Hotels & Activities

The IMT Des Moines Marathon provides more than $2 million in annual economic impact to Des Moines.

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Staying in Des Moines (book your stay) We make travel easy! TEAMINN is a hotel booking company designed with you in mind. We established the lowest rates with our hotel partners for our IMT Des Moines Marathon guests, and TEAMINN is ready to take your reservation. To book your room stay in Des Moines, click here. Or, call 1.800.233.8326. To email your question directly to TeamInn, click here.

Getting to Des Moines on Friday and Saturday The DMOS Orthopaedic Sports & Fitness Expo featuring the MidAmerican Energy Speaker Series is open Friday, October 13, from 3 to 8 pm, and Saturday, October 14, from 10 am to 6 pm in the Iowa Events Center – Hall C 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Suppose driving takes I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) to 3rd Street downtown.

Suppose flying take Fleur Drive north (left out of the airport) and take the Grand Avenue exit on the right just past Gray’s Lake Park. Merge right onto Locust Street to 2nd Street and north to the Iowa Events Center.

There is a fee to park in the Iowa Events Center parking lot. Metered street parking is in effect until 9 pm.

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Getting to Des Moines on Sunday The IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay start at 8 am, followed by the Principal 5K Road Race at 8:30 am. 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Take I-80 or I-35 to Des Moines and I-235 toward downtown. Take exit 8A (Iowa Events Center) to 7th Street, 5th Street, or 3rd Street. Take 7th Street, 5th Street, or 3rd Street to Grand Avenue or Locust Street for free street parking or hourly rate ramp parking.

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Activities Along the Course Discover Des Moines mile by mile.

Eating and drinking options in the Court Avenue District.

Downtown Farmers’ Market on Court Avenue is ranked the #2 best Farmers’ Market in the U.S.

Science Center of Iowa featuring kids’ activities and exhibitions.

Iowa State Capitol offers public tours and self-guided tours. Views of the gold dome.

State Historical Museum offers public tours and self-guided tours.

Local shopping and eating options in the East Village.

Western Gateway Park features the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden.

Cowles Commons featuring the 2015 IMT Des Moines Marathon as the muse for public art entitled Swirl. 

Des Moines Art Center is one of the finest modern art museums in the United States.

Salisbury House and Terrace Hill (governor’s mansion), two historic homes along the marathon course, are open for public tours.