Sun September 17, 2023 Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 US Directions
Now THIS feels like home!


7th Annual BackCountry 5K - Cowboy Up for Ellen!!

9:30AM MDT - 2:00PM MDT
Open to ages 12+.


Join your neighbors for the 7th Annual BackCountry 5k for Ellen!

Hello neighbors! It's time to Cowboy up for our annual Run Wild for Ellen 5K. This is an awesome event for the whole family. There will be food, music, fun activities for kids and an official timed 5K. This year we're going to COWBOY UP!!!   So, wear your ten galloners, chaps, air sh*t kickers, go Yellowstone Costner, go Westworld Yul, go Urban Travolta, go El Dorado Duke, go Pale Ridin' Clint, shoot...go Brokeback! .. for a chance to win a sweet prize for best costume! There is always fierce competition. So, don't be shy!

Sign up is only $30 for participants 11 and older - you get a t-shirt, food, drink, entertainment, and fun!   10 and younger are FREE (no shirt)!  If you can't participate please donate your registration fee.

This event is a tribute to our beautiful friend and neighbor, Ellen Lewis McGrath.  Our promise to her is to continue to fund Melanoma research and keep her spirit alive.  Join JMac, Katie, Ryan, and Ferris to celebrate her life with a race and park party.

The runs begin at 930AM and the party gets started shortly thereafter. There will be awards, coffee, water, burritos, live music by Rolf Kramer, our famous backcountry bloody boocha bacon bar, kids activities and plenty more.  All signups include a donation to melanoma research.

Pets on leashes and strollers are welcome, as are runners and walkers of all ages and abilities!   The route will be clearly marked starting at Solstice Park - with plenty of local young volunteers showing you the way.

Thanks to our wonderful neighborhood sponsors this year: Dr. Gary Holt (Holt Orthodontics); Dr. Shari Wolsky (Wolsky Orthodontics); Johnny, Katie, and Ryan McGrath (Team Ellen); Dave Landin (The Mortgage Company); Joanna Paul (Whatsitsface Toys); Madi Cegielski (StretchLab); Tim Chole and Steve Sandwisch from Fireball Daddy; Josh from Beyond Fitness and Performance; and many more!!

Holt (Kami and Dr. Gary Holt)

Wolsky (Dr. Shari Wolsky)

The Mortgage (Dave Landin)

StretchLab - - 9090 Sky Ridge Ave. Ste 200 Lone Tree

Beyond Fitness and Performance  (Josh Hemann)

Fireball Daddy Band - @fireballdaddy (Tim Chole, Steve Sandwisch)

Living the Dream Brewery-


BackCountry Training and Yoga  - (Jenny Smith)

Schossow Group - (April Stahl, Nick Schossow, Dale Schossow)

BackCountry Run Club - (April Stahl and Cynthia Kelly)



Solstice Park - 10610 Sundial Rim Road
Highlands Ranch, CO US 80126

Race Contact Info

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Private Event

This is a private event for the Backcountry Community and Friends/Family of Ellen & Johnny McGrath.

If you live outside of the community, please park at Pronghorn Park and walk in


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