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 mostly hard-packed trails south to Woodmen Road. 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. The southern part of the course (south of Woodmen Rd.) is an urban trail with sections of concrete, asphalt and crushed granite. Some of the concrete sections have an adjacent soft shoulder.
Participants can register online RunSignUp, by mail, or at a local running store.
Bib and Shirt Pickup Party on Sunday noon-5pm, September 3 at the Bristol Brewing Company, Wild Cat Room, 1604 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80905. Runners should pick up bibs and shirts on Sunday, but if you are not able to pick up, you should claim your bib at the start line area at Palmer Lake prior to the marathon on Sep. 4, Labor Day and you should take a 5 a.m. bus to the start line so that you have time to claim your bibb.
Runners can check sweats at the start line at Palmer Lake. Sweats will be stowed for distribution following the race at the America the Beautiful Park. The race organization is not responsible for lost or stolen items so please do not place valuables with your gear.
Bus transportation will be provided starting from America the Beautiful Park. Buses will leave between 5:00AM and 5:15AM. There will be no car parking available at the start line. Runners should park their cars in the downtown area and ride the bus.
Very limited parking is available at the America the Beautiful Park on race morning, but it typically fills before 5:15AM. The El Paso County parking garage at 255 South Sawatch St. will be available to you free of charge. Park there, take a short 1/4 mile walk westbound on Colorado Avenue to the Park on Cimino St.
There will be pacers available for runners.
Aid stations will be available at least every two miles. Water and Gatorade will be offered at each station, with GU Energy Gel at select stations. Aid stations will close after the Cut-Off times by location and all by 1:00 pm. See the Time Limits below.
Restrooms are available at the start and finish lines, as well as several additional locations along the course.
Out of consideration for the hundreds of volunteers that will be helping with the race, we will enforce the cut-off time of 6 hours and 30 minutes. If you foresee any of these cut-off times to be a problem, and are registered for the marathon, please contact the race director for a transfer to the half marathon. Following are the course cut-off times basedupon the 6:30AM start: Mile 7.0 - Baptist Road Cut-Off Time: 8:20AM (1 hour 50 minutes from start time - ~15:30 pace) Mile 18.6 - Criterium Bike Shop Aid Station Cut-Off Time: 11:10AM (4 hours 40 minutes from start time - 15:00 pace) Mile 26.2 - Finish line by 1:00PM (6 hours 30 minutes from start time - 15:00 pace)
For insurance purposes, no pets, baby joggers or bikes may accompany a runner. In addition, headphones/earbuds are highly discouraged.
Expect temperatures in the high 40s to low 50s at the start of the race and between the 60s and 90s at the finish. Please be sure to check the weather forecast prior to race day.
Complete results will be available as soon as possible following the race.
Jersey Mike's Subs, Marco's Pizza, Bristol beer, along with fruit and sodas, will be available after the race.
In the event that we are unable to run through the Air Force Academy, due to a change in national security status or due to course flooding, we will revert to the out-and-back, non-Boston qualified marathon course, which starts and finishes at the America the Beautiful Park. While this scenario is unlikely, please plan accordingly. Out of consideration for costs that will already have been incurred for the race, refunds cannot be processed.