The IMT Des Moines Marathon is dedicated to providing community events that encourage active participation in maintaining healthy lifestyle choices. As an organization we support a variety of charitable programs through cash, in-kind product, and sponsor contributions. By participating as an athlete in the IMT Des Moines Marathon you are supporting many of these causes and we thank you.
You also have a direct opportunity to provide additional support through building campaign awareness and/or fundraising for a charity of your choice by running or walking on race day on behalf of one of our Athlete Charity Programs. Either way, we welcome your efforts towards making the Des Moines community a better place to live and grow.
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Shoes That Fit
Shoes That Fit provides new shoes to children in need so that they can attend school in comfort and with dignity.
The national Shoes That Fit organization accomplishes this objective by matching a sponsoring group with schools near them that have children in need. The sponsor determines how many children they can help and the school identifies and measures students with materials Shoes That Fit can provide. The sponsor purchases the exact items the children in need require and delivers the items to their school. Every penny spent goes directly to the child.
On Media / Mediacom is a local sponsor of Shoes That Fit and has provided shoes and clothing to more than 28,800 children since they started sponsoring the program in Central Iowa.
Your donation to the On Media / Mediacom - Shoes That Fit program will go directly towards fulfilling the need of children in the Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown and Ames Public School Districts.
Click here to donate online.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon is entering it's fourth year of support for the Shoes That Fit program. We have partnered with Scheels and the Drake Relays to directly benefits the Shoes That Fit program.
Watch for additional opportunities to fundraise or make donations to the Shoes That Fit charity program at the West Des Moines Scheels at Jordan Creek Town Center or at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo race weekend.
Relay for Charity
Not interested in running a marathon or half marathon distance? Don't worry, the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay is open for a team of five relay runners to complete the 26.2-mile IMT Des Moines Marathon course – with the prize money helping improve the health of our community.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon and Bankers Trust are partnering to support United Way of Central Iowa’s strategies to promote healthy lifestyle choices. United Way has a long-term goal to improve the health and increase healthy behaviors of all central Iowans.
The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay will consist of four race divisions with prize money being offered from 1st to 4th place in each race division.
During online race registration, your team will be given three options to choose how your potential prize money will be allocated*:
1. A contribution to United Way of Central Iowa; supporting strategies in education, income and health.
2. A contribution to a United Way partner organization.
3. A contribution to any Iowa health and human services nonprofit eligible to receive United Way donor directed contributions.
*The IMT Des Moines Marathon and Bankers Trust have selected the health program PE4Life to receive the first $2,000 of prize money awarded to United Way of Central Iowa.
To view a list of United Way of Central Iowa partner organizations click here.
Read the official press release.
To learn more about United Way of Central Iowa’s health initiatives, visit www.unitedwaydm.org.