I-35 CHALLENGE

If one marathon or one half marathon in one weekend is not enough… this could be just the challenge you have been looking for!

The I-35 Challenge takes place the weekend of October 19 & 20, 2019. The Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin takes place on Saturday, October 19, followed the next day by the IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday, October 20.

The Challenge

Athletes can do any combination of races to compete in the I-35 Challenge. Want to run the Marathon in Kansas City and the Half Marathon in Des Moines? You can. Want to run the Half Marathon in Kansas City  and the Marathon in Des Moines? You can. Want to run the Half Marathon in Kansas City and the Half Marathon in Des Moines? You got it, you can. Want to run the Marathon in Kansas City and the Marathon in Des Moines? You can do that too. The I-35 Challenge is open to all of these options.

Two cities. Two races. One great weekend. Take the I-35 Challenge!

Register I-35 Challenge race registration will open in the spring of 2019. The number of athletes accepted into the I-35 Challenge has been expanded this year to 600 athletes. It is anticipated that the I-35 Challenge will sell out this year so if you plan to participate don’t wait until the last minute to register.

Register for your race of choice in Des Moines (Marathon or Half Marathon) and your race of choice in Kansas City (Marathon or Half Marathon) the following weekend separately as you normally would for each race. You will also then register separately for the I-35 Challenge through the unique I-35 Challenge race registration site.

The Races

Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin
• Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 am
• Race Day schedule

IMT Des Moines Marathon
• Sunday, October 20 at 8:00 am
• Race Day information

Amenities For completing the I-35 Challenge, participants will receive the following:
• Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin participant shirt, race number/bib and finisher medal.
• IMT Des Moines Marathon participant track jacket, race number/bib and finisher medal.
• I-35 Challenge finisher medal.

Expo Details
• 
IMT Des Moines Marathon Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo
o Location: Iowa Events Center (Exhibit Hall C). 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.
o Friday, October 18, 3:00 to 8:00 pm.
o Saturday, October 19, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Click here for more information about the expo.
• Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin
o Location: Crown Center (Exhibit Hall A). 2323 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO 64108.
o Connected to The Sheraton at the North end of Crown Center
o Thursday, October 17, 3:00 to 8:00 pm.
o Friday, October 18, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Click here for more information about the expo.

Packet Pick-Up Attend packet pick-up at each 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 gear. You will receive your I-35 Challenge finisher medal after crossing the finish line on Sunday in Des Moines.

RESULTS

To view 2018 I-35 Challenge results click here.
To view 2017 I-35 Challenge results click here.
To view 2016 I-35 Challenge results click here.
To view 2015 I-35 Challenge results click here.
To view 2014 I-35 Challenge results click here for marathon or click here for half marathon.

MORE INFO

Click here for more information about the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin.
Click here for more information about the IMT Des Moines Marathon.
Click here for the I-35 Challenge Facebook Page.
I-35 Challenge Marathon & Half Marathon Training Guide

If you have additional questions, please email [email protected] or [email protected].