• October 15 & 16, 2016

  • In It For The Long Run

  • The IMT Des Moines Marathon

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Experience the IMT Des Moines Marathon family of races October 15 & 16, 2016.

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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.

Tour Des Moines

Tour Des Moines

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.

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 5 Mile Fun Run is Saturday, October 15, 2016

 

The 5 Mile Fun Run starts at 8:00 am followed by the Kids Run on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Packet pick-up and walk-up registration for the 5 Mile Fun Run and Kids Run takes place from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, October 14 at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo.

Don’t leave the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo without your child’s race number/bib and official Kids Run gift. Please note that registration and packet pick-up will be offered on race day.

The Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo is located in Hy-Vee Hall within the Iowa Events Center. 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

The 5 Mile Fun Run and Kids Run take place at Principal Park, One Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309

The volunteers, the support of the fans, the food at the finish are what make this race so much fun to run.

— New London, Iowa —

Marathon

EXPERIENCE

The IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday, October 16, 2016

 

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

1,392 athletes crossed the finish line in 2015. Official race results. To view previous race results search ‘Des Moines Marathon’ at onlineraceresults.com.

MarathonFoto took images of each and every athlete on the course on race day. View race photos.

Take the 5 Mile Combo by combining the 5 Mile Fun Run on Saturday with the IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday. Learn more

Take the I-35 Challenge by competing in the Kansas City Marathon or Half Marathon on Saturday and the IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday. Learn more

Get in gear for race day and let others know you are training and participating in the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Online Store

Athlete packet pick-up takes place at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 14, from 3:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday, October 15, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Walk-up registration for all races is available both days at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo. Walk-up registration closes at 7:00 pm on Saturday, October 15.

Don’t leave the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo without your race number/bib, athlete packet and official race shirt. Please note that athlete registration and/or packet pickup is not offered on race day.

The Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo is located in Hy-Vee Hall within the Iowa Events Center. 730 3rd Street | Des Moines, IA 50309

The IMT Des Moines Marathon starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

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 16, 2016

 

The half marathon is a medium-distance road running race of 21.0975 kilometers or 13.1094 miles. USATF Certification pending.

4,722 athletes crossed the finish line in 2015. Official race results. To view previous race results search ‘Des Moines Marathon’.

MarathonFoto was on the course race day taking pictures of athletes. To view your images click on race photos.

Take the 5 Mile Combo by combining 5 Mile Fun Run on Saturday with the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon on Sunday. Learn more

Take the I-35 Challenge by combining the Kansas City Marathon or Half Marathon on Saturday with the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon on Sunday. Learn more

Get in gear for race day and let others know you are training and participating in the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. Online Store

Athlete packet pick-up takes place at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 14, from 3:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday, October 15, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Walk-up registration for all races is available both days at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo. Walk-up registration closes at 7:00 pm on Saturday, October 15.

Don’t leave the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo without your race number/bib, athlete packet and official race shirt. Please note that athlete registration and/or packet pick-up is not offered on race day.

The Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo is located in Hy-Vee Hall within the Iowa Events Center. 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

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

— Chicago, IL —

Relay

Experience

The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 16, 2016

 

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 6.2 miles.

88 teams crossed the finish line in 2015. Official race results. To view previous results search ‘Des Moines Marathon’ at online race results.com.

MarathonFoto was on hand race day taking pictures of athletes along the course and at the finish line. View your race photos.

Take the 5 Mile Combo by combining the 5 Mile Fun Run on Saturday with your spot on your Bankers Trust Marathon Relay team on Sunday. Learn more

Get in gear for race day and let others know you are training and participating in the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay. Online Store

Athlete packet pick-up takes place inside the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo at Hy-Vee Hall on Friday, October 14, from 3:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday, October 15, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Walk-up registration for all races is available both days at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo. Walk-up registration closes at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.

Don’t leave the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo without your race number/bib, athlete packet and official race shirt. Please note that athlete registration and/or packet pickup is not offered on race day.

Hy-Vee Hall is located in the Iowa Events Center. 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay presented by Iowa Games starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

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 Financial Group 5K Road Race on Sunday, October 16, 2016

The 5K is a short distance race measuring 5,000 meters on a track or 3.10 miles on the road. USATF Certification pending.

1,081 athletes crossed the finish line in 2015. The actual race distance was 4.59635 K. Official race results. To view previous race results search ‘Des Moines Marathon’. MaratonFoto took race day photos.View race photos.

Participate in the the 5 Mile Combo by combining the 5 Mile Fun Run on Saturday with The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race on Sunday. Double your race and double your hardware. Learn more.

Get in gear for race day and let others know you are training and participating in The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race. Online Store

Athlete packet pick-up takes place at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 14, from 3:00 – 8:00 pm

Walk-up registration is available Friday at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo.

Don’t leave the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo without your race number/bib, athlete packet and official race shirt. Please note that athlete registration and/or packet pickup is not offered on race day.

The Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo is located in Hy-Vee Hall within the Iowa Events Center. 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race starts at 8:45 am on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

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

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

Galloway

JEFF GALLOWAY Over a million runners and walkers have read Jeff Galloway books, attended his retreats / running schools, received E-coaching or individual consultation or joined his training programs. His 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.

DES MOINES’ MENTOR Sign up for Jeff’s coveted 3-hour running school Run Injury Free Until 100 that is being offered in Des Moines Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as a part of the MidAmerican Energy Speaker Series at the Iowa Events Center. Sign up today

Jeff Galloway is also the keynote speaker at the Local 5 Pasta Dinner Saturday, October 15 from 5 to 8 pm at the Iowa Events Center ballroom. You can purchase tickets when you register for the races or purchase them directly by clicking here.

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

— Kathrine Switzer —

Switzer

Iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon. She 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.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon is proud to be an official 261 Fearless Partner Event. 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 field in the IMT Des Moines Marathon events are women.

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

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 —

Events

The IMT Des Moines Marathon schedule of family-friendly activities kicks off with the two-day Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo. Exhibitors from around the country are in Des Moines to offer athletes, families and guests the latest in fitness apparel, accessories and adventures. Take some time before the big race to relax and celebrate the sport of running at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo. You can attend an informative session at the MidAmerican Energy Speaker Series, meet Jeff Galloway and even win some great giveaways like a pair of Altra Footwear running shoes.

The Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo is located in Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center. It is free and open to the public!

The 5 Mile Fun Run and Kids Run is on Saturday. Join us this year for a weekend of races with the 5-Mile Combo. Participate in the 5-Mile Fun Run on Saturday and your race of choice in the IMT Des Moines Marathon, Half Marathon, Bankers Trust Marathon Relay or The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race on Sunday.

Need More? Check out the I-35 Challenge between the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon presented by Ivy Funds and the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Two races. Two cities. One great weekend!


Event Schedule

Friday, October 14, 2016

Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

MidAmerican Energy Speaker Series
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Athlete Packet Pick-Up
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Athlete Walk-Up Registration
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

All events take place at Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center
730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Saturday, October 15, 2016

5 Mile Run Run
8:00 am

Kids Run
Time TBA

Both races take place at Principal Park
One Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309

Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo
10:00 am to 8:00 pm

MidAmerican Energy Speaker Series
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Jeff Galloway Running School
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Local 5 Pasta Dinner featuring Jeff Galloway
5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Athlete Walk-Up Registration
10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Athlete Packet Pick-Up
10:00 am to 8:00 pm

All events take place at Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center
730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Lint Companies Baggage Claim
6:00 am

Showers and locker rooms open at the Wellmark YMCA
6:00 am

Power Life Yoga
7:00 am

IMT Des Moines Marathon – Official Race Announcements Begin
7:45 am

IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay 
8:00 am

The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race
8:45 am

All races take place at Cowles Commons
221 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

el Bait Shop Post-Race Party
2:00 pm

el Bait Shop
200 Market Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

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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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