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.
Have a comment or question? You may want to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page first. Please feel free to Contact Us if you are not finding the specific event information that you are looking for.
The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) is an interfaith organization that strives to meet basic human needs in the Greater Des Moines community. They have nearly 150 member congregations from nine faith traditions all working to achieve common goals and has been making an impact in Greater Des Moines for more than 50 years.
The DMARC Emergency Food Pantry program provides a five-day supply of food at no cost to anyone in need as often as once per month. The Compassion in Action program offers emergency rent and utility assistance. Their Childcare program subsidizes the cost of childcare for low-income families enabling them to get ahead and Project Connect pairs qualified mentors with at-risk students in the Des Moines Public School system.
Last year 1,227 food items were distributed to the 12 pantries in the DMARC Emergency
Food Pantry Network through IMT Des Moines Marathon related activities.
Founded in 1868, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines has been a constant in the changing horizon of the Des Moines area. Central Iowa has embraced the YMCA because we pride ourselves on our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
The YMCA of Greater Des Moines is a dynamic organization led by over 220 outstanding community volunteers serving on our boards and by a dedicated staff of over 1,000 individuals. Our programs build character and assets in kids, strengthen family relationships and promote healthy lifestyles.
Everybody Wins! Iowa
Everybody Wins! Iowa is a literacy and mentoring nonprofit organization that increases children's opportunities for success in school through reading and mentoring experiences with caring volunteers.
Through "Power Lunch", Everybody Wins! Iowa's signature program, volunteer reading mentors visit their student for one lunch hour each week. The students and volunteers spend their time talking, reading aloud one-to-one, and instilling positive attitudes about reading. Volunteers also serve as role models to enhance students' self esteem and encourage their success through these consistent weekly positive interactions.
Everybody Wins! Iowa started in 2002 by serving three schools and 15 students. Currently the organization serves more than 400 students in 13 central Iowa elementary schools.
Become a volunteer today! Everybody Wins! Iowa was featured on WHO-TV
Iowa Homeless Youth Center
The Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC) works to eliminate homelessness among children, youth, and young mothers in Polk County. They believe, with support and assistance, homeless individuals and families can live independently and attain self sufficiency.
IHYC offers a variety of programs and facilities that will teach homeless youth to live independently and become self sufficient. The youth we serve are nonsystem involved, meaning that they are not placed or directly supported by a governmental payment agency. IHYC is often a last resort for older runaway and homeless youth who have exhausted community resources, family and friends.
Youth & Shelter Services
Youth & Shelter Services’ Great Relationships in Pairs, or GRIP, mentoring program is a youth development service which matches elementary and middle school youth with adult mentors. Long-term friendships are developed in half-hour or hour-long weekly meetings at the school.
The annual Pair Up 4 a Purpose 5K Run/Walk will be held this year on Sunday, November 4th on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames. All participants have the option to dress up as a famous pair for a chance to win free Panera Bread for a year! For information and to register please www.yss.org and click on “Events.” All proceeds benefit GRIP Mentoring.
Kiwanis Miracle League
The Kiwanis Miracle League is for all children between the ages of 5 and 18 with a special need that does not allow them to play in a mainstream baseball league. Located at 529 SW 5th Street, across from Principal Park in downtown Des Moines, the field is custom designed with a cushioned rubberized surface that prevents injuries yet is totally accessible for children in wheelchairs and walkers.
Sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Des Moines, this is the first such field in Iowa. Spring and fall leagues are offered. Each child is assigned to a team named for National and American League baseball teams. Leagues are noncompetitive and coed. Games are typically two innings—every child bats, every child scores, and each game ends in a tie! Volunteer “buddies” assist players on the field. Registration forms for players and buddies are available at the Kiwanis Miracle League website.
Every child deserves to play baseball and the Miracle League is making that happen in Central Iowa.
Medals4Mettle (M4M) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005. It facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon and triathlon finishers’ medals from runners to children and adults dealing with chronic or debilitating illnesses and have demonstrated similar mettle, or courage in bravely facing these challenges.
Marathon runners around the world, and other distance runners who have won medals, give their medals to Medals4Mettle. Then our nationwide network of physicians and volunteers awards these medals (with a Medals4Mettle ribbon attached) to those who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own to continue to live their life. Learn how you can donate your medals today!
Donate your medals locally at Fitness Sports or at the IMT Des Moines Marathon office. Your medals will be used in the Medals4Mettle program at Blank Children's Hospital.