Relay Overview

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.

DIVISIONS Team must consist 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. Members cannot run in more than one leg of the competition.

All male. All female. Co-ed (minimum 2 male or 2 female). Corporate (all members work for the same company/organization). 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.

Teams can either select which leg of the marathon relay 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. 

RACE DAY Warm up at Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy once again hosts the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay staging area at their downtown Des Moines clinic for the 12th 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. Team members may watch the start of the race and return in time to drive to the first Transition Area on the course.

The start line on Court Avenue is only 4 blocks from Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy at 516 3rd Street, Suite 100. Des Moines, IA 50309.

TRANSITION AREAS The 1st member of the team completes the 1st 4 miles of the marathon course. The 2nd member of the team completes the next 6 miles. The 3rd member completes the next 5 miles. The 4th member completes the next 5 miles. The 5th member of the team completes the final 6.2 miles of the marathon course. The entire team is encouraged to reunite with their final runner at MLK Jr Pkwy and 2nd Street (Principal Park) in order to complete the race and cross the finish line together as a team. Marathon Relay Overview

Each team provides their own vehicle and driver or members of the team share the driving responsibility. Teams will drive themselves to the Transition Areas along the course. 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 the only member of the team in the Transition Area. Marathon Relay Course Instructions.

FINISH All five members of the relay team may finish the race and cross the finish line together on Court Avenue. All teams will be scored by the gun time. Everyone will receive a Bankers Trust Marathon Relay 1/4 zip pullover, race number/bib, race packet and finisher medal. Course description.


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