2016 marks the 8th Annual Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon in Highlands Ranch! This 13.1 mile scenic trail run utilizes the Douglas County East/West trail and the pristine Highlands Ranch Community Association's Backcountry Wilderness Area trails.
Save 10% when you register 4 or more people!
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The Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon course has spectacular views! The course is a single loop on 85% dirt/crushed gravel trails. 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
From the Boulder area - C470 exit South on University Blvd. Turn right onto Wildcat Reserve Blvd. Left on McArthur Ranch Rd. Paintbrush Park will be on your right, just after the Recreation Center at Southridge.
From the Denver area - C470 exit South on Quebec. Turn right onto McArthur Ranch Rd. Paintbrush Park will be on your left.
Due to events taking place at the Recreation Center, no parking will be available at the Recreation Center at Southridge. Recreation Center will, however, be open for use for race participants prior to and after the race.
Parking will be available in the neighborhoods along Valleybrook Road and surrounding areas. If you live in Highlands Ranch, we strongly encourage you to carpool.
Early Packet Pickup & Race EXPO
Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 7:00p
Location: Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch - click HERE for map
**YOU MUST BRING YOUR PHOTO ID. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO PICK UP PACKETS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS.
Race Day Packet Pickup / Registration
You will be able to pick up your timing bib and race shirt beginning at 7:00 a.m. on race morning. **YOU MUST BRING YOUR PHOTO ID.
Race day registration will not be available.
Click HERE for the Highlands Ranch Race Series results page to view previous years results.
Run for a Reason…The Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon is bringing awareness and support to kids battling cancer by partnering with Miles for Tuesday. Join the (local) fight against childhood cancer by fundraising for The Pablove Foundation as part of “Miles for Tuesday” charity running team.
Miles for Tuesday was named in honor of Tuesday Whitt from Castle Rock, CO who lost her battle to childhood cancer at the age of 2, and whose courageousness has inspired so many. Since 2009 runners have been joining Miles for Tuesday, and have collectively raised over $190,000.00 in support of kids with cancer.
How to get involved?
Make a Personal Donation: Include a donation when registering for the Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon.
Join the Team and fundraise: Set up a personal fundraising page HERE.
Miles for Tuesday is giving away 50 free entries to anyone who commits to fundraising a minimum of $500. The 50 free entries are only available through May 15th so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration details.
100% of your fundraising will go directly to The Pablove Foundation, and specifically to bring their Shutterbugs arts program to Denver in support of kids with cancer here in Colorado. To learn more, please visit: www.milesfortuesday.org or email email@example.com.
Douglas County Search and Rescue Team, Inc. (DCSAR) is a non-profit, all volunteer team dedicated to providing search, rescue, emergency response, and outdoor safety education to the citizens of Douglas County, Colorado. The team also responds to requests for assistance from other search and rescue (SAR) teams in Colorado and around the United States.
The team will be stationed throughout the Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon course as well as at the finish line to ensure the safety of our participants. We appreciate their time volunteering for our race and keeping everyone safe on race day! A portion of our race proceeds will go towards purchasing new rescue equipment for DSCAR. To learn more about this organaiztion, please visit: http://www.dcsarco.org/
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November 4 12:00 PM MDT - Early Packet Pickup
November 5 7:00 AM MDT - Race Day Packet Pickup
November 5 9:00 AM MDT - Race Start
November 5 10:30 AM MDT - Post Race Party