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.

The I-35 Challenge takes place the weekend of October 20 & 21, 2018. The Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin takes place on Saturday, October 20 followed by the IMT Des Moines Marathon the next day on Sunday, October 21.

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

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

REGISTER 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.

DATES 

• Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin
o Saturday, October 20
o 7:00 am
o Race Day schedule
• IMT Des Moines Marathon
o Sunday, October 21
o 8:00 am
o Race Day information

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

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 Kansas City is where you will check-in and pick-up your Kansas City bib with I-35 logo and I-35 gear on Saturday. You will receive your I-35 Challenge finisher medal after crossing the finish line on Sunday in Des Moines.

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.

RESULTS
To view 2017 I-35 Challenge results click here .
To view 2016 I-35 Challenge results click here .
To view 2015 I-35 Challenge results click here.
To view 2014 I-35 Challenge results click here for marathon or click here for half marathon.

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 goal to run Kansas City on Saturday and Des Moines on Sunday. I-35 Challenge Training Guide

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

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.

If you have additional questions, please email contact@sportkc.org or info@desmoinesmarathon.com.

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