ADTM events are staged from America the Beautiful Park. The finish for all events is at the park. The start lines for the marathon and marathon relay are in Palmer Lake, 26 miles north of Colorado Springs. Marathoners and first leg relay runners should go to America the Beautiful Park to be transported by bus to the start line. The half marathon starts and ends at America the Beautiful Park.
http://www.adtmarathon.comDetails for the ADTM events are to be found at the web site.
Last Minute Registration
We strongly recommend early registration. However, should you need to register on Sunday (at the EXPO) or on race day, the fees are $80 for the half marathon and $100 for the marathon.
Marathon Course Description
The ADT Marathon is a USATF certified Boston Qualifier (CO-08011-DCR). The marathon starts (6:30 AM) in Palmer Lake, CO. The N to S trail drops gradually from 7300 feet to 6040 feet in downtown Colorado Springs. It is a gently rolling course, with hard-packed trails and some asphalt/concrete. It is east of the Rampart Range and offers views of the majestic US Air Force Academy. The race ends at the America the Beautiful Park. There are some minor road crossings, which will have course marshals.
Half Marathon Course Description
The half marathon event starts (6:30 AM) and finishes at the America the Beautiful Park. The half marathon course has little altitude change; it goes north from the America the Beautiful Park and follows Monument Creek out to a point north of Garden of the Gods Road and back. The course is on hard-packed trails with some asphalt/concrete. There are two minor street crossings, which will have course marshals.
Marathon Relay Course Description (4 Persons)
The Heuberger Motors sponsored relay will begin after the marathon, starting in Palmer Lake at 6:45 AM. Relay runners will run to the scheduled transition, with the final runner finishing in America the Beautiful Park. The altitude gradually drops along the trail, starting at 7,225 feet, and ending around 6,040 feet at America the Beautiful Park. The trail is mostly packed dirt, with short sections of asphalt/concrete. 1st leg: 6.75 mi, 2nd leg: 8.5 mi, 3rd leg: 6.75 mi, 4th leg: 4.2 mi.
Walkers Enter the Half Marathon Only!
Walkers are welcome for the half marathon event, but not the marathon or marathon relay events due to time limits. The course closes at 1:00 PM. No aid station services by volunteers or emergency services will be available after 1:00 PM.
Runners are not to push baby carriages or have dogs along on the course. Headphones are permissible. Walkers are welcome only in the half marathon event. The course closes at 1:00 PM. There will be no early start for the marathon event. Each participant must complete the liability waiver form.
EXPO Day, September 2
The EXPO will be for packet pickup. Everyone is encouraged to visit the EXPO to obtain your race packet prior to race day. The hours are 12 noon until 6 p.m. and the venue is the Antlers Hilton 1st floor. Please also support our vendors who will show their wares at the EXPO.
Packet Pick-up at the EXPO on September 2
Packets won't be mailed. Marathon relay packets must be picked up by the team captain or team member at the EXPO. To get the relay packet a liability waiver form must be signed by all team members. Runners should pick up packets at the EXPO on Sunday, Sept. 4 at the Antlers Hilton.. The packets will include a tech short-sleeved shirt for each participant. Shirts are guaranteed at the time of packet pickup if you register prior to July 31.
Race Day Packet Pick-up (Marathon)
Plan to claim your packet at the EXPO. However, if not picked up at the EXPO, you will receive your race bib at the Palmer Lake start area on race day. Arrive at the America the Beautiful Park at 5 AM so you can hop on an early bus. If you receive your bib on the morning of the race, claim your shirt/race packet at the Park pavilion AFTER you complete the event. There will be a sweats check at the start line (no valuables). You can pick up in the finish area at the America the Beautiful Park.
Race Day Packet Pick-up (Half Marathon)
Race Day Packet Pick-Up is definitely not recommended for the half marathon. You may pick up the entire packet (not just the bib) on race day. There will be a sweats check (no valuables) in the start area at America the Beautiful Park.
Shirts are guaranteed at the time of packet pickup if you register prior to July 31. If a different size is desired, it may be exchanged only if there are unassigned shirts available.The packets will include a dri-balance (cotton/polyester) short-sleeved shirt for each participant. Male and Female sizing available. Male shirts run slightly large.
Additional shirts will be available for pickup at registration to runners based on their sign up date. Any shirts not assigned to pre-registered runners will be distributed at walk in registration and race day registration. If a different size is desired, it may be exchanged only if there are unassigned shirts available.
Directions to Parking from the North
Exit I-25 at Bijou Street (Exit 142). Go east (left) on Bijou St. to Cascade Ave. Turn right (south) on Cascade to Vermijo St. Turn west (right) on Vermijo St. to Sawatch St. Park in the parking garage at Sawatch St. and W. Vermijo St. or park along Sawatch St. or S. Sierra Madre near Colorado Ave. Walk north to Colorado Ave. Walk west on Colorado Ave. to Cimino St. Walk south on Cimino to the park. Do not drive directly to the Park. You cannot park there.
Directions to Parking from the South
Exit I-25 at Exit 140 and go north (right) on S. Nevada Ave. to Vermijo St. Turn west (left) on Vermijo St. and go to Sawatch St. Park in the county parking garage at the corner of Sawatch St. and W. Vermijo St. Alternatively, park along Sawatch St. or another city street near Colorado Ave.. Walk to Colorado Ave. Walk west on Colorado Ave. to Cimino St. Walk south on Cimino to the park. Do not drive directly to the Park. You cannot park there.
Do not attempt to park at America the Beautiful Park on race day. Ample parking will be available in the area to the east of the railroad yard by America the Beautiful Park. Parking marshalls will not allow you to park in the immediate area of the Park. Please follow the directions above to the county parking garage or to a side street near the garage south of Colorado Ave.
Directions from Parking area to the Park
Do not attempt to walk across the railroad tracks or the railroad yard. From the county garage or from a street near the garage, walk north to Colorado Avenue. Walk west on Colorado Avenue across the bridge over the railroad tracks to Cimino Street. Walk south on Cimino St. to the park.
Bus to the Marathon Start Area
The marathon events start in Palmer Lake, 26 miles north of Colorado Springs. Bus transportation will be provided for marathon and initial marathon relay participants from the America the Beautiful Park to the start area at Palmer Lake. Bus departure times for marathon participants from the park will be between 5:00 and 5:15 AM. There will be one bus departing from the Hotel at 5:00 AM. Participants can be dropped off at Palmer Lake; however, there will be no parking available.
Marathon Relay Transportation
Marathon relay participants are responsible for their own transportation to their designated start points and from the completion points, except that the initial runner (first leg) for each team should take the bus from America the Beautiful Park to Palmer Lake. The bus for relay participants will leave around 5:15 AM.
Marathon Awards and Cash Prizes
For both Men and Women: 1st Place Overall - $500, 2nd Place Overall - $250, 3rd Place Overall - $100; 1st Place Masters - $100, 2nd Place Masters - $75, 3rd Place Masters - $50. The top finishers and top masters finishers will receive special awards, as well as cash prizes. Age group awards in 5-year increments will also be award to the top three in each division. There will be no award double dipping.
Half Marathon and Marathon Relay Awards
The top three male and female half marathon finishers will receive a special overall finisher award. Half marathon age group awards will be presented to the top three of each age group. Team prizes for the relay will be awarded to the top three male, female, and co-ed teams. There will be no award double dipping. All individual finishers of the American Discovery Trail races will receive a commemorative finishers medal.
The Awards Ceremony is at 8:50 AM for the half marathon and 11:00 AM for the marathon and marathon relay.
Age Groups for the Marathon and Half Marathon
Marathon and Half Marathon
For both Men and Women
19 and under
20 - 24
25 - 29
30 - 34
35 - 39
40 - 44
45 - 49
50 - 54
55 - 59
60 - 64
65 - 69
70 and above
Marathon runners must be 16 years of age on race day.
The Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs is the host hotel. The address is 4 S. Cascade Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Tel: 866-299-4602 or 719-955-5600, Fax: 719-389-0259 Call for a price quote for Group ADT812. The hotel is located only a few blocks east of the America the Beautiful Park. Call in your reservation and mention the American Discovery Trail Marathon. Reserve a room in advance as the hotel will likely be filled over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Those interested in volunteering should send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are needed for aid stations, course marshalls, start and finish areas, registration and packet pick up both day of the event and the week prior.
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza and Beverages
Pizza will be served to all finishers and their entourage at the finish area. Of course, we'll also serve the normal finish area food, with fruit, drinks, and more.
Please note that fees are discounted for online registration only. A processing fee is assessed to all online registrations.
Marathon $65 til 7/31, $75 8/1-9/2
1/2 Marathon $45 til 7/31,$55 8/1-9/2
Relay: $140 til 7/31, $160 8/1-9/2