Race Day

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KEEP IN MIND

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 some old clothes and shed them as you warm up after a few miles or as the day progresses. 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 and bridges around the start and finish line are closed on race day. Additional road closures (view map) will be in place Saturday morning due to the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Please plan your morning route ahead of time to save possible delays. Road Closures

PARKING More than 10,000 athletes and spectators will arrive in downtown Des Moines race weekend. Allow for plenty of time for parking and arriving at the start line area. Street parking is free where 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 A BIKE Bike Valet Service will be offered Saturday morning by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective in the city parking ramp at the corner of 2nd and Court Avenue and on Sunday on East 1st Street. Enter from The Principal Riverwalk along the east side of the Court Avenue bridge.

LOCKERS and SHOWERS The Wellmark YMCA at 500 Grand Avenue opens at 6:00 a.m. Athletes have access to the main gym for stretching, lockers, and shower use. Bring a lock. The Wellmark YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

BAGGAGE CLAIM The Lint Companies Baggage Claim is at the east end of the Walnut Street Bridge by Simon Estes Amphitheater. Use a clear “see-through” plastic bag (you may want to use your bag from packet pick-up). 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.

5K ROAD RACE, KIDS RUN

START The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race starts at 8 a.m. followed by the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Run at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 17.

DIVISIONS The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race features 3 race divisions starting in 3 waves at 8 a.m. The first division will consist of a recreational/competitive division that is open to the general public. Overall and age division awards (see below) will be offered. The second division will consist of a high school division designed for athletes between the ages of 14 and 19 years of age. Overall awards will be offered in the high school division. The third division will consist of Iowa National Guard active, inactive, and retired members and their families. This special division is designed to honor the Iowa National Guard and will offer unique participation awards.

LINE UP Enter the start line area from the west end of the Walnut Street Bridge. Select your lineup point based on your predicted finish time. Signage with pace times can assist you. Do not be afraid to ask a member of the IMT Des Moines Marathon Race Committee or Ambassador program for assistance. The race is scored on ‘net’ time, which means your official time starts the moment you cross the start line mat and finishes 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 Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race course. If you are seen in violation, you will be removed from the course.

COURSE 5K Course Map Coming Soon. The Live Healthy Iowa Kids Run will start and finish on the Walnut Street Bridge with out and back distances along East Walnut Street. Distances of 1/8 Mile to 1 Mile will be offered for kindergarten through 6th grade aged children.

MARATHON, HALF, RELAY

START The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay start at 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 18.

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 vacant Riverfront YMCA building.

SHAKE OUT Due to street closures athletes should consider warming up along The Principal Riverwalk, on the downtown side of the river.

NAMASTE Find some inner peace before the big race in front of the World Food Prize building with 30 minutes of some dynamic stretching starting at 7 a.m. thanks to Power Life Yoga. Mats are not needed.

LINE UP 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 there after. Restrooms indicated on the course map are public restroom facilities.

HYDRATION STATIONS Hydration is offered approximately every other mile on the course through Mile 20 and then every mile there after. Crystal Clear Bottled Water (in cups) and Gatorade Endurance is served. Some hydration 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, Mile 20, and Mile 23 on the Marathon course and before Mile 7 and Mile 10 on the Half Marathon course. Athletes that consume energy gels while running should not rely solely on the 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 Fresh fruit stands featuring bananas and oranges will also be offered at the GU Energy gels stations.

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 course is lined with incredibly talented musicians and performers to entertain athletes throughout the race. Last year, more than 30 more than 35 acts appeared along the course and at the post race celebrations. 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 hydration 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.

Finish

All of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races finish downtown on the city bridges at Simon Estes Amphitheater.

CONGRATULATIONS! Do not stop at the finish line. Proceed through the finishing area and proceed to the Hy-Vee Athlete Village.

PHOTOS MarathonFoto photographers will be on the course and at the start/finish line area. Click here to view your race day photos, which are also available for purchase (usually 1-3 days after the race).

RESULTS On race day, results are posted in real-time as athletes cross the finish line. 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, including searchable results from previous years. Course Records

PRIZE MONEY Cash prizes go to the top five male and female finishers and top two male and female master’s finishers in the IMT Des Moines 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 IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. A cash bonus is offered in the IMT Des Moines Marathon if winner breaks the current race record. Prize Money

AWARDS Age division awards are offered in the IMT Moines Marathon, IMT Des Moines Half Marathon, and the open division of 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 races 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 Hy-Vee, QuikTrip Kitchens, Bruegger’s Bagels, Hiland Dairy Foods, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Noodles & Company, and Slipstream.

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 by The Snacks at the Michelob Ultra beer garden on Water Street.

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.

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