FAQ

How do I join the email list to receive race updates?

It’s easy to join the IMT Des Moines Marathon monthly e-newsletter list. Click Here

How many athletes participate in the races?

More than 7,500 athletes registered for IMT Des Moines Marathon races in 2018. 1,275 completed the IMT Des Moines Marathon. 3,697 completed the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. 716 completed the Principal 5K Road Race. 93 teams completed the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay. 487 completed the Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run & 1-Mile Walk. 16 completed the IMT Des Moines Marathon 26.2 & 13.1 Virtual Race.

How can I find race results?

Visit onlineraceresults.com for a complete searchable database of the races you have run that have upload their results to onlineraceresults.com. For the IMT Des Moines Marathon races you can search your results, share them with friends and even print a finisher certificate. Search results.

Do the races sell out or do you cap the number of registrations?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon races typically do not sell out. The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay is an exception and sells out at 150 teams. Walk-up registration for individual races stays open at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 19 from 3 to 8 pm and on Saturday, October 20 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Are there training guides or programs that can help me?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon offers training programs for the beginning to advanced runner, from the 5K up to the Marathon distance. Start your training today!

Is there an official In Training shirt this year?

Yes. You can purchase an official training shirt during your race registration or separately. This ultra comfortable Des Moines Marathon In-Training tee combines moisture-wicking performance, unbeatable tri-blend softness and PosiCharge technology to create a great feeling tee for your training needs. At 4.4-ounce, 75%, 13%, 12% poly/cotton/rayon jersey this tee will wash and wear nicely and stay true to size. Purchase shirt.

Are the races chip-timed?

Yes. The IMT Des Moines Marathon races are all chip-timed with the MYLAPS Sports Timing system. The MYLAPS timing device is attached to the back side of your race number/bib. Pin it to the front of your shirt on race day. There’s no need to activate it before the race or return it after the race.

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. You will then be asked to log into your social media account and authorize the app to allow it to post live updates on your timeline/feed. Social Sharing.

Are the courses USATF certified?

Yes, the IMT Des Moines Marathon Sunday races are all certified. The IMT Des Moines Marathon is USATF Certificate: IA17004MF. The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon is USATF Certificate: IA17005MF. The Principal 5K Road Race is USATF Certificate: IA17006MF.

The Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run is not USATF certified at this time.

What is the course elevation?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon course does present a substantial hills from Mile 3 to Mile 8 before leveling out for the remainder of the race. The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon course is relatively flat. There’s an elevation chart on all IMT Des Moines Marathon course maps. Both the Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run and Principal 5K Road Race are considered flat.

Is this a Boston Marathon qualifying course?

Yes, the IMT Des Moines Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Boston Marathon qualifying times are good for 18 months, as long as the race result was achieved on a USATF certified course, which Des Moines is. Official IMT Des Moines Marathon results are sent to the Boston Athletic Association each year immediately following the race. Best wishes in Boston!

Do finishers get a shirt and a medal?

Yes. All participants in the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon receive a premium all sport track jacket this year. Bankers Trust Marathon Relay team members each receive a premium scarf, Principal 5K Road Race athletes receive a stocking cap and Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run athletes receive a stadium blanket. All apparel is provided by Leslie Jordan. For a sport track jacket sizing chart, click here.

IMT Des Moines Marathon 5-Mile Combo participants receive a skull cap in addition to their apparel item from each race.

Finishers in all races receive a finisher medal featuring new designs this year from Ashworth Awards based on original artwork from local artist, James Ellwanger. Participants in the 5-Mile Combo will find that their Saturday finisher medal connects to their Sunday finisher medal to showcase a weekend of achievement in Des Moines.

Is there a sizing chart available for the track jackets?

Yes. All participants in the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon receive a premium all sport track jacket this year. For a sport track jacket sizing chart, click here.

Can I personalize my finish time on my medal?

Yes. Collect your amazing Finisher Medal at the finish line and your iTAB will arrive in the mail a few days later engraved with your Name and official Finish Time. The iTAB fits perfectly onto your medal ribbon and is a great way to celebrate and share your achievement. Purchase iTAB.

Can I personalize my bib with my first name?

Yes. Your first name will appear on your bib in addition to your assigned race/bib number. You must be registered by September 20, 2018 in order to receive a personalized bib with your name on it, which will default to the first name you provide upon registration.

Where and when do I pick up my bib and race apparel?

At the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 19 from 3 to 8 pm or Saturday, October 20 from 10 am to 6 pm. Hy-Vee Hall (Hall C), Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd Street, Des Moines.

I can't attend packet pick-up. Can someone pick up my race packet for me?

Yes. Your race/bib number will be emailed to you the week of the race, just before packet pick-up at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo.

If you are unable to attend yourself, the person you send to pick up your race packet should be able to identify your name, gender, age and city/state. We will do our best to ensure they leave packet pick-up with everything you need for a successful race day.

You may want to consider forwarding your race/bib number email directly to the person that will be picking up your packet and encourage them to keep it handy on their mobile device before arriving at packet pick-up.

Where is the pasta dinner located this year?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon does not offer a pasta dinner. Instead, we encourage you to enjoy one of the many restaurants located in downtown Des Moines.

Is there a host hotel near the race that offers a discount?

Yes. There are many host hotels with room blocks associated with the IMT Des Moines Marathon that are within walking distance of all race weekend activities. Be sure to identify yourself as being with the (IMT) Des Moines Marathon when making your reservation to receive room block rates. Click here.

Are walkers allowed in any of the races?

Yes. You can walk the IMT Des Moines Marathon races. The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon finish line are open for 7 hours. This allows for a 16 minute per mile pace for the marathon distance. Should you fall behind this pace you may find that course support such as water stations and course marshals may not be in place any longer in the later miles of the race. Please consider participating with items such as FuelBelt or SpiBelt to carry essential items with you so you are not relying solely on course support in the later miles of the race.

Regardless, the IMT Des Moines Marathon finish line does not close until the last athlete crosses it.

Can I start the race early if I am worried I won't finish in time?

Sorry. The IMT Des Moines Marathon does not offer an early start. The finish line is open for 7 hours. If you feel that’s not enough time to finish the marathon course, we encourage you to try the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. At the same time, we won’t leave you out on the course… the IMT Des Moines Marathon finish line stays up until the last athlete crosses it.

What if I can’t finish the race?

If you need to drop out, try to get to a Mercy Medical Center First Aid Station. If you can’t, move to the side of the course and wait for a Bike Iowa bike support team member, who will call a Mercy Medical Center Sag Wagon. They will pick you up and take you to the Mercy Medical First Aid tent at the finish line for evaluation to make sure you are okay.

Can someone hop on the course to run with me for a few miles?

No. The only people allowed on the course are registered athletes entered in the race for that purpose. Pacers cannot provide unfair assistance by conveying advice, information or direct help to an athlete by any means, including a technical device. Anyone else will be removed.

Can someone ride the course with me on a bike, roller blades, skateboard etc.?

No. Wheels are not allowed on the course primarily for the safety of the other athletes on the course.The only people allowed on the course are registered athletes entered in the race for that purpose.

Can I run/walk with a baby stroller? How about a dog on a leash?

No. Baby strollers and/or dogs on leashes are not allowed on the course primarily for safety purposes of the other athletes.The only people allowed on the course are registered athletes entered in the race for that purpose.

However, the Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run on Saturday, October 20 does offer a baby stroller division immediately following the start of the open division on race day.

Can I run with headphones?

Yes, however the use of personal music devices is discouraged for safety reasons. You will not be disqualified for using a personal music device unless you are competing for cash prizes. Please be mindful of other participants.

With IMT DMM Live Tracking 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. You will then be asked to log into your social media account and authorize the app to allow it to post live updates on your timeline/feed. IMT DMM Live Tracking is available for free through the iTunes and Google play stores.

Are there shower facilities for runners?

Yes. The Wellmark YMCA, 500 Grand Avenue, will open at 6:00 a.m. on race morning for all athletes. You’ll have access to locker rooms, showers and the gym for stretching. Bring a lock to secure your valuables.

Is there a bag check for runners?

Yes. The Lint Companies Gear Check is located in the south end of the Hy-Vee on Court parking lot off 4th Street. Use your athlete goody bag to check any items you want to keep with us and pick back up after the race. IMT Des Moines Marathon is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Your are encouraged to not leave anything of value.

Are there pace teams for the races?

PACE TEAMS The Fleet Feet Des Moines Pace Team provides a pace runner and group experience for athletes who wish to finish the race in within a specified time. The page group is led by an experienced distance runner (i.e., Pace Team Leader) who acts as a moving coach throughout the race. Pace Team FAQ.

Pacers from the Fleet Feet Des Moines Pace Team are provided for the IMT Des Moines Marathon from the 3:00 to 5:25 hour mark. The pace times offered are designed to mirror Boston Marathon qualifying times and include 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:25, 4:40, 4:55, 5:10 and 5:25. Marathon Pace Team Bios.

Pacers from the Fleet Feet Des Moines Pace Team are also provided for the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon from the 1:30 to 2:30 hour mark. Times include 1:30, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, and 2:30. Half Marathon Pace Team Bios.

What energy drink and energy gel is offered on the course?

Gatorade Endurance and Crystal Clear Bottled Water are at hydration stations every 1 to 2 miles. GU Energy gels are at Mile 14, 20 and 23 on the Marathon course and at Mile 7 and 10 on the Half Marathon course.

Where are the portable toilets on the course?

More than 250 portable toilets are placed along the course and at the start/finish line area around Court Avenue. Some portable toilet locations are posted on the IMT Des Moines Marathon course map, but not all. You’ll never be more than 2 miles away from the next toilet.

Are there overall and age division awards?

Cash prizes go to the top five male and female finishers and top two male and female master’s finishers in the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Scheels gift cards are presented to the top three male and female finishers and top two male and female master’s finishers in the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. A cash bonus is offered in the IMT Des Moines Marathon if winner breaks the current race record. Prize money.

Overall awards are offered to top male and female finisher and top male and female finisher over the age of 40 in all race divisions. Age division awards are offered in the IMT Moines Marathon, IMT Des Moines Half Marathon, Principal 5K Road Race and Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80 & over. Age division awards are mailed directly to winners in all races once race results become official.

I registered for one of the races. How do I confirm my race entry?

Click here to generate a registration confirmation via email.

I registered for one of the races. How do I have a confirmation email resent to me?

Click here to generate a registration confirmation via email.

I registered for one of the races but can’t make it. Do I get a refund?

Sorry, refunds are not offered for any reason, even if with a doctor’s note. This was acknowledged during step 2 of the IMT Des Moines Marathon race registration process. Please review our Terms & Conditions.

You can however, transfer your race entry to another athlete by having them click on this link. You will need to provide them with your original Transaction ID, which can be found in your race registration confirmation email. Click here.

I registered for one of the races but can’t make it. Can I defer to next year?

Sorry, deferrals to next year’s race are not offered for any reason, even if with a doctor’s note. This was acknowledged during step 2 of the IMT Des Moines Marathon race registration process. Please review our Terms & Conditions.

You can however, transfer your race entry to another athlete by having them click on this link. You will need to provide them with your original Transaction ID, which can be found in your race registration confirmation email. Click here.

I registered for the Marathon but would like to downgrade to the Half Marathon. How?

It’s easy. Click on the Athlete Race Division link and switch your race division from the IMT Des Moines Marathon to the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon with no problem. Processing fees will apply. Click here.

I registered for the Half Marathon but would like to upgrade to the Marathon. How?

It’s easy. Click on the Athlete Race Division link and switch your race division from the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon to the IMT Des Moines Marathon with no problem. Processing fees will apply. Click here.

I registered for any other race but would like to switch to another race. How?

It’s easy. Click on the Athlete Race Division link and switch your race division from any race you are currently registered in to any race you would like to be registered in with no problem. Processing fees will apply. Click here.

I registered for one of the races but would like to add a race so I can participate in the 5-Mile Combo. How?

If you are already registered for the Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run OR the IMT Des Moines Marathon, IMT Des Moines Half Marathon, Principal 5K Road Race or as a member of the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay and would like to participate in the 5-Mile Combo, simply return to register online and register for the event category you would like to add and you will automatically be included in the 5-Mile Combo. Register for the other race now.

I registered for one of the races but would like to transfer my race registration to another person. How?

It’s easy. Click on the Athlete Registration Transfer link and switch your race registration to another athlete with no problem. You will need to provide them with your original Transaction ID, which can be found in your race registration confirmation email. Processing fees will apply. Click here.

Is race day registration still available?

No. The last day to register for the IMT Des Moines Marathon races is the day before the race. Walk-up registration is available in all races at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 18 or Saturday, October 19 at the Iowa Events Center.

When is the next IMT Des Moines Marathon?

You next chance to run with us is October 17 & 18, 2020. October 16 & 17, 2021. October 15 & 16, 2022. October 21 & 22, 2023. October 19 & 20, 2024.

I've come to the end any I don't see my question listed. Help!

No problem. Just send the race director an email with your question. He’s happy to answer it at info@desmoinesmarathon.com.