Course Support

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

The IMT Des Moines Marathon has posted our Return to Race Guidelines that we All must follow in Des Moines. Read more.

Event App

With IMT DMM LiveTracking, your friends and family can follow your progress live during the race by simply searching for their race number/bib or name by clicking here. You can then choose to post live updates to your Facebook or Twitter account with their progress. Log into your social media account and authorize the app to post live updates on your timeline/feed. Social Sharing.

In the app, you can find all the information you like to know about the IMT DMM: course maps, updates via social media, LiveTracking, and more. You don’t need to bring your phone, as the App uses the passing of the timing mats and calculates the average speed. IMT DMM LiveTracking is available for free download through the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Crystal Clear Bottled Water

Hydration is offered approximately every other mile on the course, starting just past Mile 2 through Mile 20 and then every mile after that. Crystal Clear Bottled Water (in cups) and Gatorade Endurance served in cups. Some hydration stations may stock additional items such as Kleenex, petroleum jelly, gummy bears, orange slices, etc.

Endurance Formula

Gatorade Endurance products were made for endurance athletes to fuel their unique needs during training and on 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. Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula is served on-course at each water station and the finish line. Learn more about the Gatorade Endurance line of products.

Fresh Fruit

Hickory Park fruit stands offer bananas and oranges along the course at the PowerBar gel station locations.


The course is lined with incredibly talented musicians and performers to entertain athletes throughout the race. In the past, more than twenty-five acts have been scheduled to appear along the course and at the Truly Block Party on Court Avenue following the race.


Stop at one of the First Aid Stations along the course in the event of an emergency. If you cannot make it to a First Aid Station, stop at one of the hydration stations along the course. A Keck Parking Sag Wagon will transport you to the First Aid Station at the finish line.

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 Maniacs

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 2019 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 4 minutes and 52 seconds or faster. More info.

Marathon Maniac Pace Team Bios is coming soon.

Half Fanatics

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 Bio coming soon.

Pace Charts

It is an exceptional tool to determine what pace you have to 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.


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 one of 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.

More Information

IMT Des Moines Marathon athlete registration fees structure. Click here.

To confirm your IMT Des Moines Marathon registration, click here.

To receive an additional copy of your IMT Des Moines Marathon confirmation message via email, click here.

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