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2021 Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon: Presented By Littleton Adventist Hospital-Centura Health

Sat November 6, 2021 Highlands Ranch, CO 80124 US



This is the race website for our 2021 half marathon, if you are looking to register for the 2022 Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon, please visit:



2021 marks the 13th 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 10/23/21 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. 


11033 Monarch Blvd
Highlands Ranch, CO US 80124

2021 Athlete Guide

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  • Long sleeve technical race shirt
  • Backcountry Half Ribbed Knit Cuff Beanie (First 700 registered)
  • 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 on course with water available.
For the safety of participants and potential Backcountry Wilderness Area wildlife, dogs and strollers are NOT allowed. 


Packet Pickup

Early Packet Pickup

Date: 11/4/21

Time: 3-7 p.m.

Location: Living The Dream Brewing Company (12305 N. Dumont Way, Littleton, CO 80125)


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 at the start/finish line. THERE WILL BE NO ONSITE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE. 


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."

2021 Race Series




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