Sat November 7, 2020 Highlands Ranch, CO US 80124 Directions
Start Time- 9:00 a.m.
Rocky Heights Middle School
Countdown to Race Day

Half Marathon

$85 $65 9:00AM MST Price increases after May 22, 2020 at 11:59pm MDT

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. 

11033 Monarch Blvd
Highlands Ranch, CO US 80124
Packet Pickup

Early Packet Pickup

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD



Race Day Packet Pickup / Registration

You will be able to pick up your timing bib and race shirt beginning at 7:30 a.m. on race morning. **YOU MUST BRING YOUR PHOTO ID.


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 11/23/20 to guarantee t-shirt!

We race rain, shine, sleet or snow 99% of the time! However, in the case of 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. 





  • 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! 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

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."

2020 Race Series




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