• October 17 & 18, 2015

  • Let’s Do This!

  • The IMT Des Moines Marathon

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Experience the IMT Des Moines Marathon family of races October 17 & 18, 2015.

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Participate

Participate

Join more than 9,000 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

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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.

Just put on your shoes and go.

— Kathrine Switzer, Marathon Woman —

Switzer

Experience

The ABC5 Pasta Dinner on Saturday, October 17, 2015

 

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.

Meet Kathrine Switzer race weekend at her booth at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo where she will be signing her books and offering photo opportunities.

Then, join ABC5 news anchor and emcee for the evening, Amanda Krenz, at the ABC5 Pasta Dinner and listen to Kathrine’s inspirational life story, including her time as an Emmy award winning broadcaster covering the Olympics for ABC. Attendees at the ABC5 Pasta Dinner will be entered into a drawing for a chance to enter a ProForm Boston Marathon Treadmill, courtesy of Altra Footwear.

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

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

— Chicago, IL —

5K Road Race

Experience

The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race on Saturday, October 17, 2015

 

The 5K is a short distance race measuring 5,000 meters on a track or 3.13 miles on the road. USATF Certification pending.

1,424 athletes crossed the finish line in 2014. Official race results. To view previous race results search ‘Des Moines Marathon’. View race photos.

The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race is placing a cap on the race this year! The first 3,000 registered athletes are in and will receive a premium The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race beanie cap.

Take the 5K Combo by combining The Principal Financial Group 5K Road on Saturday with your race of choice 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 16, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

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 —

Kids Run

Experience

The Kids Run & Expo is Saturday, October 17, 2015

 

The Live Healthy Iowa Kids Run starts at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

The Live Healthy Iowa Kids Run will feature various out and back distances along Walnut Street starting and finishing on the Walnut Street Bridge.

Justin Roberts and The Not Ready For Naptime Players will perform a free concert at the Simon Estes Amphitheater following the conclusion of the Kids Run.

Packet pick-up and walk-up registration for the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Run takes place from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16 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 shirt. Please note that 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

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

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

Marathon

EXPERIENCE

The IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday, October 18, 2015

 

The marathon is a long-distance running race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers or 26 miles and 385 yards. USATF Certification IA07015MF.

1,580 athletes crossed the finish line in 2014. Official race results. To view previous race results search ‘Des Moines Marathon’ at onlineraceresults.com. View race photos.

Take the 5K Combo by combining The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race 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 Bankers Trust Marathon Relay. Online Store

Athlete packet pick-up takes place at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 16, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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 17.

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 a.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

The race starts and finishes on the Locust Street Bridge in downtown Des Moines. 100 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 18, 2015

 

The half marathon is a medium-distance road running race of 21.0975 kilometers or 13.1094 miles. USATF Certification – IA07014MF.

4,958 athletes crossed the finish line in 2014. Official race results. To view previous race results search ‘Des Moines Marathon’. View race photos.

Take the 5K+ Combo by combining The Principal Financial Group 5K Road 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 16, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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 17.

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 a.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

The race starts and finishes on the Locust Street Bridge in downtown Des Moines. 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

The volunteers are wonderful – VERY enthusiastic and happy to help.

— Indianapolis, IN —

Relay

Experience

The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 18, 2015

 

The marathon relay is a long distance race measuring 26.2 miles divided up into medium distance legs of 4 to 6.2 miles.

107 teams crossed the finish line in 2014. Official race results. To view previous results search ‘Des Moines Marathon’ at online race results.com. View race photos.

Take the 5K Combo by combining The Principal Financial Group 5K Road 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 16, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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 17.

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 a.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

The race starts and finishes on the Locust Street Bridge. 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

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 Kathrine Switzer, preview Jon Dunham’s film Boston 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 Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race has moved to Saturday! Join us this year for a weekend of races with the 5K Combo. Participate in The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race on Saturday and your race of choice in the IMT Des Moines Marathon, Half Marathon or Bankers Trust Marathon Relay on Sunday.

Need More? check out the I-35 Challenge (now sold out) 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 16, 2015

Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo
3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

MidAmerican Energy Speaker Series
3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Athlete Packet Pick-up
3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Athlete Walk-up Registration
3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race
8:00 a.m. to 10:0 a.m.

Live Healthy Iowa Kids Run
9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

All events take place at Simon Estes Amphitheater
400 East 1st Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

MidAmerican Energy Speaker Series
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Athlete Walk-up Registration
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Athlete Packet Pick-up
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

ABC5 Pasta Dinner featuring Kathrine Switzer
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Lint Companies Baggage Claim on the east end of the Walnut Street Bridge (new location)
6:00 a.m.

Showers and locker rooms at the Wellmark YMCA
6:00 a.m.

Power Life Yoga along The Principal Riverwalk in front of the World Food Prize
7:00 a.m.

IMT Des Moines Marathon – Official Race Announcements Begin
7:45 a.m.

IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay 
8:00 a.m.

Michelob ULTRA Race To the ULTRA Party
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

el Bait Shop Post-Race Party
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All races start and finish on the Locust Street Bridge
100 Locust 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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