The IMT Des Moines Marathon offers a variety of training programs and resources designed not only to get you to the finish line but to provide you with a more enjoyable experience on race day.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon and YMCA of Greater Des Moines have teamed up to help you get ready for race day.
Y GO THE DISTANCE is available to YMCA members at participating branches in the Greater Des Moines area. Each branch offers its own run club, where members can focus on training for the marathon or half marathon, with 5 mile and 5K distance support. YMCA branches are following the same week-by-week training format with YMCA staff and member volunteers leading weekly group runs. Starting dates for the Y Go the Distance training program begin June 1.
It’s a great time to make a commitment and register for one of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races, become a YMCA of Greater Des Moines member, start your training and Join Us At the Finish Line! For more information visit the YMCA of Greater Des Moines website and click here.
READY, SET, MEET-UP with the IMT Des Moines Marathon and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. Join us at Principal Park for a monthly series of Ready, Set, Meet-Ups. We’ll focus on a different race distance each month by offering a brief presentation with tips from the experts at Fitness Sports and the YMCA. Then join the community in an open format half-mile to 5-mile run/walk featuring the Principal Riverwalk and Des Moines Parks and Recreation city trails and Gray’s Lake Park.
Ready, Set, Meet-Ups are free. Monthly activities begin at 6 pm in the south end of the Principal Park parking lot. Families with strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome. MO’ Rub BBQ and Kona Ice Food trucks will be onsite offering food and drink sales. Ready, Set, Meet-Up dates for each division are Marathon; June 2, Half Marathon; July 12, 5 Mile; August 11 and 5K Road Race; September 15. Join us!
Jeff Galloway transformed himself from an overweight 13-year-old to an Olympian through learning and applying the principles of training. Over more than 40 years, he has coached over a million runners and walkers to their goals through Galloway training programs, retreats, running schools and books. His methods allow those at all fitness levels to enjoy the accomplishment of finishing 13.1 miles with almost no risk of injury. Learn more about Jeff Galloway.
His quest for the injury-free marathon training program led him to develop group training programs in 1978 and to author Runner’s World articles and blogs that have been used by hundreds of thousands of runners of all abilities. His training schedules have inspired the second wave of marathoners who follow the Galloway run-walk, low mileage, three-day suggestions to an over 98% success rate.
Jeff Galloway is the official training consultant of the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Jeff has designed two tiers of training programs specific to the marathon, half marathon and 5K distance and has introduced a 5 Mile program as well. The IMT Des Moines Marathon offers Jeff Galloway training guides in a beginner with goal to finish and a novice with a goal to finish faster formats.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon offers training guides designed for beginner to novice runners. The week by week guides for each race distance offers daily mileage recommendations.
The coolrunning.com pace calculator allows you to calculate your time, distance or pace as long as you enter at least two of the three variables. It will also calculate splits for you.
A similar pace calculator is available at mcmillanrunning.com.
IMT DMM PRO Download the IMT Des Moines Marathon mobile app and find training and race day information at your fingertips. Schedules, maps, where to eat and play and many more features are available. IMT DMM PRO is available for free through the iTunes and Google Play stores on both smartphones and tablets.
COURSE MAP This interactive course map features offerings along the course on race day and their approximate location. View Map
ONLINE STORE Get in gear for race day with official IMT Des Moines Marathon merchandise. Whether you are looking for an In Training shirt, something to wear on race day or apparel to show off your race accomplishment you will find it all in the Online Store.
ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA The Road Runners Club of America is a nonprofit organization of more than 900 running clubs and 200,000 members across the United States. The RRCA chapters organize races, have training runs, provide safety guidelines, promote children’s and masters fitness running programs and offer social programs. A run club is a great way to meet like-minded people, train for race day with others and discover your city through running.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon is a member of the Road Runners Club of America and serves as the RRCA State Championship for Iowa in the Marathon and Half Marathon distance.
GATORADE ENDURANCE The IMT Des Moines Marathon race is getting closer and you’re training hard to perform at your best. As you prepare for race day, train with Gatorade Endurance – the sports drink that will hydrate you on course.
Gatorade Endurance is scientifically formulated to meet the needs of endurance athletes. It contains a five-electrolyte blend including nearly twice the sodium (200 mg) and more than three times the potassium (90 mg) compared to original Gatorade Thirst Quencher. Drink Gatorade Endurance to help sustain hydration, maintain proper fluid balance and help replace key electrolytes lost in sweat during long distance training and racing.
GU ENERGY GU Energy gels provide athletes with a dose of 100 calories to deliver high-quality, easily-digested and long-lasting energy for athletes in every sport and at all levels. Everything inside each packet of GU Energy is engineered to do one simple thing: provide your body with the essential nutrition it needs to keep going for miles and miles and hours and hours. It goes down easy, and it goes to work fast so you don’t have to slow down.
CHOCOLATE MILK What you do as part of your AFTER workout routine is just as important as the workout itself. Science has shown that low-fat chocolate milk has what it takes to help you recover after a hard workout. Hiland Dairy Chocolate Milk has the right mix of proteins and carbohydrates to refuel and rebuild exhausted muscles so you can push further tomorrow.
Chocolate Milk has high-quality protein to build lean muscle and nutrients to refuel your body after a hard workout. Whatever you’re building, build it with Hiland Dairy Chocolate Milk.
ALCOHOL USE AND ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE More than 50% of IMT Des Moines Marathon participants preferred chocolate milk as their post-race beverage based on recent poll results. We encourage you to enjoy the beverage of your choice. When considering alcohol use and performance, did you know…
LOW-RISK DRINKING GUIDELINES The liver can detoxify 1 standard drink per hour for an individual 21 years of age or older. The above images provide an accurate illustration of what a standard drink includes for each type of alcohol. The maximum number of standard drinks a person can safely consume on a given day is 3. Get the facts.