Assisted Athletes

The IMT Des Moines Marathon provides inclusive events for all athletes.

Assisted Athletes who require a pusher or guide to be able to participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon should contact race officials before registering as a two-person team, under the Assisted Athletes event category.

This format allows all individuals within the team 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.

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.

It is the 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.

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 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 this division. Register now.

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 receive aid from 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 the team with either elbow lead, tether, or run-free are permitted. Bicycles are not permitted. Awards are not presented in this division. Register now.

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

October 17, 2021

Marathon

The IMT Des Moines Marathon benefits Children’s Cancer Connection.

All IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes receive an official race-specific athlete packet and bib, 1/4 zip, and finisher medal. Register now.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 17. Court Avenue District, 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Half Marathon

The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon benefits Children’s Cancer Connection

All IMT Des Moines Half Marathon athletes receive an official race-specific athlete packet and bib, 1/4 zip, and finisher medal. Register now.

The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 17. Court Avenue District, 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

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