FAQ

When is the IMT Des Moines Marathon?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon takes place the weekend of October 18 – 20, 2019. Join us!

Looking ahead? October 16 – 18, 2020.

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 if you are not already registered for one of the races. Click here.

Is there an official app for the race to assist me with training and race weekend?

Yes, the official IMT Des Moines Marathon app is available for free download in the Apple and Google Play stores. You will find a variety of resources from creating your personalized training plan, to allowing others to record and send you cheer messages, to LiveTracking on race day, complete with finisher times and results. Click here.

How many athletes participate in the race?

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 MercyOne 5-Mile Run & 1-Mile Walk. 16 completed the IMT Des Moines Marathon 26.2 & 13.1 Virtual Race.

Does the race sell out, or do you cap the number of participants?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon races typically do not sell out. The Bankers Trust Marathon Relay is the one exception, and sells out once we have reached capacity at 150 teams. Walk-up registration for individual races stays open at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 18 from 3 to 8 pm and on Saturday, October 19 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Is race registration still available?

Yes. However, 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 individual races at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 18 from 3 to 8 pm or Saturday, October 19 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Iowa Events Center. To register, click here.

Are there training guides or programs that can help me get started?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon offers training programs for the beginning to advanced runner, from the 5K to the marathon distance.

Training Guides

Training Resources

Is there an official In Training shirt this year?

Yes. You can purchase an official training shirt during your race registration or directly from our online store.

This ultra comfortable 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. Online Store.

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.

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 to 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 races on Sunday are all USATF 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 MercyOne 5-Mile Run on Saturday is not USATF certified at this time.

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. For more information, visit the Pace Team page.

Best wishes in Boston!

Are there pace teams for the races?

Yes. Vist the Pace Team page by clicking here.

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. To view route maps, click here.

Do finishers get a shirt and a medal?

Yes. All participants in the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay receive a premium all sport track jacket this year. Principal 5K Road Race and MercyOne 5-Mile Run & 1-Mile Walk athletes receive a long sleeve, technical shirt. MercyOne Children’s Hospital Kids Run participants receive a short sleeve, cotton t-shirt. 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 special BOCO Trucker Hat, in addition to the athlete offerings from each race.

Finishers in all races receive a finisher medal featuring new designs this year from Ashworth Awards based on original artwork from Iowa artist, Tom Sancliffe. 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.

Local 5 premieres The Big Reveal of the 2019 finisher medals on Good Morning Iowa. View here.

Local 5 premieres The Big Reveal of the 2019 athlete apparel on Good Morning Iowa. View here.

Is there a sizing chart available for the athlete apparel being offered?

Yes. Leslie Jordan provides a sizing chart for their line of athlete apparel. Click here.

Do you offer a preview of the finisher medals?

Local 5 premiered the unveiling of the 2019 finisher medals to the general public on The Big Reveal. View here.

Can I personalize my finish time on my medal?

Yes. There are two options with this year’s finisher medal;

  1. Collect your amazing finisher medal after crossing the finish line and your iTAB will arrive directly in the mail 4-6 weeks later, engraved with your Name and official Finish Time. The iTAB fits perfectly onto your finisher medal ribbon, and is a great way to celebrate and share your achievement. Purchase iTAB.
  2. Take your finisher medal to a medal engraver to have your name, date and finish time engraved into your medal.
I saw someone taking pictures of me on race day ... how do I purchase them?

MarathonFoto is on the course making sure you look your best. Be sure to smile during your run for the best race photos on race day.

To view and purchase your race day photos, click here.

Are there overall and age division awards offered... what about prize money?

Cash prizes go to the top three male and female finishers, and top two male and female master’s finishers in the IMT Des Moines Marathon. A cash bonus is offered in the IMT Des Moines Marathon if winner breaks the current race record and meets time standards along the course.

Scheels & Altra 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.

Overall awards are offered to top male and female finisher and top male and female master’s finisher in all race divisions.

Age division awards are offered in all race divisions 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.

Cash prizes, gift cards, overall awards and age division awards are all mailed directly to winning athletes 4-6 weeks following the completion of the event.

Fore more information, or to learn about competing on race day in the Pro & Elite Athlete division, click here.

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 23, 2019 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 athlete apparel?

At the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 18 from 3 to 8 pm or Saturday, October 19 from 10 am to 6 pm.

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.

Otherwise, in the event of an emergency, we can make special arrangements for you to pick up your packet the morning of the race, but this is discouraged.

Where is the pasta dinner located this year?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon offers a pasta dinner featuring Jeff Galloway and myTEAM TRIUMPH at Renaissance Savery Hotel on Saturday, October 19 at 6pm. For tickets, click here.

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

Yes. The Renaissance Savery Hotel serves as host headquarters, but there are many hotels that have provided room blocks associated with the IMT Des Moines Marathon 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 the race?

Yes. You can walk in any and all of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races. The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon finish line is open for 7 hours on Sunday. 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.

And, don’t forget the MercyOne 5-Mile Run & MercyOne 1-Mile Walk on Saturday.

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 MercyOne 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 contact a MercyOne sag wagon. They will pick you up and take you to the MercyOne 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 on a bike, roller blades, skateboard, etc. with me?

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 the purpose of participating in the race.

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

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

However, the MercyOne 5-Mile Run & MercyOne 1-Mile Walk on Saturday, October 19 does offer a stroller division immediately following the start of the open division on race day.

What are the various distances offered for the Kids Run?

The MercyOne Children’s Hospital Kids Run is on Saturday, October 19 at Principal Park.

9:30 a.m.
MercyOne Children’s Hospital Kids Run & 1-Mile Run

The Kids Run starts & finishes starts & finishes outside of stadium within the parking lot.

Pre-Kindergarten Age – 50 meters
Open to all pre- kindergarten and under ages & abilities, including runners and walkers alike.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade – ¼ mile
Open to all kindergarten and 1st grade ages & abilities, including runners and walkers alike.

2nd Grade and 3rd Grade – ½ mile
Open to all 2nd and 3rd grade ages & abilities, including runners and walkers alike.

4th Grand through 8th Grade
– 1 mile
Open to all 4th through 8th grade ages & abilities, including runners and walkers alike.

Can I run or walk 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 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.

IMT DMM LiveTracking is available for free through the iTunes and Google play stores.

Are there shower facilities for athletes on race day?

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 athletes on race day?

Yes. The Lint Companies Gear Check is located in the south end of Hy-Vee on Court, 420 Court Ave. Use your athlete goody bag to check any items you want to keep with us during the race and check back in following the race to get it back. The IMT Des Moines Marathon is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Your are encouraged to not leave anything of value.

What energy drink and/or energy gels are offered on the course?

Gatorade Endurance and Crystal Clear Bottled Water (in cups) is available at every water station, located approximately every 1 to 2 miles along the routes.

GU Energy gels are avialable at Mile 14, 20 and 23 on the marathon course and at Mile 7 and 10 on the half marathon course in the following flavors; salted caramel, vanilla bean, chocolate outrage and strawberry banana. Race officials encourage you not to soley rely on the energy gels provided along the course if you plan to include them in your race day performance.

Where are the portable toilets located on the course?

More than 200 portable toilets are placed along the course and at the start/finish line area around Court Avenue thanks to our partners at Best Portable Toilets.

Some portable toilet locations are posted on the IMT Des Moines Marathon route maps, but not all. You’ll never be more than 2 miles away from the next opportunity.

I think I registered for the race. How do I confirm my race entry?

To confirm your race entry, click here.

I registered for the race. How do I have my confirmation email resent to me?

To generate a registration confirmation email from getmeregistered.com, click here.

I registered for the race, but can’t participate. Do I get a refund?

Cancellation Policy Race entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable, and non-deferrable for any reason including injury, pregnancy, schedule changes or family emergencies. Sorry, no exceptions. This means once the IMT Des Moines Marathon (IMT DMM) has received the athlete’s race entry, the race will not issue a refund, transfer or deferral if the athlete cannot participate on race day. Refunds will not be issued if the event is cancelled because of weather, natural disaster or other unforeseen circumstances. This policy was acknowledged in Step 2 of the IMT DMM athlete race registration process. Please review our Terms & Conditions.

 

I registered for the race, but can’t participate. Can I defer to next year?

Cancellation Policy Race entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable, and non-deferrable for any reason including injury, pregnancy, schedule changes or family emergencies. Sorry, no exceptions. This means once the IMT Des Moines Marathon (IMT DMM) has received the athlete’s race entry, the race will not issue a refund, transfer or deferral if the athlete cannot participate on race day. Refunds will not be issued if the event is cancelled because of weather, natural disaster or other unforeseen circumstances. This policy was acknowledged in Step 2 of the IMT DMM athlete race registration process. Please review our Terms & Conditions.

I registered for the race, but can’t participate. Can I transfer to another athlete?

Cancellation Policy Race entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable, and non-deferrable for any reason including injury, pregnancy, schedule changes or family emergencies. Sorry, no exceptions. This means once the IMT Des Moines Marathon (IMT DMM) has received the athlete’s race entry, the race will not issue a refund, transfer or deferral if the athlete cannot participate on race day. Refunds will not be issued if the event is cancelled because of weather, natural disaster or other unforeseen circumstances. This policy was acknowledged in Step 2 of the IMT DMM athlete race registration process. Please review our Terms & Conditions.

I registered for the race, but would like to downgrade to a shorter race distance. How?

Athlete race number/bibs have been assigned at this time. You are still able to switch your race registration to another race division. However, at this time, it must be done in person at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo.

You will be reassigned into your new race division category with a new race number bib/assignment. Stop by the registration changes kiosk when you arrive at packet pick-up rather than picking up the athlete registration items for the race division you are transferring out of.

Click here to have your race registration confirmation email resent to you:
https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_confirmation.php#top

Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo
Friday, October 19 3 to 8 pm. Saturday, October 19 10 am to 6 pm.
Iowa Events Center – Hy-Vee Hall – Hall C
730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

I registered for the race, but would like to upgrade to a longer distance. How?

Athlete race number/bibs have been assigned at this time. You are still able to switch your race registration to another race division. However, at this time, it must be done in person at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo.

You will be reassigned into your new race division category with a new race number bib/assignment. Stop by the registration changes kiosk when you arrive at packet pick-up rather than picking up the athlete registration items for the race division you are transferring out of.

Click here to have your race registration confirmation email resent to you:
https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_confirmation.php#top

Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo
Friday, October 19 3 to 8 pm. Saturday, October 19 10 am to 6 pm.
Iowa Events Center – Hy-Vee Hall – Hall C
730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

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

If you are already registered for the MercyOne 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 to race weekend, and you will automatically be included in the 5-Mile Combo. Click here.

When will the next IMT Des Moines Marathon be held?

Your next chance to run with us is the third weekend in October… we hope to see you then.

October 17 & 18, 2020. October 16 & 17, 2021. October 15 & 16, 2022. October 21 & 22, 2023. October 19 & 20, 2024.

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