p.m.

Location: Eastridge Rec Center (9568 S. University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126)

Race Day Packet Pickup

Date: 11/7/2020

Time: 8:00- 9:00 a.m.

Location: Rocky Heights Middle School (11033 Monarch Blvd, Lone Tree, CO 80124)


Start Times

To avoid congestion and maintain social distance, there will be a 40 minute start window. The official start will be at 9:00 a.m. and all racers will have 40 minutes to start the race. As soon as you are ready to start the race, cross the start line at your convenience. Please do not hangout in groups at the start/finish line. Below are the general times for the corral start windows. A colored sticker will be placed on your bib at packet pickup as a reminder. It is no issue at all if you miss your start window. Example: someone with a 7:00 min or under mile misses Corral #1 window, they can start the race any time up until 9:40 a.m.

·         Corral #1- 7:00 min mile or under (9:00 am-9:09 am)

·         Corral #2- 7:01-8:00 min mile (9:10 am- 9:19 am)

·         Corral #3- 8:01- 9:00 min mile (9:20 am- 9:29 am)

·         Corral #4- 9:01-10:00 min mile (9:30 am- 9:39 am)

·         Corral #5- 10:01 + min mile (9:40 a.m.)



  • Long sleeve technical race shirt
  • Custom Gift
  • Custom race bib
  • Finisher medal

The Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon course has spectacular views! The course is a single loop that is 100% on dirt/gravel/single track. Runners will have the potential to view wildlife along the way as well as soak in the amazing mountain views. This year's race will be run counter-clockwise. The first ~2 miles of the course are only open on race day as that section goes through a private pasture.

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! However, in the case of severe weather and the trails become inaccessible and pose a major safety danger to participants, the race may be postponed.



Additional Course Details 
For the safety of participants and potential Backcountry Wilderness Area wildlife, dogs and strollers are NOT allowed. 


Virtual Half Marathon

How Does a Virtual Race Work? It's Easy!

- Sign Up

- Print off downloadable Virtual Half Marathon bib.

- Run race whenever (within 2-week window. 10/24-11/7) and wherever (any route, indoors, outdoors, treadmill, trail etc... You choose! If running outdoors, please be sure to practice proper social distancing and run alone, or only with members of your household.

- Submit time on RunSignup Half Marathon page (you will be sent instructions once the race window opens)

- Take photos and use #BCHALF2020 on Instagram and/or tag us on Facebook @ HRraceseries

- Pickup Custom Medal & T-shirt & Pint Glass


All virtual racers will receive:

Race Series Generic T-Shirt

Custom Finishers Medal

Race Series Pint Glass

Downloadable Bib

2020 Race Series




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Race Contact Info

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the 2020 Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon: Presented By Littleton Adventist Hospital-Centura Health.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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