The IMT Des Moines Marathon advocates for active participation in our own personal health and wellness by providing community running events and related activities.

COVID-19 Response (August 3rd)  IMT Des Moines Marathon cancels in-person races for 2020… offers virtual race. Read more.

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of running in Des Moines on October 15 to 17, 2021.

Mission Statement

Since its inception in 2002, the IMT Des Moines Marathon has provided a positive image of Des Moines by offering race distances for athletes of all abilities ranging from the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon, Bankers Trust Marathon Relay, and Principal 5K Road Race to the MercyOne 5-Mile Run, Mercy One 1-Mile Walk, and MercyOne Children’s Hospital Kids Run during the 3rd weekend in October.

Terms & Conditions

Rules & Regulations The following items are not permitted in the IMT DMM: dogs on leashes or other pets, skateboards, bicycles, rollerblades, baby joggers*, or any other types of vehicles. *However, the Saturday events are stroller-friendly, meaning an adult may run, jog or walk with a stroller or wheelchair.

Participation Participating in a road race is a potentially hazardous activity. Athletes should be medically able and properly trained to participate in the IMT DMM. The athlete understands the risks associated with running this event, including, but not limited to, weather, traffic, course conditions and surfaces, falls, and contact with other runners, volunteers, or spectators. RRCA Guidelines for Safe Events.

Disqualification If an athlete who is registered for a race runs in a different race, without officially requesting to do so before, or on, race day, they will be automatically disqualified and listed in the results as DNF (Did Not Finish). Race bandits, bandit pacers, or any athlete participating in any portion of any race without a proper race number/bib will be removed from the course. These regulations are for the safety of the athletes participating in the race. The IMT DMM reserves the right to disqualify and remove anyone from the course at any time.

Race Bandits Athletes who jump onto the racecourse and run a portion, or the entire race without ever registering or pay an entry fee whether they have an official bib or not are not allowed. Bandits can pose security risks and take resources away from the athletes who have registered and paid for race amenities such as hydration, food, and finisher medals, along with the conveniences of a marked course and the services to provide a closed course such as medical and public safety. Bandits are considered thieves who are trespassing and will be pulled from the course if caught by race officials, regardless of if the race is held on public roads or land.

Course-Cutting Athletes must stay on the racecourse, which is defined as the roadway between its edges and curbs, or as defined by marks or cones. Athletes who intentionally shorten the route of the race (“course-cutting”) will be disqualified. Any participant leaving the racecourse for any reason must re-enter the racecourse where he or she left it or be disqualified for course-cutting.

Course-cutting may be determined by eye-witness reports, by surveillance equipment and video, or by the participant failing to register times at timing mats or appearing in race photography. Participants with missing or irregular mile split times at official timing checkpoints will be reviewed and may be disqualified.

Cancellation Policy Race entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable for any reason including injury, pregnancy, schedule changes, or family emergencies. Sorry, no exceptions. This means once the IMT Des Moines Marathon (IMT DMM) receives and accepts the athlete’s race entry, the race will not issue a refund, transfer, or deferral if the athlete cannot participate on race day.

Refunds will not be issued if the event is canceled because of conditions outside of the control of event organizers for the safety and well-being of event staff, participants, and the community; such as severe weather, civil unrest, pandemics, bans on public gatherings, the threat of terrorism, or other unforeseen circumstances that would make the event non-viable. This policy is acknowledged by the registrant in Step 2 of the race registration process.

Minimum Age The minimum age for participation in any event is five (5) years old, excluding the kids run activities. Adults who are participating in events, such as the 5-Mile Run or 1-Mile Walk, with a child under the age of five in a stroller, must sign a waiver on behalf of themselves and the child under the age of five participating with them, and will be considered as one registration, not two.

Any participant under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian register and sign a waiver for them for the event they wish to participate in. The parent or guardian is also strongly encouraged to register themself and participate with the underage participant in the event they are participating in.

Assisted Athletes Disabled athletes (assisted athletes) who seek to enter any event in which they will be pushed in a wheelchair by an able-bodied athlete (pusher) are required to contact race officials in advance of registering so necessary preparations can be made. The pusher and assisted athlete will be registered as a two-person team and will pay one registration fee but will both will receive full race amenities.

A waiver of liability must be signed by both pusher and assisted athlete or by a parent or legal guardian and successful completion of a training session is a condition of entry. It is the team’s responsibility to maintain their equipment and carry a phone during the event. In the event of wet weather, the event director will have the final determination in participation. Awards will not be given in the assisted athlete division.

Push Rim Athletes Able-bodied individuals using hand-cycles or hand-cranks may not participate in the assisted athlete division and should register as an athlete in the race division they are participating in and select the push rim category. All push rim athletes are required to wear a helmet and must use appropriate caution on the course. The wheelchair shall have at least two large wheels and one small wheel. Mechanical gears or levers are not allowed that may be used to propel the chair. Athletes must ensure that no part of their lower limbs can fall to the ground or road during an event. It is the responsibility of the athlete to maintain their own equipment and to ensure their wheelchair conforms to all the above rules.

Visually Impaired Athletes who meet the classifications for IBSA visual impairment (assisted athletes) who seek to enter any event in which they will request aid by an able-bodied athlete (guide) are required to contact race officials in advance of registering so necessary preparations can be made. The guide and assisted athlete will be registered as a two-person team and will pay one registration fee but will both will receive full race amenities. A waiver of liability must be signed by both guide and visually impaired athlete or by a parent or legal guardian and successful completion of a training session is a condition of entry. Guides may not use a bicycle or other mechanical means of transport. A method of guidance is left to the choice of team. Elbow lead, tether, or run free are permitted. Awards will not be given in the visually impaired division.

Headphones The IMT DMM requests that participants refrain from the use of headphones of any type on the event courses. The request is for not only the safety of the participant, but also spectators and volunteers. The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the IMT DMM encourages a headphone-free environment during the race. We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car.

Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line. Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

Photographs Athletes also grant the IMT DMM the right to take photographs of them, including family, in connection with the above-identified event. Athletes authorize the IMT DMM, its assigns and transferees to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically. By participating in the IMT DMM athletes also agree that the IMT DMM may use such photographs of with or without the athlete’s name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and social media content.

Course Support The IMT DMM finish line is open for 7:00 hours. This allows for a 16:00 minute per mile pace. Anyone who cannot maintain a 16:00 minute per mile pace must move to the sidewalk in the later miles as the course closes to allow regular traffic through. Athlete services cannot be guaranteed for athletes beyond the 16:00 minute per mile pace.

Medical Support Medical support for this event will be provided by volunteer personnel who may be called upon to assist, including first aid, during, or after the event. Medical volunteers will assist participants as necessary or appropriate. By entering and participating in a road race, entrants agree to treatment by medical personnel, and also agree to accept medical decisions related to the entrant’s ability to participate or continue in the race.

Standard of Conduct By accepting a fee from athletes to participate in this race, the IMT DMM is committed to the RRCA Race Director Code of Ethics.

Drug Testing Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing under USA Track & Field rules and IAAF rule 144. Any participant who has been found guilty of a major doping offense and has served a suspension of two years or longer is ineligible for prize money and will not be included in the race results. Information regarding drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USOC Hot Line at 1-800-223-0393.

Sales Tax State of Iowa 6% sales tax and Polk County 1% sales tax is added to all registration and product transactions.