Experience the IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday, October 20, 2013. Register Now!
The IMT Des Moines Marathon starts at 8 a.m.
The races start & finish on the Locust Street Bridge | 100 Locust Street | Des Moines, IA 50309
Race Day Road Closures Combined Course Map Race Day Information
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The IMT Des Moines Marathon offers all athletes a closed course on race day. The City of Des Moines has placed No Parking signs and barricades/traffic cones at key intersections along the course to ensure that you will always have the right of way. Escort services are provided for the first and last athlete in each race. Your safety on the course is a top priority to race officials.
The City of Des Moines Police Department and IMT Des Moines Marathon course marshals are stationed at key points, mile markers and aid stations. Race in progress signs are posted along the course to assist you in staying on course. Ultimately, as a participant in the race it is your responsibility to know the course for the race you are participating in.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon course is open for 7 hours. This allows for a 16 minute per mile pace for the Marathon. Race day services such as course marshals, aid stations, Bike Iowa bike support, and course entertainment have been asked to prepare for a 7 hour day. They are asked to provide as much support from the first athlete to the last athlete that passes by on the course.
If you are interested in participating in the IMT Des Moines Marathon but unable to keep a 16 minute per mile pace you are encouraged to consider the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. If on race day you are unable to maintain a 16 minute per mile pace but would like to finish the race, you are able to do so. You will not be removed from the course but may be asked to move to the sidewalk so that city streets may be opened on time.
It is very important to understand that volunteer services along the course may not still be in place past 3 p.m. on race day. Athletes are encouraged to carry a course map if they are concerned about maintaining a 16 minute per mile pace. The last 8 miles of the IMT Des Moines Marathon course take place on paved park roads, trails and city sidewalks.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon will not pack up and leave you. Members of the Mercy Medical Center First Aid stations and sag wagons along with the Bike Iowa bike support team will remain on the course until every athlete crosses the finish line, receives a finisher medal, official time, and post race nourishment.
Marathon Pace Chart - Median Finish Time Marathon Pace Chart - Course Limit
USATF Rule 144.3(b) prohibits the use of technical devices in USATF sanctioned races. i-Pods, Walkman's and other earpiece music players fall within the guidelines of Rule 144.3(b).
Rule 144.3(b) applies to sanctioned track and field events and is intended to serve as a guideline for road races. The ruling is being enforced by some road races. We encourage you to educate yourself about the safety hazards associated with the use of music devices while running and whether or not a race that you are interested in participating in allows headphones.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon is a USTAF certified course and USATF sanctioned race. The IMT Des Moines Marathon does adhere to the Rules of Competition as laid out by USATF and will not allow anyone racing (elite athletes) with the intent to win cash or overall awards to wear headphones.
You will not be disqualified or removed from the course for using a personal music device.
Please be extra cautious and mindful of the volume of your music and your presence on the course as it relates to athletes and spectators around you.
Aid Stations are available at least every 2 miles along the course. Each aid station will be stocked with Crystal Clear Bottled Water and Endurance Formula Gatorade, both served in cups. Some of the aid stations along the course will have additional items such as oranges, pretzels, tissues and vaseline.
Many of the aid stations are staffed with employees from race sponsors and nonprofit organizations. Please be courteous of their time and efforts to ensure you have the best possible race experience.
Please be good to our neighbors along the course. Try to be mindful of litter and place your waste in appropriate trash containers along the course and at each aid station. Check your parking area after the race for litter as well. Recycle or reuse your plastic bottles when possible.
If you need medical assistance for any reason while on the course, we ask that you try to make it to the nearest aid station. If this is not possible, please stop where you are at on the course and a course marshal or member of the Bike Iowa bike support team will come to you. They will alert Mercy Medical Center First Aid volunteers who will transport you back to Nollen Plaza if you wish to discontinue with the race.
Mercy Medical Center First Aid Stations will be located at Nollen Plaza for use during start/finish line activities, Mile 12 on the Marathon course, Mile 20/7 in Water Works Park, Mile 23/10 in Gray's Lake Park and Mile 25/12 on West Martin Luther King JR Parkway.
A Des Moines Fire Department paramedic and Mercy Medical First Aid volunteer will also monitor your progress on the Bill Riley Bike Trail between mile 17 and 18 and on the Meredith Trail elevation rise, just before the George Washington Carver Bridge on West Martin Luther King JR Parkway before the final mile of the race.