5K Road Race
Experience The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race Sunday, October 19, 2014. Register Now!
A 5K race is 5,000 meters on a track or 3.13 miles on the road.
The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race starts at 8:30 a.m.
The race starts & finishes on the Locust Street Bridge | 100 Locust Street | Des Moines, IA 50309
5K Road Race Course Map Combined Course Map Start/Finish Line Map
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Registered athletes complete the Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race registration process by attending the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo located at Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center on Friday, October 17, from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. or Saturday, October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Walk up registration for all races closes at 7 p.m.
Don't leave the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo without your race number/bib, Sportag timing device, athlete packet, and 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
October tends to be a fairly dry month in Iowa. Athletes are likely to experience a bit of a chill in the early morning air on race day. Average lows for Des Moines in October are in the lower 50's with highs in the upper 60's. Many athletes are already across the finish line line before the afternoon temperatures arrive. The IMT Des Moines Marathon relies on the weather team at ABC5 for up to the minute weather updates race weekend.
Old race shirts, a dingy sweatshirt, or a pair of gardening gloves are a great examples of ways to stay warm while waiting for the start of the race. Your body will begin to warm up after the first couple miles of the race and most athletes want to begin shedding layers. Volunteers from the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers will pick up any discarded clothing that is left behind along the course. Food that is leftover from the finish line festivities is also donated to this important nonprofit organization in our community.
There are a variety of parking options in downtown Des Moines. You do not have to put money in the parking meters on the street after 6:00 p.m. on Friday, or at any time on Saturday or Sunday.
Take advantage of parking at many of the downtown parking ramps on Saturday and Sunday. City of Des Moines parking ramps are located at East 6th/Grand Avenue, 3rd Street and Court Avenue, 4th Street/Grand Avenue, 5th Street/George Watson Powell Parkway, 5th/Walnut Avenue, 5th Street/Locust Avenue and 7th Street/Locust Avenue.
Parking is also available at Principal Park, home of the Iowa Cubs, six blocks south of the Locust Street Bridge on 2nd Avenue.
Principal Park | One Line Drive | Des Moines, IA 50309
Please be respectful of No Parking signs in the downtown area, especially on race day. Chances are likely that the No Parking signs are posted on behalf of the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Vehicles will be towed.
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Locker Rooms and Showers
The Riverfront YMCA opens their doors at 6:00 a.m. You will have access to the main gym for stretching. The Riverfront YMCA has also offered use of their locker rooms as a place for you to secure your valuables and take a post race shower. Please remember to bring your own lock, as they will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.
Riverfront YMCA | 101 Locust Street | Des Moines, IA 50309
The Lint Companies Baggage Claim will be offered on the west end of the Walnut Street Bridge by the Principal Riverwalk. The IMT Des Moines Marathon strongly encourages you to use a clear "see through" plastic bag at baggage claim. You may want to use your bag from athlete packet pick up to store your personal items during the race.
Simply return with your race number/bib after the race to claim your belongings. A driver's license or ID may be requested. The IMT Des Moines Marathon is not responsible for any lost, stolen or unclaimed bags from the baggage claim. All bags left during the race are subject to search. Please contact the IMT Des Moines Marathon directly after the race if you discover you have forgotten your athlete bag.
The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race starts in downtown Des Moines on the Locust Street Bridge and heads east towards the Iowa State Capitol along East Locust Street. Athletes will pass through the East Village and then head to Martin Luther King Parkway for an out and back with stunning views of downtown Des Moines. The course joins the IMT Des Moines Marathon course on Martin Luther King Parkway before turning on 3rd Street for an exciting finish on the Locust Street Bridge.
Please self select your starting point, or where you line up, at the start line based on your predicted finish time. A general rule of thumb to follow for first-timers is to let faster runners to the front followed by slower runners and then walkers to the back of the pack. The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race asks athletes to separate themselves in 1 of 3 wave divisions: competitive, non-competitive and walker.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon will feature signage with minute per mile pace signs that can assist you in self selecting your start.
It is not always easy to determine who is a faster runner and who is a walker before the race has begun. Don't be afraid to ask an IMT Des Moines Marathon Race Committee member or a Running Room Pace Team Leader for assistance in determining where to line up at the start.
Bicycles, inline skates, roller skates, baby strollers, scooters, wheeled vehicles (except event registered wheelchairs), and dogs/pets are not allowed on the IMT Des Moines Marathon course.
The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race finishes back where it started, on the Locust Street Bridge. Athletes crossing the finish line will be greeted by key volunteers at the Mercy Medical Center First Aid Station. Athletes will be assisted in the removal of the Sportag™ timing device from their shoe.
All finishers in the Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race will receive a finisher medal.
MarathonFoto will be on hand to take post race candid photos. You can click here to be notified when your photos are available for purchase following the race.
Post Race Party
Celebrate your accomplishment with family, friends and other athletes at the official post race party hosted by el Bait Shop, lululemon and Aspen Athletic Club from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
el Bait Shop has more than 100 beers on tap and features American made micro-brew beers. el Bait shop will offer a free taco bar for IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes on race day as well as a free beer for volunteers and athletes.
el Bait Shop | 200 SW 2nd Street | Des Moines, IA 50309