In-Person Races

The IMT Des Moines Marathon has a race distance for you! Join us as we celebrate Twenty Years Running.

Covid-19 Policy

Before you register for the 2021 IMT Des Moines Marathon in-person races, consider the following:

The IMT Des Moines Marathon plans an in-person event from October 15 to 17, 2021. Ideally, our event weekend will look similar to what we have offered in the past while following social distancing guidelines. Activities include an indoor packet pick-up, expo, and speaker series at the Iowa Events Center. More importantly, all of our in-person races are offered on Des Moines’ streets with course considerations we are known for.

However, should our in-person events be canceled due to a resurgence of COVID-19 in Des Moines, you will be placed into the virtual event category. The IMT Des Moines Marathon registration policy clearly states that registration fees will not be refunded, transferred, or deferred once the registration is complete.

The IMT Des Moines Marathon has posted our Return to Race Guidelines that we all must follow in Des Moines. Read more.

MercyOne 5-Mile Run

It starts at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 16. Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Benefits Children’s Cancer Connection.

Runner, walker, family, kid, and stroller-friendly. It’s an all-inclusive event for all participants as we kick off the race weekend.

Each athlete receives an official race-specific bib assignment, shirt, finisher medal, live race results, finisher certificate, post-race food, and more. Register now!

MercyOne Children’s Hospital Kids Run

It starts at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 16. Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Benefits Children’s Cancer Connection.

Distances vary based on academic grade level; however, children may participate in the distance that is best suited for their personal development. Read more.

Each child receives an official race-specific bib, participation item, finisher medal, post-race food, and more. Register now!

IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon

It starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 17. Court Avenue District, 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Benefits Children’s Cancer Connection.

Each athlete receives an official race-specific bib assignment, 1/4 zip pullover, live race results, finisher medal, finisher certificate, post-race food, and more. Register now!

Bankers Trust Marathon Relay

It starts at 8:00 am. Court Avenue District, 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Benefits Children’s Cancer Connection.

Each member of their 5-person completes an individual portion (leg) of the marathon course at defined Transition Areas. Segments consist of 4 miles, 6 miles, 4 miles, 6 miles, and 6.2 miles. All five team members may, and are encouraged to, cross the finish line together.

For more information on the Bankers Trust Marathon Relay, click here.

Each athlete receives an official race-specific athlete bib, 1/4 zip, live race results, finisher medal, post-race food, and more. Register your team now!

5K Road Race

It starts at 8:30 am on Sunday, October 17. Court Avenue District, 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Benefits Children’s Cancer Connection.

Each athlete receives an official race-specific bib assignment, long-sleeve shirt, live race results, finisher medal, finisher certificate, post-race food, and more. Register now!

5-Mile Combo

Double your race experience by combining your IMT Des Moines Marathon 5-Mile Run on Saturday with your race of choice in the IMT Des Moines Marathon, IMT Des Moines Half Marathon, Bankers Trust Marathon Relay, or 5K Road Race on Sunday.

Register for the IMT Des Moines Marathon 5-Mile Run and the Sunday race you would like to participate in. You can register for one of the races now and then later register for the other race. We will automatically include you in the 5-Mile Combo. However, athletes may not combine an in-person race with a virtual race to qualify for the 5-Mile combo this year.

Athletes receive a special 5-Mile Combo finisher medal charm, in addition to the race amenities offered in each race distance—double your races. Double your hardware. Double your experience in Des Moines.

Accolades

BibRave lists the IMT Des Moines Marathon as one of The Decade’s Top 20 Marathons in the United States. Read more.

RaceRaves lists the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon as the best in Iowa and one of the best in the Midwest. Read more.

Cityview Magazine lists the IMT Des Moines Marathon as the Best Local Running Event in Des Moines. Read more.

More Information

IMT Des Moines Marathon athlete registration fees structure. Click here.

To confirm your IMT Des Moines Marathon registration, click here.

To receive an additional copy of your IMT Des Moines Marathon confirmation message via email, click here.

All registrants should read our terms and conditions and frequently asked questions.