RELAY TEAMS The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay provides a team competition aspect to an individual sport. The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay is intended for athletes of all skill levels and running speed. Walkers are welcome but are encouraged to participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon. Register today.

A Bankers Trust Marathon Relay team consists of five (5) members. All five team members must be present on race day in order to participate in the competition. If a registered team member cannot participate on race day, a substitute should be registered in their place.

Teams are divided into male, female, co-ed (minimum 2 male and 2 female) and corporate (all 5 members work for the same company/organization) divisions. Teams, especially new teams, are encouraged to attend one of the Course Presentations at the MidAmerican Energy Speaker Series when they pick up their athlete packet race weekend at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo.

TRANSITION AREAS The 1st member of each Bankers Trust Marathon Relay team completes the 1st 6 miles of the IMT Des Moines Marathon course. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th member of the team will then each run 5 mile segments of the course. The entire team is encouraged to reunite at Mile 26 in order to cross the finish line together.

Team members cannot run in more than one leg of the competition. Teams can either select which leg they will run ahead of time, decide on race day or draw straws to see who gets to run which leg of the course. Race officials do not need to know which leg of the race individual team member are going to run. Relay Team Overview

Transition Areas are established along the course as hand off zones for team members. Although all members of the team are welcome to cheer runners along the course the next team member awaiting the hand off of the timing baton should be in the Transition Area. A final Transition Area will be set up el Bait Shop just before Mile 26 on the course.

All five members of the relay team may finish the race and cross the finish line together. All teams will be scored by the gun time. Everyone will receive a Bankers Trust Marathon Relay presented by Iowa Games 1/4 zip pullover, race number/bib, race packet and finisher medal. Relay Team Driving Instructions

WARM UP Kinetic Energy once again hosts the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay presented by Iowa Games staging area at their downtown Des Moines clinic for the 9th year in a row.  Parking for each team’s personal vehicle is available behind their building. Individual team members should find offsite parking on their own.

Teams are offered a warm place to stretch, meet up with their team and learn about last-minute race details.  Bathroom access, water and Endurance Formula Gatorade will also be provided before the start of the race.  Team members may watch the start of the race and return in time to drive to the first Transition Area on the course. Transition Areas are staffed by Iowa Sports Foundation volunteers.

The start line is only 2 blocks from Kinetic Energy at 515 3rd Street, Suite 100. 


UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL IOWA The IMT Des Moines Marathon is proud to support United Way of Central Iowa’s healthy lifestyle choices. Prize money from the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay will be administered through the United Way of Central Iowa. The top 4 teams in each race division have 3 options to choose from where their charity prize money can be donated to.

Teams can choose to donate to United Way of Central Iowa’s Community Fund (which supports efforts in education, income and health), some 68 partner organizations (find a list of partner organizations by clicking this link http://www.unitedwaydm.org/partners), or eligible organizations (a health & human service organization that is a 501(c)(3) and has a presence within and serves the people of the State of Iowa). If the team picks an organization that ends up being ineligible for some reason, they will be contacted and asked to choose another organization.

ADAPTIVE SPORTS The Iowa Sports Foundation Adaptive Sports program has been targeted and will be promoted as the primary United Way Community Fund program in 2016.  The goal is to raise $2,000.  Once that goal has been met, Community Fund contributions will go towards health initiative strategies.  If a team selects a charity other than United Way, funds will go through United Way to that organization.

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