Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

More than 10,00 athletes registered for IMT Des Moines Marathon races last year.

Do you cap the number of registrations?

No. Walk-up registration stays open at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18.

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

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

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

The IMT Des Moines Marathon Run Club offers training programs for the new to the novice runner, from the 5K to the marathon. Start your training and join us 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. Athletes in the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay get a premium 1/4 zip mock pullover. Athletes in The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race get a long-sleeve, soft-tech performance shirt. All finishers in all races get medals.

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

At the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 17 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. or Saturday, October 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Hy-Vee Hall, Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd Street, Des Moines

Why isn't a pasta dinner being offered this year?

Unfortunately, attendance at the pasta dinner has been on the decline the past few years. As a result, we encourage you to visit many of the fine restaurants in downtown Des Moines race weekend.

What’s the course elevation?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon does have hills from Mile 3 through Mile 8 on the Marathon course before leveling out, 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 combined course map.

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 Marathon or Half Marathon?

Yes. The Running Room Pace Team offers pace times for both the IMT Des Moines Marathon and Half Marathon. Vist the Race Info 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. The only people allowed on the course are registered athletes. Strollers and animals are not allowed.

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 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. 

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?

Contact the IMT Des Moines Marathon office, and your registration will be updated. 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.

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 at the Around Town page.

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 22, 2014, to get a bib with your name on it. 

Are there shower facilities for runners?

The Riverfront YMCA, 200 Locust St., will open at 6:00 a.m. on race morning for our 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 west end of the Walnut Street Bridge. Use your athlete goodie 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 Formula and Crystal Clear Bottled Water are at aid 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 130 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. Each person on the course must be registered and must have a race bib. 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?

Sunday, October 18, 2015.

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