Yeah, sure, the racing is serious for the people in the front. But that's not the case for everyone.
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VIDEO: Start of the Amerian Discovery Trail Marathon
VIDEO: Connilee Walter sets ADT Half Marathon record
VIDEO: Martin Mudry wins marathon
VIDEO: Martin Mudry runs for the finish line
VIDEO: Interview with ADT Half winner Ben Klungtvedt
VIDEO: Sharon Howard wins marathon, sets personal best VIDEO: Sharon Howard's finish
VIDEO: Jacob Smith runs home for second-place marathon finish
PHOTOS: ADT Marathon/Half Marathon Gallery 1
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PHOTOS: ADT Marathon and Half Marathon awards gallery
PHOTOS: Dee Budden's photos from the half marathon
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With only a few strides remaining in the American Discovery Trail Half Marathon, Connilee Walter took a look at her watch. It told her to hurry up.
So Walter, a 38-year-old mother of five, put the hammer down and crossed the finish line on Monday in America the Beautiful Park with a new course record of 1 hour, 27 minutes, 38 seconds.
"I really wanted to go steady on the way out and give it everything I had on the way back," she said. "The last four miles, I ran all by myself. It was a little tough. I just kept pushing it as much as I could. When I got to the turn here at the park and took a glance at my watch, I realized I was within a few seconds ... that I thought I could beat the course record, so I gave it everything I had."
The old record of 1:28:11 was set by Ashlee Nelson of Colorado Springs in 2008. She was 27 at the time.
It was Walter's first stab at the ADT Half Marathon, though she is a race veteran and probably knows the course - the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail - better than anyone. In 2009, Walter, along with Amy Regnier, Elizabeth Watkins and Nelson, set the ADT Marathon overall relay record of 2:56:01.
The Colorado Running Company runner will now focus on the Chicago Marathon in October.
"I'll do a few more trainig runs and maybe another race or two and then give it everything I've got," she said. "I'd really like to go sub-three (hours.)"
Ashlee Romani, 24, of Florence, was second in 1:35:50, followed by Susan Graves (40, Colorado Springs) in 1:40:35.
A relative newcomer to the Colorado Springs runing community, Ben Klungtvedt, 26, made his introduction with a victory in the men's half marathon. Running with with his training partner Chad Janiszeski, he finished in a 1:18:03.
"I guess we kind of started out in front, just kind of went from there," Klungtvedt said. "I was with him until about seven miles, eight miles, and then I made a little bit of a move."
Janiszeski (26, Colorado SPrings) was second in 1:19:24, followed by Neal Oseland (42, Colorado Springs), last year's race winner, in 1:20:04.
"Somebody had to go out there and run one for all of us old guys," Oseland joked.
The marathon began at Palmer Lake where cool temperatures and a light wind had runners seeking shelter behind buidings, bushes and each other.
With about 14 miles to run, Martin Mudry, 24, of Colorado Springs, made the decision to try for the win ... and that's what he did, hitting the finish line in a personal best 2:32:53.
"At Mile 9 I actually was in second by about 30, 40 meters and was feeling a little bad, a little bit scared that I went too fast too early," he said. "But finally I realized my breathing is good, so at Mile 12 I tried to get back in the race. I reeled in who was No. 1 then and decided I'm going to go for it right now."
It was his first win in Colorado Springs.
Jacob Smith (31, Colorado SPrings) placed second in 2:45:32, followed by Scott Colford (40, Logansport, Ind.) in 2:50:17.
The course followed the Santa Fe and Pikes Peak Greenway Trail - mostly flat and slightly downhill - to America The Beautiful Park where volunteers greeted them with gatorade, bagels and massages.
Aurora resident Sharon Howard, 27, took advantage of the marathon's favorable profile to build a lead and win in a personal best 3:01:01.
"I went out a little fast, but the way the course is, I wanted to do that because it's a little more hilly at the end," she said.
There were 420 marathon finishers, 425 in the half marathon.
The race was started 11 years ago by Dan Cleveland as a fundraiser for the Trails and Open Space Coalition, which still benefits today.
"We are so fortunate to be the beneficiary," said Susan Davis, executive director of TOSC. "What's cool is that this race is run on the trails that we work to maintain."