• October 15 & 16, 2016

  • 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 15 & 16.

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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

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

Tour Des Moines

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Join Our Community

Join Our Community

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

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 15, 2016

 

Join us as we kick off the weekend of races with the inaugural Mercy Live Up Loop 5 Mile Run and Mercy Family Field Day at Principal Park on Saturday.

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

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

The Mercy Live Up Loop followed by the Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics Junior Jog start at Principal Park at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 15. 1 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 IMT Des Moines Marathon finish line in 2015. 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 at onlineraceresults.com.

You can still view and purchase 2015 race photos from MarathonFoto.

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 Kansas City Marathon or Half Marathon on Saturday and in the IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday. I-35 Challenge.

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

The IMT Des Moines Marathon starts at Cowles Commons at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 16. 221 Walnut 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 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 IMT Des Moines Half Marathon finish line in 2015. 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 at onlineraceresults.com.

You can still view and purchase 2015 race photos from MarathonFoto.

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 Kansas City Marathon or Half Marathon on Saturday and in the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon on Sunday. I-35 Challenge.

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

The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon starts at Cowles Commons at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 16. 221 Walnut 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 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 Bankers Trust Marathon Relay finish line in 2015. Compare split times, print a finisher certificate, share your official team race results with others and access all of your previous IMT Des Moines Marathon race results at onlineraceresults.com.

You can still view and purchase 2015 race photos from MarathonFoto.

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 apparel for all your training and race day needs at our online store.

The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay starts at Cowles Commons at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 16. 221 Walnut 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 16, 2016

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

1,081 athletes crossed the Principal 5K Road Race finish line in 2015. The actual race distance was 4.59635 kilometers. 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 at onlineraceresults.com.

You can still view and purchase 2015 race photos from MarathonFoto.

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 apparel for all of your training and race day needs at our online store.

The Principal 5K Road Race starts at Cowles Commons at 8:30 am on Sunday, October 16. 221, Walnut 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

Jeff Galloway will be in Des Moines race weekend. Don’t miss a chance to learn in person from a running and coaching legend.

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.

A MENTOR TO DES MOINES 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

The IMT Des Moines Marathon is proud to be an official 261 Fearless Partner Event.

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.

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 —

Heel To Toe Club

The IMT Des Moines Marathon is celebrating 15 years of running! For those of you who join us year after year for the IMT Des Moines Marathon race weekend, we have created the Heel to Toe Club loyalty program to kick-off the anniversary year.

Past finishers in the IMT Des Moines Marathon community of races automatically qualify for our all-new Heel to Toe Club loyalty rewards program. Membership is activated by simply registering for one of the 2016 IMT Des Moines Marathon races. Only athletes with a last name or mailing address change should contact the IMT Des Moines Marathon with previous and current last name or mailing address variations so that they can receive credit for all of their past race participation and Heel to Toe Club loyalty program status rewards. Membership status is based upon the number of races completed, but only credits one race per year. This means that some Heel to Toe Club loyalty program rewards will not be offered until the following year’s race.

Loyalty Club
IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes who have finished the IMT Des Moines Marathon, Half Marathon, Bankers Trust Marathon Relay or The Principal 5K Road Race three times or more will be rewarded for their loyalty to the IMT Des Moines Marathon as a Heel to Toe Club — Loyalty Club member following their completion of the October 15 or 16, 2016 races at the post-race finish line party.

Gold Club
IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes who have finished the IMT Des Moines Marathon, Half Marathon, Bankers Trust Marathon Relay or The Principal 5K Road Race multiple times between 2002 and 2016 will be rewarded for their faithfulness to the IMT Des Moines Marathon by being inducted into the Heel to Toe Club – Gold Club upon their completion of the October 15 or 16, 2016 races.

The Gold Club recognizes 5 year, 10 year and 15 year race accomplishments and will present athletes with their 5 year, 10 year or 15 year Gold Club pin at the post-race finish line party following the completion of the October 15 or 16, 2016 races.

Platinum Club
IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes who have finished the IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon every year between 2002 and 2016 automatically qualify for IMT Des Moines Marathon legacy status and will be inducted to into the Heel to Toe Club – Platinum Club upon completion of the October 16, 2016 race.

The Platinum Club is a special group of runners who have endured every year since the inaugural Des Moines Marathon. While Platinum Club membership will never grow in group size, this elite bunch is measured by longevity. Heel to Toe Platinum Club members will be acknowledged this year and at each upcoming IMT Des Moines Marathon 5 year anniversary celebration.

Get Credit
There is no fee to join the IMT Des Moines Marathon Heel to Toe Club. Athletes who have participated in one of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races in the past who has had a last name or mailing address change should contact the IMT Des Moines Marathon with previous and current last name or mailing address variations so that they can receive credit for all of their past race participation and Heel to Toe Club loyalty program status rewards.

Club Membership Benefits Include:

Loyalty Club – 3 Year
Loyalty Club specific race number/bib.
3 Year wristband.

Gold Club – 5 Year
Gold Club specific race number/bib.
Special athlete packet pick-up.
Gold Club specific finisher certificate.
5 Year pin.
$5 off IMT Des Moines Marathon official merchandise purchase.

Gold Club – 10 Year
Gold Club specific race number/bib.
Special athlete packet pick-up.
Special gear check and bathroom access on race day.
One (1) additional beer ticket at the post-race party.
Gold Club specific finisher certificate.
10 Year pin.
26.2 or 13.1 sticker.
$10 off IMT Des Moines Marathon official merchandise purchase at expo.

Gold Club – 15 Year
Gold Club specific race number/bib.
Special athlete packet pick-up.
Special gear check and bathroom access on race day.
Two (2) additional beer tickets for the post-race party.
Gold Club specific finisher certificate.
15 Year pin.
26.2 or 13.1 car magnet.
$15 off IMT Des Moines Marathon official merchandise purchase at expo.

Platinum Club — Legacy Runners
Platinum Club specific race number/bib.
Special athlete packet/pick-up delivery.
Special gear check and bathroom access on race day.
Pre-race and post-race VIP tent offering personalized service, treatment and refreshment.
Two (2) additional beer tickets for the post-race party.
Platinum Club specific finisher certificate.
Anniversary year recognition in IMT Des Moines Marathon souvenir guide.
Anniversary year promotional race entry and pasta dinner ticket.
Anniversary year promotional race photo.

Events

Friday, October 14

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 15

Mercy Live Up Loop 5 Mile Run
8:00 am

Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics Junior Jog
9:30 am

All Saturday races take place at Principal Park home of the Iowa Cubs. 1 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

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

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

Marathon Maniacs Fall Gathering**
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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

All Saturday events take place at Hy-Vee Hall (Hall B) in the Iowa Events Center. 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.
*1st floor, Conference Room 107. **1st floor, Conference Room 106 – 104. ***3rd floor, Community Choice Credit Union Ballroom.

Sunday, October 16

The Lint Companies Gear Check
6:00 am to 3:00 pm

Showers and locker rooms open at the Wellmark YMCA
6:00 am to 3:00 pm

Power Life Yoga
7:00 to 7:30 am

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

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

Principal 5K Road Race Start
8:30 am

All Sunday 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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