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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. 

2016 race will be limited to 1,000 participants.

Registration fees

13.1 Mile Run Closed

Registration closed
  • Save 10% when you register 4 or more people!

    1. $60.00
      Jan 1 – May 31
    2. $70.00
      Jun 1 – Sep 30
    3. $80.00
      Oct 1 – Nov 2

Race Amenities

All participants will receive:

  • Long sleeve technical race shirt
  • Custom Race Pint Glass
  • Custom race bib
  • Finisher medal
  • FREE pancake breakfast from Flippin' Flap Jacks
  • One FREE beer 
  • Post-race party

Course Description

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

  • There will be 3 aid stations available. Since this is a trail race, it is highly recommended that you carry your own hydration. Please respect the trails and follow the principles of LEAVE NO TRACE. Trash cans will be available at each aid station.
    • Aid station #1 mile 4.5 = water and lemon-lime Gatorade - portable restrooms available
    • Mile 7 - portable restrooms only
    • Aid station #2 mile 7.5 = water, lemon-lime Gatorade, Clif Shot energy gels
    • Aid station #3 mile 11 = water, lemon-lime Gatorade, Clif Shot energy gels, and cookies
  • Course will be well marked with mile markers at every mile.
  • For the safety of participants and potential Backcountry Wilderness Area wildlife, dogs and strollers are not allowed. 

Watch this video to see why our race is the most scenic Half Marathon course along the front range!

Directions & Parking


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.

Packet Pickup

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 



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. 

Awards & Results

All Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon finishers will receive a finishers medal!

2016 Backcountry Wildernes Half Marathon finisher medal / bottle opener!


Overall Top 3 male / female winners will receive award and cash purse!
Purse will be awarded in the following amounts: $400 - 1st | $200 - 2nd | $100 - 3rd

Top 3 male / female winners will receive awards in the following age groups:
19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ 


 Race results provided by Colorado Race Timing and will be posted at the event as well as on the Highlands Ranch Race Series website within 24 hours of the event. 

Click HERE for the Highlands Ranch Race Series results page to view previous years results.


Additional Race Details

  • Restrooms will be available at Paintbrush Park, at the start/finish area (portable toilets) and inside the Recreation Center at Southridge.
  • Race fees do not include additional online processing fees and are non-refundable and non-transferable
  • In order to guarantee choice of shirt size please register by October 21st. Shirt quantities are limited and choice of sizes are not guaranteed to those who do not register early.
  • We race in all weather conditions!
  • Watch out for strange and interesting wildlife that you may possibily encounter on the trail.


Thank You Sponsors!

 Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Kozak & Associates!


Official Hydration Sponsor of the 2016 Highlands Ranch Race Series!



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 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: or email

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:

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Event Schedule

  • 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

Contact Information

Event Location

Paintbrush Park, Valleybrook Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO, United States

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