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

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

For City of Des Moines road closures and traffic reroutes, click here.


Download the free IMT DMM App for 2022. Create a personal profile and utilize the app throughout the year.

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 to track your progress live during the race. With the IMT DMM App, they can see where you are 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.

Bike Support has provided Bicycle Course Support for the IMT Des Moines Marathon since 2002. Our cyclists are the eyes and ears on the race course. They provide basic first aid and act as course control and security. They are information guides for athletes, spectators, and residents. They provide emotional support and encouragement and are first responders in an emergency. The IMT Des Moines Marathon is internationally known for its excellent two-wheeled Bicycle Course Support, and our cyclists make the day super-cool for many athletes.

First-Aid Stations

In an emergency, stop at one of the First Aid Stations or the finish line along the course.

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.

It is on the marathon course at Mile 10, Mile 15, Mile 18, Mile 20, Mile 23, Mile 25, and Mile 26.

It is on the half marathon course at Mile 5, Mile 7, Mile 8, Mile 10, 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.

Start & Finish Map. Click here.

Crystal Clear Water – 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. Click here.

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

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.

Capital City Fruit – Fruit Stands

The course in Water Works Park is dotted with Fresh Fruit Stands, offered by The Official Produce Sponsor of the IMT Des Moines Marathon and The Run Iowa Challenge, Capital City Fruit-Home Delivery.

The fruit stands will have fresh bananas and oranges, providing essential vitamins and minerals to fuel your performance.

After the race, stop by the Capital City Fruit Stand in the post-race area for fruit to aid your recovery. We hope to see you on race day and congratulate you on your accomplishment. Learn more

Adamantine Spine Moving – Fueling Stations

It is on the marathon course at approximately Mile 10, 14, 20, and 22.

It is on the half marathon course at approximately Mile 7 and 9.

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

Race officials encourage you to rely on something other than the supplements provided along the course if you plan to include them in your race day performance.


The course is lined with incredibly talented musicians and performers throughout the race. Join us at the Post-Race Block Party to celebrate your achievement with the School of Rock. Click here.

Pace Teams

The IMT Des Moines Marathon Pace Team, presented by Fitness Sports, 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 Pace Team presented by Fitness Sports program on race day. It is included as a part of your race registration fee.

If you are interested in becoming a Pace Team Leander or learning more about the Pace Team qualifications, Click here.

Pace Team Leaders’ are provided for the Marathon from the 3:20 to 5:20 hour mark and include; 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. Pace Team bios, Click here.

The pace times offered for the Marathon are primarily designed to mirror Boston Marathon qualifying times. Historically, runners who beat their qualifying standard by more time are more likely to be accepted into the Boston Marathon.

Pace 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, and 2:30. 2:45, 3:00. Half Marathon Pace Team bios, Click here.

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 distance pace chart.

Boston Marathon qualifying time standards. 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.

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