The IMT Des Moines Marathon is dedicated  to providing community events that encourage active participation in maintaining healthy lifestyle choices.  As an organization we support a variety of charitable programs through cash , in-kind product and sponsorship contributions. By participating as an athlete in the IMT Des Moines Marathon you are supporting many of these causes and we thank you.

You also have a direct opportunity to provide additional support through building campaign awareness and/or fundraising for a charity of your choice by running or walking on race day on behalf of one of our Athlete Charity Programs.  Either way, we welcome your efforts towards making the Des Moines community a better place to live and grow.

SHOES THAT FIT provides new shoes to children in need so that they can attend school in comfort and with dignity.

The national Shoes That Fit organization accomplishes this objective by matching a sponsoring group with schools near them that have children in need.  The sponsor determines how many children they can help and the school identifies and measures students with materials Shoes That Fit can provide. The sponsor purchases the exact items the children in need require and delivers the items to their school. Every penny spent goes directly to the child.

On Media / Mediacom is a local sponsor of Shoes That Fit and has provided shoes and clothing to more than 28,800 children since they started sponsoring the program in Central Iowa.

TEAM ABOVE + BEYOND is open to anyone who has an interest in joining Above + Beyond Cancer in its mission to elevate the lives of those touched by cancer to create a healthier world.

Individuals who commit to raising at least $100 to support Above + Beyond Cancer’s programs will receive a free registration to the IMT Des Moines Marathon event of their choice and an Above + Beyond Cancer running shirt.

Complete the Above + Beyond Cancer online registration form, or if you would like to be involved in the IMT Des Moines Marathon event as an Above + Beyond Cancer volunteer but not as a runner, complete the same online registration form and they will contact you to help you set up your event fundraising page.

TEAM IN TRAINING with full or half marathon, triathlon and cycling events offered, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT) sets the standard for endurance sports training programs for charity. TNT coaches will offer participants the best training available. As you train for your event, your coaches and peers will guide and encourage you, helping you to achieve your goals. Whatever sport and event you choose, an unforgettable weekend and memories that will last a lifetime, will follow. Challenge yourself by joining TEAM today and help find a cure for cancer! Click here for more information.

PD WALKERS is a group formed in 2008 with the hopes of raising awareness of Parkinson’s Disease.  PD Walkers team members fundraise to support the Iowa Chapter of APDA and help the Chapter realize its mission “To Ease the Burden to Find the Cure”.

The founder, LaDona Molander, 46, was diagnosed at the age of 32 and believes that exercise and attitude have helped slow the progression of her PD.   She is encouraging those diagnosed with PD and others affected by PD to join her on her walks and help spread awareness of Parkinson’s disease and in return reap the benefits of exercise.

PD Walkers has brought more than 400 participants together on behalf of Parkinson’s Disease over the years at the IMT Des Moines Marathon.  It is free to join our team and if you raise $25 you receive a PD Walkers dri-fit t-shirt! Go to to join the team. PD Walkers team members and friends are able to set up their own personal web page and collect online donations.  If you need help, please email LaDona at or call 515.953.8474.

MAKE-A-WISH Make-A-Wish® Iowa grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Foundation has granted wishes to nearly 3,000 Iowa children living with a life-threatening medical condition and currently grants a wish every other day in the state.

The organization hosts Tour de Lights, your chance to walk, bike, skate or run through Jolly Holiday Lights before it opens to the public. Family Night is November 22nd and Fitness Night is November 23rd. To find out more, visit the Make-A-Wish website.  Share the Power of a Wish®!

TEAM RWB has a mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Local chapters, like the one in Des Moines, and communities deliver consistent, local opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity.

Team RWB hosts weekly fitness activities, monthly social events, and participate in local races and events together.These programs are at the core of the mission of Team RWB. Look for Team RWB not only at races around the country but here in Des Moines race weekend.

SEE-US RUN DES MOINES is an innovative intervention program that challenges teens to train for and complete a 26.2 mile marathon. It is school-centered, non-competitive, and lasts a minimum of 25 weeks. See-Us Run Des Moines relies on a corp of caring and dedicated adult volunteers to run with the students forming a unique bond that brings many rewards to both parties. It features a progressive training schedule taking participating students from mile zero all the way through completion of the IMT Des Moines Marathon in October.

The training program is designed to do so in the least overwhelming way possible. During the training season, the students commit to train three times a week at their school or at designated locations in Des Moines, and on the weekend they come together along with the adult volunteers for a longer run in area neighborhoods and on local trails. Along the way, students will participate in races around the community of varying distances building toward the marathon, giving them experience with running events, keeping them engaged in the program, and giving them the opportunity to interact with others in a positive way.

GIRLS ON THE RUN is an afterschool program that using the power of running to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Volunteer coaches work with 3rd – 6th grade girls over the 10-week, 20-lesson program to prepare for a 5k while learning about important topics such as making good choices, conflict resolution, and standing up for yourself. Girls on the Run focuses on helping girls learn to be physically, socially and emotionally healthy.

Each year, Girls on the Run of Polk County and Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa awards thousands of dollars in program scholarships to underprivileged girls so that all girls can participate in Girls on the Run, regardless of their ability to pay. Solemates are male and female athletes who raise money for Girls on the Run. Join us today!

Girls on the Run of Polk County email for more information
Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa visit or email for more information.

MARFAN FOUNDATION is a nonprofit that fights for victory over Marfan syndrome and related disorders. Marfan syndrome is a life-threatening genetic disorder that most seriously affects the heart, blood vessels, and eyes so we do everything possible, including research, advocacy, and education, to make sure people can live longer, fuller lives.

Join Team Victory at the IMT Des Moines Marathon and start fundraising for The Marfan Foundation today. Click here for benefits information and to learn more.Questions? Already registered for the race? You can still join Team Victory! Pledge to raise at least $500 for The Marfan Foundation and you’re on the Team! Email Kerri Cavanagh at to join.


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