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WEATHER Check ABC5 for up-to-the-minute updates, but expect a chill at the start line. Temps in the lower 40’s at the start and warming up into the upper 50’s as the race gets going is not uncommon. Layer up with old clothes, and you can shed them as you warm up after a few miles. Volunteers from Iowa Homeless Youth Centers will pick up, wash, and distribute any clothing left along the course.
ROAD CLOSURES Many of the downtown streets around the start line are closed on race day. Please plan your morning route ahead of time to save of possible delays. Road Closures
PARKING More than 10,000 athletes and spectators will arrive in downtown Des Moines on race morning. Allow for plenty of time for parking and arriving at the start line area. Street parking is free if you can find it (watch for temporary “no parking” signs). City ramps are at East 6th/Grand, 3rd/Court, 4th/Grand, 5th/George Watson Powell, 5th/Walnut, 5th/Locust and 7th/Locust. You can also park at Principal Park, just south of the Locust Street Bridge at 1 Line Drive.
TAKE THE BUS Avoid potential parking issues or traffic delays and take the bus. Ride DART race weekend and take an alternative to driving alone.
RIDE YOUR BIKE Bike Valet Service will be offered by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective on East 1st Street. Enter from the Principal Riverwalk along the east side of the Court Avenue bridge.
LOCKERS and SHOWERS The Riverfront YMCA, 101 Locust Street, opens at 6:00 a.m. You will have access to the main gym for stretching, lockers, and showers. Bring your own lock. The Riverfront YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
BAGGAGE CLAIM The Lint Companies Baggage Claim is at the west end of the Walnut Street Bridge by the Principal Riverwalk. Use a clear “see-through” plastic bag (you may want to use your bag from packet pickup). All items are subject to search. Return with your bib after the race to claim your belongings. A driver’s license or ID may be requested. Do not check any valuable items. The IMT Des Moines Marathon is not responsible for lost, stolen or unclaimed bags.
SHAKE OUT Due to street closures athletes should consider warming up along Robert Ray Drive north of Grand Avenue.
NAMASTE Warm up for the big race in front of the World Food Prize building along the Principal Riverwalk with 30 minutes of some dynamic stretching starting at 7 a.m. thanks to Power Life Yoga. Mats are not needed.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay start together at 8 a.m. The Marathon and Marathon Relay split from the Half Marathon course just before Mile 3 and rejoin it again after Mile 18 in Water Works Park.
The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race starts at 8:45 a.m.
All of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races start and finish on the Locust Street Bridge in downtown Des Moines. 101 Locust Street. Race Day Information
RESTROOMS A majority of the portable toilets around the start line area are located on Water Street just south of the Walnut Street Bridge but you will also find them located on the east side of the Riverfront YMCA.
WHERE TO GO Enter the start line area from the west end of the Locust Street Bridge. Select your lineup point based on your predicted finish time. Signage with pace times can assist you, and don’t be afraid to ask an IMT Des Moines Marathon Race Committee member or a Running Room Pace Team Leader for assistance. The race is scored on ‘net’ time, which means from the moment you cross the start line mat to the moment you cross the finish line mat. A general rule of thumb is runners towards the front and walkers towards the back.
WEAR YOUR BIB Athletes without a visible race number/bib centered on the front of their shirts will be removed from the course for security and safety. Complete the medical information fields on the back of your bib prior to the race if they aren’t filled in already.
NO WHEELS Bicycles, inline skates, roller skates, baby joggers, strollers, scooters, wheeled vehicles (except registered push-rim athletes or wheelchairs) and animals of any kind are not allowed on the IMT Des Moines Marathon course. If you are seen in violation, you will be removed from the course.
COURSE TIME LIMIT Seven hours in all race divisions. This allows for a 16:00 minute per mile pace in the Marathon. Athletes unable to maintain a 16:00 minute per mile pace will not be removed from the course. However, it is very important that you understand that volunteer services may not still be in place. Mercy Medical Center first aid stations and sag wagons along with the Bike Iowa support team will remain on the course until every athlete crosses the finish line.
RESTROOMS Portable toilets are located approximately every other mile on the course through Mile 20 and then every mile. Restrooms that are indicated on the course map are public restrooms.
AID STATIONS Hydration is offered approximately every other mile on the course through Mile 20 and then every mile until the end of the race. Crystal Clear Bottled Water (in cups) and Gatorade Endurance is served. Some aid stations may stock additional items such as Kleenex, petroleum jelly, gummy bears, orange slices, etc.
ENERGY GELS GU Energy gels will be offered before Mile 14 on the Marathon course, Mile 20/Mile 7 and Mile 23/10 on the Marathon & Half Marathon course. Athletes that consume energy gels while running should not rely solely on the GU Energy gels offered on the course. They are offered on a first come first served basis. GU Energy gels are offered in the following flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla Bean, Orange Mango and Salted Caramel.
Fresh fruit stands featuring bananas and oranges will also be offered at Mile 14 on the Marathon course, Mile 20/Mile 7 and Mile 23/10 on the Marathon & Half Marathon course.
PACE TEAMS The Running Room Pace Team provides a pace runner for runners who wish to share the race within a specified time. The page group is led by an experienced distance runner (i.e., Pace Team Leader) who acts as a moving coach throughout the race. Pace Team FAQ
Pacers from the Running Room Pace Team are provided for the IMT Des Moines Marathon from the 3:10 to 5:25 hour mark. The pace times offered are designed to mirror Boston Marathon qualifying times and include 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:25, 4:40, 4:55, 5:10 and 5:25. Marathon Pace Team Bios
Pacers from the Running Room Pace Team are also provided for the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon from the 1:30 to 2:30 hour mark. Times include 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, and 2:30. Half Marathon Pace Team Bios
ENTERTAINMENT The IMT Des Moines Marathon is proud to provide athletes with a course lined with incredibly talented musicians and performers to entertain them throughout the race! Last year athletes were entertained more than 30 times throughout the 26.2 mile route, and this year more than 35 acts are scheduled to appear. Course Entertainment
IF YOU CAN’T FINISH Stop at one of the Mercy Medical Center First Aid Stations along the course. If you are unable to make it to a First Aid Station stop at one of the aid stations along the course. A Mercy Medical Center Sag Wagon will transport you to the Mercy Medical Center First Aid Station at the finish line.
All of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races finish downtown on the Locust Street Bridge.
CONGRATULATIONS! Do not stop at the finish line. Proceed through the finishing area at the Simon Estes Amphitheatre to the Hy-Vee Athlete Village.
RESULTS Visit the Mediacom Results Tent on the east end of the Walnut Street Bridge. You can get a printout that shows your finish time, split times and rank. Click here to view online race results following the race. On race day results are posted in real-time as athletes cross the finish line.
PRIZE MONEY Cash prizes go to the top five male and female finishers and top two male and female master’s finishers in the Marathon. Scheels gift cards are presented to the top three male and female finishers and top two male and female master’s finishers in the Half Marathon. A cash bonus is offered in the Marathon if winner breaks the current event record.
AWARDS 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 are mailed directly to winners in all divisions once race results become official.
RESTROOMS A majority of the portable toilets around the start line area are located on Water Street just south of the Walnut Street Bridge.
FOOD The IMT Des Moines Marathon prides itself on feeding athletes at the finish line. Post race food is intended for athletes who have competed on race day only. Highlights include QuikTrip Kitchens, Bruegger’s Bagels, Hiland Dairy Foods, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Noodles & Company and Hy-Vee.
BEER “Race to the ULTRA” offers athletes of legal age with ID the opportunity to sample a refreshing, ice-cold Michelob ULTRA (while supplies last) and great entertainment.
POST-RACE PAMPERING Massage Heights and Personal Best Massage offer 10-minute massages on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Des Moines University offers free physical therapy. Des Moines Acupuncture Clinic offers free treatments that last 1-3 minutes.
POST-RACE PARTY Celebrate with family, friends and other athletes at the official post race party hosted by el Bait Shop, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at el Bait Shop, 200 SW 2nd Street. Free taco bar for IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes, plus one free beer for volunteers and athletes. Come back to el Bait Shop at 6:00 p.m. to listen to live music by Fancy Pants.