I-35 Challenge

The Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin and the IMT Des Moines Marathon are partnering together again to offer the I-35 Challenge.

Please note that unlike previous years, the I-35 Challenge takes place over the course of two weekends rather than the same weekend in 2017. The IMT Des Moines Marathon is Sunday, October 15, while the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin is the following weekend on Saturday, October 21.

Click here to view 2016 I-35 Challenge results.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE Athletes can do any combination of races to compete in the I-35 Challenge. Want to run the Marathon in Des Moines and the Half Marathon in Kansas City? You can. Want to run the Marathon in Des Moines and the Marathon in Kansas City? You can. Want to run the Half Marathon in Des Moines and the Half Marathon in Kansas City? You got it, you can. Want to run the Half Marathon in Des Moines and the Marathon in Kansas City? You can do that too. The I-35 Challenge is open to all of these options.

Two cities. Two races. Two great weekends. Take the I-35 Challenge!

DATES 

• IMT Des Moines Marathon
o Sunday, October 15
o 8:00 am
o Race Day information
• Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin
o Saturday, October 21
o 7:00 am
o Race Day schedule

REGISTRATION I-35 Challenge race registration is now open. The number of athletes accepted into the I-35 Challenge has been expanded this year to 600 athletes. It is anticipated that the I-35 Challenge will sell out this year so if you plan to participate don’t wait until the last minute to register.

Register for your race of choice in Des Moines (Marathon or Half Marathon) and your race of choice in Kansas City (Marathon or Half Marathon) the following weekend separately as you normally would for each race. You will also then register separately for the I-35 Challenge through the unique I-35 Challenge race registration site. Register here.

AMENITIES For completing the I-35 Challenge, participants will receive the following:
• IMT Des Moines Marathon participant shirt.
• IMT Des Moines Marathon finisher medal.
• Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin
• Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin finisher medal.
• I-35 Challenge finisher medal.

TRAINING PROGRAMS The I-35 Challenge has consulted with Jeff Galloway, founder of Jeff Galloway Training Programs and the Run-Walk-Run method that has trained hundred of thousands around the world to cross the finish line injury free.

Training guide with Des Moines on Sunday and Kansas City on the following Saturday in 2017. I-35 Challenge Training Guide

Jeff Galloway with goal to run Kansas City on Saturday and Des Moines on Sunday in 2018. I-35 Challenge Galloway Training Program

PACKET PICK-UP Attend packet pick-up at each race expo to pick-up your race materials for each race as you normally would. The I-35 Challenge booth in Des Moines is where you will check-in and pick-up your IMT DMM bib with I-35 logo and I-35 gear. You will receive your I-35 Challenge finisher medal after crossing the finish line the following weekend in Kansas City.

EXPO DETAILS
• IMT Des Moines Marathon Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo
o Location: Hy-Vee Hall (Hall B). 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.
 Located in the Iowa Events Center
o Friday, October 13, 3:00 to 8:00 pm.
o Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Click here for more information about the expo.
• Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin
o Location: Crown Center (Exhibit Hall A). 2323 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO 64108.
 Connected to The Sheraton at the North end of Crown Center
o Thursday, October 19, 3:00 to 8:00 pm.
o Friday, October 20, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Click here for more information about the expo.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Click here for more information about the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin.
Click here for more information about the IMT Des Moines Marathon.
Click here for the I-35 Challenge Facebook Page.
Click here to view 2016 I-35 Challenge results.
For additional questions, please email contact@sportkc.org or info@desmoinesmarathon.com.

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