Heel To Toe Club
The IMT Des Moines Marathon is celebrating 20 years of running! To reward our athletes who come back year after year, we have created the Heel to Toe Club for athletes who have participated in the IMT Des Moines Marathon events for 3, 5, 10, 15, and even 20 years. Click here.
Partner your 5K registration with Special Olympics Iowa Unified Pairing program. This is an opportunity for IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes to “partner up” with a Special Olympic athlete and participate in the Principal 5K Road Race together. You will have the option to select that you are interested in participating in the Unified Pairing program during your 5K registration. Meet your unified paired athlete before the race. Have fun! Click here.
Keeping Pace Podcast
Join us each month for Keeping Pace powered by the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Emery Songer, Carissa Galloway, and IMT Des Moines Marathon Race Director, Chris Burch, talk running. Each month, they join the studio by special guests with the latest information on training, charity partners, topical information, and event sponsors’ updates. Download the podcast and listen to past episodes for free and be sure to take us with you on your next run. Click here.
Trees Forever is a 30-year-old environmental nonprofit that has helped people establish, improve, and expand native plantings, including trees, pollinator habitats, and more. Together with partners and volunteers, we are planting a better tomorrow! We are “boots on the ground” and “roots in the ground.” We involve an average of 7,000 volunteers every year throughout the nation. We have more than 500 sites on farms and other lands to enhance water quality, pollinator, and wildlife habitat. Trees Forever has planted over 3.5 million trees since it started in 1989.
For the past 2 years, we have been planting 26.2 trees each year along the IMT Des Moines Marathon route and cheering runners along as they whiz by, so we decided to join the fun this year. We are still planting the trees, but we are growing our team to include a running contingent.
We hope you come to feel like you are part of our family through training, fundraising, and race weekend events. We promise to support you in any way we possibly can. We will share running tips, fundraising ideas, motivational stories, photos of our journey, and we hope you do the same. Although our teammates are spread across the Midwest, we hope that we have already won the gift of friends, better health, and successful fundraising for a cause that unites us all by the time we toe the line in October. Thanks for helping us plant a better tomorrow! Click here.
Keep Picking ‘Em Up
Bill Kennedy won his first Boston Marathon in 1917 and went on to run more than 100 marathons. Before that time, his connection to Des Moines was rather short, but the story that is shared is intriguing… read more.
The year was 1909. Bill was in Des Moines, Iowa, working on the Des Moines Coliseum. It was towards the end of the project, and Bill was leaning out over the sidewalk, scraping excess mortar from the south wall. “A gust of wind blew him off the roof. He fell five stories. It was a 65-foot fall,” Patrick says. “A pedestrian was walking right underneath him. Bill landed on him and killed the poor guy. At first, they thought that Bill died, too. Then they went over and saw that he was still breathing. He went to the hospital. He survived.”
Bill didn’t have much to say about the incident. “He didn’t go into how he felt or anything like that,” Patrick says. “The way he put it was, ‘My number wasn’t up that day.’ And the next paragraph, he says, ‘After I recovered, I realized I was fit enough to keep running.’ So that was pretty much his first concern.” This would be a theme in Bill’s life. No matter how far he fell — literally or figuratively — he would get up. And when he did, his first thought would turn to run—more info.
IMT Des Moines Marathon finishers who qualify for the Boston Marathon will have a unique opportunity to ring the Boston Marathon qualifying bell at the Truly Post-Race Block Party. In addition, qualifiers will receive a special gift from the IMT Des Moines Marathon to commemorate their qualifying run featuring Bricklayer Bill.