Assisted Athletes

The IMT Des Moines Marathon provides inclusive events for athletes of all skill levels and abilities.

The October 14 to 16, 2022 IMT Des Moines Marathon registration opens on January 1, 2022. Join us!

Athletes who require a pusher or guide to participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon should register as a two-person team under the Assisted Athletes event category.

This format allows all individuals within the team to be correctly registered for the event they are participating in and receive all of the official race amenities offered.


A waiver of liability must be signed by both the pusher (guide) and assisted (disabled) athlete or by a parent or legal guardian, and successful completion of a training session (race weekend) is a condition of entry.

Athletes participating in the IMT Des Moines Marathon events agree to obey and accept the rules of the race and any related events and abide by any race official’s decision concerning the athlete’s ability to complete the race safely.

It is the team’s responsibility to maintain their equipment and to carry a phone during the event. In the event of wet weather, race officials will have the final determination in participation.

Disabled Athletes

Disabled Athletes with permanent physical or intellectual challenges, who would require a second participant pushing them in a customized racing wheelchair, should register as a two-person team in the Assisted Athlete event categories listed on this page. The Disabled Athlete events offered are non-competitive and do not classify levels of impairment or sports class. Awards are not presented in this division. Register now.

Visually Impaired Athletes

Visually Impaired Athletes have impairments of the eye structure, optic nerves, or visual cortex due to injury or illness. Athletes who meet the classifications for IBSA visual impairment who seek to enter any event in which they will receive aid from a non-disabled athlete (guide) are required to contact race officials in advance of registering so that necessary preparations can be made. Guides may not use a bicycle or other mechanical means of transport. Method of guidance is left to the team’s choice with either elbow lead, rope, or run-free are permitted. Bicycles are not allowed. Awards are not presented in this division. Register now.

Push Rim Athletes

Non-disabled individuals using hand-cycles or hand-cranks (powered by gears or mechanical assistance) should not register in the Assisted Athlete event category, but rather should register as an individual athlete in the Marathon or Half Marathon event category that they are participating in, and select the Push Rim division during the registration process. Awards are not presented in this division. Register now.

All Push Rim Athletes are required to wear a helmet and must use appropriate caution on the course. The chair 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. Push Rim Athletes must ensure that no part of their lower limbs can fall to the ground or road during an event. The athlete’s responsibility is to maintain their equipment and ensure their wheelchair conforms to all the above rules.

IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon

It starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 16. Court Avenue District, 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Benefits Children’s Cancer Connection.

Each athlete receives an official race-specific bib assignment, 1/4 zip pullover, live race results, finisher medal, finisher certificate, post-race food, and more. Register now!

Unified Pairing

Partner your 5K registration with Special Olympics Iowa Unified Pairing program. An excellent opportunity for IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes to “partner up” with a Special Olympic athlete and participate in the Principal 5K Road Race together. You will have the option to select that you are interested in participating in the Unified Pairing program during your 5K registration. You can meet with your unified paired athlete before the race. Have fun! Click here.


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 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.

More Information

IMT Des Moines Marathon athlete registration fees structure. Click here.

To confirm your IMT Des Moines Marathon registration, click here.

To receive an additional copy of your IMT Des Moines Marathon confirmation message via email, click here.

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