American Discovery Trail

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Recap for runners, sponsors and volunteers

A heartfelt thank you to all 2015 race participants, sponsors and volunteers!

Due to the security situation at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) and trail damage from spring rains, the marathon course through the academy was closed.  The alternate marathon course was used, which stays south of USAFA.  All races were still on the American Discovery Trail and started and finished at America The Beautiful (ATB) Park in downtown Colorado Springs.  We sincerely apologize for this change. We hope that our usual course for the marathon starting at Palmer Lake will be available for Labor Day, 2016.

Registration for the ADTM 2016 events will open at on March 1, 2016.

The 2016 events will include:

Looking forward to seeing you on Labor Day, 2016!

Welcome! Thank you for your interest and support of the American Discovery Trail Races, where all proceeds benefit non-profit organizations, including local running events and the stewardship of local trails, open spaces and parks. For more information visit or We have celebrated fourteen years of successful Labor Day races and are proud to present the 15th annual Marathon events in 2015. Our Marathon is normally a certified point-to-point course that offers a beautiful view of the Pikes Peak region.

Team World Vision

ADTM welcomed back Team World Vision for the 2015 races!  Team World Vision is running for clean water in Africa.  To learn more about Team World Vision, visit their ADT website.

Some statistics from the 2014 events:

A special thanks to all race sponsors and volunteers!!!

We cannot put on the events without you!!!

Comments from runners:
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"We have done years of organized runs and both agreed this run had the most of everything any runner could seek ~ from bathrooms, to water, to friendly volunteers, to awards, beer, great shirts, wonderful singing of the anthem, 'perfect running weather'! (ordered up from Mother Nature), great views, and lots of delicious free food at the end.  I'd say a perfect '10' in every way!!" L. Meillier

America the Beautiful" was written in the 1890s after a hike up Pike's Peak. For anybody doing his race and especially us flatlanders - you can see how the author was inspired. Beautiful day, beautiful course. I had some cramping issues the last four miles, but just about the time I'd feel bad, I'd simply look at the scenery and start grinning." T.S., Indianapolis (posted on

"Just wanted to say thank you for doing such a great job with the race. I had a spectacular time and so enjoyed the scenery and people. Everything went beautifully:) Thanks, again, for all of your hard work and putting in an order for such a beautiful day. Also, the water sculpture at the park is a wonderful addition to the experience! Really helped to put my legs in it after the race!" S. Nies