Discover Des Moines

The IMT Des Moines Marathon has an annual economic impact of more than $2 million in the City of Des Moines. Thank you.


Iowa’s Capital City and its surrounding communities boast big amenities in a safe and accessible location. Greater Des Moines provides all the adventure and reward of a high-profile city without the inflated cost. Cultural events and festivals coupled with bike trails, parks, and lakes give residents and visitors of all ages plenty to do and see in Des Moines. Getting to the metro is easy from virtually any location worldwide as seven airlines service the Des Moines International Airport. Additionally, a quarter of the U.S. population is within a one-day drive. More than 13,000 hotel rooms and 1,000 locally-owned restaurants greet visitors as they arrive to enjoy the area. Des Moines was also recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top-five place to live in the United States. Click here.

Catch Des Moines

Tourism Matters: 13.7 million visitors travel to Greater Des Moines annually, generating $2.2 billion in total travel spending, helping to support 19,150 local jobs. Find the best of Greater Des Moines including top attractions and activities, where to eat, events to catch, places to stay, coupons, and the local scoop. Click here.

Race Activities

Be treated like a VIP and have the best race weekend experience possible. Add to your IMT Des Moines Marathon registration by selecting from these enhancement add-ons. Register now.

Lunch with Jeff
Saturday, October 19 at 11 am
Buzzard Billy’s (across from the Iowa Events Center). 615 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Join Jeff Galloway and other run-walk-run enthusiasts for a specially prepared lunch featuring carbo-loading fare with a Cajun influence and hear of stories of inspiration from America’s Running Coach. It’s a great chance to meet Jeff and ask any last-minute race day questions. Click here.

Dinner with Jeff
Saturday, October 19 at 6 pm
Renaissance Savery (host hotel headquarters). 400 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Join Jeff Galloway and other run-walk-run enthusiasts for a specially prepared dinner featuring carbo-loading fare and hear of stories of inspiration from America’s Running Coach. It’s a great chance to meet Jeff and ask any last-minute race day questions. Also attending this VIP meal will be members of myTEAM TRIUMPH, IMT Des Moines Marathon pro & elite athletes and members of the pace team, as well as run-walk-run enthusiasts from around the country. Click here.

Wow! Pasta Bus Tour
Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm
Iowa Events Cetner (Scheels Sports & Ftiness Expo booth 701). 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Take a foodie tour of Des Moines for an unforgettable part of your race weekend! Join an executive coach filled with 25 other marathon enthusiasts on a 3-hour tour of Des Moines. On the Pasta Bus, you will see and learn about local attractions, history and neighborhoods. The tour route will cross several points along the race route and stop at three standout restaurants for pasta, and other delicious high carb foods. Click here.

VIP Race Day Experience
Sunday, October 20 at 6:30 am
Hessen Haus. 110 SW 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes and their spectators can purchase a wristband providing VIP access to the Hessen Haus before and after the race. Amenities include grab-and-go food and drinks before the race, food and drink specials during and after the race, and a German-style bier hall atmosphere to celebrate crossing the finish line. Regardless of the weather on race day, Hessen Haus provides a perfect location to warm up, store your gear and have private access to restrooms…without the lines. It’s a great way to reward yourself and your support team for the months of training and dedication. You deserve to be treated like a VIP. Click here.

Things To Do in Des Moines

Downtown Farmers’ Market on Court Avenue, ranked the #2 best Farmers’ Market in the U.S.
Science Center of Iowa featuring the IMAX Dome Theater.
Des Moines Civic Center the Des Moines Performing Arts presents the Broadway hit, Mean Girls.
Blank Park Zoo with enclosed rain forest and new sea-lion and tiger exhibits.

Iowa Hall of Pride showcasing Iowa’s top athletes, teams and high school sports (located in the Iowa Events Center).
Iowa State Capitol offers public tours and self-guided tours. Views of the gold dome.
State Historical Museum offers public tours and self-guided tours.

Western Gateway Park featuring the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden.

Local shopping and eating options in the East Village.
Eating and drinking options in the Court Avenue District.
Shopping and eating options in Historic Valley Junction, located in West Des Moines.
Valley West Mall and Jordan Creek Town Center offer some of the finest retail shops and eateries in the Des Moines area.

Des Moines Art Center, one of the finest modern art museums in the United States.
Salisbury House and Terrace Hill (governor’s mansion), two historic homes along the marathon course that are open for public tours.
Prairie Meadows race track and casino.
Living History Farms featuring a late 19th Century Iowa town and family farm as well as a family Halloween event on Saturday and Sunday evening.

What Others Have to Say

Hello & High Five Send a personal greeting card to your favorite athlete and let them know you are thinking about them. Perfect for their first race or 18th marathon. Click here.

BibRave is a place where you can find and write race reviews. It’s just like restaurant or hotel review sites, but for races! BibRave is the place to research races you’re considering signing up for, and a place to leave feedback on races you’ve completed.

Race Raves is a great online resource dedicated to helping runners of all levels discover new races around the world from 5K’s to ultramarathons, as well as rate, review & track all their races, past & present. Reviews & recommendations help other runners around the country decide which races to run – so visit Race Raves and encourage them to run Des Moines!