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Sep 5, 2011 4:02 PM by Andy Koen

Running through the weekend

Around 1,100 people spent their Labor Day Weekend running, literally. The American Discovery Trail Marathon is an all volunteer event that raises money for the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the Pikes Peak Road Runners.

The race consists of a full marathon, half marathon, a marathon relay and a kids fun run. All of the races finished in America the Beautiful Park. The full marathon actually began in Palmer Lake and came south on the new Santa Fe Trail before joining the Greenway through Colorado Springs into the park.

Connilee Walter broke a course record today finishing the half marathon in one hour, 27 minutes and 30 seconds. She is friends with the previous record holder and says got and extra boost of energy when she realized how close she was to finishing early.

"When I came around the bend here and saw the 13 mile marker I realized that it was in shot for sure," Walter said. "So, that was really exciting."

The race, now in its 11th year, is one of only a handful of trail marathons in the country. Over 200 volunteers donated their time to help put on the race.

Trails and Open Space Coalition Director Susan Davies says the $13,000-14,000 the marathon raises for them is a huge part of their budget.

"It's great, people use these trails and then we're able to use that money to put it right back into the trail," Davies said.

The race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and other large races. Walter is entering the Chicago Marathon later this year.

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