5-MILE RUN & 1-MILE WALK

Start you race weekend in Des Moines with a Saturday morning fun-run!

5-Mile Run

The Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run benefiting House of Mercy provides a baseball stadium themed atmosphere and a flat-loop course featuring the Meredith Trail and skyline views of Des Moines. Register now.

Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run Course MapCourse description.

The 5-Mile Run is stroller-friendly, meaning that an adult may run or walk with a stroller. A special wave start for strollers will follow the start of the open division.

Compare Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run split times, print a finisher certificate or share your official race results with others. View race results.

Start your training with resources and support from our experts, including mileage guides. Training page.

Participate this year in the IMT Des Moines Marathon 5-Mile Combo by combining the IMT Des Moines Marathon, Half Marathon, Principal 5K Road Race or Bankers Trust Marathon Relay with your race registration on Saturday. Register now.

All Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run & 1-Mile Walk athletes receive an official race packet with bib number and souvenir guide, along with a Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run & Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics Junior Jog stadium blanket and finisher medal.

Athlete packet pick-up takes place at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 18 from 3 to 8 p.m. Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

The Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run starts at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 19. Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309.

All registrants should read our terms and conditions and frequently asked questions.

1-Mile Walk

The Mercy Live Up Loop 1-Mile Walk offers an all-inclusive run/walk for children and adults with a physical, cognitive, social or emotional disability.

Participants are allowed to go at their own speed in this non-timed event on the Meredith Trail directly surrounding Principal Park. All ages, abilities and strollers are welcome. Mercy Live Up Loop 1-Mile Walk Course Map. Course description.

Individual participants should register through the Mercy Live Up Loop 1-Mile Walk event category. Assisted athletes who require a pusher or guide to participant in the 1-Mile Walk should register through the Assisted Athlete event category. This two person-team registration format allows both individuals to be registered for the event they are participating in.

All athletes will receive a Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run stadium blanket, bib number and finisher medal.

Athlete packet pick-up takes place at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 18 from 3 to 8 p.m. Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

The Mercy Live Up Loop 1-Mile Walk starts at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 19. Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309.

All registrants should read our terms and conditions.

Experience the fun & excitement of the IMT Des Moines Marathon series of races October 19 & 20.

"It was awesome! My first half marathon and it couldn't have been a better course to start with! The support groups and volunteers were amazing. It was a well run day start to finish!"
"The hospitality, scenic course and race amenities make this a world-class race for sure!"
"Fantastic event. The course displayed a lot of Des Moines and was lined with spectators throughout."
"I can think of only a handful of times when I've posted five stars across the board. In this case, I would have considered six stars."
"The community pride and volunteer gusto in this event is absolutely fabulous," Kathrine Switzer.
"I'd recommend this race to any and to all. The I-35 Challenge makes Iowa a great option for 50 State clubs."
"An overall great race! Thanks to all of the volunteers who were cheering. That support was amazing!"
"The IMT Des Moines Marathon knows how to celebrate the sport of running for all ages!"
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