COVID-19 Response

The IMT Des Moines Marathon is working closely with the City of Des Moines street use team as we develop a plan for a safe race weekend. Our collective priority is the health and safety of residents, participants, and all who come to Des Moines for this event. This is a rapidly evolving situation and details will be forthcoming as we continue our planning.

We will strive to ensure you can run with confidence this fall. Event policies for large outdoor gatherings that follow CDC, state, and local health guidelines will be posted and kept up to date on this page, as they become available.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon registration policy for the 2020 event has been expanded to include:

  1. Event registration remains open. Spring pricing for all events has been extended a final time through Father’s Day, June 21. 
  2. A virtual event option is being considered in 2020. Details will be announced as soon as a virtual event option becomes viable.
  3. Should the 2020 event not take place, a deferral option to the October 15-17, 2021 event will be offered for all athletes with a paid registration (fees may apply).

Below are some of the COVID-19 resources we are following and encourage you to as well. #stayhealthy.

Event Communications & Updates

May 21 IMT DMM bulletin scheduled.

May 21 IMT DMM race director blog, read more.

Resources & Guidelines

COVID-19 in Des Moines, click here.

COVID-19 in Polk County, click here.

COVID-19 in Iowa, click here.

CDC guidelines for mass gatherings, click here

CDC recommendations on wearing a cloth face covering, click here.

White House Guidelines for Opening America, click here.

World Health Organization COVID-19 response, click here.

Road Runners Club of America

On April 21, 2020, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) launched its Return to Running Events and Group Runs survey.  The goal of the survey was to get an understanding of customer attitudes as it relates to return to running in organized group runs and in-person running events.

On May 6, 2020, 10,634 responses were recorded.  With many of the questions optional, 7260 people completed every question, while some questions had over 8000 responses. Utilizing the zip code question, RRCA was able to confirm responses were received from individuals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia*. Of the respondents that completed the question about gender (67% completed the question), 54% were female and 43% were male and 3% did not identify or chose not to respond. To see the details, click here.

Related Articles

Will you be ready to register for your next race? San Diego Running Co. real-time survey and results, click here.

RRCA recommended basic do’s and do not’s out on the run, click here.

Why you are unlikely to get the COVID-19 from runners or cyclists, read more.

When might racing return and what might it look like, read more.

Recommendations for Runners and Walkers during COVID-19, click here.

Running in the Age of Social Distancing, read more.

Exercising outdoors with a face mask, read more.