A new, shorter race with a great cause!
The IMT Des Moines Marathon has partnered with the Iowa State Capitol Monument Conversation Fund to kick-off the fall racing season with the IMT Des Moines Monument Mile, while raising awareness and funds for monuments in need of repair. Register now.
The 187 acres of the Iowa State Capitol are a popular attraction. The world class architecture of the Capitol building is enhanced by other handsome governmental buildings and picturesque landscaping. The IMT Des Moines Monument Mile is a great time to explore the grounds.
Monuments, historical markers, and public art add richness to the Capitol Complex. They honor people and events important to Iowa’s history. They add interest and beauty to the Capitol landscape. However, they have not been able to be cared for as well as needed due to scarce funds.
The forty-four sculptures, fountains and memorial tablets are fabricated with durable materials such as stone, concrete, and bronze, but these “permanent” materials are adversely affected over time by cumulative effects such as sunlight, moisture, temperature extremes, and gravity. Proper upkeep and occasional repairs are needed to keep the monuments in good condition and to respect the memories and ideas they represent.
The 2016 Iowa Legislature authorized a public-private approach to this pressing need and established a matching grant appropriation of up to $100,000. These public funds are available in the proportion of $1 for every $2 raised by private donations.
This year the Capitol Planning Commission is pleased to join with the IMT Des Moines Monument Mile to celebrate the Capitol’s monuments and invite donations to raise the matching funds.
2018 race proceeds will aid in the restoration efforts of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Read more.
The IMT Des Moines Monument Mile features a 1-mile course that is designed for participants of all ages and abilities. With the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument serving as the backdrop on Walnut Street, athletes will run from the Iowa State Capitol downhill to Cowles Commons starting at sunset. Course map.
Live entertainment by Final Mix will be offered on the Local 5 stage before and after the race at Cowles Commons, along with activities food and refreshments. Complete schedule below.
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- Start Slow – If you are just starting to run, it is important to build a base. Start with a 30-minute run/walk every other day. Run until you start to feel tired (generally a minute or two), walk until you feel recovered (generally three or four minutes), and repeat for 30 minutes.
- Buy Good Shoes – Before you begin running, it is essential to purchase a pair of running shoes. A gait analysis will help determine if you need to buy special shoes.
- Train for Something – Training for a short race – like the IMT Des Moines Monument Mile – will help keep you motivated.
- Find a Running Partner – A running partner will help you stick to your running goals. You can also find a running group if you do not have a friend or family member to run with.
- Rest – If you are just starting to run rest every other day. Seasoned runners also need to incorporate rest days into their running schedules.
- Stretch – Dynamic stretching like walking, heel raises, easy squats and step-ups, before your run helps you warm up your muscles. Gentle static stretches for your hamstrings, quadriceps, hips, and calves after your run will help your muscles cool down.
- Listen to Your Body – If you have mild pain or discomfort when you run, it is generally safe to run through it. If the pain persists or has caused you to change your gait, it is important to rest for a few days. After a week of persistent pain, contact your physician or physical therapist.
After your run, if you are experiencing any pain understand when to use heat and ice with this infographic.
5:30 p.m. Samuel Adams DSM 26.2 Brew Block Party
5:30 pm. Athlete registration and packet pick-up
6:45 p.m. Race Announcements & National Anthem
7:00 p.m. Men’s Competitive Wave – sub 7:00 time standard
7:15 p.m. Women’s Competitive Wave – sub 7:15 time standard
7:30 p.m. Recreation Wave – all ages & abilities, including runners and walkers.
9:00 p.m. Samuel Adams DSM 26.2 Brew Post-Race Party at Johnny’s Hall of Fame
Participants can park their vehicle near all of the activities before the race at Cowles Commons, ride DART’s free downtown shuttle to the start at the Iowa State Capitol and then run back to their vehicles at the finish line. DART is extending its D-Line Downtown Shuttle service, which will pick up participants approximately every 10 minutes at the Cowles Commons stop.
Iowa State Capitol – Lot 15 on the north side of the Lucas Building.
City of Des Moines Parking Ramps – 4th Street & Grand Avenue or 3rd Street & Court Avenue.
City of Des Moines Street Parking – Parking are meters in effect until 6 pm in most locations on 9 pm on Court Avenue.
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