Please help us in recognizing all of our charity partners by supporting their organizations and services whenever possible.

A Cause-Related Race

The IMT Des Moines Marathon is dedicated to providing community events that encourage active participation in maintaining healthy lifestyle choices.  As an organization, we support a variety of charitable programs that bring a benefit to our local community through cash, in-kind product and race weekend engagement contributions. By participating as an athlete in the IMT Des Moines Marathon you are supporting many of these causes and for that, we thank you.

As an athlete, you also have a direct opportunity to make your race experience even more meaningful by providing additional support through building campaign awareness and/or fundraising for a charity of your choice. Either through your training program or by running or walking on race day on behalf of one of our charity partners. Either way, we welcome your efforts towards making the Des Moines community a better place to live, grow and play.

Official Charity Partner

Special Olympics Iowa Since 1968, Special Olympics Iowa has been a statewide movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports. Using sports as the catalyst, and including programming on health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. As a result, people with intellectual disabilities become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

For people with intellectual disabilities, the benefits of Special Olympics include:

Improved physical fitness and motor skills
Greater self-confidence
A more positive self-image
Lifelong friendships

Special Olympics athletes carry these benefits into their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job and in the community. For athletes, Special Olympics provides a gateway to empowerment, competence, acceptance and joy.



MERCY FOUNDATION is an extension of the healing ministry of Christ inspired by the Sisters of Mercy. Through this heritage, they connect donors to critical needs. The purpose of Mercy Foundation is to secure vital funding that ensures equal access, clinical excellence, and high quality care for all.


SHOES THAT FIT provides new shoes to children in need so that they can attend school in comfort and with dignity. The national Shoes That Fit organization accomplishes this objective by matching a sponsoring group with schools near them that have children in need. The sponsor determines how many children they can help and the school identifies and measures students with materials Shoes That Fit can provide. The sponsor purchases the exact items the children in need require and delivers the items to their school. Every penny spent goes directly to the child.

On Media / Mediacom is a local sponsor of Shoes That Fit and has provided shoes and clothing to more than 28,800 children since they started sponsoring the program in Central Iowa.


MONUMENT CONSERVATION FUND The Iowa Capitol Planning Commission is kicking off this campaign in its continuing effort to help conserve the sculptures, fountains, and memorial tablets on the grounds of the State Capitol honoring people and events important to Iowa history.

In 2016, the Iowa Legislature authorized a public-private approach to the need for monument restoration and established a matching grant appropriation of up to $100,000. This includes a two-to-one match, meaning for every $2 raised in private donations, the Legislature has appropriated $1 to help care for the monuments.

YOU CAN HELP… Conserve the monuments on the Iowa Capitol Grounds. Please note “Monument Conservation Fund” on your donation. Thank You!

Send your donation to:
Monument Conservation Fund
Attention: Finance – 3rd Floor
State of Iowa Department of Administrative Services
1305 East Walnut
Des Moines, Iowa 50319


myTEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. myTEAM TRIUMPH brings the community together with the equipment necessary to allow them to experience the energy of packet pick-up and the thrill of crossing the finish line. myTEAM TRIUMPH promotes health, teamwork, and community, and requires the involvement of many people with diverse abilities and disabilities.


TEAM IN TRAINING Marathon or half marathon, as well as triathlon and cycling events offered, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT) sets the standard for endurance sports training programs for charity. TNT coaches will offer participants the best training available. As you train for your event, your coaches and peers will guide and encourage you, helping you to achieve your goals. Whatever sport and event you choose, an unforgettable weekend and memories that will last a lifetime, will follow. Challenge yourself by joining TEAM today and help find a cure for cancer! Click here for more information.


BLANK CHILDREN’S ALL STARS For the fourth year in a row, Blank Children’s Hospital is proud to partner with Zoom Performance to offer the Blank Children’s All Stars team! All Stars go the extra mile by running in one of the IMT Des Moines Marathon weekend events (5K, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay and Marathon) and raising money for Blank Children’s. The team is open to “kids of all ages” and runners of all skill levels.To sign up or learn more about the All Stars team, click here.

Blank Children’s Hospital was built in 1944 by AH and Anna Blank in honor of their son Raymond. Since that time, the hospital has grown to accommodate the needs of our community and is now a 108-bed facility with over 100 pediatric specialists helping kids and families when they need it most. Each year, Blank Children’s helps care for patients across the state through more than 115,000 clinic visits, deliveries, admissions and outpatient services. An additional 100,000 children and adults are also impacted through the Center for Advocacy and Outreach programs. Blank Children’s is part of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines which includes Iowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran, and Methodist West hospitals, John Stoddard Cancer Center, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home.

Collectively, the All Stars Race team has raised over $60,000 for Blank Children’s, raising $25,000 alone to help “name” a room in our new Pediatric Therapy Clinic that will be finished at the end of 2018.


CHILDREN’S CANCER CONNECTION Established in 1988 to provide programs and services to children battling childhood cancer it was quickly obvious that the disease not only affects the child but it also affects the entire family. Their programs and services have grown with that in mind. Today Children’s Cancer Connection offers a large variety of programs and services centered on our mission to connect families facing childhood cancer by providing programs for education, recreation and support. These programs are provided for all families affected by childhood cancer who are living, treated or diagnosed in the state of Iowa, regardless of outcome. Services include: Camps & Retreats, Hospital-Based Programs, Support Services & Family Outings, and Survivorship Services. Click here for more information.



Pinky Swear Foundation is an official charity partner of the 2018 Principal 5K Road Race. You can be a Keeper of the pinky swear promise by participating in the Principal 5K Road Race and joining the Pinky Swear team by fundraising. You will be helping kids with cancer and their families. Open to all ages! You can sign up by yourself, as a team with your family, friends or co-workers.

Suggested fundraising goals:
$100 per runner for the 5K

Pinky Swear team members will receive:
-Discounted registration of $22. Use promo code pinkyswearflatfee
-Invite to join our weekly Sunday team training runs/walks
-Pinky Swear race shirt
-Personal fundraising website page
-An invite to the VIP party on Sunday, October 21st
-Satisfaction knowing you are helping kids with cancer and their families

-And more!

NOTE: All the above is in addition to IMT Des Moines Marathon perks/swag. One Hundred percent of fundraising dollars go to Pinky Swear, registration fees go to DSM Marathon.

Start fundraising to support Pinky Swear Foundation here –

If you have any questions about the Pinky Swear team, please contact us [email protected].


PD WALKERS Formed in 2008 with the hopes of raising awareness of Parkinson Disease, the benefit of exercise for those People with Parkinson’s (PWP) has been proven and the PD Walkers team members raise funds to support the Iowa Chapter of APDA and help the Chapter realize its mission to “Ease the burden and find a cure for those impacted by Parkinson’s Disease in communities across Iowa and surrounding communities”.

Since 2008, the team has brought more than 500 participants to the IMT Des Moines Marathon and together on behalf of Parkinson Disease, raised over $100,000 for the IA Chapter of APDA www.apdaiowa.orgwhich helps support many exercise programs, educational symposiums, a fulltime director at the Iowa I&R Center and much more.  It is free to join the team and if you raise $25 or more, you will receive a PD Walkers dri-fit t-shirt, a discounted rate into the IMT DMM and all the free swag.  Go to www.pdwalkers.orgto see pics from previous events. If you need help or have questions, please call LaDona at 515.953.8474 or email [email protected].


HIT THE GROUND RUNNING Offered through the Young Women’s Resource Center, Hit the Ground Running is all about activity, resilience and empowerment. This ten-week program includes fun and healthy activities for 6th and 7th graders and concludes with the completion of a 5K. Hit the Ground Running takes place in the fall, spring and summer and is a great way for young women to get active and build self-esteem in a fun and encouraging environment. Topics covered include: empowerment, resiliency, healthy lifestyle, getting active. Activities include: 5K run at the end of the eight-week group, afternoon to pick out running shoes at Scheels, scavenger hunt, fun runs, pre-race meditation.


GIRLS ON THE RUN Using the power of running to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Volunteer coaches work with 3rd – 6th grade girls over the 10-week, 20-lesson program to prepare for a 5k while learning about important topics such as making good choices, conflict resolution, and standing up for yourself. Girls on the Run focuses on helping girls learn to be physically, socially and emotionally healthy.

Each year, Girls on the Run of Polk County and Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa awards thousands of dollars in program scholarships to underprivileged girls so that all girls can participate in Girls on the Run, regardless of their ability to pay. Solemates are male and female athletes who raise money for Girls on the Run. For more information in Polk County email [email protected]
For more information in Eastern Iowa visit or email [email protected] Join us today!


LET ME RUN is a nonprofit holistic health program for 4th through 8th grade boys. Using running as the vehicle to inspire, teach and reach boys, our comprehensive curriculum breaks down destructive male stereotypes that often stand in the way of positive futures for boys. Twice a week for seven weeks, our trained coaches guide teams of six to fourteen boys through the program, designed to amplify confidence, self-expression, and respect for others. Each fall and spring season culminates in a 5K race that celebrates the boys’ emotional, social and physical growth. Join our team of IMT Des Moines Marathon Charity Runners to make a lasting difference in boys’ lives. For more information click here or email [email protected]


TEAM KIDNEY 1 in 3 Americans are at risk for kidney disease. When you run with Team Kidney, you will spread awareness for the 26 million Americans who currently have kidney disease, and the 90% who are unaware. Individuals who run the marathon will be required to raise a minimum of $250, and half marathoners a minimum of $200. The money raised while being a part of Team Kidney will help the National Kidney Foundation educate the public and healthcare workers about kidney disease, research new ways to treat those currently battling the disease, and spread awareness to help prevent those at risk. Runners will receive a free dri-fit Team Kidney shirt, a training program, post-run snacks, and more. Sign-up today.


Project Purple has a mission of a World without Pancreatic Cancer. We help families fighting by providing financial aid grants that assist with everyday living expenses and funding critical research towards a cure of the disease. Running is the foundation for Project Purple and if this is your first time or you are a seasoned runner we are here to help you reach your goals both in running the Des Moines races and reaching your goals. By joining Team Project Purple you will help raise awareness and funds towards a cure for Pancreatic Cancer. You can choose to run your own race or one of the many features races around the country for Team Project Purple. Benefits include race day gear, guaranteed race entry, personal fundraising page and assistance, training assistance, money raised goes towards a mission of finding a cure of pancreatic cancer. Register now.


HEAD FOR THE CURE Brain cancer can strike any person at any age, and we still don’t have a cure! Join us at the 5th annual Head for the Cure 5K – Des Moines on Sunday, May 20th at Mead Raccoon River Park!

By registering, sponsoring, volunteering or supporting this event, you are helping raise funds, awareness and hope for the brain tumor community. Specifically, funds raised in Des Moines benefit brain tumor research and programs at John Stoddard Cancer Center and nationally at the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative. Questions: contact [email protected] or visit to get registered.


LOVE TAKES ROOT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating the future of children worldwide. They help children around the world facing dire circumstances by delivering basic aid, education and the seeds for a sustainable future. In 2011, LOVE Takes Root was called to Haiti where they relocated and rebuilt an orphanage reduced to rubble by the 2010 earthquake. For sustainability, they also built a primary school and medical/dental clinic, and are presently building a secondary school.

LOVE Takes Root is an Iowa-based, volunteer-led, grassroots organization that embraces Iowa’s values of hard work, neighborliness and compassion. Join them in their mission by becoming a ROOTS Runner and joining a dedicated group of givers who pound the pavement, raising funds for our mission while training for and racing a half-marathon or marathon. To learn more, please visit LOVE Takes Root.


The University of Northern Iowa Dance Marathon strives to provide hope and comfort for families with children facing life threatening illnesses by raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s and hosting events that heighten student and community awareness.

All of the money UNI Dance Marathon raises goes toward our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Iowa City – the University of Iowa Stead Family’s Children Hospital. The money goes toward the betterment of education for families, equipment, research, and enhancements within the hospital. This past year they were able to raise $550,713.07 as an organization and fund the second emergency transport team for the hospital. With all of the successes UNI Dance Marathon’s program has had, it would not have been possible without the amazing strength and love of the 61 miracle kiddos sharing their stories and inspiring college students to fight for the next generation.

If you would like to learn more about them, you can find more information at


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