FAQs

When is the IMT Des Moines Marathon?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon takes place the third weekend in October. October 15-17, 2021.

Registration in all races and events is now open. Join us. Register now!

I would like to volunteer race weekend. How do I sign up?

Volunteering with the IMT Des Moines Marathon is an exciting way to share the fun and excitement of race day.

Volunteers are key to a successful event. Every little task and minor detail ensures a positive overall athlete experience. There are many different volunteer opportunities associated with the IMT Des Moines Marathon race weekend on October 15 – 17, 2021. Pick a volunteer duty, day, and time that works best for you.

To view a complete list and description of volunteer shifts, times, and duties available… and to sign-up, click here.

All IMT Des Moines Marathon volunteers receive an official IMT Des Moines Marathon long-sleeve volunteer shirt.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Silver Cord volunteer credit hours have been approved for Des Moines area students.

What are the COVID-19 Return to Race Guidelines?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon monitors all state and local COVID-19 mandates and recommendations for gathering organizers from the CDC, IDPH, and the City of Des Moines.

ALL participants should prepare themselves to agree to the IMT DMM Return to Race Guidelines that we ALL must follow to reduce risk while participating in an organized race/run/walk. IMT DMM Return to Race Guidelines are subject to change.

March 30, 2021 The IMT Des Moines Marathon has posted our Return to Race Guidelines that we All must follow in Des Moines. Read more.

Is registration open for the IMT Des Moines Marathon?

Registration for the IMT Des Moines Marathon in-person and virtual race options is now open.

You can choose to register for any of our race distances, whether in-person with us or virtually from wherever you are. The fees between the in-person and virtual races are the same, with the same fee increase dates set in 2021. Register now.

What are the registration fees in 2021... and when do prices go up?

To view registration fees and fee increases associated with the IMT Des Moines Marathon in-person and virtual races offered in 2021, click here.

Does the event offer registration cancellation insurance?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon does not offer refunds once the race registration is complete.

However, Get Me Registered Event does offer Secure Fee registration cancellation insurance for the ticket holder. It must be purchased at the time of race registration. To read how it works and learn more about what is covered and what is not covered, 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 newsletter subscription list. Click here.

Once you have registered for any of our races, we will automatically add you to the subscription list.

Is there an official race app with runner tracking and race weekend information?

Download the free IMT DMM App for 2021. You can find all the information you like to know about the IMT Des Moines Marathon: course maps, updates via social media, LiveTracking, and more.

Don’t forget you can track an athlete’s progress live during the race. With the IMT DMM App, you can see in real-time where they are at on the course. The IMT DMM App uses the crossing of the timing mats to calculate your athlete’s average speed and pace.

Available for free download now through iTunes and the Google Play Stores.

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 regarding 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 or have a cap on the number of participants. Should this policy need to be updated due to COVID-19 concerns in 2021, race officials will communicate any changes as soon as possible.

Walk-up registration for all in-person races is available at the DMOS Orthopaedic Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 15, from 3 to 8 pm. Again, on Saturday, October 16, from 10 am to 6 pm.

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 with unbeatable tri-blend softness and technology to create a great feeling tee for your training needs.

Please allow up to 3 weeks from the time of order for direct mail fulfillment from Image Solutions.

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.

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 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, unless proper protocol for safe events in 2021 due not suggest participating in groups, such as a pace team.

Visit the Marathon Maniacs & Half Fanatics Pace Team page for complete details by clicking here.

What finish times are 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 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 athletes receive a long sleeve, technical shirt.

MercyOne Children’s Hospital Kids Run participants receive a one-size-fits-all item perfect for kids of all ages.

Leslie Jordan provides all apparel. For a Leslie Jordan sizing chart, click here.

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 keychain 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. 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. To order a finisher plate either add one to your race registration, or if you have already registered, return to the registration page and scroll down to the Add-On Events & Accessories event category to reserve your finisher plate. Register now

I saw someone taking pictures of me on race day, how do I purchase them?

Athletes participating in the IMT Des Moines races receive free high-resolution digital images courtesy of Wolfe Eye Clinic, allowing for downloads and shares across major social media channels.

Athletes can also participate in special promotions offering prizes and giveaways, including entering to win free LASIK laser vision correction at Wolfe Eye Clinic.

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

Overall Awards

Scheels is the presenting sponsor of IMT Des Moines Marathon prize money, overall awards and trophies, and age division awards.

Prize Money

Cash is offered in the IMT Des Moines Marathon and goes to the top three male and female finishers and the top two male and female master’s finishers. A cash bonus is offered in the IMT Des Moines Marathon if the male or female winner breaks the current event record. An additional cash bonus is offered if they finish under 02:20 and 02:40, respectively.

Gift Cards

Scheels presents gift cards in the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon to the top three male and female finishers and top two male and female master’s finishers. The fastest male and female from Iowa to cross the finish line in the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon also receive a Scheels gift card.

Trophies

Scheels presents a 1st place trophy for the top male and female finisher in the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon race divisions.

Age Division Awards

Scheels presents a personalized keepsake 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.

Personalization includes athlete name, race division, place within an age division, and finish time.

All awards are mailed directly to the winning athlete and typically take 5-6 weeks for production and shipping once race results are official.

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. By September 20, 2021, you must be registered 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?

Athlete packet pick-up occurs at the DMOS Orthopaedic Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October, 15 from 3 to 8 pm. And, again on Saturday, October 16, 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 DMOS Orthopaedic 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 who will pick up your packet and encourage them to keep it handy on their mobile device before arriving at packet pick-up.

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

Is race registration still available at the expo?

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 DMOS Orthopaedic Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 15, from 3 to 8 pm. Again, on Saturday, October 16, from 10 am to 6 pm at the Iowa Events Center.

I need to book a hotel. Is there a list of hotels near the race start/finish line that offer a discount?

We make travel easy! TEAMINN is the hotel booking company for you. They have established the lowest rates with our hotel partners for guests of the IMT Des Moines Marathon. To book your room stay while in Des Moines, click here, or call 1.800.233.8326. Questions? support@myteaminn.com

Where is the pasta dinner located this year?

The IMT Des Moines Marathon offers a pasta dinner featuring Jeff Galloway, VIP athletes, Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics Pace Team members, and more.

It starts at 6 pm on Saturday, October 16, at the Renaissance Savery Hotel.

Scroll down past the race distance event categories on the race registration page and click on Add-On Events & Accessories. Register now.

Are walkers allowed in the race?

Yes. You can walk in any 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 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 16, 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 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 ensure 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 other athletes’ safety on the course. The only people allowed on the course are registered athletes entered in the race to participate 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 other athletes’ safety purposes. The only people allowed on the course are registered athletes entered in the race for participation.

However, the MercyOne 5-Mile Run & MercyOne 1-Mile Walk on Saturday, October 16, offers a stroller division immediately following the open division’s start on race day.

What are the various distances offered for the Kids Run?

The MercyOne Children’s Hospital Kids Run is on Saturday, October 16, 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 Hy-Vee’s south end 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 not to leave anything of value.

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

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

Energy gels are available at Mile 14, 20, and 23 on the marathon course and Mile 7 and 10 on the half marathon.

Race officials encourage you not to solely rely on the supplements 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. Over the past 7 years of offering the I-35 Challenge, we have found that athletes can make it to Des Moines in time to pick up their IMT Des Moines Marathon or Half Marathon and I-35 Challenge packets. You can 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 (race day) 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 IMT Des Moines Marathon race entry, click here.

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

To generate an IMT Des Moines Marathon 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-transferable, 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. The athlete acknowledges this policy 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-transferable, 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. The athlete acknowledges this policy 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-transferable, 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. The athlete acknowledges this policy in Step 2 of the race registration process. Please review our Terms & Conditions.

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

You are able to switch your race registration to be reassigned into a new race division category with a new race number bib/assignment by contacting the IMT Des Moines Marathon race director with your request at info@desmoinesmarathon.com

Following the September 20 deadline, stop by the registration changes kiosk in person to make the race division switch 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

DMOS Orthopaedics Sports & Fitness Expo
Friday, October 15, from 3 to 8 pm.
Saturday, October 16, 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 switch to a longer distance. How?

You can switch your race registration to be reassigned into a new race division category with a new race number bib/assignment by contacting the IMT Des Moines Marathon at info@desmoinesmarathon.com.

Following the September 20 deadline, stop by the registration changes kiosk in person to make the race division switch 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

DMOS Orthopaedic Sports & Fitness Expo
Friday, October 15, from 3 to 8 pm.
Saturday, October 16, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Iowa Events Center – Hy-Vee Hall – Hall C
730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

I am registered, 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, 5K Road Race, or as a member of the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay and would like to participate in the 5-Mile Combo, return to register for the event category online that you would like to add to your race weekend. Race officials will automatically include you in the 5-Mile Combo. Click here.

What if the event is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances?

If the 2021 IMT Des Moines Marathon in-person event cannot proceed as scheduled due to a government order related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all participants will be transferred into the virtual race free of charge. There will be no partial or full refunds offered for the event – no exceptions.

If the event gets canceled for another situation, such as emergency weather conditions, entry fees will still be non-refundable. The IMT Des Moines Marathon, per management executives, city officials, and local law enforcement, has the authority to cancel any of the events for emergency purposes such as, but not limited to, inclement weather or threat of terrorism. If such emergency conditions force cancellation, refunds cannot be provided since funds will have been spent preparing for race day.

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.

Upcoming dates include 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.