Looking for features that provide comfort, convenience, and pleasure along the course on race day? We’ve got ’em.

Download an IMT Des Moines Marathon course map. Click here.

IMT DMM App

Download the free IMT DMM App for 2021. You can find all the information you like to know about the IMT Des Moines Marathon: course maps, updates via social media, LiveTracking, and more.

Don’t forget to inform your supporters to download the app so that they can track your progress live during the race. With the IMT DMM App, they can see in real-time where you are at on the course. The IMT DMM App uses the crossing of the timing mats to calculate your average speed and pace.

Available for free download now through iTunes and the Google Play Stores.

First-Aid Stations

Stop at one of the First Aid Stations along the course or the finish line in the event of an emergency. The IMT DMM Medical Team will provide basic first aid and support to reduce athlete transports to the finish line medical tent or area hospitals.

Located on the marathon course at Mile 10/15, Mile 18/21, Mile 20, Mile 23, Mile 25, and Mile 26.

Located on the half marathon course at Mile 5/8, Mile 7, Mile10, Mile 11, and Mile 12.

If you cannot make it to a First Aid Station, stop at one of the Hydration Stations where a MercyOne or Keck Parking Sag Wagon will transport you to the nearest First Aid Station or the finish line medical tent.

Hydration Stations

Hydration Stations line the course every other mile beginning at Mile 2 and gain in frequency closer to every mile as the race progresses.

Crystal Clear Water is served to athletes in cups on-course in Gatorade cups. All IMT Des Moines Marathon races receive a personal bottle of water after crossing the finish line.

Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula is served on-course in Gatorade cups at each water station and after crossing the finish line.

Gatorade Endurance products were made for endurance athletes to fuel their unique needs during training and the course. Gatorade Endurance formula has a 2:1 glucose to fructose blend, helping the body maximize carbohydrate absorption and use and reduce the risk of GI distress during your long-run session. Learn more about the Gatorade Endurance line of products.

Supplement Stations

Gatorade Endurance energy gels in pear apple, blackberry, and vanilla flavors.

Located on the marathon course at Mile 10/4, Mile 20, and Mile 22.

Located on the half marathon course at Mile 7 and Mile 9.

Race officials encourage you not to solely rely on the supplements provided along the course if you plan to include them in your race day performance.

Entertainment

The course is lined with incredibly talented musicians and performers throughout the race. Join us at the Truly Post-Race Block Party to celebrate your achievement with the School of Rock and Final Mix Show Band scheduled to perform.

Pace Teams

The Marathon Maniacs & Half Fanatics Pace Team provides a pace leader and group experience for athletes who wish to finish the race within a specified time.

Each pace team group is led by an experienced distance runner (i.e., Pace Team Leader) who serves as a moving coach throughout the race. For a list of Pace Team FAQs, click here.

There is no additional fee to participate in the Marathon Maniacs & Half Fanatics Pace Team program on race day. It is included as a part of your race registration fee. To learn more about the Marathon Maniacs & Half Fanatics Pace Team, click here.

Marathon Maniac Pace Team Leaders’ are provided for the Marathon from the 3:00 to 5:20 hour mark, and include; 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:55, 4:00, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 4:50, 5:05, 5:20.

The pace times offered for the Marathon are designed to mirror Boston Marathon qualifying times mostly. Historically, runners who beat their qualifying standard by a larger amount of time are more likely to be accepted into the Boston Marathon. For the 2021 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard within their age and gender by 7:47. More info.

Marathon Maniac Pace Team Bios are coming soon.

Half Fanatics Pacer Team Leaders’ are provided for the Half Marathon from the 1:30 to 3:00 hour mark, and include: 1:30, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30. 2:45, 3:00.

Half Fanatic Half Marathon Pace Team Bios are coming soon.

Pace Charts

It is an exceptional tool to determine what pace you must maintain per mile to finish your race in a specified goal time.

IMT Des Moines Marathon Pace Chart. Click here.

IMT Des Moines Half Marathon Pace Chart. Click here.

Marathon Maniacs Pace Team page. Click here.

Runners World advanced pace chart.

Marathon distance pace chart.

Strava running pace calculator.

Boston Marathon qualifying time standards. Click here.

Course Reviews

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.

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