Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join the email list to receive The Messenger, the monthly e-newsletter of the IMT Des Moines Marathon?

How many athletes participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon races?

More than 10,000 athletes registered for IMT Des Moines Marathon races last year. 1,577 completed the IMT Des Moines Marathon. 4,948 completed the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. 1,417 completed The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race. 109 teams completed the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay presented by Iowa Games.

Does the race(s) sell out or do you cap the number of registrations?

Yes. The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race caps or sells out at 2,500 athletes. The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay is limited to the first 100 teams to register. The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon do not sell out. Walk-up registration stays open at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16 and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17.

Do the IMT Des Moines Marathon races run on a USATF certified course and if so, what are the course numbers?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race courses are all USATF certified. Marathon – IA07015MF. Half Marathon – IA07014MF. 5K Road Race – pending.

I am new to this running thing and would like to know where to get started. Is there a training information that can help me?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon offers training programs for the new to the novice runner and from the 5K to the Marathon distance. Start training today!

Is there an official In-Training shirt or any IMT Des Moines Marathon merchandise for sale?

Yes, visit the official IMT Des Moines Marathon online store and get in gear for race day!

Do finishers get a shirt and a medal?

Yes. Participants in the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay receive a premium 1/4 zip pullover from Leslie Jordan. The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race offers a stylish beanie stocking cap. Finishers in all races receive a finisher medal featuring new designs this year from Ashworth Awards. 

Where and when do I pick up my bib and race shirt?

At the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 16 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. or Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Hy-Vee Hall, Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd Street, Des Moines

Where is the pasta dinner located this year?

The Local 5 Pasta Dinner featuring Kathrine Switzer will be held Saturday, October 17 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Community Choice Credit Union Ballroom in the Iowa Events Center.

What’s the course elevation?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon course does present substantial hills from Mile 3 through Mile 8 before leveling out for the remainder of the race, while the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon and The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race courses are relatively flat. There’s an elevation chart on the IMT Des Moines Marathon maps.

Is this a Boston Marathon qualifying course?

Yes, the IMT Des Moines Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Boston Marathon qualifying times are good for 18 months.

May I wear headphones on the course?

Yes, however the use of personal music devices is discouraged for safety reasons. You will not be disqualified for using a personal music device unless you are competing for cash prizes, but please be mindful of other participants.

Can I walk the IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon?

Yes. You can walk the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon or The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race. Both the Marathon and Half Marathon courses are open for 7 hours. (If you fall behind that pace, aid stations and course support may not be available in the later miles.)

Are there pace teams for the The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon?

Yes. The Running Room Pace Team offers pace times for both the IMT Des Moines Marathon and Half Marathon. Visit the Race Day page or Pace Team FAQ for more information.

Can someone ride the course with me on a bike, roller blades, skateboard etc.? Can I run/walk with a baby stroller? How about a dog on a leash?

No. Baby strollers and animals are not allowed on the course.The only people allowed on the course are registered athletes entered in the race for that purpose.

Can I start early?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon does not offer an early start. The course is open for 7 hours. If you feel that’s not enough time to finish, we encourage you to try the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon.

Is race day registration available?

No.

I registered for one of the races and would like to confirm my entry. How do I do this?

Click here to generate a registration confirmation via email. 

I registered for one of the races and would like to have my confirmation email resent to me. How do I do this?

Click here to generate a registration confirmation via email. 

I registered for one of the races and can’t make it. Do I get a refund?

Sorry, refunds are not offered for any reason, even if with a doctor’s note. Terms & Conditions.  

I registered for the Marathon and would like to switch to the Half Marathon. What should I do?

Contact the IMT Des Moines Marathon office, and your registration will be updated. Sorry, we are unable to refund the difference in price.

I registered for the Half Marathon and would like to switch to the Marathon. What should I do?

Click here to return to the registration page and upgrade your registration to the Marathon. Look for the Athlete Registration Change category. You’ll be responsible for the price difference between the two events.

I registered for the Marathon or Half Marathon and would like to switch to the 5K Road Race. What should I do?

Contact the IMT Des Moines Marathon office, and your registration will be updated. Sorry, we are unable to refund the difference in price.

I registered for the 5K Road Race and would like to switch to the Half Marathon or Marathon. What should I do?

Click here to return to the registration page and upgrade your registration to the Marathon. Look for the Athlete Registration Change category. You’ll be responsible for the price difference between the two events.

I registered for the Marathon Relay and would like to switch to the 5K Road Race, Half Marathon or Marathon. What should I do?

Contact the IMT Des Moines Marathon office, and your registration will be updated. Sorry, we are unable to refund the difference in price if there is one.

I registered for the Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K Road Race and would like to switch or transfer my registration to someone else. What should I do?

Transfers are not allowed in the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Your race registration is non-transferable. Terms & Conditions.

Is there a host hotel near the race that offers a discount?

Yes, there are many host hotels associated with the IMT Des Moines Marathon. The Renaissance Savery, Marriott Downtown, Embassy Suites on the River and Holiday Inn Mercy Campus are within blocks of the start/finish line. You can learn more Around Town.

Are the races chip-timed?

Yes, the IMT Des Moines Marathon races are all chip-timed with the MyLaps bib timing system. The MyLaps timing device is attached to the inside of your race number/bib. Pin it to the front of your shirt on race day. There’s no need to activiate it or return it after crossing the finish line on race day.

Can I personalize my bib?

Your first name will appear on your bib in addition to your race number. You must be registered by September 21, 2015 to get a bib with your name on it. 

Are there shower facilities for runners?

The Wellmark YMCA, 500 Grand Avenue, will open at 6:00 a.m. on race morning for all athletes. You’ll have access to locker rooms, showers and the gym for stretching. Bring a lock to secure your valuables.

Is there a bag check?

Yes. The Lint Companies Baggage Claim is on the east end (new location) of the Walnut Street Bridge. Use your athlete goody bag to check any items you want to pick up after the race.

What energy drink and gel is offered on the course?

Gatorade Endurance and Crystal Clear Bottled Water are at hydration stations every 1 to 2 miles. GU Energy gels are at Mile 14, 20 and 23 on the Marathon course and at Mile 7 and 10 on the Half Marathon course.

Where are the toilets?

More than 150 portable toilets will be placed along the course, plus 150 at the start/finish. Some portable toilet locations are posted on the IMT Des Moines Marathon course map, but not all. You’ll never be more than 2 miles from a toilet.

Can someone hop on the course for a few miles and run with me?

No. The only people allowed on the course are registered athletes entered in the race for that purpose. Pacers cannot provide unfair assistance by conveying advice, information or direct help to an athlete by any means, including a technical device.Anyone else will be removed.

What if I can’t finish the race?

If you need to drop out, try to get to a Mercy Medical Center First Aid Station. If you can’t, move to the side of the course and wait for a Bike Iowa support team member, who will call a Mercy Medical Center Sag Wagon.

Are there overall and age division awards?

Cash prizes go to the top five male and female finishers and top male and female master’s finishers in the Marathon. Scheels gift cards are presented to the top three male and female finishers in the Half Marathon. A cash bonus is offered in the Marathon if winner breaks the current event record.
Age division awards are offered in the IMT Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 & over. Age division awards will be mailed directly to winners in all divisions once race results become official. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

When is the next IMT Des Moines Marathon?

Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17, 2016.

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