Charities

The IMT Des Moines Marathon is dedicated to providing community events that encourage active participation in maintaining healthy lifestyle choices.

As an organization, we support a variety of charitable programs that bring a benefit to our local community through cash, in-kind product and race weekend engagement contributions. By participating as an athlete in the IMT Des Moines Marathon you are supporting many of these causes and for that, we thank you.

As an athlete, you also have a direct opportunity to make your race experience even more meaningful by providing additional support through building campaign awareness and/or fundraising for a charity of your choice. Either through your training program, or by participating on race day on behalf of one of our official charity partners. Either way, we welcome your efforts towards making the Des Moines community a better place to live, run, and play.

Charity Partners

Special Olympics Iowa Since 1968, Special Olympics Iowa has been a statewide movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports. Using sports as the catalyst, and including programming on health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. As a result, people with intellectual disabilities become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

For people with intellectual disabilities, the benefits of Special Olympics Iowa include:

Improved physical fitness and motor skills
Greater self-confidence
A more positive self-image
Lifelong friendships

Special Olympics athletes carry these benefits into their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job and in the community. For athletes, Special Olympics provides a gateway to empowerment, competence, acceptance and joy.

myTEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. myTEAM TRIUMPH brings the community together with the equipment necessary to allow them to experience the energy of packet pick-up and the thrill of crossing the finish line. myTEAM TRIUMPH promotes health, teamwork, and community, and requires the involvement of many people with diverse abilities and disabilities.