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All About Des Moines

GET ACTIVE Outdoor exploration. Biking trails. A downtown renovation. Experience edge-of-your-seat sports action. The thrill of crossing the finish line. Choose your journey. Engage with health and wellness while in town for your visit. It’s all here in Greater Des Moines! Catch Des Moines Active

#11 Ranking US News has ranked the Des Moines the #11 Best Place to Live in America. Read all about our fine city from what the weather is like to what is the cost of living. Best places.

BE COOL Politico was in Des Moines for the Iowa Caucus and thinks Des Moines has transformed from one of the dullest to one of the coolest. How Des Moines got cool.

BE VIBRANT Sky Magazine, the official publication of Delta Airlines says Des Moines is the new pulse of the heartland. More to Iowa.

BUCKET LIST TripAdvisor has a list of 50 Races You Should Run in Your Lifetime. How many have you done? 50 races

Getting to Des Moines

FRIDAY Take I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and catch I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) to 3rd Street. The Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo is in the Iowa Events Center at 3rd and Center. Hy-Vee Hall, 730 3rd Street.

SATURDAY Take I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and catch I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) to 3rd Street. The Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo is in the Iowa Events Center at 3rd and Center. Hy-Vee Hall, 730 3rd Street.

Mercy Live Up Loop 5 & Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics Junior Jog. Take I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and catch I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) to 5th Street. Take 5th Street to Marin Luther King Jr Parkway. Left turn (east) to 3rd Street. Right turn (south) to Principal Park parking lot. Principal Park, One Line Drive.

SUNDAY Take I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and catch I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) to 5th Street or 3rd Street. Take 5th or 3rd Street to look for street or ramp parking beginning at Grand Avenue. Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut Street.

Getting Around Des Moines

FROM THE AIRPORT Take Fleur Drive north (left out of the airport) and take the Grand Avenue exit on the right just past Gray’s Lake Park. Merge right onto Locust. Most of the IMT Des Moines Marathon host hotels are between 10th and East 1st. Race day activities take place between 3rd and East 2nd.

VISITOR MAPS The Downtown Community Alliance offers maps of the downtown area. The skywalk system is one of the largest in the country and connects much of the downtown area. There are a variety of public parking ramps available for use race weekend. For more information about Des Moines visit the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Catch Des Moines.

Staying Overnight in Des Moines

HOTELS IMT Des Moines Marathon host hotels provide blocks of rooms for athletes and other guests. Many are familiar with the needs of our athletes on race day and will offer perks such as early meal options, shuttles to the start, late checkout, etc.

Identify yourself as being with the IMT Des Moines Marathon when you make your reservation.

HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN MERCY CAMPUS ($135) Three blocks from the Iowa Events Center and just over ten blocks from the start/finish line. Complementary shuttle service to and from the start/finish on race day, as well as airport shuttle service. Directly off of I-235, this property it especially convenient for athletes traveling to Des Moines by car. 1050 6th Street. Online reservations (Group Code: ATH) or call 515.283.0151.

HYATT PLACE DES MOINES ($159) (FEW ROOMS LEFT) Located just a few blocks from the start/finish line towards downtown. Features include The Gallery, which offers a coffee and wine bar, 24/7 guest kitchen with freshly prepared snacks and entrees and daily complimentary continental breakfast. Valet parking, airport shuttle service, an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center and free Wi-Fi. 418 6th Street. Online reservations or call 800.634.3839 or 515.282.5555.

RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT DES MOINES ($149-$154) Located just three blocks from the start/finish and one block from the Court Avenue District. As an all-suites property, Residence Inn offers complimentary hot breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub and complimentary high-speed internet. All studio suites have a king bed, full-size sofa sleeper and fully equipped kitchen. 100 SW Water Street. Call for reservations at 515.288.4500.

HAMPTON INN and SUITES DOWNTOWN ($159) (FRIDAY ONLY) Located four blocks from the start/finish line and overlooking the Des Moines River. Modern amenities include a microwave and refrigerator. Hot breakfast. Indoor swimming pool and fitness center. 120 SW Water Street. Call for reservations at 515.244.1650.

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES The newest hotel in downtown, located just 4 minutes SW of the start/finish line offering complementary hot breakfast, parking with shuttle service to and from the race and Wi-Fi. Enjoy a workout in the exercise room or swimming pool followed by relaxing in the hot tub. Spacious non-smoking rooms feature a microwave and refrigerator in all rooms. 333 SW 11th Street. Call for reservations at 800-HOLIDAY or 515-657-8181.

Identify yourself as being with the IMT Des Moines Marathon when you make your reservation.

SHERATON WEST DES MOINES ($99)  Welcome to central Iowa’s place to get together!  The Sheraton West Des Moines is just minutes from Downtown and the Des Moines International Airport.  We offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, and also within a three-mile radius of the hotel.  Full of charm and ambiance, their 285 warm guest rooms and suites give you everything that you need for a great stay. High speed internet Access, state-of-the-art fitness and heated indoor pool. 100% smoke-free hotel. 1800 50th Street, West Des Moines. Call for reservations at 515.223.1800.

FAIRFIELD INN – AIRPORT ($129) Just south of the airport on Fleur Drive. Spacious guest rooms are equipped with complimentary wireless internet and 37″ flat-screen TVs. Features a Market Place with both hot and cold food options and a continental breakfast that starts at 5:30 a.m. and is packed with wholesome foods like fresh fruit, bagels and waffles. 6880 Fleur Drive. Call for reservations at 866.411.2682 or 515.309.4444.

DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON – AIRPORT ($139) Less than ten minutes from downtown and next-door to the airport, the perfect location for any traveler. Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, adjacent to the hotel, offers a wide variety of entrees in a distinctively nostalgic atmosphere. Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast or hot breakfast buffet starts at 6:00 a.m. Please note that shuttle service to the start line will not be offered on race day. 6800 Fleur Drive. Call for reservations at 800.557.7048 or 515.285.7777.

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT – WEST ($104) Eat. Drink. Connect. The Bistro provides guests with healthy food and beverage offerings in the morning and evening dinner service with cocktails. The Bistro also proudly serves Starbucks® coffee products. Feel free to visit The Market for snacks, sandwiches, and beverages, open 24 hours. Fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool. Just off I-35/I-80, is minutes from the Iowa Events Center.1520 NW 114th Street, Clive. Online reservations or call 515.225.1222.

BUTLER HOUSE ON GRAND – (SOLD OUT) Bed and Breakfast. Butler House on Grand offers a choice of seven guest rooms, each unique in decor. All seven rooms feature the luxury of private bathrooms, air-conditioning, in-room televisions with cable/HBO, and in-room telephones and wireless internet. Each floor offers a galley “refreshment niche” replete with complimentary soft drinks, bottled water, microwave popcorn, and sweets. More information or call for reservations at 866-455-4096 or 515-255-4096.

Identify yourself as being with the IMT Des Moines Marathon when you make your reservation.

EMBASSY SUITES DES MOINES ($170) (FRIDAY & SUNDAY only) Located just a few blocks from the start/finish towards the East Village. Complimentary amenities include a cooked-to-order breakfast buffet, two-hour evening reception featuring an open bar from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. and airport shuttle service. 101 East Locust Street. Online reservations or call 515.244.1700.

MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN ($135) (FRIDAY & SUNDAY ONLY) Located just a few blocks from the start/finish towards downtown. Specials for guests include a sundry shop stocked with Starbucks, fruit, energy bars, bandages and items you may have forgotten to pack. Showers and locker rooms are offered after the race. 700 Grand Avenue. Online reservations or call 800.514.4681 or 515.245.5500.

Spending Time in Des Moines

DOWNTOWN IMT Des Moines Marathon festivities will take place around town as early as Thursday evening. Several family friendly attractions, restaurants and bars in downtown Des Moines are looking forward to your arrival.
Saturday morning: world-class Downtown Farmers’ Market on Court Avenue.
Science Center of Iowa, complete with IMAX Dome Theater.
Iowa Hall of Pride, a showcase of Iowa athletics (located in the Iowa Events Center).
Iowa State Capitol offering free tours.
Iowa Wild hosts a AAA hockey game at Wells Fargo Arena.
State Historical Building offering free tours.
Shopping and eating in the East Village.
Eating and drinking in the Court Avenue District.

METRO AREA There are even more things to do in Des Moines outside of the downtown district. Des Moines is a relatively easy city to navigate and get around with minimal travel times. Catch Des Moines
Blank Park Zoo, with enclosed rain forest and new sea-lion and tiger exhibits. October 14 – 16 features Night Eyes and Halloween fun.
Des Moines Art Center, one of the finest modern art museums in the United States.
Salisbury House and Terrace Hill (governor’s mansion), two historic houses open for public tours.
Prairie Meadows race track and casino has Iowa Quarter Horse Championship Challenge races October 16 and 17 with post times starting at 7 p.m.
Living History Farms featuring a late 19th Century Iowa town and family farm as well as a family Halloween event on Saturday and Sunday evening.
Shopping in Historic Valley Junction located in West Des Moines.
Valley West Mall and Jordan Creek Town Center offer some of the finest retail shops and eateries in West Des Moines.

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