The Principal 5K Road Race benefiting Special Olympics Iowa takes place in the heart of Iowa’s capital city and features a flat-fast paced loop course.

Principal 5K Road Race; Course Map. Course description. USATF Certificate: IA17006MF.

Stay connected with the IMT DMM App throughout the year. Available for free download through the iTunes and Google play stores.

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 MercyOne 5-Mile Run on Saturday with your Principal 5K Road Race registration on Sunday. Register Now!

Compare split times, print a finisher certificate or share your official race results with others. View race results.

MarathonFoto photographers are on the course and at the finish line. Click here to view your race day photos, which are also available for purchase.

All Principal 5K Road Race athletes receive an official race packet with bib number and souvenir guide, along with a Principal 5K Road Race long sleeve shirt and finisher medal.

Athlete packet pick-up takes place at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 18 from 3 to 8 pm and Saturday, October 19 from 10 am to 6 pm. 730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

The Principal 5K Road Race starts at 8:30 am on Sunday, October 20. Court Avenue District, 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

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

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."
"It should be on every marathoner’s to-do list,” Jeff Galloway, Olympian and America's Running Coach.
"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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