The IMT Des Moines Marathon advocates active participation in our own personal health and wellness by providing community running events and related activities. Join us as we celebrate Twenty Years Running Des Moines from October 15 to 17, 2021.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon has posted our Return to Race Guidelines that we All must follow in Des Moines. Click here.
The IMT Des Moines Marathon advocates for individuals who actively participate in their own personal health and wellness by engaging, coordinating, and providing community-related running events and initiatives.
Since its inception in 2002, the Des Moines Marathon has provided a positive image of Des Moines as a place to live, work, and play by offering race distances for athletes of all ages and abilities, including the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon, Bankers Trust Marathon Relay, MercyOne 5-Mile Run, 1-Mile Walk & Kids Run, and 5K Road Race.
Terms & Conditions
The following items are not permitted in the IMT DMM: dogs on leashes or other pets, skateboards, bicycles, rollerblades, baby joggers*, or other vehicle types. *However, the Saturday events are stroller-friendly, meaning an adult may run, jog or walk with a stroller or wheelchair.
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.
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 DNF results (Did Not Finish). Officials will remove race bandits, bandit pacers, or any athlete participating in any portion of any race without a proper race number/bib 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.
Athletes who jump onto the racecourse and run a portion of 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 trespassing and will be pulled from the course if caught by race officials, regardless of whether the race is held on public roads or land.
Athletes must stay on the racecourse, 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, surveillance equipment, video, or 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.
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. The registrant acknowledges this policy in Step 2 of the race registration process.
Optional event registration insurance is offered by Secure Fee through Get Me Registered at the time of registration. For a description of coverage, click here.
The minimum age for participation in any event is five (5) years old, excluding the kid’s 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.
Disabled athletes (assisted athletes) who seek to enter any event will be pushed in a wheelchair by a non-disabled athlete (pusher) must contact race officials in advance registering, so officials can make necessary preparations. The pusher and assisted athlete will be registered as a two-person team and will pay one registration fee but 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
Non-disabled individuals using hand-cycles or hand-cranks may not participate in the assisted athlete division. They should register as an athlete in the race division 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 athlete’s responsibility to maintain their own equipment and ensure their wheelchair conforms to all the above rules.
Athletes who meet the classifications for IBSA visual impairment (assisted athletes) who seek to enter any event they will request aid by a non-disabled 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 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. 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.
The IMT DMM requests that participants refrain from using 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 in this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for all participants’ safety, the IMT DMM encourages a headphone-free environment during the race.
Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and enjoy everything the race offers. 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 everyone’s safe and enjoyable race.
Athletes also grant the IMT DMM the right to take photographs of them, including family, connected 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 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.
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. IMT Des Moines Marathon officials cannot guarantee athletes’ services beyond the 16:00 minute per mile pace.
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. Also, they agree to accept medical decisions related to the entrant’s ability to participate or continue in the race.
Standard of Conduct
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. Anyone interested in more information regarding drugs and drug testing may call the USOC Hot Line at 1-800-223-0393.
State of Iowa 6% sales tax and Polk County 1% sales tax are added to all registration and product transactions.
BibRave lists the IMT Des Moines Marathon as one of The Decade’s Top 20 Marathons in the United States. Read more.
RaceRaves lists the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon as the best in Iowa and one of the best in the Midwest. Read more.
Cityview Magazine lists the IMT Des Moines Marathon as the Best Local Running Event in Des Moines. Read more.
IMT Des Moines Marathon athlete registration fees structure. Click here.
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