Assisted Athletes

Assisted Athletes who require a pusher, or guide, to be able to participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon, IMT Des Moines Half Marathon or MercyOne 1-Mile Walk featuring MyTEAM TRIUMPH events should contact race officials before registering as a team. This format allows all individuals to be properly registered for the event they are participating in, as well as to be able to receive all of the official race amenities offered.

A waiver of liability must be signed by both the pusher and disabled athlete, or by a parent or legal guardian, and successful completion of a training session (race weekend) is a condition of entry. It is the Assisted Athlete team’s responsibility to maintain their own equipment and to carry a phone during the event. In the event of wet weather, race officials will have the final determination in participation.

Marathon

The IMT Des Moines Marathon benefits Special Olympics Iowa.

All IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes receive an official race specific athlete bib, track jacket and finisher medal. Register now.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 20. Court Avenue District, 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Half Marathon

The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon benefits Special Olympics Iowa.

All IMT Des Moines Half Marathon athletes receive an official race specific athlete bib, track jacket and finisher medal. Register now.

The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 20. Court Avenue District, 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

1-Mile Walk

The MercyOne 1-Mile Walk featuring MyTEAM TRIUMPH benefits MyTEAM TRIUMPH.

Assisted Athletes are allowed to go at their own speed in this non-timed event along the Meredith Trail directly surrounding Principal Park in this all inclusive event.

All MercyOne 1-Mile Walk athletes receive an official race specific athlete bib, long sleeve technical shirt and finisher medal. Register now.

The MercyOne 1-Mile Walk featuring MyTEAM TRIUMPH starts at 8:00 am just before the start of the MercyOne 5-Mile Run on Saturday, October 19. Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309.

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 team in the Assisted Athlete event categories that are listed on this page. The Disabled Athlete events that are offered are non-competitive in nature and do not classify levels of impairment or sports class.

Awards are not presented in the Disabled Athletes division.

Visually Impaired Athletes

Visually Impaired Athletes have impairments of the eye structure, optic nerves or visual cortex as the result of injury or illness. Athletes who meet the classifications for IBSA visual impairment who seek to enter any event in which they will aided by an able bodied 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 choice of team with either elbow lead, tether or run-free are permitted. Bicycles are not permitted.

Awards are not presented in the Visually Impaired Athletes division.

Push Rim Athletes

Able-bodied 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. 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. It is the responsibility of the athlete to maintain their own equipment and to ensure their wheelchair conforms to all the above rules.

Awards are not presented in the Push Rim Athletes division.

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