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Sat November 2, 2024 Lone Tree, CO 80124 US


Half Marathon

$85 $60 9:00AM MDT Price increases after August 19, 2024 at 11:59pm MDT

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2024 marks the 16th Annual Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon in Highlands Ranch! This highly-anticipated event invites participants to embark on a 13.1-mile trail race through captivating landscapes, encompassing both the Douglas County East/West trail and the picturesque trails of the Highlands Ranch Community Association's Backcountry Wilderness Area.

Prize money will be awarded to the top three male and female overall winners in the following amounts: 1st - $400, 2nd - $200, 3rd - $100

Mark your calendars, as the exhilarating race is set to commence on Saturday, November 2, at 9:00 am. It promises to be a captivating and challenging experience for all participants!

Race Amenities

All participants will receive the following:

  • Long sleeve technical race shirt
  • Custom race bib
  • Custom finisher medal
  • FREE pancake breakfast from Flippin' Flapjacks
  • Post-race beers compliments of Living the Dream Brewing! 

Athlete Guide

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


This is the 2023 Athlete Guide, 2024 information will be updated regularly as it becomes available.

Packet Pick Up

Early Packet Pickups


Race Day Packet Pickup

You will be able to pick up your timing bib and race shirt beginning at 7:00 a.m. on race morning at the start/finish line. Lines can be long to check in and early packet pickup is strongly encouraged.


The Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon offers a challenging experience amidst breathtaking surroundings. The course encompasses a  single loop that traverses 100% dirt/gravel/singletrack paths, granting runners the opportunity to witness wildlife and immerse themselves in awe-inspiring mountain vistas.

There will be four aid stations on the course with water available. To uphold the principles of LEAVE NO TRACE and preserve the trails' integrity, we aim to minimize trail waste. Thus, we strongly encourage participants to bring their own hydration systems.

As a trail race taking place in November, the Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon may present trail challenges such as mud, snow, or ice. We embrace the elements, proceeding with the race in rain, shine, sleet, or snow, except in cases where excessive moisture renders the trails inaccessible or poses significant safety risks. In such instances, the race may be postponed.

For the safety of participants and potential Backcountry Wilderness Area wildlife, dogs and strollers are STRICTLY PROHIBITED. 

Strava course map
Mapmyrun course map

⏰ The Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon will have two cut-off checkpoints:

  • Grigs Rd Pavilion/Approximately 8.9 miles - 2 hours 45 minutes from the last corral start, or approximately 12:15 p.m.
  • Finish line - 4 hours from the last corral start, or approximately 1:30 pm


11033 Monarch Blvd
Lone Tree, CO US 80124

Race Contact Info

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