Key Programs

Heel To Toe Club

The IMT Des Moines Marathon is celebrating 18 years of running! To reward our athletes that come back year after year, we have created the Heel to Toe Club for athletes who have participated in the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon, MercyOne 5-Mile Run, Bankers Trust Marathon Relay or Principal 5K Road Race with us over the past 3, 5, 10, 15 and even all 18 years. More info.

Member Clubs

Begin your Heel to Toe Club membership by registering for any of the IMT Des Moines Marathon races this year. There aren’t any additional fees. Your status in the Heel to Toe Club is based on the number of races you have registered for, but only credits one race per year. If you have registered in the past, you are automatically inducted into the Heel to Toe Club and have received credit for the races you have registered for regardless of which year or how many years you ran with us. Click here.

Unified Pairing

Join us in a new partnership with Special Olympics Iowa for the Principal 5k Road Race. This is an opportunity for IMT Des Moines Marathon athletes to “partner up” with a Special Olympic athlete and participate together in the Principal 5K Road Race.You will have the option when you register for the 5K Road Race to select that you are interested in participating in the Unified Pairing program. Meet your unified paired athlete before the race and compete in the 5K Road Race together. Click here.

Iowa Sister States

Iowa Sister States is excited to be partnering with the IMT Des Moines Marathon to host a group of athletes from our sister state in Veneto, Italy. The contingency from Italy is coming to Iowa to participate in the IMT Des Moines Marathon and to make select visits while in the state of Iowa. For the success of this collaboration with Iowa Sister States we are in need of host families for 14 athletes (7 female & 7 male). The athletes range in ages and a few are even teenagers. The group arrives Friday and stays through Monday of race weekend. There would be some activities as a group with the IMT Des Moines Marathon, but they would also have some free time with you and your family. If you are interested in hosting one of these athletes, click here.

Keeping Pace Podcast

Join us each month for Keeping Pace powered by the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Emery Songer and IMT Des Moines Marathon Race Director, Chris Burch, talk about ways to properly prepare for race day. Each month they are joined in the studio by special guests with the latest information on how to properly train for the race, segments highlighting charity partners and how you can run for a cause, as well as topical information from the event sponsors. Downloading the podcast and listening in each month is free. Take us on your next run. Click here.

Freedom Flame

The inspiration for the 2019 IMT Des Moines Marathon finisher medals came from the World War ll Memorial Plaza on the Iowa State Capitol Grounds. The Freedom Flame sculpture designed by Iowa artist, Tom Stancliffe, and architects Shannon Gordon and Denny Sharp depicts the lives lost by Iowans in the theater of World War ll from the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the end of the war. Learn more about Freedom Flame and be sure to visit the Iowa State Capitol Grounds to view the Memorial Plaza in person. Click here.

View Freedom Flame and learn more about the various sculptures and memorials on display on the Iowa State Capitol Grounds. Click here.

Local 5 premiered the unveiling of the 2019 finisher medals to the general public on The Big Reveal. View here.

Bricklayer Bill

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 26.2 Brew Post-Race Block Party. Qualifiers will receive a special gift from the IMT Des Moines Marathon to commemorate their qualifying run featuring Bricklayer Bill.

Keep Picking ‘Em Up

Bill Kennedy won his first Boston Marathon in 1917 and went on to run more than 100 marathons. Prior to 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. “There was a pedestrian 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.’ 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 running. More info.