Experience the IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Register Now!
A half marathon is a road running race of 21.0975 kilometers or 13.1094 miles.
The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon starts at 8 a.m.
The race starts & finishes on the Locust Street Bridge | 100 Locust Street | Des Moines, IA 50309
Half Marathon Course Map Combined Course Map Start/Finish Line Map
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Registered athletes complete the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon race registration process by attending the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo located in Hy-Vee Hall at 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.
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 pick up is not offered on race day.
Athletes and their friends and family members are able to sign up online to receive email or text message alerts showing their progress on the course in real time. This technology enables spectators to keep track of athletes on the course so that they can have a better idea when and where to be on the course to show their support, as well as receiving finish results in real time. Registration for athlete updates is including in your registration fee. Sign up after October 1, 2014.
Make sure that if you would like a Michelob ULTRA at the Michelob ULTRA Race to the Finish post race party on the Walnut Street Bridge that you get a wristband at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo. Stop by the EFR booth by athlete packet pick up and be prepared to show your ID to receive a wristband.
The Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo takes place in Hy-Vee Hall located in the Iowa Events Center.
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.
Interested in ridesharing to the IMT Des Moines Marathon? Sign up here for an account and become members of a growing and dynamic community. It is free to join and PickupPals can track the number of rides they have given or taken, the number of km they have traveled via ride sharing and we can as an IMT Des Moines Marathon group keep track of the amount of emissions we have reduced as a result!"
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 encourages you to keep your personal belongings in your vehicle. You are welcome to use baggage claim but are advised 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 IMT Des Moines Half Marathon starts in downtown Des Moines on the Locust Street Bridge and heads east towards the Iowa State Capitol along Locust Street. Athletes will pass through the East Village and Court Avenue Districts while running on the downtown streets of Des Moines during the early miles of the race.
Push Rim athletes will line up in front of seeded elite athletes and the rest of the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay field. 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 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. You can also stop by the Race Information/Volunteers, or Lint Companies Baggage Claim booth for assistance.
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 IMT Des Moines Half Marathon finishes back where it started, on the Locust Street Bridge. Athletes crossing the finish line will be greeted by key volunteers from 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 IMT Des Moines Half Marathon 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.
Mediacom Results Tent
The End Result times the IMT Des Moines Marathon races electronically,using the IPICO sports system. Look for the Mediacom Results Tent on the east end of the Walnut Street Bridge where you can get a printout that shows your finish time, split times and rank. The time recorded by the Sportag that is attached to the athlete shoe will record the official race time. Timing mats for the Half Marathon are located at the start, Mile 7 and the finish.
Race To The ULTRA
Michelob ULTRA supports golf, running, and cycling events across the country, encouraging adults to "Live life to the ULTRA" by leading active lifestyles. The "Race To The ULTRA" extravaganza at the Post Race Party offers athletes of legal age with ID the opportunity to sample a refreshing, ice cold ULTRA (while supplies last) and great entertainment.
A superior low-carbohydrate light beer, Michelob ULTRA has 95 calories, 2.6g carbs, 0.6g protein and 0.0g fat per 12 oz. serving. Visit www.michelobultra.com for access to the Michelob ULTRA Pathfinder running application on Facebook. This application provides mapped running routes in more than 50 U.S. cities, allowing users to share routes, photos and experiences with friends.
Physical Therapy provided by Des Moines University
The Des Moines University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is providing complimentary physical therapy services to facilitate recovery for athletes following the race. Second and Third year Doctor of Physical Therapy students in conjunction with staff physical therapists from the University will be providing physical therapy services to include stretching, soft tissue mobilization and release, ice massage, posture and flexibility screening, as well as individual stretching and strengthening advice.
Osteopathic Manual Treatment provided by Des Moines University
Des Moines University students will be providing free osteopathic manual treatments at the finish line. OMT treatments focus on reducing pain and encouraging the body to heal itself. By providing gentle manipulation to the body’s tissues, and aligning the skeleton and tissues to a balanced state, osteopathy reduces the amount of strain on the body and improves healing from exercise, trauma, and life’s daily stresses.
Look for the Des Moines University signs and tables in the post race finish area.
Free race day massages will be available after crossing the finish line from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Massage speeds recovery time by flushing wastes from muscles and stretching to improve mobility. Strokes are designed to flush toxins and stretching is done to aid in recovery and flexibility. Licensed therapists experienced in soft tissue work will tailor their techniques to the runner's needs. Sign in after the race for a 10-minute massage on a "first come-first served" basis. Sponsored by Massage Heights.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon is the only Midwest marathon to offer Acupuncture at the finish line! Race recovery begins the minute you cross the finish line. Des Moines Acupuncture Clinic Owner, Abby Miller is a Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist who will provide contemporary integrative Acupuncture with an orthopedic approach. Don’t miss this opportunity to start your post race recovery. The speed at which you recover can be drastically improved by Acupuncture. Treatments will last between 1-3 minutes. Get more information about Acupuncture at www.DesMoinesAcupunctureWorks.com.
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 free beer.
el Bait Shop | 200 SW 2nd Street |Des Moines, IA 50309
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