Marathon Relay

Consider a team challenge to conquer the marathon distance. It’s an excellent opportunity to test your fitness while bonding with teammates. Rally your team spirit and join us!

Athlete registration is now open. Sign up before the April 17 price increase and save! To register, click here.

Bankers Trust Marathon Relay

It starts at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 15. Court Avenue District, 300 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Benefits Children’s Cancer Connection.

Each athlete receives a super premium race-specific vest, athlete bib with the team name, race results, digital image, finisher certificate, finisher medal, post-race food, and more!


Teams may comprise 2 to 5 members who complete a segment (distance) of the marathon course.

Open (Team members are male, female, or a mix of the two)
Masters (Team members are age 40 and over)
Groups (Team members are from the same group, organization, or family)
Para Athlete (Team members are providing para-athlete assistance on the course)

For an event overview, you can click here.

Segments along the marathon course consist of 4-Mile, 6-Mile, 4-Mile, 6-Mile, and 6.2-Mile distances.

Teams decide who will complete which course segment and in which order.

Teams with fewer than five will require at least one member to continuously complete more than one segment, as each athlete is only allowed once on the course.

Team results are scored by division on gun time, while split times are collected for results posting.

Awards are not offered in the marathon relay division.

Transition Areas

They are established at defined locations on the course where team members exchange from one segment to the next.

The team member who completes the first 4-Mile segment will carry a baton timing device as they line up at the start line.

The 2nd team member will receive the baton at the 1st transition area from the 1st team member, carry it on the course through their segment to the 2nd transition area, etc.

The final team member will cross the finish line with the baton.

The marathon relay allows the remaining members to join their final team member on the course at Mile 26 to cross the finish line as a team.


One team member will always compete on the course while the others will transport themselves to the next transition area.

Teams are responsible for transportation (one vehicle) to and from the transition areas. There is NO shuttle or transportation service for team members to the transition areas.

Koch Office Group, 325 Grand Avenue, has offered its parking lot as a gathering place for your team vehicle before and after the race.

Course map. Click here.

Course description. Click here.

Team vehicle course directions.


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 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

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

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