• October 14 & 15, 2017

  • In It For The Long Run

  • The IMT Des Moines Marathon

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Experience the fun & excitement of the IMT Des Moines Marathon series of races October 14 & 15.

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Participate

Participate

Join more than 8,500 athletes and discover what race day excitement is all about.

Volunteer

Volunteer

Share in the race weekend experience by helping our athletes have their best race ever.

Cheer

Cheer

Thundersticks and cowbells are welcome. Know where to watch and what to look for.

Sponsor

Sponsor

Support the more than 80 businesses and organizations that make this race possible.

Lodging and Tourism

Lodging and Tourism

Here’s where you’ll find where to eat, sleep and play in Des Moines.

Join Our Community

Join Our Community

Stay connected. Share your IMT Des Moines Marathon experience with others. #IMTDMM

Watch Central Iowa Sports Network race day coverage of the 2016 race. Watch now.

Des Moines is all about community, the community of volunteers, race committee and the great city that embraces this awesome event.

— Bart Yasso, Runner's World Chief Running Officer —

5 Mile

Experience

The Mercy Live Up Loop is Saturday, October 14, 2017

 

Join us as we kick off the weekend of races with the Mercy Live Up Loop 5 Mile Run on Saturday, October 14.

Compare split times, print a finisher certificate, share your official race results with others and access all of your IMT Des Moines Marathon online race results. View race results.

MarathonFoto has all of your race photos ready for viewing and purchase. View race photos.

Participate this year in the 5 Mile Combo by combining the Mercy Live Up Loop on Saturday with your race of choice in one of the IMT Des Moines races on Sunday. 5 Mile Combo.

Get in gear with official IMT Des Moines Marathon merchandise for all your training and race day needs at our online store.

The Mercy Live Up Loop starts at 8:00 am followed by the Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics Junior Jog at 9:30 am Saturday, October 14. Principal Park, One Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309.

The hospitality, scenic course and race amenities make this a world class race for sure!

— Chris Warren, Marathon Maniac #2 —

Marathon

EXPERIENCE

The IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday, October 15, 2017

 

The marathon is a long-distance running race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers or 26 miles and 385 yards. USATF Certificate: IA16014MF

2016 RACE INFO

Compare split times, print a finisher certificate, share your official race results with others and access all of your previous IMT Des Moines Marathon race results. View race results.

MarathonFoto has your race photos ready for viewing and purchase. View race photos.

Participate this year in the 5 Mile Combo by combining the Mercy Live Up Loop on Saturday with your IMT Des Moines Marathon race registration on Sunday. 5 Mile Combo.

Or, take the I-35 Challenge by competing in the IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday, October 15 and then the Kansas City Marathon or Half Marathon on Saturday, October 21. I-35 Challenge.

Get in gear with official IMT Des Moines Marathon merchandise for all your training and race day needs at our online store.

Watch Central Iowa Sports Network of all of the race day action. Watch now.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 15. Cowles Commons, 300 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Fantastic event. The course displayed a lot of Des Moines and was lined with spectators throughout.

— Council Bluffs, IA —

Half Marathon

Experience

The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon on Sunday, October 15, 2017

 

The half marathon is a medium-distance road running race of 21.0975 kilometers or 13.1094 miles. USATF Certificate: IA16012MF

2016 RACE INFO

Compare split times, print a finisher certificate, share your official race results with others and access all of your previous IMT Des Moines Marathon race results. View race results.

MarathonFoto has your race photos ready for viewing and purchase. View race photos.

Participate this year in the 5 Mile Combo by combining the Mercy Live Up Loop on Saturday with your IMT Des Moines Half Marathon race registration on Sunday. 5 Mile Combo.

Or, take the I-35 Challenge by competing in the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon on Sunday, October 15 and the Kansas City Marathon or Half Marathon on Saturday, October 21. I-35 Challenge.

Get in gear with official IMT Des Moines Marathon merchandise for all your training and race day needs at our online store.

Watch Central Iowa Sports Network race day coverage. Watch now.

The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 15. Cowles Commons, 300 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

I can think of only a handful of times when I’ve posted five stars across the board. In this case, I would have considered six stars.

— Indianapolis, IN —

5K Road Race

Experience

The Principal 5K Road Race on Sunday, October 15, 2017

 

The 5K is a short distance race measuring 5,000 meters on a track or 3.1069 miles on the road. USATF Certificate: IA16013MF

Compare split times, print a finisher certificate, share your official race results with others and access all of your IMT Des Moines Marathon online race results. View race results.

MarathonFoto has all of your 2016 race photos ready for viewing and purchase. View race photos.

Participate this year in the 5 Mile Combo by combining the Mercy Live Up Loop on Saturday with your Principal 5K Road Race registration on Sunday. 5 Mile Combo.

Get in gear with official IMT Des Moines Marathon merchandise for all of your training and race day needs at our online store.

The Principal 5K Road Race starts at 8:30 am on Sunday, October 15. Cowles Commons, 300 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

This was a great race experience and I highly recommend it.

— Chicago, IL —

Relay

Experience

The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 15, 2017

 

The marathon relay is a long distance race measuring 26.2 miles divided by a 5-member team into medium distance legs of 4 to 6 miles.

2016 RACE INFO

Compare split times, print a finisher certificate, share your official race results with others and access all of your previous IMT Des Moines Marathon race results. View race results.

MarathonFoto has your race photos ready for viewing and purchase. View race photos.

Participate this year in the 5 Mile Combo by combining the Mercy Live Up Loop on Saturday with your Bankers Trust Marathon Relay race registration on Sunday. 5 Mile Combo.

Get in gear with official IMT Des Moines Marathon merchandise for all your training and race day needs at our online store.

The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 16. Cowles Commons, 300 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

It should be on every marathoner’s to do list.

— Jeff Galloway, U.S. Olympian and Runner’s World contributing editor —

Galloway

More than a million runners and walkers have read a Jeff Galloway book, attended one of his retreats/running schools, received E-coaching or individual consultation or joined his training programs. Jeff’s doable plans have opened up the life-changing experience of finishing a distance event to almost everyone. His methods have reduced aches, pains and injuries to almost zero. Jeff is in front of an audience motivating and teaching over 200 times a year–helping those of all abilities to enjoy exercise until they are 100!

WORLD CLASS ATHLETE As an Olympian, Galloway competed against the world’s best athletes in Europe, Africa and the former Soviet Union. He broke the US 10-mile record (47:49) in 1973 and has a six-mile best of 27:21. Among his victories are the Peachtree Road Race, Honolulu Marathon, Atlanta Marathon and top place finisher in many of the prominent US races such as 5th and 7th in the Boston Marathon (the 1996 edition being his 100th marathon.) He competed as a member of the US National team in 1973, and competed for the USA in the ‘75 International Cross Country Championships in Rabat Morocco.

AMERICA’S RUNNING COACH Currently, there are Jeff Galloway training pro-grams in 90+ locations. This low-mileage program consists of two 30-45 minute runs per week and a longer run/walk on the weekend using the Run-Walk-Run® method. The marathon is now possible for almost everyone. Jeff gives standing-room-only clinics at many marathons in North America. A high percentage of the two million people who start to train for a marathon get their training program and their motivation from Jeff and his writings. More than 350,000 runners and walkers have reported achieving their goals by using Galloway Training Programs.

LESS FATIGUE Run-Walk-Run Breaks down any distance into a series of segments that are do-able, such as run a minute, walk a minute. Fatigue is erased with each walk break. The Run-Walk-Run method allows participants to carry on their life – even after a 26 mile run. And it’s not just for beginning runners. Jeff’s method can help veteran runners run a faster time, averaging more than 13 minutes faster.

The community pride and volunteer gusto in this event is absolutely fabulous.

— Kathrine Switzer —

Switzer

The IMT Des Moines Marathon is proud to be an official 261 Fearless Partner Event.This means that our event is well-organized, safe and welcoming to women. It is the first coed event ever given this endorsement by 261 Fearless Inc., the empowerment movement organized by the iconic woman runner, Kathrine Switzer. Kathrine was our guest in 2015 and we hope to have her back again in the future.

FEARLESS 261 is named after the famous bib number Kathrine Switzer wore when she ran the Boston Marathon for the first time. The number now stands for ‘Fearless’, and 261 Fearless, Inc is about the community of women who are transformed by running and their global non-profit movement to empower other women everywhere. 64% of the registered athletes in the IMT Des Moines Marathon series of races are women.

WORLD CLASS ATHLETE Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to enter, run and complete the Boston Marathon in 1967. She championed for women’s running and persuaded the Boston Athletic Association to finally allow women participants in 1972. She went on to win the 1974 New York City Marathon, with a time of 3:07:29 (59th overall). Her personal best time for the marathon distance is 2:51:37 at the Boston Marathon in 1975.Kathrine was named Female Runner of the Decade (1967–77) by Runner’s World Magazine.

ICONIC ADVOCATE Athlete, sports and social advocate, author and Emmy award-winning television commentator, Kathrine has been honored widely for her achievements, most recently being inducted into the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame for creating positive social change. The ramifications of this work is both joyful and profound, changing forever the face of sports, health, and opportunities for women around the world and fearlessly empowering millions beyond the finish line.

Follow Kathrine Switzer on Twitter @KVSwitzer and on Facebook @Kathrine Switzer as well as her FB pages @Marathon Woman and @261Fearless.

Des Moines is honored to be recognized as the Road Runners Club of America Most Runner Friendly Community.

— Frank Cownie, Des Moines mayor —

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I’d recommend this race to any and to all, with the I-35 Challenge Iowa is a great option for 50 state clubs.

— Kansas City, MO —

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