My First Race

Discover a variety of expert resources and programs designed to get you to your first start line and provide you with a more enjoyable experience on race day.

International Marathon Medical Directors Association health recommendations for runners & walkers. Click here.

Community Support

Capital Striders is the official run club of the IMT Des Moines Marathon with a mission to promote and encourage running through the community’s education on the benefits of physical fitness and amateur sport. With events throughout the year and weekly training opportunities for runners of all abilities, this is your run club. Join the official IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon group training runs this summer and fall. More info.

5-2-1-0 Parents. Teachers. Health care providers. Business leaders. When it comes to kids, there’s one thing everyone wants – for them to be healthy! That’s why Iowa has created Healthy Choices, Count! It’s a health-focused movement for kids that’s under the nationally recognized program, 5-2-1-0. This proven, scientific method helps keep kids healthy by focusing on the importance of good habits. And it all starts by encouraging them to eat and play the right way. It’s how they can live 5-2-1-0. Celebrate in October as a part of Healthiest State Month. Learn more.

Hy-Vee KidsFit helps to provide kids the tools to learn why it is important to prioritize personal health. Join us by encouraging children to take the 5-Week Challenge for a fun at-home program to encourage exercise and nutrition. Learn more.

Y Go the Distance is the IMT Des Moines Marathon’s official training program featuring the half marathon distance. Available to both YMCA members and non-members at participating branches in the Greater Des Moines area. Participating greater Des Moines YMCA branches offer their own run club. Members can focus on training for the half marathon with week-by-week training formats led by YMCA staff and volunteer mentor-led group runs. Each branch group meets at the Downtown YMCA on Saturday mornings for half marathon long-run routes and support. Programs scheduled to return in 2021. More info.

Race Reviews Don’t take it from us; take it from others. Reviews, tips, suggestions… you’ll hear it all directly from those that have been there before. Take a look at reviews left on RaceRaves and BibRave.

Our Support

IMT DMM App is now available! Within the IMT DMM App’s training features, you can follow a training plan or customize your own. Start your workout and record your duration, pace, and distance, along with average speed and splits. Your goals and saved workouts are used to create an adaptive program that evolves with you, fitting your body and your schedule. In the app, you can find all the information you like to know about the race: course maps, updates via social media, LiveTracking, and more.

Don’t forget to inform your supporters to download the app so that they can track your progress live during the race. With the IMT DMM App, they can see in real-time where you are at on the course. The IMT DMM App uses the crossing of the timing mats to calculate your average speed and pace. Available for free download now through iTunes and the Google Play Stores.

Keeping Pace Podcast Join us each month starting in April for Keeping Pace powered by the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Emery Songer and IMT Des Moines Marathon Race Director, Chris Burch, talk about properly preparing for race day. Each month they are joined in the studio by special guests with the latest information on how to train for the race properly, 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.

Road Runners Club of America The IMT Des Moines Marathon and the Capital Striders are members of the Road Runners Club of America and serve as the RRCA State Championship in Iowa for the 5K, 10-Mile, Half Marathon, and Marathon distance. Discover various resources, from learning more about running etiquette to tips about running in the summer heat. Learn more.

12 Minute Turtles A running community that celebrates the back of the pack runners. We believe finishing IS first place. Our hats are off to those of you who go the distance no matter how long it takes. Learn more.

Course Support

Real Time Pain Relief is proud to introduce the IMT Des Moines Marathon and announce our partnership as the Official Partner of the IMT Des Moines Marathon. For a short time, you can purchase the IMT Des Moines Marathon Co-Branded Edition MAXX Pain Relief formula and get in on a great deal. Click here.

Endurance Formula Gatorade Endurance products were made for endurance athletes to fuel their unique needs during training and on the course. Gatorade Endurance formula has a 2:1 glucose to fructose blend, helping the body maximize carbohydrate absorption and use and reduce the risk of GI distress during your long run session. Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula is served on-course at each water station and the finish line. Learn more about the Gatorade Endurance line of products.

PowerBar Thirty years ago, PowerBar started with a vision to revolutionize sports nutrition. Paying close attention to what athletes needed to perform at their best, we created high-quality products that replenished muscles and revived the spirit at every turn. No matter the feat, you were always ready to power on and cross the finish line. Today, we’ve upped our game to provide all athletes with great taste and the proper nutrition needed through every stage of training. Click here.

Chocolate Milk has shown that what you do as part of your AFTER workout routine is just as important as the workout itself. Low-fat chocolate milk has what it takes to help you recover. Hiland Dairy Chocolate Milk has the right mix of proteins and carbohydrates to refuel and rebuild exhausted muscles so you can push further tomorrow.

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