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The IMT Des Moines Marathon Running Club can help train and prepare you for race day. The Running Club offers educational sessions, training guides and one-on-one support from experts that want you to succeed.
If you are not finding what you are looking for to assist you in your personal training program for any of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races, please Contact Us and we'll work with you to develop a training program just for you.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon Running Club is presented by Wellmark.
IMT Des Moines Marathon - Marathon Pace Chart Based on Average Finishing Time
IMT Des Moines Marathon - Marathon Pace Chart Based on 7 Hour Course Limit
IMT Des Moines Marathon - Half Marathon Pace Chart Based on First and Last Finisher
This coolrunning.com pace calculator allows you to calculate your time, distance or pace as long as you enter at least two of the three variables. It will also calculate your splits for you.
Road Runners Club of America
The Road Runners Club of America is a nonprofit organization of more than 700 running clubs and 180,000 members across the United States. The RRCA chapters organize races, have training runs, provide safety guidelines, promote children's and masters fitness running programs, and have social programs.
Club Running magazine is a complimentary publication for the household members of the RRCA. Since the IMT Des Moines Marathon is a member club of the RRCA, all IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes are considered members of the RRCA. Club Running is made possible by the support of RRCA advertisers and is created through a partnership between the RRCA and Running Network LLC.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon is a member of the Road Runners Club of America.
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Important Hydration Information and Tips
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Des Moines boasts over 100 miles of trails and was recently named the number one walking city in Iowa by Prevention magazine. Our extensive trail system is perfect for walking, running, and biking.
A new Greater Des Moines Recreational Trail Map and Downtown Des Moines Trail Map is now available. Both maps highlight the area walking, biking, and running trails throughout Greater Des Moines and downtown. The Downtown Des Moines Trail Map also features public art pieces and suggested walking routes.
Des Moines Bicycle Collective - Des Moines Trails Maps
WalkingWorks® is a Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield program designed to help anyone achieve better health — no matter what your current fitness level. All you really need is a good pair of shoes! Visit the Walking Works website and start walking your way to health and fitness.
Des Moines Skywalk Walking Path
Beginning 5K Walking Guide
The Greater Des Moines Volkssport Association (GDMVA) is a walking club of more than 220 members. The local chapter organized in 1985 as a member of the American Volkssport Association to promote physical fitness through noncompetitive sporting events. The club has sponsored several Volkssport walking tours of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Baltic Countries, and other foreign countries. Membership is open to everyone. Monthly meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
The Iowa Clinic
The Iowa Clinic, P.C. was formed in 1994. Today it is the largest physician owned multi-specialty group in Central Iowa with more than 140 physicians and healthcare providers practicing in 37 specialties. The Iowa Clinic partners with local Medical Centers and Hospitals to provide leading edge healthcare for the patients of Central Iowa. The Iowa Clinic serves a population area of 1.1 million, averaging 400,000 patient visits each year.
A.D.A.M. Symptom Navigator - Where does it hurt?
The A.D.A.M. Symptom Navigator will help you to decide whether to treat at home or see a doctor. Each topic addresses possible causes of the symptom, how to self treat, when it is an emergency, when you should call a doctor, and how to prevent it in the future - all in one easy step.
Personal Best Massage
Massage helps athletes improve their performance and helps prevent injury. Regular massage during training reduces recovery time, supports the immune system, and addresses specific problems before they become major issues. Before a race a massage helps warm up tissues. After an event, special strokes help flush wastes from muscles and stretching improves mobility.
All massage therapists at the IMT Des Moines Marathon are licensed and experienced.
Mention that you are registered for one of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races and receive $10 off 1 hour or more session at Personal Best Massage. Call Erin at 515-491-8721.
Work Systems Rehab
Staying injury free is essential to maintaining a successful running program. The Physical Therapists with Work Systems Rehab specialize in injury care and prevention. Their Functional Injury Prevention program will help you be proactive against injuries and balanced with your training.
If you do become injured, Injury Screening and Physical Therapy treatments will get you back on track. Work Systems Rehab also has Running Video Analysis available. Receive a 15% discount off initial specialty program sessions when you mention you are registered for any of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races.
Injury Prevention information provided by Work Systems Rehab.
ASICS extensive range of running shoes caters to all levels of runners – professional athletes to those keeping fit. The Asics range of men's running shoes and women's running shoes are split into categories to ensure the best fit for the runners needs: Engineered, Structured Cushioning, Cushioning, Maximum Support, Trail, Speed/Lightweight-Minimalist, Speed/Training and the new ASICS® 33 Collection. Asics Running Shoe Fit Guide
The Active Network
The IMT Des Moines Marathon has teamed up with Active Trainer coaches to offer specific training programs for the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race that are a balance of aerobic, anaerobic and cross-training workouts.
These training programs are built to get people of all levels across the finish line. From the first timer to the seasoned veteran, you will find the right training plan that is designed for you.
Active.com is more than just your source for online registration, it is your comprehensive site for everything we do in our lives to stay active. The IMT Des Moines Marathon has found some great resources online at active.com running and you can to!
Jeff Galloway's quest for the injury-free marathon training program led him to develop group training programs in 1978 and to author Runner's World articles and blogs that have been used by hundreds of thousands of runners of all abilities. His training schedules have inspired the second wave of marathoners who follow the Galloway run-walk, low mileage, three day suggestions to an over 98% success rate.
Runner's World has been described at the world's leading running magazine. The Runner's World website is interactive and features training tips and nutritional information. They also have a service that offers an online personal trainer...try it for free for ten days!
The IMT Des Moines Marathon - Marathon course presents hills from mile 3 through mile 8 that will challenge you at some point during the race. Runner's World has a variety of tips and resources for Hill Training that you can incorporate into your weekly work out.
Many of us fail to realize that one of the most important aspects of marathon training is the taper phase. Reducing weekly and long run mileage during the final two weeks is vitally important so that you will be fully recovered from previous workouts while at the same time, be completely rested for the big event. The final 3 weeks are the most important in any marathon training program. Here is everything you need to know about Tapering that will lead you up to race day.
Gatorade Endurance Formula
Gatorade Endurance Formula is a specialized sports drink that contains approximately twice the amount of sodium (200 mg per 8 ounces) of Gatorade Thirst Quencher, along with chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium to help sustain hydration by more fully replacing what is lost in sweat.
Gatorade Endurance Formula also contains a 6% carbohydrate solution (14 grams per 8 ounces), just like Gatorade Thirst Quencher, which research shows is optimal to help speed fluid back into the body and fuel working muscles.
Gatorade Endurance Formula is the official sports beverage drink of the IMT Des Moines Marathon and will feature their lemon lime flavor at each aid station along the course.
GU Energy Gel
GU Energy Gel provides athletes with a dose of 100 calories to deliver high-quality, easily-digested and long-lasting energy for athletes in every sport and at all levels. Everything inside each packet of GU is engineered to do one simple thing: provide your body with the essential nutrition it needs to keep going for miles and miles and hours and hours. It goes down easy, and it goes to work fast so you don't have to slow down.
GU Energy Gels offer an optimal blend of carbohydrates, the proprietary GU amino blend, and a full serving of Vitamin C & E. Oh yeah, did we mention taste? GU Energy Gel has the time-tested consistency and delicious taste that athletes have come to expect from the original energy gel. GU should be consumed 15 minutes before and then every 45 minutes thereafter.
United States of America Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the most watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.
You can now plot and save your own running/walking routes using GPS technology and satellite mapping systems with America's Running Routes. The mapping system will designate mile markers, water stops and restrooms an even automatically compile the distance of the route you create. Have fun!
The IMT Des Moines Marathon is a sanctioned and certified USATF event.