DSM Monument Mile

The IMT Des Moines Monument Mile benefits the State of Iowa Capitol Monument Conservation Fund.

The IMT Des Moines Monument Mile starts at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 18, 2020. Soldiers & Sailors Monument, 1007 East Walnut Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

The Mile

The IMT Des Moines Monument Mile features a 1-mile course designed for participants of all ages and abilities.  With the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument serving as the backdrop, athletes run or walk along historic Walnut Street, from the Iowa State Capitol to Cowles Commons, starting at sunset.

Course map. Click here.

Course elevation profile. Click here.

Live entertainment on the Local 5 Stage is offered by The Snacks at Cowles Commons, along with activities, food and refreshments.


To view 2019 race results, click here.

To view 2018 race results, click here.

The Monument

The 187 acres of the Iowa State Capitol are a popular attraction. The world class architecture of the Capitol building is enhanced by other handsome governmental buildings and picturesque landscaping. The IMT Des Moines Monument Mile is a great time to explore the grounds.

Monuments, historical markers, and public art add richness to the Capitol Complex. They honor people and events important to Iowa’s history. They add interest and beauty to the Capitol landscape. However, they have not been able to be cared for as well as needed due to scarce funds.

The forty-four sculptures, fountains and memorial tablets are fabricated with durable materials such as stone, concrete, and bronze, but these “permanent” materials are adversely affected over time by cumulative effects such as sunlight, moisture, temperature extremes, and gravity. Proper upkeep and occasional repairs are needed to keep the monuments in good condition and to respect the memories and ideas they represent.

The 2016 Iowa Legislature authorized a public-private approach to this pressing need and established a matching grant appropriation of up to $100,000. These public funds are available in the proportion of $1 for every $2 raised by private donations. In 2018, the IMT Des Moines Monument Mile raised more than $1,500 for the State of Iowa Monument Conservation Fund.

2019 race proceeds will aid in the restoration efforts of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Read more.

The Experts

Helping you get back to living.® For over 60 years, DMOS Orthopaedic Centers’ core beliefs have remained rooted in our dedication to caring for you.

DMOS Tips for a Successful Race View DMOS’ Running Tips Infographic

  1. Start Slow – If you are just starting to run, it is important to build a base. Start with a 30-minute run/walk every other day. Run until you start to feel tired (generally a minute or two), walk until you feel recovered (generally three or four minutes), and repeat for 30 minutes.
  2. Buy Good Shoes – Before you begin running, it is essential to purchase a pair of running shoes. A gait analysis will help determine if you need to buy special shoes.
  3. Train for Something – Training for a short race – like the IMT Des Moines Monument Mile – will help keep you motivated.
  4. Find a Running Partner – A running partner will help you stick to your running goals. You can also find a running group if you do not have a friend or family member to run with.
  5. Rest – If you are just starting to run rest every other day. Seasoned runners also need to incorporate rest days into their running schedules.
  6. Stretch – Dynamic stretching like walking, heel raises, easy squats and step-ups, before your run helps you warm up your muscles. Gentle static stretches for your hamstrings, quadriceps, hips, and calves after your run will help your muscles cool down.
  7. Listen to Your Body – If you have mild pain or discomfort when you run, it is generally safe to run through it. If the pain persists or has caused you to change your gait, it is important to rest for a few days. After a week of persistent pain, contact your physician or physical therapist.

After your mile, if you are experiencing any pain, understand when to use heat and ice with this infographic.

The experts at DMOS can help you with any questions you may have, whether it’s sports medicine or physical therapy.

The Schedule

Thursday, September 18, 2020
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Local 5 Block Party at Cowles Commons.

5:30 p.m. Athlete registration and packet pick-up.

6:00 p.m. Live entertainment featuring The Snacks on the Local 5 Stage.

6:45 p.m. Race announcements & National Anthem at Soldiers & Sailors Monument.

7:00 p.m. Men’s Competitive Wave – sub 7:00 time standard.

7:15 p.m. Women’s Competitive Wave – sub 7:15 time standard.

7:30 p.m. Recreation Wave – all ages & abilities, including runners and walkers.

More Info

Parking Options Athletes and spectators can park their vehicle near all of the activities before the race at Cowles Commons and ride DART’s free D- Line Downtown Shuttle to the start at the Iowa State Capitol. DART is extending the D-Line to be able to pick up participants approximately every 10 minutes at the Cowles Commons stop. Course map. Click here.

Iowa State Capitol – Lot 15 on the north side of the Lucas Building.

City of Des Moines Parking Ramps – 4th Street & Grand Avenue or 3rd Street & Court Avenue. Fees may apply.

City of Des Moines Street Parking – Parking meters are in effect until 9 p.m.