FAQ

When is the IMT Des Moines Marathon?

The next IMT Des Moines Marathon takes place on the weekend of October 15-17, 2021.

In the meantime, consider our virtual event experience offered on October 16 – 31, 2020. For more information and to register, click here.

Where do I go to read FAQ's related specifically to COVID-19?

COVID-19 Response: Please note that the IMT Des Moines Marathon has a specific COVID-19 resources page on the website.

For more information on the IMT Des Moines Marathon pandemic response, click here.

Where do I go to read FAQ's related specifically to the Virtual Event

Please note that the IMT Des Moines Marathon has a specific Virtual Event FAQ page on the website.

For more information on the IMT Des Moines Marathon Virtual Event, click here.

What are the terms and conditions of the race?

All registrants should read the IMT Des Moines Marathon terms and conditions.

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

It’s easy. Join the IMT Des Moines Marathon monthly bulletin subscription list. Once you register for one of the races you will automatically be added to the bulletin list as well. Click here.

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

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 2019. 1,289 completed the IMT Des Moines Marathon. 3,618 completed the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. 738 completed the Principal 5K Road Race. 99 teams completed the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay. 487 completed the MercyOne 5-Mile Run & 1-Mile Walk.

How young is too young for my child to participate?

The International Marathon Medical Directors Association has extensive guidelines on the physical and psychological effects of long-distance running in regards to children under the age of 18. For more information, click here.

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

The IMT Des Moines Marathon races typically do not sell out. Walk-up registration for individual races stays open at the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 16, from 3 to 8 pm, and on Saturday, October 17, 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 16, from 3 to 8 pm, or Saturday, October 17, from 10 am to 6 pm at the Iowa Events Center. Register now.

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 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 Training short sleeve T-shirt 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.

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 backside 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.

How can I find race results?

Visit onlineraceresults.com for a complete searchable database of the races you have run that have uploaded 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 courses USATF certified?

Yes, all of the races held on Sunday are USATF certified. The IMT Des Moines Marathon USATF Certificate is: IA17004MF. The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon USATF Certificate is: IA17005MF. The Principal 5K Road Race USATF Certificate is: 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 qualifying course. 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, for both the IMT Des Moines Marathon and Half Marathon race divisions. Visit the Marathon Maniacs & Half Fanatics Pace Team page for complete details by clicking here.

What finish times will be offered?

Most of the Marathon Maniacs Pace Leader times mirror 2020 Boston Marathon qualifying finish times of: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:55, 4:00, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 4:50, 5:05, 5:20.

Half Fanatics Pace Leader finish times offered are: 1:30, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00.

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 MercyOne 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 1/4 zip pullover 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 long sleeve, cotton t-shirt. All apparel is provided by Leslie Jordan. For a Leslie Jordan sizing chart, click here.

IMT Des Moines Marathon 5-Mile Combo participants receive a special athlete amenity, 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 Sayles Design. Participants in the 5-Mile Combo will receive an additional charm… to showcase a weekend of achievement in Des Moines.

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 premieres the unveiling of the IMT Des Moines Marathon finisher medals to the general public on The Big Reveal each year in June. Please check back.

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 Ashworth Awards finisher plate will arrive directly in the mail 4-6 weeks later, engraved with your Name and Official Finish Time. Register now!
  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 the 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.

For 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 22, 2020, in order to receive a personalized bib with your name on it, which will default to the first name you provide when registering for the race.

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

At the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October, 16 from 3 to 8 pm, or Saturday, October 17, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Iowa Events Center, Hall C. 730 3rd Street, Des Moines.

I can't attend packet pick-up. Is someone able to 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.

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.

Where is the pasta dinner located this year?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon offers a pasta dinner featuring VIP athletes, the IMT Des Moines Marathon Pace Team, and myTEAM TRIUMPH at the Renaissance Savery Hotel on Saturday, October 17 at 6 pm. Register now.

If I register at the Renaissance Hotel VIP rate, does that include the pasta dinner and the race day experience?

The Renaissance Savery Hotel VIP package includes one pasta dinner ticket on Saturday, October 17 at 6 pm.

It does not include the Hessen Haus VIP package that is offered on Sunday, October 18 at 6:30 a.m.

If you need to purchase additional VIP tickets to either the pasta dinner or race day experience, 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, October 17 is walker-friendly as well.

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?

No. The IMT Des Moines Marathon does not offer an early start. However, 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 are unable to finish the race, or if you need to drop out of the race for any reason, try to get to yourself 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, with a corresponding athlete race number/bib 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 and everyone else will be removed from the course and the athlete will face disqualification.

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 17 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 17 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 the 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 Downtown 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. You 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.

PowerBar gels are available at Mile 14, 20, and 23 on the marathon course and at Mile 7 and 10 on the half marathon course. Race officials encourage you not to solely 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.

How do I register for the I-35 Challenge?

Register for your race of choice in Kansas City (Marathon or Half Marathon) and for your race of choice in Des Moines (Marathon or Half Marathon) as you normally would. Then, register for the I-35 Challenge Presented by the Half Fanatics & Marathon Maniacs through the unique I-35 Challenge race registration site. Register now.

Attend packet pick-up at each city’s race expo to pick-up your race materials as you normally would. The I-35 Challenge booth in Kansas City is where you will check-in to pick-up your I-35 Challenge apparel. You will receive your I-35 Challenge finisher medal after crossing the finish line in Des Moines.

What if I don't make it to Des Moines to pick up my I-35 packet on Saturday?

The Garmin Kansas City Marathon starts at 7 am. Both the half marathon and marathon share a 6:00 hour time limit. This means that the course in Kansas City closes at 1 pm. The distance from Kansas City to Des Moines, north on interstate I-35 is 192 miles, or roughly 3 hours.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon packet pick-up closes at 6 pm. We have found over the 5 years of offering the I-35 Challenge that athletes are able to make it to Des Moines in time to pick up their IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon, and I-35 Challenge packets. You are able to have someone else pick up your athlete packet for you in Des Moines. However, race day packet pick-up is not offered.

At this time, extended packet pick-up hours are being planned from 6:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, and from 6:30 to 7:30 am on Sunday at a partnering hotel in Des Moines with very close proximity to the start line.

I don't see my question related to the I-35 Challenge listed. Help!

The I-35 Challenge has a frequently asked question page and you may find your question listed by clicking here.

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?

Race entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable, or 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) receives and accepts 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 canceled because of inclement weather, natural disaster, pandemic, the threat of terrorism, or other unforeseen circumstances. This policy is acknowledged by the athlete in Step 2 of the race registration process. Please review our Terms & Conditions.

 

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

Race entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable, or 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) receives and accepts 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 canceled because of inclement weather, natural disaster, pandemic, the threat of terrorism, or other unforeseen circumstances. This policy is acknowledged by the athlete in Step 2 of the race registration process. Please review our Terms & Conditions.

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

Race entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable, or 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) receives and accepts 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 canceled because of inclement weather, natural disaster, pandemic, the threat of terrorism, or other unforeseen circumstances. This policy is acknowledged by the athlete in Step 2 of the race registration process. Please review our Terms & Conditions.

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

Available starting in July, 2020. You will be able to downgrade your race registration to be reassigned into a new race division category with a new race number bib/assignment.

Following the September 21 deadline to downgrade online, simply stop by the registration changes kiosk in person 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 16, from 3 to 8 pm.
Saturday, October 17, from 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?

Available starting in July, 2020. You will be able to upgrade your race registration to be reassigned into a new race division category with a new race number bib/assignment.

Following the September 21 deadline to downgrade online, simply stop by the registration changes kiosk in person 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 16, from 3 to 8 pm.
Saturday, October 17, from 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.

What if the event is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances?

I understand that this event may be canceled by conditions outside of the control of event organizers for the safety and well-being of event staff, participants and the community; such as severe weather, civil unrest, pandemics, bans on public gatherings, the threat of terrorism, or other unforeseen circumstances that would make the event non-viable, and if so, I consent that I am not entitled to a refund or deferral once my race registration is complete.

To view the IMT Des Moines Marathon terms and conditions, 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 16 & 17, 2021. October 15 & 16, 2022. October 21 & 22, 2023. October 19 & 20, 2024.

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

No problem. Contact us with your question at info@desmoinesmarathon.com.