Experience the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 20, 2013. Register Now!
The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay presented by Iowa Games starts at 8:00 a.m.
The race starts & finishes on the Locust Street Bridge | 100 Locust Street | Des Moines, IA 50309
Combined Course Map Race Day Information
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The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay presented by Iowa Games is designed to offer a team experience to what has historically been regarded as an individual endurance event. This race is intended for running teams of all skill levels and speeds.
Each team will have 5 members. Teams can be any combination of male or female, but must have at least 2 female members to qualify as a co-ed team. Teams must be able to provide documentation that all 5 members work for the same company to qualify as a corporate team.
The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay presented by Iowa Games takes place on the IMT Des Moines Marathon course. The 1st member of the team will complete the first 4 miles of the course, the 2nd the next 6, the 3rd the next 5, the 4th the next 5, and the 5th member will complete the final 6.2 miles of the 26.2 mile course.
Work Systems Rehab & Fitness once again hosts the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay staging area at their downtown Des Moines clinic for the 7th year in a row. Parking for each team's personal vehicle is available behind their building. Individual team members should find offsite parking on their own.
Teams are offered a warm place to stretch, meet with their team, and learn about last minute relay details. Bathroom access, water and Endurance Formula Gatorade will also be provided before the start of the race. Team members may watch the start of the race and return in time to drive to the first transition area on the course.
The start line is only 3 blocks from Work Systems Rehab & Fitness on 3rd Street.
Work Systems Rehab & Fitness |515 3rd Street, Suite 100 |Des Moines, IA 50309
Bankers Trust Marathon Relay presented by Iowa Games Transition Areas will be controlled by the Iowa Sports Foundation. Each team that registers must provide their own vehicle for use on race day.
The following links provide essential information for registered teams:
Marathon Relay Overview
Marathon Relay Team Driving Instructions
If you have questions regarding the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay please contact the IMT Des Moines Marathon.
Relay for Charity
Not interested in running a marathon or half marathon distance? Don't worry, on October 20, 2013 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.
Registered athletes complete the IMT Des Moines Marathon race registration process by attending the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 18, from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. or Saturday, October 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Packet Pick Up
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.
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.
We invite you to 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 our behalf. Your vehicle 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 in front of the YMCA along 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.
Stephen Taylor, Pastor of the Monroe United Methodist Church in Monroe, Iowa will lead a brief nondenominational service at 7:15 a.m. on the Principal Riverwalk in front of the YMCA. Anyone and everyone who would like to attend the nondenominational service is welcome.
Gigi's Pilates Studio personal fitness instructors will lead a series of group warm up and stretching exercises before the start of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. and again from 8:00 to 8:15 a.m. Look for them at Simon Estes Amphitheatre and join in.
The IMT Des Moines 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 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 Marathon & Half Marathon, Bankers Trust Marathon Relay, and 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.
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. Third year Doctor of Physical Therapy students in conjunction with staff physical therapists from the University will be providing osteopathic treatments and 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 Personal Best Massage.
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 from 2 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 samples from the Iowa Brewers Association and Belgium Wheat Fat Tire.
El Bait Shop | 200 SW 2nd Street |Des Moines, IA 50309
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